Monday, 13 June 2011

sketchbook work

Paris - partie deux

On the same subject of Paris... I have been looking at various design inspired websites and blogs inspired by parisian landmarks. I have been lucky enough to come across jewellery designer Francesca Harland, her work is delightful and absolutely gorgeous. I recommend everyone to vist her website to have a look:

Here are a few of my favourites (all very reasonably priced too!), including the paris inspired jewellery that led me to finding Francesca's work.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Bonjour Paris

I am off to Paris soon, just for a weekend. Going to do all the sights and touristy things. I keep seeing beautiful paris inspired accessories, typography and posters now, here are a few of my faves...

The heart mirror and hair grips I have recently bought from Accessories.


I love old tickets, the feel,the colours, the typography, everything! You don't get them like this anymore.

Competition entries

These are my designs for the latest Tigerprint competion 'contemporary mothers day'

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Hand Drawn designs

I'm having another go at a Tigerprint competition, hopefully I will be a winner this time, if least I've had fun having a go.

This month the competition is 'Hand Drawn' with the emphasis on typography. Hand made design and drawing things is what I enjoy doing most so I have tried out all kinds of things, a lot has not worked!

I've decided this time I will try to create a set of card designs so that it shows they could work together, my designs are colourful and all created by hand-drawn imagery and typography. The background is ink mixed together rainbow style. I am pleased with these so far, but may change my mind before the deadline in May

Fossil -What vintage are you?

I have to share my beautiful Fossil tins (and beautiful watch of course) with you, I am in love with them.

I will just explained what happened. The first thing I did when I got to LA was to visit the Fossil shop next to the hotel to look at the tins, it was 2 o'clock in the morning UK time so I was pretty tired. I drooled over the tins and spoke to the shop assistant about whether I could buy one without getting a watch, they told me to pick one and gave it me for free!...I thought I was dreaming.

Not bad for a freebie!

After owning my free fossil tin for 4 days, I went onto purchase a fossil watch in San francisco and got another tin (I did actually want a watch).

I am addicted now and want more tins. I may go on ebay to buy some.

My dream job would be to design tins for fossil.


Definately my favourite place out of the those that I have visited in USA (on a par with Las Vegas!) I was only in San Francisco for three days/nights but I managed to get lots done, including shopping at Levi's, Fossil, Anthropology, Abercrombie and Gap. I will share my Fossil puchases shortly...

Places I visited whilst in Frisco = Golden Gate Bridge, Fishermans Wharf, Pier 49, Alcatraz and AT & T Park for the Giants baseball game. I got a travel pass and went on the cable cars and lovely old trams:

This is from the side of an old boat near fishermans wharf, I love the colours and marks, will probably use this in some design work as a background.

My hotel had old telephones dotted about the place, classy!

Here is a picture of me in front of Golden Gate bridge. The boat ride was pretty choppy at this point so I was clinging onto my boyfriend hoping that the kind person taking the photo of us didn't drop my camera over the side.

Anthropology is one of my favourite shops, I have looked on the website before seeking inspiration for design work. The front of the shop was pretty amazing.

In Gap, I took photos of the pictures of the wall for the typography "DO ONE THING PERFECTLY".

The last day I managed to get a quick visit into Alcatraz in the morning, a short boat ride away. I would have bought the mugs in the shop if I had any space left in my suitcase!

Thats it for holidays for a very short while, off for a weekend in Spain and then Paris very soon.