24 August 2017

Helmets for headway exhibition

 I was contacted by the lovely Alice who I've been friends with a for a few years now to be part of an amazing project with headway which is a uk wide charity that works to improve life after brain injuries, brain damage is something very close to my heart my mother suffered from brain damage which eventually killed her, not from an head injury so it was something I would hate to see someone else suffer with, The exhibition includes some amazing artists like Grayson Perry, Jake and dinos chapman, Emily malice and many more, We were each given a laser helmet and told to create anything we wanted to on the helmet itself. I sat and stared at mine for a solid 3 months so when the deadline to submit arrived in May, I panic painted! 

As some one of loves working in watercolours I decided to paper mache the helmet and just try and create the brightest looking helmet I could. The thought of all these amazing artists submitting pieces did feel a tad bit daunting but I tried to overcome that but realising I had been asked in the same caliber as these wonderful people so I just embraced the fun side of being an artist, letting the art speak for itself. 

So the exhibition is coming up, it will be at Look mum no hands in London on 1st September until the 7th and each helmet is being auctioned off to raise money for Headway uk. You can see the auction here which is super exciting and I just can't wait to see what we can raise.  You can follow the  exhibition with the hastag #helmetsforheadway   


23 August 2017

Coffee in London

Guys I feel like death, it also just so happens that it's a few days until my birthday so you can imagine  being poorly has fallen at the perfect time! It has been a busy old week packing and processing some wonderful orders. But today I took sometime off an spent it with one of my favourite creatives Natasha from Graphique Fantastique  it was a well overdue catch up. In between over heating and feeling like I was going to sneeze everywhere we wandered about London snapping photos and chatting about the highs and lows of freelancing. 

We always seem to end up in Grind which has a few coffee shops dotted through out London and me being me was an hour early which gave me the perfect time to sit and contemplate the future of my business and the path I wish to venture down, I have 4 months coming up without my boyfriend as he will be stationed overseas so I thought this time will be perfect for me to knuckle down and work my ass off so I can afford to expand my creative endeavours. 

Anyway enough about boring work, let me tell you something the joyous thing about hanging out with Natasha is the fact she's my favourite at snapping photos of me, she just has this skill to make me always feel comfortable in front of the lens. My outfit is obviously sponsored by all shades of black! The dress was actually snapped up in a Charity shop for barely anything and was originally from toyshop which is always a bonus. As I've said numerous times across my Instagram  its my 29th birthday on Friday and I have been toying with the idea that the money I'll hopefully be getting (I'm really hard to buy for apparently) will either be going on a tattoo or a piece of jewellery from The Great Frog now have 24 tattoos and I do want to be covered butI think I might opt for the jewellery but I'm so indecisive when it comes to things like that but anyway we wandered into the Carnaby store and I just fell in love with all the wonderful pieces that they make. Jewellery has always been the one thing I have collected I've had hundred of silver rings in my time but they have all had meanings to me and the ones that haven't have been easy to part with leaving me with more fingers to fill. 

As I stumbled out of the Great frog me and Natasha went on a hunt for the perfect shoulder bag and can I just say when you're suffering from what I believe is the flu Oxford street on a muggy day is not the place to be guys, something I have obviously not learned in my 28 years of being a Londoner, avoid when ill!


18 August 2017

Decorating my studio

I think I probably spend 75% of my time in my studio space and every so often I get annoyed and freaked out at it just because I don't actually put my art stuff away while I'm creating making the space pretty claustrophobic, so once a big client piece is done I  spend my time cleaning it all out and then replacing the images around my desk with new things I have collected over the last few months. 
This keeps my inspiration pretty fresh and my ideas varied. 

The majority of my the items that line my walls are created by me, but there are a few pieces that I have collected from Antique shops, Art shops, charity shops. But I always try and combine a mix of everything that makes me happy and if I can't find a piece that I think will work well I paint myself something, know it helps being an artist but you can now pick up great pieces of art on Etsy and across the internet. 

I've recently been loving learning to sign write and the two pieces that I have been working on now appear on the walls of my studio which I am really loving, also the leather jackets I have been working on have been dotted about my space so that always puts a smile on my face. 

I have always collected things to display and some people would find my space cluttered and until I move into my own house it will remain like this as I like having things around me that make me happy and keep me inspired. I really tried to be minimalist  but I found it far too much pressure to keep things clean so I scrapped the idea of caring and just dismay own thing.

I have a serious love for tin signs have since I  was a little kid and I have collected a few American number plates and I always keep my eyes peeled when I'm visiting car shows and antique shops as they're not the priciest thing in the world and make for really individual pieces. 

I do often get asked where I pick up my large frames and really it depends on your price range but I never spend more then £10 on a frame and my top places to visit would be Ikea, Tiger and Wilkinson for plan simple frames. Have my eye on a few prints in other artists shops at the moment, but I think once my birthday has rolled around I'll see if I can snap a few up with the remaining pennies after my new tattoo. So I had better get using my desk and painting.


12 August 2017

It's never to late to learn something new

Recently between commissions I have been taking the time toward on new personal projects, as I was cleaning out my old art books I happened upon a sign writing book that I got years ago from one of my brothers and as I was flicking through the pages I figured that it would be a good skill to explore. I already had all the equipment, and I jumped on google to Youtube a few how to videos, it's way tougher then coping what pros do on Youtube but I figured it was a good place to start. 

I feel that sign writing really fits in with my style and how my brain works, after doodling on my bag the other day have become really interested in how images and words work on different shape canvases and I am currently working on a series of faux leather jackets. 

It has been really nice to work on a new skill and the preciseness of hand lettering is that your brain is solely on the task at hand and it has no chance to drift off into my life worries. The work I'm creating isn't perfect but I am really enjoying it and to me thats all that matters at the moment. 

8 August 2017

Day 1 : Adventures to Margate with EastPak

You probably have seen a few sneaky peeks over on my Instagram of my adventures to Margate, I have been to margate before but it always lures me back with its kiss me quick British seaside vibe. 
So when Eastpak invited me along to a fun nights stay at the Sands hotel I jumped at the chance. EastPak had invited me to share my #handsfreeliving experience with my new bags as they have the new collection out on AsosI wanted to share day one with you guys, we were generously given a back pack of our choice, holdall and bumbag to make carrying all our belongs arounds so much easier, I am still in love with my Electrifying pink bumbag which is my staple for studio work. 

Once we arrived in Margate the weather was pretty amazing and so hot, so we decided to have a good wonder around town and to take in all the sights, I am a massive fan of seaside towns and Margate reminds me of little weekend trips away as a little kid with my family. Everywhere we turned there were pretty photogenic houses, cars and ice cream everywhere. We ventured to the Turner Gallery and as Turners biggest fan I couldn't help but spend my time in the lower gallery staring out at the large windows facing the sea and fall in love with the giant expanse of the sky that something Turner was famous for. I kept my inner geek from the rest of the group I was travelling it was nice to spot probably the small things over people probably wouldn't understand. With this we also spent some time wandering around the famous shell grotto which blew my mind in all kinds of ways, left me with more questions then when I arrived and in the gift shop I picked up a few pretty shells to put in my curiosity cabinet. 

I have heard wonderful things about the independent and vintage shops in Margate and it definitely didn't let me down, we had a good rummage around the second hand shops and I snapped up the teal spotty top that I wore tea for around £5 which I lovingly paired with the famous red tassel earrings. 

Food wise before we could explore our rooms at the Sands Hotel we popped into the Great British Pizza Co I opted for the Anchovy pizza and it was pretty damn tasty, if you're looking for a cute reasonably price place to eat in Margate I would really recommend it. 

After a long morning of travelling and walking around in the sunshine we ventured into our rooms at the Sands Hotel  ( I will share the room in my day two post) I had a good pamper and got ready for tea, we had a table booked at Roost as someone who is a vegetarian I went for the falafel burger which was pretty tasty and everyone else's meals looked amazing. The view from the window seat we had was pretty spectacular as we overlooked the sea as the sunset, it was very Wes Anderson with the view of the old Lido tower. The sunset was pretty spectacular as we strolled back with full tummies of delicious food. 

Before we happily head to bed we all had drinks on the roof of the Sands Hotel, I had my first Aperol Spritz and I'am pretty sure I fell in love tastes a little like Iron Bru and that gets a thumbs up from me anyway. The view over the roof tops of margate was pretty wonderful and the company was fun and we chatted late into the night before we all sleep voted to turn in as the evening was getting pretty chilly. I went to bed excited for our next day adventuring to Dreamland, but I'll share that in another post. 
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