Friday, 7 October 2011

leaflet design

About a year ago I did a couple of weeks work with Taylor and Taylor Advertising, creating leaflet and logo ideas for their company. They wanted to appeal to organics companies and one of my concepts was this leaflet in the shape of a net of a milk carton. I thought it would be fun to put together and more interesting then your average leaflet design!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

My Book!!!

I only had my crappy little digi to take these but now you can see the real thing in all its glory! I just took images of parts of the book that couldn't be shown from the earlier finished spread designs!

Skipping Ropes

Down by the river down by the sea
Johnny broke a bottle and blamed it on me
I told ma Johnny got a spanking so hahaha
How many spankings did Johnny get

Skipping Ropes

Stitching the ropes together! I used a silk thread for the handles of the ropes as it was shiny and replicated polished wood nicely and a cream, pale pink and blue cotton thread for the ropes.

Digital Embroidery

For one of the spreads in my book i decided to Illustrate skipping and found an old skipping rhyme to use. Using the image of the skipping rope i drew out the words and then using some insane embroidery program, trace over my scanned images with stitching before sending them to the machine to be stitched. It was very time consuming, and had to be done in sections because my images were too big. Typical! I stitched them onto dissolvable fabric so that once dissolved they were actual solid ropes. I remembered to take a photo of them while they were dissolving in the bath!


Unfortunately i was so wrapped up in creating the work and making my book that i didn't take many images to show the process. However, i did put my iPhone to good use here (before i broke it) with two images from my session playing around with the letterpress. This little episode is where the titles for my duck duck goose imagery came to being!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011


Every school has one! The latin translates to, "Aspire to have grazed knees".

blind mans buff embossing spread

As a spread in my book I have had this image and text put on a plate so that I can emboss them on paper. This means that the effect will mimic that of brail which is the method the blind use to communicate.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

spreads from my book

My current project has moved from the school playground to the general topic of 'school' and these are some of the finished spreads for the book. The book will be landscape and measure 40x30 cm. The fourth spread is a milk carton that is perforated so it can be popped out and made, as are the sacks on the sixth spread so they can be stood up on the page to create your own potato sack race. The eighth spread has a pocket where a set of notecards with original pencil drawings of the rules of conkers are held, and finally the snakes and ladders spread will have the writing etched onto the page to form a 'crack' and the board will be varnished. I have ordered paper to print the book from a company called 'John Purcell Paper' in an off white, which will look much better than the stark white background the images are on now!!

cheltenham illustration awards

Created from work for my latest project for the competition brief, 'tree time tales'- looking at the relationship between humans and trees.

Thursday, 14 April 2011


An idea for a new logo I drew for the company Taylor & Taylor when I did some work for them. It was part of a flyer/leaflet design to appeal to new organic companies.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

bristol short story competition volume 4

I entered a competition today to design a book cover for a creative writing competition, which i have never done before and was a real test for my very basic photoshop skills (which have now been much improved!) key elements to convey were: creative writing, ground breaking stories, distinct and original. I wanted to incorporate the BS4 logo in my design and go for a look that was simple, striking and easily read, as it is printed worldwide. I decided to use the the simplest (possibly most obvious!) symbol for an idea which is the light bulb-you shouldn't overlook a cliche!

Friday, 18 February 2011

Thursday, 17 February 2011

duck duck goose.

I have started looking at 'cotton wool' kids and old playground games- which a surprising amount of are now banned in schools! so stupid. Anyway I might make them into a book, a type of manual or something with rules, as many children in school now don't know these games. They are drawn from the perspective of the imagination of the children as if they were playing them using my trusty fine liners and then cut up with found imagery. I have screen printed them using a colour for the title that co-ordinates with the same colour in a part of the image but they won't be up till I scan them!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

The Youth who wanted to learn to shiver

I illustrated the Brothers Grimm tale: 'The Youth who wanted to learn to shiver'. These are some quick scanned examples of the ink dawings from my sketch book. I also projected them in my room to look like dreams with my trusty flat mate Nella in bed and shot them on medium format. As the Brothers Grimm tales are traditionally childrens stories I also decided to print them onto fabric and make them into a duvet cover. I shot it in front of the window for good light but I think it looks quite nice as a curtain!