Make Art That Sells – Week 2

November 2, 2015 | Design, Drawn, Make Art That Sells, Personal


Phew, week 2 of Make Art That Sells was a doozy! In a good way, of course ;-)

This week was all about the Home Decor market, and we were tasked with using Staffordshire Pottery as our drawing inspiration. If you don’t know what Staffordshire Pottery is (like I didn’t), do a google search and you’ll find some of the weirdest, scariest, and definitely not-to-my-taste ceramic figurines. Huh, crap. How was I meant to get inspired by a subject matter I didn’t find very attractive?!

Luckily I don’t think I was alone in feeling this way – it seems like a lot of the people in my class were also struggling with it a little bit which made me feel reassured! Nevertheless I managed to get over myself and find some time while Arlo napped to try sketching a few of these funny figurines without being too self conscious of the outcome (kinda tough for me!). The idea is to experiement after all. And whaddayaknow – I actually started to enjoy it. So then I moved onto watercolour and it only got better! Wha. Amazing – and the funny thing is, because Staffordshire pottery is already kinda quirky, I found that the less precise my illustrations were the better, and the fat watercolour strokes seemed to just fit right in.

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Yay! So now that I had some icons to work with, next up was to tackle the main assignment for this week, which was to create a set of 4 ceramic plates using our Staffordshire illustrations. By now I was really loving the assignment, so had fun putting the plates together :)

Here’s my final piece.


So despite the slightly unsettling start to this week, I’m really happy with where it ended up! :) And looking at our class Flickr group I’m blown away by just how varied our work is. All 200 (or so) of us got the same brief, and no one’s work is even close to similar, it’s kind of amazing!

This week we’re onto Children’s picture books… bring it!

Kenya Pt. 1

September 12, 2013 | Personal, Travel

Good morning friends! :)

I’ve finally finished going through our photos from Kenya – yay!!

I’ll be sharing them over the coming weeks in slightly more manageable bite-sized posts, so I hope you’ll enjoy following along! It was such an incredible trip, I can’t even begin to tell you.. hopefully the photos will speak for themselves :)

Rift Valley

We’d been planning this trip within my family for almost 12 months prior to leaving (unbeknownst to my Mum), and it was hard to believe the day had finally arrived when it did! Not only was this going to be a holiday, but also a reunion – with my family, and with Kenya.

16 years ago my family moved to a small town in Kenya for 6 months with my Dad’s work, and this trip was the first time any of us had been back. It was only 6 months, but it’s an extremely special and cherished part of all our lives, something we’ll always remember. Going back was a chance to see old friends again, experience the changing country, and share this part of our lives with our significant others. It was special :)

This set of photos is from the first few days… After arriving in Nairobi (and surprising Mum, which was fantastic!) we headed down into the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha. We did an amazing game drive around Lake Nakuru for most of a day spotting all sorts of wildlife (zebra, baboons, buffalo, rhino, and giraffe) and taking in the incredible views. We stayed the night at a place by Lake Naivasha, and the following day did a boat trip on the lake to see some hippos :)

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Question: What are your favourite iPhone cases?

February 5, 2013 | Art, Design

Late last week I had an email from lovely reader Kaela, wondering whether I had any favourite iPhone cases. Why yes, yes I do!

Quite a few it turns out. I thought you all might like to see them too, and so here we are about to see a rather comprehensive list of the iPhone cases that have tugged at my heart.

Most of these are from my go-to case shop – Society 6, but there’s also a gorgeous one from Fossil (of course), and another from Anthroplogie.

Florals: Into the Wild by Elizabeth Olwen . Painted Floral by Threequalsquare
Floral Heart by Anna Deegan

Animals: Fox by Landon Sheely . Bunny and Bird by Kerri-Ann Hulme
Key-Per iPhone Case by Fossil

Circles: Pebbles by Leah Reena Goren . Color Play 1 by Garima Dhawan
 Rain 2 by Garima Dhawan

Geometric: Moon Flower by Anna Deegan . Winter Stripe by Alice Rebecca Potter
 Atym by Spires

Feminine: Biscotti & Vanilla by CMcDonald . Sparkle Stripe by Social Proper
Scalloped iPhone Case by Anthropologie

Thanks for the question Kaela! And for everyone else – if there’s ever anything you’ve wanted to ask me, shoot through an email and I’ll do my very best to answer it for you (either privately via email, or here on the blog)!

Loving… Mount Royal Mint

October 18, 2012 | Loving...

Like.. loving, loving. You all saw the little rabbit figurines currently watching over my desk right? Well, these little animals from Mount Royal Mint are even cuter! They’re not only super sweet and beautifully made.. but they each have their own little personality and life story to go along with it :)

Uh, and don’t even get me started on that Narwhal pillow..!

There are lots of these gorgeous little guys in Mount Royal Mint’s shop, just waiting to meet you! :)

Because everyone loves a good sticky note.

September 8, 2011 | Loving...

Right?? Well, I do anyway! On one of my more recent trips to the stationery store I came across these little gems and couldn’t resist taking them home…

Cute huh? They came in a few different sets, but the little forest animals were my favourites. Unfortunately the store I bought them from doesn’t have an online shop, but you can also find them here (US), and here (UK).