Friday, February 26, 2010

Antartica in a bag

Here's some picture I found from architect Francois Delfosse. He's recreated a glacier environment using plastic bags, genius! I may try it myself.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Alice in Wonderland (and a broken"ish" finger)

Hello All, thought you might like these. I was looking at TV last night after a match which I almost broke my finger in (but that's another story altogether). Anyway yes, so there I was, snug on the couch watching "Run Fat Boy Run" and laughing out loud (it was very funny, I rarely laugh when something is not funny) and what should pop up during the break only an advert for the new Alice in Wonderland film. I jumped out my seat, hitting my finger off the table (the almost broken finger but again that's another story altogether) and ran to the telly (bad eyesight).

It's by Tim Burton and although I'm not as well up on directors as I should be, he is by far and away (he didn't direct that) by favourite. I love his style, his sets are so dark and quirky and absolutely brilliant. He favours Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp in most of his work and they're great, both mad actors. Anyway so Lewis Carroll and Tim Burton what a combination, went straight online today and pulled up these visuals (brilliant).

Anyway, I'm sure you can guess by now, can't wait for the film. Enjoy the pics.

PS a lot of blood, sweat and tears has gone into these few paragraphs. It not easy to type with a broken finger and a dead athletes foot!

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Research behind WTWO Design

WTWO Design has been an ongoing project for the last number of months and today the business cards landed on my desk. Delighted with them so I have decided to blog on the process.

WTWO is a lighting design consultancy so obviously first things first I began to research light and lighting. I played around with the colours involved in light, with the spectrum and finally with colour changing. I developed a logo the client was happy with as a base and then I began my experiments with light. I made a stencil of the logo, hung it up and messed around with light and shadow. Got some really interesting images out of it using RGB colour changing and this became the base idea.

I took my images above and began to try and graphically illustrate them and the results are below. My only problem was trying to print authentic RGB in a printers as they use CMYK colours, not sure if got around that fully but they still look good!

Beata Boucht Swedish illustrator

Here are some Illustrations I found recently by Beata Boucht an illustrator based in Stockholm. She has also recently done a children's line for H&M. Have a look at her site, I love her style.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Meet the Woods...

Meet the Woods...

They're friends of mine, doing some work on them at the moment. Hope to have a family for little Beatrice and Anabelle soon, as at the moment they're orphans.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Please vote for "Rubbish"...


Yes it's story time again. As some of you may already know, I wrote a childrens book and uploaded it onto a website run by Harper Collins publishers to spot new talent. At the end of each month the top 5 books on the editors list are put forward to editors in Harper Collins USA and UK for consideration. There are over 6000 books on the site and mine is currently no.7 it's popularity really surprised me and I am now a few steps away from the editors desk. I would love to make it but I need help to do so.

I have pasted the synopsis in under the instructions to try and entice a few people to register on the site and back it. If you like what you read please follow these few steps...

1. Go to

2. Click on register in the top right hand corner.

3. Fill in details eg. email and password

4. You will land on a screen called edit profile, don't bother with it unless you intend to use the site. Just go to the bottom right and press save.

5. Your set up on the site. Now go to the books button in top menu. Click on the "Editors desk" book list and scroll down to no. 7 "A Load of Rubbish"

6. Click on my book, read it if you like but please put it on your shelf, using the buttons panel on the right.

A Load of Rubbish Synopsis

Seamus is an ordinary school shoe who through his own silly curiosity finds himself thrust from a truck into a world of rubbish he never knew existed.

Although inherently shy and lost without the aid of his outgoing Brother Charlie (right shoe), he must find his feet, so to speak, in this wasteland.

Through friends and mentors he gains along the way such as ‘Nelson’, an old mahogany door who doubles as a hostel on Lodgers Lane, and Tess, an eccentric English dictionary and thesaurus who resides on Joyce Avenue, he begins to pick up snippets about his unfamiliar surroundings.

From Credit Limits, the only means through which rubbish can aspire to be recycled, to the Triple R Treaty, and the undercurrent of hostility towards the Breeders, Seamus has a lot to take in. However, with the aid of a repertoire of colourful friends, a new job and a comfortable home in The Couch, he begins to settle.

It is only when KP, a beautiful newspaper who has journalistic aspirations, reappears mysteriously the night of Sam’s going away party and hands Seamus a cryptic message that things begin to go askew. Seamus must take a dint to his pride, find Jack and open himself up to a world of deceit.

The dump dream begins to disintegrate around him as he discovers flaws in the apparent transparency of the credit system, makes dangerous enemies in high rankings of society and comes face to face with Adam and his army; a rat whose lineage can be traced back to the beginnings of creation, and whose lust for revenge has seen his ancestors put a paw in such dirty deeds as the Black Death and the Great Stink of London.

Seamus is an ordinary shoe but it is going to take an extraordinary courage to fight for his friends and stand up for the dump he now calls home.

Oh, and somebody keeps lighting fires!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

BBC Winter Olympics Advert...

Here's the link to the BBC Winter Olympics Video, have a look. I love it!

BBC Winter Olympics Advert...

Hi All, bit of a coincidence today...

A while ago I saw the advert for the Winter Olympics on BBC and thought it was one of the most brilliant designs I have ever seen. I love the style, it feels kind of textured and it really made me sit up and take notice. Anyway, my head is a bit of mess so obviously after I took notice, I quickly forgot again until today. Today I found Jon Klassen, an illustrator and a Canadian living in California. The video was directed by Marc Craste and Jon Klassen was co- designer.

Some of his drawings are above and I will also post the advert for the winter olmpics once I figure out how to post videos.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Sneak Peak...

Here's a sneak peak behind the Prudence photoshoot I did yesterday. The shoot was about recessionista's or in plain english, women who started business in the recession. Held Design was picked up and I got a call out of the blue from Annette at Prudence.

I was asked a few questions, it was a very informal and relaxed interview which helped as I was just a little nervous and then it was my turn to get shot! First was the individual pic and then a group one with 9 other girls all recession start ups. It was a brilliant experience all the staff at Prudence were great as was Tiberio, the photogrpaher for the day.

The article will be out in the march addition of Prudence.