Monday, 25 October 2010

Hand Drawn Ceramics

I've been helping the artist Esther Coombs with various bits and bobs for about a year now. Her work focuses on up-cycling ceramics. She produces absolutely amazing cake stands. She's always telling me the importance of making work functionable. So, I've embraced the world of hand drawn ceramics! I hope I've stamped my own style on to it. I hope to produce a Hastings/seaside themed range for the xmas craft fair I've got coming up in December. Watch this space!

Saturday, 9 October 2010

The show must go on...

Last night was the private view for 'On Essence'. There was a great turn out - thanks peeps!
I'm really pleased with the way the works turned out, it's the first time I've got my work professionally printed and you know what, I'm gonna do more! One thing I need to work on is paper curling, grrrr. Maybe frames next time.

One conversational point was about whether I should start drawing straight onto the letters. There are many advantages to this - actually having an original being one of them. I'm still slightly scared to go all the way though. I'd be forever changing something that already has such a history, a depth. Am I good enough?...

Sunday, 26 September 2010

211 Walworth Road

From the 7th-10th October I will be taking part in a group show at the Rag Factory, off Brick Lane, London. I've been making work for a couple of weeks now, eventually using some of the imagery I found from Portobello.

211 Walworth Road is a series of prints based on past and current. I have layered old letterheads and receipts from the 1930's and 40's with illustrations of current day Walworth Road. I have used the addresses from the receipts and drawn what is now in its place. This is
my way of stoking memories.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Monday, 2 August 2010


I've just been told that someone has tweeted about my work currently being shown at the London Graphic Centre.

Comments like this really do make my week, more probably my month! Thank you so much Luke Makay!

Click here for Luke's twitter -

P.S More work coming soon!

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Shop Art - London Graphic Centre

I'm currently exhibiting in a staff summer show at the London Graphic Centre. The show has proved extremely successful with lot of positive feedback. Go see, it's on till the 22nd August!

Monday, 17 May 2010

Exhibition....22nd May 2010

Hey guys, I have some work in an exhibition to celebrate the anniversary of Rossetti and Siddal's wedding at St Clements Church, Hastings. I have been interested in the Pre-Raphaelites since school so really wanted to create something to commemorate the event. The piece is slightly different form my normal work but there is still a big focus on line. I wanted to capture the romantic nature of the period as well as the patterns seen more in William Morris' work. The piece includes figures, something I'm always pretty scared of attempting!!

The Private View is on Saturday 22nd May, I'll put some pictures on photo's up after.

Friday, 26 March 2010


And so it begins. My first batch of Hastings illustrations. I hope you like them!

Thursday, 25 March 2010


Been busy recently drawing 'iconic' Hastings buildings. I am using the term iconic very loosely! They are images that I believe scream Hastings. So..... soon I will be uploading stacks of illustrations showing sea breeze battered fish huts; back street alley pubs; lopsided houses.... You get the idea!

I'm hoping to use the final images in an exciting summer project. Watch this space!

Friday, 12 March 2010


Ironically I haven't found an invitation for ffffffound. This is rather upsetting to say the least; I spend more time on ffffound than on my actual work ( boring 9-5 work not art work). It's not my birthday or anything but an invite would be fffffantastic.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

I think I'm falling in love with Gemma Correll. Her work is pretty awesome and I'm seriously considering copying her...

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Wish you were here...

For this piece I've drawn a modern day couple doing the typical tourist thing onto one of the old envelopes I found. Items such as this old envelope interest me because of their history and the possible stories that go with them. I like making up narratives in my head.

However I am thinking more and more that these theories I come up with aren't necessary. Is illustration enough? Am I making this harder than it really is... probably.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Next bit. A kind of wallpaper piece. Positioning slightly off, but you get the idea!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Dudley and Company

First works to come out of the shoe box rummaging. This letter was sent from Dudley and company to Harry Cohen of Walworth Surplus Store in 1960. It's the history and nostalgia that draws me in to this kind stuff. This letter head is particularly interesting. I love the art deco-ness of it all. I decided to see if this company still existed; but sadly this beautiful building is now a safe storage place.

I feel with this piece I am reminding people of what once existed, I want to celebrate this era.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Portobello and the tatty shoebox

Yesterday I went to Portobello Market for the first time. It is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. I also managed to find a tatty old shoebox full of treasures. Included in it is the history of a shop based in the east end of London. I am now the owner of the keys to the shop, tax documents, personal letters, cheques, beautiful letter-headed paper...

It's gonna be a project I can really get my teeth into! Work to follow soon.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

I think I may be developing an obsession for sepia toned backgrounds.

Answers on a postcard........

New versions of the original zebra repeat. I am completely aware that I tend to add too much to a design and then cannot change it because I believe it to be finished. I need to gain control of my work and develop the ability to stand back and reflect. I hope these further images detail this. This last image is stripped down from the first try and I hope it is all the better for it.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Oh my! I seem to be on a roll (fingers crossed).

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Gladys Maud Mabel
The bee's knees
x x x x

Have been away, but recently I've got back on the saddle and getting to grips with Photoshop (argh). This is my first proper go. Beetles are definitely under rated!

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

i HEART beautiful losers.