I had a mini trip to London a couple of weeks ago to visit some old school and university friends, some of which I hadn't seen in nearly two years. Whilst I was there I took the time to visit a couple of exhibits and new places I hadn't been to before.
The first stop I made was to the Horniman Museum and Gardens to take a look at the Polly Morgan taxidermy exhibit. It was a small selection but a nice contrast to the rest of the old taxidermy in the museum and I always think it's great to see works in person wherever possible as photographs just can't portray them in the same way. This unusual birds and telephone piece was my favourite from the display.
The next day we headed to 20 Fenchurch Street to visit the new Sky Garden at the top of the walkie talkie building. Despite the foggy weather it was an amazing view overlooking the Thames, the Tower of London and St Pauls. I can't wait to go back up there on a clear day to fully appreciate it.
We had some spare time before meeting some other friends so we made a quick stop the One New Change roof terrace whilst we were in the area. Although the weather wasn't great it was nice to go up there at a time when it wasn't full of other people and you could just look over the city without distraction. Although by the looks of it Lizzy found some distraction...
Image 1: Polly Morgan Taxidermy at Horniman Museum and Gardens
Image 2: View from the Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Stree
Image 3: Inside the Sky Garden
Image 4: View of St Pauls from One New Change roof terrace
Image 5: Lizzy at the One New Change roof terrace
My lovely bunny notebook was featured in the April 2015 edition of Cross Stitcher as a cute Easter gift. The pale green, A5 notebooks are made in the UK and for every one sold a 50p donation goes to animal charities. There is a limited stock so act fast if you fancy one.
Take a look at all the notebooks and buy online here.
Last year I was asked to create a bespoke wedding invitation for a couple marrying in early spring.
I knew the couple wanted the design to be very personal to them but retain an element of tradition, so I suggested a floral border with symbols of their relationship and life woven within.
They loved the initial sketches, so after discussing the personal elements they would like included as well as their chosen wedding flowers, I set about creating the hand drawn border.
The primary flowers for the wedding were calla lilies, roses and thistles which I combined with wild flowers and foliage to create the base of the border. The personal elements included their pets, hobbies, jobs and school crest to symbolise where they first met.
Once the hand drawn design was complete it was digitally edited to create a seamless navy border with a romantic, script font chosen to give it a traditional feel. This was matched with a bright orange envelope to fit their bold and bright colour scheme.
After the success of the wedding invites, I was asked to create a coordinating design for the order of service and table plan. I used the original invitation design for the front of the order of service and then extended the floral elements to create a design for the back and inner. I then produced a bolder version of the floral design to use on the table plan so it would retain it's detail at a larger size.
The response to the designs was very positive so I hope to develop some customisable designs for the shop later this year as well as offer a bespoke design service.
If you are interested in bespoke wedding stationery please contact me to discuss your needs.
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