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Free Range (and no I don’t mean eggs!!!)


My ‘summer’ is here, but its still raining and my kids have a better social life than me…been whisked away on day trips out, going to parties and been brought presents! Today infact, they have gone to the Big Smoke with their Grandparents, which they were very excited about (and mummy a little jealous)! Although, patience is a virtue, as it’s my turn next week to head to London to go to ‘The Free Range’ show in Brick Lane. Showcasing the best new Fashion, Art, Design, Photography,  Motion Arts, interiors & Architecture, it’s going to be an inspiring day out!


“Free Range provides a brilliant platform for graduates to showcase their creative talents to a diverse audience in the epicentre of London’s creative scene, I can’t wait to see what this year’s graduates have put together!”  – GILES DEACON


See the light

Urban Line was inspired by London and from that it evolved into a project with many focuses including collage, cutout and lighting. This was a lampshade I created as a proto-type using a selection of fabrics which i created for this collection. (The spotty vase is merely for the photo and not as part of the design).


I really love the texture of the crumpled fabrics used here and I think the fabrics with a white background really standout in this collection.

Outside the box

As a designer, you have to go with your instinct and stay true to the project you are working on. For every decision you make, there is no right or wrong but  the most important part is to just make a decision and go with it. 


For my recent Urban Line collection, I had to create a content board. Content boards are similar to a mood board in that it is a board (often A3) that captures the essence of the content. You should use both secondary and primary images to help convey this. It should be a little ‘window’ or (taster) into the ideas behind your collection and a great source of inspiration. Generally these boards would be flat (with maybe a little texture), however whilst creating the content board for ‘Urban Line’, I had a great urge, as a designer, to bring it off the page and to really give the viewer the idea of the large amounts of construction within the city. This led to the creation of a 3D board…very similar to that of a shadow box.


I have really thought outside the box (haha no pun intended!) with this handcrafted ‘content board’. It was a risky idea, but one which as a designer I fully back as I feel this is much truer to the essence and nature of my project than an almost flat piece of paper. I have yet to have feedback on this ‘board’ and it could go either way, but I’m really hoping they love it as much as I do, although I am prepared that I may be told that on this occasion I have pushed the boundaries a little too far (is that possible as a designer?! is that not perhaps our objective?!) .


We shall see!

Mission Tree

Okay, so we blitzed the shopping last night….in and out of town in a couple of hours…most of which was in one department store where we may have ‘accidentally’ got a little carried away and overspent by quite a few £££. But, the kids are only little once and who are we to ruin the ‘magic of christmas’ for them?! And, you know what, Leon is such a sucker for a toy…I swear half of the ones we brought were actually for him!


Today I am living on a promise and I must must must must must must must do the tree with the kiddies before bed, I am working all weekend (yup, even Sunday…must.be.mad!!) and we have a christmas doo tomorrow evening (yippee!!! Love a good ole knees-up) so it HAS to be done today. So enough waffle from me, I’m on  a mission….. tree, tree, tree.


P.S : By the way, just incase you were wondering those designs ^^^^^^^^…NOTHING absolutely what-so-ever to do with trees or christmas or my mission…but they are a variant of a recent final design I created, so I thought I’d share with my favs! EnjoY!

Urban Line

I am just waiting for my final designs to print and thought I’d quickly show you a sneak peak of the collection I have been busy designing. Hop aboard the ‘Urban Line’.


11:25 and still smiling…

SO, its 11:25 on a Saturday night and here I am working away at my desk…now that’s what I call commitment!

We’ve had some fantastic weekends of late and we have really been trying to make the most of this precious time together as a family, but with deadline looming this friday and the kids in bed, I am furiously  working away throwing every last ounce of energy into this brief. I desperately wanted a weekend away at the Clothes Show Live (Birmingham NEC) this weekend (surely armed with a student ticket could have been grounds to call it ‘educational?!’ or a ‘research’ trip?!) but with commitments it just really wasn’t possible. On the upside though, I’m pretty sure I have just about convinced Leon that a trip to the ‘Victoria & Albert’ Museum (hark at me, the one who usually HATES museums) would be fun!

So, back to the project in-hand…Now, this colours this project lends itself too, are not necessarily colours I am naturally drawn too or even actually appear in my designs very often, however it’s no secret I love to play and this design, with the colours changed really made me smile 🙂


It actually changes the design into something else completely! Love this! So me 🙂

Happy Weekend everyone!

Red Lines

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So back to the London trip, as part of my design process, I have had to create three boards on texture, colour and content. These sum up my trip to London in a nutshell. The colour board is predominately red as in london, red seems to be everywhere…on the tube maps, on sign posts, on the road, on the buses….the list is endless. Outside there was obviously, lots of references to structural and organic colours such as browns, greys, greens and blues. A hint of yellow also creeps in, appearing on the tube map and as you can see on the picture above, on the edges of platforms.

colorboard2With all the pictures I took, my content and texture boards were easy to create. I have designed each of these boards in keeping with the style of the overall project, which is why the photos are all in linear lines as I see London (and this project) is all about the lines (be it on the tube map, the buildings and the structures….lines are everywhere!)