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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!

One week to go!

So, its all here far too quickly once again and next week this time it shall almost all be over! And so far we are wayyyy behind schedule. No christmas tree, very little pressies and absolutely no food! To make it worse, Leon and I are both working right up to Christmas Eve…ekkk! Panic not though, it will all come together….after all, for the last ten years we have been the pro’s of pulling together a ‘Last minute Xmas’ (and we have even been known to have taken our tree down on boxing day! Our house is just far too small for a tree and two small children!) Whilst I am off to make a start on the last minute preparations, I will leave you with one of my recent final designs.


This design is a variant from my ‘Urban Line’ collection.

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’.


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!)




So, today was largely spent whittling down those photos to 244! Followed by lots of sketching and researching all the inspirational things I discovered over the weekend.Where do I start…so much to show you and I was only there for little over 29hrs!

We stayed at a pub in Wembley and although I’ve driven through I’ve never actually stopped and explored wembley before. So, we decided to have a little wander around on our arrival before heading over to Camden. Our accommodation was very close to the stadium and  the stadium in itself was just full of inspiration, so many curves and lines all the right places.

Just look at this wonderful lettering I found just day the hill.

Fabulous shapes!

Lines EVERYWHERE within the city….

We then took the long tube ride over to the treasure of Camden…a place I’d never yet made it to…but wow, we were in our element, the place was full of atmosphere and individualism, a unique hub of London.

Totally inspired by this place and the mass of people within, so many cultures and ideas brought together in one place.

I really couldn’t have spent a day in a better place. It was buzzing. After a while of exploring, we had the most a.mazin.g starbucks by the canel and it was getting late so we decided to head towards the tube. As we were coming out of starbucks, we spotted a band that was setting up earliar, playing on the side, with a crowd gathered round. This encompassed everything I love about London!

We got back to the tube, but you what…we were enjoying the ambiance of Camden so much we decided to just keep on walking. Exploring the streets ahead and seeking more inspiration on our adventure.

Just LOVE the boldness of that ‘Madness’ poster. Look at all those people…on a sunday evening…where we live you wouldn’t probably even pass this many of a Saturday!

After walking on, we ended up at Mornington Tube, where we looked at the map and ended up heading towards Covent Gardens and Leicester Square. If we thought Camden was busy, that was nothing….

We have both been to central London many a times, so we wandered around for a while absorbing the city, but we did have an ulterior motive in finding some food! We found a lovely traditional pub in Covent Garden with proper ‘homecooked’ food (I really wanted the lasange) but for one reason or another when we went to order they weren’t serving. Gutted wasn’t the word! As we aimlessly left, we passed a couple of ‘Leon’ restaurants, which been his namesake, Hubby was eager to go in! The menu was on my favorite kraft paper and there was a strong history to the brand with many old photographs displayed on the wall of ‘Leon’s’ childhood. Kept him happy!

After our food we were pretty knackered so we headed back to Wembly on the tube….even just walking through Wembly was busy, busy, busy.

The next morning, we headed back East to try and find Brick Lane. To save us changing tubes so many times, I decided we would get off a couple of stops away…DISASTER! We had no clue which way we were going or where we were. Typically the direction I *thought* we were going was the wrong way! But on the upside, we stumbled upon a paperchase. Anyone that knows me KNOWS how much I LOVE paperchase! I could spend (actually I think I probably do) hours and hours wandering around, ‘stroking’ all the gorgeous products!

We passed lots of fantastic architecture..a real mix with the area incorporating many old structures been surrounded by  new building sites

Again, just like the day before lines and geometric shapes featured heavily in the designs.

LOVE how many of these pictures have leaves and organic elements creeping into the viewfinder. This photo is a perfect example of that.

After wandering for a little longer, we finally realised that we both have smartphones with sat nav apps…why didn’t we use that in the first place to find our way. We found brick lane but I must admit after our challenge in finding it I was dissapointed at the quantity of street art. I had a preconception from the hype that is Brick Lane, that the place was filled head to toe with art, but this sadly was not the case. The Street Art we saw was amazing, really wonderful and as a viewer does make you intrigue and wondering what each image stands for, however selfishly,I just wanted more!

We had just a few precious hours left before we had to head back home to reality, so we decided to hop into the centre one last time on our way back to Wembly. We got off at Charing Cross and exited along the embankment. Bea.uti.ful.

(and theres those leaves creeping in with the geometric shapes again!)

For lunch we tried out Nando’s (I swear I came back with my trousers feeling much tighter than before we went!) and  totally fell in love with their interior design.

Sure they thought I was some mad woman snapping away, but all the wonderful design in there and the art on the walls was just so inspirational.

As always, I totally wanted to stay…so many places to go…so much to do….but hubby was having none of it..though I know we’ll be back very soon.

P.S – that’s not bad going from over 1000 photos to 244 to just 27 in this post!