Selfridges : Pat McGrath

I was so impressed by the Pat McGrath pop up in the Selfridges Corner shop… #goals!

Processions March : London

10th June 2018 PROCESSIONS

Marched on London with the women who participated in the mass artwork celebrating 100 years of women voting, in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

Tiles of inspiration

My third visit to Morocco but my first time in Casablanca and Rabat. These two cities have a different pace to Marrakech, less touristy and a much slower pace. I love visiting Morocco as it feels like such an authentic country. Rich in history and traditions which are present on every street edge and corner in its old towns. The Islamic tile art is everywhere to be found once you open your eyes and allow yourself to wander through the alleys and explore.  

Notes to Strangers : Browns, Shoreditch

I see these notes around London on my daily commute and follow @notestostrangers on instagram, so when I saw that Browns, East were collaborating with street artist Andy Leek, I thought i'd check it out!

It was a beautiful, fun and happy installation in the entrance-way to this cool designer store. I love the messages and felt fully cheered up and spurred on by the sentiments!

Weekly Art Fix : Arthur Jafa

Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions

What a great exhibition. Bright / Dark / Positive / Moody. I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibition. Wearing headphones you walk through the zones of this gallery looking at random and powerful images curated by Jafa against a backdrop of sounds, music and dialogue. Seriously emotive and interactive. I enjoyed sitting in the dark room watching the films which seemed again to be so random yet curated. Jafa challenges and questions prevailing assumptions society makes about race and class.

Street Art : Valencia

I visited Valencia with Natasha from @ishootstreetart  in June which was a perfect weekend getaway. Valencia is pure goodness! Its historic old town is slowly being regenerated, but not so fast that the crumbling and decaying buildings and plots have disappeared... instead you have this beautiful contrast of ancient buildings some which have been restored sitting quite comfortably in between graffiti covered walls and buildings. There seems to be a real celebration of street art and its artists as you travel through the narrow streets. For me this is a great weekend destination, amazing spanish food and drink, history, architecture and artwork everywhere! 

Here is a snap shot of what we saw - enjoy!

 

 

Taking a Stand : Grenfell

After the Grenfell fire I felt so sad and helpless. Sitting safe at home, watching the news while the fire raged on, there was nothing I could do but pray for those families who lost everything in that blazing inferno. It was incomprehensible how these people could be so neglected that we were left to watch in sadness as the fire was finally extinguished and then watch again in utter disbelief the stories that started coming from survivors and firemen. 

I was moved to make a sign and get out there and use my voice to protest at Kensington and Chelsea town hall. The people there needed my sign I thought... who would have time to have sorted graphics in such a short space of time? I'm glad I did as there were not many visible signs... there were a lot of very (rightfully) angry people being glared at by the press and their unforgiving cameras. The council were not opening up their doors so I also wanted them, up there in their safe towers to see and read that we the people demand justice for the Grenfell victims.

I was photographed, quoted and filmed by many press organisations. I ended up being one of many voices of protest - I really wanted to articulate the disgust and dismay that many of us are feeling. I felt I had to stand for what I believed in there and then. We all do. We owe it to our communities.

We are London.
We are Strong.

Click link below to view video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-london-40239008?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=59440435e4b06d5de2effd00%26%27This%20isn%27t%20a%20natural%20disaster.%20This%20is%20here%20in%20London.%20It%27s%20disgusting%27%26&ns_fee=0#post_59440435e4b06d5de2effd00

Click link below to view video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-london-40239008?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=59440435e4b06d5de2effd00%26%27This%20isn%27t%20a%20natural%20disaster.%20This%20is%20here%20in%20London.%20It%27s%20disgusting%27%26&ns_fee=0#post_59440435e4b06d5de2effd00

As artists and creatives perhaps now is the time to take a stand for our beliefs? This was spotted in Crystal Palace by artist Artful_Dodger_01.

arfuldodger_01_grenfell

Island Girls Travel : Goa #thechillcreatetakeover

February 2017 - Calangute, Goa

On my recent trip to India I was invited to do a instagram takeover for #Islandgirlstravel an inspirational instagram account run by Chantal of Island Girls Rock

India is an amazing place - this was my second visit and again it was full of surprise and delight. Now i've been back home for a few months and back into the swing of London life I thought it was a good time to post a few pics! 

Women March on London

Saturday 21st January 2017

On Trump's first day of presidency women all around the world marched in protest against him.

London came out in full force and with it some great banners with various protest messages. I went with some friends and made a banner which spoke of my views about trump as a racist and sexist. A protest is just that - an opportunity to say your piece and to represent. The march was positive and brought a sense of unity to us women, we are not and never will be aligned on all our views, but surely it's a positive step in the right direction to stand together and speak your mind.

This is a collection of some of the banners from the day that caught my eye.

Marrakech : The Moroccan Escape

A lovely escape to the sunshine in winter is all one needs to remember the beauty in the world! Marrakech was a great place to visit! The Majorelle Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens i've ever visited. The exotic green palms contrasting with the vibrant Moroccan blue and yellow tones provided such a visual feast for the eyes.

So many gems - enjoy!

HATCH : Talawa Theatre Company

This summer I was introduced to the amazing team at Talawa theatre to help with promotions for their TYPT:16 production of HATCH.

This was a very different design brief! Our first meeting was an open ideas session where everyone who was to be involved in the production met for the first time to develop an idea for the production. No name, concept or script existed at this stage, all ideas were welcome. Such a refreshing way of starting a project! It was an invigorating and lively meeting which left me quite excited as to what I could produce for the graphics.

I gave lots of graphical options for the theme, but the directors were drawn to the more photographic routes which required some quick thinking. I was obsessed by doorways and hatches and everywhere I looked could see some kind of hidden entrance or exit along my daily travels. In the end I found the perfect 'hatch' in Brixton. An old doorway off the high street which genuinely looked as if it was some kind of barrier to a hidden life behind its locked doors.

The other amazing thing that happened was that I got to work with the props team in creating some props for the show. I've always wondered who and how sets are created and this was my first opportunity to get involved. I had a brilliant few days at Talawa painting protest banners, making a police shield and a few other small items. 

The best thing about this whole experience was seeing that after having left the corporate design world there are so many opportunities out there working for other creative people and that my skills and knowledge are easy transferrable! Good stuff. 

Thank you Talawa for the opportunity to work with such vibrant and creative people!

 

Some links about Hatch and Talawa:

View the Hatch website: https://talawablog.wordpress.com/typt16/?p=typt

View a trailer for Hatch: https://youtu.be/7kYJdXsrCps

http://whatsonafrica.org/5-things-loved-hatch/

Art Class Update : Final Week - Life Painting

I've thoroughly enjoyed my weekly art class at the Art Academy in London Bridge. The final class was the perfect end with a beautiful life painting session. The past few weeks have been good to get to grips with painting again. Simple pointers and lessons from the tutor have really made me think about expressive freedom, how to hold the brush and mixing paints to achieve unique colours. Its been a fun and useful practice for me to dedicate one evening a week to purely artistic endeavours. 

The class is over but I am going to try and keep up my weekly art sessions!

Art Class Update : Week 6 -Blue Bananas

This week we focused on tone. We were only allowed to use one colour and white... I opted for blue as i'm interested in learning more about tone in colour rather than just black and white. 

It takes some serious concentration and study to really get tone... which can be quite frustrating. But if you keep at it and keep updating the layers and assessing which is lighter or darker things start to take shape.

A day later I quite like my blue bananas!

Brixton Design Trail - Countdown

For as long as it has been going - I've always enjoyed London Design Week. A great opportunity to get out from the office and hit the streets to see what cool design agencies put out as part of the festival. Having been based in Shoreditch for a number of years, the Clerkenwell design festival and Truman Brewery have been the spots to check out. But this year Brixton is in the mix! 

Big up Brixton! We are now on the design festival map... created by myself of course lol! 

I've been fortunate to work alongside Brixton Design trail and Rocketship Digital on a few items for Brixton Design Trail and I'm very excited to see the map published in the Brixton Bugle.

Visit the website for more information: www.brixtondesigntrail.com

Download the map here

Art Class Update : Week 5 - Printmaking

Linocut Printmaking

Oh what fun. I remember linocut printing from school art classes. Loved it then and I do now again! Such instant satisfaction of seeing a mark you've made appear boldly on a crisp white sheet of paper rolling through the old fashioned big wheel press.

I decided this week to explore another of my regular doodles - circles and triangles. I love the relationship between the shapes as they cross over and create new forms. I think the linocut is a great way to explore these geometric shapes using a quite free handed process.