Well I haven't shared one of these in a while! If you haven't already noticed through all my instagramming, I recently moved to Sydney, yay! (more on that to come soon, promise!) It's all great so far, summer in January is wonderful, and I'm feeling ridiculously inspired. I've got some mega 2016 goals, one of which is to blog more often, but more importantly to design and be creative more often! I'm loving calm colours and clean lines at the moment, and you can see way more of that over on my Pinterest! I put this little moodboard together for something I'm about to start working on, which hopefully I'll be able to share with you very soon!
I'm fiiiiinally getting around to sharing some more wedding stationery which I designed way back at the start of the year, for some very good friends of mine. Kate and Ian wanted something colourful and fun and in keeping with their gorgeous summer wedding. I combined hand painted type with a clean and modern font, and had all the fun painting watercolour dots and pencil circles to add to the design. It was great to see all the different elements of the wedding stationery come together, and loved the end result!
You might have noticed I'm waaaay behind on blog posts! I'm hoping to catch up on it all and get back to it properly soon!
I spent a few days at the beginning of June in lovely Lisbon. Woah. This city is ridiculously cool. I completely loved the place. Unlike a lot of European capital cities there isn't a huge lists of sites to tick off, and so it's a fantastic place to just explore, take in the beautiful architecture, get lost in tiny side streets, look out across all the amazing views and eat all the pastel de nata as is humanly possible! It's also ridiculously cheap, and so a lot of incredible seafood and delicious wine was consumed. If you get the chance, go!
I feel like Lisbon is a city I could happily live in! I loved the vibe of the whole place and everyone was super friendly, can't wait to go back already! Some highlights were -
+ Drinks at sunset at Park - a bar on the roof of a multi-storey car park! It took a while to find the right door in the car park, but the views and the wine were sooo worth it!
+ Seafood supper at Mercado da Ribeira, a super cool food market down by the docks. This had been recommended to me by a few people, it has such a buzzing atmosphere and sooooo much incredible good food. It's the kind of place you could go to over and over again.
+ Seeing some live music in Barrio Alto - we stayed in this area, and it's has a bit of a hot summer party night feel the whole time. It's also crazy crazy pretty and covered in all those incredible patterned tiles.
+ Popping into Manteigaria - Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata - for the tastiest pastel de nata, and to see them being made in all their gorgeousness.
+ Taking the train out of Lisbon to Cascais, to swim in the sea and sunbathe on the sand! It's a really pretty seaside town too.
+ A trip to the LX Factory - now I really could have spent days here! Sitting under the Pont 25 de Abril, this transformed warehouse contains bars, design stores, artists, a flea market, the most incredible book shop I've ever seen and loads more.
+ Taking the number 28 tram, just for the experience, it's kinda hilarious and a little like a tiny roller coaster.
+ Getting lost in the tiny little streets in the Alfama district of the city, it's crazy beautiful, super colourful and really olden times.
Photos - iPhone 5 + vsco cam.
I recently had the privilege to design wedding stationery for some very very good friends of mine, and wanted to share the end result with you. Hus & Clare asked me to design something classic and minimal, with a bit of my hand-drawn typography thrown in, and just a teeny bit of colour. In some respects I felt these invitations were quite different from my usual style, but in other ways I think they're so 'me'! Either way, I loved the end result. And also, it was just such a crazy beautiful wedding!
According to the internet, it's *national stationery week*. Whaaaaaaa?! Who even knew that was a thing? I didn't. But it's ok by me. Because I bloody love the stuff. The majority of my design work lately has been lovely stationery - more on that soon - and pinterest is just a constant source of gorgeous inspiration, I mean, look! Gaaaaagh! Just thought I'd share a few of my faves here...
1 | I recently discovered Script Merchant, and their stunning typographic invites.
2 | A super sweet watercolour design by The Lovely Drawer.
3 | I couldn't get over this invitation design when I first saw it. Completely incredible and insanely beautiful, by Belinda Love Lee.
4 | Yay for floral typography. Beau-Tied, for Green Wedding Shoes.
5 | Ok, I just love love this. It's so happy. It's by Suite Paperie. They have a lot of lovely stuff,
6 | And a lovely illustrated design by Ryn Frank.
A lovely spring weekend in Oxford. The loveliest wedding, the prettiest buildings and the pinkest blossom. So happy that Spring is finally here. Let's just pretend like it's not all grey and gloomy outside today, yeah?!
Photos - iPhone 5 + vsco cam.
The end of January was spent at the top of the French Alps, surrounded by fluffy snow, incredible scenery, cheese & wine and a lovely lovely bunch of friends. It had been waaaay too long since I'd last been skiing. And it was amazing! I'd had a mega cough over Christmas and the new year which resulted in a nasty bout of costochondritis over January and was on all the pain killers at the start... but it's kinda magic how quickly a bit of mountain air can fix you up! It was one of the most snowy ski holidays I've ever been on, sooooooo much snow. Which made for a few pretty cloudy ski days, but then some of the prettiest mountain scenes ever ever. La Rosière was beautiful, and here are a few of my favourite snaps.
Photos - iPhone 5 + vsco cam.
I designed a bespoke order of service towards the end of last year for a lovely couple that I wanted to share with you. Sadie and Andy had a really clear idea of what they wanted; something very delicate, soft and a little vintage to compliment all the gorgeous details of their wedding. They'd already chosen the font American Typewriter which they'd used throughout their wedding stationery, so I stuck with this and I chose a colour palette which worked well with the flowers and dresses on the day. I hand drew some roses and lovebirds which I converted to vector in illustrator to add all the pretty delicate details.
Photographing some of my recent design work, and updating my portfolio is high up on the to-do list for 2015, so hopefully I'll be sharing more new work soon!
+ first photo courtesy of my lovely sister!
Well... I completed the 2014 #fromwhereistand challenge! It was actually mostly so much fun, and it's kinda nice to have the year recorded in 52 of these photos! I think it's gonna be quite difficult to give this up, so you'll probably still see a few of them here and there on my instagram! Quite a few of my friends and family were big fans of this project, so I got a load of cute little instagram greeting cards made from social print studio to give as little Christmas gifts, and they're the sweetest! I really recommend them.
You can see all 52 weeks here :)
Happy New Year you lovely lot! I hope you have had a wonderful festive break and are super excited about 2015! I cannot believe how fast this past year has flown by. It's been pretty full on for me, and completely wonderful, but I feel like I haven't stopped, which maybe explains why I ended the year getting horribly ill! But I'm so super grateful for the design projects I've had the opportunity to work on and for the support & encouragement people have given to me. So I just wanted to pop by and say thank you thank you thank you! I hope 2015 is everything you wish for and more!