This Saturday I went to a wonderful calligraphy class at The Blacksmith & Toffee Maker in Angel, organised by Quill London, and taught by Imogen Owen. I'd been looking around for a calligraphy class for a while, but all the ones I'd found seemed too lengthy or expensive. So when I found out about this through Quill's twitter feed I jumped at the chance and signed up. It completely outdid my expectations, and was super fun. The course was structured perfectly and realistically, and Imogen was a great teacher - I seriously cannot believe how much I learnt and achieved in just three hours! I cannot wait to get stuck in and start using this new skill in my design work!
And just like that it's been over a month since I shared my Brooklyn photos! I guess I'm trying to make the most of this lovely lovely Summer. But anyway, back to a very crisp cold March in Manhattan...
I definitely preferred New York second time round, even though I still wanted to scream in people's faces every time I got near Time's Square, ahem... and I'm so glad I got to do a few of the things I didn't do back in 2004! Some of my favourite things in Manhattan this time were...
+ Going to the Top of the Rock. Hands down a much better view than from the Empire State.
+ Shopping in Soho. Urm. Kinda wish I'd discovered that earlier on in the trip, could have mooched around there for days.
+ The High Line. I loved the way this elevated walk way interacts with the city, giving some incredible views along the way. And the architecture of the High Line itself is seriously beautiful.
+ The Chrysler Building. Still my favourite.
+ MOMA. Wish I'd had more time here too, such a gorgeous museum, and soooo many amazing pieces of art. I hung out in the Kandinsky room for ages.
+ That wall by Maya Hayuk in the Lower East Side. We took seven million photos. I loved it so much.
Photos - mixture of lumix DLSR and iPhone 5 + vsco cam.
If you've followed me on instagram for a while, you'll know I've always been pretty obsessed with taking photos of my feet. Sort of as a way of recording where I am, or what I'm doing. I think it's just a bit of a fun way to document little things! Anyway, my friend Claire challenged me at the start of 2014 to take one of these photos every week, for a year. So far, I've managed to stick to it, and it's been pretty fun! There have been a couple of weeks where I've struggled to find something picturesque enough, but there have also been a few weeks when I've wanted to post three photos! But overall, I like them, and I think they're making me document more things which is nice! As we're half way through the year *wargh* I thought I'd share a few of my faves.
Here's the the rest of 2014! You can follow along here.
I was slightly blown away by these photos when I stumbled across them the other day, they're crazy beautiful and I just love the concept so much. Yuji is a photographer from Osaka, Japan, and his series Primal Mountain is made using just foil. It's so minimal but so stunning at the same time; the light, colours and textures in these shots are amazing. I think this series is just a little bit magic.
1 | Your favourite photo blown up all big for your wall? Sure, I might just do that.
2 | Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre (that's 1984 to you and me) make the prettiest loveliest scarves of all time, non?
3 | These beautiful wedding stationery designs by color me carla are mindblowingly gorgeous!
4 | Yep. This skirt please.
5 | Summer is here and I would like to wear a flower crown every day, okay?
6 | I'm a little bit obsessed with patterns at the moment. This pomegranate one by Miji Lee is totally fun and totally swoony.
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I was lucky enough to visit New York for a week in March, and it was sooo fabulous. We had the most brilliant, fantastic and hilarious holiday! I hadn't been for a decade, and loved it so much more this time around, partly I think because we were staying in Brooklyn, which is definitely much more my vibe than hectic Manhattan! We stayed in Greenpoint which was completely perfect for us. The photo above was taken the night we arrived - we fell for the area pretty quickly! I loved how laid back, arty and cool Brooklyn is; we often felt like locals there rather than like tourists which I think is definitely the best way to see a place. For some reason it's taken me an age to share my photos, but better late than never hey? It's nice to look back on them...
I really recommend staying in Brooklyn. I really think the craziness of Manhattan would have gotten to be a bit too much 24/7, and also, there are just some reeeeally cool places over on the Brooklyn side! Some of my favourite things in Brooklyn were...
+ That swoony view across to Manhattan.
+ Shopping in Williamsburg. I loved the area around Bedford Avenue and Franklin Street running back up to Greenpoint. I could have shopped here for days!
+ Coffee and design at Budin NYC.
+ The Box House Hotel. We booked this place after a recommendation and some brilliant reviews which it really lived up to. This hotel is awesome!
+ Drinks and brunch at Coco. We loved this place so much we went back!
+ All that lovely street art.
I'll be back soon with some photos of Manhattan!
Photos - mixture of lumix DLSR and iPhone 5 + vsco cam.
I wanted to share with you a wedding order of service which I was recently asked to design. El & Roger wanted something modern, minimalist and perfect for Spring! I combined hand drawn typography with a clean and modern font, and added leafy illustrations to give it a bit of personality and ensure it was in-keeping for their beautiful May wedding!
I'm trying to take on more and more freelance design work now, as I just really love doing it. I feel like I could paint, scribble, draw away and play around on illustrator for hours without getting bored! I've set up a facebook page too (eek!), so if you're on there feel free to follow along where I'll be sharing more of my work. And please get in touch if you're looking for a freelance designer!
+ first photo courtesy of my lovely big sister!
I was in Bristol over the lovely sunny bank holiday weekend, and visited some artists’ studios on Spike Island which were open to the public as part of Bristol Art Weekender. I was completely inspired by all the beautiful art, prints and studios; I seriously hope that one day I’ll have a space where I can be as creative and messy as possible! Anyway, by far my favourite discovery of the visit was artist Judy Rodrigues, and her beautiful mixed media paintings. They’re some of the prettiest most dreamiest paintings I’ve seen, and the one pictured above I literally couldn’t stop staring at! Inspired by nature Judy uses a variety of media (including neon highlighters!) to evolve and layer her paintings. The results are just swoony!
In completely unrelated news, I've started a facebook page for my design work. Gargh! A little scary as I don't often use facebook, but I've been spending more and more time doing freelance design work so thought it was about time! You can follow along here.
First photo - iPhone5 + vsco cam, all other images from here.
Pretty much every four-day Easter weekend I go down to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset for a little holiday with a load of family and friends, and I’m talking 70+ people! It has become a bit legendary and gets bigger and better each year. This year was the 25th anniversary, and so we celebrated at sunset at the top of a cliff, with speeches, champagne, fairy lights, bunting, sparklers, a bonfire, singing, fireworks and a whole lot of love. It might just have been one of the prettiest and most magical nights of my life!
I hope you all had lovely Easter weekends! I'm hoping to get back to more regular blogging soon, I have a few fun projects on at the mo which are eating up all my free time, but feel like I have so much to share on here so will be back soon!
Photos - iPhone 5 + vsco cam.
I feel like I'm being bombarded with inspiration at the moment, I've been away a lot recently, which I think is why - getting out and about and visiting new places is definitely the best way to inspire my creativity. But for rainy Sundays in London, there is always pinterest...
1 | Those instagram marshmallows, as cake toppers. So silly it's bloody brilliant.
2 | I pretty much love every aspect and tiny detail of this home in Gothenburg, swoon!
3 | These photos by Chris Ozer for the new NYT app are stunning - that New York skyline... take me back already!
4 | Oh hi most lovely beautiful typography in the world. Designed by Jessica Svendsen.
5 | Above my desk, which is now all tidy and lovely - a perfect space for getting creative. It makes all the difference!
6 | These please.
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