It is drawing up the most anticipated holiday of them all.. Christmas. I am sure with lots of christmas shopping to do you will want everything you give to a loved one to be extra special. The way you can easily get your hands on something one of a kind and made with extra love and care is to shop independently. With large companies like Not on the High Street and Etsy you'll be sure to find vast amounts of suppliers and products from so many small and talented independent businesses.
This year I have promised to myself to only buy from small independent businesses to help support the makers, the painters, the drawers, the graphic designers and many more talented people out there.
I have put together a small list of my absolute favs!
Polly Fern is an incredibly talented illustrator and ceramist with a really cute canary. Her ceramics are top of my list for christmas this year! Her website can be found HERE.
Although she is not based in the UK but over in Brooklyn I thought she would be worth a special mention. She makes weavings and wall hangings as commissions, teaches beginners weaving classes and makes beginner weaving kits. The colours she uses in each weaving are lush! Her Instagram can be found HERE.
Geo-fleur is a small company which has been around for about a year. With their amazing eye for contemporary design and beautiful use of pastels they are already making a massive impression on the word of makers and design. Every desk needs a Geo-fleur pot in my opinion.. Order from their website HERE.
It has been a long time since my last blog post which I apologise for. It has been a busy few months with a long trip to Morocco and finally becoming a full time freelancer! No more part time malarky so all my lovely clients have the pleasure of my full attention.. Hallelujah! I am also now based in a lovely studio in central Brixton.
I have to say Morocco is definitely one of the most beautiful, but contradictorily, one of the most difficult places I have ever been. I visited 11 places in total which all had completely different personalities.
Essaouira, pictured above was without a doubt my absolute favourite place in Morocco. It had the hustle and bustle the rest of the country had to offer but delivered a certain charm that the other parts lacked.
Chefchouen pictured above is a village in the South East of Morocco where the whole medina has been painted blue for religious reasons. It's pleasingly photogenic every where you turn and it the most traditional place I visited. We had a bit of a run in with Eid al-Adha during our stay here. I won't give too many details but there were plenty of slaughtered sheep..
I recently had the pleasure of coming up with the brand identity for Wolf Supper Club, a bi-monthly supper club with a limited number of seats. Expect a home made cocktail followed by a delicious three course meal for you to wolf down! They recently had their first supper club which looked pretty fantastic.
This menu consisted of some mouth-watering combinations including a rosemary and cucumber gin sour cocktail with a romesco crostini on arrival. A smoked trout, beetroot and orange salad to start and a main of slow cooked paprika lamb shoulder and aubergine mash were also on the menu. I believe the next Supper Club is due to have an even more exciting menu so keep a look out for the next event on their Instagram page.
We decided to go for a fairly sleek looking logo, a simple colour palette and a playful edge withe the marbling - which I would 100% recommend to anyone who hasn't tried it. But beware as the marbling liquid is a nightmare to get out of clothes (I learnt the hard way). Pop Bakery also added a creative touch with the marbled cake pops - pictured above.
I've been experimenting with repeat patterns which is a bit of a new departure for me. These are three of my favourites so far - I think they could work really well as notebook covers...