A little piece of Oban

Finally have had some time to edit this artwork from my most recent batch. It’s been a busy fortnight (which is always good, “better busy than bored” I usually say). And I must say, I’m quite charmed by this mussel shell. She was found whilst meandering down one of the bays on the Isle of Kerrera, not far from Oban. These Scottish Isles have always been a favourite of mine. Especially when it comes to getting out into nature and enjoying a moment away from technology and busy city life.

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Not just a rock..

For you it’s just a rock, for me it’s a startling natural artwork. This weekend, take a moment to be captivated by the stunning organic shapes, patterns and textures crafted by nature. Even if you’re here in the UK with the rain and wind, you can do so even just by looking out the window and watching the rain fall.

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Driftwood

Some people wonder how a bit of driftwood, a leaf or rock could possibly inspire me so much. I guess for me it’s more than just a bit of wood. If you take some time to look closely, you’ll see some intricate details, natural textures and unique organic shapes. Sometimes we just have to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.. take time today to enjoy a little bit of nature if you can. 

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Rock coral

This little piece of rock coral is so delicate and charming. I’m really enjoying all its lumps and bumps and natural textures.

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Dried seaweed

These dried up curly bits of seaweed are just so startling. They’ve hardened and turned into wood-like objects. Next time I go to Holy Island I’ll definitely be taking a bucket with me to collect more! Their natural shapes really do intrigue me.

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Little beach stone

This little guy is going to look great as part of one of my hanging compositions. And look at those cute-as little fellas riding on his back. For me, all about the tiny details; each item collected and celebrated for its startling beauty. 

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Hanging artworks

Creating art is one of the areas in my life where I can be free. There are no client briefs, no limits, no deadlines or fussy intruders. But sometimes it’s this freedom that makes one feel stuck. Stuck with direction, with no one pushing you and nothing to guide you. Feeling stuck eventually makes your stomach grumble. You feel hungry to try new things, to set your heart on fire with energy and passion for crafting those amazing creations you dream about every night. I’m so glad my hunger has finally pushed me to try something new and give my ideas a go. This photograph is one of the first of many hanging artworks. Painstakingly and patiently constructed using bits and pieces I’ve collected from various beaches around the world. 

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Experimenting with natural objects

I’ve been experimenting with some new photographic techniques in the studio since coming back from a trip to Portugal. I find trips away from work are invaluable for a fresh point of view and developing ideas. I just love working with natural objects so I wanted to try crafting some interesting compositions with my beautiful finds and see what would come of it.

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Photoless Locket

"The locket is 18 years old. Not sure why it doesn't have a photo in it. It's part of a huge collection of jewelry I own. I try to wear a different one every day." 

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Olympus Camera

"I've kept this in my pocket for about 3 years. I like to use it to capture my friends having fun. I look forward to look back on the photos in about 20 years time to a time when I was young.. so it's kind of like a time capsule. The tape is because I keep dropping it."

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Featured on Behance!

So proud to have my project featured on the main Behance gallery! This is a very proud moment as it’s something I’ve been working towards for a while 😌😌 Thanks to everyone for the lovely comments and support, I’m going to go dance for a bit now, hehe. 

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New Project: 9th and Larkin

Excited to share with you my latest design project. San Francisco based, bean-to-bar chocolatier, 9th & Larkin pride themselves in hand-crafting each and every chocolate bar, directly from the raw cacao beans they source from regions all around the world. In order to create a packaging design that would reflect the rawness of their product, it felt natural to turn to the point of origin of the chocolate: the cacao pod. The dried skin of the cacao pod provided a striking, one-of-a-kind pattern that was then transferred on to silk for screen printing. The resulting effect; a unique and tactile texture that resonates the chocolate’s call to nature. 

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Hair Bobble

"My grandma always told me to never cut my hair. She had to have hers cut after having a stroke, which is something she always regretted. I haven't cut my hair for 8 years and always keep a hair bobble on my wrist to remind me of her." 

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Rainbow Love Card

"I was completely drunk at a festival in Amsterdam a few years ago, when a girl skipped up to me and gave it to me. I remember thinking she was like an angel. I've kept it in my wallet ever since." 

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Extra Packet

"I work in a nightclub. It can get pretty messy at times, so I make sure I always keep a packet of gum with me. I don't chew gum any other time, just at work." 

Aerograph

“I did my art degree in Bristol in the late 70, and hen I left Bristol I was doing a lot of ink drawings.. I bought this so that I could have a play around and experiment really...” 

Proggy Tool

"For my love of all things textiles. Hooky and Proggy mats were a common sight in working class homes in the North East of England until the mid 20th century. The mats were made from old sacks and recycled fabric to keep floors warm before homes had carpets. I teach proggy classes, so this tool has been used to teach children and rekindle a passion in the older generations." 

Hairdryer

"The building I was in at the time was moving location, so there was quiet a lot of boxes filled with unwanted items to give away or sell. I found this vintage hairdryer in amongst it all and kept it for some reason. Maybe it was the beauty of the thing, maybe just a bit of nostalgia.. who knows but I still have it here in my drawer incase I might need it some day..."