Director Michael Pearce and Mother have created a short film called Gallop for Multiple Sclerosis charity Shift.ms. Without using facts and figures the film looks at the emotional impact of MS diagnosis on a young man, his reaction and that of his girlfriend. It’s a beautifully considered and executed film. WWx
Two of my greatest passions as a designer are for colour and pattern, preferably a visually pleasing combination of the two. I’m going to look at pattern design over the next few weeks and discover a bit more about its rich history and learn how to create tessellating, repeating designs.
Orla Kiely, William Morris and Amy Butler are three of my all-time favourite pattern designers. I wanted to avoid mentioning her name but Cath Kidston kicks ass with her delicate spots, stripes and florals.
Here’s my first attempt at modern geometric pattern. I’d love to get to the point of being able to make my own wrapping papers! Love a challenge! WWx
Feeling a bit grim on Saturday morning and another wet start encouraged us to stay in bed. Eventually getting up at 10:30 James and I decided to head out with brollies for brunch at Bill’s. Their French toast with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, walnut yoghurt and mapel syrup was a sensation yet again – it’s so hard to vary menu choice when the toast is just so damn good! Especially with a hot chocolate (luxury with cream and flake), perfect for a rainy October, err, July day. After a light bit of shopping we headed back to crack on with inevitable weekend chores.
I planned to do another 20 minute illustration or doodle on Saturday. I started out with the best intention, to focus and come up with something in 20 minutes. Until Avatar started. Three hours later my doodle was done. I would say it’s roughly a 20 minute illustration but created during three hours of distraction. I love cake!WWx
In an attempt to create more art and illustrations I’m going toset myself 2o minute challenges. Here’s the first of (hopefully) a long series of creative pieces!I should imagine a number of them will be pretty strange so I apologise in advance!
I’m popping to France for the weekend so no posts until Monday. I’m taking my camera to get a few interesting pictures – if it stops raining for 5 minutes! WWx
It’s been a few weeks since our trip to Wells for my birthday. It was a glorious few days of weather in a gorgeous location, with amazing company – thank you James. We stayed at the Swan Hotel in the centre of Wells, which famously featured in Hot Fuzz as the temporary home of Nicholas Angel. We were very excited to find we had a four poster bed!
The Bishop’s Palace, Home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years, is surrounded by a deep and wide moat. Entering you cross a flagstone drawbridge, under a portcullis to get to a hidden gem of a garden in the heart of the City. In the outer gardens there are pools which are the source of water from which the City of Wells takes its name. If you’re headed to Wells make the Cathedral and Palace first on your visit list! Cheddar Gorge. Beautiful Gorge but really depressing over-commercialisation. Should really be called Costa Gorge. Overpriced and pretty disappointing ‘attraction’. Lovely for a walk, although pavements would have been nice. The road is winding with blind bends so a gentle stroll to see the glory of the gorge is almost impossible and pretty dangerous. Sad to see a beauty spot so abused by tourism and the need to make money. If you’re visiting the Wells area don’t make an effort to go!WWX
As every week passes the harvest gets more abundant. Today was a good day with potatoes, beetroot, radishes, kale, gooseberries, loganberries, blackcurrants, strawberries and handfuls of rosemary and sage. Yummy. WWx
Swoon at this awesomesong map from Dorothy. Dorothy is a collective of like-minded people working on unlike-minded ideas. The road map is made up of 390 song titles: from Highway to Hell to Penny Lane, Itchycoo Park to Heartbreak Hotel.
The print, inspired by team Dorothy’s unhealthy obsession with music, has been created for music geeks and includes an A-Z key listing all featured songs and artists. You can also hear all the songs on a playlist Dorothy have created on Spotify, with 23 hours worth of music. I can never resist a map, great idea. WWX
I came first across Heath Killen on designspiration.net and since then I’ve been drawn to his work wherever I’ve found it. This Australian multi-disciplined designer, strategist, and design consultant has a portfolio any designer would dream of creating. Particularly me. His style is everything I aspire to. Heath’s work has been published in books by Gestalten and Victionary, magazines such as IdN, Grafik, Design Week and Desktop as well as a range of popular blogs such as The Fox Is Black, Grain Edit and Site Inspire. WWx
London-based branding agency Bear has created the new identity for British Gymnastics including a playful visual and of course a new logotype. The branding shows beautiful translucent chiffon like graphics blending from blue-purple-pink-red appearing to twist and move, representing actual gymnastic moves, created by photographer Giles Revell in collaboration with 3D artist Ben Koppel. WWX
I’m very excited. Today Fab.com, announced that they have formally launched in the UK. Check out the all new Fab UK! The guys from Fab say: “Fab exists for one simple reason: To make you smile. Every day we set out to delight you, inspire you, make you laugh, and give you something to look forward to. With daily deals on the very best of design, we’re dedicated to helping you discover, share and buy brilliant design. We’re also passionate about supporting designers and helping them connect with a worldwide audience of design enthusiasts.”
I’m really excited to see what innovative, beautifully designed pieces come up daily for me to coo over, and occasionally buy! WWX