Thursday, 22 December 2011


Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope you all have lots of fun over the holidays, whatever you plans are!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011


Here is another project which I've been working on alongside the mini kites.
Its actually a on-going project, which started from a conversation with a good friend where we were discussing different colloquialisms to do with professions such as Builders bum, Pianists fingers, Electricians twitch etc. After which I decided it could be fun to try and interpret them visually. I also though it could be interesting to mix them up with some of my own made-up colloquialisms, see if you can guess which ones are mine, and guess their names?
In terms of the imagery, I wanted them to be quite quick and punchy as well as working with coloured backgrounds. This has been (and will continue to be) a really great exercise to just focus on the message of the image and to simplify the technique used to create it, as I often find that the original idea can be lost if the image is too overworked.
It has also been great experimenting with coloured backgrounds, which is something that I rarely do. But I'm really surprised at the visual impact a coloured background can give a image,its probably quite obvious really, but is something that I often overlook. This
project has been a great challenge, but has really push my work for the better. I'm looking forward to continually working on it and i'm looking forward to seeing how it develops and informs my other work.

The postcards are on sale at the YCN shop, details of which can be found here!
However, they are not available on the online shop yet, but I will keep you posted on when
they will be!

Friday, 9 December 2011

YCN Christmas shop

Hello All,

Last night saw the grand opening of the Y.C.N Christmas Shop, which was a really exciting event with lots of treats to look at and buy. It has been a really exciting last few weeks as I've been producing lots of different products for the shop; such as wrapping paper, postcards (which I will be posting about soon) and the Mini kites. It has been a really great experience working with the Y.C.N design team as I've seen the whole process from start to finish. I have learn't a lot about the different elements of production as well as new possibilities, such as a postcard book which will be out soon!
Thanks to everyone who came down last night and to the whole Y.C.N team for all their help over the last few weeks.
The shop will be open from now on, so if your in the area, please pop in and have a nose around!
if you can't make it to the shop then all the products can be seen on the Y.C.N online store which can be found here!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011


Here is another update on the Y.C.N Christmas shop, which opens this Thursday 8th December.

Along with the mini kites, I was also very kindly asked to produce a wrapping paper for Y.C.N which will be on sale at their new shop and on their online store.
This is the first time that I've produced a wrapping paper, so I was really excited when I was ask to make this. It also gave me the opportunity to experiment with repeat pattern, which is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. The technique itself is quite difficult, as its a lot of cutting and pasting, but its really rewarding once you get it right. The repeat that I created in the end was quite simple (image above is a crop the original is a lot bigger!!) as I wanted the image to work as a poster as well as wrapping paper. Just because I know from myself that I often buy wrapping paper which ends up becoming a poster, so I think that is nice to give people the option. Its been really exciting to work with this technique and I look forward to doing more in the future, as well as trying out more busier compositions.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

KITES, KITES, KITES of all shapes and sizes

I haven't blogged much recently due to lots of exciting bits and bobs going on, but I have lots of fun things to post - which I will do over the next week or so!
In the mean time here is a few snaps of one of the things that I have been working over the last few weeks. Recently I, along with Y.C.N, have been producing Mini kites for the Y.C.N Christmas shop which will see its grand opening this Thursday ( 8th December). It has been quite and challenge, but also really exciting trying to recreate my larger kites into a smaller production friendly version. I have been experimenting with simplifying some of the elements, such as how the paper characters are now just made from a single sheet of paper instead of a college of several sheets. This research has given me great insight into how I could potentially produce the larger kites in a simpler way and maybe a way of putting them it to production to sell.
In the mean time the if you would like to buy one of the Mini kites they will be available to buy at the newly opened YCN shop or on their online store info on both of these can be found here.
I will be also showing the original Big kites at the Y.C.N Christmas shop, so if you are in the area it will be nice to see you their on Thursday night.
Thanks again to Y.C.N for all their help and support in making the kites.

Monday, 21 November 2011



Here is a fun project which I was asked to do recently. The idea of the project was to create a play list that inspires the creative process which is then up loaded to the site and added to every month with new creatives. It's the creation of Rose Blake and gives a great insight into the inspiration of lots of different and interesting artist's, designers and makers. Its also a pretty cool site for finding new musicians, my personal favorites are Jody Barton and Jim Stoten.
If you would like to listen to my playlist you can see it here.
Thanks Rose for asking me to join in - its was great fun!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011


A few months back I was asked to illustrate a map for University College Dublin campus. The maps main aim was to highlight some of the historic buildings and walks that can be found around the college campus. Being the biggest University in Dublin, you can expect that their are many amazing and historic buildings on the campus which were great objects of reference. Both the scale of the project and the range of buildings was very interesting as well as rewarding. The buildings ranged the 1800s to the present day so their designs varied which made it all the more exciting to illustrate.
Along with the buildings their are also a number of sculptures and other land marks which made the project a great exercise.

From a design prospective it was a challenge but also rewarding as the drawings were to be shown at different scales (one scale for the map and another for the cover).
overall I was really happy with how the project looks and I feel that my practice has benefited greatly from this project.

Thanks to Simon at Smoke and mirrors studio for his positive feedback and for giving me the opportunity to work with him on this project.

Monday, 31 October 2011


Happy Halloween everyone!
I thought I would celebrate this scary part of the season with a big chinned witch - and why not!
hope you have fun whatever you do and keep your eyes peeled for you might spot a big chin and broomstick whizzing through the night sky.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Computer snoozer!

Hi All,
Been busy the last week with some exciting projects (which I'll be posting over the next week or so) one of which is an idea for a product that I'm thinking of putting in to production. Its a keyboard mat to stop the dust and bits'n'bobs that gather around the keys of a laptop from getting on the screen when you close it. I been looking at various techniques and materials to produce them, so fingers crossed I should be able the have some available to buy very soon.
Here are a few of the designs that I have made so far, I've been trying make images that play around with the idea of closing the laptop or turning it off for the day.

Monday, 17 October 2011


Hi ,
Last week I manage to do a spot of screen printing which was really good fun. Feeling a little rusty on the technical side I decided to go to one of the classes at print club London (a really great space with some great facilities). As the class only had a day to produce a print it had to be very simple and only one layer. I found this a little tricky to create an image that had the same tonal range as my other work but in only one layer/one colour. In the class we were taught about how to minimize the amount of screens that we used per print though various techniques.
One of which was halftone dots, a method which is basically a shape made of a series of dots
which the tonal level of the image is adjusted by the space between the dots.
I have seen this technique before, but never considered using it in my own work. I feel that it has great potential for creating texture in the flat blocks of colour that appears in my work. I will need to experiment with it a little more, trying out how it looks in different amounts. But I was really happy to have discovered another direction for my work.