Alternative Souvenir


For our first CCS project we looked at souvenirs and ways we could create an alternative souvenir to tell an alternative story of London. I focussed on the Houses of Parliament and the Elizabeth Clock Tower or Big Ben.  After looking through the current souvenir options available, I finally settled on a ‘Build your own’ model.

The houses of parliament have been the seat of British government since 1295. The original Palace of Westminster, built in the middle ages, was destroyed in a fire in 1834. The gothic structure we see today was designed by Sir Charles Barry. “The Elizabeth Tower, which stands at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, was completed in 1859”


I chose to model my souvenir on Big Ben because of its connection to the Houses of Parliament. Both parts of the building were built by people who would never see its profit. This has always intrigued me, and if we analyze the majority of individuals within, we find that, especially the House of Lords, consist mainly of white upper class males. A far cry from the makeup of those who created it. This theme can be seen in many areas of London. The gentrification of previously run-down areas, paving the way for the rise of the middle-upper class and forcing the inhabitants to move elsewhere.

With these ideas in mind, I decided to manipulate the famous landmark of Big Ben and add my own twist. I added printed £50 notes and covered the entire exterior of the model to represent that the government and individuals within parliament, who hold an unequal amount of the wealth of Britain and control the distribution of funding throughout the country. The printed £50 notes I chose to use served a dual purpose.

Not only do they symbolise financial inequality but “Under section 18(1) of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 it is a criminal offence for any person, without the prior consent in writing of the Bank of England, to reproduce on any substance whatsoever, and whether or not on the correct scale, any Bank of England banknote or any part of a Bank of England banknote.” By constructing my alternative souvenir my audience would be breaking the law, an act of rebellion in itself.


Drawing at the Tate Modern

Visits, Visual Research and Inspiration

Last Week I went to The World Goes Pop exhibition at the Tate Modern. The exhibition explores pop art on a global scale. Focusing on artists of the 1960’s and 70’s and showing how different countries and cultures responded to the pop art movement.

Whilst there I did some sketches of pieces that really captured my imagination for my visual research in my sketchbook.

HotHouse Talks – Sarah Boris

HotHouse Talks, Visits and Talks

The Hothouse talks showcase industry professionals from across design and illustration Friday’s HotHouse talk was with Sarah Boris.

Sarah Boris is an award winning graphic designer, art director and artist based in London running her design practise. She was Associate Art Director at Phaidon Press until February 2015.

Sarah Boris spoke about how she got her first jobs after graduating with the Barbican as part if their ‘in-house’ design team as a junior graphic designer. She had originally applied to the Barbican for an internship but heard nothing back and assumed she had lost out. Weeks later a position for the junior graphic designer came available and Sarah created a whole new application and, with a bit of persistence, was given the job! From there Sarah Boris’s career has gone from strength to Strength.


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Sarah Boris has worked since 2005 for organisations which include Tate, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Barbican Centre, the Architecture Foundation, Triangle Network, Gasworks, Hotshoe International, Max Wigram Gallery, Visiting Arts, Fedrigoni and the Royal Philharmonic Society amongst others. Sarah Boris talked about how working on projects like these have shaped her career as a graphic designer and she sees herself going in the future. She discussed her process when designing and what interests her as an artist.

It was great to see some of the incredible work Sarah Boris has done and inspiring to hear how she has grown her career through hard work and dedication. Check out Sarah Boris’ website here.

The World Goes Pop

CIP, Visits, Visual Research and Inspiration

On Friday I went to The World Goes Pop exhibition at the Tate Modern. The exhibition explores pop art on a global scale. Focusing on artists of the 1960’s and 70’s and showing how different countries and cultures responded to the pop art movement. The technicolour exhibition explores many different themes such as protest, war, the body, sexuality, the
domestic revolution, consumerism and East/West divide.

One of the first pieces to catch my eye was the brilliantly bold ‘Doll Festival'(1966) by Ushio Shinohara which uses industrial materials such perspex. This use of found or unlikely materials really interests me and is something I want to explore in my Local Universe Editions Brief.

Another part of the exhibition that really interested me featured the Russian artists Komar and Melamid. Their work explored an apocalyptic future where famous American pop art has been partially destroyed. perhaps reflecting the Cold War tensions of the time. The artists reinterpret the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana in a new and exciting way, with parts of the pieces burned or cut away and the piece reassembled like a jigsaw.

The exhibition proves that Pop Art is a truly global phenomenon with artists featured from around the globe. It is  a bold, neon assault of the senses and touches on a range of themes and subjects that are still just as relevant in out society today. Read more about the exhibition here.

And to finish a great exhibition it was lovely to walk out of the Tate and right into the South Bank Christmas markets! Nothing makes me feel more festive that roasted chestnuts and mulled wine!



Getting Inspired

Visual Research and Inspiration

Been doing some quick internet searches looking for some inspiration for my new editions project. I want to experiment with collage scanned photography and found objects from my local universe.

One the first artists I came across was Julia Geiser who creates digital collages that are bright, playful and incredibly surreal. I absolutely love the use of vintage images and the dreamy quality to her pieces. In several of Julia Geiser’s work features humans and animals are sliced in pieces. I love the combination of anatomy and beauty that Geiser explores throughout her work.  Check out Julia Geiser’s beautiful work here.

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Another artist I came across Is Eugenia Loli who’s work features scanned photography from vintage magazines and science journals. Loli uses a variety of images and collage to create colourful, lively and beautifully bizarre images. Check out Eugenia Loli’s work here.

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You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.

Visual Research and Inspiration

Throughout my life I have always been obsessed with different things, especially History and the natural world.  I find that my interests within Illustration and graphic design influence the way I look at the world around me. Most recently I have become really obsessed with trees and leaves! I absolutely love over that over decades trees grow and become stoic reminders of the past. Observing tree branches intertwining to create abstract patterns sets my imagination on fire!

Ive been accumulating images of trees, leaves and anything else in the natural world that has sparked my imagination and creativity. I can’t wait to develop some of my ideas further and see where my obsession takes me.

Paper to Paddle

CIP, Paper to Paddle

Ping Pong Gone Wrong.

Sometimes things don’t go to plan, and when that happens you have to adapt to a new challenge. This was certainly the case with creating my Ping Pong paddle for CASS Paper to Ping Pong exhibition and auction

I had my heart set on a design inspired by Snakes and Monsters, but after creating my prototype, I could see that the design sadly didn’t work on the paddle as well as I had imagined. So I revisited some of my other ideas and developed another of my favourite designs, a woman with a red flower, and her sugar skull counterpart.
IMG_0258Creating my prototype also gave me a chance to address any problems with painting directly onto a wooden ping pong paddle. Once I removed the rubber sides and sanded the paddle, I discovered that it was still uneven, with dimples in the wood so it wouldn’t be great surface to paint directly onto. Fixing this would be my first challenge.

So I took a trip to B&Q in search of wood fillers and after 20 minutes and a cold, windy walk home I was ready to get started.IMG_0223 3 hours and a lot of sanding later, I finally had a paddle to paint on…

IMG_0227A lot of painting, cups of tea and late nights but this is the finished piece…

HotHouse Talks – Paul Jenkins

HotHouse Talks, Visits and Talks

The Hothouse talks showcase industry professionals from across design and illustration, creating a space where design professionals, students and alumni can learn about about different areas of illustration and graphic design. Todays HotHouse Talk is by Paul Jenkins of Triple Double.

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Tearing up the Court – Triple Double

Paul founded Triple Double, a multi-disciplinary design studio earlier this year and has experience spanning London, Berlin and Tokyo. He works with many disciplines including graphic design, branding, art direction, concept and campaign development, digital design, social media and project curation. I think its fair to say he knows what he’s talking about!

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Paul Jenkins discussing his work and process

Paul discussed his design process from the initial ideas through sketching and developing and finally to the finished product. Emphasising that its important to develop a relationship with your project, research it and really become an expert on it. Then Sketching and developing your ideas on paper before editing it and coming to a final design. Paul also said how important collaboration is in his studio and that two heads are always better than one!

It was an incredibly inspiring talk and Paul was quick to answer any questions we had and tell us about his past experiences and projects that helped to shape him as an artist.