Monday, 30 March 2009


My sister and her boyfriend are staying with us at the moment. On saturday we went to the Museum of Childhood, because it's the kind of slightly sad, dusty museum that my sister loves. I seem to take everyone there. Anyway its worth a look, simply for the room of creepy dolls (hilarious) and the beautiful, victorian dollshouses. I want to wear the clothes that this wee doll is wearing and live in that lovely little house.

ovely lovely links....

St Judes Notebooks

Beautiful Jewellery by Amy

Nice Necklace by FlightPathDesigns

Sometimes I am an architecture freak. This Sliding House is incredible.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

No One Does It Like You

Fascinating video by Patrick Daughters & Marcel Dzama for Department of Eagle's beautiful song 'No One Does It Like You'. Creepy and weird and wonderful, an amazing translation of Dzama's drawings.

I really really want this. Lemony Snicket's 'The Composer is Dead' illustrated by my absolute favourite artist Carson Ellis.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Tiny Seashores

Tilt Shift photography has been hugely popular on blogs for the past year and I guess the novelty has worn off a bit now. Nevertheless this video is absolutely wonderful and well worth watching (Dad I mean you. You should like this).

I was doing some mindless internet trawling whilst reserching some ideas for bookcovers when I was reminder how wonderful all the work by the Heads of State is. They manage to always come up with the simplest, cleverest and most stylish resolution to all their projects. If you don't know their work then I suggest you have a look. Because of awesome.

Where the Wild Things Are Trailer! Exciting!

Monday, 23 March 2009

Oh Pauline!

No posts for a few days largely due to the lovely weather. It's been unfathomably warm and sunny here the past week. This was the meadows on thursday evening. Long, long shadows and surprising dusky warmth. I love Edinburgh when it's like this. There is no better place to be when its sunny.

At last today I got my hands on my Tiny Showcase letterpress print. Its so nice to be able to feel the wonderful letterpress texture. There are still 31 prints left over at TS.

I've been practicing my editorial illustration skills this week. This one is for a book review in the NYT for a book about Napoleon's sister, Pauline. There's another one to look at on my flickr.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Bears & Monsters

There are a few films coming out soon that I'm really excited about but few more so than this one. Directed by Spike Jonze and co-writted by Dave Eggers is there anyway that this can fail? I guess we have to wait till Autumn to find out. But for now this beautiful poster will definitely do for me. (poster via Kitsune Noir).

Rob Hunter has some wonderful work. I love his use of colour. Its really rich and lively. Also the abundance of Bears hasn't gone amiss. Bears are so awesome.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Picture post

A wee picture I did today based on a quote I read about Iceland's financial woes- "You sell me a dog for $1 billion and I sell you a cat for $1 billion. Now we are icelandic banks".
Nice nice nice illustration from Borja Bonaque. These buildings are pretty great. I love the scuffed, scratched textures throughout Borja's portfolio.
I like all the decorative detail and antique colours in all the pieces for 'Clementine'; a new exhibition by Jen Corace. Who is awesome. Always.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Bakers Dozen

has set up a wonderful little online shop full of unfathomably beautiful things (OK and one of my prints too). The idea is that 13 people make an edition of 13 of something and they go in the shop. Its lovely and simple and works perfectly! Go and have a look

Tuesday, 10 March 2009




OK back to work.

Castles and Cathedrals

Sketchbook pages from Krakow (covered in coffee stains from my over enthusiastic blowing to cool it down)

I love these images by Valerie Hammond at Garson Fine Art. So dreamy and delicate. The negative effect is so perfect.

Wilkintie has a great selection of prints by a variety of wonderful artists. My favourite is this amazing castle by the awesome Joe McLaren.

Monday, 9 March 2009

More More More

A couple more from Krakow. Lots of cold grey and beautiful details.

Check out the beautiful new prints in the Nous Vous Shop.

Something good should be happening over at Tiny Showcase tomorrow (in truth something good is ALWAYS happening at Tiny Showcase but tomorrow is, perhaps, slightly more relevant to me.) Keep your eyes peeled!

Krakow Up Close

We're back from our wee jaunt to Krakow. A wonderful time was had by all. The architecture was beautiful, the history fascinating and the weather? Horribly cold. I'll probably post up a couple of pictures a bit later on (once I've sorted through the hundreds that I took) but for now here's a selection of close ups of all the lovely details on buildings and signs.

p.s Krakow is home to the best hot chocolate I have ever had. I wholeheartedly suggest you all go.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009


Beautifully simple clothes from Sandro, via Unruly Things

Carolin Loebbert
has some really great work on her site. I love the contrast of heavy greys with rainbow raindrops and birds. All the work that I'm getting excited about at the moment seems to involve a lot of nice painterly textures.

Off to Krakow tomorrow! Back on Monday!

Monday, 2 March 2009

This is Bear.

As promised here's another image from that children's book. This is bear. He is Nora's best friend (see previous post).

Thanks to Guy Merrill of
Man Make Home for including me on his list of 'Best British Illustrators' on the design*sponge guest blog. Argh! I have been listening to too much of This American Life today. It's highly unlikely that you havent heard of the show but on the off chance that you haven't its a nice thing to have going in the background.

P.S Jez and I are off to Krakow on Thursday, have you been? Any tips would be hugely appreciated!