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Cut Out and Sew Kits

Tate Enterprises

In 2015 I was commissioned by Tate to create three newcut-out-and-sew kits to add to my growing range of children’s merchandise. As someone who has always loved making things, this was the perfect opportunity to create a collection perfectly suited for creative play. As I developed the project, my studio steadily filled with a range of initial prototypes which soon developed in to the three, final kits —a bag full of bears, a string of bright bunting and a child’s apron.

Mug Collection

McLaggan Smith Mugs

As an avid tea drinker, I was delighted to be asked by renowned Scottish company McLaggan Smith to create my own range to add to their extensive collection of mugs. The finished designs feature bright and colourful illustrations from my Pattern Card and Mini Greetings Card ranges. Anyone for tea?

Grandma’s House

Tate Publishing

This book has grown out of very fond memories of my own grandma and her lovely home. My aim was to create a book which let the reader share the pleasure I always took in exploring her house each time I visited. With cut-through doorways to peep through and fold-out pages revealing hidden rooms with little details, it is a celebration of the bond between child and grandparent — and the pleasure that can be brought from very simple things.

Wedding Invites

For friends and family

I occasionally take on commissions to design and produce bespoke wedding stationery. It’s always fun creating an invitation unique to the couple that reflects their special day. Fold out maps, cut-out birds and personalised stickers have all made an appearance!

The High Street

Tate Publishing

This my 3rd children’s title for Tate Publishing. It celebrates the traditional High Street and the joy of discovering something hidden. With rhyming text and detailed illustrations, the book follows the journey of Sally as she visits a nostalgic selection of shops. Intriguing fold out and lift-the-flap pages (combined with lyrical verse) allow you to peep inside each of the shops — creating an imaginative world to suit children (and adults!) of all ages.

Table Mats

Castle Melamine

I have collaborated with Castle Melamine to create two ranges of coasters and table mats. The first feature flocks of birds from my Aviary suite of prints including gulls, bluetits, gannets and owls — providing the perfect resting place for a cup of tea! In 2015 a further six designs were added, this time using artwork from my Pattern range of greetings cards

Skating Minister

National Galleries of Scotland

One of the National Galleries of Scotland’s most iconic paintings, The Skating Minister, is transformed into a repeat pattern to adorn a range of merchandise including notebooks, sketchpads and coasters. I wanted to use one of their most famous images in a new way, creating a design that was both contemporary and timeless.

Royal Beasts

Historical Royal Palaces (Tower of London)

Royal Beasts was published by Historic Royal Palaces to accompany the exhibition of the same name at the Tower of London. It tells the story of London’s oldest zoo and contains eleven cut-out-and-make animals to assemble your very own mini-royal-menagerie.

Peg Cards

A self-initiated range

Since childhood, I’ve always loved cutting and making, and I wanted to create a series of cards to share this passion. I had great pleasure designing a range of mini-models and paper dolls that would work as both attractive card designs and a fun creative project for the recipient! If you’re interested in becoming a stockist of this range, please get in touch here.

Pattern Cards

A self-initiated range

Teapots, cakes, flowers, presents and more — this range features some of the things I love best! The cards and gift wrap were inspired by my love of repeat pattern and small details. I took great delight in creating pattern-within-pattern, illustrating eighteen deliciously different cakes and a forest of stylish trees! If you are interested in becoming a stockist of this range, I would love to hear from you.

Cut Out And Sew Owl Puppets

Tate Enterprises

This cut out and sew kit was commissioned by Tate and contains all you need to make an owl glove puppet and 3 adorable baby owl finger puppets. Illustrated instructions and printed-pattern fabric are packaged in a handy folder. A simple sewing kit for crafters big and small!

Mini Cards

A self-initiated range

My love of all things small and beautiful inspired this series. At just under 12cm, their small format is liberating and I love creating illustrations which playfully work across both the front and back of the cards. Their small size gives the cards an endearing charm and they’ve proven to be one of my most popular ranges. If you’re interested in becoming a stockist of this range, please get in touch here.

Emily’s Ark

Handmade in Northumberland

I designed this series of retail packaging for Emily’s Ark, makers of vintage inspired, handcrafted soft toys. The illustration needed to retain the child-like charm of the toys yet appeal to a more adult customer base. The nestling animals motif was used across a range of their gift bags.

Counting Birds

Tate Publishing

My 2nd children’s book for Tate Publishing, Counting Birds tells a gentle tale of a variety of birds over the course of a day (from the cockerel’s first noisy crow to the tumbling home of roosting rooks) using intricate, hand-printed illustrations. This title went on to win a Book Trust Best New Illustrator award. It has also been selected as one of the launch titles for Tate publishings paperback range, as well as being developed into an accompanying eBook and App.

Cut Out And Make Bird Mobile

Tate Enterprises

No glue required — just a little string and some, preferably, sharp scissors! This kit contains 5 colourful cardboard birds which can be transformed into a beautiful bird mobile. The kit was designed for Tate and has proven to be very popular with bird lovers young and old!

Alice’s Emporium

Tate Enterprises

Alice’s Emporium is a doll’s house kit, designed for Tate to accompany my children’s book The High Street. The die-cut, self-assembly shop is lavishly illustrated inside (and out!) and comes with a wide range of characters, furniture, objects and toys that bring the shop to life.

Alice’s Aviary

A self-initiated project

A suite of 12 screenprints of my favourite British birds, they combine block colour and pattern, creating stylised yet faithful representations of each. All of the birds were individually printed in a limited edition. To accompany these, I also created an A2 poster featuring all 12 of the birds, which you can find in my online shop.

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