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Archive for May, 2013

Feeling blue?

Posted on: May 25th, 2013 by Dawn

This guy is. Doing lots of fun drawings this week, getting ready for the summer issue of LOAf magazine!

The paper architects

Posted on: May 23rd, 2013 by Dawn

Those sneaky paper wizards have been conducting experiments in the studio sink again…

Check out the awe-inspiring work of our studio neighbours Davy and Kristin McGuire, here.

Lark Vintage logo

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by Dawn

I’d also like to share with you some of the logo revisions I did before reaching the final article, as I always find seeing other illustrators’ design processes very interesting, and I was quite pleased with some of these. The logo was inspired by 30s vintage fabric patterns, in particular their striking colours and florals, and the typography was inspired by some beautiful 30s French fashion magazines that I am lucky to have in my possession (thanks Hayley!).

Introducing Lark Vintage

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by Dawn

So, Poot, that lovely vintage shop I mentioned a few posts ago, is soon to transform into Lark Vintage, an exciting new addition to Catherine Hill in Frome. My friend Hayley must trust me a great deal, as I’ve been put in charge of the new shop logo and promotional materials. Here is a promotional flyer I designed to shout about the up-coming opening:

Weekend out of the city

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by Dawn

Feeling very grateful for the lovely weekend I’ve just had…

1) Went to see Nataly Dawn play a stomping set on-board a boat 2) Delicious weekend breakfast, which has become something of a ritual 3) Scoured (all of) Bath’s haberdasheries for elephant-shaped buttons with my lovely mum 4) Loafed around an almost eerily serene and immaculate postcard-town in Wiltshire, and trespassed through impossibly neat gardens in search of interesting wildlife

Leave a message

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by Dawn

I recently designed a little customer comment card for a lovely friend of mine at Poot. If you haven’t already been to Poot, you must! It’s a charming little vintage shop on Frome’s spectacularly cobbled and independent Catherine Hill, and it’s packed full of treasures and trinkets and beautiful clothes.

Tragically, the last time I paid a visit, I was told that moments after I left, the lovely Emma Thompson had been in to do a spot of shopping herself! Maybe next time, eh.

Wedding favours

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by Dawn

These three prints were offered to guests as a way of thanks for their attendance, participation and friendship.

They were inspired by the Pagan traditions of the May Day festival, a celebration of consummation and, of old, a perennial part of the Pagan calendar. Without going into too much detail, the three images represent the goddess and the moon, and all that is feminine, the Robin, or the horned male figure in the May Day celebrations, and the coming together of the two sexes, represented by the half-Moon Moth, half-Robin Moth.

If you fancy an interesting read, there’s a very good article on May Eve and May Day over here. You’ll be surprised by just how many ideas we’ve pinched and embedded into our own wedding traditions.

Wedding prep

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by Dawn

I spent the best part of last week (and I mean the best part) making preparations for the best wedding celebration of my life! Two very special people who I am lucky to call family tied the knot this weekend in the sunny surrounds of a beautiful barn in Somerset in a breath-taking ceremony and raucous after party, culminating in a jolly festival-like atmosphere (we camped in bell tents and spent the next morning recovering on the grass to the sounds of guitar, brass and lazy vocals, whilst tucking into a beans on toast).

Five solid days of hard work brought the venue to life. I was largely in charge of bringing the guestbook together (which took the form of a large green glass bottle and lots of hand-crafted, screen-printed tags which were rolled into scrolls and placed inside the bottle) and hand-penning signs to direct people to the venue, which I enjoyed massively.

Three cheers to the happy couple!