23rd November, 2016
Summer has been and gone at a crazy pace and life has been very busy with work & family. Apart from a wonderful 2 week break in France I've been working flat out on a number of projects one of which is a now completed Illustrated Map of the Kensington Campus of the Foundation for International Education who are based in West London.
I was commissioned by FIE London to design an illustrated map of their West London Campus which could be used on promotional materials and brochures. At the same time FIE also commissioned to design a much larger and more detailed version of the map to be printed and hung on a stretched canvas for display in their office.
Both maps feature many details of the FIE Campus including their student housing and HQ at Foundation House as well as their study centres and places of interest including Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Design Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal Geographical Society, Saachi Gallery, The Orangery and, Leighton House Museum.
This was a wonderful project and really brought back lots of my own happy memories of studying in London.
If you're in or close to London I can absolutely recommend the current Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line exhibition at the British Library. We visited last week for my birthday and its excellent. Not only are there some fascinating military maps on show but they even have some examples of work by one of my favourite cartographers, MacDonald Gill as well as the original tube map hand sketches by Harry Beck.
In other news I can now announce that the 2nd compendium of illustrated maps by They Draw & Travel is now available for sale and my map of Greywell in Hampshire is right there on page 46 - very proud :)
That's it for now. Christmas is looming and I've already noticed an increase in sales but I'm hoping to make some time to work on my own projects.
14th June, 2016
After many months of hard work the new Canal & River Trust Maplets containing my maps are finally finished, printed & available. There is now a lovely new maplet to cover each of the 11 CRT regions of England & Wales in addition to a new updated version of the original London maplet - also making the maps even better is the hidden Duckie concealed in each maplet....can you find him?
The 2 maplets covering Wales - North Wales & Borders and South Wales & Severn are also available as welsh language versions.
All the maplets are available at Canal & River Trust Welcome Stations, offices, museums and towpath events as well as quite a few canal side cafés too.
For more information you can view all 11 sets of maps and see if you can spot duckie hiding in each set.
4th May, 2016
I'm very happy to announce that the new visitor maps I've designed for Port Lympne Reserve in Kent are being put to good use.
I was first commissioned by the Aspinall Foundation who own Port Lympne Wildlife Reserve in Kent last year to design an illustrated map of the reserve to be used both on A4 sized maps handed out to visitors as they arrive as well as on new signage throughout the wildlife reserve. There are even future plans to use the maps as part of the upcoming Port Lympne App.
As the primary use for the map is for visitor navigation it had to be both geographically accurate and to scale as well as being easy to understand and aesthetically pleasing.
As part of my research I spent a fantastic day down in Kent at Port Lympne being driven around the reserve, taking lots of pictures and getting a real feel for the landscape, the animals, the wonderful accommodation on offer and the valuable work done there - I can highly recommend it as a great day out - my children were very jealous and I even got some good photos of one of my favourite animals - the tapir.
21st March, 2016
At last spring-time is here....well it is in Hampshire anyway. It's warm(ish) and sunny and I even managed to enjoy my morning coffee break sat outside in the garden watching little brown birds hopping about and tweeting, the birds that is, not me.
The last few weeks have been busy, busy, busy with ongoing client commissions, wrapping up existing projects and taking on new and exciting work.
I was commissioned to produce a couple of editorial pieces, one of which was for Discover Britain Magazine. My hand-drawn map of Hay-on-Wye was used to illustrate an article about the town and show some of the lovely places you can visit there, as well as indicating the location of the annual Hay Festival.
Meanwhile my ongoing work with the Canal & River Trust and Port Lympne Reserve are both now coming to an end. Both projects are in a flurry of activity as I prepare all the final files for the printers. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the finished work - the 10 new CRT maplets & sometime soon it would be great to get down to Port Lympne again and see the new signage & visitor maps with my maps on :)
Once both projects are wrapped up I promise lots of pics.
Finally, I'm very pleased to announce that my 'Thinking of you' tea card shall soon be available through the Fresh Funeral Company, a shop specialising in contemporary sympathy and funeral goods.
Watch this space for more news.
5th February, 2016
I'm very pleased to say that I'm still very busy with a mixture of client commissions & editorial work which will soon be unveiled, but meanwhile I've still managed to squeeze in time to launch a (at present) modest new range in my online shop.
Especially launched for the upcoming St Valentines Day and Mothers Day on the 6th March a couple of new button badge packs, perfect to show that you care :)
More will be following soon in spring-time.
22nd January, 2016
Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that on the 22nd January?
Christmas now seems like a distant memory. It was my first year selling retail (as well as continuing client projects) and I'm very happy with the result. It's a wonderful feeling when someone chooses to spend their money on something you've created and hang it on their wall or send it as a present so a BIG thank-you to anyone who bought one of my prints and/or cards last year.
January is proving very busy for me as I continue working on the Canal & River Trust maps project. Last year I designed 4 maps for the London region of the CRT Maplet. I'm very pleased to say that this maplet was so well received that the CRT commissioned me to produce maps for another 10 maplets covering the 10 remaining Canal & River Trust regions of the country. I've been working away on these since November and it's gradually all starting to come together. Watch this space for upcoming information.
Meanwhile the original network map I designed for the London region in addition to appearing on the London region maplet has now been added as a vinyl print to the side the the CRT London Narrow boat 'Jena'. I'm hoping that next time I go up to London I'll get the chance to see it for myself.
In other news my 2 other projects are coming to a close which means I'll be able to share them soon and........ I'm finally getting round to putting together a wholesale brochure for 2016.
All in all a very busy and productive start to the new year.