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Design for The Observer Ethical Awards 2011 trophies

10 Jun

You know every so often stuff happens in your life that is just outrageously cool? Well, this happened to me recently when I was asked to make the trophies for this years’ Observer Ethical Awards – woo-hoo!!

The theme of the event this year was butterflies and each award was to be a box of butterflies made from recycled papers. There were 12 trophies to be made in all and each one was designed specifically with the recipient in mind. This was SUCH a lovely job to work on as I did loads of research on each of the winners and it was so nice to be able to make things for such a deserving bunch – hurrah!
Here are some pics of each of the trophies:

This larger award was for the Lifetime Achievement Award, which went to James Lovelock. He got gold leaf in his too for being so clever!

Here is a little film of Mr. Lovelock receiving his award 🙂
(I didn’t even pay him to say that!)

The award ceremony was held at the V&A Museum in London. It was a super-cool night and I was very honoured to be asked to show some of my work during the event. Here are some pics:


Me and Leigh Tunnadine (who did all my beautiful framing for me) before the event started.


Me with one of the smaller pieces of work that I had on show. All my stuff looked SO tiny once we got it into the museum, it was ridiculous!


All the trophies lined up and ready to be handed out.


Leigh with one of the white pieces.


Us with James and Seb from the Bristol Bike Project, highly deserved winners of the Grassroots Award!
(massive well done, Bristol chums!!)


With the inspirational Carry Somers, founder of  Pachacuti and winner of the Fashion and Accessories Award, sponsored by Vogue.com.


With Greg Valerio, ethical jeweller and winner of the Global Campaigner Award.

All in all, it was pretty blummin’ marvellous!
Props to Gilly Woo for dressing me in all her handmade finery and preventing me from looking like a hobo in my hour of need!!

More official photos are to follow…

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Commission with Maps

17 May

Here are some images of a commission that I finished a few weeks ago. The piece was made as a present from a man to his wife for a special birthday. I was given a list of references for Google Maps that represented special places in the couple’s life, like where they got married, where their children were born and memorable holidays. I scoured the local second hand shops, charity shops and car boot sales to find a selection of different maps that were all a bit different and which fitted in well together.
The pictures show the final result. I used a few new butterfly shapes so that the silhouettes would be relevant to that place and tried to match up each shape with an appropriate place as far as I could.

I thought the finished piece looked great and apparently it became a very well received gift, which is lovely to know!

Chicago Art Fair

20 Apr

Holy moly – this is an exciting one!
I will have work for sale in the Chicago Art Fair starting next week from April 29th – May 2nd at: 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

Just to get an idea of how awesomely cool that is, here is a pic of the place it’s being held in:

– WOWZERS – that’s one helluva building!

As is now the tradition with any exciting sounding exhibition that I am involved with, I will not be attending the show and shall remain at home with the fam. It’s just as well this time though, as the show is on at the same time as the royal wedding – one will surely be very busy hanging around under some bunting, eating cucumber sandwiches and quaffing gin from a teacup…

Let me know if you go – I’d love to know what it’s like! 🙂

Screen Print

17 Jan

Here are a couple of pics of a screen print I have had made for my Helen Ward Studio project.
The print will be available soon through my new shop on notonthehighstreet.com – YAY!

One Sixth of Tommy

17 Jan

I have been doing a spot of design work for the peeps over at Helium Records.
Here is some artwork for the debut single to be released by new band One Sixth of Tommy:

Album artwork is to follow.
To hear the single “For Always”, you can grab yourself an exclusive free download over here.

Arts Trail Film

13 Dec

Here is a short film that him indoors made about the Arts Trail this year – what a clever chap!

New Jewellery

25 Nov

Here are some new jewellery pieces I have been working on. I actually started on these months ago, but the whole thing has turned out to be considerably more tricky than I had anticipated. It’s taken me ages to get my head around it all and it felt like a true battle of wits to get them finished!
The main part of each piece is made from laser cut acrylic. The pieces with the victorian papers have the paper sandwiched between two bits of black and clear acrylic. These are then either bolted or glued together with über glue to keep the paper secure. I used a similar technique for the butterflies with the gold and silver leaf too.

Here’s the pics:


acrylic, silver leaf, glass beads, lava beads, jet and metal chain


acrylic, victorian marble paper, pink rhodonite beads, jet and metal chain


acrylic, lava beads, glass bead, jet and metal chain


acrylic, victorian marble paper, pink rhodonite beads, jet and metal chain


acrylic, gold leaf, ribbon, jet and metal chain


acrylic, victorian marble paper, lava beads, glass beads, jet and metal chain


acrylic, victorian marble paper, ceramic beads and metal chain


acrylic, victorian marble paper and metal clasp


acrylic, victorian marble paper and metal clasp

I sold most of this at the Arts Trail last weekend where I got loads of nice compliments about it all – so all the brain ache was worth it in the end. The best sale was to our postman, who came into the house to deliver a parcel and left having bought a brooch for his wife – nice one Colin!

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