Tuesday, 23 December 2008

MINI MODERN BAGS and christmas card

Here is the best virtual christmas card I recieved this year. And below is the mini moderns studio and house (also Absolute zero). The very talented designers behind the wallpapers and now bags ranges - soon to be expanding into tea towels and more. The images below are from a design*sponge sneak peek back at the beginning of December. see link below to find out more. (can you spot the Charley Harper print in the back ground - magic!)

Monday, 15 December 2008

Eric Ravilious: The Story Of High Street

These prints of the High Street are from St. Judes (details below). It's nice to know I'm not the only one with a shop front obsession. It's given me inspiration for some new prints. More news soon. Here's what St. Judes say about the work :-
"Seventy years ago Country Life Books published High Street, a children's book of shops, featuring twenty-four exquisite lithographs by the English artist Eric Ravilious (1903-1942). Although the book was not a limited edition, the destruction of the lithographic plates during the Blitz meant that only 2000 copies were ever printed. Subsequently High Street has become one of the most highly-prized artist's books of its time.:

Sunday, 7 December 2008


Brighton is very beautiful on a sunny winter Sunday. The light is amazing on the coast and considering the finicial uncertainies of late, it's a good reminder of what really makes us happy.
Above is my friend Antony Valenti a graphic designer from Brighton. Below is the regency terrace houses in perfect combination with the sky. It's a colour palette waiting to happen!

The Claremont Hotel, 2nd Avenue Hove, is once again hosting a show including my prints. One day I hope to fill all the rooms - until then I'm happy to fill the dining room.

Above is a fellow exhibitor Emily Warren from "thestealthyrabbit.blogspot.com" She makes animals from recycled materials. They are really charming pieces, that a sense of character to all the animals she makes. Below is me with my favourite print called 'chestnut leaf'

Sunday, 30 November 2008


I'll be down in Brighton next Sunday for a private view at the Claremont Hotel. The exhibition includes work by moi. This is becoming a regular slot for me which is great as it's such a nice hotel. More print work to follow soon.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Stanley Donwood

from Creative Review blog and available to buy at slowlydownward.com.

Artist Stanley Donwood, who is perhaps best known for his Radiohead artwork, has created this beautiful linocut which depicts his vision of Fleet Street being destroyed by fire and flood.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Charley Harper Prints

Charley Harper Prints are in the UK for the first time, at phick's, a lovely little gallery on Columbia road market. http://elphicks.wordpress.com/
Harper was a Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist. He was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations.
Imagine this as wallpapaer ! I know I'd by it.

Monday, 20 October 2008

colour tests

I've been testing colours for a while now - I'm starting to see squares in front of my eyes! Maybe you can see where my interest in Pixel patterns has come from as well.
More designs soon.

Monday, 13 October 2008

SuM design


I have been doing many colour swatches and samples recently. I am looking at everything in terms of colours - which with all the leaves changing colour is quite a visual feast. I have loved the mixure of colours in the work of Cristian Zuzunaga for some time now. With all my samples being squares and rectangles it reminded me of his work. It seems to be going from strength to strength - would be interesting to see pixel wallpaper!? I wonder if this will happen? I can imagine that peoples fascination with maximal patterned wallpaper can't go on forever so will a more modernist approach to wallpaper start to be seen. Basso and Brooke's collection for Graham and Brown (last image) started have that feel although it was still bright colours to be fair. 

Thursday, 25 September 2008


I have been squirreling away lots of interesting wallpaper research so here is a few that really that couldn't wait to be posted : -

Anna Hill Textile & Wallpaper

Vicki Fong


Hanna Nyman

Lizze Allen on YouTube :-