Archive | May, 2013

Sweden: sketchbook and other snippets

14 May

In April this year I spent 10 days in Sweden. My design work is largely influenced by Scandinavia so I went equipped with a sketchbook and some fat crayons for scribbling, doodling and observing my surroundings. I chose the details from each day which gave me a slice of Swedish life; a hidden museum, a fancy dress party, a volvo engulfed by a snow drift, a journey by train to beyond the arctic circle.

I drew the sights I saw in order to remember them even more.. What follows are a few images from my sketch book, a mixture of messy sketches and more polished studies. Visit the SKETCHBOOK PAGE to view my whole visual diary. 

03_Gamla Stan_Horse
10_Dog Sled 09_House and Ski Slope

The drawings are being featured in  online cultural magazine Wales Arts Review from this Friday as a visual essay. Each drawing will be accompanied by brief notes for context. I’ll post the link up here, as well as the full text, on the weekend.

Meanwhile, here are a few photos of some textiles; braids from Sami / Lapland heritage, and some jolly table linen acquired in the second hand shops in Uppsala. In Uppsala we visited a flea market and bagged the bargain of our own Dala Horse for a fraction of the tourist price.

Table runner


horse close up


Plus, a cultural vending machine at the Kultur Hus near Stockholm C:

A quirky window display featuring carved wooden figures staring at each other suspiciously.

A typographic triumph of a window display  on Gamla Stan

Colourful sign in a dry cleaners’ window in Uppsala

Milgi Mural and Mugs

4 May

I was recently asked by Cardiff’s Milgi Lounge to draw on their front window. Every few weeks they invite an illustrator to create an eye catching mural to grab the attention of punters, passers-by and drivers waiting for the lights to change at the junction. My drawing coincides with Roath’s Made in Spring Festival. Inspired by my recent trip to Sweden (in which we travelled over 1000 kilometres by train from Stockholm to the Arctic), and the film The Darjeeling Limited, I decided on a train which had been taken over by a gang of jovial animals. The picture of James McAvoy on my fridge may have influenced a certain Mr. Tumnus the faun also joining in the fun.

These photos show inspiration, planning, details and then the finished mural.

train reference

flipped image


Photo1_Milgi Window

Photo2_Milgi Window

Go and visit it in the next fortnight or so if you’re in the area!

Dala Horse Mugs: now available to buy online

mug pic 3

Following a successful launch day at the Art Carbootique, the Dala Horse mugs are now available to buy online. In bright orange and teal, they are a cheery addition to your kitchen, desk and coffee table. £7.00 + p&p: click here to visit my e-shop.

Next up – drawings and photographs from Sweden.