Wedding Illustrations

Earlier this year I posted about some illustrations I did for a lovely couple, Kirsty and Ali, to be turned into colouring postcards for their wedding guests as well as designing their seating plan and designing and printing their invites. Recently Kirsty was lovely enough to share the photographs from their wedding day with me so that I could see how my designs were used. Thanks to Paul Joseph Photography, their day was beautifully documented and I can share some lovely photos of my own illustrations on here.

The Big Etch!

After many weeks of hard work and testing from the team, Adrian and Steve have now etched the sound board of our interactive guitar, Carolan. The whole process took over two hours and you can watch it here… don't worry, the video has been sped up and will only take two minutes!

I also got to see some of the testers for the sound board for the first time at the Design Festival. Before then I had only seen photos, which I'm afraid is all I can share with you now. It was so cool to see what  an amazing job Adrian, Nick and Steve have done with it, it just seems like such a complicated and nail biting process. It's so wonderful to see the design I've been working on with all the input, advice and patience from the team finally making the transition from my computer screen at home to a real guitar!

Aestheticodes around Tent London

Aside from having just a stand at the London Design Festival, Aestheticodes also had the opportunity to incorporate their artcodes around the festival. I was then given the opportunity to design five of these artcodes, each one to represent a different section of Tent London and redirect visitors to their specific page on the Tent London website when scanned with a phone using the Aestheticodes app (just like a QR code but better!). This was really exciting to see to my illustrations not just on the Aestheticodes stand but around the festival too and seeing my artcodes put to use!
Here are a few snaps…

London Design Festival

Wow, the last few days have been totally tiring but so much fun! I was lucky enough to be involved with the London Design Festival again through Aestheticodes and with lots of hard work from the team it went really well.

Similar to last year we had a stand that we used to explain our concept through teaching people how to draw their own codes and demonstrate the app. This really got people excited and it was amazing to see so many positive reactions to our artcodes. Unlike last year though, our stand was flipping massive! Plus, we made it extra interactive and engaging by including not just illustration demos but paper cutting and embroidery demos, mural painting AND screen printing workshops with me and Lilli Cowley-Wood. It was really great to show so many people how varied the application of the codes can be. Lilli did an awesome job at painting a beautiful aestheticode on the wall of the stand…
Once again I designed the postcards for Aestheticodes, this time I made a much bolder design inspired by the Truman Brewery eagle. The eagle design got printed up both digitally onto postcards using a multi coloured design and also screen printed at the festival onto postcards and tote bags along with Nicole Levenberg's penguins. In exchange for an artcode, people could print their own limited edition eagle!

It was pretty cool to see how the stand was easily filled with artcodes drawn by people visiting the festival and it felt a little sad taking it all down…
So once again, the festival has now come to an end and I really do hope that someone will realise what a brilliant opportunity this could provide for interacting and engaging with people. QR codes just don't cut it anymore.

Late night printing

Last night I had a quick print session before bed and did a run of some new two colour floral cards. The two colour registration worked a treat and my converted Ikea bargain corner shelf is proving to be a useful little press! I had initially wanted to print the line work with a nice rich red...but decided to go for green when I discovered I had ran out of red paint! Red versions to come!