Thursday, 28 November 2013

Friends' Newsletter for the University of Bristol Botanic Garden: Winter Issue 2013

I have recently completed the Winter issue of the Friends' Newsletter for the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. This is an A5, 32 page, quarterly publication regularly produced by Graphic Bubble. This issue features an article on the Native American food crops being grown outdoors this summer at the Garden. The project has been developed by the Garden’s botanical horticulturalist, Tom Nielsen, who was inspired by his year-long stay at the Bona Fide Farm Project in Nicaragua. Also featured is a piece on the visit to Rwanda in Central Africa by pupils from Writhlington School near Bath, where they had been working to set up orchid projects in Rwandan Schools.

See below for some of the pages from the latest issue.

For more information about the Botanic Garden view their website here:

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Designs for Figo Home

I’ve recently completed the design of an A6 double sided postcard and swingtag for Siobhan McGinnis of Figo Home. Siobhan creates bespoke handcrafted shades with traditionally turned bases. All of the shades are upcycled in a vintage style and look fantastic!!

If you’re looking for an imaginative Christmas gift this year I would thoroughly recommend popping along to one of the Chirstmas markets that Siobhan will be attending this winter.

Saturday 30th November - Clifton College Christmas Fair, Clifton, BS8 3JH
Monday 2nd - Sunday 29th December - Coexist Christmas Pop-Up Shop, Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY
Sunday 8th December & Sunday 15th December - Tobacco Factory Market, Southville BS3 1TF

For more details please visit, follow @FigoHome on twitter or check out the Figo Home Facebook page

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Canada Trip: Public Artwork

I’ve recently spent a week in British Columbia, Canada and wanted to share some of the interesting public artwork I encountered on the trip. I spent 3 days in Vancouver and saw some amazing totem pole designs. There are some great examples in Stanley Park and Capilano Suspension Bridge. Apparently some of the poles in the park were first carved back in the 1880’s! Although I believe these are now mainly replicas as the originals are kept in museums for preservation. They are lovely designs and very impressive, you can really appreciate the craftsmanship and attention to detail that’s gone into them!

After our walk around Stanley Park we found a public art piece called ‘A-maze-ing Laughter’ in English Bay. It consists of 14 enormous bronze statues in different poses of a shirtless guy laughing hysterically. The sculpture is by Chinese artist Yue Minjun and apparently the faces are modelled after the artist himself. I couldn’t resist a couple of cheeky poses next to them! What a nice set of sculptures that will always bring a smile to your face.

I’ve uploaded a few photo’s below, there’s also one of a street sign for Robson Street. These were everywhere in Vancouver and I thought they were really well designed. Street signs can be so dull, so it’s a nice way of making them more attractive. Lots of different colours were used depending on the district.