Category: Inspiration

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March 4th, 2014  |  Published in Inspiration

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September 5th, 2013  |  Published in Inspiration

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January 22nd, 2013  |  Published in Inspiration

Lego characters

January 16th, 2013  |  Published in Inspiration

These great Lego characters are taken from a visit to Legoland towards the end of last year.

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October 12th, 2012  |  Published in Inspiration


October 2nd, 2012  |  Published in Inspiration

Some photos from a recent trip to Morocco.

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February 10th, 2012  |  Published in Inspiration

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December 29th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration

Singer songwriter Emeli Sande comes from just outside my home city of Aberdeen in Scotland. Going to see her in April when she is on tour.

25Hours Hotel Vienna

December 14th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration

Been meaning to post this for a while. On a recent visit to the beautiful city of Vienna we stayed at a great quirky hotel with a circus theme – 25Hours Hotel. If you are ever in the city check it out even if it is just for a drink on the rooftop terrace with views overlooking the city.

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October 31st, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration

Happy Halloween!

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August 16th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration


July 26th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration

Loving this new typeface by Rick Banks at Face37. It is available from

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June 20th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration


June 6th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration, Work

A little something inspired by a recent trip to London.

Retro Carlton Ware figure, Miroslav Sasek illustration

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May 9th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration

Happy Couples

April 29th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration

On the day of the Royal Wedding here are a few more happy couples!

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April 21st, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration

Blackie and the Wool

April 5th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration

Love the simplicity of this vintage book published in 1966 by Kathleen Brooks and illustrated by Fredun Shapur.

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March 15th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration

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February 28th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration

Thanks for the recommendation Larry!

The Parsley Annual 1970

February 8th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration

Love the illustrations in The Parsley Annual I picked up recently.

Elizabeth Fraser

January 5th, 2011  |  Published in Inspiration

Another Scottish favorite of mine is the haunting voice of Elizabeth Fraser. This track is a version of Roy Harper’s ‘Another Day’ from ‘It’ll end in Tears’ album by This Mortal Coil. She was the vocalist in the Cocteau Twins. I started listening to their work when I was a student in the 80′s and they are still a favorite of mine today. I also loved the artwork of Vaughan Oliver who did a lot of the covers for their label 4AD Records. I had a huge poster of ‘Pearly Dew Drop Drops’ cover on my wall. Wish I kept it now!!

Happy Hogmanay!

December 31st, 2010  |  Published in Inspiration, Work

As New Year celebrations are traditionally a big thing in Scotland thought I’d post some Scottish related items I have at home along with two of my illustrations. Pages from a very old copy of ‘This Is Edinburgh’ by the wonderful M.Sasek, 1960s Carlton Ware money box and vintage rosewood McIntosh sideboard made in Scotland.

Wishing you a sparkly white Christmas!

December 24th, 2010  |  Published in Inspiration, Work

Last year’s card along with this year’s.

At home this Christmas

December 21st, 2010  |  Published in Inspiration

The Whistling Cowgirl

December 8th, 2010  |  Published in Inspiration

I bought these lovely Christmas presents recently from The Moseley Arts Market here in Birmingham. They are made from vintage fabric by The Whistling Cowgirl. I am very tempted to keep them myself and not give them away!