Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Cuppa Fox


I wanted to do some more word based work and to use the sentence 'tea for two and two for tea' so I started designing those letters and the foxes just sort of appeared!

Laura x

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

For the love of letters

I saw an advert for the stage production of 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' on the underground yesterday:


and I was inspired by how visually attractive words can be.  I normally have an image in my mind when designing and if lettering applies then I fit it around that idea, so I decided to challenge myself to make an image where the words are the main focus.

I realize isn't very apt for the gorgeous weather we have been having of late but I made this:

Laura x

Wednesday, 13 April 2011


I would love a cat but as I live in a small flat, sadly I can't have one, probably as a result of this longing, I find that cats frequently pop up in my designs.  Here is one appearing on a 'Thank You' card.

Laura x

The Bears who stayed Indoors

I went on one of my frequent charity shop scours yesterday and came across this charming kids book from 1972 called 'The Bears who stayed Indoors' by Susanna Gretz.

It looks really of it's time and the use of the bold limited colour palette and graphic use of pattern and shape means that it really straddles the line between illustration and design.  In case you are not familiar with it, I thought I would share a couple of pics:

Laura x


Pigeons get a bad press, especially if you live in London but I'm sure if they weren't so common we would all think they are rather pretty. Therefore, I thought I would celebrate them and give them the limelight by making this greeting card:

Laura x

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Wedding Invite commision


I was recently asked to design a wedding invite which, whilst lovely is always a slightly daunting task what with the wedding day being one of the 'most important days in a persons life' and all.  I also knew that I had my work cut out for me as the couple have discerning tastes and the groom-to-be teaches history of art!

When working on a commission I have to be sure that I am incorporating the requests of the client and not just going off on my own flight of fancy. It is also a good lesson being flexible with amendments and  alterations, in fact you can see my initial submission for this client on my 'Tis the Season' post below.

However I thoroughly enjoyed the process and below is the final result which I think suited them and their personalities:

Laura x

Monday, 11 April 2011

Parsley tribute

I love all things 60's looking and I was inspired to make this card after watching an episode of 1960's children's show 'The Herbs':


This is my homage to Parsley the Lion:

Laura x

CV and Links

I have uploaded examples of the work I have done for Orchard Children's Books onto Flickr, here is the link if you would like a looksey:


Also, I have just re-vamped my CV if you would like a look.  You can view it larger by double clicking on each page.


Arthur and The Meanies


I recently bought a gorgeous children's book by Jan Fearnley called 'Arthur and the Meanies' :


which is full of lovely collage, vivid colours and vibrant characters.  I took inspiration from this book and made a birthday card featuring a flamboyant peacock, here it is:

Laura x

Engagement card

This is an engagement card I made for some friends of mine.  It does actually look a bit like them :)

Laura x

Just for fun

Just fancied drawing some poodles.

Laura x

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Some bunnies


I have made a series of 4 images of a family of bunnies doing some of the things I like to do such as yoga and eating carrot cake, thought I would share:

Laura x

Tis that season again!

It's quickly approaching the wedding time of year again.  So to kick off, here are a couple of wedding invites/save the date cards that I have worked on over the last few months.

Laura x

Just a little note to say hi!


My name is Laura, welcome to my design blog!

I love design and illustration and in particular naive/fun/childlike/kitsch style art.  I have been working as a freelance designer on children's books from my loft in South London for the past year and a half.

I will regularly post my work as well as the work of others and anything else that has inspired me onto this blog.

Hope you enjoy.

Laura x

If you wish to view my commercial work, here is my Flickr page: