Cart Barn Bakery

These designs for Cart Barn Bakery never got beyond the concept stage. Sadly, the bakery was a non-starter due to the rather lovely ‘cart barn’ being unsuitable as a food production site. I still enjoyed creating the look and feel of this very traditional branding and managed to bring the concept back to life for a…

Kent & East Sussex Railway

A few summers ago, we went on a family trip to the Kent and Easy Sussex Railway. The railway runs a magnificent collection of steam locomotives and rolling stock, all restored to their original grandeur. This delightful line is staffed entirely by volunteers – from signalmen to stationmaster. It runs through beautiful countryside from Bodiam in Sussex to Tenterden in…

Iconoclasts of Taste

I’ve been a provider of calligraphy for Ragged Edge Design for a number of years now. They are a top London design crew, offering high end design and branding. One of their clients, Grey Goose,  collaborate with the Elton John Aids Foundation to offer glitzy events in London to raise awareness and funds for this…

Bridget’s Birthday Book

I loved this project! A London client commissioned me to create a unique one-off book as a special birthday present for his wife. Bridget was turning 60, and 60 of her friends were asked to write around 60 words about their connection with her over the 60 years of her life. Every page was hand scribed…

Resolution Scrolls

I’ve done several scrolls for Richmond in North Yorkshire, but with this one I thought I’d document its progress through the many stages of creation. First of all I work on the design. A lot of clients like to keep with the same style for consistency, which was the case here, so for this scroll I just tweaked…

Gypsy Project

Gypsies are misunderstood and feared by many. But I welcomed the chance to go to a Gypsy Rally in Warwickshire and to spend a day amongst a huge travelling community. It was a great opportunity to capture some journalistic images of this intriguing society. Initially they were shy and withdrawn at the thought of being…

Sheffield Plate Silverware Collection

A few years ago, I was presented with this project which was a little out of the ordinary. I was asked to hand scribe a book, documenting a collection of Sheffield Plate silverware. After providing a selection of calligraphic styles for the client to choose from, I wrote out each entry in white ink onto Canford black…

Ribble Valley Freedom Scroll

This commission came from the Borough of Ribble Valley in Lancashire. It included the most detailed illuminated border I’ve ever produced. When I inherited the illuminated manuscripts business, a huge amount of vintage examples were handed down to me. This border is based on one of these beautiful vintage examples. The scroll was presented to…

Hand Made Publicity

Every now and then, a job comes along that I really enjoy creating. This was one of those jobs. A very good friend asked me to come up with a traditional image for promoting her gardening business. I set to, starting with an illustration of my own hand holding a pair of secateurs. (I cheated somewhat here, by…

Family Photo Album

This photo book was a personal project, charting a year of family life. I seemed to have more time on my hands back then. The children were younger and I had less on my plate, having more time for the fun things in life, like creating this family album. I remember taking my camera with…

Louis Dodd

This was possibly the saddest project I’ve worked on: the funeral stationery for the father one of my dearest friends. I had known Lou since my mid teens, as he and his wife used to frequent my parent’s pub (did I mention I was a landlord’s daughter?!). In those days, it was fine to leave…

Freedom Scroll for the Pain Relief Foundation

This was a rather special freedom scroll, commissioned by Shaw & Sons Ltd in Kent, for presentation to the Pain Relief Foundation in Liverpool. I was asked to create a unique illuminated border to incorporate elements from the Pain Relief Foundation’s coat of arms – poppies, willow and foxgloves. The manuscript also included the Liverpool coat…