Toy Boxes

When the opportunity arose to present Benjamin Pollock’s in Covent Garden with a postcard of my artwork, I started work almost immediately. Who wouldn’t want there work sold in one of the country’s most famous toy shops?  The theme was of course “Toy Shops”, which as we know is one of my favourite things.  I used the opportunity to be creative and think a little out of the box adding elements of imagination play, handmade creations and small parts of my own life.  My drawing features a real game of hangman and naughts and crosses I shared with Morgan, along with Morgan’s doodles on the boxes. Some of the toys featured are those important in our lives too, including Morgan’s first bear, bunny and my paper dolls dotted around.  Today following a short stint…

Made in Kent Radio

Like with all of these opportunities I am presented with, heading to record an advert for a local radio station was of course beyond my wildest dreams but also very out of my comfort zone. But, as I promised myself with my New Years resolution to fulfil everything thrown my way – radio was no exception. I headed to The Creation Lab where Made in Kent is produced and was introduced to the host Matt. We entered into the studio and I sat down to collect my thoughts and get my wits together. The turn around of guests in the studio sounded quite hectic which for me was great as everything happened relatively quickly giving me no time to dwell on my escalating nerves. After a short brief my headphones were on, my mircrophone…

The Lecture Theatre

Sometime last year I was invited by the Head of Arts to the Lecture Theatre to speak with the student of the college about my arts. I put it off and put it off, downsized the group and put it off some more. When I was emailed in the New Year I had no more get out of work excuses. Although petrified I’d rehearsed my speech a thousand times over in bed every night so knew exactly what I was going to say (ish), so felt ready to say yes. Over the last few days I prepared a very basic presentation of my dolls and today got myself up and ready to present. 😆 As I signed myself in I started trembling but was met quickly by Tom and was showed to the huge…

The Little Pop-Up Dolls Shop

The Royal Victoria Shopping Centre in Royal Tunbridge Wells, From 14.01.2022 – 09.02.2022. When I was asked by Rachel from Ophelia Dolls if I’d like to participate in a window exhibition in Tunbridge Wells I jumped at the chance and confirmed my place within just a few minutes. We didn’t 100% know our application would be successful but we got to planning the dream shop front anyway. We toyed with various ideas from my candy cart, the swing, trees and dolls house props before we settled on our final design. Google Maps suggested it was a 45 minutes drive so I roped my nanny in for moral support knowing she’d enjoy the experience (And a shopping trip), and made my way with my jam packed car to the loading bays at the back of…

Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop

Covent Garden, London. It’s been years since I’d last stepped inside Pollock’s in London. The tiny little staircase entwined inside a magical door, almost lost in the hussle and bustle of the busy Covent Garden Apple Market. The bright red doors unchanged from what I remember. Me and Morgan climbed the stairs and instantly like any other toy lover would, I gasped. The true sense of whimsical and play hits you instantly as you turn into the playful shop. I can describe it like no other, it’s full of complete wonder and a hundred different things you just want to touch. The toys themselves are nothing like you’d see in your regular toy shop, the shelves instead stacked with theatrical sets, puppets and beautiful antique dolls. The shop is very petite with so much…

Lights, Camera, Action

A huge part of my goal for 2022 has been to improve my photography. At the moment all of the little people I photograph are propped and modelled inside of a cheap light box or often in front of a large ring light. Don’t get me wrong, it does the job but my photos could all be much better! All of the photographs I take are very flat, with no contrast or shadow where I light the box from the front. This option gives each picture a very clear cut appearance which is quite social media aesthetic but for a long time I’ve wanted to add some more depth and edge to my dolls. Starting from January I will also be offering a photo package with every dolly that’s adopted. The package will be…

The Class of 2021

It’s one year ago today that the UK went back into our second lockdown. One year ago that I asked my neighbours for any “smelly” old books, scrap materials and any small patterned clothes they might not have a use for. We was bored and of course Morgan had absolutely no interest in reading any book despite them being Christmas themed and very chirpy.  In a desperate attempt to get him to read I made Penelope and Presley. These two little dolls were made very quickly and without much thought using just clay and paper mache which I then dressed both in materials I’d cut from a cushion cover I actually rather treasured. Both dolls were entirely glued together with not a piece of thread in sight lol.  The dolls sat on my Christmas…