Lollipop Designs in the studio

Last week I welcomed the team from Lollipop Designs to the studio. We had a great day creating lifestyle scenes for several product ranges including their notepads, planners and ceramic platters.

The shoot was well planned so we knew exactly what type of crops and layouts were needed for their website - this is exactly how I like to work. I often talk about this when doing my workshops and webinars for the Design Trust.

Here's some of the highlights.

The (even) Bigger Picture!

It's such a buzz to see friends making great things. Daisy Jacobs and Chris Wilder created a fantastic animated short called The Bigger Picture last year. It's gathered a lion-share of festival wins, not to mention a BAFTA and Oscar nomination.

I was fortunate to visit the set (at the National Film and Television School) to shoot some 'making of' stills, while watching cinematographer Max Williams at work. The production was full of innovative techniques, from the props to the lighting, they really pulled off something special.



Now, they've turned to Kickstarter to crowd-fund their next film, which will employ similar techniques (life-sized stop-motion animation with six-foot-something painted characters interacting in half-painted/half-real sets).

Watch the pitch video below - it's brilliant. Click here for more on the project and to see the rewards, including props from the film! Also, check out a recent interview with animator/director Chris Wilder at The New Current.

#coadgbursary 2014 - the shoots

Here are the results from my recent shoots with the winner, Alicja Patanowska, and the shortlisted designers; Mind the Cork, Above and Beyond and Jacqueline Seifert. If you made it down to the HOME show this month, you would have seen these designers + last year's winner Fanny Shorter. 2013 winner Jessica Hogarth was also in the building, representing at Top Drawer!

We had a great time over two separate days at my London studio.

Alicja Patanowska

Mind the Cork, Above and Beyond and Jacqueline Seifert.

Studio break

Unlike most, I genuinely miss my work when I'm away from the studio. In fact, I don't see it as work at all, simply life. So although it is nice to take a break from social media and emails, I'm looking forward to getting back into the shoots, visiting the Home show and starting a personal project in the new year. 



For now, it's all about Christmas lunch..

See you all in 2015, 

Featured in Mollie Makes

Pick up the latest issue of Mollie Makes and you'll find a couple of cool things inside..

First, a shoot I did with Lindsey Lang all about her exclusive collection for the Design Museum.

Mollie Makes Jan 15

Click above to enlarge.

The WOMEN FASHION POWER exhibit runs until April 26 2015, so make sure you check it out. More info here.

Secondly, a feature on the Just a Card campaign.

The brainwave of artist Sarah Hamilton, this brilliant campaign is all about supporting independent designers and shops - showing that even those small purchases can make a huge difference.

Since the campaign launched (supported by both Mollie Makes and The Design Trust, we've seen shoppers sharing their purchases using the #justacard hashtag - keep it up and buy from independents this Christmas!

You can also download a button and other gogodies from the website:

Sarah Hamilton Just a Card

Fiera Magazine - Issue 1 is here

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Fiera issue 1 will be posted out to the backers this week! The bi-annual print magazine is also available direct from the Mag Culture shop.

Fiera Issue 1

The first magazine covers four product and furniture design fairs: the London Design Festival, Designblok, Prague, Lodz Design Festival and the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Issue 1 was launched at The New Craftsmen last week with a lovely party attended by many of the backers and members of the design press.

Fiera is a joint venture between confessions of a design geek’s Katie Treggiden and magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie.

Fiera Issue 1

Photography by Yeshen Venema.

We have a winner!

Over 16,000 votes, the results are in... the 2014 #coadgbursary winner is Alicja Patanowska!

Photo by S.Deleu.

Photo by S.Deleu.

The runner's up were Mind the Cork, Above and Beyond and Jacqueline Seifert.

I'll be working with Alicja in my studio soon and also welcoming the runner's up for a group shoot this coming week. Keep an eye on Twitter for some sneak peeks.

Previous winners of the bursary were Jessica Hogarth and Fanny Shorter, whose businesses continue to grow following the support.

Read all it at Confessions of a Design Geek.

The #coadgbursary is back!

Two years ago my friend Katie, who runs the excellent Confessions of a Design Geek blog, had a wonderful idea. Alongside the trade Home show, a bursary would be offered. The lucky winner would receive mentoring, a free stand at the show, press support, coverage on several blogs and networking opportunities. I decided to offer my support by offering a free photoshoot to the winner.

The 2013 Bursary shortlisted designers stand.

The 2013 Bursary shortlisted designers stand.

Surface pattern designer Jess Hogarth came out top the first year and we have since worked together many times. Jess has gone on be a regular at Top Draw and her designs have been licensed all over the world. There's no doubt the bursary gave Jess a huge confidence boost at such a crucial early stage of her career.

One of the shots from the 2013 bursary shoot with Jess Hogarth.

Last year, the bursary grew in scope to include a short film from R&A Collaborations,  a Wallunica stand covering, Design Trust Business Club membership, products stocked at the Southbank Centre Shop PR and Social Media support from WeAreDecorum and more!

Fanny Shorter took the prize with her stunning, nature-inspired prints and we spent a great day shooting her notebooks, cushions and other accessories at my studio. 

One of the shots from the 2014 Bursary shoot with Fanny Shorter.

For 2015, the bursary has grown once again. Additional prizes include free business cards, stand design mentoring from Mini Moderns, 6 months free membership of Press Loft and much more. I'm delighted to be supporting once again, not only will be the winner receive a free shoot at my new London studio, but I'll also be offering a free group shoot to the shortlisted designers. The shoots will take place in early December, so stay tuned.

If you create design-led home accessories, are in your first 3 years of business and have not done a trade show before, make sure you enter. If not, please vote when the shortlist is announced and follow #coadgbursary + @coadg

Shop Tent - Popup Photo Studio

This year's London Design Festival took on an extra level of excitement this year as I turned part of the Tent show into a photo studio! I was there to photograph the work of over 60 designers for the new Shop Tent e-commerce platform.

Primary Grey/Shop Tent

Over the four days I met, and photographed the work of many talented designers such as Galvin Brothers, Cascade, Situs, Studio Löfström, Alice Blogg, Kitty McCall, Mr Wingate, Parris Wakefield, Michael and George, James Price and Primary Grey to name just a few.

It was refreshing to work with some larger items of furniture, including a 45kg solid bronze chair from ChiLab - try shifting that!

I caught up with some of my clients too... Studio Flock, Sue Pryke, Wild and Wood, Lorna Syson, Fanny Shorter and Melody Rose all had excellent work on display.

On the last day I even picked up a beanbag from Fatboy - recommended!

To see some of the results, check out the updated Cutouts gallery

Loving the cutouts from Shop Tent? Now I have the studio space, I can shoot smaller groups of products, even at short notice. Find out more here.