illustration, fashion, colour + lifestyle blog UK / cardboardcities

creative blog hop

colours in the post
though i rarely participate in blog hops and similar things, this is one i am totally on board with, because i love hearing from other creatives and how they go about doing what they do. i was nominated by natasha and helen, so go say hello to them! ..after you've read my answers of course ;).

what am I working on?

nothing at the moment! well, what i mean is that i currently have no work on (you can change that!), but i'm always working on something personal whether it's a bit of collaging, filling up my sketchbook, painting/markmaking, making a pattern or learning a new skill. i'd love to learn a bit more about embroidery, so i may well get into that soon.

how does my work differ from others of its genre?

well, that's a hard one to answer! i don't really know. my collage work has changed a little recently, and is heading towards a slightly more minimal space. i feel like what i was doing before will feel dated soon, so i'm trying to just do what my heart feels. i guess something that differentiates me a bit is that i like to use handmade textures and shapes in my work. to be honest i don't know how to answer this one! can someone else answer this? ha!

yellow pens and crayons
how does my creating process work?
sometimes it kind of changes from piece to piece, but generally it goes like this...


often i'll only have a very basic idea in mind which is normally a colour scheme or a certain piece of imagery i want to include.

from there, i look through my paper cuttings, magazines, and other bits until i find something that, uh ..'speaks to me'. that sounds cheesy as heck, but it's what works. i then cut and arrange until i find the composition pleasing, and glue. after that i scan and open in photoshop where i correct colours and sometimes add in extra bits. that's (for the most part) it!

fan collage closeup


this varies much more. i prefer to work with things i've created by hand, so this could be a bit of markmaking, cutting up collaged shapes or making paintings/illustrations specifically like with my ice cream patterns. for the most part i don't actually make the pattern by hand though (i do sometimes with collaged ones).

once my imagery is complete, i scan in, sort out the colours & tidy up wherever necessary. then i 'cut' around each shape/motif and put them on their own layer. i make my patterns in illustrator. i just find it much easier because you can make a swatch and preview the pattern when you're making it, which just flows better with the way i work. i tend to make a few variations, and go with whatever i like best.

why do I create?

honestly, i've never really thought about that. i do it because i need to, and because it feels natural. i just don't feel myself if i've not made something for a while. it's one of very few things, that when i'm really into it, i feel truly happy. i've been doing and wanted to do something creative for as long as i can remember. cliche as it is's just part of me!


i would love to nominate emma block, sophie davies, and harriet of hello harriet. you don't have to if you don't want to (obvs) but i'd love to see your answers, ladies! also, even if you've not been tagged, but feel like taking part, please do! and then leave me a link so i can read your answers :)

ask her friends september + win £50 voucher

this months theme is 'back to school' ..i wonder why, eh? as i hated school (the experience, not the learning), i chose some more luxury themed items as well, it'd make the blow a little less harsh, wouldn't it? regardless of the fact i'm no longer of school age, i defintely still want all of these things!

here's what i chose: saint laurent sac de jour totesummer blooms notebookcoco mademoiselle eau de parfumampersand pin brooch and an amethyst pendant. as always, if you vote for your favourite picks, you can be in with the chance of winning a £50 voucher to spend on the ask her friends site. you can vote here.

amara interior blog awards - vote!

no snapshots of my week this week, sorry! instead, a quick post and a favour to ask!

i've been nominated for an amara interior blog award in the colour inspiration category, and i would really appreciate your vote! it will literally take a couple of seconds, and you can get back on with your day again. voting closes on october 3rd, so there's still plenty of time.

so, if you like/love my blog, please vote for me! thank you so much :)