Paper Vintage Cameras

I was commissioned by The Natural History Museum to create table centrepieces for their 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year, exhibition launch party.

My idea was to create stylised, mini versions of iconic vintage cameras out of white card, as this sounded like enormous fun.  I displayed the final pieces in bell jars to hint upon the museum specimen…and because I’m slightly in love with bell jars.  Come on, who isn’t ?

Here are some ‘making of’ snaps for your viewing pleasure…

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Final six cameras

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Bell jars for the launch party

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I couldn’t make a mini polaroid camera without an little gif animation fun.  Here’s a very quick play around with some neon card and gif maker…

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Who Wants To Be A Millennial?

Last month I had the amazing task of designing and making the set and props for an experiential event during Advertising Week Europe.  The event promoted the marketing insights, gained by the Metro and MailOnline, called Millennial Rules, in the format of a game show and was produced by the lovely folks at It’s Unknown.

I created the 3d emojis, contestant podium and the backdrop, all entirely from cardboard.  In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with a bit of Canford card, some corrugated flute and a trusty glue gun.

I also made some comedy props for the games which included ‘twerking boxes’,  giant sweet shakers and Deal or No Deal style boxes with Joey Essex’s face on.  Such a brilliant job to work on!

Here are a few pics of the process and of the event…

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Cardboard emojis. The comedy potential for photographing these with the kids is clearly HUGE but sadly I was too busy to take full advantage of this opportunity at the time.

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The contestant podium was constructed in two halves…so I could get it into the venue

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Event photography by Christy White.

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Actual working buzzers for contestants would have been far too advanced for us. 

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Joey Essex and his boxes, bless him

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Audience prop sabotage!

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Jar Bunny Baskets

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This Easter, we’ll do a little chocolate egg hunt for the kidlets at home in our small-ish garden.  I’m thinking, I’ll have to use those really small eggs for maximum hunting fun and so that the hunt will last longer than five seconds.  I’ve made little jar bunny baskets they can carry around whilst collecting AND store the eggs in, therefore encouraging some sort of ‘One A Day’ eating rule..? (Yeah right).

Feel like getting fancy with your old jars?

You will need:

  • Empty, clean jar and lid
  • Soft wire (garden or craft wire)
  • Ribbon
  • Washi tape
  • Patterned papers
  • Scissors, pencil and ruler
  • PVA glue and a glue gun

Enjoy your egg hunting (and eating)!

 

 

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Creme Egg Taxidermy

Loved this commission! It’s not every day you get to make a giant Creme Egg with antlers…what a brilliant start to 2016!

Here are some ‘making of’ pics. Apart from the night I decided to fill it up with expandable foam (disaster), it was a truly enjoyable process…

The Creme Egg Cafe is in London’s Soho, Greek Street until the 6th March 2016.

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The Year Of The Monkey

 

Every now and then (once in a lifetime), a dream commission lands in my inbox.  I was asked by APM, who are the ‘largest shopping and commercial complex in Hong Kong’, to design monkeys for their Chinese New Year event.

I designed monkeys, birds and the patterns which were then used throughout the display and in their sister complex in Shanghai.  Super skilled Chinese craftsmen then re-created my monkeys as 3D forms around 5ft high.

FIVE FOOT HIGH!

Never did I dream that my little newspaper monkeys would one day be life-sized and hanging out in a shopping centre across the world *insert amazed face here*.

Here’s a bit of the process and some pics from Hong Kong. No, I didn’t get to fly out and see them…sigh.  The display is up until the end of February 2016, if you happen to be passing…

 

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DIY: Geometric Celebration Garland with Personal Message

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For my son’s recent first birthday, I had zero time to put together the decor for our small gathering at home.  I did manage to create this very simple garland as a display in the kitchen, which provided a colourful backdrop for eating cake and taking photos…

You can make your own garland and personalise it with your message and colours – just follow my DIY guide below…

You will need:

  • You Will NeedSelection of coloured and patterned papers
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Sticky tape
  • String
  • A printer
  • Shapes template which can be downloaded HERE
Template shapes

Download my shape templates and use these to cut out a selection of garland shapes, from your chosen papers. I drew around them onto my papers with a pencil and cut with either scissors or a craft knife.

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As a guide, 12 shapes make around 1 meter of garland.

Printed Letters

Once you have a selection of shapes on various papers, you will need to print out the letters that create your personal message. I chose a simple sans serif font for this and made the letters around 13cm high.

Trace Letters

Choose a different coloured paper to the ones you have used and trace the letter shapes onto that paper. You can do this two ways: Either trace an outline of the letters in heavy pencil directly onto the print outs, right side up. Then turn the paper over and place onto the coloured paper you want to transfer onto. Go over the letters with a biro, transferring the pencil lines onto the coloured paper and cut out. OR you could cut out your letters, draw around them onto your coloured paper and cut out.

Letter Cut Outs

Here are my cut out letters. I have left the spaces inside the letters full,  as this is easier when cutting and gives the them a more ‘paper-cut’ typography look.

Hole Punch

Now you have cut out all the elements to make your garland, you need to punch holes into them to thread them up. I used a single puncher for this but a regular hole punch works as well.

String Up

When all your shapes and letters have holes in them, you are ready to start weaving the string through. Thread your string through the holes so that the string lies behind the shapes. Mix up your shapes and don’t worry about a sequence – go freestyle! I’ve made 4 strands but you can make as many as you want to suit your message. Once your shapes are strung up and you are happy with it, secure the shapes in place by taping behind them.

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Fix your garland to the wall with strong Sellotape and pretty this up with a piece of wash tape on top. Stand back and admire your geometric creation…

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Lavazza Shark Installation

I recently had the immense pleasure of creating a hanging installation for the Lavazza room during London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House. The room was themed around designer Christopher Raeburn’s  awesome, swirling shark print.

I handmade each one and gave them suitable names such as Brucey Swim a Lot and Fatty Fins. When you work alone, you have to amuse yourself.

The highlight of my Day of Hanging Sharks was building my own giant podium step scaffolding structure.  I can only imagine this is what shark cage diving feels like.

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PlayStation Set Build

Last December I was commissioned to create a room-set in the style of the beautifully made ‘Tearaway Unfolded‘ game by PlayStation. The game is set in a papery world and so naturally I got over excited, and didn’t see my family for a week, as I became a one woman paper prop factory.  A few hundred meters of rolled paper, some curly clouds, 6 paper crates, about 90 meters of paper bunting, a rainbow, some pumpkins and a red head on a paper airplane later, the transformation was complete!

Here are a few behind the scenes pics and the final result.

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Freya’s Frozen Party

We have a 3 year old daughter, which means 3 things; we listen to the Frozen soundtrack in the car ALL the time, we run around after bath time with our ‘Elsa Cape’ towels and we needed a Frozen themed party for her 3rd birthday. I happily oblige to all these requests to satisfy my inner Disney…we’ve all got a bit of inner Disney, right?

I set out to hand make as much as I could for the party, here’s a little run down of what I came up with…

Each little Elsa got her own crown.  These were made from gold mirror card.  I simplified the original queen Elsa crown design to make a template and once cut out, this is stuck on a strip of card with double sided sticky tape.  Each strip is wrapped around the child’s head to measure and stapled to size.

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Extreme smiling.

This target game provided lots of entertainment for little hands. Olaf was made from white card and stuck onto a large card stand, then his mouth and buttons were cut out for the target holes.  My Mother-in-law got busy making a pile of wool snow pom poms (bless her) to throw at Olaf.

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‘Throw The Pom Pom in the Olaf’ game

I went a bit pom pom-tastic for this party and became obsessed with making huge paper pom poms to hang from the ceiling. Sooo easy to make! I used this guide to learn how. Warning: Very Addictive.

For the cake topper, I bought a cardboard number 3 and covered it with iridescent glitter.  The bunting is made from little blue card triangles stuck onto wire, all held up by two dowels, also dipped in glue and covered in glitter.  A few punched out snowflakes (again, addictive and now most sheets of paper have a snow-flaked shaped hole in our house) add instant Frozen-ness.

Paper pompoms and Cake Topper

For the party favours, I made ‘Do you wanna build a snowman’ Olaf craft kits. See below for a guide on how to make them if you’ve run out of party bag ideas. Very easy and judging from the pics I was sent from my Mum friends, much fun had by all making their own Olafs…

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A collection of deranged, but happy Olafs.

A collection of deranged, but happy Olafs.

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A Fish Called Marlo

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One of the nicest commissions I’ve been working on this year, so far, has been the Liberty Fabric Marlin, who I affectionately named Marlo.  This almost life sized, most awkward shape to work with, beast of a fish took a very … Continue reading

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