I like all things vintage. Stuff that has a past, been preloved and has a story to tell. The pieces in this series were prompted by items around my home that were all, in their time used to capture and communicate those nuggets of day-to-day news and family moments. I wanted to depict the transparency of communication in a contemporary way. The twiddles in these original illustrations, have evolved into words in subsequent commissions, giving the pieces an extra dimension and the potential for my clients to make them truly their own.
Prices below are for unframed prints. Framing is available on request.
A3 Prints £75, A2 Prints £120
Hold the Line Caller
This was inspired by the Bakelite phone that was a wedding present from one of my school friends. It’s particularly poignant, given the hours we spent on the phone together, relying on the full stretch of its cord for privacy and permanently dreading our parents’ phone bills landing on our front door mats! This inking has appealed to lots of clients for different reasons. To me, it is symbolic of my beloved gift and it is reminiscent of the kind of open, effervescent chat, that is only truly achievable by a couple of adolescent girls.
Just My Type
I discovered my beautiful Imperial typewriter at Hampton Court Market and lugged it back home with a hefty toddler and buggy in tow. I think it weighed more than both of us put together but it was so worth the effort. The characteristic sound of its levers, typebars and carriage all working in partnership and the distinctive ding of its margin bell, epitomises efficiency to me. Aside from the stories it could tell, of the letters, novels and documents typed on its platen, the intricacy of its mechanics fascinate me and this is what encouraged me to ink its extraordinary structure.
My husband’s grandfather’s favourite camera is still as functional as it is beautiful. It has taken so many gorgeous family photos, documenting generations of special moments, quite literally through his lens. We live in a time when everything is instantaneous and most photos are taken several times on a smart phone and heavily filtered, before the perfect one is selected. There is something heart-warming to me about the honesty and delayed gratification of this traditional camera. Finishing that camera roll and waiting for it to be developed. Pouring over unadulterated photos, that may have been taken months apart or even forgotten about. That moment that those memories flood back. That is what this piece is reminds me of.