More Degree Shows – Aberdeen & Glasgow



The end of June marks the end of this year’s university degree show and as always it was full of wonderful emerging artists to look out for in the near future. I managed to squeeze in a couple more on my travels so here is what I found in Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and Glasgow’s School of Art.

There was huge diversity between the two schools particular in the Communication Design section. I was thoroughly inspired by everything from packaging design, typography and even some interactive light animation.


Glasgow excelled with their textile design department filling a vast space with beautiful textures and materials. The colours that were used throughout were beautiful grey hues with contrasting oranges and reds.


Unfortunately I lost all my business cards being my usual clumsy self so I don’t know any of the artists names so if you see someone’s work that you know please let me know so I can credit them.

T x


Papergang – June Box with Gemma Correll


I’ve been away most of the week exploring the Highlands of Scotland and even catching a ride on the Jacobite train that they used in the Harry Potter movies. My excitement continued when I came home to another box from my Papergang subscription. This month was by the hilarious UK illustrator Gemma Correll who has a whole host of products including cards, books, comics, gifts and homeware. Gemma now lives in the USA where she continues illustrating for massive companies including Hallmark, Emirates Airlines and The New York Times.


This month’s box contained:

a sheet of wrapping paper complete with party animals

a greetings card

3 x paper tapes for scrapbooking or crafting

a jotter notebook

a pen complete with dancing pug

I really love the products of this box especially the notebook as it is a handy size and a flexible cover making it easy to pop in my bag for on the go. The paper tapes will come in handy also as I have a TON of photos that need to be organised in my many scrapbooks and of course the pug pen is a major bonus!


You can subscribe to your own Papergang box for only £9.95 plus shipping here or last month’s box is here for your viewing pleasure.

Have a look at Gemma’s work here.

T x

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Swedish Style – Ikea

It’s been a long time coming but Aberdeen has FINALLY got an Ikea store. Although it may be small (and horribly thought out) I managed to find some hidden gems amongst the bedding, cushions and even some tiles. I love the scandinavian chic tyle of Ikea a lot of their furniture is clean cut but they use pattern and block colours to add interest to rooms. Could spend most of the day conjuring up my dream home and stuffing my face with swedish meatballs.

Though bigger stores will have a ton more goodies I found a few geometric patterns as well as fun kiddies and the ocassionally block print style. Jewel tone colours seem to be prominent in most of the patterns which really make them pop and stand out.



Excuse the not so great images I felt a bit sneaky snapping away around the store.

T x

Whirlwind week!

This time last week I was sitting in a huge stadium in 26 degree heat watching one of the best bands of all time and now am in bed with the cold raining outside. A lot can change in 7 days but what a week it has been. Seeing Coldplay at Hampden Stadium was an absolutely amazing experience they put on such a great show with beautiful digital art, light effects and some serious fireworks.


I wanted to speak about their latest album art work A Head Full of Dreams by visual artist Pilar Zeta. She is from Argentina who has a love for all things spiritual and is influenced by ancient art too.  I love the effects that she creates with her mixed media – futuristic and full of colour. Zeta is exhibiting in London to coincide with the band’s tour and all proceeds of this goes to charities to help disadvantageous kids in London. You can see her work here.


The main symbol is called the flower of life and it’s hugely popular these days especially in tattoo design. I found an artist who uses this in her work as spiritual artist Krystle you can view the rest of her work here.

T x

Pattern Designer – Lotti Brown


Pinterest is a wonderful thing but if you’re not careful you can lose 3 hours of your life looking at how to create a family dinner with just three ingredients (chicken, pineapple and bbq sauce I tried it and it was glorious!) The relentless scrolling was supposed to help inspire me but I ended up burnt out. So I chose to talk about UK based designer Lotti Brown and her wonderfully flowery designs.


You can tell Lotti has a passion for art throughout all her designs as they have so many wonderful colours and intricate details. Her new summer collection is filled with blooming flowers, curly leaves and contrasting happy colours. I picked a couple of her other collections but to view her work click here.

And if you want to have a look at my Pinterest to follow and be inspired click here.

T x