My range of limited edition contemporary Russian dolls predominantly play on modern notions of femininity. Other themes have included Russian stereotypes and current events. I am influenced by the traditional nesting doll, comics and cartoons. My Illustration background fuels the narrative nature of the dolls. I like to use the form of the Russian Doll to tell a story with each unfolding piece. The dolls are hand-painted using tempera paints and are finished with a lacquer glaze.
Norma to Marilyn
Birth of an icon
Cake toppers for fellow artist and designer Cait Peterson
The classes of Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Cambridge
Russian mail-order bride
European female leaders
Personalised nesting-egg piece for a hindu wedding
Following a successful first year, Theasaurus has now been set free! And is available to download from the Apple App store and Google Play. For the ad-free paid version please click here for Apple devices and here for Android.
Rated highly by the The iMums and Best Apps for Kids, the app is an educational game, featuring a humorous dinosaur character and over 900 words, designed to expand kids' vocabulary one bite at a time! Children gain points by selecting the correct synonym out of a choice of four words in a classic word-matching game format with three levels of difficulty available. New features include collectable reward stickers, snappier rounds and an extended glossary.
I made the app in collaboration with a programmer, Dale Markey. I created the graphics, animations and a custom-made font, plus compiled the words and glossary, while Dale coded the game. The illustrations are a combination of digitally repurposed pencil drawings and entirely digital artwork created in Photoshop while the logo and font are vectors created in Illustrator.
Our next game- Extinct, is about Eclipsazoology (the study of extinct animals). Below are preliminary mock-ups for the app.
Preliminary animation frames of the Professor character
The Elk & Key logo
I have worked on book covers for two publishers. My '50s Housewife' Russian Doll was used for the front and inside cover of Editura Humanitas' Romanian translation of 'Girls. Poor Relatives' by the critically acclaimed Russian author Lyudmila Ulitskaya. And I have illustrated book covers for Hopscotch Books for the titles 'The Victorians' and 'Famous Journeys'
Further down are some book proposals of my own. I work mainly in the mediums of coloured pencils, pen and watercolours.
Front cover of Girls. Poor relatives
Inside cover of Girls. Poor relatives
Cover spread of Girls. Poor relatives
The Victorians front cover
Famous Journeys front cover
First five spreads for 'My first flight'
Endpapers and first four spreads for 'Naughty Nick'
As part of my communications role at Acland Burghley School, I design all of the school's publications. These include the termly magazine-style Newsletter, weekly student and staff bulletins, as well as adverts for Burghley's Open Weeks and various booklets, flyers and posters for internal use.
Included is a selection of some of the work I have completed for Burghley, as well as a recent project designing the brand identity for Own Your Classroom, a company that will consult schools on best teaching practice. For OYC I created the logo, business card, letter and invoice templates, and a set of PowerPoint slides.
OYC invoice template
OYC presentation slides
Other ideas for OYC logo
Postcard invite for Acland Burghley's Summer School
Front cover of the latest Acland Burghley Newsletter
2 inside pages of the latest Acland Burghley Newsletter
Open week advert featured in local papers
Open week flyers distributed to local Primary schools
A selection of spreads from the Spring 2016 Newsletter
2015 Open Week adverts
A series of posters highlighting the school values
Geography exams posters
Postcard invite for the Year 7 Transition event
Poster advertising the recycling facilities at the school
On this page I have included examples of my non-commercial illustration work, as well as work created in response to competitions and open briefs. My main interest is narrative and children's book illustration. I work mainly with coloured pencils on coloured card or paper. Other mediums are watercolours, pen and the printmaking techniques of etching and lithography.
Mansfield Park - Volume 3, Chapter 11
"The loveliness of the day, and of the view, he felt like herself. They often stopt with the same sentiment and taste, leaning against the wall, some minutes, to look and admire; and considering he was not Edmund, Fanny could not but allow that he was sufficiently open to the charms of nature, and very well able to express his admiration."
Mansfield Park - Volume 2, Chapter 1
"Julia was the first to move and speak again. Jealousy and bitterness had been suspended: selfishness was lost in the common cause; but at the moment of her appearance, Frederick was listening with looks of devotion to Agatha's narrative, and pressing her hand to his heart; and as soon as she could notice this, and see that, in spite of the shock of her words, he still kept his station and retained her sister's hand..."
Mansfield Park - Volume 1, Chapter 2
"A week had passed in this way, and no suspicion of it conveyed by her quiet passive manner, when she was found one morning by her cousin Edmund, the youngest of the sons, sitting crying on the attic stairs. "My dear little cousin," said he, with all the gentleness of an excellent nature, "what can be the matter?""
Round the clock
In celebration of the London night tube launch, a wholly digital poster showing the 24/7 nature of the city, across the seasons.
Ilya and Tanya
A watercolour and pencils portrait of my cousin and his wife
The front and inside of my wedding invitations
The theme is of a birdhouse as my fiancé and I met as flatmates. The heart-shaped 'door' of the birdhouse cover shows our names. The whole text is then revealed once the invitation is opened. One side is in Russian, the other is in English.
Back and front of my wedding invitations
The back of the invite is the back of the birdhouse. The invitations are also designed to be hung up, to further extend the birdhouse idea.
The life and death of Lubov Stefanovna
Artwork based on my Great-Grandmother's life
Front cover idea for 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World - Chapter 11
Looking down through the window in the floor, the Savage could see Lenina's upturned face, pale in the bluish light of the lamps. The mouth was open, she was calling. Her foreshortened figure rushed away from him; the diminishing square of the roof seemed to be falling through the darkness.
Brave New World - Chapter 14
The Savage violently started and, uncovering his face, looked round. Five khaki twins, each with the stump of a long éclair in his right hand, and their identical faces variously smeared with liquid chocolate, were standing in a row, puggily goggling at him. They met his eyes and simultaneously grinned. One of them pointed with his éclair butt. "Is she dead?" he asked.
Brave New World - Chapter 18
A humming overhead had become a roar... He looked up, startled, from his digging, from his thoughts; looked up... and saw, close above him, the swarm of hovering machines. Like locusts they came, hung poised, descended all around him on the heather.
'Henny Penny' or 'Chicken Little' folk tale illustration
Adventures on Chalk Mountain
Illustrations of my cousin Adel
Illustrations for my novel 'Last of the Snow'
I created 'Playtime' as the typeface for my first app, Theasaurus. I drew the typeface first to create a more natural cut-out effect and then traced each character in Illustrator to vectrorise them.