A new bouquet panel, the third I have made (you can see the others here). This was commissioned as a 1st anniversary gift, and the design was inspired by the bride’s wedding bouquet, which was made by Tupelo Tree, and was made up of seasonal, native foliage as well as beautiful dahlias and ranunculus. There are also a few imaginary blooms in there, because what’s not to love about an imaginary flower. The border was based on the one that surrounded the wedding invitations, which were designed by the groom.
The brief for these front door panels, for a 1960s house in Kent, was to design something that referenced 1960s design but also sat comfortably alongside the existing Victorian stained glass in the period houses in the rest of the street.
The client listed a selection of artists and designers whose work appealed, including Josef Albers, Marimekko and Orla Kiely, and the theme of the panels was based on an old apple tree in the garden that had special meaning to the family.
The windows were designed, painted and constructed by Flora Jamieson, and fitted by R. G. Croudace Glass.
An introduction to swimming outdoors
in rivers, lakes, pools, waterfalls and sea.
Written by Flora Jamieson
Illustrated by Gemma Koomen
This short guide is aimed at the novice wild swimmer and contains practical tips on how to find places to swim, health and safety advice, inspiring quotes and resources. It is illustrated throughout its 24 pages with Gemma Koomen’s delightful paintings.
The idea for the project came (as they often do) in the middle of the night. I had been invited to give a talk on wild swimming at Sisterhood Camp, a creative retreat for women held annually at Fforest in Wales in June this year. As part of the talk, I wanted to produce a short fact sheet with some key points on it, but I couldn’t find the enthusiasm to sit down and write it – it just felt dry and didn’t capture the magic I felt when swimming that I wanted to share with others.
Around the same time, I discovered the artwork of Gemma Koomen on Instagram, and instantly felt a connection with it. It was her painting of 2 children riding on a swan’s back that really spoke to me – the image was so similar to a daydream I used to have as a child – my go-to mental image when I couldn’t fall asleep; I would picture myself floating down a river on the soft down of a swan’s back.
Suddenly it became clear what I needed to do – turn the fact sheet into an illustrated guide that portrayed the beauty and wonder of bathing in nature. I approached Gemma to see if she would be interested in collaborating on the project, and thankfully she loved the idea. Printed by Taylor Brothers in Bristol (who print Cereal Magazine) on 160gsm 100% recycled paper, the book is as lovely to hold as it is to read.
Copies are now available for sale via my online shop. It has already been featured by The Outdoor Swimming Society and Wild Swimming Publishing.
Excited to reveal some pieces I have been working on in collaboration with illustrator and designer Vicki Turner. I've been a fan of Vicki's graphic illustrations for some years now, so when she contacted me with the idea of producing a limited edition of contemporary stained glass pieces based on her recent series of paintings, it wasn't a hard decision to make.Read More