A colourful trip to Ibiza!

So we chose to go to Ibiza for our honeymoon partly because it’s fairly close and we knew we’d want a simple relaxed break after all the wedding madness, rather than one of our more bonkers road trips. But mainly we chose it as we’d come across Paradiso Art Hotel and we knew we had to stay! It turned out it was the perfect choice as it’s such a visually inspiring place that we were super happy to chill by the pool and wander around the hotel taking photos, it gave us similar feels to when we stayed at The Saguaro in Palm Springs!

ADDA Gallery sits alongside the hotel

ADDA Gallery sits alongside the hotel

Looks like a dollhouse but I promise it’s real!

Looks like a dollhouse but I promise it’s real!

The rooms are incredible too!

The rooms are incredible too!

One thing we really wanted to get up to while on the island was snorkelling as Nathan had bought some masks and I was super excited to try it and see some fish! We had an excellent day swimming at Playa Cala Xarraca and and another lovely day though the water was slightly less clear at the beach belonging to El Chiringuito Cala Gracioneta which was a pricey but delicious restaurant where we had lunch post swim! I got myself in tizzy trying to find appropriate swimwear for the trip but totally struck gold when I found Batoko whose swimwear is made from recycled plastic and covered in excellent prints!

Snorkels at the ready!

Snorkels at the ready!

Wearing my Batoko Swimsuit at Cala Gracioneta!

Wearing my Batoko Swimsuit at Cala Gracioneta!

Sketchbooking poolside at the Paradiso drawing some of the fish we saw!

Sketchbooking poolside at the Paradiso drawing some of the fish we saw!

The Old Town is also super gorgeous and definetly worth getting lost in if it’s not too hot! I had a great time photographing the pretty buildings and finding cute typography! I really recommend Can Terra for a bite to eat and S'Escalinata Eivissa for a drink or two with a view!

Typographic gems in Ibiza Old Town

Typographic gems in Ibiza Old Town

We also stopped by Cubanito to get some snaps of those gorgeous Art deco lines and Miami vibes, it’s part of the same group as Paradiso and seemed even more chilled out, tucked away on a hilltop!

Cubanito is part of the same group as Paradiso

Cubanito is part of the same group as Paradiso

Cubanito Poolside vibes

Cubanito Poolside vibes

Patchwork Ibiza

Patchwork Ibiza

Luckily we chose the best spot for our last night in Ibiza treating ourselves to a meal at Patchwork which is part of the Sa Punta Restaurant We had an incredible view of the sun setting amongst lush interiors and one of my faves; Lebanese food!

For an easy list of all our fave spot check out my google list And let me know below if this has got you considering a trip to the party isle! Jacqueline x

Designing my Bespoke Wedding Dress Embroidery!

So I’m not going to lie after years spent working in fashion I am super fussy when it comes to what to wear, so picking a wedding dress was going to be tough. Everyone advised me to go to bridal shops and ‘just try a few on’ but I knew that that would stress me out! As it would be so far from something I’d be comfortable wearing and I’d feel weird for not swooning! The only thing I kept thinking was that I’d like to wear something from Gucci or in that style but unfortunately that’s a little out of my budget! So I narrowed it down to a pink pussybow dress that I could possibly customise and I got my google search on!

The pink dress Brigade!

The pink dress Brigade!

After trying on and sending back about 4 dresses I found the dress above and on the far right on The Outnet and I knew it was the one for me as the design by Mikael Aghal had a collar and pussy bow which looked ripe for embroidery! Once the dress had arrived I put together a mood board of inspiration images some of which you can see below; I actually started out thinking about flowers but then I realised I could do whatever I wanted and make it totally on theme, so I played with some coral and shell ideas, sketching out my design.

Inspiration: Top left and bottom right Gucci bottom left Suzy Bishop in Moonrise Kingdom Top Right Hattie McGill Embroidery

Inspiration: Top left and bottom right Gucci bottom left Suzy Bishop in Moonrise Kingdom Top Right Hattie McGill Embroidery

Once I had my design sketched out and an idea of colours in my mind I took a trip to Fan New Trimmings to buy the beads, coloured thread and thin embroidery needles that I would need!

Sketches then materials

Sketches then materials

I started off by taking apart the pussybow and embroidering and beading coral and seaweed shapes on to both sides, mirror imaged. I thought I would put shells on the collar initially but then I happened across Hattie Mc Gills’s work especially her crabs and I thought they were amazing so I had to have a crab collar! All in all the embroidery took about four days work on weekends while sat watching tv! But I felt over the moon with it in the end as it was totally bespoke to me and totally fitted with the decor, we even made a matching crab for the scenery inspired by the dress!

Work in progress on my ‘Under the Sea’ wedding dress embroidery

Work in progress on my ‘Under the Sea’ wedding dress embroidery

Wearing the finished dress on the day amongst the Under the Sea Scenery!

Wearing the finished dress on the day amongst the Under the Sea Scenery!

Close up of the finished beading and embroidery!

Close up of the finished beading and embroidery!

If you want some supplier and website wedding tips then head here for my top tips and if you’d like to read more about how we hand made our wedding day then head here! I’ve also put together a pinterest board showing lots of my inspiration images and work in progress photos and files!

If you have any thoughts then hit me up in the comments below! :D Jacqueline x

Tips for a hand made wedding!

I want to be clear, we didn’t set out to have a themed wedding >.< but after throwing it around as a joke we realised that it felt right! So we created a brief; ‘Wes Anderson meets the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance from Back to the Future’. This meant it ended up having some strong Life Aquatic vibes but we were definitely also inspired by Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. The theme was important as we referred back to it in all our decision making plus it helped prevent us from falling down the wedding vortex of what you ‘should’ do! So I actually really recommend building your day around a concept!

Wedding suite designed by the Bride, Jacqueline Colley

Wedding suite designed by the Bride, Jacqueline Colley

We started off with a Save the Date which you can see centre top, the inspiration was a vintage ship’s luggage tag; all our guests then thought we were getting married on a boat! The invite came later and was risogrph printed on ‘Candy Pink’ GF Smith Colorplan paper. At the point of designing it we’d really gotten to grips with the concept of being ‘Under the Sea’ and so it clearly illustrates that. Though a lot of our guests still thought we were getting married on a boat! After the Save the Date I made some nautical flags using felt and wonder web which we bought from Abakhan when visiting Manchester. Firstly I designed them in Photoshop based on the colours we had, then I printed everything out as line templates to follow; cut and stick. Lots of ironing later and we had three large pendants. Nathan finished them with some metal tubing and slim rope! You can see me and my mum sat under the third design below. (weird face as I’m picking me teeth!)

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Next we really wanted some 3D decorations so I got to work recycling our take away pizza boxes and the wrappings from our Who gives a Crap toilet roll into Jelly fish! To make the Jellyfish I cut two cardboard shapes that would then be sandwiched together (4 for each jelly) These were painted on one side. Then I used double sided sticky paper to double side the loo roll wrappers for tentacles so that they could be long and sturdy. They were then cut into long strips both straight and wobbly! The tentacles were stuck to the unpainted half of the jelly fish before the two cardboard halves were sandwiched together with a glue gun! Finally I cut a slot halfway up in the bottom of one half and a slot halfway down in the bottom of the other. Before finally slotting them together to make a 3D shape! Hopefully the pictures below make this a tad more clear! Meanwhile Nathan was sticking together and carving layers of polystyrene to make a 3D Shark! Which he then paper mâché-d before we painted it Jaguar shark style!

Steps to making a cardboard and paper painted jellyfish!

Steps to making a cardboard and paper painted jellyfish!

Recycled jellyfish alongside one of our light boxes by Lord and Duplooy

Recycled jellyfish alongside one of our light boxes by Lord and Duplooy

With all these craft projects going on we decided it was time to take a trip to Leylands to pick up some paint which really cemented our colour scheme. We chose colours that we’d already used in the invites plus colours that complemented the streamers that we’d purchased from Party Puffin to create the ‘Waves’ above our heads, after all we were going under the Sea right?! FYI loads of streamers left so if you need some get in touch! ;)

The Colours! Streamer and card swatches on the right

The Colours! Streamer and card swatches on the right

A 3D shark and streamers to create the ‘Waves’ all adds to the Under the Sea feeling!

A 3D shark and streamers to create the ‘Waves’ all adds to the Under the Sea feeling!

Nathan runs a fine art framing business Lord & Duplooy so he started to bring home large sheets of cardboard; the packaging from his acid free papers. Those we started cutting into coral and seaweed shapes as well as seahorses and anchors using the paints to bring them to life! He also made us some bespoke Lightboxes with stands which you can see 3 images above, for those all I did was design some typography and get vinyls printed with Nutmeg Studio

The giant painted cardboard cut out shapes!

The giant painted cardboard cut out shapes!

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Now we are getting close to the big day and there is just a few jobs left; Place names which I decided should be sardine tins! These I designed as you can see above and then got Risograph printed using Medium Blue and Fluorescent Orange! Then I wrote in everyone’s names using a colouring pencil that was a good match for the blue ink!

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Table decorations behind the beautiful ARD Bakery Cake

Table decorations behind the beautiful ARD Bakery Cake

The other job was pretty mammoth and basically went on till very close to the day; paper cutting coral for table decorations, you can see some work in progress above! I also wanted to turn some of them into a bouquet but that didn’t work as they were too flat. But my fave craft blog; House that Lars built came to the rescue with this excellent paper flower bouquet tutorial Luckily I have an excellent ‘everything’ shop near me where I picked up some mouldable wire and pink tissue paper, everything else is printer paper, white tissue and the card we were using for the table decorations! Phew!

Last minute bouquet’s dot com!

Last minute bouquet’s dot com!

So the most important tip for hand making your wedding is give yourselves lots of time! We started making bits about 9 months before the day and just ramped up making more and more the closer and more panicky we got! :D

Also this post got so long that I decided to cover my wedding dress in another post which you can read here and if you want to know all the suppliers we used and helpful websites head here If you’d like to see more I’ve deep dived into my inspiration and work in progress files over on Pinterest

Any thoughts? Pop them in the comments below!

I might do another post with more photos from the day or update this one with more snaps when I get them!

Jacqueline x

London Wedding Suppliers We Loved plus helpful planning websites!

Hey! I’ve put together some of the most helpful websites I came across during our wedding planning, plus a list of all the suppliers we used and loved! I’ve also added in a few suppliers that we didn’t use; perhaps we discovered them afterwards, went in a different direction or they were already booked! Lastly as an independent business I love to support other small indies which bar the top link everyone listed here is; woo hoo!

Custom under the sea theme cake by ARD Bakery

Custom under the sea theme cake by ARD Bakery

Helpful Websites:

We decided not to build a wedding website, instead we used Typeform to collect RSVP’s and peoples dietary requirements you can see ours here, it was free to build and you can download the responses in a spreadsheet which I did and with a quick tidy I sent them to our Caterer!

The invites and save the date I risographed and screen printed which I cover in more depth here but for last minute / small quantities like printing the Table plan which I combined into an A2 poster with the Order of the day I used Printed.com also for bits like the Drink and Food Menus.

Order of the day combined with Table plan and printed A2 x 2 and blu tacked to the wall!

Order of the day combined with Table plan and printed A2 x 2 and blu tacked to the wall!

Most curious Wedding Fair is not just a website but also a brilliant event that I attended in March as our cake designer ARD Bakery was exhibiting and we wanted to take a look around and get inspired! I’m so happy I went as it’s where I found Fi Graham who worked with me to create my bow headpiece for the day! If you can’t attend an event then it’s definitely worth looking through their excellent directory!

Rock n Roll Bride is a great print magazine and website for showing alternative weddings, it was so helpful for us when planning our unconventional wedding to see how other people had ‘broken the mould’ as it helped us to be bold and confident in our choices! I really recommend getting a few print mags to flick through! ;)

I found myself constantly gravitating back to Offbeat Bride as this website covers everything, especially helpful for writing our vows and researching for the right readings.

Pinyatay at Most Curious wedding fair!

Pinyatay at Most Curious wedding fair!

Lovely Suppliers:

Venue: Because we were planning on hand making a lot of wedding scenery and props to decorate the room this venue was perfect for us because A: it’s around the corner from us and B: It’s a pretty black space that you can bring your ideas to without having to wrestle with what’s already there. So The Old Dairy was perfect and James who runs it was super chilled, if you’re looking for a venue in Hackney, it’s a great option especially as they are licensed so you can have the ceremony there too! Goodbye logistics of moving people around!

Photography: This was the second decision we made after venue as honestly good photographers get booked a year or more in advance. But they are totally worth it! I’ve been bowled over by the snaps I’ve seen so far from Tub of Jelly and would recommend them in a heart beat! We went for photos and a short video as after seeing their work it felt crazy not to, plus knowing the effort we were planning to put into our day it felt important to capture it properly! Since doing loads of wedding research I’ve also come across the work of This Modern Revelry who make brilliant videos and are also totally worth checking out!

Caterers: about 40% of our budget went on food as we love to eat and wanted to spoil our friends and family to a three course meal! We got a few quotes which all came in about the same but decided to go with Warburtons as they had catered our friends wedding and done a banging job! I’m so glad we did as Paul is lovely and has the nicest team of people working for him that seemed to be enjoying the day as much as we were they also took a certain relish in getting our guests drunk! ;D

Tub of Jelly took our wedding snaps and we couldn’t be happier!

Tub of Jelly took our wedding snaps and we couldn’t be happier!

Headpiece: As I mentioned earlier I met Fi Graham at MCWF and was so excited to see her beautiful bow headpieces! I decided it was just what I needed to complete my outfit ;) Fi worked really closely with me and I’m so happy with the final result! Honestly it was so light and easy to wear that I forgot it was there!

Hair and Makeup: Katie Coward is the most super chilled expert at all things hair and make up and exactly the person you want to sort out your look before you stand up in front of loads of people! She was recommended through friends of friends who work in the makeup industry and you can tell that she is just brilliant at what she does! Plus doing the trial was totally worth it, as I completely changed my mind! :D

DJ: Gary from Fox and Braces brought some epic tunes! We discussed having an ecclectic set which explored different eras and he totally nailed it! I’d of thought it might have been a tad early for the rave anthems but we all got very carried away and it’s one of the highlights of my day; building boxes and stacking shelves with my brother! :D

Rings: Our beautiful wedding bands were made by my friend Romy Vinzelberg aka Eden Rose Jewellery

Speaker System: This was a last minute panic item as we realised we needed a sound system for music pre DJ and a mic for the speeches but Halo completely sorted us out!

Decorations: We ended up making all of our own decorations and I’ve gone into detail about that here but if that’s not for you I’d recommend checking out Rachel Emma Studio and May Contain Glitter for cool creative solutions!

Dress: Skip over here to read about my process for buying and customising my dress!

Let me know if you’ve any other questions I feel like I’m full of wedding info ATM! Jacqueline x

Artful Etching Midnight Garden

I wanted to share a fun project I worked on last year; an etching book like the plates you used to have in school! Each illustration is made up of colours only, with no black as the etch layer printed on top is all black. So each person creates their own artwork by removing as much, or as little of the black layer as they like!

The finished book!

The finished book!

It was an interesting project to work on as I had to think in a new way; creating an illustration made up of colour alone and then etching that away to create the ‘print layer’ which has clues to show what might be where! Then finally I’d create an ‘etched’ example showing how you might like to etch your design! complicated right?! Hopefully the mages below show what I mean!

Colour &amp; shapes layer, Black print layer and finally the etched design!

Colour & shapes layer, Black print layer and finally the etched design!

Colour &amp; shapes layer, Black print layer and finally the etched design!

Colour & shapes layer, Black print layer and finally the etched design!

Super interesting and different project to work on and my first book! It actually has my name on it! If you’re interested you can see it here

5 tips on How to earn a Healthy living as an Illustrator

I gave a talk at the Brit school at the end of 2017 and I’ve been meaning to turn it into a blog post ever since but…time! Anyway the AOI’s Empowerment campaign has got me all cranked up in the best possible way! Illustration is most definitely #notahobby but if people continue to work for clients for very little money it will devalue the whole industry. Making it difficult for all, including established illustrators to make a living. Social media has had a massive impact on this; as companies expect you to deliver both content and marketing (your following / audience) to a client for less for than the average editorial web piece?!? Anyway I don’t want to get side tracked with a rant on this topic when it’s already been covered brilliantly by Handsome frank here I want to talk about making a sustainable income as an illustrator, paying your rent or mortgage, covering your bills and having some left over to live a happy healthy life, because that’s the goal right?!

Slide from my talk at the Brit School’s Graphic Design department

Slide from my talk at the Brit School’s Graphic Design department

  1. So the most important rule and I’m saying this as someone who spent ages not doing this…. ALWAYS NEGOTIATE. When someone comes at you with a fee even if they say it’s locked down and immovable. ALWAYS NEGOTIATE. What’s the worst thing that’s going to happen? You can and should feel comfortable to negotiate the fee, the deadline and the parameters of the job eg; deliver 3 scenes etc. You are your own boss, yes this person is your client but you are working together to deliver. So learn to negotiate, it’s empowering plus it will also save you a headache down the road when you realise you haven’t clearly discussed what you are expected to deliver.

  2. Learn about CONTRACTS. Joining the AOI was the best decision and an eye opener for me as I learned to negotiate contracts; yep we aren’t finished with negotiating yet! The AOI have checked and advised me on so many contracts that I’m now quite literate with understanding what is and isn’t working for me. This has given me more confidence in negotiating and most importantly protecting my rights to my own works. This is why my work is always licensed to clients within these rules; Length of usage eg: 3 years, Type of usage eg: web and finally Region of usage eg: Worldwide. Get literate on these matters as they are central to your career!

Professional traits to make it as an illustrator; Organised, Motivated and Entrepreneurial

Professional traits to make it as an illustrator; Organised, Motivated and Entrepreneurial

3. Go out of your comfort zone on the regular, this might be through paid gigs or personal projects it’s great to give things a go. Mind’s are shifting from seeing people as ‘Jack’s of all trades’ to a Multi- Hyphenates thanks to Emma Gannon’s multi hypen method this is all about diversifying your income streams and future proofing your career, because when one line goes quiet another one will buzz! I know this isn’t for everyone but it really works for me; one month I’ll focus on developing new products for my online shop for example I’m at the screen printing studio and the following month I’m focussed on commissions. What’s great is that these projects all feed and influence each other, they also get you noticed by a different audience’s potentially leading to more jobs!

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4. Self Promotion, I know this doesn’t come naturally which is why it’s good to mentally separate your self (personal) from your work (commercial) Selling in person at illustration fairs and craft markets has definitely helped me get my head around this and it’s also a great way to self promote IRL. It’s not ALL about instagram! It’s also a good idea to have a mailing list as a direct line to people who have commissioned you or bought from you before I send out a fun filled email once a month if you’re interested you can sign up here. In the name of self promotion I also tried my hand at painting a mural last year, which I don’t think led to any work… yet! But it was fab for getting me out of my comfort zone! Proper post is another good way to promote yourself...I hear! I finally did this recently and so far I’ve already had one job come through, woop woop! Other ways include; collaborations with brands, big and small, applying to get featured on relevant design blogs and magazines etc Go for it all!!

Mail out for Art Director’s and Brands I’d love to work with

Mail out for Art Director’s and Brands I’d love to work with

5. Lastly where would we be without SUPPORT! I am lucky to have an amazing partner who I met at art school and who’s opinion I value above all others, I’m also lucky to have friends who are fellow creatives and happy to share a moan about creative woes. Its super important having someone to check Ideas and brain storm with, especially as illustration can be lonely work. If you’re struggling to find someone then sitting on a market stall next to the right person can be like therapy! Or check this blogpost for ideas about meet-ups there is loads of great ones out there!

Ok I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a link to the AOI’s Code of Conduct for Illustrators this is rules to live by in terms of professionalism and protecting the industry and everyone should swear an oath by them!

Let me know if you have any questions below, or if you’d like me to expand on any of these topics?!

Thanks for reading! Jacqueline x