The Bloody Big Quiz

So looking forward to this tonight!

The Bloody Big Quiz will be fundraising for the Vicious Cycle: Making PMDD Visible project, run by local lass, Laura Murphy. By attending you will provide them with much-needed funds to push forward to raise awareness and push forwards to improve standards of care for sufferers.

PMDD is a condition which affects around 1 in 20 women and has a 15% suicide risk - however, it is largely unheard of and massively undiagnosed. To read more about PMDD click here: IAPMD - International Association For Premenstrual Disorders.

There is also a Red Box Project Donation Station.

A stand for period ware for the Red Box Project - so pack some sannies and bring them along!The Red Box Project is an initiative that quietly ensures no young woman misses out on her education because of her period. They are 100% community driven and run by individuals across the UK. They place constantly stocked Red Boxes of sanitary wear in schools for young women to access, aiming to reach those who may not be able to afford these vital items.

If you can come, but want to help, please follow the link below, and go to tickets - it will take you to the book page, but there is an option just to leave a donation.


Ohhh Snail Mail Information Graphics!

My bestie Hayley and I have recently been inspired by a designer named Giorgia Lupi, co-founder and design director of Accurat, to undertake the task of creating postcards made completely of infographics based on one topic, once a week, for the whole year!


The idea was to start to push ourselves creatively, not only to capture and visualise data (no matter how mundane) but also to go back to good old fashioned hand drawn/created work that relied on snail mail!  

Giorgia's work is inspiring and beautiful but I didn't want to directly copy it. I wanted to put my own twist on the idea by trying to keep it illustrative and colourful.

The hardest task is to think of new and interesting topics each week and being disciplined enough to keep on track. 

But it is amazing what happens when you start to focus on one small thing or task and then keep track of it. My favourite information graphic postcards that I have made so far have been those tracking my sleep, drinks, music, words and thoughts. These allowed me to push my creative skills and find new ways to show what I discovered.

Another small detail I have learned by working on this project concerns the weather! When you send a gouache painted postcard and it rains... it is going to run! The same goes for some of the pens I used. Also, the cards can get torn, bent or damaged, but it all adds to the experience.

I love waiting for the postman. He always asks me about the cards from Hayley and what they mean. He has asked to see mine a few times too! The walk to the village postbox takes about 20 minutes, but I enjoy the chance to stomp through the farmland and orchards, come rain or shine, to post my little postcard.   

I am really enjoying this process, I will continue to update you on some of the designs I create. 

Ohhh Wine Time!

Kent Gold

As you know, I am passionate about small businesses, and work hard to support local and family run companies where I can. I love attending local food markets and fairs, stocking up on beautiful and unique food and drink produce.

Therefore I was delighted to be asked to design new wine labels for West Fisher, one of the smallest commercial wine producers in the UK.

I began by working with the product "Kent Gold", which is described as: "A blended medium dry white made from Pinot Blanc and Reichensteiner grapes, Wiltshire grown but all made in our winery near Biggin Hill, of course. Similar to a Soave in character with an almost Sancerre character to the finish, well suited to fish & summer dishes." This is one of my favourite wines in the West Fisher range, so I started to play with my ideas about wineries and Kent to make an illustrative mark. 

The old label (seen to the left of the image) plays with sun, but I wanted to evoke images of the earth. 

Kent is synonymous with countryside, fields and farming and I wanted to imply this heritage with the wine labels, whilst also adding texture and depth.

I started with a gold textured background and a rounded and smooth shape (like a grape), and then I started hand carve out lines, as if the shape was the earth being ploughed for seeding/ growing. 

Once we had arrived at a shape and style, I decided to look at changing the texture from gold foil to watercolour. This way we could make the design work across the range, so each wine has a unique shape and colour whilst retaining the same illustrative style. 

Working with the established West Fisher branding was challenging at first, but I think we came to a happy balance of old and new. The legal requirement for specific font sizes for measurements and alcohol volumes was also tricky, as it is stipulated in cm not in points!

One aspect of the design I felt strongly about was the angle of the horse's head on the logo. I tilted the horse's head up slightly, so it was no longer looking down, as I felt it had previously looked sad and downbeat. We also decided to incorporate it into the illustrations, which was a nice touch. 

Overall, I am very happy with the result, as is Simon from West Fisher. I feel a real sense of pride when I see all the bottles lined up on the market stalls! They look fabulous, plus they taste really good! 

If you are interest in supporting Simon and his amazing range of wines you can learn more and buy from his website: West Fisher Winery or find them at many of Kent's food fairs and markets! 

Ohhh Kaye it's Tea Time!

Rebranding Tiger Spring Tea to Bergamia Tea

There are a lot of things I love about my job. I get to create lovely things everyday from my home, with my kitten on my lap and lots of cups of tea (and cake, occasionally).

So what could be better for me than a new client who asks me to rebrand their company which lives and breathes tea! 

From Tiger Spring Tea to Bergamia Tea

From Tiger Spring Tea to Bergamia Tea

Designs and Photography by for Bergamia Tea

It was an instant "Yes" from me! 

Nigel and Lenka own Bergamia Tea (formally Tiger Spring Tea) and have a strong and passionate knowledge of both their product and their business goals. They are also creative people themselves which, if I am very honest, can be both a blessing and a curse!

But I found working with them very exciting, in what became a very collaborative process. Every detail was discussed, from the bird illustration to the kerning of each letter — and not just in the logo creation but in all of the assets required.

My original doodle made using Paper53 iPad app - which Nigel and Lenka loved so much

My original doodle made using Paper53 iPad app - which Nigel and Lenka loved so much

The bird mark developed very soon in the process. After talking to Nigel and Lenka and getting to know them, their likes, their interests and the business I knew a bird would appeal to them. I wanted to create a simple and bold mark that would quickly become recognisable, but also retain character.  

I played with the shape of black tea leaves to create the bird's body, then added simple cut out features, including the wing, which mimics another tea leaf in its shape. 

The bird was created using an iPad app call Paper53, because I liked the textured and overlaid colour in the illustration. Luckily, so did Nigel and Lenka. The challenge was now to recreate the drawing as a vector and adding in a few more details, while still retaining the quality and simplicity we all loved.

The challenge I had to overcome when creating the logo as a vector was to create the "overlap" of colour, like over print, and the grainy texture, as if the ink had not covered the whole image perfectly. However, I think it was successful. Working on the eye and wing detail was fun, though the wing design itself went through many different versions until we were all happy with the balance and weight of the lines. The idea that the wing and eye can be used as separate elements was then developed further, as these will be used on the website and maybe on some other printed materials. 

I LOVE the bird design and I am very happy with how the logo has turned out! 

The font was a big issue. We spent lot of time on this going between extremes! I liked the modern, clean Sans Serif fonts, but Nigel and Lenka wanted a old world / Georgian feel. I was worried at first that the simple bird illustration and the old font would clash but after playing around and going through A LOT of fonts, we came across 1785 GLC Baskerville which we all liked and I think works very nicely with the Bergamia bird. 

Bergamia Logo Details - Birdy's eye -  Designs by for Bergamia Tea

Bergamia Logo Details - Birdy's eye - Designs by for Bergamia Tea

Bergamia Logo Details - Birdy's wing -   Designs by for Bergamia Tea

Bergamia Logo Details - Birdy's wing - Designs by for Bergamia Tea

With the Logo completed, we moved onto the biggest packaging project I had undertaken in a while, as Bergamia Tea has 6 varieties of black tea and over 100 labels for their tea packaging, all of which needed to be redesigned. 

We all wanted each variety of tea to have its own unique colour, so my first job was to find complementary colours that worked with the logo and also represented each tea. Most of the colours came straight from the logo itself. First, the two strong primary colours (turquoise and bright orange), then from the over printed/lapping colours in the logo (a dark green and dark orange), followed by the black used in the text. I then played with light but warm greys and found one I liked for the white tea that also worked well with the other colours.  

Brand tea labels - Designs by for Bergamia Tea

Brand tea labels - Designs by for Bergamia Tea

With the colour choices confirmed, the layout went through a few iterations but we quickly reached a layout design we all loved. The trouble came down to fonts again! Finding one that complemented 1785 GLC Baskerville was tricky enough, but with the added trials that it needed to be easy to read at a very small point size and work within a tight space.

Working with a copywriter I recommended, Nigel and Lenka managed to get the tea descriptions down to a manageable size, but it was still a challenge to make sure the font would work. Florencesans was the final choice (between us all we must have looked at over 100 fonts!), and although it was a challenge, I think it was one we won out on! I enjoy the balance of my need/wish for a simpler, cleaner font and Nigel and Lenka's wish to keep older style fonts. Florencesans solved the style and space issue perfectly.

The labels also need to be created in two different sizes (lrg and sml) which added to the legibility challenge, but both fonts held up remarkably well. Many a test print was made and held up to the bags the tea would be packaged in to make sure both the size of the label was complementary and the fonts and colours stood out against the silver.

I mentioned to Nigel and Lenka that the final paper the label was printed on would be a HUGE factor on the finish. I was delighted to be shown and asked my opinion of all the tests and mock-ups that were made. We all decided on a white textured paper (which I was very keen on) as I felt it created an accurate colour reproduction for the labels' blocks of strong colour and also because it had a expensive and high quality texture/feel to it despite it not being the most expensive option! 

Brand tea labels -   Designs and Photography by for Bergamia Tea

Brand tea labels - Designs and Photography by for Bergamia Tea

Brand tea categories - designs by for Bergamia Tea 

Brand tea categories - designs by for Bergamia Tea 

With the labels off to print, we moved on to the "Stamps" that would be both printed and for use on the website.  

The idea was that each stamp would represent a variety of tea on the webpage and would also be used as a sticker seal on the packaging. Again these stamps would need to be in the colours of each tea variety and, like the labels, Nigel and Lenka wanted a Victorian-esque pattern around the edge.

Three versions of this design were needed in seven varieties. But now we were in the swing of designing together, this proved a simpler challenge and the design was signed off almost immediately, with only minor tweaks needed. Even Ziggy, the OhhhKaye office "helper", approved the look! 

OhhhKaye office assistant "Ziggy" giving his final approval to the designs!  

OhhhKaye office assistant "Ziggy" giving his final approval to the designs!  

Overall I am delighted with the results of this project. I LOVE the logo and colours as well as working so closely and developing such a great relationship with the clients Nigel and Lenka. 

We still have lots more small jobs to do and I look very much forward to continuing working with Bergamia Tea over the next few months! 


It's #NationalStressAwarenessDay - I can suffer from stress from time to time, but when I do I REALLY suffer from it! It all or nothing! So I thought I would help raise awareness on this day on what it is like living with stress and anxiety and also share a few of my tips on how to cope. 

When you feel stressed it can feel like you're fighting yourself. Try not dwell or overthink things. Worrying just makes your mind more and more tired, more and more detached from everything around you.

Step outside and take a walk, go for a bike ride or a swim.Try meditation, or write a list, talk to friends or family, do not fight to feel better. Do not worry and obsess about how you feel. You need to give your body the break it so craves.

Fighting yourself - by

Fighting yourself - by

For someone living with #anxiety and #stress, the voice, or self-talk, can be overbearing. Find a hobby you love, an activity, anything you can get lost in. When you’re lost in a positive way like this, anxiety’s voice can’t find you.

Anxiety likes to have a voice. It means it’s heard (by us) and it has power (over us). Good thing that voice can be silenced.


That little voice - by

That little voice - by

OhhhKaye and Meditation

logo and branding by OhhhKaye

logo and branding by OhhhKaye

A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Camila Baker at a Medway based network meeting.  After a short talk I found myself drawn to her unique energy and her great positivity. 

She was needs some branding work for her meditation classes and I was delighted when she chose to work with me on this project.

While I was learning about her and what she does, I started to feel like my life was missing a skill. Medication. Thou I did do some after my yoga classes, I could never seem to do it alone at home.

I suffer from a noisy brain. It is always talking to me; whether it is that what I am doing now, what I’ve just done before or a random thing about the past, I find it hard to quieten it all sometimes find a moments piece.  So last month I finally took the plunge and took the four-day course at her home.

Camilla practice a form of meditation called Vedic meditation. She always spoke about her classes with such passion and enthusiasm that I knew I had to learn with her.  It’s also helped that she lives a beautiful home surrounded by some of Kent’s best countryside making it an idyllic place to learn. A warm and welcoming place where you can totally relax and immerse yourself into the practice of meditation. 

What is Vedic Meditation?

The word Vedic comes from the Sanskrit word Veda, or knowledge. Vedic Meditation is one of the oldest, most effortless, and natural forms of meditation. 

Vedic Meditation is not a monastic practice. Meaning, it wasn’t designed for people whose spiritual path involves detaching from society. It is practiced by sitting comfortably with eyes-closed, and gently using a specific sound, or “mantra,” to naturally settle the mind and body into a state of deep rest. 

This technique was developed for “householders”—people who are fully engaged in life. Multi-tasking people with active minds who lead busy lives with jobs, relationships, and families.

Although originating in India this is not exclusively “Indian” knowledge. The technique is universal in its nature, practiced by and benefiting people all over the world, regardless of their society, profession, age, religion, or belief system.


For my first session I had to bring along some fresh flowers and fruit to offer as thanks to indian prophets that founded this practice. 

I had seen Camilla perform this ceremony before, but it was extra special this time around as this beautiful ceremony was just for me! The ceremony takes place standing facing a image featuring the prophets and Camilla sings/chants to the prophets while offering the fruit and flowers, as well as incense, water and rice. After this I was given my own personal mantra and spent the next hour mediating.

Slowly mouthing the words of my own personal mantra, first with my voice, then in head until they slowly faded away into silence, I felt a great sense of peace. Whilst I was meditating many thoughts passed through my mind, some incredibly random (shopping lists, how my new kitten was doing at home alone, my nanny etc), others things that I hadn't thought of for years (an old school friend for example) - I acknowledged them and went back to my mantra. 

The minutes sped away and I lost all sense of time and suddenly that was the end of the session! I felt amazing. As well as the feeling of peace, my head felt clearer and I felt more overall relaxed. I might not have had a completely silent mind, but I felt that my thoughts could be more easily pushed back or away by using my mantra. 

Camilla asked me to try and do another 20 minutes that evening which I did do with help from her FREE APP (

I will admit it was harder to do allow at home, due to excitable kitten, a hungry husband and a home phone that kept wanting my attention! But I did it, I kept my eyes close, breathing calm and kept repeating the mantra. It is so good to create just 20 minutes of me time. 

I shall write about the following days training in another post but if you want to know more do visit Camilla's website and check her out!


Relearning an old skill

It is no secret that I love print. I do love digital printing, but nothing beats the old school way of screen printing in my mind. I love the smell of ink on paper. I love the step by step process of mixing your custom colours and the tactile nature of spreading the ink about and the dragging the Squeegee up and down the screen. Wonderful. 

I realised it had been over 12 years since I had the pleasure of working on a screen print and yet just a few towns over, there was a open studios offering classes and studio time. Time to get my hand dirty again I think! I have been working on a series of one and two colour illustrations that I hoped one day I would have the chance to screen print and now seemed the perfect time to try them out.

Medway Fine Printmakers based in INTRA, Rochester, Kent offers courses once a month in screen print for £60.00 including all your tools and supplies. 

The day begins with a great talk all about of the process along with visual examples artworks all created at Medway Fine Printmakers. It was great to see the example as you could start to see the range of marks that you can reproduce with screen print design. The benefit of correct line making, making sure you illustration has true black and white (no greys), as well as how to create textures and other marks.

We then went on to reclaiming a screen and I was let loose with a high pressure washer! I forgot the crazy amount of sound that is created in this process! I managed to keep the water in the sink thou.

With the screen now ready to use, I coated my dry screen with photo emulsion, (this is always the hardest part in my mind), then quickly tucked the screen to dry in a warm, dry and dark place.

While I waited from my emulsion to dry, I started to preparing my artwork by printing the drawing out using an just inkjet printer and standard paper. Once the ink is dry on the printout, I turned the paper over and rubbed it all over with vegetable oil! Might sound strange but this makes the white areas on the paper transparent (very important to let the light through) and ready for the light box exposer.

Exposing the screen to my artwork and the light box was next step.

The black areas of my drawing blocked the light from the light box to the screen and stopped the photo emulsion from setting hard.  After my carefully timed expose was finished, I then set about washing the screen again with the jet washer (but at a much slower setting) to flush out the non-set emulsion and revealing my screen stencil!

And then... The best bit!  
Printing the screen onto my choice of paper or textiles. I of course, went for paper!

My first few attempts where okay, but I suffered some bleeding on the left handsome. Thinking it was my on the pressure Squeegee I started to worry, however it turned out to be my height as I was a tiny bit too short for the table. One step up later and perfect prints! 

I honestly was sooooo happy with what I had managed to create by the end of the day and just how quickly the old skills and steps came back to me as I went through them. I simply can not wait to go back and use the studios again soon. 

I highly recommend the course at Medway Fine Printers  for a newbie and or those who just want to get back into screen printing! Check them out and watch this space for more illustration from me!