4. How did you approach the Drummonds window project? Tell us about the sketch idea & brief
This was a new opportunity for me having never decorated a window or painted on glass full stop. After my call with Drummonds’Creative Director, James, where we had discussed early concepts and designs, I began to illustrate some of the ideas. They soon fluctuated and evolved as I began to realise that I would essentially be painting in reverse on the inside of the glass, as well as painting something temporary that would need to be easily removed in time.
With all this in consideration, I stepped away from the idea of painting and turned to chalk pens, something James had suggested early on in the process. These pens are highly pigmented and come in a range of colours and sizes, and were going to allow me much more flexibility when approaching the mural.
The design then evolved into more of an illustration, as I knew I would be working with these fine-tipped pens, I could apply the same level of detail and delicacy to the mural as I would to a sketch on paper. As for the narrative, it is essentially a nod to the popular chinoiserie wallpaper designs but with an autumnal twist, where the birds and animals are helping to shake rainwater from the fallen leaves into the bathtubs arranged by the showroom window.