Something a Bit Different…

I’ve just got back from the Museum Freelance Network conference in Manchester where Esme Ward of Manchester Museum taked about pursuing the things that “make your heart beat faster”.

As a freelancer for over 10 years now, it can be easy to get bogged down and not leaving yourself with any time for reflection and planning, lurching from one project to another.

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough paint a mural for one of my favourite clients, Burghley House in Stamford. I’d done some similar (much smaller), similar things before but nothing on this scale (5.5m x just under 3m) and with this level of detail.

Painting this mural was challenging, exhausting, asbsorbing and absolutely amazing. I could have made things easier for myself with a simpler design, but it became an absolute labour of love.

Painting this mural certainly made my heart beat faster. I would love to do more work like this. Get in touch if you have any ideas or opportunities!

Castle Howard Explorer: New children’s illustrated trail

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Castle Howard were one of my first ever clients, and remain one of my favourites. It’s a magical place, and the team always have lovely, creative ideas and a real sense of fun.

I normally design a new activity for Castle Howard’s children’s trail offering every year or two. This year it was a new page of nature activities based on the Walled Garden. I’m really keen on activities which encourage children to appreciate the natural world, so this was a lovely project.

All the various activities have been combined into a new ‘Castle Howard Explorer’ booklet with a new front cover.

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