Art exhibitions in London, November 2019

Royal Academy

Lucian Freud: Self-portraits

27 October 2019 — 26 January 2020

Lucian Freud, Reflection (Self-portrait), 1985.

As a long-time super fan of Lucian Freud, I've been looking forward to this exhibition since it was announced. Beautiful self-portraits spanning nearly seven decades, providing aa fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter. Buy your tickets quickly as the demand is expected to be high.

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Royal Academy

Antony Gormley

21 September — 3 December 2019

Antony Gormley, Clearing VII, 2019.

I went to Ai Weiwei's exhibition in the main galleries at the Royal Academy a few years ago and still rave about it, so I'm hoping for great things from the Antony Gormley exhibition. I don't know a huge amount about Gormley, other than his Angel of the North installation, so I'm intrigued to learn more about his sculptures. The exhibition will explore Gormley’s wide-ranging use of organic, industrial and elemental materials over the years, including iron, steel, hand-beaten lead, seawater and clay.

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National Gallery

Paul Gauguin

7 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

Paul Gauguin, Still Life with 'Hope, 1901

My on-going love for impressionism, post-impressionism and fauvism continues with this exhibition. Gauguin is now recognised by his experimental use of colour and Synthetist style that were distinct from Impressionism. The post-impressionist was hugely influential on the likes of Matisse and Picasso.

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Favourite artists on Instagram

The trend for line drawings and nudes continues into 2019 and I’m loving it. Here are some of my favourite discoveries and artists you have to follow on Instagram at the moment:

Christiane Spangsberg


Caroline Walls


James Wilson


Jessalyn Brooks


Ines Longevial



As ever, Matisse (Blue Nudes series) and Picasso remain some of my favourite artists of all-time. The artists mentioned above are most likely to have been inspired by them too.

If you love the work here, then eras to explore are Late-Impressionism, Fauvism and Cubism.

August moodboard: Green & Gold

I've had some amazing clients and projects in the last few months. Summer is very busy, but some really exciting things happening. I've added a grain to all of the images in this composition.

L-R (clockwise):

  1. Struggled to final the original owner of this gold jewellery photograph. I love the layout captured here.
  2. Beautiful print and art direction from Goods Gang. Love the shadow created by the cuff and the type used for the invitation.
  3. My pinterest is filled with similar heels to this. I love the straps of this shoe and the open space in this composition. Unknown source unfortunately.
  4. This print is from Alias Grace. I love the simplicity of this line art and the variation of the thickness of the line. Matisse-Picasso influences, which is always a winner for me.
  5. How beautiful is this chair and typography? A real winner for me. Unknown source.
  6. Beautiful, simple handwritten font from Saffron Avenue.

Please contact me if you know the owner of any of the unknown sources.

The Boathouse Launch

The Boathouse London is a boutique hotel and event space in the form of a beautiful barge.
Logo, website design and development by myself; Interior design by @katiehantonparr.

Find portfolio page here: The Boathouse London
Launched in partnership with @madedotcom.






How to make your website GDPR compliant

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into effect on 25th May 2018, it’s important you know how to make your website GDPR Compliant.

This new law is designed to offer individuals greater protection in respect of their personal data whether as an employee, a customer, a supplier or a potential client. The new law applies to businesses or organisations in the European Union. Those outside the EU who offer goods and services (whether paid or not) to people living within the EU, or monitor their behaviour, must also comply. GDPR becomes the global standard for data protection.

You can use this great checklist to help you get your business ready for the new GDPR regulations: ICO Preparing-for-the-gdpr-12-steps.pdf

Website changes

Disclaimer: I am not an expert on GDPR but have made the following changes to clients’ websites following their requests. I have done a lot of my own research and consequently made all of these changes to my site in an effort to be GDPR compliant. I accept no responsibility for any consequences you have following this advice; you should always do your own research.

What do the regulations mean for your website?

Essentially, you need to be transparent about how you process and use personal and sensitive data.

1. Update privacy and cookies policies

GDPR will mean you’ll need to have clear statements and policies in place with regards to data processing within your business or organisation. You’ll need to inform your website visitors what sort of data is being collected from them, what it’s used for and how it is stored. Most of this can be covered off in a detailed privacy policy. You should already have one of these on your website so in most cases it will just be a case of updating it.

You should always tailor a privacy policy to your specific business. There are lots of templates out there, but it’s important that the information is all correct and relevant to your website specifically. You can also find mine here to get an idea of the information you need to include.

Google analytics

Here is an extract from a GDPR compliant website privacy policy statement with relation to the use of Google Analytics. It clearly explains what type of data gathering this is (visitor tracking), what it is used for and how to opt out if you wish:

"Like most websites, this site uses Google Analytics (GA) to track user interaction. I use this data to determine the number of people using my site, to better understand how they find and use my web pages and to see their journey through the website.
       Although GA records data such as your geographical location, device, internet browser and operating system, none of this information personally identifies you to us. GA also records your computer’s IP address which could be used to personally identify you but Google does not grant us access to this. I consider Google to be a third party data processor.
       GA makes use of cookies, details of which can be found on Google’s developer guides. My website uses the analytics.js implementation of GA. User and event data is held on Google servers for 38 months. You can read more about Google Analytics Data Retention here.
       Disabling cookies on your internet browser will stop GA from tracking any part of your visit to pages within this website."

Contact and sign-up forms

You need to document your internal policies for processing and erasing the data you keep.

Other privacy policy requirements

You also need to provide users with a way to withdraw consent and purge personal data collected on them; i.e. the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’. The easiest way to do this is to have a dedicated email (, for example) for them to get in contact with you.
You’ll need to appoint a Data Protection Officer for your business who’s job it is to manage these requests alongside other GDPR related admin.

It is also a requirement of GDPR that you verify requests to remove or edit data via email.  The easiest way to manage this is to ask your customers/users to send their email to you using the email account that they subscribed/enquired with so you can verify their identity and right to edit the data you hold.

2. Add a cookies banner to your site

What are cookies?

When you visit a site that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded to your browser. The next time you visit that site, your browser will check to see if it has a cookie that is relevant and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the site. The site then ’knows’ that you have been there before. It helps to load your pages faster if it remembers the information from a previous visit.

Your site is collecting information every time someone visits your site, i.e. cookies (you can turn this off on your browser). To remain transparent under the new GDPR regulations, you need to add a banner to ensure that people are aware of the information that you’re collecting when they are on your site. This should have a link to your updated policies and a continue button.

Example of cookies banner:


3. Contact and sign-up forms compliance

People will need to confirm that they have read and agree to your terms and conditions before proceeding to submit the form. It will no longer be acceptable to use pre-populated check boxes (check box already ticked) and opt-out. You will need to provide a check box that your users can 'opt-in' to. This also applies for e-commerce sites when collecting user data at checkout.

Example opt-in option on sign-up form:

Note that the Google re-captcha is not a GDPR requirement but helps to ensure that your new subscribers are real people, not robots.

Website scrapbook: May 2019

New monthly scrapbook exploring some of my favourite sites ready to inspire my designs for May 2019. As ever, my favourite place for website and typography inspiration is Typewolf. It’s the bible for beautiful website design and the latest trends in UI and typography. Carefully curated, you can easily spend hours getting lost in some very exciting and inspiring website design. It’s definitely an integral part of my design process when looking for type, colour palette and UI inspiration.

I’ve also used Pinterest and websites that I’ve come across myself for this list.
See Pinterest for more of my influences.


Benjamin Guedj
Fonts: Saol Display, Agipo


Isabelle Fox
Fonts: Orpheus, Mabry


Épione Les Libaux
Fonts: Self Modern, Raleway


La Faurie Paris
Fonts: Titling Gothic, Sainte Colombe


The Day
Fonts : Majesti, Gotham (ScreenSmart)


Unspoken Agreement
Fonts: Morion, Karla


April moodboard: Rust & blue

Happy Monday to you! This week’s moodboard is based on some of my favourite colours of the moment. As mentioned in the colour trend pridictions (read here), you will begin to see blues creeping into the neutral trend. I love the pop of colour to break up the burnt oranges and beige tones here.

L-R (clockwise):

  1. This picture is from one of my favourite bloggers, Monikh, wearing a fluffy red/orange jumper paired with a satin blue skirt. She’s full of interior and style inspiration - definitely one to check out!
  2. Beautiful typography that I’ve found on Pinterest and is by Mel Volkman. I’m loving the signature fonts at the moment and the colour combination here is so beautiful. Adding a texture to the background adds depth.
  3. This illustration is by artist and graphic design, Cocorrina. This illustration is called, ‘The Body you Live in’ and encourages you to love your body, I love the brush she has used here and the sentiment is a fantastic one.
  4. This photo is one I found on Pinterest and unfortunately struggled to find the original blogger - let me know if you know her! I love the lines the satin is creating - great inspiration for an illustration or two.
  5. The Maria Black branding is so beautiful and cohesive. The design and art direction is from Girls on their way home Studio, who is so creative and definitely worth having a look into.
  6. Again, I’ve struggled to find the designer unfortunately. I love the colour palette and fonts used here.

March moodboard: Neutrals

Happy Monday to you! This week’s moodboard is based on some of my favourite bloggers and a neutral palette.

L-R (clockwise):

  1. This picture is from one of my favourite bloggers, Alice Catherine. I love the beautiful clothes she wears, a hint of vintage paired with modern pieces. Her Instagram feed has a strong brand identity and she loves playing around with different textures and gold jewellery.
  2. ‘The world needs what you got’. What a great sentiment. I am loving this signature-style font at the moment. I think there’s something so effortless about it, yet it’s still legible. This design is from Tanya Val.
  3. Peeping behind is a beautiful little illustration of some leaves. The thin lines hear are beautiful against the beige. This illustration is from Alannah Kiarah.
  4. Alice Catherine appearing again. Very much #stylegoals.
  5. This beautiful print series is from Studio 1850. I love the simplicity and the Matisse-inspired line drawing. The serif font and the texture of the background lends this composition to a have a vintage feel.

February moodboard: Satin and gold

Exploring a combination of gold jewellery and satin with rust red and beautiful print design, type and illustration.

L-R (clockwise):

  1. This photo is one I found on Pinterest and unfortunately struggled to find the original blogger - let me know if you know her! I love the lines the satin is creating and the beautiful dark red - great inspiration for an illustration or two.
  2. How great is this? Unfortunately, I didn’t take note of the artist, but it’s such a beautiful composition and colour palette. I saw this image and it was the inspiration for the whole mood board.
  3. This logo is from one of my favourite designers to follow on Instagram: Stylishcreative. Nicola offers beautiful designs and a well-curated Instagram. I love the composition and use of shadows in this image.
  4. I love the colour palette and the beautiful art in this room. The rug is such a clever moment, adding depth and character. Source unknown.
  5. I am still loving stars after the Christmas trend! I love the tones in this image and the size of the stars and the little moon. Source unknown.
  6. I love the colour of the satin here and the pop of colour in this blogger’s heels. Paired with gold jewellery and a oversized jumper for a perfect composition. Source unknown.
  7. This is one of my favourite print designs for a while. I love the illustration and the colour palette. This is by Lise Mailman for the Ruban Collectif.
  8. Finally, a mix of handwritten and serif fonts for a beautiful design. Seems that that combination is going to remain one of my favourites for a while longer! I am definitely favourite the more signature-style fonts, however, as opposed to the more traditional calligraphy and modern-calligraphy styles. I like that they look like you’ve scrawled it down on a piece of paper in a hurry! They add a bit more personality to the design. This beautiful logo is from Manon Pontillo.

Must-see Art Exhibitions in London, January 2019

Hope you had a lovely break and Happy New Year to you.

Art galleries are the perfect day or night out in January. One of these events is free - perfect if the purse strings are a little tight after a festive Christmas! I’ve listed a few of the exhibitions that I’m excited to go to this month:

Tate Modern: Uniqlo Tate Lates

25th January 2019 at 18:00-22:00

I’ve been to a Tate Late before and they’re really great. Walk around the museum after-hours with a drink in your hand - what’s not to love? Tate Modern runs this event on the last Friday of every month with a mix of art, music, film and workshops. You’re not allowed to take drinks into the art galleries, but they have a lot of events between the galleries that you can get stuck into, as well as a DJ in the bar area if you want a dance.

This is a great event to take those friends that may not see the appeal of a normal art gallery, but fancy getting creative. The January Tate Late has the amazing Guerilla Girls member Aphra Behn talking through her latest publication. PUSH/PUSHBACK gives an inside look at the posters, protests, fax blitzes, speak-outs and street theatre actions used by the Guerilla Girls to attack and expose sexism and racism in the arts.

While this event is free, you have to book into some of the talks ahead of time.

Tate Modern: Pierre Bonnard

23rd January 2019-6th May 2019

Nude in an Interior, 1935 by Pierre Bonnard.

Henri Matisse is one of my all-time favourite artists. Matisse once described Pierre Bonnard as ‘the greatest of us all’. However, Bonnard is often forgotten. You can see the impressionist influences in his work, but uses colour in the most amazing way. One of the trends of 2019 is predicted to be how we use colour to create a unique voice within brands. Pierre is another amazing resource to inspire colour palettes, patterns and creativity within graphic design. I’m so excited for this exhibition.


RA: Klimt / Schiele: Drawings

4th November 2018-3rd February 2019

I have such a soft spot for the Royal Academy of Arts. A few years ago, my godmother gave me an art pass, which allowed myself and a guest to visit the events for free. I have such a habit for meaning to go to see exhibitions, but before you know it they're over and you’ve missed it. Having the art pass meant that we were more committed to going. Every exhibition was amazing and reestablished my love for them.

The Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna exhibition has been running since November and ends in early Feb so this is a priority for me. Klimt paintings, especially, are quite famous but I don’t know much about Schiele at all so hopefully it’s a good introduction. This exhibition explores over 100 drawings produced by both artists. It includes the first sketches of Klimt’s ‘Standing Lovers’, one of his most famous paintings.


National Gallery: Courtauld Impressionists

Now-20th January 2019

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Édouard Manet

While The National Gallery is not always my favourite museum (simply because it offers more classical and renaissance paintings that aren’t too my taste), the Impressionist era is one of my long-time loves. I saw the Monet Water Lilies last year and they were absolutely incredible. This smaller exhibition celebrates some of the major Impressionist paintings, including works by Cezanne, Manet, Degas and Renoir - a perfect introduction to the era.