Selfridges commissioned me to design a Chandelier and 8 Headpieces for their Corner Shop inkeeping with their Christmas window theme of Season’s Feasting. I desigined a number of different options digitally and developed the chosen route. Grace Overington and her team worked tirelessly to make everything for me. They did an amazing job!! We worked […]
I was one of 110 artists this year to exhibit at The Other Art Fair at West Handyside, King’s Cross, London. It was really great to be a part of something so creative and inspiring after the past 18 months we’ve had. My stand at the other Art Fair. Here are the 59 wasps almost […]
Here are the designs, test and process for the 7 stars for Swarovski in Austria in 3 locations. Thank you to my incredible team and to Bailes and Light who lit the 182 spikes. It was a very ambitious project using heavyweight watercolour paper to make the spikes, painted with inks and adorned with Swarovski […]
This was an incredible project to be a part of. Iris van Herpen asked me to help her realise an exhibition which was to celebrate the 10th Birthday of Swarovski’s Kristallwelten in Vienna. My initial scaled maquettes illustrated how the designs would be. I commissioned Tristan Schoonraad and Valter Adam Casotto to create […]
I was invited to pitch for the campaign poster for the V&A’s exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate and was very lucky to win! Using the plate as a canvas, my aim was to create different narratives to encourage debate and discussions using the visual translation of, ‘FOOD: Bigger than the plate’. The intention was […]
This was a challenging project working with scientists and being able to create an interpretation of a fascinating subject. I worked with Ronald Jenner, the venom specialist at the museum, to tell the story of the struggle between Egyptian Cobra and Egyptian Mongoose. I took inspiration from a 1901 illustration based on Mr Kipling’s Story – Rikki-tikki-tavi. […]
To be able to collaborate with a great company and an amazing artist was such a treat. Co. asked me to visualise a window for Bergdorf Goodman using Yelena Yemchuk’s art work. I came up with three different designs and then combined two to create the below design. Using painted and bleached velvet seemed like an obvious […]
Behind the scenes of the Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel shoot. What a lovely project to work on! Painted stormy sky, water colour rolling waves, barnacles and lots of water. Great to work with Sam Hofman again and I’ve wanted to work with Molton Brown for a long time. See the final image […]
This was a very large project to be involved with – a 20 meter long window in Peter Jones, Sloane Square, London. It was so great to work with Wedgwood again. I wanted to sprinkle a little bit of magic and wonderment and stay true to the Wedgwood heritage and create an imaginary contained ecosystem […]
The journey from start to finish on this magical project was a substantial one. From my original designing in June to the physical start at the beginning of October where production ran until mid December. There were many elements, a lot figuring out and some great people involved. Thank you to the amazing Andy Knight team who made it happen with their skills […]
I’ve just finished installing and creating the Hermès Christmas windows for the UK and Ireland and the floral arches for the London stores. It was such a lovely project to realise and watch develop from June this year. I took inspiration from Victorian and Edwardian Christmas cards and created something unconventionally festive with a poetic […]
I recently installed a large installation in Dubai for Hermès. You can see the final images here on my website. It was a very long project and a lot of hours were spent making and painting with my lovely team. I installed mid January. Here are a few images of the scale model we made. Looks […]
I’ve been asked to be one of the Artists in Residence for the House of Peroni coming up this month. It’s a very exciting project. All will be revealed on the 29th of October. See the Wallpaper* feature here. The House of Peroni will open its doors in east London once again this October, […]
I was asked to contribute and create an art piece for Saatchi & Saatchi’s exhibition – There’s a Good Girl exhibition for VivaWomen! ‘Bittersweet’ ‘The tar-conceived Queen Bee’s struggle symbolises the fragile tipping point between nature and urbanisation.’ It’s made from bitumen, gloss paint, resin and gold leaf. VivaWomen! showcases advertising’s most audacious women artists […]
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I’m really excited to be one of the contributors for U.S. Vogue this month. Thank you Grace Coddington!
A lovely interview by Amelia Phillips and Photography by Olivia Frohlich. See the feature below:
Hermès asked me to come up with a concept and installations again for their artist windows. This time it was based around their Chaîne d’Ancre silver jewelry range. I created portholes to view little harbour seascapes to accommodate the tiny pieces and create a magical world for the jewelry. Bond Street and Royal Exchange are […]
I was asked by Hermès to design their Christmas windows this year. I created a lighthearted take on giving and also showing the craftsmanship which is so important to Hermès. The little ants show great strengths and team work crafting the wonderful products for Hermès. The windows have been installed in London’s Sloane Street, The […]
Here is footage of the unforgettable project I was involved with. Tim Walker, Katie Grand and Atlas, the lion.
What an amazing project to be asked to do. Tim Walker asked me to create flowers as if they were growing out of Kate’s body. I tried many different things and sourced many flowers. We decided small and delicate works best and looks the most real. We made a lot of pieces which were built […]
My pumpkin for AnOther Magazine, inspired by Fabre’s Praying Mantis from the epic illustrated Fabre’s Book of Insects, 1935. Check out the article and feature here.
See Tim Walker’s amazing work up close and see some of the props I’ve made and some of the projects I’ve worked on!o.
Come along and learn a bit about prop making and find out some trade secrets! . Adult Workshop: With set designer Rhea Thierstein Saturday, 20 October 2012 12.00-16.00The Studio£20 Rhea Thierstein creates sets, costumes and props for Mulberry, Bombay Sapphire, American, British and Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Wallpaper amongst others. As a prop builder […]
Look what came through the post today! My certificate from the British Arrows Craft Awards for being a finalist for Best Production Design for the McDonald’s TV commercial I did last year! I think I need to frame that and put it up on my wall! . .
I was one of five British Creatives chosen by Bombay Sapphire to create an amazing infused gin and tonic for the Diamond Jubilee. The wonderful Sam Carter helped me create a transmogrification cocktail. Transmogrification means when two flavours combined, they create a new flavour – grapefruit and vanilla = chocolate! I must say it’s so […]
Here is my finished egg and at it’s new home at the boutique Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in fashionable Belgravia! . My egg takes inspiration from the destruction of the environment. The little Blue Tit, Caeruleus, is the element of optimism. The hope is that through sensitivity and awareness we can nurture our habitat and environment […]
Tim Walker asked me to do an insect shoot with him for LOVE magazine – I LOVE insects! . The shoot was inspired by Arthur Rackham and my Selfridges wasps were a great starting point. He wanted it all to feel very illustrated, so we got going and made painterly wings and insects. Spider – […]
I was asked by The Big Egg Hunt to create an egg for their charity egg hunt. Very Egg-citing! I designed my egg to look like an old globe with a little blue tit sat on the top using the same technique for the bird and nest which I’d used for the recent Porcelain shoot […]
Here are a few photos of my ice installation for Browns Focus windows. They’re in for three weeks on South Molton Street. We used a type of wax which, which when cooled, looks like ice. The Ice chair. Luckily my new studio is almost the same size as a Browns window, so I was able […]
I was asked by Tim Walker to make props and wrap a kitchen and a dining room to illustrate a couple of articles in American Vogue. The first shoot was about flawless porcelain skin. I made porcelain looking hats, flowers and lots of birds to look similar to a tea set which had originally inspired […]
So 2011 was a pretty crazy year. My feet haven’t touched the ground! I can’t quite believe it’s been nearly a year since my wasp window for Bright Young Things at Selfridges. Here’s to 2012 – may it be as exciting and as fun as 2011! (My cardboard cutout from Selfridges is still coming in […]
Here are some photos of the final Browns Focus Windows.
Here it is… The making of Mechanical Dolls for Italian Vogue / Tim Walker (out now). This one was quite complicated as everything had to be perfect. We had to make casts of the models, Kirsi and Audrey’s faces. The only time we had with the girls to take a cast was on the shoot, […]
I found a polaroid today from the shoot I did with Tim Walker and Scarlett Johansson in New York this time last year. Here I am testing out my crow coat which I made for Scarlett, who was Tippi Hedren from Alfred Hitchcock’s film, The Birds, for one of the shots. . .
One of the first jobs back was a last minute job with Cake Group to design a peep show for London and Partners. The unique Pepys Show installation was located in Trafalgar Square to give visitors to the capital a sneak peek into some of the incredible events coming up in the London diary from […]
After a bit of time off and a sneaky holiday (far far away), I’m back with lots of fun projects on the horizon and ready for the new season to start. Here are some pictures I took today trying a few things out for a job proposal which is coming up.
During the McDonald’s advert, I managed to squeeze another job in for a company called Pocket Garden who make vegetable blendies. They wanted me to create a magical world of vegetables, so here is what I made for them. We made hills out of chicken wire and air dough. Painted the fields and made a […]
After many weeks of hard work, designing and making, the McDonald’s A-Z advert, I Art Directed, is finally out. It was a lot of hard work, but all worth it. I think this project has been one of my favourites so far. My team and I had a lot of fun and were allowed to […]
Behind the scenes of the latest Bombay Sapphire campaign I designed and translated the amazing illustration, by Yehrin Tong, in to a 3D piece. It was incredibly technical. Each panel reduced in size the further it went from the camera.Luckily the set builders, Andy Knights are creative geniuses, so they figured it out. There were […]
Fred Butler wrote a lovely bit about me and put up some pictures up of behind the scenes of the Blow Up story I did for W, photographed by Tim Walker and also put some pictures up of my studio. See here to see the images and blog. Here are a couple of the ones […]
We had 4.5 hours to turn Claridges Ballroom upside down and create a camp style opulent private dinner. Anna Wintour came whilst we were setting up to peek at what we were up to. This was the dinner for Tim Walker’s film premier for ‘The Lost Explorer’ at Claridges hosted by Mulberry. See the final […]
Before. During. After. (and also after carrying the shed 5 storeys up, in pieces, and putting it back together again on the top of a roof in Kentish Town and then stapling ivy on to the side of it!). This was for Rouleur Magazine photographed by Taz Darling.
Here’s us putting up a few of the 9 giant paintings / prints for the W magazine shoot photographed by Tim Walker. It took a very long time! But it was worth it. Thank you to my team who worked so hard. Costume and set design by me!
Here is the set I created for Tim Walker for the April issue of British Vogue 2009. It was inspired by Le Corbusier, the Swiss-French Architect. Thre was a lot of time and patience spent looking for and making the right pieces. The chairs are by Francois Carre and took about two weeks to source. […]
The installation of my papier-mâché wasps. Part of the Bright Young Things a series of windows to celebrate London Fashion Week. Only one week left before they come out (27.02.11) Me and my window in the window! Working out the shape and size of the wasps. Thousands of hand painted flowers. Inside Selfridges window.