A summer visit to London makes me so happy: meals with friends, a picnic in the park, and so many exhibitions to see. We stayed in a tiny hotel in Paddington, with a lovely view over the rooftops. Here are the sunset and sunrise...


We saw the incredible mastaba sculpture installation by Christo in the Serpentine river...


...and watched the sublime The King and I at the London Palladium with Ken Watanabe. It was such a joy!

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The Great British Seaside exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich was inspiring and emotional, especially the photographs of Martin Parr, always a favourite!


I'm here for another week, so more London blog soon...

Hong Kong visit

I made a whirlwind stop in HK and managed to fit in an amazing amount of wonderful things. I always love the neon nights in the city...


We visited the HK Park aviary, which I haven't done in a while, and I enjoyed sketching the birds.

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And whilst in HK Park, a visit to the Flagstaff House Tea Museum is always a special treat...

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See you very soon HK!

blue exhibition

I have some prints in the upcoming show BLUE at CLOUDS ART + COFFEE in Koenji, Tokyo, which is opening this week. I coloured this teacup print with blue spots especially for the show.

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I'll also be showing the blue version of my peony mokuhanga print.

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The exhibition runs from tuesday 7th of August until sunday 12th August, 10am to 6pm
There is a reception on saturday 11th August from 6-8pm (I won't be there unfortunately) but I hope you'll still drop by! Everything is for sale!


All details:


2-25-4 Koenjikita Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0002 


birthday party!

I've had a lovely birthday week, with friends and treats and tea, it's been wonderful...

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I love baking, and baking for my favourite people especially!

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Thanks to everyone who came to party and eat cake and cucumber sandwiches!

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I painted a little sketch afterwards of the delicious sponge cake my friend Alvin brought!

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I have two pieces in the group show journey's beginning at the Setagaya Museum Gallery, Tokyo, along with this list of fantastic ladies:

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There's an artists reception party tomorrow night (saturday 21st July) and I'll be there. Hope you can pop along and meet us all!

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I've never shown any of my paintings before, so I'm a little nervous. Hopefully it won't look too awkward. Here's a little detail of my Bontan Ame painting:


The artwork won't be for sale (it's a museum!) but I will put edition prints of my maneki neko for sale in my shop after the show ends. 


See you there!

Gion matsuri

This weekend I went to the Gion matsuri in Kyoto and enjoyed all the many facets of this amazing festival. On the 17th, during the morning, there was a parade, with lots of different floats pulled along the streets for everyone to see.

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This grand procession of floats (Yamaboko Junko) was fabulous and colourful, and I managed to do some quick sketching, but it was honestly just too hot to stand around for long! Kyoto in the summer is really no joke...


On the nights preceding the parade, all the floats are put on display with lanterns and music and shopping...


The packed streets are lined with games to play and food stalls, and it was so fun to try as much as possible!

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Here are some boys in yukata playing bells and drums with long strings, sitting inside one of the floats.

I loved the lights and colours and the feeling of everyone out having a nice time together, but the temperatures of 38C made it a little difficult. It might be a while before I go to this again!



I went to see Tosca at the New National Theatre, Tokyo and absolutely loved it. Of course the singing was lovely, but the incredible sets were truly breathtaking, and the lighting was masterful...

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I tried to draw, because the costumes and poses were so wonderful, but it was pitch black and I couldn't see my sketchbook at all, so it was sort of guesswork. I worked up two of the sketches I did afterwards, and added some colour...


The singer who was Scarpia liked my drawing on instagram, which made me happy!

pine cup

Here's a little sketch of a tiny sake cup I bought at a flea market in Tokyo a little while ago...

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I've been collecting a few pieces that I really want to draw, and hopefully will be able to put them together into a project soon!

Yayoi Kusama museum

After trying for several months, I finally managed to get tickets to the new Yayoi Kusuma museum in Tokyo. So exciting!


There was no photography allowed in several of the rooms, but this mosiac pumpkin on the roof in the open air was lovely to draw and selfie with!

I really enjoyed this pumpkin light installation too, it was really magical...


nail designs

I get my nails done when I'm in HK by an incredible lady who interprets my artwork into a nail pattern. These are the ones I got last week, to match my mokuhanga garden print.

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I love experimenting and thinking of designs, and I especially liked these dark ones, to match one of my etchings.

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I really liked this more minimal combo of pink and grey too, made to match my Chinese New Year design.

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Hong Kong part two

This week I spent in meetings, and the rain. So much rain. Typhoons and the rainy season, here we are again...


The rain made all the neon and street lights glow even more beautifully than usual, and I photographed the many ways lights fascinate me there.


I attended a gala for onesky, and drew sketches of the presenters. It was an amazing evening and raised funding for this wonderful charity, hurrah!

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I visited PMQ and the HKTDC shop there sells my HK toile products, which I always love to see.


On my last day I did this little watercolour sketch of the red room, where I stayed at my friend's house. I love this room so much! 

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And of course I ate dimsum at City Hall with my friends, my all-time favourite HK thing to do. I already can't wait to go back...

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Hong Kong

I'm in HK this week, meeting clients and eating great food. I took the weekend off to get into the HK mood...


I love HK so much, in so many ways. Visually I find it fascinating, and always inspiring. I don't take enough time to sketch here, as I'm usually running around, so I'm making an effort to take the time...


I miss dim sum and Chinese noodles and all the local desserts when I'm away, and they tend to be the things I look for as soon as I can when I'm back.


I really enjoyed being a tourist for a day, and taking the star ferry to see the view from both sides of the harbour.

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This really is a crazy beautiful city.



Last week I went to watch the Tokyo sumo tournament and absolutely loved it! The space is beautiful and the crowds loud and appreciative...


I sketched the whole arena and then the players. 


I loved the old-timey photographs and memorabilia in the metro station, so you could get in the sumo mood!


NY Post

I recently did an illustration for the back page of the fashion section of the New York Post. I was given lots of photos of jewellery pieces and asked to create a fun illustration that would show all these nature-inspired pieces to their best advantage...

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We received some amazing gifts recently and I did sketches of them to say thank you...


I put everything together into one image. Not sure if the subject matter really matches, but I think it sort of works...

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golden week

This week has been a long public holiday here in Japan, and we've been exploring Tokyo every single day. We started with a trip to Ginza and the new Hibiya Midtown mall. It's been such lovely weather, the sun and the shadows were glorious.


We went to Shimokitazawa, stopping in an adorable cafe along the way, so I could try this Totoro shaped cream puff!


We explored several downtown areas, loving the shitamachi atmosphere, shopping for baking equipment and trying interesting snacks.


We went to the Todoroki Gorge, amazed that such a green and wild space could exist in urban Tokyo.


I did a watercolour sketch of a sort of mossy waterfall with dragon heads, and some little statues there.


We also tried an orange peel kakigori and then had a wonderful afternoon tea at the Imperial Hotel to celebrate our wedding anniversary...


I did a sketch of our tea and the incredible view out over the city, and then coloured it at home...

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Can't wait for the rest of this weekend, before it's back to work on monday...

River Cottage veg everyday

The new edition of River Cottage veg, now titled River Cottage veg every day!, has just been published. 


The new versions of the whole series of RC books have cloth bindings and shiny foil blocking on the covers. I drew new illustrations for each of the new covers and a frame for the back cover.

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I love the new texture and of course the metallics...


The inside is all the same, except without the original endpapers, and just as full of tasty vegetable dishes. Enjoy!


Tokyo sketches

I've been enjoying watching life around me in Tokyo, and sketching as I watch. Everything moves at a Tokyo pace, but there are always quiet moments to draw...

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I've eaten at so many wonderful restaurants but this one is particular has stood out for deliciousness...kappou wada in Omotesando. Lunch was a super deal! 

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I did an e-mail interview a while ago with the lovely Shirley from the website, that sells printmaking supplies in the UK and it's now online. I bumped into her in Tokyo last year as we both shopped for mokuhanga paper, and we kept in touch...


I talk about my relationship with printmaking and show some examples of my work. Here are some pictures from the interview, hope you have time to read the full thing!