Magic in the spring time...

Check out the behind the scenes!

Last year the day after Mother's Day I had one of the biggest flower hauls thanks to all the reduced leftover flowers that didn't sell the day before! Most of these flowers came from an M&S express store at my local garage. It was the end of the day when I rocked up and once I told the staff how I wanted to use the flowers they slashed the prices further and casually gave me many more bunches for free! It turned out that all the flowers would be going into the bin anyway later that night and at least this way I could create something beautiful before their beauty wilted away. It's amazing how supportive people can be in the contribution to art and expression!  

I'll be honest the sheer number of flowers initially overwhelmed me, too many possibilities for pictures! 

Earlier that week I'd come across a location while on a drive. A small patch of woodland with moss covered ground caught my eye and I could immediately envision an enchanted scene within it. I decided to attach the flowers to a dress I'd sourced from eBay and create a character that to me symbolised the coming of spring, my favourite season.

Scarlett, my lovely model joined me in the making of the dress!

And here's what the finished dress looked like!

On location Scarlett slipped into character so beautifully that the real life scene in front of me took my breath away. I can't describe the feeling when I see a picture that quietly lives in my head come to life in front of my eyes.

Here are the final shots created with the flowers gifted from a local garage, a dress from eBay, and a little bit of magic :) Hope you enjoy them!

A dream in Spring

The dream of life...

A silent song... 

Daughter of Spring...

Daughter of Spring...

I think it's a beautiful thing when creatives collaborate. I always feel that the work produced feels richer for the talented poured into it.

At the end of Autumn I was talking with the lovely Agnieszka from Agnieszka Osipa costumes as well as model, Maria Amanda. I was coming back to the UK after a few months of travelling in the US and was looking forward to channelling some creative energy into personal work...

Bella Kotak + transFORM Gallery NYC - Opening Night

Bella Kotak + transFORM Gallery NYC - Opening Night

It was the cold wind that hit me first as I walk out of JFK airport. An 8 hour flight flew by with 4 movies and a bag of popcorn. It wasn't my first time to the city, I'd been here a few months ago and the cold chill was a familiar one...

Adventures in Kenya : Part III - Mombasa & Lamu

Adventures in Kenya : Part III - Mombasa & Lamu

After our safari adventures we headed down to the coast, to my home town, Mombasa. Here K and I had access to a car and fill our days with friends and mini roadtrips along the coast. I would drive down streets familiar to me and along the way share stories of my childhood...

Chefchaouen's Blue Hues - Morocco Part V

Chefchaouen's Blue Hues - Morocco Part V

One of the places I was particularly looking forward to visit was a beautiful town known as Chefchaouen. I came across it through Instagram earlier in the year and since we were already talking about visiting Morocco I knew that somehow we would find a way to visit it! 

Camel Treks & Glamping - Morocco Part IV

Camel Treks & Glamping - Morocco Part IV

Now this is where the real highlight of my year happened! Out in the desert, warm fine sand sinking softly under my bare feet and nothing but blue skies and bright sun above, suffice to say, life felt pretty perfect. Walking high on softly rolling dunes was a dream (one I didn't even know I had) come true!