If you're one of our wonderful Facebook followers you may have helped design this collection. If so, a huge thank you - it's been so exciting to work with you! If you've just found us, here's the story of how our latest compact mirrors came together... Remember to join me on Facebook or Instagram to help create the next!
I set out to design a new collection inspired by the vintage compacts I love. I shared my paintings, from the earliest sketches, on Facebook to find out what you thought. You helped me develop my ideas from the first detailed oil paintings to prettier, vintage-style illustrations. It was so exiting to read your suggestions!
One of my wonderful followers, Anisa, suggested a dragonfly would make a beautiful design. So I set to work!
I was so pleased with this illustration! Thank you Anisa! It's painted, like the butterflies above, in oil paints on a fine weave canvas. I first sketch in a pale gold coloured paint called 'raw sienna', which you can see peaking through above. I then colour in transparent washes of the vivid colours I love.
One of my favourite vintage 1950s compacts has a delicate illustration birds. For my own design I chose chaffinches, a pretty British bird I'd watch every morning as a young girl. They remind me of sunny spring mornings and the silver birch trees in my childhood home garden where they'd sit and chatter away. Looking outside while I painted, the earliest cherry trees had just started to bud. So their gorgeous blossom made its debut in my design!
Having chosen three designs with your help, I chose to set the illustrations under a tempered glass dome. They are carefully reproduced to show the weave of the canvas behind the design. The tempered glass on top protects the illustration while giving the compact just the right weight and feel in your hand!
I do so hope you'll love these new compacts as much as I do. You'll find them currently on sale below with their launch discount :) Join me on Facebook as I now start work on the next three compact mirrors... I'd love to hear what you think!