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Career highlight? This comes pretty close. Here’s a gallery of photos from the incredible collaboration I was invited to join for the gorgeous new Baccarat bar at HARRODS in London. Creating hand-drawn architectural illustrations of cocktails served in Baccarat crystal glassware for the beautiful bar menu in collaboration with a global team of fantastic folks, I grabbed my vintage architectural drawing gear and got to work! Hilarity, metric conversions, long distance phone calls, late night emails from England, Iceland and France made for such a happy project. Thank you Gorgeous Group, Scott Wittman, Cameron Attfield, Stevie Kane, Lucy Wheeler, Fabled Studio, Royal College of Art, Baccarat, Harrods, Branding Design, We Love Branding, and Dayfold Print. 

“What emotions do you associate with colour and what do they communicate to you?

For the menu design at Baccarat Bar located at the lower ground floor of Harrods, we had the unique challenge of bringing the emotions of colour to life and relating them to cocktails. Our objective for the bar was to create a stylish, innovative drinks led concept destination in Knightsbridge that appealed to the discerning London and international bar scene with the potential to feature on the World’s Top 50 bar list. We also needed to acknowledge the history of both Harrods and Baccarat and be at the forefront of the new generation of food and drink offering at the iconic department store.

Our modern understanding of light and colour begins with Isaac Newton and a series of experiments that he published in 1672. He was the first to understand the rainbow, refracting white light with a prism, resolving it into its component colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. We used his colour theory as a stepping stone and divided the menu into 8 sections. Each section of the menu included a piece of bespoke artwork created for us by students at the Royal College of Art to represent emotions or qualities associated with that colour.

These colours and emotions were then translated into a singular drinking experience: an expertly crafted cocktail, harnessing groundbreaking techniques, served in a specially selected Baccarat glass created by award-winning bar manager @CameronAttfield and @StevieKane_

Super talented illustrator from Chicago @mwoodpen recreated drawings of the Baccarat glassware and the opulent decor was created by @Fabled_Studio.


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1a: any of a class (Insecta) of arthropods (such as bugs or bees) with well-defined head, thorax, and abdomen, only three pairs of legs, and typically one or two pairs of wings

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From heart-experience, and in humblest sense
Of Modesty, that he, who in his youth
A daily wanderer among woods and fields
With living Nature hath been intimate,
Not only in that raw unpractised time
Is stirred to ecstasy, as others are,
By glittering verse but further, doth receive,
In measure only dealt out to himself, 
Knowledge and increase of enduring joy
From the great Nature that exists in works 
Of mighty Poets.

William Wordsworth

As a student of architecture and design, I have always been drawn to blueprints. Originating in the late 19th century, the title describes “the original process in which prints were composed of white lines on a blue ground or of blue lines on a white ground.” When I was in graduate school, and then later working in architectural firms, I was constantly dashing to pick up prints. Although we called them ‘blueprints’, to me, disappointingly so, they were actually black ink printed on stark white paper. Just not the same!

Recently, I thought to combine my love of blueprints with my yen for travel. Why not? Choosing from an arbitrary variety of American cities, I was mesmerized when creating this series, compelled by each puzzle-like pattern of man-made grid systems balanced by the organic shapes of the natural river, lake, or ocean coastline.

Select from this gallery to order your unframed print. Or click on the link below to be redirected to my Square store. And if you don’t see your favorite city, just let me know. I’ll definitely be adding to this collection with some new destinations! After all, my pen is always ready to travel.

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