These were never intended for the Queen's Jubilee. They were a design that I started almost two years ago but left alone to 'mature'.
I feel they are appropriate to share now considering the approaching celebrations.
There's so much merchandise that has materialised to mark this historic event. Crowns, Coins, Corgis, Stamps, Flags, Bunting and the Queen's profile grace every shop and home. I have designed this range to celebrate our country as well as our Queen.
When I lived in Manchester, if ever I was feeling unnerved or restless, whenever I was feeling stuck in a creative rut and uninspired I would head down to the Manchester City Art Gallery.
My desired destination hung three quarters of the way around the main exhibition on the ground floor and waiting silently for me would be the beautifully tragic Ophelia, a small but powerfully moving piece by the Pre-Raphelite painter, Arthur Hughes.
Very different from John William Waterhouse's Ophelia, created in 1852 this painting shows Hamlet's young girl moments before she enters the water.
I always wanted to reach inside and hold her back.
Like any gallery painting, you can not see or feel the effect it has unless you visit the painting itself but I can not begin to explain the peace I felt whenever I stood in front of it.