We Love…The End of the F***ing World

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After recently watching Dyson & Nyman’s ‘Ghost Stories’, Alex Lawther had us reminiscing about Channel 4’s TV series ‘The End of the F***ing World’ and how much we loved it. It’s easy to see why this quirky British comedy-drama (co-rama?) became an instant sensation with it’s moody cinematography, deadpan script, stylish direction and top-notch soundtrack.

The series was like a mash-up of Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson… imagine if Richard Ayoade directed True Romance and you have a rough idea of what to expect! Not only did we fall in love with the two lead characters Alyssa & James, misfit teens who form an unlikely bond, but we also adored the score which was created by indie-guru Graham Coxon. The soundtrack compliments the tone of the film perfectly and makes you appreciate classic gem’s such as Hank Williams and Shuggie Otis (there’s a cheeky playlist we made of the best tracks featured below); we regarded the score so highly that we even have it on vinyl (and that’s saying something, considering we’re always analysing the music in films!).

We were definitely inspired by the vibrant cinematography (love the saturated colours), James’ tropical shirt (wish we had designed that beauty) and Alyssa’s blunt, blonde bob (iconic). Bearing in mind all of the above, we believe it’s the perfect formula for a cult classic that’s needed for today’s generation.


We love…It comes at night


As massive scaredy cats it’s not often that we watch a horror film and having seen the trailer we had already decided that this wasn’t going to be one for us. However, with a rotten tomatoes score of 88% we decided to at least give it a go (even if we couldn’t make it all the way through) and we were so glad that we did.

The opening scene leads you to believe that you’re about to watch another ‘end of the world/zombie apocalypse’ movie but it is so much more than that. It’s a beautifully shot, highly tense post apocalyptic (try saying that three times in a row) drama that constantly has you saying to yourself  ‘but what would I do in that situation’. The film is based around a family and is set within the confines of their home which by night becomes their prison. Not only do you get a feeling of claustrophobia during these scenes but you also can’t bear to see them go outside so you’re left with that tense knot in your stomach in anticipation of what comes at night? Not only is it beautiful but the acting is top notch and this is a definite ‘must watch’ for horror film lovers or haters.

Alternative Oscars…

Now the Academy Awards have released their nominations for 2018 we decided to create our own nominations inspired by the Observer

Bearing in mind, this is probably subject to change when we’ll eventually get to see the likes of Lady Bird & Phantom Thread…or perhaps when Alicia sees I’ve posted this! Haha


Best Picture
Call Me By Your Name
A Ghost Story
Loving Vincent

Best Director
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Sean Baker – The Florida Project
Kathryn Bigelow – Detroit
Yorgos Lanthimos – Killing of a Sacred Deer

Best Original Score
Daniel Pemberton – All The Money In The World
Clint Mansell – Loving Vincent
Hans Zimmer – Dunkirk
John Williams – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Carter Burwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Best Costume
The Beguiled
Blade Runner 2049
Call Me By Your Name
Lady Macbeth
Goodbye Christopher Robin

Best Cinematography
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
Atomic Blonde
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Call Me By Your Name

Best Film Poster
The Post
The Beguiled
It Comes at Night
Baby Driver
Get Out

Honourable Mentions:
Best supporting actor should go to Will Poulter (Detroit), Daniel Craig (Logan Lucky) & Michelle Williams (All The Money in the World) for their convincing portrayals that were overlooked. We also particularly enjoyed Baby Driver and The Big Sick but didn’t feel either mastered any of the categories despite how much we liked them. Our guilty pleasure would also be the score by Daniel Pemberton for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which is completely underrated (but we couldn’t have TWO Pemberton soundtracks competing against each other!). Oh and we added our own category just for fun…


Winter Lights


We just headed out this evening to see the Winter Lights at Canary Wharf and they were spectacular! Our favourite without a doubt was Marcus Lyall’s installation ‘On Your Wavelength‘ which had interactive lights and synthesised music all controlled through your mind via a headset, which made each piece individual. It was incredible and mesmerising to watch –  we’d go back again to see that one piece alone!

We’ve included some shots above of our other favourite installations which included spinning strips of foil that made giant bubble-teardrops (Reflecting Holons) and ephemeral random words being illuminated on a wall of falling water (Bit.Fall).

Honestly, the installations are brilliant and we’d definitely recommend going to see them – and it’s free so you have nothing holding you back! Just wear a warm coat…..brrrrr

Boom for real

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Last night we had the luxury of visiting Basquiat’s ‘Boom for Real’ exhibition at the Barbican and it was so inspiring and fantastic. It was a real nostalgia trip as we had studied his work and based our art A-Levels around it, with his style essentially encouraging us to pursue illustration.

Highlights included learning more about SAMO©, the Mudd Club and his friendship with Andy Warhol. Also, if you haven’t seen ‘Downtown 81(New York Beat)’ deffo check it out – there’s even a bizarre cheeky cameo with Debbie Harry!

film score 2017

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There’s no denying it’s been a great year for film and we’ve been reflecting on our favourite film scores of 2017. This time we thought we’d share a snapshot of our favourite tracks from a range of films too – we’d love to hear your thoughts and and of course any suggestions of tracks to add!



Christmas Dates!!


We’ll be offering exclusive deals at these Xmas fairs to help you save the pennies in your pocket – come say hi and grab something a little different than the usual high street chains ;)


Show support


There’s a meme going around on social media saying ‘everytime you buy from a independent shop or artist someone does a small happy dance’ – and it’s true! Stop funding the fat-cats this Christmas and show some support by shopping locally & from small businesses.

Papier Billboard

Papier-Billboard-advert-tuppence-collectiveSuper thrilled to see some of our Papier products on billboards across the London Underground this week! We’re so proud to be part of the Papier family and are loving their colourful, chic campaign.

We know we’ve seen these beauties at Notting Hill Gate, Oxford Street and Finsbury Park… keep your eyes peeled whilst you’re commuting this month!

Me, My Desk & I


If you haven’t subscribed to Papier’s newsletter yet, we suggest you do! If you’re like us and you like a cheeky nose, it’s a cool feed of inspirational creatives and shows unseen behind-the-scenes pics and interviews!

This week they’ve shown New York Times’ fashion guru Elizabeth Paton using our banana leaf palm design on notebooks and cards. You can check out the entire interview by Lizzie Mayson here.

You can also purchase your own personalised products featured in the article (as below) from Papier here.

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The Observer


Our identities have been revealed in today’s Observer magazine! We’re incredibly honoured to be included in Emma Love’s compilation of botanical illustrators alongside  Katie Scott, Lucy Auge and Isla Middleton. The article ties in with the current Tradescant’s Orchard: A Celebration of Botanical Art Exhibition and the London Design Fair which we’ll be exhibiting at next month!

Read the full article here to find out more about our inspirations and to find out more about some exciting new designs which we’ll be launching soon. Also, thanks to Lydia Harper for the lovely shots of our studio.


We love…Free Fire

Free-FireSo it’s been a little while since our last film post. This is by no means a reflection on the quality of the recent cinema releases it is purely due to our lack of free time to put one of these together. One we’ve been meaning to mention for a while is this little Ben Wheatley number ‘Free Fire’. If you’re after a bit of 70’s inspired action (which we always are) then its an absolutely perfect Saturday night watch….helped along rather a lot by the appearances of Armi Hammer and Cillian Murphy with long hair and flares. We love it for its satirical comedy, 70’s fashion, girl power in the form of Brie Larson and even a spot of John Denver. Notable mention to Sam Riley who was unanimously our favourite character of the film. It all takes place in one room and is an hour and a half of tense gun fighting action. A definite must watch and Tuppence Collective favourite.


…not to mention the very sexy posters by Empire Design

Erstwhile Journal

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We recently had the pleasure of welcoming the lovely Jennifer and Lydia from Erstwhile Journal into our studio for a chat over some tea and chocolate fudge cake. We met them as part of their ‘Granddaughters project’ – a series of interviews and beautiful photographs with the most creative women our country has to offer. We were absolutely chuffed to be asked to feature alongside some truly inspirational women including artists, photographers, interior stylists….the list goes on. This was our chance to really chat about the who, what, where, when and why’s behind Tuppence Collective which we rarely get to do while we’re beavering away in our little studio. It was also so lovely to be photographed by the super talented Lids Harper and get some  shots of the studio (when it’s quite possibly the tidiest it’s ever been).

Head over to their website now to read the full interview in all its honest and sometimes cringeworthy glory…and while you’re there check out their Instagram page. Its an absolute ‘must-follow’


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Can’t believe that the renowned Zoella has just posted a pic on her Instagram of our stationery! So thrilled that she is using our botanical telegrams to write thank you notes to her buddies –   such a lovely surprise! If you’d like a cheeky telegram to send a note to one of your mates, you can grab one here

And we thought 2017 couldn’t get any better after being stocked at Fortnum & Mason and winning the bridal next stationery category at Most Curious Wedding Fair! Roll on summer!

Most Curious Wed Fair ’17

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Last weekend we were fortunate enough to be able to take part in the coolest wedding fair in town – ‘Most Curious Wedding Fair’ in the Truman Brewery. Every year they have a different theme, this years being ‘Pink Eutopia’ which the amazing stalls and designers couldn’t have nailed more! It was a neon-foliage filled spectacular and a feast for the eyes (as well as the belly) with two rooms full of the most talented and forward thinking wedding vendors that London has to offer.

We exhibited as part of the bridalNEXT! section which is an amazing platform for anyone new to the wedding industry. To top off what was already an amazing weekend we also managed to nab the bridalNEXT! award for best stationery, as judged by the queen of cool herself Kat from Rock ‘N’ Roll Bride.

To stick with the theme we also spent the weekend filling up on pink lattes and cakes provided by our favourite little hackney cafe ‘Palm Vaults’ who couldn’t be more suited to the Pink Utopia theme. Roll on next year (and a week of detoxing).



Flat 15


Love the fact that we’ve been featured on the incredible Flat 15’s post for Gabby’s baby shower inspiration. We are thrilled to have been asked to do her invitations and as you can see, everything has been co-ordinated beautifully.
If you haven’t checked out the lush website, be sure to have a look – though be warned, you’ll spend hours perusing and pinning!

You can see Gabriella’s full post about her baby shower here.

Playlist of the Week


With the rush of wedding season this month (congratulations to the newly engaged this past holiday) we think it’s key to have some pumping music in the studio to keep our spirits high. Our favourite albums at the moment have a menacing edge & raspy guitars – an array of neo-psych, grunge and punk… and we’re loving every bit of it!

From Left: Slaves, The Wytches and Temples

Fortnum & Mason


What a way to start 2017! We’re absolutely chuffed to announce that our stationery range is now stocked at the legendary Fortnum & Mason.  We couldn’t be happier that you can now purchase our wrapping paper, cards, writing paper and telegrams in the beautiful
stationery department.

So proud that our products are sitting alongside the likes of Matthew Williamson and the V&A.

Dreams can come true…

The Oscars 2017


It’s that time of the year again! Oscar nominations were released today and we couldn’t wait to see what was shortlisted under the ‘musical score’ category. To be honest, we were shocked that some of our favourite soundtracks weren’t listed this year so we’ve decided to dedicate a mood-board to what we think should have been acknowledged…

Now just to wait until February to find out who wins!


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What a year! It may not have been great for National Treasures but 2016 was a cracking year for Tuppence Collective. From our first trade show to getting our first stockist, it’s been such an exciting time for us and 2017 looks set to be even better. A great big thank you to everyone that bought our products, came to see us at fairs or followed us on social media.

Most exciting of all has been seeing our products stocked in some of our favourite shops and independent boutiques around England. We’re so proud to announce that you can now find Tuppence Collective in the following shops:

The Collecterie, Teddington

Daylesford, Various Locations

Etcetera Interiors Ltd, Margate

From Victoria, Lewes

The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

Baar & Bass, Chelsea

The Hackney Draper, Homerton

Inspitalfields, Shoreditch

Geo Fleur

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Just when we thought this year couldn’t get any better, we landed ourselves a great opportunity to work with an inspiration of ours, Geo Fleur. If you haven’t heard of them, be sure to check out their Instagram for all the stylish plant & succulent inspiration you could ever want!

Our ‘Vinai’ and ‘Kun’ Xmas cards are included in their December #PlantPostClub and we couldn’t be happier – it’s a beautifully curated subscription box that includes a variety of botanical-related items.

The Palm House

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This week we visited the Palm House at Kew Gardens for a little meet up and we couldn’t have picked a more perfect location for a bright sunny (albeit cold) day in London. This place is one of our absolute top spots for getting inspired for some new designs and sketches. After spending even a short amount of time in this place its easy to forget you’re in London in December and you start to feel like you’re in a tropical jungle paradise a world away from home.  Once you’re in Kew Gardens you also have free roam of the rest of the grounds including the beautiful cactus room – another top pick for a spot of drawing. Even if you’re not in need for some inspiration for your next botanical work of art its still worth a walk around for a perfect chill out afternoon and a chance to top up your Instagram with some super cool shots.

Stylist Magazine Feature


We can’t believe it ourselves but our products have been featured on the Style-list for the second time this year! As mega fans of this mag, we’re thrilled that our tropical crimbo cards were featured alongside the likes of our fav Neal’s Yard. We love the fact that the cover of this issue also features Michelle Obama and includes a wicked interview – which is even more of an incentive to grab a free copy and have a cheeky peek!

We Love…Force Majeure

force-majeureWe finally got around to watching Force Majeure (thank you Netflix) after many many recommendations and in a word it was just ‘stunning’.  The film centres around a traumatising scene in which the family are caught up in an Avalanche whilst unsuspectedly sitting having breakfast together. This is the most action packed scene of the film but following this the family are left with having to deal with the emotional consequences of the event. The film focusses mainly on the theme of masculinity and a man’s role within a family which make for an interesting watch and lead you to question exactly whose side you are on.

Watch it for the scenic shots of the Alps, the inspiring interior design, the surprising bursts of classical music and the tense scenes of raw emotion generated from a traumatising event.

It may be a slow burner at times but in all its beautifully executed and an absolute treat for the eyes.

Not on the high street


We’re proud to announce that we’ve joined the NOTHS family!

After a morning of pitching at the headquarters in Richmond, we’re super happy to have our shop and products included on their website. All of our new products that we launched at Top Drawer this year will now be available to buy online as well as our popular wedding stationery.

If you’d like to see our storefront you can click the ‘shop’ tab on our website or click here – happy shopping!


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We’ve been super busy these past few weeks preparing for the launch of our new products at Top drawer but it’s been completely worth it. The giftware show is one we’ve always wanted to do but never really entertained the thought, until ShoeLicks approached us and asked if we wanted to share stand M46 with her. We felt like it was an opportunity we couldn’t miss so we thought we’d have a cheeky go!

Though we naively forgot to bring a chair (to the three-day show!) we were kept on our toes by the inspiring stands surrounding us, including Wraptious, Linescapes and Shoelicks – who particularly took us under her wing and encouraged us to be bold and fearless.

We introduced some new designs and launched a new collection of gold-foiled cards…including some tropical Christmas ones which were extremely popular! Unfortunately we didn’t have the space to showcase all our designs but we made a book for the public to peruse and we saved some room by having a digital catalogue that we emailed instead (eco-friendly too!).

By partaking in Top drawer we’ve learned that it’s always good to have an order form, that wallpaper can be stuck with double-sided tape and that you can actually buy from other stands at these trade shows (thanks Acorn & Will for those lush pineapples!). We’ve met some lovely people and are already set in motion to being stocked in some truly beautiful shops – can’t wait!



We recently popped by the dreamy Palm Vaults to experience the bohemian coffee shop for ourselves.  This independent Hackney cafe is
trending across social media and it’s not hard to see why!

The interior was filled with beautiful botanicals that cascaded from the ceiling, pink velvet chairs and wicker seats, an exposed brick wall and marble tables. It wasn’t just appealing for it’s Wes Anderson decor but also for it’s array of artisan beverages.  We opted for an avocado frappe and matcha latte though we were also tempted by their madagascan hot chocolate and famous red velvet latte *drooling*; the drinks were delightfully wholesome and tasty. We also had a cheeky slice of their delicious salted caramel & banana cake which was surprisingly

Needless to say, we’re already planning another visit! It’s so refreshing to have a stylish, health-conscious cafe when we live in an era swamped by superfluous mainstream coffee chains.

Playlist of the Week

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It’s that time of the year again! The Mercury Prize 2016 nominees have just been announced and naturally we’ve been playing all the albums here in the studio.

Our favourites include the above – Radiohead (who have earned their record-breaking fifth nomination), Michael Kiwanuka and Savages who we’ve seen perform live, previous winner Anohni and David Bowie’s final album which is tipped as favourite to win.

We love them all equally in different ways so it will truly be a tough one!



We’re absolutely chuffed to be featured in this weeks ‘style list’ by Stylist Magazine. We couldn’t be happier as it’s one of our favourite mags and we’ve always aspired to be in it one day. It’s also great to be included alongside so many wicked products like Maitre Choux, Kate Spade and our guilty-pleasure ‘Sing Street’. It’s been a lovely start to the week – looking forward to what other exciting things may come!

Gods Own Junkyard


What better way to brighten up an already glorious weekend than in Gods Own Junkyard- Walthamstow’s very own hidden neon haven. We’ve been meaning to pay this place a visit for a while and were not disappointed when we finally did. You might want to pack your sunnies to enjoy the endless collection of vintage signs and lights that hit you from the moment you step through the door. Walking around this place feels just like you’re on the set of a Nicholas Winding Refn film in the coolest way possible…all that’s missing is Ryan Gosling in a shiny bomber jacket. Take a trip and enjoy a drink whilst surrounded by every neon light sign you can imagine.


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We’ve popped our Depop cherry and joined the family!

If you haven’t checked out the trending app ‘Depop’ yet, you must give it a go – think Instagram meets eBay. It’s highly addictive and is incredibly easy to use & purchase items. We’re now selling our stationery through Depop as well as Etsy, just search for ‘tuppencecollective’ and we’ll pop up.

Playlist of the Week


We’ve been listening to a few cheeky recommendations these past few weeks and these are the albums that particularly stood out. We loved Allah-Las self-titled album which was like listening to a modern day version of The Shadows – it’s got a great summer vibe so keep this one for your picnic in the park. Night Beats album ‘Who Sold My Generation’ is more upbeat and revives that psychedelic rock trend that put us in mind of Tame Impala or Unknown Mortal Orchestra – which is always a good thing! The last album ‘Come All Sufferers’ by Gabriel Bruce was dark, poetic and melancholy – think Queens of the Stone Age meets Leonard Cohen.






New Papier Products

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The ever so cool Papier have just released a brand new range of personalised notebooks and we absolutely love them. It’s such a great idea to release a range of books that can be tailored for any occasion – from a wedding planner to a travel journal or even a recipe book!
They make such great, thoughtful presents and are totally on trend for 2016. Above are just a few of our designs but there a loads of others by some of our fav designers/illustrators too, such as Á’Laise and Luke Edward Hall.

Why not have a cheeky peek at the notebook range on Papier here.

We are loving… Odeme

odemeWhilst perusing many stands at Pulse we came across these new, beautiful items by Odeme; founded in 2015 the company describe their products as ‘youthful pop meets timeless femininity’, and we couldn’t agree more! The elegant flask grabbed most of our attention – we appreciated the ergonomics of its curve and the many pastel colours it comes in.

Our favourite thing about these products, however, was the packaging. We couldn’t help but fall in love with the Art Deco inspired dusty pink boxes with gold foiling  – Wes Anderson would be proud.  Basically, everything from their store will definitely be on our Christmas list…

From left clockwise: Gold Compact Mirror, Folly Matchbook Nail Files, Peach Variety Hair Bands, Cinque Terre Nail Polish Box, La Nuit Fan, Nail Care Kit, Short Vessel (Black Edge), Boudoir Tray (gold), Cinque Terre Nail Polish, Gold Flask


Pulse London


Yesterday we paid a little visit to Pulse London at Olympia to check out a wide range of giftware and goodies from a host of brilliant makers and designers. Pineapples and flamingoes were a-plenty amid a colour collection of new and old companies all selling their beautiful products. We came away from Pulse with a ‘Wish List’ as long as our arm and can’t wait to be able to catch some of these products in the shops soon. Notable mention goes to Jot Paper Co. who launched their brand new stationery range at the event and with such a cool stand we just couldn’t resist stopping for a chat. We also loved the super-fun satchel range from Engel and the tropical greetings card range from Dowse Design.

Photo credit (from left to right) : Jot Paper Co. Pulse London, Dowse Design

We Love…A Single Man



It may not be a new release but ‘A Single Man’ is just one of those films that will always be an inspiration to us and our work. It’s a timeless, beautiful piece of film-making and cinematography by Tom ford and one that will forever get a mention in our ‘Top Ten Films of all Time’.

The film focusses on a single day in the life of a single man, stricken with grief and guilt and ever so stylishly played by Colin Firth. The opening scene is a dream-like underwater sequence which instantly sets the tone of the film with its beautiful blue tones and a feeling of cold and despair – but it’s not all doom and gloom! Throughout the 100 mins we see a full spectrum of 1960’s fashion and style from beatniks to bikers. Julianne Moore is the essence of cool as the party loving, best friend in her true mod attire and make-up, dancing the night away to ‘Green Onions’ in one of our favourite scenes of the film.

If you’re a fan of 1960’s architecture then it’s worth a watch for that alone – the house of our ‘Single Man’ is to absolutely die for with its glass walls and modernist appearance. We just can’t wait for Tom Fords next film which is set for release later this year!



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Feathr- agatha wes anderson pattern

We’ve recently submitted a design for a competition by Feathr – a wicked Scandinavian  company working with new designers on a range of cool interior projects. We adapted one of our existing designs with a ‘Wes Anderson’ inspired colour scheme and we really hope you like the results. If you do, we would love your votes to be in with the chance of winning! Just head over to the Feather website and cast your vote before the 9th of May.

Feeling Crafty…

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Last weekend we were lucky enough to trial some of our new stationery at our first Crafty Fox Market at the Geoffrey Museum in Hoxton.
We were thrilled that our stuff was so well received and we got to meet lots of lovely fellow designers and crafters – not forgetting our wonderful customers too!

It was especially great to work alongside the talented Kate Slater, Naomi Eden, Ubyme & Now the Moon in the ‘uncovered’ room. We also got a new mate for our studio (courtesy of Liv & Dom) who christened our little ceramic fella “Franklin Goldboots.”

All in all, it was a great weekend and we couldn’t recommend it more – so make sure you get yourselves to the next Crafty Fox Market!



A Most Curious Wedding Fair 2016

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Last night we attended the preview of A Most Curious Wedding Fair’s London show at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane and we absolutely loved it! We’ve never been to a more cool, stylish, creative wedding show; the curation of the fair was seamless and we especially loved this years theme which was ‘bush and wood’.
It’s so refreshing to go to a show that is truly original and embraces all things alternative for the savvy couple who just want something a bit different. We’ve added a few snaps from our favourite sections to give you an idea of what to expect but we’d thoroughly recommend you pop by and see it for yourself!

From left clockwise: Most Curious Wedding wall backdrop by Gas and Air Studios, ‘Yay’ decor by Pea Green Boat, Balloons by Pop Pop Papier, Succulent Wall by Geo Fleur, Catwalk murals by Oh Squirrel, Foliage Glass Sculptures by Monti, ‘You set My Soul on Fire’ light up letters by Hello Doris Loves, Geometric pajaki chandelier by Bobbin and Bow 

We are loving…illustrated ceramics

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One day we dream of kitting out our studio with these ceramic beauties. We love these whimsical sculptures with their quirky imperfections and illustrative vibe. We can start our collection with a piece by ‘Liv & Dom’ when we catch them at the Crafty Fox Market this April…maybe with a ziggy incense holder if we’re lucky enough to get hold of one!

From left clockwise: Girl Face Bowls by Jen Collins, Flower Vase by Kinska, Black and White Ceramics by Leah Reena Goren, Dark Waters Shark Head by Lorien Stern, Miniature Illustrated Row Houses by Liv & Dom, Rami Kim Heads at Keystone Gallery, Black Hand by Kaye Blegvad

Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens

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Yesterday evening we were lucky enough to attend of of Kew Gardens exclusive ‘Orchid Lates’ which enabled the public to admire their Orchid Festival in an atmospheric dark setting.

Though the night was chilly, the winter blues were washed away once we stepped inside the tropical greenhouse. We were greeted with delectable delights such as botanical cocktails and a trio of exotic Brazilian desserts whilst samba drums echoed in the distance.
There was lots to do including floral headband workshops, talks and face painting as well as musicians performing and hourly samba dance lessons – the carnival vibe really emanated across the entire venue.

As foliage fans, our favourite bit had to be the section where orchids were suspended from the ceiling and the roots wildly hung at different levels in an array of colour. This was also right beside a display of flora assembled like carnival costumes which were floating in a shallow pool with giant catfish circling in the cool water.

It truly was a beautiful evening and the night time made it even more magical. We would definitely go back – even just to sit and admire the luscious foliage without all the added extra bits!


Getting ready for the Oscars


In all our excitement for the Oscars later this month, we couldn’t resist making our own ‘Oscar 2016′ playlist for the studio. Some of these we’ve seen and others we’ve yet to see but all have made it to our top ten for their soundtracks! Our favourites from the list are the atmospheric Revenant theme and whimsical ‘Gone Day’ from Room…both of which are also must see movies.

We are loving… illustrated shirts

shirtsWe just can’t get enough of these trending illustrated shirts that keep popping up on Pinterest. How can you go wrong with one of these jazzy numbers to brighten up your wardrobe? If only we had enough money to buy all of these beauties!

In light of recent events our favourite has to be the Bowie Shirt – we love a bit of Ziggy! Head over to our board to check out more designs if you like what you see…

From left clockwise: Landscape Shirt by Bobo Choses, Painted Paw Shirt by The White Pepper, Baron’s Eyes Blouse by H.K.M, Bowie Shirt by G.Kero, Fred Perry x Liberty Shirt

we just watched…the diary of a teenage girl



We recently caught this film on DVD after missing out on it’s cinema release. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is an innocent coming-of-age story, despite the title it’s a world away from your average teen movie… but this is exactly what we loved about it.

The story centres around Minnie’s exploration of her sexuality, told in a raw and honest way. It’s set in our favourite decade (the 70’s) so you’re guaranteed a brilliant soundtrack, cool fashion and funky decor. It features an array of patterned wallpapers, space buns and more flare trousers than Harry Styles could dream of!

The film also tastefully mixes live action and animation when Minnie doodles and her illustrations come to life – her artwork instantly put of us in mind of Peter Max. It was a little trippy but it gave the film an extra dimension and really heightened the seventies vibe.

All in all, it’s not for the prudish but it’s one helluva groovy movie.


Playlist of the Week


We’ve been listening to A LOT of Radio 6 Music recently and it’s helped us discover some great new stuff – old gems and new releases.
Our favourite tunes they’ve been playing at the moment are from the albums seen above, consisting of Spring King, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Coral, Money, Bill Ryder-Jones & Savages.

There’s a bit of a ‘Coral’ theme going on as we’re dead excited about their forthcoming album (esp. loving their latest single ‘Chasing the Tail of a Dream’) as well as the dreamy vibes from their ex-member Bill Ryder-Jones’ solo album ‘West Kirby County Primary’.

We’ve also just found out that Savages are touring with Bo Ningen this Feb which we definitely have to get tickets to…
So basically… a great start to 2016!

The Barbican Conservatory

Always on the hunt for inspiration for new designs, we decided to spend our Sunday afternoon taking a leisurely stroll around the Barbican Conservatory. Its free to enter and it’s one of our favourite spots for gathering first hand research with their collection of beautiful, tropical plants and trees. Head upstairs and they even have a room full of weird and wonderful Cacti and succulents. Even if you’re not looking for inspiration for a new pattern or design it is still a beautiful spot to take some great photos and spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

The Barbican Conse

Playlist of the Week

We like to consider ourselves as big music fans here in the Tuppence Collective studio, although too often we end up listening to the same old albums and playlists. When we heard the nominations for this years BBC Mercury Music awards we decided to use this as an excuse to introduce some new bands, artists and even genres into our I-tunes library.

Our favourite picks from this years awards include an eclectic mish-mash of punk, pop and experimental sounds (which we’re not even sure how to define) but its safe to say we’ve got every mood and vibe covered with this lot.

If we had to pick we would definitely recommend ‘Slaves’ and ‘Benjamin Clementine’ as the most surprising and refreshing albums of the year. Well worth a listen!


we just watched me & earl & the dying girl…


As you know, Christmas is coming and naturally we’ve had a cheeky think about what gifts we’d like from our family and friends…

One thing that is unanimous between us here at the Tuppence Collective studio is a copy of ‘Me & Earl & the Dying girl’ on DVD (none of that blu-ray fancy stuff just yet!). It’s so refreshing to watch a modern coming-of-age film that is orientated around friendship rather than love and the drama that surrounds it. Although the story is told from the perspective of a teenage boy, it’s so easy to relate to his awkward and kooky character – we know we can!

Not only did we love the ample use of Brian Eno (who provided the score) but we especially loved how the film paid homage to the likes of Scorsese, Bergman and Herzog – this was shown through quirky, unpolished parodies of classic films that the two main characters created…which were our favourite bits!

Grab some popcorn and watch this one with your best mates, you won’t regret it.

Collaboration with Papier

papierWe’re delighted to announce that some of our designs are now available as customisable stationery through Papier – a trendy new company that promotes British design as paper goods.

It’s so exciting to appear alongside many of our inspirations (such as Naomi Wilkinson and Pirrip Press to name a few) and to be part of a new design-led team.

If you haven’t checked Papier out yet do have a cheeky look at their website; there’s a range of illustration styles across many products like note cards and wedding stationery all of which you can personalise…and the best part is it’s totally affordable!

we just watched Macbeth…

Feeling Shaskespearean this week! Not only have we been lucky enough to see Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as Hamlet at the Barbican , but we have also managed to catch the new release of Macbeth at the cinema.

We felt compelled to write a brief review of the film shortly after watching it as we loved every aspect. The slow-motion opening sequence was stunning…as was Michael Fassbender’s physique!  We’ve never seen such a stylish adaptation of a Shakespeare play – even if you find the dialogue hard to follow, it’s worth watching simply for the music, costume and art direction.

Give this one a go, you won’t regret it!

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Stylist Live Event

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Over the weekend we attended Stylist Magazine’s first ever ‘Stylist Live’ event which took place at the Business Design Centre in Islington. There were so many great things on offer including demonstrations, stalls, music performances as well as workshops and business talks which we couldn’t wait to go to.

The seminars were hugely popular but we managed to get a slot at the final talk of the day in which we were also able to pitch some of our stationery items to the Stylist team. It was a great experience despite the nerves and we also got the chance to see some amazing new products from other entrepreneurs including customisable soles for your heels by ‘Shoelicks’ (be sure to look out for them)!



Favourite Films to Book: Part 2

Here’s our next instalment of our ‘favourite films redesigned as book covers’ and this time we’ve gone for a quirky cult classic Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If you haven’t seen it then it’s definitely one to watch, it grows on us more and more every time we watch it. You may find it odd at first but give it a go and it won’t disappoint. The film plays on the concept of heartbreak and the power to erase the memories of an ex overnight…something which we’ve all thought about! This combined with colourful art direction and kooky dream sequences makes it one of our favourite films of all time.

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eternal sunshine spotless mind pattern design tuppence collective


Autumn Playlist

Music plays a big part of our days working in the studio. Depending on what mood we’re in or what we need to get done we could be listening to anything from Alt-J’s new album to the Dolly Parton’s “Best of”. More than anything we love creating playlists to get us through the week. Now that autumn has arrived we thought we’d share our favourite seasonal tracks with you to get you through the rainy days ahead.

We love listening to new music so if you have any suggestions drop us a tweet and let us know!



Favourite Films to Book: Part 1

Designing book covers has always been on our ‘really want to do’ list ever since we launched our pattern collection. It stems from our love of Coralie Bickford Smith’s clothbound series for Penguin Books which we’re still gradually adding to our bookshelf in our studio! You may have already noticed, but here at Tuppence Collective we’re also massive film fans and we’ve been itching to come up with a project to combine our passion for film with our goal to design our own series of book covers…and here is the result.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be working on adapting some of our favourite films into a collection of patterned book covers, starting with a sci-fi gem ‘Interstellar’. We love all of Nolan’s work and ideally  we would have chosen a film that included Tom Hardy or Cillian Murphy but as it’s his most recent feature, we decided that ‘Interstellar’ would be best to kick-start our new project.

Keep an eye out on our blog to see which film will make the cut for our next book design.

Interstellar book cover design

interstellar art design pattern

Patternity Exhibition

Just got back from a trip to the ‘Patternity: Festival of Pattern’ exhibition in Shoreditch as part of the London Design Festival. Patternity started as a pattern orientated blog founded by photographer/art director Anna Murray and surface/product designer Grace Winteringham. The exhibition tied in with the launch of their new ‘patternibook’ titled ‘A New Way of Seeing’.

It was a stylish combination of video, photography and installation with a structural approach and monochrome vibe. We especially loved the stop motion collaboration with Cos which was a playful sequence of symmetry and shape. Just as a heads up, be sure to take your wallet as you’ll instantly fall in love with their Clarks collaboration desert boots.

Here are some snaps of our favourite bits below:

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Free Wallpaper Download

Its the start of a new week and to help blow the Monday blues away we’ve created a free wallpaper for you to download and use on your Desktop, Phone or Tablet. The design features our favourite new floral find named ‘Bunny Tails’ which we came across on Pinterest and just couldn’t resist painting up and including in our brand new pattern.

Enjoy and Share!

Free Wallpaper Tuppence CollectiveDesktop//Tablet //Phone


We just watched The Babadook…

The other night we decided to watch a film after a long day of photography. Horror is definitely our least favourite genre (we still won’t forget the night we saw Paranormal Activity because neither of us have had a proper sleep since!). However, after reading an intriguing review in Little White Lies we decided to make an exception for ‘The Babadook’.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen such a well-executed story that has the right balance of suspense and style, but without a doubt our favourite aspect was the cinematography. The colour palette of the film was composed of hues of dusky blues, slate grey and pastel pinks – which sounds like a strange combination for a horror but trust us, it really works! The direction of photography was gracefully symmetrical and considered, which made it beautiful despite the gloomy haze. Not to mention the fact that the premise of the film was centred around an illustrated book by Alex Juhasz, reminiscent of Edward Gorey.

Imagine if Wes Anderson & Stanley Kubrick made a horror film together… that should give an idea of what to expect from The Babadook.

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From Painting to Postal Card



As illustrators we love seeing ‘behind the scene’ shots from our favourite artists. Maybe it’s because it shows a raw and vulnerable side to the perfectly cropped and edited images we’re familiar with… or maybe it’s just because we’re nosy! Either way it just shows that most beautiful pieces of art start with a rough edged painting on a scrap of paper. So here’s ours. The first pattern we ever designed as Tuppence Collective.





New Stationery Range!

This week we have launched our brand new range of patterned postal cards for public sale and we couldn’t be more excited. Each design is sold individually so you can pick your favourite or mix and match if you can’t decide. The interior is blank apart from space to write the recipients name so they are perfect for sending a handwritten note or card for any occasion. Alternatively you can use them as beautiful envelopes to dress up an invitation or a letter.

Send someone you love a beautiful piece of post with our postal cards. Available to purchase from our Etsy store here

Pretty Pink Carnation Pattern Postal Card by Tuppence CollectiveExotic Floral Pattern Postal Card by Tuppence CollectiveVintage Pink Poppy Pattern Postal Card by Tuppence Collective



Our Top Ten First Dance Songs

This week we’ve been working on compiling our top ten suggestions for the perfect first dance songs. We love our retro music in the Tuppence Collective studio so apologies for no Bruno Mars but these are some of our favourite tracks so we thought we should share them with you.

1. Only You- The Platters
2. You And Me- Penny & The Quarters
3. Bring It On Home to Me- Sam Cooke
4. Everything I Own- Bread
5. Guava Jelly- Johnny Nash
6. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)- Frank Wilson
7. That’s How Strong My Love Is- The Rolling Stones
8. You Are My Love- Liverpool Express
9. Harvest Moon- Neil Young
10. She’s the One- Bruce Springsteen

P.S It goes without saying that were they on Spotify we also would have included the Beatles. Our favourite choice being ‘And I Love Her’.



Etsy Shop Launch

Our Etsy shop is open for business. Head over to purchase sample packs of all of our wedding stationery suites as well as some brand spanking new phone cases! We have limited stock of iPhone 4/4s & 5/5s available in two of our fave designs so get your skates on and grab one for just £12.50. We’ll also be adding some additional stationery to our shop so keep your eyes peeled…

Check it out now
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Playlist of the Week

To get us back into the swing of things after the Christmas break, we’ve been listening to all the  nominated soundtracks for this years BAFTA’s.
The Interstellar soundtrack has been great for motivating us to write this years business plan, whilst the Theory of Everything OST has been helping us to wind down at the end of the day…however, we recommend you give them all a listen!


October Playlist


Following on from the wedding show we have been working on our next few designs which  we’ll be launching before Christmas! Expect flowers in coral, William Morris foliage and gold foiling.

Sketching for hours in the studio in this wet weather means some uplifting music to keep our spirits high is needed, of course with a cup of tea too…

Here’s a pick of our favourite albums at the moment.

Tuppence Collective presents…

3presentsThe count down to the National Wedding Show is getting closer and this week we’ve been invited to attend a press event in the lead up to the big day! As tokens for the guests we have put together a small gift packaged in our exclusive wrapping paper.

Playlist of our week


This week has been pretty hectic. The final designs have all been sent to print and the last changes are being made to the website. So to keep us calm we needed a bit of help from Thomas Newman and friends. This has been the soundtrack to our week.

How many do you know?