It seems that the majority of people that buy my bunting do so to create personalised name bunting. It’s great, that’s exactly why I made it, I want people to be able to buy a personalised string of bunting right then and there and not have to place an order like they would have to for conventional bunting. But when I was designing it I also wanted to give people the option to be able to just choose their favourite designs without having to spell anything out. So I print each flag as double sided, one side shows the illustration on its own and the other side also shows the corresponding letter. So my conundrum now is how can I show people how beautiful the bunting looks as a string of their favourite illustrations as well??
And thus my bunting collections were born! There are currently five to choose from which incorporate some of the most popular of my designs and children’s favourite themes.
There’s The Terrific Transport Bunting Collection which includes: a yacht, a tractor, a helicopter, a bus, a car, a fire engine and a ufo (of course, I mean what better way to travel than by ufo)!
There’s the Pretty in Pink Bunting Collection, which includes: a ring, a dress, a unicorn, a fairy, a necklace, a cupcake and a ballerina.
There’s the Great Outdoors Bunting Collection, which includes: a snail, a house, a ladybird, a nest, a gnome, a bumble bee and an apple.
There’s the Animal Menagerie Bunting Collection, which includes: a giraffe, a dog, a hippo, a penguin, an owl, a zebra and a monkey.
And there’s also the All at Sea Bunting Collection, which includes: a whale, a net, a lighthouse, a treasure island, a rainbow, an octopus and a yacht.
Each collection includes 7 of my unique poppered bunting flags and a pair of end loop ribbons so that they can be hung straight away. When connected together with the end loops the string measures just over 1 metre. They are also fully compatible with all the other designs and accessories from my bunting range.
For those not familiar with my bunting, I print my illustrations onto a canvas material and each flag connects directly onto the next by a popper. Also in my bunting range is spacing ribbon for those that like the more traditional look of spreading the flags out and there’s also reversing ribbon so that some flags can be hung showing just the illustration and others within the same string can show the letter. They are all hand made by me with the help of a vintage pinking machine and a handy popper press. There are currently 72 illustrations covering the entire alphabet with 3 designs for every letter (with plans for even more designs in the future).
My new bunting collections will be making their debut appearance this weekend (25th May 2013) at Tetbury Market House and will be coming to my online shop soon! They’ll be on sale for £14.50.
After a lovely weekend in Cornwall with my family (and camera), April gave me the opportunity to enter more than my usual number of images into The Guild of Photographers Image of the Month Competition. And the result? A bumper crop of bronze bar awards! 5 to be precise! I’m really delighted and although I don’t “do” portrait photography for clients, I really enjoyed capturing these lovely moments with my family while on holiday. Who knows, perhaps it’s something I ought to look into!
This tulip image was my highest scoring image for this month. I’ve really grown to love tulips since photographing them and hope to plant lots of bulbs this autumn so that I don’t have to buy any next year to photograph!!
For those that have found their way around my website, they’ll be aware of my coming soon page. Fred and Ted are two mischievous bears that just love being in front of the camera. Once I find a little more time, I plan to have a range within Gemma Dawks Design dedicated entirely to them!
I love this image of my boys taken on Fistral Beach. I’m so lucky to be able to capture a moment like this and I know I’ll treasure this image for years to come.
I’d heard tales of other photographers resorting to bribery with their children. Well, it’s all true. Prior to this image there were some intense negotiations about hourly rates in exchange for award winning photography time. Luckily my eldest was already in debt to us for part payment against a large lego kit that he’d wanted so it worked out as a free session. But I don’t think I’ll be so lucky next time!
And last but certainly not least, my gorgeous Bernese Mountain Dog. I’ve submitted images of my boy before, but they’ve always been near misses. This time however, he won his first Bronze Bar Award!
I’m thrilled with my awards this month and am searching through the images taken over the last month to see what I’ll be able to submit by the end of May. I’d love to be able to start turning these Bronze Bars into Silver, but at least I’m consistent!