Friday, 8 May 2015


I am in awe, open mouthed, dumb-stuck and overwhelmed by such an outpouring of beauty, inspiration, art and invention. As Alice steps Through the Looking Glass into Wonderland, the elements and Nature rage and nurture - politics and religion combine in a spectacle at once painful and lovely to behold. This is a world where both the senses and the mind are utterly stimulated by design. Design becomes a towering giant that engenders what it means to be alive in the all-too-often empty narrative of Fashion.

I am in awe and saddened that such an exquisite talent was broken by human heartache and a weariness of life that came all too prematurely. Such a redefinition of wonder in a world of looks; fashion has never been quite so lovely nor so magnificently interpreted with such painstaking elegance. But this goes way beyond that world; this is somewhere else. He re-wrote the book. He fashioned a eulogy to fashion that came from another country, another time; a place of infinite invention. His own interpretation of breathing, being Alice.

And oh what huge love was lost, what a great and bold and bursting heart. What genius was held in the frame of a shaven-headed hoodie with silver-needled fingers. Could he not bear it any longer? Could he not continue to produce this shining light, this knight in tarnished armour?

I am in awe and feel more alive. I want to visit the show again. I want the world to see it, to glimpse what it is possible to imagine from a singular, beautiful mind. To be stimulated, excited and beguiled.

RIP - you were ace, McQueen. And this exhibition a wonderful glimpse into your Wonderland.


BACKGROUND information...

My first picture book - called A Possum's Tail - is a collaboration with brilliant illustrator Alex Barrow and came out 6th February 2014. A second book called London Calls! is a whistle-stop tour of London, led by a Pearly grandma and her granddaughter. London Calls! came out on 4th September 2014 and is my second book with Alex Barrow. A Possum's Tail was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
Both books are by Tate Publishing.

Please see my CURRICULUM VITAE for more details & updates.

As well as writing children's books, for children's television and two award-winning children's magazines, I do both private and commercial art commissions, a selection of which you can see here.

The children's shoes are part of an ongoing series of "first shoes", including several cards commissioned by the Almanac Gallery.

Hand-drawn, bespoke invitations, announcements, portraits and menus, such as the examples here are also available upon request..

Any enquiries please email:


I've been a regular contributor to children's art and science magazine OKIDO since 2007. HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY (WOW) beautiful Okido!

An Okido animated kids tv show, based on characters from the magazine is currently in production with Doodle/Squintopera The original adaptation of the show (co-created/adapted by myself, producer Ceri Barnes and Doodle Productions) was acquired by CBeebies. 52 x 11 minute episodes will be coming to a screen near you soon in 2015.......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............................
N E W S F L A S H! MESSY GOES TO OKIDO Series TWO is now in production, following a super-successful 52 episode first series!



Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet

Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet
Okido Cartoon Forum 2011

Happy Birthday OKIDO!

Happy Birthday OKIDO!
Okido was 5 years old this issue...the wonderful art and science magazine for kids I've been lucky enough to have worked on for the past - 8 - years now