St Ives Memory Bay Book Launch!

I have had the great pleasure over the last 18 months to work with St Ives Memory Bay Archive & its partners The St Ives Trust; Tate St Ives; The LeachPottery; St Ives School of Painting; Porthmeor Studios; St Ives Archive and University College Falmouth. To create a book collating all the recordings/histories of the artists.

This project started off as a magazine… 30 pages long! But ended up a full 128 pages.

It has been a challenge and a learning curve both for myself and the writer Janet Axten, Its been amazing working with the partners and also the printers Francis Anthony.

The Archive first approached me with the idea of creating such a book. They had no concept of what they wanted it to look like, nor how they wanted it to be presented, So i was given complete design freedom to create a concept/theme, in which i decided as it was a collation of memories, that i would design it in such a way to capture this feeling, so that the reader feels they are part of the journey almost, So the design began!Once the ideas and concept was in place, the theme developing, I started to think about the print, what papers? what feel? I wanted the book to have an old feel, nothing glossy nor shiny So i contacted a few local printers, but Francis Anthony had the
perfect source i was after!I am extremely pleased with the result. Its got such an amazing texture, matt finish. you can feel the journey as you skim through which was exactly what i was after! 🙂

So… The it came to the launch! AMAZING feeling to be asked to sign something you have made! It was held at the Tate in St Ives on 2nd September 2011. On a delightful sunny eve too!

Heres the write up which was from The St Ives Times and Echo:

“THE St Ives Memory Bay project launched their compellation of oral history recordings in book form St Ives: Art Colony and the Community, at the Tate Cafe on Friday evening (Sept. 2). Over the past three yearsthe volunteers at the St Ives Archive Centre and the Memory Bay project have been interviewing people throughout St Ives to record their recollections of the town, especially with regard to the artists and artistic tradition of the town. Designed by Sarah-Leigh Wills of HappyDesigner and coordinated by John Pollar

Link to the newspaper ad can be accessed on the link below:d the 128 page book was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with: The St Ives Trust; Tate St Ives; The Leach Pottery; St Ives School of Painting; Porthmeor Studios; St Ives Archive and University College Falmouth. Commenting on the book, John Pollard said: “I hope everyone will be as pleased with the book as we are. It is an excellent concept and has created a lasting and brilliant record of St Ives.” Pictured left to right are: St Ives Archive Heritage Manager, Janet Axten; designer Sarah-Leigh Wills and John Pollard. St Ives: The Art Colony and the Community is published by the St Ives Archive on behalf of the Memory Bay Project, is priced at £12.50 and available from the St Ives Archive in St Andrews Street. ISBN 978-0-9554398-2-7”

Book Launch

Example of the artwork:

A few of my previous clients

Design against furSt Ives Memory BayEden ProjectSkyRespect for animalsPets at HomeSt Moritz Hotel

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    Helen Chuah, Giggling Baby Products

  • "Sarah provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could" Discovery Leisure

  • "You do have a very positive feel about everything you do. I do wish you continued success in all your work. All the best, SimonSimon James, Famous Children’s Book Illustrator

  • "Thank you so much Sarah! What a fantastic set of illustrations for the first in our series of children’s books. We can’t wait to work with you on the second book!" Jane Archer-Wilms & Marlies Veenhof

  • "I am absolutely THRILLED TO BITS with your illustrations! THEY ARE MAGNIFICENT!”
    - Susanna Jennicrai, Book Author

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • Got home tonight and the books had arrived. Absolutely love them. My girlfriend loves your illustrations.” - Andrew Jeffery: 'Wolfboy Book'

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

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    - Justine Rogers, Dainty Dizzy

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

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    - Richard Quick

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    - Bob Harper, Portfolio Marketing

  • "i really like ur books my mommy reads them 2 me all the time ur really good at drawling and i want 2 be like u when i grow up :-)"  Natassia Flegal (hd fan)

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'