Somewhere in Northern Scotland

I decided to go up to Edinburgh at the beginning of August as I had to sort some things out for my new flat, that I am very excited about. I should also say, I know that Edinburgh is not in Northern Scotland, but it just goes so well with my title. This project is…

Camera Sketchbook

I started this sketchbook as a bit of a drawing project. My parents and I were going through the attic and we saw this box of cameras. I immediately thought, “this will be the perfect subject for a drawing project”. I made a concertina sketchbook, you can find the video here! This was the perfect…

Graffiti Tour of London

I have never really got a chance to explore East London properly before this day. We planned this day out for my brother’s birthday and it was the perfect opportunity to explore this area of London. We had the help of a book, 33 Walks in London That You Shouldn’t Miss, that was super helpful….

Edinburgh Cube Guide Book

The Christmas present struggle. We have all been there. Especially me. I would sit at a piece of paper trying to come up with present ideas for my family and friends, but always came up with a blank. Last year, I resorted to just browsing the Black Friday sales in hope of inspiration. But the…

Waitrose Food Covers

Over this lockdown period, my love for making and eating food has doubled. Anyone who has seen my Instagram stories would have definitely seen this! If not, follow my instagram @laylachauhandesigns. I originally started a sketchbook with illustrations of my recipes, alongside the recipe too. The illustrations have ranged from oil pastel sketches, gouache paintings…

Thoughts on Lockdown

Lockdown sucked. Not just for me, but for everyone. I felt stuck with being inside all the time and of course not being able to see my friends. This was further exasperated by a break up and the very quick change from being completely independent to being back in the house and obeying someone else’s…

Miss You Cards

They say that you should do things that spark joy. For me that is creating something that would spread the love (safely , I might add) in these uncertain times. To do this, I made cards and postcards and sent them to my friends and posted some through postboxes that had rainbows in the windows….

How to: Concertina Sketchbooks

My obsession with concertina sketchbooks continue! I was very happy to be asked to make a video for the EUTV QuarantinED series. It was such an honour to be asked and it gave me a little project to focus on during lockdown. You can watch the full episode here! The best thing about these sketchbooks…

Face Embroidery

I started this project on Christmas Day 2017. It was the end of a bit of a tragic year for my family, so this project was to avoid a bit of a sad Christmas Day. This embroidery was inspired by a charcoal portrait drawing of my dad. My dad didn’t actually like the drawing, he…

C x L Collaboration

It’s been a couple of weeks since my collaboration with Chloe. This collaboration came about due to Chloe and I being a little bored during this lockdown period. Chloe, the embroidery genius, started an amazing Instagram Live series on basic embroidery stitches. A lot of people joined her sessions, but we were discussing how she…

Interview Help

It has definitely been a while since all of my university admissions interviews. In fact it has been nearly three years. However, during my boredom of this lockdown, I found all of my interview prep notes and thought it would help another creative student out. Some of these interview styles must have changed in the…

Quarantine Sanity

I am sure many of you are losing it a little during Quarantine. I definitely am at the moment. A little, or rather a big, Sunday breakdown has led me to write this blog post, so here I am, telling others about my experience. From being independent as a university student to being back home…