We have a winner….!

Well, it was really difficult to judge as we had some great entries, but we can now announce that the winner of the Five Words design competition is….Tabula Rosi with ‘A Jar Full of Joy’!

The judges loved the idea of ‘A Jar Full of Joy’ and also the great use of colour, texture & composition in this beautifully illustrated piece. Congratulations, Tabula! We’ll be in touch soontabula_rosi_01

Design Competition Shortlist





Ella Hinton

We love Ella’s quirky casual illustration style & the light humour of her sentiment. Very cute!

Emma McGowan

We love Emma’s perfectly considered composition, use of colour & hand drawn lettering. Really lovely!

Julia Cornelius

We love the sentiment behind Julia’s beautifully illustrated lettering. Great composition & mix of lettering styles which sit together wonderfully. Great work!

Mandy T Benton

We love Mandy’s quirky design & sentiment – it’s a really nice and original way of saying ‘Congratulations’. Her great composition flows beautifully & is perfectly executed in stitch. Great use of colour to give depth & balance to the piece. Super stitcher!

Rebecca Rawlings

The judges love Rebecca’s five word phrase & her cute floral illustrations which help to elevate her uplifting piece. Great use of colour too. Lovely work!

Sara Castro Monteiro

We love Sara’s romantic sentiment & quirky illustration style. Great use of colour too. Very cool!

Susse Linton

We love the use of scale in Susse’s illustration which really helps to express her gratitude. Great character & paper cut style. Really fun!

Tabula Rosi

We love the idea of ‘A Jar Full of Joy’ expressed in Tabula’s work! Great use of colour, texture & composition in this beautifully illustrated piece. Simply gorgeous!


Thanks to everyone who entered! Watch this space… winner to be announced soon!

Five Words Competition Gallery

Books About Town

Books about Town is a series of 50 unique BookBench sculptures which have been designed by local artists and famous names to celebrate London’s literary heritage. Each one is designed to look like an open book and they include Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, Brick Lane, the books of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler and loads more! You can complete the trail by following the maps to visit each bench until 15th of September and on October 7th each one is going up for auction with proceeds going to the National Literary Trust.

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