Once upon a time, I was fortunate to be part of an incredible team of talented folk designing toys in London.

While I was product manager and designer for the Polly Pocket toy brand, I was responsible for liaising with toy companies and international toy fairs worldwide; producing concept sketches; creating prototypes; designing the colour palettes; stencilled decoration; creating artwork for printed backgrounds; and specifications for production.

Attending the annual American International Toy Fair in New York was an unforgettable experience.
My South Pacific childhood with my memories of living in Fiji; fishing in the Hauraki Gulf; my mum's elephant collection; a favourite Japanese Geisha doll; skateboarding in the 70s – inspired the toy themes that I worked on. Girls riding skateboards, seahorses and elephants; swimming with dolphins, lounging on a crescent moon, a Pacific island scene with turtles, Geisha in a Japanese tea house, a Swiss chalet with a snowman and a reindeer; a Parisian apartment with Fifi and a couple of poodles; stencilled flowers and leaves; flower, shell and leaf-shapes; polka-dot pyjamas…(❀‿❀)