This Is Ikon
I have had a working relationship with This Is Ikon for more than 15 years. I edited their blog Play for just on ten years, undertook photo research for their client SmartStone, and most recently had the pleasure to work on Bonnae Gokson’s sumptuous book Weddings, Butterflies and the Sweetest Dreams.
Hong Kong-based cake designer Bonnae Gokson commissioned Ikon to art direct and design her award-winning coffee-table book Weddings Butterflies & the Sweetest Dreams. Featuring contributions by fashion designer Vera Wang, and fashion icon Iris Apfel, the book is a visual flow that waltzes the reader through evocative locations, cultural approaches to weddings, gorgeous gowns, and Bonnae’s cakes — themselves works of art and feats of engineering.
The book won Silver in the Publication category at the Sydney Design Awards 2019. I worked closely with This Is Ikon to source imagery, which saw me working with photographers, image archives, agencies and individuals around the globe to secure rights.
Aside from trying to get to as many exhibitions as I possibly could, including a fantastic Alice Neal retrospective, the greatest challenge was preparing and writing several posts in just a few hours each week. Sourcing imagery and permissions while keeping a keen eye out for future content, I produced posts on art, architecture, design, fashion, interiors, and typography with a smattering of quirkiness.