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Personal memory box

Working with people to celebrate these moments is a real passion and honour for me and over the years I have had the privilege of creating many one-of-a-kind artworks for both private and commercial clients.

Whether you're looking to celebrate a birth, wedding or civil partnership, to reflect fondly on the life of a loved one, or simply display a collection of prized memorabilia, a Memory Box (also known as a Shadow Box) is a beautiful way to get precious keepsakes out of storage and onto your wall.

At the end of our collaboration, you will receive your beautifully curated arrangement of your precious items, professionally framed a with personalised card on the reverse.

Below you read a little more about some recent commissions

Sentimental Memory Box – To the Memory of John & Edna

Baby Memory Box – Celebrating the Birth of Clem

Memorabilia Memory Box – A Day in the Workshop



The process of commissioning a Memory Box is really quite simple. Once I've received the initial enquiry form which gives me more information on your collection, what you're celebrating with your commission, timeline and budget. I will get in touch to arrange a chat, this could be online, over the phone or in person if you're London based. During this call we will discuss the project in more detail, ironing out any issues or questions either of us might have. Plus, discussing the size of the piece, taking into account where it will be hung and the amount of items to be included.

Following this meeting I will send you an overview of the project, ensuring we are both on the same page, plus a timeline and quotation for the work. Once the price, timeframe and terms and conditions have been agreed, a 25% deposit is required to secure the commission.


Once the commission is secured and your keepsakes have been safely delivered to me, I will begin the composition. This involves me giving the items a light clean, fixing and strengthening any damaged or fragile items.

I will work on a couple of composition layouts for you to see, getting the perfect balance of materials, colours and textures. With additional variations for other photograph options, for example. These will be photographed and shared with you for your consideration. You will share you feedback with me and tweaks will be made until we are both happy with the composition.

I suggest that you 'live' with the arrangement for a few days, to make sure you are 100% happy as once we enter the next stage it is difficult to change it back.


Once composition is signed off the next 50% payment needs to be made before the framing can be booked and I begin securing the items in place. Depending on the size of your commission its best to allow 1 to 3 weeks for this stage. Once complete I will inform you that your piece is off to the framers and the remaining 25% balance needs to be paid.

Once complete your beautiful memory box will be securely packaged and delivered to you.

Still not sure or have a questions, please send me an email or take a look at my FAQ page here.

Want to get in touch about commissioning a Memory Box? Fill in the commission enquiry form here and I will be in contact very soon.


“Pippa has taken these objects and sympathetically created a wonderful memory box that conjures my Mum and Dad's 70-year life together, their individuality, their tragedies, their triumphs, their love and their separations, brought about by traumatic world events and my father’s job. A little slice of John and Edna lives on in this box and shines out to the generations to come who, I hope, will love it as much as I do. Thank you.” Fiona Ferguson

“The memory box feels like such a timeless way to showcase a special moment in time. The curation and presentation are such beautiful quality and made for precious keepsakes for our daughter’s nursery now and forever for her to keep.” Felicity Padbury

“Pippa created a keepsake picture frame using tools and parts that our audio engineers use. The picture is beautiful and really helps to reflect the craft and skill that goes into restoring vintage audio equipment. It now has pride of place in our shop and it's proved to be a great way of engaging our customers and sparking a conversation.” Shamil Joomun, Armstrong Audio

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