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Personal memory box

Working with people to celebrate life's special 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 many private 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 your precious keepsakes out of storage and hanging in pride of place.

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

Read a more about some of my recent commissions

Sentimental Memory Box – To the Memory of John & Edna

New Born Memory Box – Celebrating the Birth of Clem

Historical Artwork – A Day in the Workshop



The process of commissioning a bespoke 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, deadline 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 30 minute call we will discuss the project in more detail, ironing out any issues or questions either of us might have. Plus, planning out the format of the Memory Box, including its size, where it will be hung and the amount of items available for inclusion.

Following this meeting I will send you a project proposal, which will outline the brief, the timeline and quotation for the work. Once the price, timeframe, and contract has been agreed, a 25% deposit is required to secure my time.


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 few 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 a final composition has been agreed.

I suggest that you 'live' with the arrangement for a week, 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 I request the next payment of 50% is sent to me 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 4 to 6 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.


If you have any specific question you'd would like to ask me, please don't hesitate to get in touch via 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 touch 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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