Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunday, 18 January 2015


Some experiments with stitches and shapes, part of a new little project which began here.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l'eau

I sent myself an email in May (MAY!) of last year with a link to this fascinating book, meaning to share it here because it's so beautiful and, well, OLD. Here we are, eight months later, and I am finally getting round to it!

This wonderful thing was painstakingly put together by a Dutch artist called A. Boogert in 1692 - almost 800 pages of handwritten and handpainted investigation into the precise mixing of colour and pigment. It's just the sort of thing that pushes my buttons! Colour blocks... so simple (and familiar to us now) but so visually pleasing.

All of the pages have been made available to view here (what a fantastic resource, no?) and there's some good information on it in this post by medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel here. Thanks to this post for reminding me!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Nevermind those January blues!

Motto for the year... let's do something wonderful!

Handbound notebook, in the shop

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois, Ode a la Bièvre, 2002

The other day we popped into Tate Modern (trying to make best use of all these beautiful days off work!) to see the free display Louise Bourgeois: Works on Paper. I've long been a fan, so I was interested to see her prints, drawings and books. However, the piece that really grabbed my attention wasn't on paper at all. Ode a la Bièvre is a cloth book, stitched with many different techniques by a seamstress that the artist knew. The cloth comes from various old textiles, long stored by Bourgeois, that had meaning for her. 

I love this, idea and execution, and although not much else of the display grabbed me I came away feeling pretty inspired. I've been remembering lately that what I really loved at uni and college was making artists books, and am slowly returning to this... Perhaps a good way to bring together natural dyeing and embroidery, two skills I've been meaning to get back into this year?

Below (equally intriguing), Ode â l'oubli

{Image from here}

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

I wish you all an excellent 2015! Any resolutions?
I don't usually go in for them, but this year I am going to try to stop over-thinking things. Just go with it. Oh, and do more exercise!

Sunday, 28 December 2014


Hope you all had a lovely Christmas time! Above are some instas from a very peaceful, merry time at my parents' house. The cats are such characters, I had to restrain myself from taking constant photos of them!

Now we are looking at the new year, and I wanted to let you know that from now until the end of January you can receive 10% off anything in the shop using the discount code SDNEWYEAR.
Wishing you a very happy 2015!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Looking back

Please forgive me... what follows is a bunch of instagramz from our trip to Lisbon in November, because I still somehow haven't got round to getting the real photos off my camera! Anyway... aren't the tiles just beautiful? I was a total tourist pain in the ass, stopping every twenty steps to take yet another photo of the beautiful intricate azulejos that kept grabbing my eye. I'd love to get all the patterns together and make a beautiful sourcebook.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Full Christmas, yeah?

This year, I have been feeling VERY Christmassy, which seems to have manifested itself in a multi-layered paper/bauble decoration extravaganza. I'd be embarrassed to admit how happy it makes me to see all this shiny pretty nonsense and fairylights lighting up our living room. It's a truth universally acknowledged that a pack of gold crepe paper can banish most blues, especially if you also have a batch of fresh lebkuchen to munch.

{ PS great paper bauble image tutorial here }

Jam News: an update

For Christmas this year I've made a batch of plum and mulled wine jam using a mix of this and this recipe. It is my strongly held opinion that there's nothing that a bit of mulling won't fix, not to mention wine, so this seemed like a good idea. It's come out well - the spice flavour not too heavy so it won't get sickly before you've finished your toast. Also, I'm going to have a go of it with cheese... got a feeling that that might be pretty good too!

Thursday, 11 December 2014


Those of you that follow me on instagram will already know that we went to Lisbon in November (which feels like five minutes ago!) as I took about one million photos of the beautiful tiled buildings there. A highlight was a trip to the Saturday flea market, the Feira da Ladra, (or 'Thieves' Market') from where I brought these pretties home. I thoroughly recommend it, it made me wish that we'd bought hold luggage and brought an empty suitcase specially!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Damson jam

This year's autumn jam, made a couple of weeks back from damsons from my parents garden. A bumper crop this year! They'd been stored in the freezer until I was ready to deal with them, which I find makes things pretty easy. Now, I've made this a good few times, and this year's is particularly good, though I say so myself (smug smile). Not overdone, not runny, and that beautiful jewel-like colour that you get, with a good balance of sweet and tangy. This is a good recipe, if any come your way! Flippin' perfect on a vanilla sponge (courtesy of boyfriend - very pleased with himself. An excellent cake it was too).

For those of you who are very much enjoying Jam News, and I know there are many of you, good news: its nearly time for Project Christmas Jam! Coming soon...

PS, you may have noticed that the embarrassing graphic designer in me couldn't resist making proper labels for my jars. Sigh...

Monday, 1 December 2014


That's right, it's bloody December already! Which means that, should you wish, the Christmas run-up of cosiness and eating and merrification can officially begin! I highly recommend that, to further facilitate this, you get any Christmas shopping done early and joyfully (perhaps with a glass of mulled wine in one hand and a mince pie in your mouth) by stepping this way to the shop. If not, and things get a bit out of hand, then I refer you to the message of this new typographic print, above.

PS, seeing as it's apparently Cyber Monday and to show my appreciation for you lovely folk, blog readers can get 15% off their order all this week (ends Dec 8th) with coupon code DEC1BLOG15


Sunday, 30 November 2014

Mark Lazenby

I'm really enjoying the vibrant playfulness in these collage works by Mark Lazenby, who currently has an exhibition at Maybe a Vole here in London. Loads of great work on his site, here!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Big news

After a little break and a shake-up, the shop is now stocked with a brand-new range of prints and posters. I'm really excited to show these off to the world, after planning and developing them for quite some time. You can see the whole range here - notebooks, artist books and original artwork coming soon! Plus, there's free UK shipping, perfect if your thoughts are turning to Christmas gifts...

I'd love to hear any feedback, please let me know what you think in the comments!