Thursday, 1 October 2015
I've been working on a new series of posters, based on simple and playful geometric shapes in colours that make me feel happy! I think they'd be rather good in a kid's room, as well as something to brighten up a home office or bedroom.
It's nice for me that the series is finally finished and available, because I've had sketches and the workings of it around for absolutely ages!
Up top there you can see my fern print, too, which comes in a whole range of colours. I'm rather pleased with that hanger as a way of displaying it :)
Sunday, 27 September 2015
A couple of weeks ago we had a fantastic few days in Copenhagen, basically walking, eating and drinking our way around the city. The weather wasn't always great shakes, but we had a great time - it was my first visit there and I loved it quite as much as I've long suspected I would! We had a cute little Airbnb in Nørrebro, which was the perfect place to explore from.
The holiday was to celebrate (and form a little mental break!) the fact that I've stopped working full-time to do an MA here in London, and work on a freelance basis. It's a scary but very exciting new adventure...
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
For several years now I've been desperately in love with the very distinctive work of Hungarian-born illustrator and designer Anna Kövecses. Shape, colour, type and a little playful humour: perfect. If I feel a bit sad looking at her site for a while usually sorts it out...
Plus, this Coloradore project is great, especially if it's her colour use that gets you going, or you just fancy some posters. Nice one, Anna!
Sunday, 16 August 2015
Last weekend we went to two weddings - those two days could not have been more packed with joy and prosecco and happiness and beautiful flowers and great food and hugging!
I wanted a couple of small, homey but home-made gifts to give the respective couples, and I thought that a jade or money plant would be just the thing. Who DOESN'T fancy a little luck and prosperity when they've just paid for a wedding, hey?!
Anyway, I had a very rock'n'roll Friday night in the week before, watching The Bridge (four years after everyone else - I'm always late to these TV parties!) and painting flower pots. I used normal acrylic paints, then when they were dry masked them off and spray painted them with this nice metallic gold stuff. It tends to wear off a bit, but I think that will make for a quite nice 'aged' effect (hopefully!?!).
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Sunday, 26 July 2015
If you follow me on instagram, you'll already know that my brother, sister and I took a trip to Shetland at midsummer. We were staying on Unst, the most northern island - in fact, the most northern bit of the whole of the British Isles.
These are some of my favourite photos from around the island - it was the most relaxing, wholesome, fresh and clean place I've been for a very long time! We had such a great time cycling and walking, visiting golden white beaches and staying up in the almost eerie midnight twilight. Plus, we got much closer than we'd bargained for to some puffins, which just about made my sister's year.
Not gonna lie - it was COLD! I'd just come from 24 celsius London, and although I knew it was going to be a lot cooler, and I'd brought wooly jumpers, I still somehow ended up wearing ALL of them everyday! When the sun did come out though, it just lit everything up - the colours of the island all intensified into the most vibrant green, turquoise and gold. Beautiful.
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Some photos from around the house lately... a bit of baking, a new cactus (only just picked all the prickles out my hands from carrying it home!) and the ever-growing lot of glass jars that, as the boyfriend says, are taking over the kitchen. But... so useful, no?!
Also, a new(ish) arrangement of prints above my desk. The one top right is from the wonderful garden book club, the 'Curiouser and curiouser' print can be found here, and the geometric one will soon be in the shop.
We're so enjoying these long, hot lazy weekend days. I need to be more careful though, got the silliest shaped sunburn yesterday when I missed some of my back with the suncream!
Sunday, 12 July 2015
I'm loving this picture-story Heavenly Seas by Aidan Koch in the summer edition of The Paris Review - it's so evocative of lazy sun-soaked holiday light - and it's pretty funny, too.
Poor neglected blog! Things have been so busy lately (who HASN'T got that excuse though, eh?!) and I hope to be spending a bit more time here soon...
Sunday, 7 June 2015
Sunday, 31 May 2015
Already a really nice weekend - some time at home, some baking (wholemeal, oat and pine nut loaves) and helping to move some lovely friends into a truly lovely new house.
Operation vintage minimalisation continues: the floral tapestry purse is now available on etsy, and the final image is of a new fern print soon to come in the shop.
Happy weekend, everyone!
Saturday, 23 May 2015
A couple of weekends back we had a daytrip to Margate, and a little bird had told me that no trip to Margate is complete without a visit to the shell grotto. And they were right - holy doughballs is it weird! A subterranean shell-coated palace of oddness underneath an extremely ordinary-looking part of town. Theories about its origin abound, and with carbon dating (conveniently) not on the cards for the foreseeable future, no one is quite sure how old it is.
The sheer amount of painstaking work involved makes it quite jaw-dropping, whatever the motive of the creator or creators, and I definitely recommend popping in should you find yourself in the area!