01 May 2015

Sonia Delaunay at the Tate

I really want to go see this exhibition at the Tate....Sonia Delaunay.
I think it will be so inspirational especially for colour....have you been yet?  I'm thinking of going in the next few weeks, so I will report back!
15 April 9 August 2015

30 April 2015

Pick Me Up: Graphics Arts Festival





The PICK ME UP Graphics Arts Festival is still on at Summerset House until the 4th of May.  If you haven't already gone it is well worth a visit.  As well as seeing amazing contemporary graphics you can also get involved.  There are lots of activities you can take part in, from book binding to printing, to designing your own artwork.

I bought a festival pass which allows me to go in and out all week, I've already been twice!  The second time I took my daughter Mabel...she loved it, but I think I heard a sigh of relief as we left....being 13 months and on the move she wanted to touch EVERYTHING!  Luckily nothing was destroyed and we left feeling inspired and excited to live in such a creative city.






05 April 2015

Map Love

Another fantastic find!  I had to share with you this beautiful map display in the National Maritime Museum Greenwich.  The detail is incredible. 
Hope you are all having a lovely Easter Day.

26 March 2015

Museum of London....inspiration is everywhere

I recently went to the Museum of London, and I was so surprised as to how inspirational it was.  I had bean years ago and completely forgot about it.  Its definitely worth a visit.  Here are a few pictures to inspire you.





25 March 2015

New Work


I'm feeling really excited about some new drawings I have started.  Its been a while since I've been on here, but I'm here again, and ready to get on with it.  Just wanted to share a couple of new drawings I've done whilst my beautiful 1 year old, Miss Mabel sleeps.

09 March 2013

Paris 2

As promised, here is an update from the shops in Paris.  I went to Merci for the first time.  Such a beautiful shop, so inspiring.  They are just building their website but here is the link, and here are the photos...
















I also went to the Rose Bakery as I said in my previous Paris post, but here are my pictures...












Bonton is a gorgeous Kids shop, right near Bon Marche, click here for their website, and this is what I saw...






08 March 2013

Little treats

I had a spare afternoon on Wednesday, so I treated myself to a visit to 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers' in Hither Green. I have mentioned them before on my blog, but I just wanted to remind you all to go and have tea and cake at this gorgeous vintage cafe. They also sell beautiful flowers and cards. I always sit in the window at the flower print table.









You can visit their website here.

06 March 2013

Bonjour Paris!

I had a little adventure to Paris!  I stayed in my friends beautiful flat in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.  We wandered around the 9th arrondissement, of course there was food involved!  We went to the Rose Bakery for some lunch, which was gorgeous, then I had a Pistachio Cake.  Click here for the Time out review.  On our day out we took the Herb Lester, map of things to do in Paris.  I'd definitely recommend you having a look at his range of city maps, each have a unique design, and they are perfect for carrying around.  I'll give you an update on the shops etc in a bit, but in the meantime I thought I would share some of my pictures with you.




 


13 February 2013

Hurrah!

I'm very excited today.  I designed the Decadent Decs range for Talking Tables, working closely with my lovely Product Developer, Alice.  Well it has won The Gift of the Year Award, for the Occasions Category!
Congratulations Team!
See the full range here.

 

12 February 2013

I'm listening too....

Stealing Sheep - Into the Diamond Sun

Image of Into The Diamond Sun
Buy CD......HERE

Photo By Ben Morgan



My Favorite song on the album is....Shut Eye, brilliant lyrics...
If I could play in a band and if I could sing, then I would want it to sound like Stealing Sheep.

11 February 2013

Book Review: Jon McNaught


Jon McNaught, Nobrow Press 2010


This beautiful little book, with all its images perfectly aligned, and all the colours perfectly balanced,  is so serene, so peaceful.  Depicting the ordinary and mundane lives of a suburban close, perfect hedges, perfect houses.  My favorite moment is when the dog in the back yard sits and watches a snail!  This book will make you remember to look out for those little moments in life that are so subtle, so repetitive, and so familiar.





Jon McNaught, Nowbrow Press, out now!

 

In his new book, he focuses his story around three characters from a small time in the south of England, set in an Autumn scene, going about their ordinary lives.  The imagery in this book is remarkable, a beautiful, considered object.



For a full (and better written) review and to buy the book, go to Nobrow Press.



08 February 2013

Edinburgh Part 2

When we were in Edinburgh I bought  some really lovely things.  I can't show you everything yet, as some are presents for my mum! 

The Little book was from the Edinburgh Printmakers, 'Drawn on Location in Barcelona' by Susiewright.
The Arrow Badge, also from the Edinburgh Printmakers, is by Louise Smurthwaite
The Necklace was from Life Story, and was designed by Kate Holden, 'Oh Someday'





06 February 2013

Edinburgh


Me and James have been on a well deserved, long weekend, to Edinburgh.  No DIY for a whole weekend! Amazing! Edinburgh was so inspiring, such a beautiful city.  I have been wanting to go to for a long time, and we finally got the chance to go.  We went First Class on the train thanks to a super cheap deal.  (James was pleased as he could drink tea ALL the way there!)
I had found us an apartment to stay from Alistair Sawday's, called The City Bothy.  Its in a great location, and I would recommend staying there, especially if you like a place with a vintage vibe.  Here are a few pictures....



We walked everywhere, so had a really good look round the streets.  I thought I would share some inspiration with you....







Our Favorite Cafes...

Wellington Coffee, on George St.  James really enjoyed the warm freshly made scones with an Earl Grey Tea.
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The Urban Angel, there are two of these, yes we went to both!  We had a gorgeous evening meal in the one of Forth st.  I had Mussels and a locally brewed beer, nice.

Peters Yard, Stockbridge.  This was a really lovely cafe, we came out of the snowy windy cold weather, to be welcomed with home made soups and yes more scones! Yummy

Our Favourite Shop....

Life Story, Broughton St.  This new Life Style Concept store, was so inspiring.  I loved the carefully chosen and displayed products, I loved the couple who own it, and I loved their mini Dachshund.  Highly recommend visiting if you love beautifully designed products and fashion.  

 

Our Favorite Gallery...

The Edinburgh Printmakers,  With an exhibition space, and a well stocked shop, this was an inspiring space to visit.  The prints in the shop are all affordable, and very desirable, definately worth taking a look.

Our Favourite Walk...

Arthurs Seat, amazingly there is an old volcano in the center of Edinburgh, we spent half a day walking up and around it, a must if you want to see the stunning views of the city.  It was quite windy when we went, but  thankfully it was dry.  So nice to be around nature.