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Folk

Folk

Friday, June 2, 2017

  These wonderful, whimsical, folk-inspired characters have been created by an artist called Megan Ivy Griffiths. They have been made with such care, attention to detail and skill. I particularly love the lion pictured below. Handsome fellow. Read More

The Rodd

The Rodd

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

  Last week I took some journalists to The Rodd in Herefordshire – home of the Sidney Nolan Trust - for a sneak preview of Sidney Nolan’s studio before it opened to the public for the first time. When Nolan died in 1992, his wife... Read More

Lucienne Day 100

Lucienne Day 100

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

  2017 seems to be a good year for creative centenary celebrations and I’ve been really enjoying following the Lucienne Day 100 activities. For the centenary campaign the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation has been gathering a really lovely... Read More

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry

Monday, February 6, 2017

   Collect, the Crafts Council’s international art fair for contemporary objects, opened last week with a fresh and vibrant new look. There were some extraordinary things on show, including these cut porcelain objects by Zemer Peled. One of... Read More

Love is the answer...

Love is the answer...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

  It's London Art Fair again! I can't believe how quickly a year passes. I've been working with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery over the past few months and they show regularly at the fair. This year one of their highlights is a new work by Pop Artist... Read More

Yoko

Yoko

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

  I recently discovered the work of a designer called Rachel Powell. I love the characters she’s created for her products, particularly Yoko, pictured below. Yoko’s smiling face can be found on screen prints, plates and even cushions.... Read More

Christmas textiles

Christmas textiles

Saturday, December 24, 2016

  My last task of 2016 was a particularly enjoyable one: I took the Founder of Selvedge magazine, Polly Leonard to Woman’s Hour for an interview with Jenni Murray about the heritage of some of our favourite Christmas textile traditions. Polly... Read More

Intrigue

Intrigue

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

  This autumn I worked on an exhibition with the RA called Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans. I have to admit that I hadn’t come across Ensor until I started working on the exhibition and thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in his weird... Read More

Switch House

Switch House

Monday, September 19, 2016

  I went to look at the Switch House for the first time the other day. I'd heard mixed reviews - people seem to love it or hate it. I love it. It feels like it's always been part of Tate Modern, except the space feels more tranquil than the rest of the... Read More

Dick Bruna

Dick Bruna

Monday, August 1, 2016

  I love Dick Bruna's children's books, each one is a little design classic. These days I tend only to see the Miffy books around, but yesterday I discovered these little gems in my parents' loft. They were first published in the 60s and these versions... Read More

Tibby's Triangle

Tibby's Triangle

Friday, July 15, 2016

  I was in Southwold recently and stumbled upon a modern housing development called Tibby’s Triangle, designed by Ash Sakula architects in 2008. There are 34 houses on Tibby’s Triangle, including 10 affordable homes - referred to as... Read More

Marigold

Marigold

Thursday, May 19, 2016

  I recently discovered these wonderful rag dolls made by a maker based in North Carolina called Jess Brown. Each doll is hand cut and stitched and their little outfits are made from various antique and vintage fabrics and treasures. This one is... Read More

Liberty meets Uniqlo

Liberty meets Uniqlo

Monday, March 21, 2016

  I went for a nose round the latest designer collaboration at Uniqlo over the weekend. This time they’ve collaborated with the quintessentially British brand Liberty to create a collection of shirts, trousers, dresses and t shirts adorned with... Read More

Way out west

Way out west

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  I visited Watermans arts centre in west London today. It's home to a theatre, independent cinema, gallery and cafe and everything it does has the local community in mind. I was rather taken by the building, which is a concrete structure located on... Read More

Inventors

Inventors

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

  One of the Creative People and Places partners, The Cultural Spring has just launched an amazing project called Inventors, which has really captured people’s imagination. They invited artist and designer Dominic Wilcox back to his home town... Read More

Friendly lion

Friendly lion

Friday, February 5, 2016

  One of my favourite designers at the moment is Jane Foster. Her retro, Scandi-inspired prints are so bold and cheery. She has recently brought out a range of children’s books and they are beautiful objects in their own right with such care... Read More

Hygge

Hygge

Thursday, February 4, 2016

  I went to my first supper club last night. It was organised by Nyborg North London, a collaboration between a cook called Sara Nyborg (who used to run a wonderful café in Muswell Hill that served the most amazing cinnamon buns) and Lucy... Read More

Child's Own Studio

Child's Own Studio

Monday, January 25, 2016

  Someone on the Selvedge team today told me about this amazing creative enterprise originally founded by Wendy Tsao called Child’s Own Studio, which turns children’s drawings into one-of-a-kind soft toys. Each toy is lovingly crafted and... Read More

London Art Fair

London Art Fair

Friday, January 22, 2016

  I visited London Art Fair yesterday morning. I love this fair – it’s really inviting and has a wonderful buzz. I came across a German artist called Isabelle Wenzel, who is represented by a young contemporary art gallery called Galerie... Read More

January design treats

January design treats

Friday, January 15, 2016

  I’ve had a lovely couple of weeks rediscovering designers I’d forgotten about such as Sukie.  They design brightly coloured, nostalgic printed stationery and accessories that have been inspired by nature, folk art and printed... Read More

Advent

Advent

Thursday, December 24, 2015

  For the past few years I’ve been creating an Advent calendar on Facebook, which has simply involved posting a different festive image each day of Advent. My calendars have become a bit of a tradition and are very popular among my friends... Read More

Bauhaus

Bauhaus

Thursday, December 17, 2015

  I was looking round the Liberty exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum recently and noticed this wonderful fabric design used in a Liberty skirt from the 70s. It caught my eye because my mother used the very same fabric to make blinds in my... Read More

A crafty Christmas

A crafty Christmas

Thursday, December 3, 2015

  My work with Selvedge on their Artisan Christmas fairs has made me feel inspired to do Christmas differently this year. I’ve always been a little bit crafty, but would be the first to admit that I do most of my Christmas shopping on the... Read More

Funfair Fantasy

Funfair Fantasy

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

  I was so excited to get an email about a book two of my musician friends have made and launched, Funfair Fantasy. It’s a book of piano music for children, but with a twist! It has a narrative – a night time funfair adventure... Read More

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