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After surfing it’s always a pasty


So I went surfing in Morocco (more on that soon). One thing we learnt quickly is that surfing is a very physical activity and we would always welcome the ice cream man, sweet pastry selling man or lunch that was provided for us everyday. And when i say that I mean welcome it with open arms and hungry stomachs.

So this mixed media picture by Norfolkboy from particularly rang true when I came home and saw it! I just love he colourful blocks and how the illustration is combined.

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New Designers 2013

Beth Lamont Tree Top Balloon3_905

As I said a year ago, I love the New Designers show. I thought this year was particularly good and a few exhibitors really caught my eye. The first was Beth Lamont – I loved her ceramic hot air balloons. The delicate nature of them with the silver works really well and I love the pattern on the balloon as well.

Chloe Emma Textiles  burnt feathers

Chloe Emma Textiles bones

I also loved the raw nature of these burnt feathers from Chloe Emma. The contrast between their delicate and rough nature and the white background is simple but beautiful. I also love these bones and how their are wound with thread as well. Not something I would normally go for but they are so interesting.

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Beth Lamont

Chloe Emma Textiles

Design – Alice Fox, Gifts from the Pavement

Alice Fox - Gifts from the Pavement

Last weekend I went to the Saltaire arts trail in Yorkshire. I was there to see my friends new baby Martha Belle (could the name be any cuter?!)

It was great to spend some times going round the open houses and one of the exhibitions included Alice Fox’s Gifts from the Pavement. The image above doesn’t do the exhibition justice. The display included so many textured and marked papers from the pavements of Saltaire and they were beautiful.

So simple and the tactile quality that appeared was just amazing. All of the pieces worked so well with all of them surrounding the room in a great layout. It was just lovely to be in there surrounded by something so simple but interesting.

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Design – Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator

Original Design Art Deco Bauhaus A3 Poster Print Vintage 1930's Cat Fashion Vogue


Doelker Shoes

Harpers Bazaar

Coco Chanel art print - logo fashion poster

I have enrolled on the Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator course run by Brad Woodward on Skillshare which starts on Wednesday.

I am very excited (and nervous!) about leanrning more skills on Illustrator as currently all I know has been self taught.

The class is structured around recrearing a favourite print ad of yours. I have been pinning away and currently can’t choose. Torn between not making it too easy, too hard and choosing something I love.

These are my current faves, any thoughts on yours?

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Curiosities of the week – Bread & Jam

Stuff I am likey to forget Bread and jam

Stay in touch correspondence kit Bread and Jam

Bread & Jam products are, by their own admission there ‘to put a smile on someone’s face’, and well they do just as they say!

Who doesn’t need a notebook with ‘Stuff I’m likely to forget’ on the cover? I know I do which is why it is currently in my basket waiting to be bought. I have seen a sample of one before and I can tell you the quality is brilliant, a really beautiful heavy sketchbook type notebook – one you don’t want to ruin by writing/doodling or drawing in – but I can’t wait to do just that.

Also these Stay in Touch correspondence cards are genius. My fave by far is the ‘Let’s run away and join a circus (bagsy juggling)’ – it is sure to bring a smile to anyones face, and make them consider seriously about doing just that as well.

I need to bring back more writing and posting letters in my life. It is the right thing to do to brighten up yours and the recipients day.

You can find their range through


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Notebook by Bread & Jam via

Notecards by Bread & Jam via


Style – Dip dyed tassel wall hanging


Continuing on from the dip dye theme of yesterday I found this dip dyed tassel wall hanging which I love as it is so big! Such a cool statement piece that is quite simple but really effective.

I love the different chunkiness of the tassels and how some of them are unravelled as well.

Image via The Six Week Boutique


Moving to Brixton

Brixton print by lucy loves this

The past week has been pretty busy. I went to Dublin for work, uni friends have been down and I have been finding a new housemate for my flat as I am moving to Brixton!

Hence the lack of posts last week. Apologies.

However I am very excited to be moving back in with friends and also – have a bigger room!

I love this print from Lucy loves This, it also has on it Brockwell park which I will be right next to and I went to the Effra Hall pub on Sunday!

Can’t wait to explore Brixton further and be right next to Brixton Academy. Still need to find Brixton Village though…

Image source: Lucy Loves This via


Design – Inspire, create, pursue

inspire, create, pursue quote

Inspire, Create, Pursue

A very simple design I created on Illustrator with fonts I love from dafont. Key words for me in 2o13 to live a more inspired life, create and pursue all of the best life has to offer.

All things I intend to do with my creative and drawing challenges as well as blogging and spending quality time with family and friends. Plus adventures!

I also did a reverse colourway as well. Just to see what it would look like. You know, just for fun.

inspire quote black on white

Design by me.


Stack magazines – Wrap

Wrap magazine cover

Wrap magazine Anttu Uotila

Stack magazine is a company that brings together the best independent English language magazines and delivers a different edition to you each month. I can’t remember how I came across Stack but I am so glad I did!

Each month you get a different magazine delivered, most I have never heard of which means a great surprise each month and the promise of something new.

November’s delivery was the magazine Wrap and I loved this magazine!

It focuses on illustration, design and creative culture and it comes with five pull out sheets of wrapping paper you can use! Understand the name yet?!

I loved this idea, so simple, useful and different and makes the magazine really stand out. It combines two things I love in life illustration and wrapping paper!

wrap magazine Marimekko

wrap magazine Marimekko details

Images taken by me.