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I just LOVE these card by Alison Hardcastle. So simple but so brilliantly executed, they do exactly what it says on the tin. Check out her shop here:


I know I seem a bit obsessed with teacups at the moment but I came across these beautiful ceramics by local artist Julie Spurgeon at the weekend. Exhibiting in Annabel Dees pop up shop as part of the Leigh Art Trail, these beautiful tea sets had me captivated. I was lucky enough to chat to Julie and she told me all about the inspiration behind them – fond childhood memories of the tea making ritual, the pleats and folds in the porcelain reminiscent of things like cupcake cases.


The above pieces are from her Material Pleasures collection which are currently featured in the exhibition Teapots to Tapestries, and available to buy at Fortnum and Mason.

My local card shop Best Wishes on Elm Road has a great selection of cards including…mine! I went in yesterday to take a photo and the lady told me they were selling well so thank you people of Leigh!

Best Wishes
3 Elm Road, Leigh on Sea SS9 1SW

There is a lot of love for the humble sewing implement right now, particularly buttons. Another recession inspired trend, following the ‘make do and mend’ ethos?

aaaAlyssa Nassner

Avoca

   

Skujeniece

Martin Wiscombe


May I introduce Louis? Born on the 12th June, he’s the reason for my lack of posts recently:

While on maternity leave, however I have managed to re-design my website. There’s not much new on it due to the little man above but check it out here:

Is it me or is there a lot of love for the bicycle at the moment? I keep seeing loads of designs on a number of items – new bikes, old bikes, penny farthings. I particularly love the old style designs such as the cushion from Rose & Grey:

   Various @ Etsy

      Little Korboose                Judi Rosen                       Ella Doran

        Rose & Grey                                                       Urban Outfitters

I saw these AMAZING ceramics by Nadia Pignatone at Maison & Objet yesterday. There is always so much to take in at this show as it’s so vast but I came away very sure that these were my favourite items. The blossoms

collection is made from hand thrown porcelain and laser-cut kimono fabric. See my favourites below – I need to own one!!!

I just wanted to post about Ken Eardley and his amazing ceramics. Every year I go to the Cockpit Arts Open Studios and every year I have to buy a piece of his. Ken is always near his stand and I’m sure he must laugh at how long it takes me to decide which piece to purchase…I’m sure this year was a record!

How excited am I?! I just received samples of my card range due out this month, published by The Art Group…they look great! The foiling on them looks really good but unfortunately it hasn’t come out very well in the picture – I’ll get a better photo soon…maybe one which isn’t taken on my embarrassingly messy desk at work…

Below is my piece for the next East End Arts Club exhibition which is happening in December. Called ‘Tate the Biscuit’, it is based on proverbs and sayings and surely going to rival the success of  last years ‘One Ton Show‘. It has a great line up of people taking part including street artists, fine artists and illustrators who have all interpreted proverbs and phrases in their own unique way.

The great thing about the Shoreditch Town Hall location is the East London Design Show is on at the same time upstairs so you can get all your Christmas shopping done at the two shows! The show is on from Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th December, details on the website – Hope to see you there!

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