Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Yeah I did it

Yeah I did it!! Yesterday was a big day for me. I finally learnt how to ride a bike. 
Do you remember my post at the beginning of the year  New Year You ? One of my New year resolutions was to ride a bike.
Thank you  Transport for London   for my lesson. I can now join my little family and bike around the neighbourhood. ( I do have some serious practicing to do before I embark on the streets of London.)
It was one of things face the fear and do it anyway things. I hope it inspires you to do something to face the fear and do it anyway.

Friday, May 25, 2012

From my desk this week

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Hello from my desk this week. I have been busy working on some wrapping paper and card ideas this week. I have been a mini party mode this week. I am looking forward to visiting Progressive greeting live show the  next week.  I let you know what I think about the show next week.
Have a great weekend.

Mini Party Bunting

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Here in London everyone is getting into party mode here. Signs for street parties are everywhere. There is a sea of red white and blue in the stores and blogs and magazines a wash with DIY home party tips.
So I decided to create a free little project for you some Susse mini bunting to brighten up your desk or home.

Easy to make.

*You need a printer.
*A4 sheet of paper
*A metre of bakers twine or string.
*Glue stick.
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                                                    Print out your sheet cut out triangles.

                                                    Then cut your string.
                                                    Arrange your triangles anyway you like.
                                                    Fold and stick the top end.

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Leave to dry and then snip the corners.

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Ta dah!! ready to hang up on your wall or computer and you can have yourself a mini party
at your desk.

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Add fun to your year

Wow!! It's nearly June half way through the year. The sun is shinning everyone is getting ready for summer party mode. Here is another free calendar page to download and enjoy. Happy weekend.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Clerkenwell Design week

Postcards on my desk

Press office

Half car half clay

Hello the sun is shining at last in London. I had a great morning just wondering around Clerkenwell
Design week. I visited the three main exhibitions but my favorite one was the on housed at the Farmiloe in St johns  street. The exhibitions are more targeted to wards Architects,interior and product designers. It is nice to go and have a look at things out side your own design discipline.  Finding unexpected things like a car half made of clay. Things that caught my eye where the product and furniture designs of Quite different   I wanted the bird shelf it was so cute. I loved the furniture design of Dare studio. The fresh textile products of Imogen Heath who designs great home ware ranges for Heals in London.  

The design week is still on if you want to catch it this afternoon. My old studio space is having an open weekend so you can stock up on some crafty goodies http://craftcentral.org.uk/

If your in London enjoy the sunny weather : ).

Friday, May 18, 2012

From my desk this week

Hello from my desk this week. I have been quiet this week head down working away on some new things. look what just landed on my desk this week my ticket for Clerkenwell Design week.
I am looking forward to having a look around.I use to have studio space in this area so it will be interesting to see how things have changed in the area.

Find out more about the event here at http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/

I am sure I will have lots to say next week. Enjoy the weekend bye!

Friday, May 11, 2012

From my desk this week

Sketchbook detail

Sketchbook detail

Susse Printed fabric sample
As you can see I have been busy this week working on some textile designs.
I did create these before I went to the exhibition. As you can see I do like my simple Scandinavian
mid century colours and shapes.
I can honestly say I have had a very textilely week. How about you what has your week been like?
Have a lovely weekend I think the sun might make an appearance YAH!!  See you next week.

The Printed Square - Vintage Handkerchiefs

© The Printed Square by Nicky Albrechtsen, 2012
Book available through Thames and Hudson Publisher.

The second exhibtion at the Museum of Fashion and Textiles was the charming collection of
vintage hankercheifs sponsered by fashion brand Oasis who have collection out just now inspired by the book. The exhibition was put together by Nicky Albrechtsen a textile designer who collected the vintage textiles and put together this inspring book. Read her interview here to find out more about the book. 

Here are some more fuzzy photos taken by me but you get an idea of the exhibition on show.

Garment by Oasis inspired by the vintage collection

Garment by Oasis and textile behind
framed vintage squares
textile detail

textile detail

Designing Women Post War Textiles

Exhibition view

Hello I have been quiet this week I have been busy working in the studio. But I finally managed to go and visit the Fashion and Textile museum. I loved their current exhibitions.
Designing women Post war British Textiles. Featuring the work of Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag, Marian Mahler,Paulez Vezelay , Mary White and Mary Warren. Featuring  classic mid century textile designs. It's the type of design that has always had a big influence on me the colours and simple design. For me it was the first time I had actually seen the original designs on fabric so it was a surprise see that these designs came in a large scale. It was great o be able to take pictures although no flash so there not great but if you don't get to come to London to see the exhibition you can have a peak here. It was inspring to see the work of these great women designers. Who made great designs after the tough years of the 2nd World War bringing a fresh ideas , light and optimism to the table.

Some of the fabric on display

Original artwork

Roller for printing

Inspiring desk

Pattern books

Framed artwork

Close up of design

Close up of design

Leaves design

Magazines of the day


Cabinate design

Design close up

Original design

Large scale designs

more pattern books
One of my favorites in the exhibition large scale print

Friday, May 4, 2012

4 Today

My little Rocket turned 4 today quite a grown up little boy now.
As you can see he is having an Ocotastic !! birthday today.
Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

From my desk this week

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Hello here is a peak me from my desk this week. I am working on some textile designs I am working on this week keeping dry in this crazy London weather . The designs are  actually on my studio floor not my desk knee deep in cut paper and fabric.  Having fun all the same off to scan them now.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mom Inc a good read

Image from Chronicle Books
Hello I just wanted to share a really good read a new publication  Mom Inc for all you mums out there. If your a Mom considering starting a creative business or are in business already and trying to work it all out the life balance of Mum ,wife and business owner. I am certainly in that category. Especially now Rocket is at school full time I want to make my precious hours I have free to work on my business are used to the max and not get myself into the frazzled !! zone.  Been down that route  that's why I put the brakes on and slowed downed last year Rocket's terrible twos,moving around and hemispheres it was time to just stop and think again. I think it's OK to say slow down and keep prospective of the important things in life I was lucky my husband supported me in this decision. Keeping balance is important and this book seems to be giving a few answers there. Great interviews by other creative Mums giving their Pearls of wisdom and funny stories you can identify with. 
Although I am only bought this book on Kindle at Amazon UK site.  This week I am already really enjoying this book.
Created by two very talented mums who have brought the world other great creative business book resources which some of them are on my bookshelf
Creative Inc, Craft Inc,

Have a look at the authors websites they have some great tips in their blogs and lovely work.
Mateo Ilasco  and Cat Seto  The book is published by Chronicle books  I bought my kindle version here

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy sunshine

Hello I thought I might share some of Rocket's art with you. We briefly had a day of warm sunshine yesterday.
Rocket was so happy ( must be the Sydney boy in him) that he had to paint a picture after school about happy sunshine and he also made a crazy rainbow. Sorry I am having a self indulgent moment here and being a proud mama sharing my nearly four year old sons art.

I hope it makes you as happy as it makes me.  Roll on the happy sunshine days .