Sunday, 27 September 2009

I went to the London design festival last weekend with Millie. We saw the London posters exhibition organised by Pentagram and displayed at the V and A. 20 designers and illustrators were asked to produce a poster inspired by London using only red and black. We particularly liked this one designed by Biblioteque who simply printed the tube map without all the other colours. V. simple idea but looked really great in the flesh.


Fighting in the garden

Funny Collage

I bought this ages ago at a market for 50p but I am very fond of her.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Shipley Lates

At the Shipley Art Gallery last night for "Stitched Up" on of a series in their Lates programme.Lots of people knitting and sewing and generally having a good time stitching together over a glass of wine. Two good artists talks by David Littler and Michael Brennand Wood. David Littler is a Textile designer and also a DJ and brings it altogether by studying historical embroidered samplers and then using them as a basis for sampling in the musical sense. Find out more by checking out his blog at

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Ex Libris

I have been printing lino cut bookplates today, preparing samples for the evening class I will soon be teaching. There are still a couple of places left so if you are interested then have a look on the Horsley Printmakers site for more information ( The course is called Ex Libris and starts Tuesday 29th September.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Old Town

Old town design and produce beautiful classic British workwear. Have a look on their website here. We particularly like the ties!
BUT also have a look at their wonderful 'Evening Star' amusing paper full of delightful stories and images such as 'cats on ladders'. Download here.

Saturday, 12 September 2009

No one belongs here more than you

Nicky Coutt's Cabinet of Curiosities on the roadside near Highgreen in Northumberland.Visitors to Nicky's studio were asked 
"If you had a God what would you offer?" The votive offerings were made from clay and sprayed with gold paint. The cabinet is lit by solar panels from the rear so this 'shrine' glows at night. Nicky's residency at Tarset has come to an end. Find out more about at

Susie MacMurray

Susie MacMurray at Queens Hall Hexham till 10th October. The black dress with thousands of dressmaker's pins inserted into the cloth is called "Widow". "A Mixture of Frailties" is made from thousands of white rubber gloves. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Arms and Legs

I saw these lined up on the windowsill at home. I like disembodied dolls limbs.

I'm listening to

Dr. Dog and drawing Mexican wrestlers.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

We are the Friction

While at the Edinburgh Festival last week, I came across this book at the wonderful design bookstore Analogue.

'We are the Friction' is a book of illustration and short fiction created by 12 pairs of international writers and illustrators. It is designed and published by 'Sing Statistics' the collaboration between Jez Burrows and Lizzy Stewart.

The exhibition of the work is over now but you can view the illustrations and get more information from the Sing Statistics website here. Well worth a look.

'My Friends' Horoscopes'

Monday, 7 September 2009


I am missing having a Betty on my shoulder.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

London Design Festival

Cecil Beaton
Deborah Bowness
YCN World
Maker Difference and SORT
Russian Doll Exhibition
Eduardo Recife

I have just been trawling through all the events organised for this years London design festival and I am now so excited to go. Have a look at all the things going on on their website here.

I particularly want to go these-

'Cecil Beaton Sketchbook Launch'- The sketchbook collection transforms Beaton's fashion drawings from his 1954 sketchbook into fabric and wallpaper. At the Royal Academy of Engineering.

'In Miniature'- a miniature world created with contemporary wallpaper designer Deborah Bowness' work.  At Caravan.

'The World of YCN'- A colourful, physical world created by a team of designers, illustrators and model makers. At 72 Rivington Street.

'Maker Difference'- A pop up letterpress Studio organised by SORT (the society of revisionist typographers) with interative worshops. There will be free worskshops so make sure you book a place! More information on their website.

'Russian Doll Exhibition'- a display of customised russian dolls by a variety of designers and illustrators. Showing at Magma, on Clerkenwell Road.

'Typographica'- an exhibition dedicated to the legendary graphic design journal. At the Kemistry Gallery.

'Brazil Illustrated'- The work of Brazilian illustrators Eduardo Recife, Wagner Pinto, and Bruno Kurru. At Gallery 32.

Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustre (from an illustrated French Dictionary)

Wednesday, 2 September 2009


Picking on the allotment this afternoon

All in search of health should wear 'Harness Electropathic Belts'.

Swap Shop

After a tedious day waiting for the carpet layer to arrive (which incidentally he never did) we decided to rummage through some of our suitcases of junks which initiated our swap. Scraps for scraps=two happy ladies.