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Sneak Peek: Glancing Back & Moving Forwards

Sneak Peek: Glancing Back & Moving Forwards

This time last year I was in Peru. I went for a month on a mission to turn my knitted homeware collection into reality! My ambitions were high and the trip got off to a rocky start when my yarn was stollen…

In Sight: Sevilla, Spain

In Sight: Sevilla, Spain

On my way to the yoga retreat in Spain, I stopped off in Sevilla for a night. I spent the day wandering the streets, eating tapas, drinking cerveza and taking photos…

In Sight: Palm leaves

In Sight: Palm leaves

This is a watercolour sketch I did when I was in Lima, sitting underneath palm trees on the cliff tops between Barranco and Miraflores.

In Sight: traditional Peruvian knitted chullos (hats)

In Sight: traditional Peruvian knitted chullos (hats)

…I came across a beautiful collection of chullos, an Andian style hat with earflaps… They were incredibly fine that it was hard to believe they had been hand knitted. The complex geographic patterns used multiple colours and they were beautifully finished with a tiny scalloped edge.

In Sight: colourful streets in London

In Sight: colourful streets in London

Spring is finally here and the sun just makes everything look so pretty…especially these brightly coloured houses in London. I love the combination of colours and patterns created by the shadows.

In Sight: the streets of New York

In Sight: the streets of New York

I’ve just spent 10 days in New York visiting friends and exploring the city I used to call home. I spent a lot of time wandering the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan, visiting some of my favourite neighbourhoods.    The vast…

Sneak Peek: Knitted Baby Blankets

Sneak Peek: Knitted Baby Blankets

There seems to be a baby boom…at least in my friendship group! In the last month I’ve become an aunty and two of my close friends in New York have also had their first child. So I decided it was…

Sneak Peek: my stand at The Startup Showcase

Sneak Peek: my stand at The Startup Showcase

After months of preparation The Startup Showcase has been and gone. It was a fantastic experience and I received some great feedback.   I have to say a massive thank you to my sister, Anna, who helped me create my…

Sneak Peek: win a designer cushion!

Sneak Peek: win a designer cushion!

My cushions aren’t for sale yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on one. I will be giving away one of my cushions in return for a bit of help with market research. At The Startup Showcase…

Sneak Peek: knit cushions and throws

Sneak Peek: knit cushions and throws

Here are a few more photos of my “Nuba” collection that will be on display at The Startup Showcase. The event starts with a Press Preview and VIP night on Thursday, then a Buyers Breakfast and Time Out Event on…

In Sight: Clam Shell from Kenya

In Sight: Clam Shell from Kenya

I found this clam shell at my Grandparents house. It’s huge and I love the texture of it. They found it when they were living in Kenya. It holds a lot of sentimental value, and I love to hear little…

In Sight: Kenyan Basket

In Sight: Kenyan Basket

My Grandparents house is full of interesting bits and bobs that they’ve collected over the years. Many are from their travels and I’ve always been drawn to their collection of things from Kenya. They moved there in the 50’s when…

In Sight: Underneath Tower Bridge

In Sight: Underneath Tower Bridge

Last week I was in London for a workshop with School for Creative Startups, learning all about web fuelled business. A very motivational day leaving me with lots to think about…and do! I’ve started with setting up a facebook page….

Discovered Again: Line Drawings of Arches

Discovered Again: Line Drawings of Arches

In my previous post I shared sketches I’d done of arched ceilings. Here are a few more that I did in Krakow and Prague, but these are less detailed and focus just on the abstract shapes and patterns created by…

Discovered Again: Arches in Krakow

Discovered Again: Arches in Krakow

I find architectural structures very inspiring and have always loved arched ceilings. The curves of the walls and shadows create so many patterns. Here are a few sketches I did years ago when I was in Krakow, Poland. I have…

Discovered Again: Nuba Tribal Body Decoration

Discovered Again: Nuba Tribal Body Decoration

This is a drawing from one of my sketchbooks looking at tribal body decoration. This woman is from the Nuba tribe in Sudan. The decoration on her chest is scarification; a long and painful process that involves incising the skin…

Discovered Again: Indian Screens

Discovered Again: Indian Screens

Inspired by the Indian screens I’ve been sketching at the V&A, I decided to look back through my hundreds, actually thousands, of travel photos I took whilst in India back in 2008. I knew I was going to find a…

In Sight: Indian Screen

In Sight: Indian Screen

I can’t keep myself away from the V&A at the moment. I found myself sketching in the same area of the museum as last weekend. I’m loving the geometric patterns in these Indian screens.

In Sight: Indian Screens

In Sight: Indian Screens

Another Sunday afternoon sketching in the V&A Museum. This time I was drawn to a display of Indian screens carved out of sandstone and marble. They reminded me of my trip to India I did a few years ago. Sure…

In Sight: Art Deco Jewellery

In Sight: Art Deco Jewellery

I could spend hours sketching in the Victoria and Albert Museum, so I’m making the most of it whilst I’m in London for a few weeks for some freelance work. Today I was looking for all things Art Deco and ended…

In Sight: Madrid

In Sight: Madrid

I just spent a few days in Madrid and was inspired by the colours and patterns of these walls!

Sneak Peek: Knitted Samples

Sneak Peek: Knitted Samples

Here’s a selection of some of the designs I’m currently working on. Early stages at the moment, so they might evolve into something completely different!  

Discovered Again: Nuba Tribal Decoration

Discovered Again: Nuba Tribal Decoration

One of my favourite sketchbooks is based on tribal body decoration. This is a painting I did of a Nuba tribesman from Sudan. I love the geometric patterns and soft pastel colours with the dark contrast and hint of ember.

Discovered Again: Sketchbooks

Discovered Again: Sketchbooks

I’ve had to make the hard decision to leave London and move back up north to my parents. It looks like setting up your own business is full of sacrifices! Hopefully it will all be worth it in the end….