Sneak Peek: research trip to Peru

Sneak Peek: research trip to Peru

For the next month I will be in Peru on a mission to turn my collection into reality. I will be focusing on just a few key pieces, tweaking the colour palette and changing the yarn to a locally sourced quality. I’m not expecting a smooth development process, especially considering the news I have just received…

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: and the winner is…!

Sneak Peek: and the winner is…!

Thank you to those of you who visited The Startup Showcase and/or entered into the prize draw by answering a few questions. It was a fantastic event and it was great to receive your feedback. Your comments are greatly appreciated…

Lasting Impression: The Startup Showcase

Lasting Impression: The Startup Showcase

I’m still recovering from all the excitement of The Startup Showcase. All the hard work was worth it and it was amazing to see it all come together. It’s been great to be part of the event, surrounded by so many talented…

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: the creative process

Here’s a little video that I filmed a few months ago when I was designing my current collection of knitted cushions and throws. It gives you a sneak peek into the process that goes into creating one of my designs….

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…

Sneak Peek: watch me knitting!

My debut collection of knitted cushions and throws will be on display at Somerset House for The Startup Showcase next weekend (23rd/24th March).  The designs are a taster of what’s to come, but are currently not for sale. All samples…

Sneak Peek: Lets Knit Magazine

Sneak Peek: Lets Knit Magazine

Lets Knit has done a lovely article in this months magazine about the rising popularity of knitted home ware. I’m featured as one of the “experts”! Go and get your copy…

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…

Mouth Watering: Red Lentil and Tomato Bake

Mouth Watering: Red Lentil and Tomato Bake

This is perfect winter food. My Mum often makes this, but never closely follows a recipe, so each time is different. After a quick lesson from her and making this several times, I have found that even if you do…

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…

In Sight: Snowy Bee Hives

In Sight: Snowy Bee Hives

It’s a snow day! 14cm and counting! Which in England means everything grinds to a halt. But it does make everything look rather pretty. So I took my camera along to my Dad’s apiary. He checked up on the bees…

In Sight: Thistles

In Sight: Thistles

At the weekend when I was out on a country walk (although I spent more time taking photos than walking!) I saw this thistle covered in frost and couldn’t resist taking it home to sketch. Once inside the frost melted…

In Sight: Frosty

In Sight: Frosty

Finally a cold, crisp, frosty day. Winter has arrived and it definitely beats grey skies, rain and mud, which we’ve had far too much of recently! A change in temperature is very welcome with me, even if it’s colder, as long…

In Sight: Sage

In Sight: Sage

I love sketching in cafes. I find it really relaxing to be away from my desk and to just draw whatever’s in front of me. This week I spent a few days in Reading and managed to find some time…

In Sight: Green and Grey

In Sight: Green and Grey

I took this photo this week when I was in Caversham. It was a grey day and the colour of this green algae on a fence jumped out at me as I walked past. 

Mouth Watering: Stuffed Mushrooms

Mouth Watering: Stuffed Mushrooms

I love this recipe, it’s simple and delicious. Originally given to me a few years ago by my friend Jenny. Since then I’ve made a few adaptations and thought I’d share my favourite version, made with giant portobello mushrooms, stilton…

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…

Sneak Peek: Knitted Home Textiles

Sneak Peek: Knitted Home Textiles

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working on new designs for my debut collection of knitted home accessories; cushions, blankets and throws. My colour scheme and patterns are evolving and I’m loving the results. Here’s a sneak peek at…

In Sight: View from the Train

In Sight: View from the Train

On the train home from London I watched the sun setting and managed to capture this photo as we raced through the countryside. I love how the trees have blurred into the sky creating a grainy pattern.

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…

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