English Rose Garden Print

Inspired by my background in art history, love of thick, impasto oil paints,  and Ted Bakers Oil Painting Print I designed this little number! I painted simple motifs typically found in an English Rose garden, and then photoshoped it hard. I hope you like…

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Prep…. art space for the day…

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Motifs…

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Japanese Supper Club

Supper clubs to me are like the world of Secret Cinema. You know about them, but you don’t know about them. But you can’t recognise them, because if you recognise them, then you’re committed, you’re learning the lingo, spending your lunch breaks looking for the newest one and wondering how you’re going to fund it.  But my brother-in-law and his girlfriend experienced a supper club a few months back and raved about it. We salivated when we heard about what they ate, and so we decided we should all go back together. This was definitely a good decision.

It is a unique eating / social experience for people who are interested, not affected, sociable, like good quality food (for a lot less than you would be paying in a good quality restaurant) and like a different setting. In summary, it is a special evening.We arrived around 7ish to the chef’s house in Islington, where we had a G&T in his living room along with 30 or so other attendees, all here for the same experience. After around 30 minutes we were ushered downstairs to the kitchen and took our seats. The chef (an ex-banker who now blogs and holds cooking classes and supper clubs in his house) talked us through the 7 (!) course tasting menu, what we should expect and enjoy, and then we did just that!I was hugely impressed by the information provided by the chef pre the event to make sure we all understood the etiquette. He advised us on what wines to bring and some reading if we were interested… None of this was done in a wanky, ‘you should know’ way, but in a capacity that the host wanted us to really make the most of our dining experience. What I loved was the complimentary attitude all the guests shared towards what this was all about, what he was trying to achieve, the quality of the meal, the fact we were in a stranger’s house with other strangers but like-minded folk, and his bathroom (it was flair, it had stairs, who has stairs in their bathroom?). I very much look forward to sampling the French supper club in a few months time.

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Wedding Central Arama

So this weekend I had the pleasure of watching one of my husband’s best friends get wed! What a dazzling summer’s day we all had. Despite the fact that the wedding ended up with the hubs a little worse for wear and vague recollections of me sneaking off with my chum in search for cake (not good for the waist line), the wedding was absolutely stunning. On entry to the farm we were greeted with some hot ushers, ribbons in the bushes & pastel chalk drawings. For dinner we were greeted with a sharing concept – something very refreshing for everyone round the table. I liked how it got us all talking whilst one of the members of the table carved the lamb and served us all. The table names were made from what looked like vintage prints hung with clothes pegs, quirky, fun and in keeping with their joyful bright day.

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Puppy

Happy Puppy entertaining us at the Waterlow’s summer BBQ. Pimms O clock and the puppy is happy!

Wedding Invite – POW

You cannot imagine the delight I felt to receive this. Helen Baylis and her fabulous fiancé (aka Helenrobin on Etsy) have designed their own wedding stationery including this very beautiful invite, RSVP card and envelope.

Why I adore it (other than the fact she is a wonderful friend and the only person who will join me Spinning, on a Tuesday night in Old Street) is the fresh & well-constrained colour palette, the vintage typography and the stylised illustration of LANDAN TAN. It’s a summery, playful and well executed invite.  What tops it off is that Mr Fiancé Robin hand sculpted this very card you see before your eyes, giving it that premium and unique feel. In my book it makes this piece all the more credible. This invite was literally carved out of love, and I love them both for designing this.

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New Designers

This exhibition had my attention. I stumbled upon this complete gem when I took my ‘already dead Samsung, but I am going to try to save you phone’ to the repair center in the Business Design Center in Angel. On the downside I lost £60 on a non-repairable phone, but in the hour waiting for it not to be repaired, I gained a magnificent insight into the minds of the UK’s top Design graduates at the New Designers 2013 exhibition. If you love prints/texture/colour/space, this exhibition is for you. What felt so special and different was that the designers were all there, milling around, being all approachable and ting.

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Katie Whitton’s work was my fave.

 

Kings Cross Highlight – The Filling Station

So last night, the thought of going for a run was too much to bear, and when my wonderful colleague Flansy and our equally wonderful Digital Design chum Yaz mentioned a a bev or six, I was game.
Kings Cross is one of my most inspirational areas – I love running past the Guardian Headquarters, speeding past the creatives at St Martins (secretly seething at the fact they get to create art all day & I don’t). I just hadn’t considered The Filling Station. Truth be told, I couldn’t see what it was… it’s kind of hidden from the view I had.
I was thoroughly pleased I went. I was impressed by the beautiful views it had to offer – overlooking the canal – drinking prosecco on tap in the warmth. Completely charming, completely industrial, simple and beautiful. There was a choice to eat in the pop up restaurant, Al Fresco, or just sit on the wooden benches outside by the bar.
We had one too many, met some boys, and then I left to go home and spend time with my husband and play with my new phone.
Happy Summer Daze

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