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Autumn is definitely here November 11 2014

So, we are firmly in the swing of Autumn and fast approaching Winter 2014. Since moving out to the country, and after the time change, it’s taking time to get used to the inky darkness out here from 5pm onwards. We are in a valley, with only a dusting of house lights about, so it’s the biggest adjustment yet since moving from the starkly contrasting bustling streets of East London!

With the new year ahead, and new horizons within reach, I’m beginning to think about the next installation to the Rock Paper Cloth collection. When I first thought about it, jotting down ideas, it was filled with ideas from our old haunts in East London. Now, since moving here, there’s also an abundance of inspiration to be taken from our immediate surroundings. I think it will have to be an amalgamation of the two - a lot has happened in 2014, so the next installation should rightly reflect that! Perhaps a nod to Victoria Park with The Pagoda on the lake making an appearance - and in contrast maybe a wheelbarrow full of apples, figs, pears, grapes and blueberries, all due on our doorstep next spring! Lot’s to think about and lot’s to do - best get pen to paper soon, as there’s lot’s of ideas to try out and inevitably, some will be better than others! Watch this space, as I’ll upload some sketches as I go…..

Other news is, that I hope to be doing a few Friday Markets in Old Spitalfields in December. I will update Twitter and Facebook if I can confirm a stall. Lastly, the collection is now available online on Not On The High Street too which we are delighted about! Check it out at http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/rockpapercloth.





Moving to the country, gona eat me a lot of peaches! Or grapes & pears… October 03 2014

 

We recently made the - what seemed like huge - departure to the Kent countryside. Having lived in Zone 2 in East London for 7 years, it’s a big change! I was brought up in the country too, so we always knew it was the next logical step, although perhaps it happened a bit sooner than I thought it would - no regrets yet though!

Having become very used to my surroundings in London - and using my local park as inspiration for the Rock Paper Cloth collection - I was worried for lots of reasons that the move was a leap of faith too far. But there’s inspiration galore here and room to breath - it literally is, a breath of fresh air.

We’ve been spending a lot of time in the garden - I’m not the most green fingered person, but I will try. I do know we have figs and grapes, pears and apples, apricots and more. Then we’ve also planted lettuce, radishes, rocket, chilli’s and tomatoes - all thriving - which, when I am at all involved, amazes me! So, that’s where I am and this beautiful Kent countryside is where I will be working for now.

On another note, the collection is now on sale at Wolf & Badger online and is also newly stocked at 57 Arts in Brockley, both of which I am delighted about. Full details are available on the stockist page. Lastly, if you’d like to see the scarves in the flesh, I will be at the Saturday Market in Spitalfields on October 11th from 11am-5pm. Please do come and say hello.....

Until next time - hopefully it won’t be as long an interval as it has been this time!


From Paper to Cloth June 27 2014

My ideas for this capsule range were drawn very simply from my local park in East London, Victoria Park, where I spend a lot of time. The combination of the urban and natural world there has always fascinated me, along with the characters who roam about there daily. It is a place of refuge and escape for them - and for a huge number of people in the city - and a place I have always been very grateful to have lived beside, especially seeing as when we moved here we didn’t really know it was there, never mind how close!
 
The seed was sewn when I decided to draw our two dogs - Nollaig the Cockerpoo and Pog the Beagle. Two characters in themselves!
 
I am a bit old fashioned, in that I always draw by hand and then work digitally if needs be. I wanted to add something quirky to the dogs, so I put a detective hat on Pog and a cockerpoo on Nollaig's head - she is such a tolerant dog, I thought if any dog wouldn’t mind a bird taking up residence on their head, Nollaig is the one!
 
Parakeets are often seen in our park - like many London parks - and there are lots of urban myths to suggest how they got to be there. I’m not sure what is fact or fiction so I won’t get into it!
 
The other animals that feature in the drawings are regulars that we see on our walks. I’ve also long had a fascination with city ductile lids, and I liked the idea of teaming these two things together - apparently from disparate worlds, or are they?
 
Ductile lids are the ultimate symbol of urban life, but also in my opinion, really lovely pieces of artwork taken for granted and trodden upon everyday. They’re on our roads, our footpaths - and even underfoot of my featured characters in our parks - and adding blocks of colour to their geometric and functional artwork gives them an entirely different purpose, and one which I really like.
 
So, after lots of sketching, I marry these drawings together digitally, working out what composition I feel works best. Once I am happy and have the colour balance I like, my lovely factory in Italy print them for me….and there we have it…...Paper onto Cloth!