Scandinavian home craft

Lotta Jansdotter has a worldwide reputation for handprinting patterns which are used on textiles, notebooks and household interiors. “Can’t find what you want?  Make it!  Don’t know how?  Learn it!” is how her website describes her pragmatic approach, much of her printing based on simple potato cut prints, in repeating patterns. Her fabrics are stocked byContinue reading “Scandinavian home craft”

Getting Mentors – don’t ask!

Here’s a great piece of lifetime advice (among many) by Pentagram partner, Michael Beirut: “People always want to look for mentors – then they say “Will you be my mentor?” Do NOT do that.  You don’t need their permission you don’t need to tell them they’re your mentor.” “Anyone you know could be your mentorContinue reading “Getting Mentors – don’t ask!”

Fun shopping list

When is a list fun?  When it’s not a list.   https://harringtonandsquires.co.uk/collections/magnets/products/shopping-list-magnets But when it’s magnetic fridge badges. The one downside of this list is that you can’t easily take it shopping with you, whereas a handwritten scribbled list on a piece of torn off notebook will happily travel in your jeans pocket – orContinue reading “Fun shopping list”

Get past the fear block to freedom (20 mins)

“Fear and envy will keep you on the sidelines”   This is an extraordinary video: 20 minutes of a woman talking about her paralysing fear of public speaking – while doing it.  Honest.  Encouraging.  She’s speaking to a roomful of creative people, at the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) conference, 2015.  Then there’s 10Continue reading “Get past the fear block to freedom (20 mins)”

New year present

for the frighteningly well-organized, who already have Christmas sewn up and are itching to buy New Year presents for friends with a relaxed sense of humour who are not easily offended (and I realise this may be quite a small market)….. this may be a cheery gift to give: It is available for £11.95 (plus shipping)Continue reading “New year present”