Today I got an exciting delivery in the post … A lovely box of hot off the press copies of my new book Fresh Prints. This is my fourth book for Quadrilles Simple Makes series (and maybe my fave, but then I say that about each one I do! Definitely my fave title. Thanks for the inspiration Will.)
Print was my favourite medium to work with when I was at college and the print room was my favourite place to be so I loved getting my hands dirty and smelling of printers ink once again to make the 20 + projects for the book.
I had lovely photographer Keiko Oikawa shooting the pictures and yet again she made all my projects look lovely, clean and fresh.
I think my favourite project was this one …
circus letter wooden postcard
or this one?
botanical greetings card
or maybe this one ….
but then this one is really nice.
Mushroom cushion all photos copyright Keiko Oikawa
Here’s a little more information about the book and to ‘look inside’ visit amazon.co.uk (maybe you’d like to buy a copy too?)
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This is a good book. It’s a big book full of good stuff by interior stylist Megan Morton. It’s a book which I fully intend to one day sit down with a cup of tea and some biscuits and read from cover to cover (it’s probably number 10 in the queue of books waiting for that glorious day).
It’s a book that when maybe you’ve just got a little tired of amazing pictures of beautiful homes …
you turn the page and get a section of perforated cut-out-and-keep postcards full of witty slogans and pretty pictures (which is quite frankly blowing my mind as I want to use the postcards but can’t bare to tear them from the book) …
Moving on, there’s a chapter of interviews with inspiringly fabulous people …
Then one full of helpful hints to make your home look like it’s from the pages of a magazine …
And to top it off at the end you get a gatefold section (who doesn’t love a gatefold) showcasing Megan’s Styling Manifesto which actually now I’ve read this page is a bit twee and nothing groundbreaking but it looks good and really isn’t that all that matters?
Buy Megan’s book here and visit her website here
STICKERS! As I said on Tuesday the new issue of Marie Claire Runway has a sheet of free stickers inside for you to customise your cover, your phone, your stapler, a lampost, your coffee cup or the person sitting next to you. It also has interviews, all the facts you need on the new Spring trends, two quizzes, some pictures of dogs, and lots and lots of pictures of beautiful clothes. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do making it.
from Marie Claire Runway out Feb 6
Donald Robertson is a man who is an actual marvel. Once Creative Director at Conde Nast America (launching Marie Claire and redesigning Glamour). He is now the head of Creative Development at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; a truly creative man. What I love the most about him is his instagram feed. It is a constant joy to me all day every day (he is a very prolific poster) full of his fashion illustrations, ideas from projects he is working on and his life in general.
If I write too much I will just get really gushy and soppy so I’ll let some of his pictures do the talking. (All images taken from Donalds instagram feed @donalddrawbertson (seriously, you must follow him))
He can make beautiful things from a few simple lines of marker pen and Gaffa tape.
Or paint …He has his own little creative projects, currently it’s drawing on nuts…Don’t put anything down when you are round his house as he is likely to draw on it …Or turn it in to something else …He’s funny …and to top it off, he’s got really cute dogs … and kids.
I had the fortune to collaborate with him on the new issue of Marie Claire Runway (out 6th of Feb) We spent a fun couple of days emailing back and forth to create four illustrations to depict all that is great and good about New York, London, Milan and Paris. Here’s a little sneak peak.
We also worked together on the cover and in what is quite possibly the Most Exciting Thing I’ve Done In My Career So Far … STICKERS! Yup, we have a sheet of free fashion stickers inside the magazine … I’ll show you them on Thursday.