Dispatches from a Small World

The lockdown project lives… A prolific filer of sketchbooks, time was when I would draw my commute to and from my desk space. But at the start of the first lockdown, local parks full of ‘keep moving’ signs, I couldn’t even draw on my daily exercise walk. So I decided … Read More

2020: 20:20

Weird year: new insights…  Well, 2020… over here, the entire pattern of studio life was thrown into disarray. But I was brought up by parents who had to adapt countless times, decades before pivoting was a thing. So in the silence of the first lockdown, I started rearranging things. New … Read More

Sealed with a sprout

A Christmas colouring book… In the first London lockdown, inspired by a conversation about people taking solace from colouring in, I turned line elements of my drawings and illustrations into free, downloadable colouring books. Inspired by volunteering last Christmas for Crisis, a UK charity helping the homeless, I’ve designed a … Read More

A sketchbook state of mind

In conversation with The Trampery… I’m never without a sketchbook. Drawing, for me, is a way of looking at things, noticing things – and in those moments of watching, there has been respite from the relentless news and the restrictions of the pandemic. I’ve been chatting about that with Patrick Scally … Read More

Drawing with linguine

Why mucking about matters… Art. It’s one of the things keeping us going in the current crisis. But people don’t necessarily have a room-full of art materials – so in my lunchtime workshop for The Trampery, I wanted to show how to get creative with stuff we happen to have around … Read More

2m

Deliberations on distance… With announcements due on review of the two metre social distancing rule, here’s something to help you in the meantime. Or not. In a new collaboration with three co-working compadres (news on that soon), we set ourselves a theme to think about and discuss: two metres. So … Read More

Passing it on

A brain, a biro and a sheet of paper… Staying creative in lockdown is a challenge. And more so when you’re a young person just starting to explore creative careers. So Ideas Foundation has done a shout-out for resources from its network of creative professionals. I’ve done a narrated slideshow … Read More

Joined-up drawing

I bring the same curious-minded approach to illustration as I do to design.  So when I was asked to run a Zoom workshop on flower drawing for East End WI, we found ourselves looking at – well – looking! Drawing a flower is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with it and … Read More

Business unusual

Well, this is weird. Workspace swapped for work-from-home, deserted streets, food shortages, heightened spatial awareness… But designers are adaptable creatures. Agile thinking is part of what we do. We have ideas, we brainstorm, explore alternatives, test, adapt and refine. We spend a lot of time asking the question, “Why?” – but … Read More

Kochi Design Week

Discussion, collaboration and ideas in Kerala… Working with NGOs and educators, I’ve cropped countless pictures of India – but speaking at Kochi Design Week has been my first visit. It’s been a mind-expanding few days of discussion, collaboration and ideas across a wide range of creative disciplines. I’ve joined a panel … Read More

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