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Food for thought

Design and illustration are often portrayed as desk work, and good service as being available on-demand. So in what’s both Creativity and Wellbeing Week and Mental Health Awareness Week, I’ve been thinking about the value of a screen break. The best design tutors I’ve taught with have a lot to … Read More

Side project, core skills

A side project of a side project… My Teemill store has line illustrations on organic cotton garments and tote bags. It sprang from Dispatches from a Small World, my three-year project reporting from my urban garden in sketches. I’ve learned a lot from this foray into retail, at the design … Read More

Illustrating a scone with ambition

Studio Snack is a five minute food podcast about design. A collaborative project with fellow designer and neighbour Narcis Sauleda, it’s a creative playground of research, experimentation and ideas. Each episode has some nerdery, an experiment and what it all tells us about our design practice. This month, for the … Read More

Getting our heads into a brainstorm

I was looking for a milliners’ head, a prop for a brainstorm. The only ones I could find were proper grown-up milliners’ equipment, which is, quite rightly, expensive because it’s beautifully made, or plastic. So I invented a flatpack one that could slot together and made some out of waste … Read More

Activity in a bag

For arts and crafts volunteering over the festive season, I had designed an activity that involved both – decorating a sketchbook and drawing in it. The paper and board were waste, from the Yodomo Circular Hub in Hackney. I like waste for workshops – it’s a good thing environmentally and it takes away … Read More

The story of the Christmas sketchwalk

This year, by way of a Christmas greeting, I decided to sketch London places with Christmassy names and make them into a little book. The project turned out to be more complex, and more interesting, than I’d thought… The sketchwalk is made of several smaller sketchwalks, after meetings, between errands … Read More

Turning up

For Bowen Craggs & Co, a pair of video backdrops. A surprising amount of work goes in to making something simple, for seated and standing use (Enthusiastic arm-waving in a test video, anyone?) that also works when the room is in use as an office and meets a range of … Read More

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