Circular snacks

Bake crisps from Oddbox veg. Make kitchen ink (onion skin, carrot, turmeric and paprika, tea). Pay a visit to Fibrelab, who are making paper from hospitality waste. Draw odd veg crisps with kitchen ink on paper made from towels. Why? Well, it’s for the latest episode of Studio Snack, the … Read More

Colour chemistry

The point of playtime… Away from my desk, I grow things, I draw things growing – and sometimes I join it up, turning growing things into things to draw with. I’ve saved petals from French marigold dead-headings. For a while, I’ve been using the basic method of hot water and salt … Read More

Coming up: roses

My lockdown project turned blog has sprouted a collection. Dispatches from a Small World reports from my urban garden in sketches. There have been forays into garments and cards. But there are enough sketches now to find themes for products. Hello roses! A classic, you would think – but approached … Read More

The value of the unexpected

The mechanics of the design process are often set out as diagrams – templates offering a route to creativity. They’re useful in explaining how things work. But they miss out one crucial thing – the bit where the magic is. The unexpected. Learning to be open, to let things go wrong … Read More

Kitchen ink

Adventures in natural colour… It all started when Cordwainers Dye wanted to join in with an activity I had designed for East End WI joining up drawing with embroidery. In turn, I took part in their bundle-dyeing workshop. And so, a conversation started about colour. Experiments with natural inks are … Read More