A visit to Casa Azul part I: Frida Kalho’s studio

A visit to Casa Azul part I: Frida Kalho’s studio

One of the main highlights of my recent visit to Mexico city was spending a whole afternoon wandering round Casa Azul, the building in Coyoacán where Frida Kalho was born and and lived until her death at 47. Frida’s extraordinary life is captured within the...
Collecting images – still life

Collecting images – still life

This is a mostly visual post, where I just want to share some images with you. I recently spent a few days in a very beautiful country house, and was captivated by some of the objects found in and around different rooms, as I felt these reflected the stillness of the...
Spotlight interview on Gift Shop Hub

Spotlight interview on Gift Shop Hub

One of my intentions for the year is to gain more exposure for my work, so I was very pleased that before January was even over I had been featured by a lovely independent blog that offers resources for independent shops, small businesses and artists. You can read my...
Shoe decoupage: an advanced tutorial

Shoe decoupage: an advanced tutorial

In this post I will show you how to transform a plain pair of shoes into your own unique creation using just paint, paper and glue. Shoe decoupage is an advanced technique and this project will take you 4-6 hours. Tools and materials: An old pair of shoes: leather or...
A few pages from my sketchbooks

A few pages from my sketchbooks

My sketchbooks are where I play and try out ideas that may later find their way into my work. I often refer back to them no matter how long ago they were completed, and always find some inspiration – or even surprises and insights. The pages you can see here...
On the sources and uses of inspiration

On the sources and uses of inspiration

I am often asked how I use my inspiration. This partly depends where I am or what time of the day it is – I often get flashes of inspiration just as I’m about to fall asleep, or in my dreams! When that happens, I know I’ll remember them when I wake up and...
Camberwell Open Studios

Camberwell Open Studios

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December seven collective studios in West Camberwell will be opening their doors to to art lovers, collectors and gift seekers. Here at 6 Empress Mews, my studio and home since last year, you will find new jewellery, decoupaged glass...
Cecile Jeffrey and friends: Open House Sale

Cecile Jeffrey and friends: Open House Sale

My friend Cecile Jeffrey, knitwear designer extraordinaire, is celebrating her 30 years in the fashion business with a 30% Open House Sale on 28 and 29 October. I am delighted to have been invited to join her in this event, where I will also have big savings to share...
My life in nine objects: part III

My life in nine objects: part III

This is my third and final post about prized objects: the ones I couldn’t live without and would want to save from a fire. It was quite difficult to choose these three knowing they were the last ones; I kept telling myself they are just the last ones for...