Black and White


It’s Sunday and I spent the  morning in the garden with the rest of the Community Crew getting ready for the Autumn planting. I’s a gorgeous day – sun shining, breeze blowing, big blue sky. But I couldn’t wait to get home to start another design challenge – this time set by The challenge is to design wrapping paper or gift cards for the Marks and Spencer Customer and to only use black and white.


To create this collection I used a range of blocks that I have cut out of  waste material that I scrounged from Reverse Art Truck. It’s perfect as it has one side that is adhesive and it sticks well to the various sized blocks that I have picked up about the place. I also use all sort of things I find around the house to create patterns and can spend hours stamping onto paper. Here is one of  blocks I used for the prints above and below. 

Noughtsandcrosses             allover            smallstripeything

Winter Berries

It has been too long between creative breaks. I am now in the very fortunate position of being able to take some time out from  my full time job. I am taking this opportunity to  return to painting, drawing and manipulating imagery using Photoshop and Illustrator and  to reflect on textile design practice and teaching.

I have also made time to join the Moreland Community Garden, which has enabled me to fullfil  a dream of having a decent space in which to have a garden (but also all the enormous benefits of sharing and meeting new people) . I am also a volunteer  with the  Tree Project  which again is helping me fulfill my desire to grow things.  And will most likely squeeze some travel into this short space of time.  I am so happy to be able to mix all these passions together and see what comes out the other end.

So, for my first post. I picked these berries on the way to the garden last week.

Here is one of my first sketches… Winter Berries

A sketch using gouache and watercolour

A sketch using gouache and watercolour