Sunday, 26 September 2010

Maps and stuff

You may have noticed I have a thing for maps. Well here are some more maps by artist Louis Dourado. Very nice! 

There are some other brilliant bits on his site too, the 'into space' collection is my fave.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Culture vulture!

I managed to get down to Origin craft fair in Old Spitalfields market on Thursday. Here are my favourite exhibitors...

The theme seems to be pins!

Debbie Smyth is a textile artist who uses just pins and cotton thread to create these unique pieces. It seems to be quite labour intensive but the final product is delightful.

I've got a thing for old maps so Claire Brewster's work caught my eye. She uses vintage maps and atlases taking inspiration from nature she cuts out lovely birds and flowers. Paper Heart approves.

I fell in love with these butterfly cut outs, Rebecca J Coles creates 3D shapes out of discarded paper to form this unique artwork. This piece was cut from a vintage comic book, so intricate and time consuming!

Here is my pal Teresa's stall. She had some delicious new tea towels on display.

More pins! These were interactive pieces consisting of balls on pins that you could play with. I love the colours in the first one.

I also popped over to London Tent in the Old Trewman Brewery but wasn't especially inspired by any of the stands apart from London time piece, they sell unique one of clocks, lovely lovely...

Friday, 17 September 2010

I like your tache

Paper Heart will soon be bringing out a 2011 Moustache calendar!! I've been trawling the web for inspiration, its amazing what you can make with a moustache...

In order from top left: Moustache envy kitMoustache salt & pepper shakerMoustache wine glassesMoustache handkerchiefMoustache stamp setI like my moustache necklace, Moustache lights and Moustache pencil set

Now I really Must Dash!

Thursday, 16 September 2010


I'm sure everyone must have seen Anthony Burrill's 'Work Hard' print at some point. Check out his other prints too with their thick bold type, so simple yet so effective. Buy them here.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010


I'm definitely going to be checking out the origin crafts fair next weekend in Old Spitalfield's market. 

I went a couple of years ago and it was very inspiring. There are over 220 exhibitors, all independent and brilliant in their fields. I'll be stopping by to see a friend Teresa Green who has been printing on natural materials in her studio since 2001.Check out some of my favourites (all available to purchase on her website).

Thursday, 9 September 2010


Yesterday was alot of fun. I spent the day learning letterpress at Harrington & Squires. Chrissie and Vicky the founders were great and really inspired me to buy my own press.

There were drawers and drawers of lead type...

I decided to design and print some business cards to promote this very blog...
I learned how to set my type in a composing stick...
 How to put my type into a chase...

And printed on an Adana 8 x 5

The finished product!

My lovely friend Lizzie made some beautiful rose, violet and hibiscus notecards using wooden and lead type...