Friday, 28 January 2011

New things from Sanna Annuka

Sanna Annuka has made this new screenprint called 'Mummola' ( Finnish for 'Grandma's House'). I think it's just the bees knees. I'm a big fan of Scandinavian kitchen ware, especially Finel enamel, so this print is just up my street!

Sanna has also just launched these new candlesticks, made from printed wood. Is it me, or do they look abit like an owl? Everything looks a bit like an owl to me though...

Monday, 24 January 2011


My other half, Simon, has made a fabulous album of cover versions over the course of 2010. Each month, he recorded a new song, a version of one of his favourite eighties songs. In December he released the whole lot on 'Where It's at is Where You Are' records. As an extra bonus, he got his 'in-house designer' to make some hand printed beermats to inside the deluxe versions!

The album is called 'Respect', you can get your hands on one here, and read more about 'Respect' here. The album costs £5 with a basic sleeve, or £11 for the deluxe version with original prints.

Friday, 21 January 2011

My New Best Friend

Meet Stan.

He came to live with us on Sunday, and has been busy making himself at home. It's been a fun week, we've learned that Stan loves cheese, isn't keen on apples, likes barking at squirrels, is freaked out by shadows and would prefer to sleep on our bed (NOT ALLOWED!)

Stan came from The Dog's Trust in Evesham. I was really impressed with all they do to help you re-home your new pet. We attended a talk about training and general advice, and you are given all kinds of bits and pieces to help your new pal settle in. Full marks.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Unit 12 'Wonderland' Exhibition

I was recently asked by Jennifer Collier to take part in the 'Wonderland' exhibition, at Unit 12. Jen set up this gallery and workshop space last year, in a converted cow shed . It's a great location, out in rural Staffordshire- and has an engaging programme of workshops and exhibitions run by Jen and other artists and makers.

Jennifer herself makes beautiful pieces, inspired by shoes and clothing and recycled materials. Her work is usually on show at the Unit.

I'm in awe of what Jen has achieved here at Unit 12. The programme of shows and workshops for 2011 is an absolute corker! It really is worth a visit. We had a great day at the 'Wonderland' opening, we even made some pop-up paper houses!

Unit 12 is open from Thurs-Sat, 10-4. This show runs until Feb 26th- you can find Unit 12 at Tixall Heath Farm, Tixall, Stafford, ST18 0XX

Tuesday, 11 January 2011