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Everything is just part of a process

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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about goals – maybe it’s the winter approaching and my need for status that has brought this on – who knows. The need for goals, measurable targets, end destinations to plan my journeys both in life and my creative work, is a theme for me. I don’t know how […]

Why reinvent the wheel?

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When I’m about to start a new project, one that requires new designs, I’m often hit by doubts. Not in my ability as a designer-maker, but more in terms of ‘Who needs another _____?’ Haven’t we got enough spoons, bowls, bags, belts, jewellery, mugs, scarf’s, hats, clothes, shoes, you name it already? And how would […]

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A Makers Guidebook to Full-time Success

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I’m guessing you’re here because you have a passion for making beautiful, functional things, and you want to make that passion your full-time income. But you just don’t know quite how to get from A to B. A being creative, making your beautiful work, B turning it into the full-time business. Actually you might think […]

When attention to detail becomes an obsession

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I want to start today’s post with a quote I have found very useful lately. ‘Don’t let perfection become procrastination.’ Danielle LaPorte A natural part of getting more and more skilled at a craft or art form is that you become better at spotting the ‘mistakes’. Your eye gets trained in seeing the parts where […]

Design thinking is your strongest business tool

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If you know what you own design foundation, principle or truth is, then knowing the why’s, how’s and what’s of your business will be a lot easier. One of the main reasons I chose to go to college, rather than becoming an apprentice, when I started training to become a designer-maker, was because I not […]

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Discovering a different design parameter

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I consider myself quite a confident designer. But I’ve found that changing industry has introduced me to a design parameter I’ve never used before – putting me in a in a slightly new and insecure place. It’s now two weeks since I started my new job as a cake designer & baker at a local […]

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You’re invited behind the scenes of my Collect 2012

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Today I’m going to take you behind the scenes of my business, and show you one of my strongest marketing tools. On Friday May 11th Collect, the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, opened to the public. It’s the most prestigious fair for contemporary craft in the UK, and dare I say Europe. For that I’ve […]

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Why it’s important you design

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I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about if the designs and pieces you’re creating makes a difference? I do from time to time. I sometimes take myself in comparing the importance of what I’m doing, to …. say a doctor! Ever been there? I can’t recommend going there – at all! It’s not a healthy […]