The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design ABSPD

Make it in Design Winter School 2017

So this year was the first year that Make it in Design ran their Winter School. It follows the same format as Summer School. There’s 3 tracks: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. It runs over 4 weeks and you get 2 briefs based on a trend report from WGSN, and 2 fun challenges (per track.) I decided… Continue reading Make it in Design Winter School 2017

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design ABSPD

Make it in Design Summer School 2016 and Pattern Bombing Paris

This year I participated in the Make it in Design Summer School 2016. For those of you who have never hear of Make it in Design, it is a website running a series of Surface Pattern Design courses created by a team headed by successful designer and entrepreneur Rachel Taylor. If you’ve never heard of… Continue reading Make it in Design Summer School 2016 and Pattern Bombing Paris

Designers

Harrogate Home and Gift Buyer’s Festival 2016

This year I went along to the Harrogate Home and Gift Buyer’s Festival to get a look at some of the products, chat to designers, and get a feel for a trade show. It was a beautiful day with hundreds of great designers and products. I am always drawn to a particular style and I thought… Continue reading Harrogate Home and Gift Buyer’s Festival 2016

Children's Picture Books · Guest post

The Best Apps and Gadgets for Children Who Love Picture Books

Picture books have long inspired squeals of delight and gleeful smiles from young children, who find themselves absorbed in the colors and story. When I was little, the newly released electronic versions—whose buttons provided exciting sounds and tunes to accompany each page—were a world of magic. Today, the children of the iPad and smartphone generation… Continue reading The Best Apps and Gadgets for Children Who Love Picture Books

My Review - Kid's books

Ruth Reviews The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers

Blurb: “William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared,… Continue reading Ruth Reviews The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers

Children's Picture Books · My Review - Kid's books

Value Kid’s Books – The Crow’s Tale & The Bear and the Piano

I picked both of these paperbacks up from Waterstones for £6.99 each. The Crow’s Tale by Naomi Howarth. The beautiful vibrant colour attracted my eye immediately. The story is completely intriguing with a fable feel. At first I thought it was a retelling of the Icarus fable but the twist at the end was a… Continue reading Value Kid’s Books – The Crow’s Tale & The Bear and the Piano