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A Meeting at the Publishers

Thursday, 24 April 2014
Last week I went to a meeting at Art Angel Cards in Norwich . It was really instreresting hearing what they had to say about art and channeling it for cards / gift wrap and postcards. They have loads of amazing artists which they work with and I felt really honoured that they let me in for the meeting. The majority of their artists are printmakers with some painters and illustrators. I particularly liked Emily Suttons work especially her new collection they have available on their website.
 They are a lovely company run by Chris and Judy from the centre of Norwich. They offer internships to illustration and design for publishing students which is really useful to know. You can find their cards in a range of places throughout the country so if your visiting Liberty of London or Foyles keep your eyes peeled.

To view their cards please visit their website :
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Michael Angove

I was recently shopping in the department store Jarrolds of Norwich. When I cam across the new Jo Malone products not only did I fall in love with the new scents but the gorgeous illustrations on the packaging.
So I came home and looked up Michael Angrove the artist who created these amazing designs. He is definitely inspiring my textile project. Predominately a gardener his designs are detailed florals which use a fresh clean colour pallet. Having worked in fashion for big name brands such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Hugo Boss he now creates his own wallpapers and bespoke projects from his home in Wiltshire. He has a really inspiring and gorgeous website .

I want to take his detailed technique and clean line with a considered colour pallet into my own work. His work oozes quality and passion rather than a mass produced feel . Making it feel even more unique. These are all qualities I want to emulate into my own practice.

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Mint Velvet. My New Fashion Obsession

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Liz , Lisa and Jane set up Mint Velvet in 2009 having spent 15 years in the fashion industry. They wanted to create fashion forward pieces with the every day working women in mind creating pieces to suit a lifestyle as well as style.
Their clothing range is classic and timeless as they create style as apposed to a 'fashion' ( fashion fades style doesn't ). The use of quality fabrics is evident throughout the brand and the quality shows in the garments themselves.
I have recently fell in love with the brand and the pieces I own are becoming my wardrobe staples. I have even created a small wish list for when my mum comes to visit so that we can go into Norwich and treat ourselves to a few transitional pieces for spring/summer.
At the moment Mint Velvet have a sale and the prices are amazing for the quality of clothing.
You can purchase MV at : and
They are also stocked at most John Lewis stores and House of Fraser.

Above I am wearing the Jacquard Knit Sweat which is in the sale for £55

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Feeling a bit Pink

Monday, 7 April 2014

Tonight I sat and flicked through loads of interiors magazines to gather inspiration for my project. I want to work with something bright as I feel it will contrast nicely against my delicate drawings. I found loads of gorgeous print/colour/pattern in this months issue of Good Homes, and for £2.99 it's a bargain for all that inspiration.
I'm putting together a couple of boards to focus on throughout my project focusing on imagery and colour. I will upload these when they are done !
But for now I am going to keep flicking and absorb all the colours and pattern.

I'm also loving Fentimans bottled drinks not only do they look cute they taste so good. So far this Rose Lemonade is my favourite. It tastes like a fresh rose garden with a sweet kick and is so moreish. I end up getting through them like water. Purchased at Waitrose for only 95p!

Pensthorpe and Wildlife Nature Reserve - Wild Flowers for my Textile Project

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Pensthorpe is a nature reserve near Fakenham in Norfolk. It has loads of amazing birds and ducks as well as a huge selection of wild flowers. Since my project is on wildflowers I went there to get some photographs to work from. Unfortunately the wildflower meadow was pretty bleak at this time of year so I was slightly limited with what I could capture. I am definitely going to return in the summer when more flowers are out.
However the shots I got are lovely and give me enough imagery to work from teamed along side my images from magazine/books/ internet sources.
I feel this week I have been really slow on doing my sketchbook work. I am really doubting my ability in textiles and it's getting me a bit down. Hopefully I will feel a bit more inspired this week.

Byfords Holt

My favourite deli/restaurant in the whole of Norfolk has to be Byfords they do the best cream teas! But unfortunately they were out of scones by the time we arrived but never mind pretty much everything else is so totally delicious it wasn't much of an issue.
Byfords is situated in Holt amongst all the boutiques and a perfect spot for breakfast,lunch, dinner or a luxury cake/treat.
My boyfriend and I went for the sharing Anti Pasti board which was £12.50 and really good grazing snack for two. The portion was just right. It consisted of roasted Mediterranean vegetables, chunky chips,falafel, salad , olives sun dried tomatoes and haloumi cheese. With a side portion of their toasted bread.
Byfords also offer a bed and breakfast with "posh rooms" and they look gorgeous . I really want to stay and eat so much cake I can't move and fall into a cake coma. The prices vary depending on time of visit and are done on a nightly fee with a minimum of a 2 night stay.
Adjacent to the restaurant is their shop full of freshly baked goods and savoury pastries it's almost criminal to leave without picking a few for the drive home.

Open 7 days a week
Cafe/Restaurant : 8am - 11pm
Store : 8am - 8:30pm

Tel : 01263 711400