Inspired by the scent of spring in the air and the happy find of a ready made-up Alex plans chest in the bargain corner of Ikea, I set about sorting out my studio this week. Scruffy cardboard boxes and yoghurt cartons are banned. Screen printing inks now in storage jars from Poundstretcher (£5.00 for 3, bargain!) postcards and pigments into Ikea kitchen drawer boxes, squeegees into Ikea washing up bowl, pencils into mugs from the poundshop, hippo rubber from Tiger and vintage sketchbook from Spain.
Yesterday was World Poetry Day. I am ashamed to say I tend to buy poetry books on the basis of how pretty the cover is but I gave this one to my husband in an uncharacteristic romantic gesture on our wedding anniversary. I can't pretend I understand what it's all about but they are very beautiful and I rather like this one about a flea.
Falconware has gone the way of stripy butchers string. Funny how all of a sudden the most humble object can be everywhere. No lad-style TV cooking programme or cool new cafe is complete without people slurping soup or eating honest burgers from this ubiquitous blue and white enamelware. Raid your gran's cupboard or find it cheap at your local scruffy high street bucket shop. Or buy a boxed set here for £54.99 (!!!!)
Frank, home of lovely things by sea. Landmark cooling towers across Pegwell Bay seconds before they were demolished on Sunday morning (quite an eerie sight, although this picture doesn't show it, thousands turned out to watch). And another vintage Pengiun poetry book with beautiful textural cover.
Lovespoons cushion and print available here.