This week I have been…

Drawing…

Magnolias for my dear friend Sam, who has a tree overlooking her kitchen window that explodes in a cloud of creamy white flowers every April and which she celebrates each year with a suitably extravagant party. Scribble & Daub has been charged with illustrating the invitations which will be sent out by the internet’s favourite postal service, Paperless Post. A perfect excuse for a party, and the perfect excuse for me to linger in awe over Ellsworth Kelly’s drawings of the aforementioned flowers before attempting some of my own…

Ellsworth Kelly, Magnolia from Suite of Plant Lithographs, 1966 MoMA Collection

Reading…

Andy Warhol’s Diaries – Warhol was a conscientious keeper of the marvellously mundane minutiae of his daily life (cab $2, books & magazines $5 etc.) and a merciless observer of the lives and loves of a litany of famous and fabulous friends in 1970s New York with whom he spent his days and nights. His diaries take you as close as you’re ever going to get to partying with Bianca Jagger at Studio 54, but are also an endearingly human chronicle of his creativity and  insecurity.

Image: Exhibition preview card which lives on the studio wall, from Andy Warhol: portraits & landscapes at Timothy Taylor Gallery, London in 2008

Watching…

 Inside Dior – facelifts and frocks, and the luminous Maria Grazia Chiuri in this documentary on Channel 4

Eating…

Jack Monroe’s Chickpea & Aubergine Curry – The Holy Grail of quick, nutritious, delicious – and most importantly – easy! Even I can manage to get a big pot of this bubbling away at some point during the day without taking away too much precious studio time and avoiding lastminute resort to yet another cheese on toast / fishfinger dinner when the kids come home clamouring for food… (nb. add an extra tin of tomatoes and you get a batch for the freezer)

Wearing…

MABLIDespite an unfortunate and persistent inability to knit, my clothing of choice for the children is almost always of the knitted variety, so I was very happy to come across MABLI this week, a new company founded by Lisa Roberts (previously a women’s knitwear designer) who has moved to the Brecon Beacons and turned her attention to small people, making things for them which are as practical (machine washable, unisex, generous sizing for a long life) as they are beautiful (gorgeous colours, witty Welsh references, cleverly unusual but classic designs)

www.mabli.co.uk

This week I have been…

Drawing…

Pink roses and orange poppies for a suite of letterpress printed and hand-painted wedding invitations for a relaxed and stylish wedding to be held at the architecturally significant Walsh Street House built in the 50s in Melbourne, Australia…

Reading…

Jinny Blom’s delicious new book The Thoughtful Gardener

Watching…

A beautiful film made by artist and designer Anthony Burrill about the very special print workshop where we both make our work, Adams of Rye

Eating…

 

Wild garlic season is here again! Every Thursday Cass and I go to Great Dixter’s incomparable toddler group and this week we took a trip into the woods, decorated with a fitted carpet of white wood anemones as far as the eye could see and full of gren spears of wild garlic leaces. We cooked flatbreads in a cast iron skillet, coating them in ripped up garlic leaves and melted butter. Indescribably delicious. Admittedly a bit tricky to replicate the campfire at home, but the flatbreads recipe was incredibly simple, here it is… http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/bread-recipes/easy-flatbreads/

Wearing…

Paloma Wool’s denim jumpsuit, a birthday present that generated much excitement and which somehow manages to make me feel at once like I am are wearing do-anything overalls and the slinkiest of dresses. That, to my mind, is genius! Based in Spain, everything is made locally using beautiful, organic and sustainable materials. Not many of each design are made, so you needs must be quick – I am already in mourning for the Betancor knitted dress I have missed… And if you enjoy a hand-drawn line as much as I do, see the airy silk shirts with elegantly simple paintings of figures and leaves…

www.palomawool.com

 

 

It’s all golden yellow daffodils, peeping violets and little lilac Cuckoo Smock in the meadow at the moment, pale and pretty and quite unlike the fiery orange nasturtiums which – now that I have just spent a sunny ten minutes poking their gnarled little seeds into random spots in the garden  – will hopefully appear later this summer..!

Scribble & Daub will be hand-painting and personalising Mother’s Day cards in-store at Liberty, London on Friday 24 March from 12.30pm

Happy New Year! Wishing Peace and Love to one and all in 2017…

If ever there were a year when love needed sending far and wide, recent events suggest this would be it, so I am delighted to announce that Scribble & Daub’s Valentine’s shop is now open. You will find lots of new designs, all beautifully letterpress printed and individually hand-painted. Many can be personalised with a name or the initials of your beloved entirely free of charge, and for an added frisson of traditional Valentine’s anonymity, feel free to make use of Cupid’s Bespoke Postal Service and have your Valentine hand-written and posted on your behalf…

Click here to visit the Valentine shop…

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Thanks so much to everyone who has supported Scribble & Daub this year as I have launched the new card collection, I’m deeply grateful to all my lovely customers, stockists, friends and family. Looking forward to sharing the adventures of 2017 with you, but for now, there’s a bottle of something cold and fizzy in the fridge, and reams of ribbon and rainbow-coloured tissue paper requiring my attention, not to mention some un-made mince pies! My Christmas present to myself is some undivided time in the real world and the studio, so I’ll see you back here some time in January… Until then, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Sparkling New Year! xxx

As a child I would spend hours poring over the Argos catalogue, meticulously folding down page-corners and making lists. Now the writing of my Christmas list is still at times a flight of fancy, but my sources are slightly more sophisticated. Dearest Santa, if you’re reading this, here’s what I would like to find under my tree this Christmas…

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Everyone’s favourite artist sums up what we’re all thinking – Jeremy Deller bumper sticker £5 from Studio Voltaire

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Five hundred Snakes Head Fritillary bulbs would get me some way towards filling the meadow with these strange chequered beauties next Spring – £16.50 per 100 from Shipton Bulbs

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Deep green leather forever boots from By Far Shoes – £289 (but think of the cost per wear!)

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Anything at all by Astier & Vilatte is entirely welcome here. This Mantes-La Jolie candle will have the added bonus of becoming the nicest place to keep my dip pens once it has finished filling the studio with delicious scent – £85 at Liberty

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Perfectly practical pouches by Hay from Home Institute – £19 for 3

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Effortless everyday Jane blouse by Doen $138

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And underneath it, anything from Araks’ beautiful array of bras!

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Andy in festive spirit. I never get tired of looking at his illustrations – Andy Warhol’s Ho Ho Ho book from £2.80 at Abebooks

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And lastly, should you be feeling extra specially generous F.C, The Granchester Pottery’s beautiful painting The Common Gardens of Hampstead from the brilliant CommonRoom if you please – £1,800 but worth every penny

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Have you finished all your Christmas shopping yet? No, I thought not, neither have I! Come along to The Conran Shop in Marylebone on Sunday where you can pick up some beautiful presents (I plan to!) and get a hand-drawn and personalised Christmas card to go with them for your nearest and dearest. A bespoke card costs £7.95 and I’ll be there making them from 12.30 til 4.30pm, it would be lovely to see you!

Scribble & Daub at The Conran Shop, Marylebone High Street (Bakerloo Tube)

Sunday 27 November, 12.30-4.30pm

Hand-drawn & personalised cards £7.95 each

 

 

 

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It would be fair to say that this week has been a rather grim one, but there has been one hopeful act of faith amidst the madness here at least. Wildflower seeds have been scattered in the meadow, a little later than ideal (that would be early Autumn before the first frosts creep in) and within each and every tiny little speck, the magical possibility of flowers for us and food for the bees and butterflies next year, the latter of which have been noticeably and alarmingly absent this summer. So, if the elements align and allow, there should be a few new residents here in the years to come: Devil’s Bit Scabious, Betony, Lady’s Bedstraw, Ragged Robin, Wild Angelica, Cowslip, Meadow Cranesbill, and, if we’re very lucky, that most alluring and illusive of plants – the orchid (Common Spotted in our case). And if they do deign to put in an appearance, one of their well-established local neighbours will be Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra). Common it may be, but its’ fluffy purple flowers are no less beautiful for it.

www.wildseed.co.uk

#inthemeadow

The first year in the meadow we had clouds of cow parsley towering above the grasses and flowers below and it was incredibly beautiful. I don’t know what we did to offend them, but they have never returned! I did however find this delicate and diminutive relative cowering in a corner of the meadow just before we cut it all down. It’s another mystery meadow resident, besides assuming it belongs to the umbellifers, I’ve no idea what it is properly called… #inthemeadow