Love these photographs of scribbling put to subtly subversive use by Polly Brown in her brilliant photographic series for Another Magazine: beautifully shot felt-tip pen parodies of luxury logos drawn onto a variety of garments & accessories. Well worth a look at the whole lot at www.anothermag.com

You may or may not be aware that today is World Stationery Day, and whilst I don’t usually hold with the contemporary proliferation of World Suchandsuch Days, anything established to encourage correspondence and the importance of the handwritten word finds favour with Scribble & Daub. In celebration of all things stationery, until Midnight tonight (Wednesday 26th April) you can use this special code WRITINGMATTERS to receive 15% off your entire order of hand-painted cards (and as always, UK shipping is free of charge)

Click here to visit Scribble & Daub’s shop…

If you want to send proper post then you need a proper pen. Even the most terrible handwriting can be redeemed with a good fountain pen. This is my personal favourite, the Kaweco ‘Classic Sport’, first designed in 1934 by German company Kaweco which was established in 1883. Originally produced in black and burgundy, it can now be purchased in a myriad of colours from neon pink to racing green and is available from the world’s greatest stationery shop (and Scribble & Daub stockist) Choosing Keeping for a very reasonable £20. If you want to make an even greater investment in your handwritten correspondence, they also sell an incredibly beautiful tortoishell number, handmade by Mr Ohnishi, a master craftsman in Japan – but that is a slightly greater test of your commitment at £145!

www.choosingkeeping.com

Join Scribble & Daub in celebrating the joy of proper post and the imperfect beauty of handwriting – send someone a card or a letter this week…

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

 

 

So-called on account of its’ clawlike seedpods, Birds-foot-trefoil (Lotus Corniculatus) has a cluster of flowers like little yellow slippers and grows freely here in our Sussex clay… #inthemeadow

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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

 

 

 

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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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

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…

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