I am trying to use the photo I took in Broadstairs of the man standing on the pier in my work, this is where I am at right now so it is still work in progress but there's just something about that photo that I really like. Next week I will start working on a songbook for children that I am quite excited about, I have never illustrated a book before.
I am back from Paris with a bag filled with smelly French cheese and swollen feet after being blown away at Paris Design Week and falling in love with the city's boulevards. I have been working at the International Design fair Maison together with a British designer that I work part-time for that was exhibiting at the expo. It was any design interested persons Mecca; 9 massive halls with home accessories, textiles, bedding, furniture, lighting, stationary, ceramics, you name it - it was all there.
After drooling over Flux Stoke-on-trent's porcelain for a week my boss gave me this lovely little espresso cup from their collection called Zoo, designed by Rebecca Hogg. I also met the lovely Donna Wilson and saw some of her new creations and was very close to bringing home Big Ted, but someone else got him before me. I did not bring my camera as it is very big and I was afraid of loosing it, but I harassed one of my colleagues on a daily basis as she had one, so I might have some pics to show you soon.
Now it's time for tea and the to-do-list. And some amazing French brie.
I escaped from my duties and the rescue-my-computer-project yesterday and went to the coast instead. I grew up very close to nature and normally I go to Sweden for 2-4 weeks every summer and make sure that during at-least one of them I sit on a cliff by the ocean and endlessly look at the waves or is to be found some where in a forest where I sit and stare at trees. Nah, not really... but almost. But this summer I have been in London and now I had reached my limit and needed some nature. I dragged my boyfriend on a train and off we went to Broadstairs. It was my holiday 2011 and my phone was completely with it and stopped working and claimed that I was in Belgium and it did feel like I was in a different country. It was frightening to see how healthy people looked in Broadstairs and how grey and shining white and sick we Londoners looked. While thinking about how living in London affects my health I covered my shining white body in sun-block 30 and started my holiday at the centre off Broadstairs which looked like this, like Mallorca or something, then we followed the coast up to Kingsgate Bay which was exactly the kind of place my Scandinavian soul needed. I will definitely go here again.
Here are some more images from yesterdays stroll. I am not looking forward to this weekend as I need to sort out my computer... nothing is working any more. I have been in my little illustration bubble and not thought about the years that passed since I updated anything and now my system is so old that I can't even find versions to run on it any more. Time to head to the Mac store and get updated.
Today I enjoyed one of the perks of being self employed and not having paid holiday, sick pay etc - freedom! The sun was shining and it felt like a real summer day so I took two hours off and had a look at Spitafields market and at 3PM I sat down on a sunny roof terrace with a pint in my hand and thought that actually, life is pretty damn good. Here are some images from Spitafields vintage market in east London where I live and if any other Londoners read this I can recommend the Pub Red Lion and their roof terrace.
Oh, how I always wanted a boxing rabbit to put in my living room...
If any of my sisters read this then you can start betting on which one of you that will get this lovely stuffed boxing rabbit for Christmas :)
I asked this dog if he wanted to come home and stay with me. He said No.