A visit to Casa Azul part I: Frida Kalho’s studio

A visit to Casa Azul part I: Frida Kalho’s studio

One of the main highlights of my recent visit to Mexico city was spending a whole afternoon wandering round Casa Azul, the building in Coyoacán where Frida Kalho was born and and lived until her death at 47. Frida’s extraordinary life is captured within the...
Dulwich Open House

Dulwich Open House

It’s that time of the year again… Over 100 artists in and around Dulwich will be opening their doors to the public on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May between 11 am and 6 pm I am delighted to be part of a curated group show at the intriguingly named Zora Arkus...
Streetart inspiration

Streetart inspiration

I love the way street art adds colour to the city – you turn round a corner and suddenly there’s a giant bird, a face, or even a wave inspired by a 19th century Japanese wood block print . Yesterday I came across Camberwell’s Hokusai Wave, a...
When it’s grey outside…

When it’s grey outside…

… I add colour inside, and as my kitchen is the first place I go to every morning, it needs to be particularly bright. A combination of  “The driving lesson” on the main wall, cupboards with turquoise doors and a table cover with a profusion of red...
Maximalist

Maximalist

I love pattern, as those of you familiar with my work may have noticed. Recently I have been playing with decoupage, and used this technique to add a touch of colour to a couple of chairs I found in a skip some years ago. I think they fit in well with...
Oh we do love to be beside the seaside

Oh we do love to be beside the seaside

A short while ago I visited the Turner Contemporary for the first time – a stunning interior full of art and flooded with coastal light. It’s the perfect setting for “Atmosphere”, the Edmund de Waal exhibition which runs until February...
What’s inside your head?

What’s inside your head?

I often use images of phrenology heads in my work so I was delighted to discover this rather fabulous one at an exhibition called  “An idiosyncratic A to Z of the human condition”,  on at the Wellcome Collection until 12 October and well worth seeing. Many...
Touched by magic

Touched by magic

I spent a couple of enchanting hours at the workshop-cum-showroom of talented designer Celedonio Lohidoy on a recent visit to Argentina. Everything Celedonio makes is touched by magic, and this magic is transferred to whoever is lucky enough to wear one of his...
Lady of the night

Lady of the night

A short while ago I was greeted by a Jersey Tiger moth on my front door. I was captivated by its black and white pattern so took a couple of quick photos before turning the key and going in…  A couple of days later, this beautiful moth had found its way into a...
An old suitcase

An old suitcase

I found the suitcase of my dreams some weeks ago – not the perfect suitcase to take on holiday somewhere fancy, you understand, but the one I’d seen in my mind’s eye to display my jewellery mixed together with some of the things that inspire my work....