• Greenery

    ‘Greenery’ are the hills of Natal

    Our holiday in KwaZulu Natal was a feast of lush green hues.

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  • Reflection

    Skinnylaminxenstein: on REFLECTION

    A great place to start a new year is by reflection on what’s gone before. Here’s our 2016 year in review:

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  • House & Leisure Lisbon Article Web

    In the Press: Lisbon article in House & Leisure

    While in Lisbon, teaching pattern and printing, Heather wrote a travel article for the December issue of House & Leisure magazine.

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  • Jaipur

    A Making Friday in Jaipur

    The last time I was block printing in Jaipur, I had a brainwave…

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  • Week Lisbon Tiles

    In the Shop: Lisboa Tile Packs

    Earlier this year, I was immersed in Lisbon tiles when I visited that city with Ace Camps. While teaching my group of students about pattern and tile, I developed packs of paper tiles for my students to play with, giving them hands-on fun with figuring out all the many, many layouts that a single motif could …

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  • Parque

    Lisbon Subway tiles: 2 of 4 – Linha Azul

    Part II of a post related to a self-guided tour of the Lisbon metro that I took in June 2016, hunting down metro stations with tiles by Maria Keil. Read more here. The BLUE LINE starts with Santa Apolonia (which you’ll recognise from the Maria Keil portrait at the start of this post), running up to Avenida, and ending with …

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  • Maria Keil Tiles Lisbon Subway

    Lisbon Subway tiles: 1 of 4

    While in Lisbon in June, I spent one hot, hot day doing something very, very cool: I spent the entire day underground, zooming around the metro system, looking for tiles by Maria Keil. I’ve written about this artist before on this blog, and this subterranean pilgrimage was something firmly on my Lisbon agenda, even though …

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  • Home Cushions

    Friends & Neighbours: Lindell & Co

    The one thing that really stopped my heart at Maison et Objet was the Lindell & Co stand, just around the corner from ours in Hall 1. There, I spied the most amazing embroidered cushions in unspeakably lovely colours, and when I spotted the self-same cushions in Florence Lopez’ apartment in both Milk Decoration AND …

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  • Maison Et Objet Skinny Laminx

    Best Things: Businesses from Maison

    This was the Skinny laMinx stand in Hall 1 at Maison & Objet. These trade show stands never photograph well, but I assure you that in real life, it was a beaut, with colours that caught the eye, which really is of the essence at a monster of a show like Maison. I had a bit …

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