Meet the maker: Merrick Angle (aka Double Merrick)

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It was a strange set of coincidences that first led me to discover the work of Merrick Angle, a British born illustrator living and working in a renovated farmhouse in France. Several years later, when Joe and I were choosing designers to work with on products for Decorator’s Notebook, I knew straight away that Merrick… 

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Down to earth drawing by artist Natasha Clutterbuck

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While at Yeo Valley this summer I picked up a leaflet advertisting workshops run by Somerset artist Natasha Clutterbuck, who uses charcoal, mud, rocks and tea to create fantastically expressive drawings of just-picked vegetables. I loved the idea of trying my hand at a natural pigment drawing of my own but was sadly too slow… 

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If I was a cool kid…

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In my youth my bedroom walls were plastered in posters of the Backstreet Boys painstakingly extracted from Smash Hits magazine. I was not a cool kid. If I was, I might have had these… {Justin Helton / Status Serigraph} They’re all designed by Justin Helton, a graphic designer based in Knoxville, Tennessee who blends illustration… 

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Getting creative at Art in Action

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This weekend I spent a brilliant two days exploring Art in Action, an annual festival of art and crafts in the grounds of Waterperry House near Oxford. Artists were there demonstrating everything from oil painting and printmaking to pottery and metalwork – plus we signed up for a couple of practical classes to try our… 

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Trying my hand at pottery at West Dean College

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I love ceramics and always enjoy having a go at new crafts, so when my friend Amy suggested we try our hand at pottery, I agreed straight away. We decided to make a weekend of it and signed up for the throwing pots taster day at the beautiful West Dean College near Chichester. After a… 

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52 Forms of Funghi (aka: a year of knitted mushrooms)

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There’s only one thing I like more than a good photo project. And that’s a knitted photo project! Fibre artist Leigh Martin from Oklahoma is on a mission to yarn bomb trees with knitted mushrooms. One species every week for a year. Brilliant right!? {Bromeleighad via The Jealous Curator} I’m definitely going to be following… 

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Time for the picture round… a quiz!

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I have a reputation amongst my friends and family for being the least competitive individual on the planet. They’re nearly right, except I love a quiz! So I’m kicking off the week with a little treat for you (well ok, me). Litographs make lovely posters where the design is made up from the complete text… 

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New builds on the bloc

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Those clever girls at My Friend’s House have a fantastic nose for quirky design, like these diminutive skyscrapers popping up on the streets of Berlin.   {Photographs Evol / Yatzer via My Friend’s House} Street artist Evol uses detailed stencils to turn drab city structures like telephone junction boxes, bins and concrete blocks into miniature… 

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