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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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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The art (and politics) of laundry

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I’ve used Flickr a lot less since Pinterest came along, but it’s worth remembering that in addition to photos, Flickr is home to some incredible archives. I recently came across the Boston Public Library photostream which contains scans of the most amazing historical artwork, ephemera, advertising posters and photography. You can spend hours getting lost… 

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Print & Pattern

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I don’t think I’ve ever grown out of that ‘back to school’ feeling so I usually try and sign up to an evening class at this time of year to keep my brain cells ticking over and my creativity alive as the nights draw in. This year I’m doing a beginner’s class in silkscreen printing… 

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Write more handwritten letters

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Remember the sentiment of this Pinterest A-Z post? Last week I came across this appropriate print by Mary Kate McDevitt and have really enjoyed browsing her work. She’s one designer who definitely practices what she preaches! I’ve always enjoyed messing around with my handwriting… adding my own little loops and twirls to the regulation joined-up… 

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Intricate illustrations by Claire Scully

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I have a habit of leaving my computer logged into Decorator’s Notebook so I usually miss the thumbnail links on the WordPress Freshly Pressed page. Today though, my laptop took it upon itself to log me out of it’s own accord… fortuitously as it happened as I discovered these. One click took me to The… 

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