etsy and new blog (kind of)

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hello! i have two things to talk about today.

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my etsy shop is back! over the weekend i did try and set up my own shop via various sources but it was too much of a headache, and so i settled back with etsy. you can still buy prints, iphone cases, tshirts etc via my society6 shop, but the etsy will be more for original pieces and other handmade things in the very near future. i’ll be adding more collages over the next few days, so remember to keep checking back. i may do limited edition prints at some point, but right now i don’t have the funds for that. all the more reason to buy or commission an original piece! if you want to talk about anything else in regards to purchasing work, or just want to ask me something, feel free to email me here.
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cardboardcities colour love: red

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i love colour. i love it a lot. i love monochrome too, and even better with tiny bursts of colour, like the home of kerry layton aka seventy tree. her instagram is wonderful too, always love seeing her photos. she has a home wares range coming out soon which i am super excited to see.

i thought i’d do a weekly post, and will start with red, go through to violet/purple, then after that have a look at black, white, and every colour inbetween. this whole thing gives me the perfect excuse to trawl the internet for amazing products, photography, art and more. as if i need an excuse anyway, i love doing that! pinterest is a particularly good place to find things, and as i’m sure you know, it’s rather addictive. if you want to, you can follow me on my pinterest page. also, if you have any suggestions of fantastic and colourful blogs, be sure to let me know.
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amelias magazine – what does colour mean to you?

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recently i did an illustration for amelias magazine. if you’ve never heard of amelias magazine (shame on you!) it is an online magazine/blog with articles on art, fashion, music, illustration, and much more. if that appeals to you, be sure to check it out.

the brief was to do an illustration based upon your favourite colour, as part of a post to inspire people to think and talk about their favourite colour for a contest by blair and oliver. you can submit your colour story as words, photography and video. to take part, send your stories to renewalstories@redant.com with your contact details too. the deadline for submission is 1st march 2013 so get creative! oh..and the winner will receive £250!

what is your favourite colour? let me know in the comments. i’m always really curious why people love certain colours. please remember to look at the post on the amelias magazine site to see others’ interpretation of their favourite colour.

here is is what i said, and my illustration, but i’d like to add a little more about what colour means to me in general, too.

image on amelias magazine post about colour, a collage with image of a planet with legs

“i absolutely love all colours, and colour is my world. turquoise is my favourite, though. it both gives me energy and keeps me calm. i like to always have this colour around me because it also helps me feel creative but not overwhelmed. i feel as if there’s something magical about it that other colours don’t possess. to me it’s representative of earth and life.”

i don’t know if you realised by looking at my work, but, i love colour. a lot. if you were to take a look through my home and my clothes, that would also lead you to see the same. colour is so important to me and is one of the few things that make me truly happy. so many of my happy memories aren’t just about good things, but the colours that were around me at the time.

i remember once someone asking me if i could define perfection as a colour, what would it be? my answer was orange. a slightly golden yellowish orange. i don’t know why, but when i see that colour, it just exudes the aura that i feel ‘perfection’ would have. it’s not my favourite colour, even, but ..that’s just the colour of perfection.

as much as i love almost every colour (there are a very few exceptions, but even those could be acceptable in the right context and in small amounts), i think blues, greens, turquoise and greys are the ones that speak to me the most. maybe it’s because they are colours that can be seen in nature, maybe it’s the calming yet invigorating it’s effect they can have ..maybe it’s something else completely!

i could honestly talk about this all day. maybe in another post i’ll share stories and photos about colour. i’ve said that word far too much in this post now, so time to stop and let you get on with your day.

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pinterest finds part 2

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as promised here’s the second installment of some of my favourite pinterest finds. these are from my clothes & accessories
board, and art & illustration, respectively. if you ever happen to be shopping for a present for me (i doubt that, but you never know) i feel my boards are representative of my tastes, so they’d definitely be a good guide if you’re stuck for ideas.
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