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etsy and new blog (kind of)

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hello! i have two things to talk about today.

one //
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.

if you have any tips about selling on etsy, be sure to let me know in the comments.

i feel wrong doing a blog post with no pictures, especially one of this length, so here’s an example of one of my collages you can buy:

venus sees a hidden world - collage by laura redburn

two //
incase you haven’t noticed, my blog is at a new URL, blog.cardboardcities.co.uk ..don’t worry, if you’ve linked to any post before this one, via the old URL, for example, this one about my day in bristol, it’ll still go to the correct place. it depends on how you got here, but if you click the ‘blog’ link on my site now it’ll automatically go to here. as you can see, i’m using the same colours and fonts, so it’s not a drastic change on your end, i hope. let me know what you think!

i decided to make the change for a couple of reasons (i’m using blogger now for the..uh..blog):

1: it seems like this and other similar platforms are more social. yes, i know i could’ve put more links etc here and there, but i didn’t want the clutter on the main site. i do like the minimal look, as you can see. you can also now follow me via GFC, (or subscribe to posts via email). which is useful for me because i can see who’s following me, and i can check out your blogs too! win/win!

2: i kind of prefer the blog and portfolio to be two seperate entities, and doing this has helped that. i’ve really started to get into blogging more now that i update more regularly. it makes sense really, doesn’t it.

3: i feel as having a blog i use a lot is also encouraging me to to take more photos, especially when i’m in the progress of making something. i like the idea of someone seeing into your world a bit. plus in a way it’s a bit of gentle pressure to myself to keep on working or at least do something creative on days that i don’t feel like doing anything.

4: before i made this change today, i was thinking about adding a links section on my site. afterwords, i thought maybe that’s not such a good idea, both for me and you. for me, because it takes away from the main purpose of the site, it being a portfolio for my work, and for you because people will have to find the link section to click on. you’d be surprised how many people won’t have a search around if it’s not right there in front of them. i would like to have a section with image links to blogs etc. at some point i’d like to introduce sponsors, but i’ll leave that for a while until i get into the swing of things again 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.

so, let’s start with red!

1// tory burch device wallpaper  2// emily barletta  3// ilse acke   4// tom ford via bergdorf goodman

» how cute is that hedgehog wallpaper? i may have to change my phone background to that soon.
» i love this piece by emily barletta, don’t you? it’s thread on paper and i’d love something like that on my walls.
» i LOVE this scarf by ilse acke (also, what a fantastic name, i’d love to be wrapped up in it and it’s wonderful patterns.
» finally, absolutely love this tom ford bag. obviously far too pricey for me, but i love the minimal look at the gold on the front, makes it look very luxurious without being tacky.

selection of red items - shoes, anemone, valentine typewriter and embroidered envelope

1// suede shoes – chie mihara  2// sasha kurmaz 3// olivetti valentine 4//  geninne ‘s art blog

» those shoes! oh how i would love them upon my feet. love the pairing with the grey tights too.
» love these floral photos by sasha kurmaz. poppies are my favourite flowers, but anemones look quite similar, so i love them too.
» oh olivetti valentine, let me count the ways i love you. this is my favourite ever typewriter. just look at it!
» isn’t this drawing by geninne ever so pretty? i love that there’s often flowers and birds in her work, they’re two of my favourite things, so i am overjoyed whenever i go on her blog to see what she’s been up to.

i just realised, i use the word love A LOT. that’s fine with me, i love (there i go again) all these things and so many others. if things make me happy or want to obsess over them, i do tend to have a mini love fest.

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amelias magazine – what does colour mean to you?

fashion, illustration, collage, colour, art by

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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