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I had planned to start the year with a quiet month of designing and trials. There are lots of new ideas to explore. My most recent collection, 'Landscape', is the beginning of a new direction and I'm keen to develop this abstract and less structured style.

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However, I'd barely finished spring cleaning the studio, ready for a fresh new year, when a request from Country Homes & Interiors dropped through the email box. We're very happy to have our products included in their gorgeous features and love being asked. A large box soon left the studio containing a Random Retail Gardener's cushion and three more items from our other job at The OK Corral. This is our online vintage/retro 'emporium' and Country Homes & Interiors requested a red enamel coffee pot, a rose print tin and a dramatically framed print of red carnations. Good choices! Let's hope they're all included in the magazine photoshoot.

My next distraction came through Twitter; an open call for designers from Liberty of London! Having decided to take a month off from promoting my products I found myself on a reflex action, applying to take part. I'm so glad that I did. I was invited to bring my work to the store on a cold, cold Saturday morning. If you have to wait somewhere for a couple of hours I can recommend a Liberty's staircase. Warm wood, theatrical half landings, old hanging lanterns and the most amazing metal window opener/lock inventions. (I'm through to the next stage btw so wish me luck!)

Opportunities presented themselves locally too. Come to the Isle of Wight and visit Quarr Abbey. You will find beautiful buildings in a stunning setting that is quite literally beside the sea. I met Lucy at the Abbey Farm Shop and my Gardener's cushions and bags will fit in perfectly there, alongside other local products and the Abbey's own luscious fruit and veg. Can't wait to see them amongst all this Glory.

Now the studio is quiet again and I can begin the magic. Trialling a new colour range and getting a little more random.

January 2016

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