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Live, work, play – 3 words to live by! Hidden amongst the streets of Hull, Emma & I found a burst of colour and inspiration. A quiet but cool and creative area next to Hull’s Harbour, Humber Street reminded me of Shoreditch (my fave area of London) in many ways. Quirky bars serving craft beers and gin cocktails, the most chocolatey brownies I’ve ever tasted and a record studio above a record shop – just...

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As a Graphic Designer, one of the perks is that I get to geek out about weird things like Pantone chips, fonts and paper and kinda get away with it. I mean, a lot of people don’t really get it but in December I discovered a place where I can ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ without judgement. Paper geeks rejoice; GF Smith have opened a show space in London! (It’s just off Oxford Street btw.) Paper. It’s...

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Love travelling but hate being away from home? I’m sure you’ll have heard about airbnb, but have you stayed in one yet? This weekend (16th-19th June) airbnb are opening the door on one of the beautiful London apartments to showcase the airbnb experience. What’s it like being a guest in someone else’s home? Well, let’s find out: Firstly, what an amazing front door. I’ve walked past this house so many times before and never knew it...

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Last year I was really excited to attend a blogger workshop at Paperchase – you might remember my food themed Christmas tree? Yum! Anyway, I was lucky enough to be invited to another blogger evening for a preview of the new organisation ranges, some creativity (of course) and catching up with some of my fave bloggers including Tessa from All Things Stationery and Lauren from Britton Loves. From practical (folders, lamps and pens) to pretty...

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After attending in 2013 & 2014, 2015 was to be my third year at the graphic arts festival, Pick Me Up. In the past I’ve been at the weekend which means it’s massively busy but this year I booked a ticket for the opening day’s evening with Sophie, Kev and Paul (Sophie’s colleagues from Premm design). So, to get in the Pick Me Up spirit, I picked Sophie up… it just had to be done! Each year the...

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So it’s the morning of Christmas eve and I don’t know about you, but I can finally relax and enjoy the holidays because all of my Christmas shopping is complete: the food, the presents. Presents. Who doesn’t love presents? They can be thoughtful or funny, but either way it’s just nice to give and receive a little something. Jo from work was telling me about a gift swap that she had taken part in last...

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At the beginning of the December our (the studio) Fedrigoni paper rep Jess sent me an invitation to their Winter Wonderland party at their London office. The rest of the gp graphics team (Jo & Natalie, who I realised I haven’t told you about yet) couldn’t make it so I went to represent… but mostly to be nosey! If you’re not familiar with Fedrigoni, you should check out their selection of fine Italian paper stock. The...

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With Christmas drawing closer, the pressure of buying that ‘perfect’ gift is on. As I mentioned, I’m not really into Christmas (although I’ve been feeling a lot more festive compared to previous years) but as a Graphic Designer one thing I do like looking at and thinking about is the detailing. The wrapping paper, ribbons, tags, cards – all the things that make boxes look pretty! So when Hobbycraft asked me if I wanted to...

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So I’ll admit, I’ve been falling a bit behind on posts recently – I went to see Paper Cut: The Exhibition almost a month ago! Ooops! But anyway, I still wanted to share this with you and you’ll see why: So the first thing I see when I walk in the exhibition… …That’s right, it’s a giant pencil. I mean at 5ft3 I’m quite small, but it’s still a big pencil made from paper! And...

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For about 3 months now I’ve been saying I wanted to go to one of The Make Escape events and this week it finally happened! Lucy, Ellie and I were looking forward to getting our craft on. We walked in to find several tables with different activities set up: From embroidery and knitting, rosettes and flowers it was a village fete themed craft night. Ellie picked embroidery whilst Lucy & I started off making rosettes...

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I ♥ Fred Aldous. No, he’s not some hot movie star. No, he’s not my boyfriend (you can stop panicking, Jack). Fred Aldous is an amazing shop in Manchester selling paper, notebooks, cards, craft things, books and all other designery things which creatives get really excited about. I’ve mentioned the shop before, but I had a weekend away in Manchester with Sophie (my sister – do you think we look a-like?) and rediscovered my love for...

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It’s been a whirlwind of a week so I’ve only just got around to posting about this, but on Sunday I was back at Somerset House for Pick Me Up 2014. It’s becoming a bit of a tradition now that Jack & I meet Emma & Alex to explore the creative work of illustrators, graphic designers and artists. Wearing a cat print top, would Pick Me Up 2014 score a purrrfect 10 in my eyes?: Before...

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It’s no secret that Selfridges has some of the best and most photographed window displays in the world. As a creative I am always inspired by them, but when I read about Selfridges Festival of Imagination I was SO excited! ‘Imagination’ is mostly associated with being a child, having crazy ideas and being a dreamer, however for some grown ups it’s very important to continue exercising their imagination skills: creatives! Without imagination, the world would be a...

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After recently discovering Chris Bracey’s work in the God’s own junk yard’s pop up shop in Selfridges I was excited to learn that he was also displaying some work at Scream Gallery in London. Located just off of Oxford Street, I was excited to pop in and have a closer look: And I was not disappointed! Telling tales is an exhibition featuring the amazing typographic work of 10 artists/designers from around the world. First up,...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020