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At the start of the year I painted my first mural – a bright burst of colour inside my co-working space in Camden. I instantly caught the painting bug and wanted to work on more painting projects (and luckily had the opportunity with Hattie Stewart and recently as an artist in residence with West Elm), so when Jacqueline Colley posted a call out for some painting help on her Instagram I volunteered straight away. Strike...

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I’ve been visiting London Design Festival for a few years now and admiring all of the exhibitions, installations and events with a hint of jealousy; I wanted to be involved, but I didn’t know how. Little did I know it, but 2018 was going to be different from my usual LDF experience! When the team at homeware brand West Elm said that they liked my mural and asked if I’d like to be an artist in...

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Woohoo, it’s my favourite week of the year – London Design Festival! London really pulls out all of the stops to celebrate design; I’m talking installations, experiences and events. For 2018 there are now more Design Districts than ever before, which is great news because it means every part of London can join in the design fun! On Friday I was so happy to attend the LDF press tour for a first look at what...

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It’s common knowledge that I love a good wall. When I say ‘a good wall’, I mean a wall decorated with a mural/street art painted by a talented artist. (If you share this love, come say hi to me on Instagram btw.) Last month I shared a snap of an amazing mural by Hixxy alongside my frustrations on crediting (or lack of) Artists and it started a bit of a conversation… 🌿The shade of it all…...

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I should probably begin with a little confession; I am a bad reader. Yep, I hold my hands up. I used to really love reading, and in fact at one point I had worked my way through the whole Young Persons section in my little hometown library – I even started requesting books from other libraries in the county. I would inhale a Nancy Drew/Gossip Girl book for breakfast! Things have changed quite a lot...

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As someone who is always out and about exploring London, I’m frequently asked for my recommendations: ‘Where do you go to look for inspiration?’ ‘Which are the best Art galleries in London?’ ‘Where can I go to see cool & colourful things?’ Anyone that follows me on Instagram (and if you don’t already, then you should HERE) will know how hungry I am for visual inspiration and that I love sharing it for others to...

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Oh walls. I think I’ve proven myself to be good at snapping cool walls (find proof on my Instagram btw), BUT here’s a question: am I any good at painting them? A few months back I mentioned that I’ve been helping Morag Myerscough paint some of her projects on and off for the past 12 months. It’s been an amazing experience and I’ve learnt so much from it, BUT was I ready to go it alone and...

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Last Thursday evening Emma & I headed to Bermondsey for a mysterious but exciting event with HP and Smirnoff. In all honesty, we didn’t really know what we’d rsvped to attend BUT as you know, we’re suckers for bright colours and patterns so the jazzy invite had us intrigued from the get go. Are we easily persuaded or what? Arriving at the venue we were greeted by these amazingly colourful posters, and that was JUST...

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Well, that’s it; looks like London Design Festival is finished for another year, sob. You might’ve seen on my Instagram that I was quite busy trying to squeeze in as many LDF exhibitions and events as I could and now, if I’m honest, I’m exhausted. Is it possible that I’m all design-ed out!? You might remember my LDF 17 guide from the other week? Hopefully that helped you to choose a handful of the best...

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Cocktails along the canal; sounds ideal, right? And it was, thanks to Campari’s cute little red boat moored at Granary Square – red is my colour of September btw. To get into the spirit (get it?) I even dressed ‘on brand’ to match the giant stripey typographic installation by design duo Eley Kishimoto… because if I can’t wear these flares during London Fashion Week, when can I? Whether you’re more into LFW or LDF, you...

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For creatives in London, the London Design Festival (affectionately known as LDF) is the highlight of the year with exhibitions, events and generally just a celebration of all things design. From textiles and flooring to colour theory and social change, there’s lot to see and be inspired by and I’m expecting LDF 2017 to live up to the hype. If I’m honest I usually follow my friend’s recommendations, but this year I wanted to be...

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I’ve mentioned it in passing, but I thought it was about time I talked about it properly; at the end of 2016 I became a member at a co-working space. Located in Zone 1, just down the road from both central London (Tottenham Court Road) and Camden, the former hospital turned co working space is a hub of exciting business ventures and entrepreneurial spirit. Meet Camden Collective; resourceful, creative and one of a kind. We all...

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Hi! Hello stranger, it’s me! When life gets in the way… I have to make a choice; put my energy into blogging OR look after myself (and sleep). Although I do sometimes forget, I’m slowly getting better at remembering that I’m not super woman and I can’t do everything! Sorry for the radio silence. Being a slashie (aka a person with several job titles – graphic designer /businesswomen /writer /blogger /vlogger /girlboss), I’ve become well...

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Time flies when you’re having fun! Can’t believe it’s been a month since I climbed above the London clouds (well, the aeroplane did) and didn’t look down until I’d reached Glasgow. Thankfully I was greeted with glorious sunshine, perfect for exploring during my 24 hours in Glasgow. But why had I headed to Scotland? Fedrigoni had invited me to enjoy an evening of design, beers and paper, so naturally I said AYE! (That’s a popular scottish phrase for...

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Stationery doesn’t have to be standard. Every notebook is unique because every stationery user/lover is different. No two pages of notes/doodles are the same, so why settle for the same when you can do something different? Ok, enough riddles: I’m talking about some stationery personalisation. You can easily turn a notebook into a piece of art with just a few stickers, even those who like a more minimal approach. It sounds simple, but it’s SO effective...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020