Geology rocks

I mentioned in the last blog post that we had started a new tradition in our family of buying rocks as presents for my young nephew, Jack. This idea worked brilliantly; he is now super enthusiastic about rocks and it makes present-buying at Christmas pretty easy really (and fun). His first rock was paired with a big book all about geology so we're sharing that today and we have the junior geologis…

Gifts for the coolest of small people

Ever since the announcement that I was going to have a nephew, I have been that crazy aunty who goes nuts at Christmas and birthdays. Before he was even born, Jack was the owner of a 3D solar system that lit up and had all the planets properly orbiting around a glowing sun.  Every year I challenge myself to find something unexpected; a gift that will inspire him to grow into a cool and i…

This is a Voice... harmonising with the Wellcome Collection

So here is some exciting news that I have busting to share with you all for a while but I had to wait for it be official and on the walls. We were so pleased a few months back when the Wellcome Collection wanted to stock our products in their gift shop. Proclaiming itself to be the "destination for the incurably curious" it felt like the perfect place for our creations and helped us do a…

Newton and the Apple, from the beginning...

I spent the last weekend at Jenny Hyde's Creative Business Retreat. The setting of Voewood was pretty dreamy to me. This big old house in the Norfolk countryside with curiosities at every turn; Jesus looking down at the dinner table, mosaic fish on the floor, hoover bags in frames... it was all just a bit bonkers and weird.Jenny worked her usual magic and I came away from the weekend with my…

In my book stack...

I love books! Who doesn't?! But in recent years I go through phases of being unable to read; I often find that I cannot concentrate enough to finish a paragraph because my mind is racing with other things, usually NATA-related things. It's great to have my book-reading mojo back at the moment though. I leave the studio (later than I should most nights) but then I get home, set the log-fire g…

Designing for Valentine's Day...

I don't know about you, but I am really not the mushy type; yet somehow I find Valentine cards really fun to design... as long as I stick to science and stay clear of all the love and hugs and stuff. This 'body composition' card is the first of 8 new ideas I am working on this week.…