Recently I’ve been looking for courses and experiences to take for a bit of creative inspiration. Last year I did a day course at Print Club London and absolutely loved it [read here]. The one that’s really caught my eye at the moment, to get back to base skills and nature, is the spoon carving course with Hatchet + Bear.
Hatchet + Bear is run by woodworker extraordinaire and product designer EJ Osborne in the wilds of Frome, Somerset. Using simple tools and traditional methods, EJ carves her creations into locally sourced & gathered wood. Not only are the finished items she design’s beautiful, but they’re also practical; most notably spoons. I’m a keen follower of her Instagram account and have constant life envy! Hence why I’m super excited to hopefully be booking in to take one of the Hatchet + Bear day spoon carving courses! The course costs £100, run every month and only have classes of eight students – perfect! To find out more, click here.
I believe it stems from primary school days of trying to find my name on magnets, badges or pencils at some shitty gift shop on a school trip, but I cannot help but purchase something if I see my name on it. Be it the Sex and the City ‘Carrie’ necklace [yes I wear one], or merely a dress design named the ‘Carrie’.. I have to have it. Carrie by name, carried away by nature.
This named obsessed trait of mine came in to play recently when I went to the pre-show buyers night at the Film 4 Summer Screens. For each of the 16 films on show, 16 different artists from Print Club London, designed 16 stunning new prints for each movie. One of which, was by the illustrator Peter Strain for the movie Carrie. So, can you guess what happened? Yup, I bought it.
I’ve had my eye on Ed Fairburn’s map art for a while now but due to my lack of funds, I’ve not been able to purchase one for myself. However, when I noticed he’d started selling a new ‘quarter scale series’ at a reduced price, I couldn’t help but buy one immediately! I’ve bought a numbered edition print of ‘Die Milche-Strasse’ [see below] which can be purchased through notonthehighstreet.com for £50 – click here to view. I love the colours, subtle portrait and romantic star constellations. I can’t wait for the print to arrive – hurry up Mr Postman!
Funny, simple & to the point. What’s not to love about Ian Stevenson’s artwork?! With no offence meant, it is the type of art that when admiring you think, ‘hey, I could totally do that myself!’ However when you try, you realise that, well, 1, you aren’t funny. 2, your drawings look smudgy/shit and 3, you’ve got no good ideas and have only drawn 3D letters or stars. So put down your pen and paper, relax and just enjoy the delights that Ian Stevenson has to offer – click here to view his website. Stevenson frequently updates his Facebook/website so there is always a good stream of new images for you to set your peepers on!