Conversations in Creativity - Jane Foster, Hamish Muir and Craig Oldham

I recently went to Lancashire to take part in a couple of talks as part of the new Lancashire Festival of Making. I was thrilled to be asked and it was wonderful to meet my fellow speakers Hamish Muir and Craig Oldham along with the host Dave Kirkwood and various creative members of the public. (Thank you to Source Creative for letting me have some of your photos here!)

We all spoke at two events - the first event was around a table event in the afternoon discussing our creative journeys and paths amongst 20 or so other creatives / freelancers / designers / students. It was great being up close with everyone answering and discussing topics such as how to cope with the uncertainty being self employed, what makes one keep going during hard times, how best to get your designs out there, what gets us motivated ? etc... It was wonderful discovering there is such overlap and empathy in sharing in this way. I'll admit now that I was rather nervous about doing these talks as the idea of talking out loud about what I do every day to an audience I've not met before was a little daunting, however, it was great fun and despite my nerves, I really enjoyed it and would do it again and again! I love the idea that my journey might in some way inspire others to follow their dreams and creative paths too. 

The evening event was in Blackburn Cathedral and involved a larger audience. We talked about self initiated projects and again answered questions. 

Recent visit to the Whitworth Art Gallery - Lucienne Day and Barbara Brown

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I recently had a mini trip to Manchester and was fortunate enough to visit one of my favourite art galleries, the Whitworth Art Gallery. I studied in Manchester in the late 80s so used to visit here often, however, I'd not been back to visit it for over 20 years and boy had it changed! I entered using the main front entrance to discover a superb entrance hall with two very impressive, stylish shops either side selling a range of very tasteful books, carefully chosen handmade objects, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and stationery.

I'd heard about the contemporary extension the gallery had recently had so was excited to see for myself.I was not disappointed! If I lived in Manchester, this would be one of my favourite cafes! I loved all the glass and how you could choose to sit in or out but still feel surrounded by greenery and trees.

The other reason I was pleased to have visited the gallery was to see two of my favourite textile designers - Lucienne Day and Barbara Brown. I used to collect fabric from the 50s and 60s and had numerous examples by both these designers. It was fabulous to be up close again to some of these and to see them presented in such a beautiful gallery. It brought back fond memories of my student days - I used to also collect Midwinter china and had the Barbara Brown coffee set shown here. Worth a visit.

New City Books - London and New York

My new baby city books have just been published by Templar. These are London and New York. I worked on these last summer (2016) and really enjoyed illustrating various landmarks. These are available from various stores including Waterstones.