Wonderful info graphic posters by Nick Barclay. There's one to suit any wall, see them all here.

I've noticed that lots of bloggers have been featuring Minted recently so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. In their own words... "Minted is the world's premier marketplace for independent design. Our mission is to find exceptional artists and designers all over the world and bring their work to consumers who appreciate great design." Minted crowd-sources design and art from a global community of independent designers, then sells their best designs as products such as stationery, wall art, and d├ęcor for the home, holidays, and occasions.

After a good look on the site (there's a lot on there so it took some time) I realised that I could find a heck of a lot of products that I really liked. This doesn't happen very often with me as I am an advocate of super classic and simple design but the items that Minted produce are beautiful. Its important for me to do my research and find out what is new and fashionable with regards to holiday and wedding design as I teach at craft based Hen parties at the weekends. I can tell that Minted is going to help me stay in the loop! Below are my top picks for party decor but Minted sell all sorts of wonderful products.

I found this beautiful floral hair comb over at Style Me Pretty today. I have a few important weddings coming up this Summer and I thought this would add a special touch being much better than buying one of those awful fascinators. See the whole tutorial here.

When my friend Emma Block ( wonderful illustrator) and I popped into the William Morris Museum we came across Judy Lumley's animal cards. I  adored them and thought I should share them with you all. Its lovely thats she has retained the gorgeous texture from the original lino stamps. When I'm teaching I always try to encourage but students to be less of a perfectionist with their own lino carving as the imperfections and textures are so charming! You can buy Judy's cards here.

Tomorrow morning I will be hosting a block printing class at Smug in Islington. Using professional printmaking tools you will learn the art of block printing in this 2.5 hour class. Block printing has been practiced for hundreds of years and I will make it easy for you to achieve a set of traditionally printed napkins to take home with you. I cant wait to tech this one, there are still tickets left here for a bargainous £35

Smug is a wonderful shop filled to the rafters of great products, my previous students commented on what an inspirational place it was! See photos of the shop below...

Match made in heaven. I love Herschel, in fact I wrote about them yonks ago here. I love Liberty fabrics too, I actually worked for Liberty in the fabric department for a very short spell. I was not cut out for the mad rushing and cutting of fabrics for hundreds of customers. I definitely prefer being on the other side of the counter! I'll be dreaming of owning one of these bags, and probably will by the Summer!

I am so looking forward to the next issue of Uppercase. The spring issue contains a special Uppercase magazine Surface Pattern Design Guide, profiling 100 surface pattern designers with tips and advice from industry experts. It goes without saying that as a pattern designer I am very excited indeed. With some of my favourite designers being featured I thought I would share a sneak peek of the issue with you all. There's also a great video at the end of this post so be sure to watch if you're an aspiring pattern designer.

Photos of Mariko Paterson's workspace taken by Jessika Hepburn

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