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Shop Small: Christmas Cards
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This year as I am on maternity leave and not selling any of my own products, I thought I would share the love for some other of my favourite small businesses and do a series of Christmas gift guides on the blog. I have decided to start off with Christmas cards which is one of my favourite things to shop for from independent illustrators and designers as they are often so beautiful and different from what you might pick up in the high street shops. I am going to keep the format of these posts pretty simple - and below are 8 of my favourite packs or designs that I have seen and I really hope that you will love them too. Yes buying from small independent businesses can end up costing a little bit more, but usually the quality, the gorgeous designs and the customer service make it work while. As a small business owner myself I can tell you for sure every sale really does make a difference to the people behind the scenes (and it is often just one person doing everything) and Christmas is an especially important time for them. Maybe you can’t afford to shop small for all of your christmas cards or all of your gifts, which I totally get, but even just one pack of cards, or one gift can make a big difference. And if you want to find out more you can always check out the Just a Card campaign which is constantly championing and supporting small, independent, and local businesses. Enjoy shopping and I hope you find something that you love below. Also keep an eye out for my gift guides which will be coming up in the next few weeks right here on the blog!

Handlettering for August and September

In the crazy busyness of August I totally forgot to post my hand lettering offerings for the month so here are the latest - all of which you can find on instagram. I am trying to shake things up in a tiny way and I really like how the 'Monday' lettering turned out. 

I have been designing lots of new cards recently and some prints in preparation for the Crafty Fox Market (please come and say hi! I would love to meet you) - and so there should be a big shop update in the next couple of weeks. Need to knuckle down and photograph everything. 

Liz Mosley Handlettering
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Liz Mosley Handlettering
Liz Mosley Handlettering

I am still trying to get back on top of my blogging schedule - in a couple of weeks I go back to 4 days a week in my day job so I should have a bit more time to get on top of things like the blog and my shop. Am really looking forward to pushing things forward and ticking off a few more of my goals for the year! 

What are you guys up to this week? Hope you have a great Monday. 

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hand printed paper from Venice

When I was in Venice last year I discovered lots of incredible paper shops selling sheets of stunning hand-printed paper. It was like heaven for me. I just appreciate the craftsmanship so much.  I found one particular shop (I am sure there were many others) that had a really good selection of handprinted and also machine printed papers. I bought a selection of both. The handprinted was a lot more expensive than the machine printed understandably so I treated myself to 2 sheets of handprinted and 4 sheets of machine printed. I am such a geek I was just so excited about them. 

It got me thinking that I would really love to be able to print out large sheets myself to use as wrapping paper or for other crafty projects. In the shops they sold notebooks, frames, pen pots absolutely all sorts covered in the beautiful papers. 

Although I don't have a screenprinting set up I do have a few different options. I think I might try doing some designs and printing them on Kraft paper on my A3 printer, but also I really want to do some linocut wrapping paper. Last weekend I went to a great little linocutting workshop and it got me really excited to have another go after my attempts last year

Maybe next month's printable will be wrapping paper too. Even just printing out A4 sheets would work great for wrapping small gifts for friends and family. Keep an eye out!

Happy Friday all, hope you have  fun and inspiring weekend! I am off to the Etsy wedding fair with my buddy who is getting married so looking forward to checking out all the goodies!

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#52handlettered (April)
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Guys I have kind of fallen off the #52handlettered wagon. I might dip into it again later on but I have stopped following the prompts - BUT I have been posting handlettering on my instagram regularly which I am loving and plan to keep up with (every 6th post guys..that is how I roll now) and I guess I have kind of been coming up with my own prompts just inspired by what is going on with me. 

This month I have stuck with white type on black and I really love how it looks and I think it works really well in my instagram feed so I am definitely planning to stick with that for now!

I am not sure I will keep doing this but I have still done a little round up below of some of my other favourites that I have found on the #52handlettered hashtag this month! Just click on the images to go through to the instagram accounts and see who created them. 

Hope you have a lovely Wednesday folks! Hope you are feeling inspired and having a good week!

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What's the point?

A few weeks ago I wrote this post and didn't get round to posting it and I guess I was a bit nervous about posting it as it was quite personal, but then I read this post by Belinda and was inspired by her courage (she had been scared to share her post too!). So I thought why not share what I have been struggling with as well because I think in reality they are similar struggles to others. I think it always helps when you realise that other people are dealing with and working through similar things to you. 

Sometimes I start to wonder what the point is when It comes to my creative work. It just seems that there are so many people out there doing a similar thing to me and frankly doing it better - I wonder if there's room for me? And if another person doing this sort of thing is needed. I start looking at all the people doing it better and sometimes think I shouldn't bother. 

But then I remember that it is not just about what I produce and bring into the world creatively - it is also about the journey and the act of creating. And I LOVE it - and so I guess giving up is not really an option because there would be a hole/a void in my life. 

Before the Internet I guess there were still people all over the world working on similar goals as you and me, but we didn't know about it - but now everybody is sharing their work online and has a website, Twitter and Instagram. 

I suppose as I kind of mentioned above I am writing this in the spirit of authenticity and honesty. The last couple of weeks have been a bit tough creatively - I have been questioning what I have to offer, what I can bring to this global creative community that is new and fresh and am I good enough? I guess we all have days like this and the Internet is full of people reminding each other that 'comparison is the thief of joy'.

So what can I do about it? I wrote a little while ago about learning to live with less - and I think in my head when I wrote that I was really talking about physical objects - i.e. not needing as many possessions - but I need to remember I am a consumer too when it comes to the Internet. I think it is amazing that so many people can share their creativity, their writing and their journey online, (and that is exactly what I am doing here) but maybe I have a responsibility to my creativity and my well-being to consume a bit less of it. I am not exactly sure what it will look like but I guess it might mean having a bit of a sort through of my Twitter, Instagram and Feedly accounts and cutting back on how many people I follow. I read this article the other day asking the question can too much inspiration actually be harmful? I am the first to acknowledge all the amazing things about the Internet and one of the things I have been loving at the moment is the new creative friends I have been making on the Internet and actually meeting in real life...but I think it is time that I start to acknowledge that there are some downsides - I am starting to try and work out how I can protect myself and make sure my creativity is not affected negatively. 

I think it is a relief to know that other creatives that I admire struggle with similar things and so I am going to pick myself up, work hard and keep tackling my to-do list and coming up with new ideas. I really love what I am doing and am going to keep working at growing my little business. 

After I finished writing this post I read this blog post by Seth Godin, and was really struck by the following quote >  "Pretty good ideas are easy. The guts and persistence and talent to create, ship and stick it out are what's hard." - And he is right... that is the hard bit. But I feel even more inspired to stick it out and keep going when I am struggling and finding it hard. 

I hope you all have a really lovely and creative Friday! Don't forget you are unique and you totally have something to offer! 

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Studio Tour

A little while ago my friend Samee suggested that I should do a little studio tour on the blog. I had never really thought about doing it because the place is usually a mess and pretty small but I started thinking about it and actually, I am pretty nosey and love seeing where people work and all the little details that they have on their walls etc...so I thought what the heck, why not. She very kindly came over and took some photos of me in the studio and around the house. 

I am not that good at having my photo taken, I am usually pulling a silly face and not very photogenic but Samee is a total pro, she made me feel so at ease, chatted to me and distracted me so that she got natural looking shots. If you need something or someone photographing I can't recommend this gal enough. It was such a fun afternoon. I will be using some more of her photos in other posts in the coming weeks too.

I feel so so lucky to have this dedicated space for my work and creativity (especially in London where space is such a premium) and I am appreciating it even more now that I have gone down to 4 days a week. It really is my happy place. I was having a lot of fun playing around with my new pot of white ink!

I hope you have enjoyed having a little snoop around. I am hoping to get a new desk soon, which I think will totally transform the space and make it even better. If any of you have done a post sharing your studio space or where you work I would love to see it - feel free to link the post in the comments!

All of these photographs were taken by Samee Lapham. Check out her website and instagram to see more of her skills! 

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My insta faves (part 2)

Last month I shared a few of my favourite instagrammers to follow. I really enjoyed putting the post together and using it as an excuse to trawl through who I follow and get inspired, so I thought I would do another one! Here are another 8 of my favourite people to follow. Check them out for a good dose of inspiration. 

@kmsalvagedesign  - Lots of beautiful things arranged in super cool ways. This girl knows how to bring order out of chaos. Some seriously awesome styling skills going on. 

@kmsalvagedesign - Lots of beautiful things arranged in super cool ways. This girl knows how to bring order out of chaos. Some seriously awesome styling skills going on. 

@thiswildidea  - This guy documents his life on the road with his lovely dog maddie! His photos are just stunning and I love following along with their adventures. 

@thiswildidea - This guy documents his life on the road with his lovely dog maddie! His photos are just stunning and I love following along with their adventures. 

@tarapearce_  - A photographer living in Australia, there is a mix of all sorts in her feed but it is all held together with consistently lovely photography. 

@tarapearce_ - A photographer living in Australia, there is a mix of all sorts in her feed but it is all held together with consistently lovely photography. 

@emmadime  - A graphic designer from Oakland, her feed is beautiful and clean but also full of colour! A nice mixture of life and design - inspiration central.

@emmadime - A graphic designer from Oakland, her feed is beautiful and clean but also full of colour! A nice mixture of life and design - inspiration central.

@halfgirl  - Lots of earthy tones and wildlife shots from this natural history conservation student who lives in Copenhagen. Life looks serene and beautiful in this feed.

@halfgirl - Lots of earthy tones and wildlife shots from this natural history conservation student who lives in Copenhagen. Life looks serene and beautiful in this feed.

@samsette  - I love seeing the world through this girls eyes, especially London! I am lucky enough to call her a friend not only are her photos amazing but she is ACE!

@samsette - I love seeing the world through this girls eyes, especially London! I am lucky enough to call her a friend not only are her photos amazing but she is ACE!

@themelodyh  - This girl has serious style and an eye for capturing colour. Also pretty scenic shots from her travels. She is a designer and musician. 

@themelodyh - This girl has serious style and an eye for capturing colour. Also pretty scenic shots from her travels. She is a designer and musician. 

@minna_so  - a graphic designer, photographer and writer from Seattle - her handlettering is so cute and I love all the inspiring quotes. 

@minna_so - a graphic designer, photographer and writer from Seattle - her handlettering is so cute and I love all the inspiring quotes. 

So there we go - I really hope you enjoy checking all of these guys out! I still have more that I love so maybe I will have to do a part 3 too! 

Hope you all have a lovely and inspired Monday!

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Book Review - Manage your day to day (volume one)

I started reading this book a few weeks ago on the recommendation of a friend and while I was reading, it inspired me to write this post about getting my attention span back. Since it is all fresh in my mind I thought I would feature it for the book review this month. 

What I loved about this book was how it was broken up into small manageable chunks and also included writing from a whole variety of really talented and inspiring people. The short essays are grouped into 4 sections: building a rock-solid routine, finding focus in a distracted world, taming your tools and sharpening your creative mind. Each section has 4 short essays and then an interview. The good things about having a book laid out like this is that it is really easy to dip in and out of and it also doesn't take long to read the whole book. I have been reading it on the bus when commuting in the morning and it has been a really inspiring way to start the day. 

I think one of the reasons that I enjoyed this book so much is because it deals with the sort of stuff that I have been thinking about a lot recently: i.e. taming your tools, and ways to work better and more effectively. It has given me a lot to mull over and think about. It also has lots of really interesting and practical suggestions to change and improve the way you do things and deal with your time and resources. 

"Just as we watch our intake of caffeine or candy or alcohol lest we become addicted, we need to conciously develop a healthy relationship with our tools – or we will lose perspective and become slaves to them"

- James Victore – Manage Your Day-to-Day

There were just so many great quotes that I wanted to scribble down and remember, the above being one of them. It is the sort of book that I will want to re-read quite a few times to really digest the content. I can imagine having it with me and picking it up to read one essay for a bit of a boost and inspiration. 

I think I have probably been a bit gushing in this review but I really can't recommend this book enough. I think if you work in any sort of creative industry you should read this book, but even if you don't I think a lot of the issues and ideas it deals with would be relevant to everyone.

Next up on my reading list is this one, which is also part of the series. Can't wait to get stuck in if it is anywhere near as good as this one. 

Hope you all have a great Friday and weekend! Our weekend has started early and we are currently in Dorset exploring Corfe Castle. It always feels so good to explore somewhere new...especially when it is this beautiful!

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My insta faves

One of my main aims this year has been to be more consistent with blogging and instagram, and so far it is going pretty well. There are still a lot of areas that I need to work on and improve but things are going in a direction that I am happy with and excited about and I am just really enjoying myself. I am loving this space more than ever and am also really coming to love the instagram community that I am part of. 

Instagram is such a mine of inspiration and I have started following some amazing people recently with beautiful accounts and so I thought I would share some of my favourites so you can get inspired at the start of the week. 

@ryntor  - beautiful scenic shots mixed with cute illustrations. It is a collaboration between Illustrator Ryn Frank and Photographer Tor Harrison.

@ryntor - beautiful scenic shots mixed with cute illustrations. It is a collaboration between Illustrator Ryn Frank and Photographer Tor Harrison.

@sarahledonne  - I literally just discovered her today. She is a Graphic Designer living in Stuttgart, Germany. Lots of clean white and pinky hues. 

@sarahledonne - I literally just discovered her today. She is a Graphic Designer living in Stuttgart, Germany. Lots of clean white and pinky hues. 

@cedillee  - This French Designer/ illustrator's feed is what my dreams are made of. Lots of lovely colours, illustrations and details from out and about around her.  

@cedillee - This French Designer/ illustrator's feed is what my dreams are made of. Lots of lovely colours, illustrations and details from out and about around her.  

@sosally_  - I love seeing the world through Sally's eyes. She is a Graphic Designer based London and has lots of lovely travel photography. 

@sosally_ - I love seeing the world through Sally's eyes. She is a Graphic Designer based London and has lots of lovely travel photography. 

@wenevermet  - beautiful shots of strangers with cute stories about them. This has turned into one of my favourite accounts and always makes me smile. 

@wenevermet - beautiful shots of strangers with cute stories about them. This has turned into one of my favourite accounts and always makes me smile. 

@lovebex_  - lots of white and minimalism and frankly just beautiful. Consistently stunning, clean and fresh photographs. She also runs a cute little shop. 

@lovebex_ - lots of white and minimalism and frankly just beautiful. Consistently stunning, clean and fresh photographs. She also runs a cute little shop. 

@felingpoh  - lots of cute illustrations and lovely hand lettering. This girl has skills and her feed is chock full of inspiration and beauty!

@felingpoh - lots of cute illustrations and lovely hand lettering. This girl has skills and her feed is chock full of inspiration and beauty!

@mitchellkuga  - This feed is called 'Just the tip of things' - and it is so cool. Look at the whole feed and you will see the genius. The photographs are awesome!

@mitchellkuga - This feed is called 'Just the tip of things' - and it is so cool. Look at the whole feed and you will see the genius. The photographs are awesome!

To be honest this is just the tip of the iceberg of my favourite accounts - I might need to do some more 'insta faves' posts like this. Let me know if you would be interested. Hope these accounts give you some Monday inspiration!

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New Greetings Cards

When I set up my etsy shop a month or so ago my plan was that it would predominantly be a print shop, but I wanted to have a bit of variety so I put some greetings cards and envelopes in there too. It's funny how things go but so far the greetings cards seem to have been more popular. So I have been focusing on those over the last few weeks and coming up with new designs. 

I've posted most of the new cards up in the shop now (there are a couple more to come). All of the cards are folded and printed on a lovely 270gsm acid free snow white stock. They are all 210 x 148 mm in size. Each card comes with a coloured envelope, all of which are made from the highest quality coloured paper. They are 135gsm, 229 x 162 mm in size and have a gummed flap. 

Also today I am putting together an order for the Turpentine in Brixton. It is seriously one of my favourite shops and so I am so excited that they will be stocking my cards - If you haven't been there you should check it out. It is full of a hand picked mix of design led indie craft, art prints and giftware as well as hosting a wide range of evening and weekend art workshops and courses. It's such a good place for getting unique gifts or to just treat yourself!

I have a wholesale catalogue now so if you are a little independent shop/florist and you think my cards would work in your shop please get in touch - I would love to hear from you! 

Happy Monday - Hope you all have a great week! 

Little Loves // 08

This week was full of colour. Going back to work was a bit of a shock to the system but I had a lovely weekend planned so I had a lot to look forward to. I hung out with the lovely Kate and we geeked out over paper and mattisse, ate yummy food and watched trashy films. It was pretty much the perfect saturday to be honest. Here are some of the things I loved about this past week and weekend... 1. These peonies that NM bought me from Columbia Road flower market have opened right out during the course of the week and look stunning. I love peonies.

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2. I really loved this mosaic that was on the side of a primary school on Columbia Road. This is only a small portion of it, but so many of the details were really sweet.  The boxy giraffe on the left made me smile.

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3. Was really inspired by the Matisse exhibition. I snuck this picture of some of his colour swatches that he used. The colours in his cut outs were so vibrant. The paper he used in his cut outs was painted with gouache by his assistants.

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4. Fell in love with these sheets of wrapping paper. Sadly they were pretty expensive but they made me very happy. I would have struggled to wrap anything in them anyway because they are just too beautiful.

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5. The colours of these tables and chairs outside a restaurant in Brixton Market made me smile.

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6. stumbled upon this little bit of art on a wall in East London. Love the sentiment and the use of old school cassette tapes.

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Judging book by their covers
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So the old saying goes, 'don't judge a book by its cover' - and you know...I get it, but I am a graphic designer so I have to confess I totally do. I think books is where I so regularly see the power of good design. It affects which books I pick up and peruse at the book shop for sure. Maybe I am missing out on some great novels (and in the past I have refused to buy books that were probably very good but their covers were so ugly) but recently I have been seeing some really beautiful covers. Some of them are almost like works of art. Here are a few of my favourites I have spotted recently on good old pinterest and would love to have lying around my house. I will definitely be adding some of these to my reading list for holidays.

1. See this one is so good it actually makes me want to find out more about physics and see what is inside. Ha that proves that design can be really powerful!

2. Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov - I really love the illustrations on this cover...and a little searching on Amazon reveals a whole series of penguin classics by this author with beautiful illustrated covers.

3. Excellent hand painted type and I really like how the bar code has been incorporated into the design. I want to add this to my book shelves for sure. (also in colour on Amazon)

4. Ha I have never had the guts to really tackle Ulysses by James Joyce, (something about no punctuation) but apparently it is one of the most important works of modernist literature so maybe I should give it a chance. I really love the colour palette used for this cover. The cover was design by Fuchsia Macaree who has lots of lovely work on her site.

5. Just read the blurb about this book and it sounds interesting...one to add to the summer reading list I think and the cover totally drew me in.

6. Sadly can't work out where this cover has come from...it is not the cover that is on amazon...but I love it. If anybody knows let me know and I will add a credit.

7. Love the type and image combination on this book and the penguin logo peeping over the mountain is a nice touch. I think this penguin classic could also be worth a read by a pool in the summer. adding it to the reading list.

8. So many of these book covers are not the ones they are published with...but illustrators/designers have re-done the covers and this one is a beauty. After rummaging around I discovered it was by Paige Vickers and then got to enjoy exploring her other work on her site. I love the internet and finding new inspiration and talent.

9. This cover was designed by Elena Giavaldi, and is actually one of the rejects. I like the fun an playful nature of this cover. You can see the chosen one and other rejects here. Lots of other beautiful work her on her site too.

10. This book totally grabbed my eye and after investigating I actually bought it for my brother for christmas. I think I need to get myself a copy though as it sounds so interesting. It is an honest memoir of the realities of being a humanitarian aid worker.

11. The trees on this book are beautiful. I think not including any text on the cover is actually a really clever idea and it really does make you want to pick it up and find out more. It was designed by Laura Carlin for the Folio Society.

12.  Jane Eyre - I loved this book when I read it at school. There is something appropriately eery and hidden about this cover. I think it represents the novel really well and looks beautiful and intriguing. As far as I can work out it was designed by Sergio Serrano

Jessica Hische / Skillshare
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Have you heard of Skillshare? If not you should have. It is a place where you can take classes in a whole range of topics online. I love learning and being able to sign up for a class and have access to the content and materials so that you can do it in your own time and at your own pace really appeals to me. I have been a fan of Jessica Hische for a while and she has recently done a Skillshare class based on her Drop Cap covers for Penguin. Look how incredible they all look together below. I own two of these stunning books but imagine owning the whole set. Anyway the project for the class is to do your own drop cap cover based on a book of your choice. I have chosen to do The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis which is one of my all time favourites, but I haven't read it for years. I am currently re-reading it and making notes and I will let you know how I get on, and will hopefully be able to post up here my final book cover when I finish the class. To see more of Jessica's beautiful work check out her website. Also this class is awesome so far. I really couldn't recommend it enough. (Also they have just advertised a book cover design course with Chip Kidd - wow, my wishlist on Skillshare is growing pretty long!)

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The Personal Project
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I love personal projects and I love seeing the personal projects that designers and makers choose to do. It seems to be a really important thing for creatives. An opportunity to totally let themselves go and create something that is not in anyway influenced by a client. I was really inspired by this personal project by Dana Tanamachi in collaboration with Andrew Ryan Shepherd this week. And Dana's other typography work is just amazing too. You should take some time to explore her website.

Some other personal projects that I have enjoyed checking out in the past are the hand written letter project by Craig Oldham and The daily drop cap project by Jessica Hische (also listen to one of her talks where she talks about procrastiworking and her side projects - it is so spot on! and see all her side projects here).

It feels so good to get inspired. The internet can really be an awesome place.

Happy Friday Folks!

Freitag

Have you ever seen these little product promo video's created by Freitag? I can't believe I have only just stumbled upon them - but they are pretty clever and fun. Freitag is all about “recontextualizing” - and giving used materials a new life. I think we can all agree that they do that in a beautiful way. I enjoyed reading the story about how they got started and drooling over some of their beautiful products.

Mike Monteiro - How Designers Destroyed the World

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I listened to this talk by Mike Monteiro yesterday on my lunch hour and it was kind of a bit of a wake up call. It was a good telling off to designers basically. I think I have felt a bit a stale and dare I say uninspired in the my design life the last few months - but this talk has reminded me what it is all about it. Its about creating something of value, something that enriches and benefits society. Something that solves a problem...but not just any old problem...problems that need solving and are good problems to solve. I would really really recommending giving this talk a listen...what ever job you do but especially if you are involved in any form of design or creating. Be warned though there is a lot of swearing.

Some of the quotes that really struck me while listening were:

"Creation without responsibility breeds distraction"

"You are responsible for the work that you put into the world, and you are responsible for the effect that work has upon the world."

"As a designer you have a responsibility to your craft."

"Destroy your apathy"

"If you don't care about what you are designing then STOP"

You will notice a common theme there is responsibility. I need to take responsibility for what I create and what I put into the world. Anyway there is a lot to think about and mull over. I think I might go and find his talk on creative mornings and give that a listen.

If anyone else listens to this talk would love to hear your thoughts!

Introducing: Belinda Love Lee
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Today I would like to introduce Belinda Love Lee. Belinda is a friend of a friend and I have been admiring her work from afar every since my lovely friend Lois (look out for her interview in the future!) told me about her. I am looking forward to meeting Belinda in person and getting to chat about hand drawn type and all things design some day soon. Anyway for now enjoy finding out more about her and her beautiful work!

Where do you live and how do you think it influences your work?That's a really funny question to ask because I feel like I live in 3 different countries. I am a bit all over the place with my multiculturalism. I currently live in Cardiff and moved here almost a year ago, previous to that I lived in Toronto for 6 years, but my original roots are based in Hong Kong, I grew up there till I was 18. I have a serious case of the travel bug! Each country has a special place in my heart and has influenced my work in the way that I have gained knowledge and exposure over different cultures and design styles.

How would you describe what you do?By trade, I am a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.

I mainly focusing on branding, corporate identity, and designing bespoke wedding invitations. Work consists of hand lettering, drawing illustrations then bringing them on to the computer to give it the final oomph! My projects usually look like designing a logo for a start up business, or translating a couples love for each other onto design.

By heart, I am an inspirer. I love inspiring and influencing others. What excites me most about designing for people is that I get to help them achieve their dreams!

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What are your tricks for getting inspired when you have a creative block?When I get stuck I usually just leave my work to the very last minute before it's due. I know that sounds counter productive, but for me procrastination works! Somehow my mind gets tricked into thinking "Oh my gosh, this company's logo is due in a day.I don't have time to mess around, I have to do it now." When I have tight deadlines my creativity just shows up! The creative block can't exist anymore because it's needs to get done. I think also walking away from your work gives you space not think about it. That way you come back to it with a clear conscious, new perspective and ideas.

What is your favourite project/piece that you have worked on and why?

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It would have to be the cards I designed for the most amazing prop stylist Christina Yan - the reason being that they are beyond beautiful, but more so because this design landed me a presence on the internet. Before this year I was really quite afraid of putting my work online in fear that I just wasn't good enough and didn't compare the to millions of talents out there. But after designing these cards, I felt confident enough to show the world and literally overnight I had tones of reblogs and got featured on the best of design blogs- Grain EditDesign Work Life,Design Sponge. Though more importantly than the online press, it made me actually realize that I can't live in fear any longer, because it's just holding me back from doing the work I love and my destiny in it's fullest.

If you could learn a new skill what would it be?I've actually enrolled myself for a course in silk screen printing in January. Silk screen prints have always fascinated me, whether on paper or clothing. I like the fact that each print doesn't come out exactly the same, it somehow feels a little bit more organic and unique. Now that I have the time to learn something new I might as well!

What is your favourite song right now?My absolute favourite song at the moment would be "Until We Get There" by Lucius. I have this addictive personality to me that when I'm in love with a song, I'll put it on replay 24-7 until I get completely sick of it.

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belinda01

which designers/artists/photographers get you super inspired and excited?The one designer that absolutely inspires me is Anna Rifle Bond of Rifle Paper Co. She is the owner and illustrator of the most fabulous line of stationary goods. I aspire to be like her one day (hopefully soon!) I love how her illustrations and designs are so distinctly her. I can tell if a piece is a part of her line even before flipping it over to see her logo. In my opinion, Rifle Paper has changed trends in illustrations and stationary, and now tones of people try to draw like her. Not only is her stationary beautiful, but she is also an amazing business women. I think that's what makes her company so successful - Anna has somehow mastered the perfect balance between being creative and being an entrepreneur.

How do you relax and unwind?If money was not an object, I would travel to unwind! But since I live a modest lifestyle, it's a toss up between going to the gym, hanging with friends, or catching up on my latest TV series. (New Girls!)

What is your top tip for life?Do what excites you, what you're passionate about, conquer your inner fears, and your dreams will come to pass.

What frustrates me most is when people sell out to their 9-5 jobs that they absolutely dread and hate. Not that I'm against 9-5 work, if you love it and enjoy it, amazing. But what I'm against is people who go through the motion of work everyday but despise the very thing they put 40 hours a week to. Maybe they still go to work out of a fear of being unstable with finances, or because they're scared that loosing their job equates to loosing their lives. I personally think that  we were created to do work that brings you life. I see work as an extension of ourselves. At times freelancing can be very unpredictable without a steady income, though despite that, I would still never settle to do work I hate. It's just not a part of who I am.

Thanks Belinda for this great interview. If you would like to follow more about what Belinda is up to check out her blog, and follow her on instagram and twitter. Also check out the previous interview with Bianca. Happy Wednesday.  

Photo of Belinda taken by Joe Stratford

Introducing: Bianca Cash
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Bianca_Cash

I am so excited to start this series of little interviews with creative people I admire and who have inspired me. I am pretty chuffed that the lovely Bianca has agreed to be the first. I first noticed Bianca on instagram a few months ago and have been a fan ever since. She captures the world in a really beautiful way and also her inked typography is HOT STUFF! Read the interview below, get inspired and go follow her on EVERYTHING.

Where do you live and how do you think it influences your work? I live in Melbourne, Australia. I am currently studying at Swinburne University of Technology - the design campus is in an inspiring creative inner city suburb called Prahran.

In general, Melbourne's a pretty cool city (slightly bias...) A lot of my favourite design studios are in Melbourne.

How would you describe what you do? Oh gosh, umm. Haha.Right now, I study graphic design full time. On the side I freelance as a designer and photographer. Most of the design work I get commissioned to do is logo design - especially in ink. Basically I spend a lot of time with a paint brush, paper and ink and also a lot of time on my pretty iMac.

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What are your tricks for getting inspired when you have a creative block? Most of the time when I'm in a bit of a blah creative block, I try to get creative by hand.Get back to the basics so to speak. I usually mess with some inking. Or if I can get away with it, I remove myself from being creative for a little while. A little space can help, I find.

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bianca_02

If you could learn a new skill what would it be? Ohh, I would love to be able to do more fancy things with typography. I wanna design a typeface! One day hey?

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breezi_placeit

What is your favourite song right now? Can I pick a couple or a few? It's so hard to choose... I am loving City and Colour's latest album 'the Hurry and the Harm' and Matt Corby's latest song 'Revolution' has been on repeat too.

Which designers/artist/photographers get you super inspired and excited? I'll start with Paul Rand, Alex Stitt and textile designer Vera Neumann. Melbourne has some incredible studios, I especially love the work that comes out of Motherbird and A Friend of Mine and Mildred and Duck. I also just recently spent four weeks interning at Kish and Co.

How do you relax and unwind? I can be a bit of a home-body (sometimes) - love sipping on a hot tea and listening to music. But I also love spending a day out: brunch with friends + browsing cute stores or a market. I love casual photo walks too.

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bianca_04

What is your top tip for life? Be kind. I think if I had to choose one, it would be that as it kinda covers so much.

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bianca_03

If you want to find out more about Bianca check out her website, her blog and follow her on instragram and twitter. Thanks Bianca for sharing your beautiful work with us! The cafe photos above were taken by Luisa Brimble