Every now and again it’s nice to think about whats currently inspiring you as a creative, I guess thats why Pintrest and Tumblr et al are so awesome. So I guess this is what’s making me feel rad at the moment and things to look forward to.
I really like listening to Plume Giant. Gentle, whimsical, poetic and perfect for staring out of windows too and cuddling up in a blanket. Also great to make stuff to!
Another favourite past time when I’m not working, running around after kids/dog or looking after the house is curling up with a good magazine. Two magazines I have fallen in love with recently are Flow and Lionheart.
Flow hails from the Netherlands (I love it there, so much beauty!) and is filled to the brim with inspiration, imagery, fabulous articles, recipes, creativity and each page makes you smile. The 2nd international edition is available now.
Lionheart magazine is perfectly handbag sized and is produced in the UK. I really enjoy the tone of the publication, its like going for a cuppa with a great friend who recommends ace places to visit and tells you entertaining stories and gives you enviable style advice. It’s well worth £5 as it has a great coffee table feel with its thick paper and wonderful artwork, a real keeper!
I want to go and stay at the Flying Pancake B & B in Amsterdam. My partner and I are planning a trip to Amsterdam by train this winter and I think we have found the perfect place to stay and we have searched endlessly for the perfect mix of style, design and location. Just outside the hustle and bustle it will be perfect for the much needed getaway with a touch of romance. It will be my first holiday in three years and the first time I have spent more than one night away from my disabled son for a long time.
Autumn and winter food and drink!!!
Apple and Cheddar scones from Smitten Kitchen.
Creamy Pan Fried Mushrooms and Poached Egg from Island Menu, truly wonderful photography and food!
Im so so thrilled to at last have a studio space again! Its been over a year since I last had a work space to make in.
Our little dog Margot is settling in so well, she sleeps by my feet under the desk as I sew and embroider.
We have faced so many hardships over the past year as a family and I can at last try and have some peace, quiet and space to think and relax in. I don’t underestimate what a special thing this is.
British Sea Birds will be available next week exclusively from Southsea Coffee!
I just had the latest edition delivered to my door and its wonderful.
What more could I want in a magazine than art, design, thoughtful writing and beautiful photography?
From weekly cartoonist for the Guardian with ‘Where’s my jetpack’ to wonderful illustration and wit.
Beautifully handcrafted wooden items.
Born from a fascination with the natural world, adventures in mountains and forests and objects with magical properties, Miscellaneous Adventures is a new craft project by illustrator and maker Andrew Groves.
Digitally printed plushies, posters and home ware are all in the Plingsulli Store.
Enjoy the naive and colourful work.
The coupling of gourmet hot dogs and champagne sounds like a match made in heaven to me.
It can only be a short amount of time before we have a gourmet hot dog joint in my city (please).
Shannon and the Clams
Basically my new favourite band with a kick ass female lead and a surf punk rock vibe
to accompany the best summer ever!
A beautiful blog filled to the brim with recipes, photography, art and life.
Recently I had the pleasure of being introduced to Angela Chick a talented illustrator who is leaving the beautiful seaside city of Brighton to come and reside in Portsmouth. Portsmouth is my hometown and I guess its not as awesome as Brighton, we still have a long way to catch up with Brighton’s vibrant creative personality. We are getting there though and the more lovely creative people who move here the more we are able to increase our reputation as an artistic hub especially my neighbourhood Southsea which has a great reputation for such goings on.
image of Southsea beach courtesy of: Often Hover
Here is a little bit about Angela:
Angela has experience with print and illustration, and has produced works including limited edition prints, accessories, soft furnishing textiles, and illustrations for magazines – as well as writing and designing two books on introducing art in early education. Most recently, Angela has launched a line of children’s wear featuring her playful illustrations.
It is so exciting to see fellow female artists and makers doing what they love, making it work and being successful!
You can find Angela’s work for sale online in her store or via Not on the High street.
It is with regret I announce I will be leaving my post as manager of the Gold Room Gallery at the end of this month. I have had so much fun and learnt a great deal but it’s time to move on.
I have some other projects I want to work on as well as devoting more time to my toy making.
I am also planning on writing a book about raising a child with severe autism, not a sad weepy book but a kind of creative guide.
In other news we are planning on moving house as our landlord is selling in June so it’s all systems GO! I do hope I find a nice home to move to. As always life is filled with changes, disruption and chaos, I think I have learnt that is what life is, it never seems to be peaceful and stable. Acceptance has become the buzzword of the Lapin household.
Here is a list of things making life a bit brighter at the moment:
The music of Best Coast, Pavement, Real Estate, Harlem, Thee Oh Sees, King Khan and the BBQ Show, Metronomy and Grimes.
Oh Comely magazine
Tie Dye clothing
Watching Mad Men, Arrested Development and Game of Thrones.
In the midst of an uber busy time at the gallery I know how important it is for me to keep my site healthy and active. I am so excited because tomorrow we have an exhibition of photography at work by Ali Tollervey which is of the band Dark Horses. The band will be there and then we get to see them perform live afterwards at The Registry. Then on Saturday we have our Zine Fair which I’m beyond happy about!
To get us in the mood for a super Spring Easter weekend here are some images I came across on my tumblr. I will credit images where I can.
I took this photo last week at Portsmouth Museums Teddy Bear exhibition. this bear is my favourite.
“We always imagine that there’s got to be somewhere else better than where we are right now; this is the Great Somewhere Else we all carry around in our heads. We believe Somewhere Else is out there for us if only we could find it. But there’s no Somewhere Else. Everything is right here… Make this your paradise or make this your hell. The choice is entirely yours. Really.”
I read this morning and it really struck a chord with me. I know both types of person and I veer from one to the other.
I had a really great meeting last night about the Zine Fair and it was one of those situations where you’re sat with people who are interested in making life a bit richer.
Wow that was quick! Another week has passed us by and I hope that everyone has returned happily to work, school and home life routine feeling happy. This time of year can feel so dull and the art’s and culture can provide us with a much needed boost. So go visit a museum, gallery or park this weekend and feel good.
Here is a pick of some wonderful illustrative work to give your eyes and mind a boost! (click on the images for links, yay)
Amazingly I have given up smoking, Im on day 6. Its getting easier with each day. Maybe its the change in the season, makes it easier to change something in your life. Its not an easy choice and I haven’t been out to a bar yet drinking, that will be a huge test of strength not to smoke. If I can do it I will prove to myself that I am capable of self control, this is something that at 29 years old has eluded me most of my life.
Lets celebrate the change in season and the freedom of stopping.