An encounter with London's homeless

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Toothpicker

Left: A rough sleeper in Islington; Right: the same problem can be seen in the streets of Glasgow

I don't believe in New Year's resolutions simply because if I want to make changes, I would not wait until the beginning of the year. However, a new year has motivated me to do [...]

This post was posted in London, Social issues, Homelessness and was tagged with London, paris

Christmas markets 2015

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Toothpicker

Three weekends of Christmas market at the Barbican Centre
I admit that I am not a natural salesperson. I have always worked behind the scenes, and selling face to face is a 'skill' that I had to learn when I started this business.
I know that popping up once a year is not [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Business, Designers at work, Design, Pop ups and was tagged with Barbican, Christmas shopping, pop up shop, Christmas markets

Maze Hill Pottery's open studio

Posted on December 12, 2015 by Toothpicker

Top left: The disused ticket office-turned pottery studio; Top right: Lisa Hammond's beautiful Soda & Shino glaze pottery
London is full of hidden gems, not only they are off tourists' radar, but many are also unknown to Londoners. Since I live north of the river, I am quite oblivious to events that [...]

This post was posted in Uncategorized, London, Coffee, Shopping, British designs, Korean stationery, Trade fairs, Calligraphy, Traditional arts & crafts, Britain, Design, Portuguese art, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with London, British design, ceramics & potteries

New product ranges from Japan

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

Katamaku - an upcycled stationery and product range
In the last 2 months, we added three new product ranges from Japan, including: upcycled stationery by KATAMAKU, textile products by Tenp, and Sola cube and Sola Zukan by Sola.

During my trip to Japan earlier this year, I met up with Japanese architect Shimon [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Stationery, Nature, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Contemporary crafts, Designers at work, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, Japanese designers, stationery, nature, contemporary crafts, sola cube, tenp10, katamaku, sashiko weaving

Upcoming Christmas markets in London

Posted on December 3, 2015 by Toothpicker

Our advent calendar-inspired pop-up promotional card
This December, we will pop up for three weekends in London! We are very happy to be selected as one of the vendors to be selling at the Barbican this year. I have often visited the Barbican for events and exhibitions, so I am thrilled to [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Graphics & illustrations, Pop ups and was tagged with London, graphic design, Barbican, Christmas shopping, pop up shop

The Eric Gill series exhibition

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Toothpicker

It is rare to visit an exhibition dedicated to typography, even in London.
Therefore, an exhibition on the development of the Gill Sans typeface by British artist/ sculptor/ type designer/ printmaker Eric Gill proved to be popular among graphic designers and typography lovers.
Gill designed the hugely popular Gill Sans sans-serif typeface between 1927-30 for [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, British designs, Talks, Graphics & illustrations, Design, Typography and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, graphic design, typography, Gill sans

Mino washi from Gifu exhibition

Posted on November 15, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mino washi paper exhibition at The Proud Archivist
I have been wanting to visit Mino in Gifu Prefecture in Central Japan for a while. My motive is to do with none other than paper, as Mino is renowned for traditional Japanese paper making.
The origin of Mino washi can be traced back to the [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese designs, Exhibitions, Paper craft, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, paper craft, The Proud Archivist, washi

Capturing autumn colours

Posted on November 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

Hampstead heath
This autumn, we have had some beautiful sunny days with vivid blue sky in London, therefore I couldn't resist taking the time off (during the week) to enjoy nature in this bustling city. And I didn't have to go far since Hampstead Heath is the sanctuary for nature in London.

Hampstead Heath
I [...]

This post was posted in London, Photography, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with London, nature, photography, autumn, Hampstead, walking

Stoke on Trent's vanishing kilns, craft and economy

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

Top: The grade II* listed Gladstone Pottery Museum where visitors can learn about city's pottery history and manufacturing processes; Bottom 2 rows: The city is full of abandoned pottery factories, kilns and chimneys
Last year, I visited The Asia Triennial in Manchester, and I was pleasantly surprised by the how the city [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Social issues, Britain, Street life, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, heritage, street life, Stoke on Trent, inequality

Middleport – The last working Victorian pottery factory

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

Trent & Mersey canal
I had pre-booked a guided factory tour at the last working Victorian pottery factory – Middleport pottery factory the morning after my visit to the British Ceramics Biennial. I decided to take a scenic route (also recommended by the B & B owner) along the Trent [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Britain, Architectural conservation, Design, ceramics & potteries, British heritage and was tagged with British design, heritage, traditional crafts, Stoke on Trent, ceramics & potteries, Middleport pottery factory, England's canals

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