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The prompt for day three of #indieweek is ‘your home and community’ – which gives me the perfect excuse to trot out one of my favourite quotes (by the wonderful Ben Aaronovitch – if you’re not familiar with his work then grab Rivers of London and get reading).

If you’re a native-born Londoner..then the strongest bit of your manor is where you grew up.  There’s a particular kind of safety that comes from being on the streets where you went to school, had your first snog, or drink, or threw up your first chicken vindaloo.

It’s true, and one’s manor doesn’t just confer a sense of security but also one of community.  I live at a bit of a crossroads: on the north/south boundary between Brent and Westminster and, looking east/west, I’m slap bang betwixt Queens Park and Kensal Rise.  I went to school in Kilburn, and (for various reasons) Maida Vale has also become part of my regular stomping ground over the years.  My manor is wide and varied; it ranges from the polished and ludicrously posh, to the slightly grubby and still-furiously-resisting-gentrification. I love all of it: the community spirit of the people who walk their dogs in the parks, the friendliness of local shopkeepers, the quirky habits of certain local residents (I’m naming no names), and the fantastically rich local history.  It’s an amazing place to live, and I think that living here has influenced me and my work no end.

 

 

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Day 2: What does Just A Card mean to me?

The sale of even just one card means a lot: it makes me feel that my work is appreciated, that the effort that’s gone into my work has been worth it, and (because often people don’t think of the obvious) it helps keep a roof over my head.  Every sale makes me smile for all of those reasons, and also because I really like the idea that my work might be making someone else smile!  One of the things I enjoy most about my job is customer feedback: I’ve had lovely messages from people in the past, telling me how much they (or the person they’ve bought something for) have enjoyed writing in one of my notebooks, or that seeing one of my paintings on their wall always cheers them up.  I love, also, the stories behind some of the commissions I’ve been asked to do.  One of my handcrafted boxes was even used as part of a wedding proposal (it was a Harry Potter inspired proposal, and I cannot tell you how chuffed I was to be asked to help out with that)!  Some of the stories I hear are happy, some are poignant, and all of them are special.  Buy just a card, just a notebook, just a painting and you’re enriching my life, and I hope that my work helps to enrich yours too.

If you’d like to view my notebooks and other stationery then click here to visit my Etsy shop.  Pop over to my Instagram to view my paintings and, if you’d like to see a selection of past commissions then click here.

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