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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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To kickstart my return to blogging I’m taking part in Just A Card‘s #indieweek.

Day 1: All About Me.

Who I am: My name is Emma, I’m in my late thirties, born and raised in the same area of NW London in which I still live (which makes me something of a rarity these days I think).  I have a dog, a somewhat obsessive love of JK Rowling’s Wizarding World, and the attention span of a butterfly.  I tend to write the same way as I speak; waffling, going off on tangents, and rarely using one word when three can be shoehorned into the same place.  You’ll get used to it.

What I do: Flit from project to project because I have about as much focus as a concussed duckling? I kid, although in truth that’s actually pretty accurate.  I do turn my hand to a variety of crafts (including lino printing, print gocco, embroidery, and knitting and crochet) but predominately I’m a bookbinder and painter.  My style varies quite a lot (check out my Instagram to see all my paintings, and my Etsy shop to view my notebooks and other stationery) too and depends vastly on my mood.  I like that my work is versatile, but I have to admit that it makes it a little difficult to build a recognisable brand/look!

How I do what I do: Ok, you’ll have to pop back regularly to find out.  One of my intentions going forward is to share the design and making process for some of my past work.

 

Where I do what I do: I have a studio at the end of my garden, and that’s where messy things like bookbinding and printing take place.  And I have a desk in my bedroom, which is where I paint (because the studio is lovely but the light is much better in the loft!).

And that’s me!  Do follow me on Instagram, and follow Just A Card too!

 

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