Friday, 29 October 2010

Splendid Free Ebook on Time Management for Creative People

If you are – like me – always happy to receive good business advice, than I can only strongly recommend this free ebook by Mark McGuiness. 
Too busy to read long books? Then this one is perfect for you! In 30 short pages Mark will make you think again about how you organise your creative life.
You can download it from his website Wishful Thinking. (And no I'm not sponsored by him – I'm just an enthusiast.)

In his ebook Mark shares tips and suggestions on how to find time to be creative while staying on top of all the mundane tasks. 
This is a compendium of the author's own experiences and highlights from various famous business books. All sources are named, which is great if you want to read up about things in more detail. Mark then explains how some of those suggestions have worked for him, and how to overcome the difficulties which you may encounter when using those strategies.
It's written in an easy-to-follow and entertaining voice and will definitely make you think.

I took away a few excellent suggestions from this book, but the one thing which really made a difference for me, was the discussion of how to deal with the seemingly never-ending flood of emails – and how to make sure things don't get forgotten in your email inbox. 
The chapter 'Get things done by putting them off till tomorrow' really sorted me out.

Friday, 22 October 2010

ContainerPLUS Excitement

I'm so delighted! Yesterday morning I met with Luise from the extremely talented and very lovely art and design collective ContainerPLUS. Their fascinating work is extremely diverse ranging from illustration (see below), to animation and performances. 
In the past I have had the pleasure of working with them as a set-maker and we have a little online venture together called ContainerPLUS Jacky.

Image © ContainerPLUS

Luise generously agreed to be my first interview partner, providing an insight into ContainerPLUS' business and how they started working together. And I have to say it was utterly fascinating! 
I'm busy transcribing our discussion now and look forward to sharing the interview with you. So watch this space!

I also learnt about a new model shop in London this week. It's called Blueprint Model Shop. I haven't been there yet, but check out the amazing fake cakes on their website. … One never knows when this may come in handy.

I was also very excited to get a big order from a shop in Brighton which sells my jewellery. So I've been enjoyably busy making earrings, necklaces and brooches.

I hope things are going well for you too and that you also enjoying some of this gorgeous autumn sunshine. 

Friday, 15 October 2010

Traditional German sausage crafted here

Things have been busy with the creation of an illustration for the German monthly Emotion. I really enjoyed working with them in the past and had lots of fun with my image for the upcoming December issue.
No sneak preview can be given, but above are some sausages I made. I really loved getting the Fimo out and yes it was every bit as fun as it looks!

Monday, 4 October 2010

Retro Jewellery now available at The Maisonette in Glasgow

My apologies to all those of you who missed my regular Friday post. Unfortunately I was overcome by a sudden spell of unpleasantness, which forced me to leave the office instantly and have a good lie down and a soothing cup of tea.
Fortunately I'm fit as a trainer again and am very excited that my jewellery is now also being sold at The Maisonette, a wonderful shop selling arty goods in Glasgow. Carrie and Clare created a super lovely identity for their shop and I'm delighted that my little brooches will be sold alongside the products of so many talented people.