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3 Tips for Environmentally-Friendly Gift Wrapping

At some point during the 35 degree heat of Summer 2018, I boldly declared that my Christmas 2018 would be Sellotape-free. Christmas is a time of huge wastage in terms of packaging (amongst other things) but as December draws near, I’m very aware that I don’t really know how I’m going to present my Christmas gifts without compromising on style. Thankfully, Kate Stuart has stepped in to offer practical guidance for us to create environmentally-friendly gift wrapping. Kate is an artist, writer and runs The Phoenix Green Store – Newcastle’s first zero waste solutions store. She contributes to No Serial Number Magazine, a publication promoting ethical and sustainable crafts.

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Botanical Illustration for high street fashion brand Wallis

In January, I wrote down “2018 objectives” for my my business – including collaboration commissions with botanical, bridal and fashion brands. I fixed this list up on my pinboard, with all the open-hearted optimism the New Year offers. So I was delighted to be asked by British high street fashion brand Wallis to take inspiration from key looks in their Spring Summer 2018 collection and create an original illustration.

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Energizing Accent Colours: Canary Yellow

Greetings from Springtime in London. This is the first in a series of three quick galleries to scroll through, featuring my favourite mood-enhancing colours for instant energy. I once owned the perfect canary yellow silk pencil skirt from Reiss. People would stop me in the street to compliment me or ask where it was from. Tragically, I accidentally dropped a black biro in my lap, leaving a long irremovable line.

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