My name is Diane and I'm a freelance editor based in Melbourne, Australia. Notes to a Further Excuse is a design and lifestyle blog that brings together my love of design, illustration, homewares, stationery, photography, travel and all manner of other other lovely things.
I thought I'd round off the week with these sweet illustrations from British designer and illustrator Lindsay J. Haynes. Lindsay is a graduate of the Camberwell College of Arts in London, and is now based in Bristol. You can check out her lovely work over at her website and blog.
That's all from me for the week. I don't know about you, but I'm super pumped for the weekend, and I really hope that Melbourne remembers that it's supposed to be spring soon enough! Do you have any nice plans? Whatever you're up to, I hope you have a lovely time!
More gorgeous new textile designs, this time from St. Jude's. Their new Native Heath print has been designed by Norfolk-based classic British clothing manufacturer Old Town. Native Heath, which is available in two colourways - Berry/Birch and Mushroom/Peat - features playful motifs of the manmade set against a background of map-style heathland symbols, which have been partly inspired by the map fo the Hundred Acre Wood as drawn by E H Shepard for the inside covers of the Winnie the Pooh books by A A Milne.
The fabric is avaialable for purchase by the metre as well as ready-made cushion covers. I really love this new print; it's so damn cute!
Head on over to the St. Jude's website for more information. And while you're there, it's also worth lusting over St. Jude's other gorgeous fabrics!
Etsy truly is a glorious place. Whilst doing a little mooching over there the other week, I stumbled upon the work of Spanish designer Eduardo Morales Barba, aka Edubarba. Eduardo specialises in large graphic and typographic digital prints, with an array of bold colours in a retro palette. He also creates a range of photo montages with influences from 1930s German graphics.
I really like Eduardo's awesome Spanish 2012 wall calendar - this would look great hanging in an office.
To see more of Eduardo's work, check out his Etsy shop.
The lovely Lotta Jansdotter has just announced a brand new line of fabrics; a first for this talented designer that will no doubt make her fans very happy indeed. Called Echo, the collection has been inspired by Lotta's Scandinavian roots, and is filled with simple and playful organic motifs and patterns in inspiring colours. Lotta teamed up with Windham Fabrics to develop the range, which includes a number of different patterns that all work nicely together as a whole. Lotta's new fabrics are suitable for a variety of end uses, from table linen, clothing and quilts to curtains and other home decor.
Hello all, did you have a nice weekend? I spent most of mine cooped up inside trying to finish off some school work while staring longingly at the sunshine outside. It's a tough life, eh? There was alo a big spring house clean in preparation for the parental visit - speaking of which, if things go a little quiet over the next week or so that'll be why! I'll be doing my best to post as much as possible though. Anyway ... on to today's post, which is all about these stunningly beautiful paper mobiles and garlands from Portland-based designer Heather Frazier of Frazier & Wing.
Heather hand crafts all of her paper mobiles, and her collection was born out of her love for colour, decoration and a passion for making and creating. Her inspirations include fashion, art, design, textiles and jewellery, and Heather also has a love for tiny details and beautiful quality materials; something that becomes obvious as soon as you start looking through her collection of work.
I love the bright colours and the fact that Heather's mobiles could be suitable for a child's bedroom as well as a sophisticated living space. Lovely!
I love these alphabet ceramic plates from London-based designer and illustrator Parul Arora, aka Just Noey. Parul's cute plates are the result of a series of hand-illustrated type that she has created by drawing different food that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet. So there's A for asparagus, C for cake, D for dessert and so on. Talk about making meals fun!
Parul also has other unique illustrated ceramics and tableware available in her Etsy shop (post-a-plates and polaroid ceramic coasters!), so head on over to there to check out her full range of wares. Parul also has a cool blog here.