The Beauty of Kew Gardens

NatureFirst time visit to Kew Gardens and ‘The Hive’

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The Palm House 1848

On Sunday, I visited Kew Gardens for the first time, having heard many good stories about it and seeking a bit of ‘real’ (botanical gardens aren’t quite wild, but anyway) nature in my life. I wasn’t prepared for the scale of this place (121 hectares) but managed to get a good first impression and will happily visit a couple more times. Continue reading “The Beauty of Kew Gardens”

‘Scrapstore’ Volunteering

Joining the Work and Play Scrapstore team

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Having a long summer holiday ahead of me, and having massively enjoyed the last time I got into volunteering, I was delighted to have been invited into the Scrapstore as part of the team. It’s a real treasure chest of what others have considered ‘rubbish’ (out of season wallpaper, textile scraps, test prints etc.) but what schools, communities, families, artist and designers can turn into fantastically creative projects…

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Enter The Summer Void

This summer will be so productive and creative (she says every year)

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Enter the Void, 2009. Image from here

It’s probably not very accurate to compare the sense of anxiety I have before summer holidays to the drug fuelled, bizarre, terrifying  experience of Oscar in Enter the Void, but I thought it made a good title. I dread the moment in the future, when my holidays have just ended and I realize I have done hardly any of the great projects I have planned. Continue reading “Enter The Summer Void”

A Year Of Discoveries

Completing a 13 month placement at Foster + Partners

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The end of a unique placement experience and a long summer holiday ahead must be a good occasion to finally start a blog, right? My 13 months at Foster + Partners have now come to an end and as expected the time has flown and the discoveries about the ‘real’ design world have been plenty. Continue reading “A Year Of Discoveries”