Bamboo brushes and scarlet ink

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Whilst in Tokyo this time, I visited this charming art shop.

Rather like a Japanese version of one my favourite English art shops, Cornelliesen, it was packed full of inlaid lacquer ink sets, rice paper, handmade E-bake paint brushes, porcelain red ink for seals, and jars and jars of pigment.

Tokyo Night Aquarium

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Night Aquarium in Tokyo was a surprisingly spectacular sight. This huge array of tanks containing goldfish changed colour with the lights.

A large area that looked rather more like a club or fairground with laser beams, drinking spots and dating couples 

But above all it was this installation reflecting the seasons in Japan (sorry I didn't record Spring), combining film and aquariums that impressed me most of all. 

Wild and free

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

At the weekend I went to the New Forest, an ancient area of forest on the south coast of England. It is always an inspiration. Autumn there is especially lovely, and I love to go down there and paint.

Above all seeing the wild ponies running free is a wonderful sight.

This sweet one came to say hello and followed us for some time.

Inspired by riding and ballet, we have also created this bespoke girl's crest print. If you would like to find out more information about this, and prices, please email us at


Friday, 13 September 2013

Landing in London, it appeared I had not only travelled across countries, but back in time too. Men in bowler hats and tweed jackets, ladies in Edwardian riding jackets, and vintage vehicles lined the streets. But sadly I had not landed in 1912, it was just the filming of the new Mr. Selfridge.

By contrast to hot and humid Tokyo, there was a chilly nip to the air. Autumn had arrived. Baskets of cob nuts, squashes, and cabbage were on sale.

And as it began to rain, it was definitely time for a cosy cocktail or two at Happiness Forgets, Hoxton Square.

Anzu at Mitsukoshi

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Thank you to everyone that came to Mitsukoshi. It was an amazing week. With lovely people, many kindnesses, and some rather delicious dinners too!