6th January 2017

Museum madness

A friend recently told me about this little known offer. By joining the Museums Association you get free access to virtually all the Museums
29th March 2016
Quitoal by Guayasamin (detail)

Ecuador's answer to Picasso?

Think of Ecuador. The Amazon, Andes, cloud forests and Galapagos may come to mind. Maybe you’ll think about the oil industry. You almost
8th December 2015
Colourful Pantone mugs

Presents for creatives and design lovers

We creative types can be very picky when it comes to presents. Here are some ideas showing you how to please your arty loved-ones. 
8th December 2015
A Patern Painting by Stephanie Wilkinson

Colouring for grown-ups

When you look at the bestseller lists, you’ll see quite a few colouring books for adults. Who’s buying these books? I haven’t heard any of my friends
30th November 2015
Paper lanterns

Making lanterns for the Teddington Lantern Procession

Even though I love my job, I sometimes wish I could spend a little less time at my computer and a lot more time creating stuff
28th May 2015
Peter Blake's razzle dazzle snowdrop ferry

Everybody razzle dazzle …

On a recent trip to Liverpool, I drove to Seacombe to see Peter Blake’s Snowdrop Mersey Ferry, but nothing had prepared me for this riot of colour.
27th March 2014

London Lounge: Leighton House Museum

If, like me, you love turquoise, Arabic architecture, patterns and scripts, you will love the Leighton House Museum. Tucked away off Kensington High Street near Holland Park,
30th December 2013
serpentine sackler gallery

London Lounge: The Serpentine Sackler Gallery

There’s a new venue in town not a million miles from the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens: a short hop up the road brings you to the
24th October 2013
A detail from Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy by David Hockney

Hockney hints that all’s not well

Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy was a wedding present to fashion designer Ossie Clark and textile designer Celia Birtwell from artist David Hockney. Davidwas their
24th October 2013
Tate Britain

Free tours at Tate Britain

Did you know that Tate Britain runs free daily guided tours? These take place every day at 11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm. The 3pm tour focuses on
2nd April 2013
vintage flower pattern

A cultural desert? Not in my book.

People think the 1970s was a cultural desert, but Glam, an exhibition of popular art of the early 70s now on at the Tate Liverpool, proves
18th July 2012
The Vanity of Small Differences panel 3, tapestry by Grayson Perry

A Modern Rakes Progress

Until recently, I regarded Grayson Perry as a sartorially challenged transvestite who produced quite nice pots. After having watched Channel 4’s All in the best possible
16th April 2012

How to choose a colour scheme

Sometimes all of us need inspiration when it comes to choosing colours, and you could do worse than turning to one of the Great Masters. One
2nd September 2010

An unsung hero

Many of you will have heard of Oz magazine, know about the obscenity trial in 1970, and possibly even know the name of its editor, Richard