Monthly Archives: April 2014

Eastpack Wyoming Old Stuff Backpack

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I prefer backpacks to handbags. I carry laptop (sometimes), camera/s, diary, notebook, sketchbook, pencil case, purse and other general stuff so handbags were never big enough, if they were, the straps would break!

As some of you might remember that I was looking for medium sized backpack last year. I had navy blue Quiksilver one, which I wasn’t really fond of – the colour faded really quickly and its front zipped pocket was so small that my purse didn’t fit in, putting purse in the main compartment wasn’t really accessible if I needed to pay for something.

So I searched and searched for the new backpack. That had nice design, good size, big front zipped pocket and affordable. I was recommended to look at those inexpensive backpacks in ASOS, I bought one of them online in hope that it is good enough but the quality wasn’t very good so I sent it back.

Finally, just last week I found It – thanks to size?. It is the perfect Eastpak Wyoming Old Stuff backpack.

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Aldo Chaparro At Home In Mexico City

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This is Aldo Chaparro’s home in Mexico City. He’s an artist who folds metal sheets for his pieces. I especially love the garden, I love how it is crowded with several of plants – just what I want for my garden.

I am liking these hanging plants inside as well. I would love to fill my new flat with indoor plants but the fact it will encourage more insects put me off a bit. Even the seating area is on the floor, it looks comfy with the cushions!

Take a look at the rest of pictures here.

Do you like his home?

images via the selby

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Artist In The Limelight: Stephanie Cowburn

This month’s Artist In The Limelight is the lovely and talented felt artist, Stephanie Cowburn! Again, I found her on Twitter and immediately thought her pieces are just adorable. Read on!


Hey Stephanie! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I guess we all have two sides to our personality – on the dark side, I’m impatient and have high expectations, on the lighter side, I also am impatient and have high expectations…but of myself and not so much of others. I’m self motivated and always eager to try and make something new.

Being a part time teacher (mainly teaching primary art – how lucky am I?!) means that I’m used to breaking activities down into manageable steps in order to build success for the children. I apply this principle to my own work too: develop an idea, improve it, and make it into something pleasing.

Stephanie Cowburn Artist In The Limelight

How did you become an artist?

From an early age I enjoyed drawing and painting, my parents bought me a good quality water colour pallet when I was doing my A levels believing in me enough to make the investment and to encourage the need for any artist to use good quality materials.

At university we had looms for textiles…that didn’t work, but it made me hungry to discover more about textile work and after selling a Batique I’d made for £50 I was smitten, (although the new owner claimed he’d have paid more)! Humph!

I only branched into felt making once my own young family had started school. I bought a felting kit off the internet consisting of a laminated instruction card, some wool tops and a car mat! I played and practiced in my kitchen and became hooked.

How would you describe your work?

Quirky. Cute. Adorable. Irresistible and a little bit of nonsense!

It’s not going to change your life but it might make you smile when you least expect to.

Stephanie Cowburn Artist In The Limelight

Who or what inspires your work?

The inner child within everyone inspires me – if my inner child shouts ‘make me a cow or a horse or a sheep’ then I know that someone else’s inner child is saying ‘I want a cow or a horse or a sheep’, we never fully grow up.

I write quirky individual profiles for each of my animal characters which customers and clients spend a long time reading and enjoying. I want to please people. I want my work to inject humour and pleasure. I want to create something you can’t buy off a shelf in every shop you enter. Humour and fun comes from the people and animals you meet and interact with, therefore everyone inspires me!

Stephanie Cowburn Artist In The Limelight

What’s the favourite piece you’ve ever made?

It’s difficult to pin point one particular piece that’s my favourite since I’m so fickle and led by my visual heart – my latest piece is often my favourite… However I do have two groups of art that I would take commissions from but never sell the originals of and these are ‘Zack and Lily’ two little zebras. They feature in a series of children’s picture books that I have written which are currently with my agent, and the 18 mad cats that make my websites ‘dating agency for cats’ called ‘Moggy Match’. I had so much fun making them and writing their profiles that even now some of these neurotic and eccentric cats have the ability to amuse me.

Stephanie Cowburn Artist In The Limelight

Stephanie Cowburn Artist In The Limelight

Who is your favourite artist?

I love working with children, they are open to suggestion, willing to try and are constantly developing their skills. I aspire to be like this, not to become stagnant and ever believe I’ve reached my full potential. I like artists who reinvent themselves and evolve as their work remains fresh and on the verge of brilliance. Students, graduates and young artists with self belief and raw determination to get their work noticed really appeal to me. They take risks, create what matters and are not shy to share their vulnerability with the world. I like that.

What advice or tips would you share with fellow artists?

It’s been said before but it’s worth saying again- be true to yourself. Believe in what you are doing and create art that you like. Don’t let other people chisel off the rough edges for it’s those rough edges that make you different from all the rest. You only need one person to believe in you because that one person can open a door to the rest of the world.


Stephanie, thanks so much for your fantastic answers. It was fun to know a little more about you and your creations! Everybody, be sure to pop over her website and have a nose around or say hello on her Twitter and Facebook.

Interested to be involved in this series? Get in touch! You can be photographer, sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, knitter etc too. Meet the rest of artists here.