Bonus birdies

by Myfanwy Tristram

marimekko birds by Myfanwy Tristram

There’s a fab shop in Brighton called Blackout, which sells all manner of brightly-coloured stuff from around the world. Don’t visit if you’re a minimalist!

They’ve been running workshops over Easter and my daughter and I popped in with a friend to do their Marimekko-inspired bird collage session (possibly a string of words you would only hear uttered in Brighton). You can see mine, above, on the right, and my daughter’s on the left.

Here’s the workshop in progress (image credit Blackout): you can just see my right eye peeking out from behind the instructor, Caroline — best view of me, probably. It was very nice to have the kids and the adults all mucking in together on the same project.

I knew I liked Marimekko, but this was also a good reminder that I enjoy collage and I really must get back to doing some more — and not least because I have tins of nice scraps of paper saved for such a purpose.


A Lush party

Lush party by Myfanwy Tristram

Lush party by Myfanwy TristramMy daughter had her 7th birthday party at Lush. She and her pals had a fabulous time blowing bubbles, playing games, and, at the end of the party, choosing a couple of products to take home with them. This was the invitation.



SchoolmatesSome kids are completely mesmerised when they see a screen.

At first, I thought they must come from families where they aren’t allowed as much TV time as our daughter is (against my better judgement, I might say).

But apprently not – it’s just that the screen makes them go like rabbits in headlights. Anyway, the good thing is, they sit so still and you can get some real drawing time in.