Wednesday, 29 September 2010

shoe fetish

Covet: TWS by Camper. What I like to call 'investment footwear'. But that's not such a bad thing if they do last a long time.

Sunday, 26 September 2010


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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

2011 calendar

2011 calendar, sumi ink illustrations, mizu designsHere it is....well a few pages of the finished product anyway. The calendar has two months to a page of my original illustrations and sumi drawings. Tea features strongly. As do eggs, and furry critters such as cats and chickens. And a few unusual things with legs and feet. All printed on archival quality paper with inks that will last forever. It's in my shop now. And I'll even pop a free greeting card in with each purchase. 2011 calendar, sumi ink illustrations, mizu designs2011 calendar, sumi ink illustrations, mizu designs2011 calendar, sumi ink illustrations, mizu designs2011 calendar, sumi ink illustrations, mizu designs2011 calendar, sumi ink illustrations, mizu designs

Sunday, 19 September 2010

thinking ahead

2011 calendar, sumi ink illustrations, cat, mizu designsA sneak preview of the 2011 calendar I'm making featuring my illustrations and sumi ink drawings. It should be available in the next few days...
illustrations, cat, mizu designs

Friday, 17 September 2010


These gorgeous old Japanese medical prints made me smile after discovering them via print interesting the other day. Just look at that detail!

I've been pondering creative matters at length in the last little while. For work and for pleasure and now somehow they've become beautifully entwined. I've been particularly focussed on how creativity is fostered and nurtured for creative folk, particularly those in art and design. If you too enjoy thinking about these things check out Elizabeth Gilbert's wonderful podcast on TED about nurturing creativity. It's 19 minutes of your life that will be well spent. I have watched it a number of times in the last year and each time I come away thinking about something new. Today it was about the importance of persistence. Now ain't that the truth?

Is there something about persistence and your creative process that you'd like to share? Do you have any magical methods/approaches/routines that work for you?

Friday, 10 September 2010


My feet are in heaven and it's because I found Ingoote. These lovely felted slippers (pic from Ingoote) made from linen and wool arrived today in the post all the way from Lithuania. And I swear my feet are smiling they're so comfy. Melbourne and Tassie folk - if you have a house with floorboards and you need some warm foot comfort consider these lovelies. And Ingoote is so sweet to deal with even when I mistakenly told her my feet are 38cm long (!!!!!!) instead of saying they are EU size 38. Smart woman that she is she double-checked that I didn't have ridiculously long feet before making my pair :) And now they are snug as a bug in a rug. Haven't heard that expression in a while, have you?