I am delighted to say that I have a piece in the current edition of Uppercase magazine. The theme is ‘Travel’ and there is a feast within these covers: travellers’ tales, book reviews, illustrations, stories, international shopping, and more.


This is an intensely visual magazine; it is richly colourful. As it is an independent magazine which is funded by subscribers, the editor has made the decision to produce it without any paid advertisements, so there is no distraction from the beauty of the photographs and the illustrations.

Look out for me on page 82: my piece is about making travel journals, first with my children when they were young and then about going on to make them as an adult. I have travelled quite a lot this year and most of the visits are recorded with words and with bits and pieces of realia (maps, tickets, café bills etc) as well as with photos. Looking back at the early family travel journals makes me smile and brings back really precise recollections.

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In the ‘Explore’ edition, I particularly enjoyed reading an article on India by Jennifer Orkin Lewis, accompanied by luscious painted sketches, not least because in January, I too was in India, in the city of Chennai.  ‘Printing on the Road’ by Chris Fritton was fun too – I just love proper letterpress printing with metal type (I learnt about this in my first job in publishing). And of course I was interested in ‘Quilts for Cure’ by Hollyanne Knight who is making a series of 102 quilts to honor children who have fought or are fighting childhood cancer.

I love this magazine ‘for the creative and curious’. If you would like to subscribe, click here for details.

And here’s the by-line, whoo-hoo.

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“I’m doing patchwork all the time…”

No, that’s not me talking, with reference to the title (although it’s true of me too). In an earlier blog I wrote about visiting Mandy Pattullo at her studio in The Hearth, Horsley (click here to see it) and recently I was there once again to interview Mandy for ‘Popular Patchwork’ magazine. It’s been a big year for Mandy, who recently published her first book ‘Textile Collage’. Here’s a glimpse of the article:

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The whole interview can be found in the January edition of ‘Popular Patchwork’ which is out now.


It’s been a pleasure working with the editor Elizabeth Betts, pictured on the title page. And at the bottom of the page,there I am, listed as a contributor.


And here’s the bio:


At the back of the magazine is the preview for the February edition, which mentions a black and red quilt ‘Winter Rose’ which I designed. Look out for ‘Popular Patchwork’ from 13 January 2017.