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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Using watercolour in design

I love using watercolour paints for producing fabric designs. I like the fact that you can be quite spontaneous, that you have to be quick, that the colours mix so nicely and that the results can be unexpected. For me it’s the exact opposite of a computer-drawn design where the colours are in solid blocks and the elements are very controlled.

I do use the computer for developing a design, but the starting-point is usually hand-drawn with a pencil and painted, as you can see in the photo below.

Here, I’m working on a background for a calendar, in which I wanted to depict a stylised version of the twin villages of Kingsand-Cawsand in Cornwall.


The villages are just like the one in the UK television series called ‘Doc Martin’: clusters of white houses with slate roofs, framing a beach and the sea. My husband grew up in Cawsand. My daughter was married here three years ago (if you search on this website for the post about how the wedding dress was made, you see a photo or two of the wedding).

As I mentioned in the last post, there is a process of editing in the development of a final design and in this case when the proof arrived from Spoonflower, I knew that there needed to be more houses in the design.

Here’s the finished design, a 2017 calendar tea towel, available from http://www.spoonflower.com, in my studio: Amanda_Jane_Textiles.