DIY Calder-style modern art mobile

Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976) is one of my favourite artists and arguably the king of hanging sculptures, or modern mobiles as they are often referred to (although, he has worked in many more mediums). I love the playfulness of his work and photos of Calder always seem to show a twinkle in his eye.…

Make your own luxury facial oil

Like Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Stone (that's where the similarity ends), I am a convert to facial oils. And, while beauty counters will sell tiny bottles at £20 - £40 upwards, it can be very cheap and so SO simple to make your own - big plus if, like me, you're in a make-ation / gap…

UAL exhibition highlights: Glamorous swimwear from trashy beginnings

On first glance, it's hard to imagine the humble beginnings of BA Jewellery Design graduate Ruby Parker's luxurious swimwear and accessories. Her work, 'Wear what you waste', caught my eye when I attended the exhibition of students' work Central Saint Martins, part of University of the Arts (UAL) London. See if you can guess the items of household…

9 reasons why we took an make-ation, the ‘gap year’ for makers

Seven months ago it was one of those usual nights after work: a heavy day in the office needed some medicinal vino to wash away the stresses and talk about tomorrow's tomorrow dreams. Nothing unusual, or so I had thought. "Let's move to Bali", my husband, Callum, blurted out in a tone which was too…