Experiments in wine bottle cutting

I have long dreamed of making beautiful projects which upcycle the humble wine bottle into candle holders, plant holders and the like, however, until recently I've been stumped about how to cut bottles with professional-looking consistent results. Like (probably) you, I too searched the pages of Google for maker wisdom about the best way to…

Maker lust list: 5 things for 2018

When taking some enforced rest (I had flu last week), then the only thing to cheer you up is your imagination. I tried Netflix, but I'd watched all the good stuff and, in any case, my eyes wouldn't stay open what with the strict curfew of sickness on my body.  Off to dreams... maker dreams.…

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…