We Updated The Home Page For Flying Twigs

Here’s the index image for the new home page at Flying Twigs. I wanted to show that the main image is a greeting card, and that meant being able to show more than just the front of it.

The only way to do that is either to angle it so that the back peeps out from the side, or to show the back of the card from above. I chose the latter way, and that creates a perspective issue with the card tapering so that it’s smaller at the bottom that at the top.

To correct that, I pulled the image out at the bottom in Photoshop.

What do you think?

And what do you think of the new home page at Flying Twigs ?

Sailor Sketching Pen


I bought a Sailor DE Brush Stroke Style Calligraphy Fountain Pen about a year ago. It has a bent-up nib that is tipped at about 55 degrees.

I scribbled with it a couple of times and then put it in my pen pot and forgot about it. It didn’t forget about me however, and kept eyeing me as though to ask when I was going to take it out again.

About a week ago I took it out and the nib had dried out and the ink wouldn’t flow. I gave it a few hefty shakes and then another shake and another, and eventually it started to write again.

So I put it down on the desk and let it settle and then sketched this bird. I have to say that I like the irregularity of the line.


An artist’s space for small works

An artist’s space for small works:

Mrs Ricks Cupboard,

…made by Mr Hopgood’ is a walk-in cupboard that measures, 152cm x 126cm x 244cm and is located within Craig Fisher and Debra Swann’s current studio space in Primary, Nottingham. The cupboard is an original fixture in the space, the former Douglas Primary School in Nottingham.

I found it by following the links from Emily Speed‘s website – and I found her because she was exhibiting and selling her books at an exhibition at the FruitMarket Gallery here in Edinburgh a few days ago.

The books were tiny, handmade books and what attracted me to them was that Emily is a good draftswoman.

The last photo shows a box for a 35mm film, which give an idea of the size of the books.

And the third photo shows that I bought a limited edition – not that I knew until I got it home. :-)

Take a look at her website to find out what interests her:

“My interests lies in the relationship between people and buildings and my work explores the body and its relationship to architecture. The idea of shelter and the inhabitant is at the core of much of my work; how a person is shaped by the buildings they have occupied and how a person occupies their own psychological space.





I’ll talk about transitional spaces in another post: It’s an area that interests me.