A couple of weeks ago I was lucky to be invited to Smug, the most beautiful shop selling gorgeous home and lifestyle accessories in Camden Passage, Islington. This shop is completely up my street, honestly everywhere I looked I wanted to buy something! The cafe downstairs is also the perfect place to stop for a delicious homemade treat whilst shopping.
Before the workshop upstairs, we were led through Betty & Walter's gorgeous print collection by Lisa Levis (nee Stickley) whose work I have been a fan of for years. In fact it turns out she used to lecture at Bath School of Art and Design before I started there! Lisa starts off her collections with hand drawing, which I love the feel of, before working through them on the computer.
With a glass of Pimms in our hands, we were taught how to make gorgeous garlands by Esther of Origami-est. I usually get confused following origami guides on my own so it was a lot easier being taught by Esther (who runs workshops regularly), and once I'd done a couple of the shapes I just about got the hang of it. I can't wait to make these in festive papers for my Christmas tree this year.