Wednesday, 7 July 2010


I couldn't resist blogging this photo from our party last week.
These sparkling grins are always this big when I see them, even though they spend all day working jolly hard to run businesses that make beautiful things. There were more grins, but they didn't fit in the photo. These girls make creative business fun and our lives would be much harder without them. It is possible to work hard, if you know how to play.

I'm reading the philosophy of Andy Warhol and he says,

"Business Art is the step that comes after Art. I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist. After I did the thing called 'Art' or whatever it is called, I went into business art. I wanted to be an Art Businessman or a Business Artist. Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. During the hippie era people put down the idea of business- they'd say, "Money is bad," and "Working is bad," but making money is art, and working is art and good business is the best art."

To grin like this, give your old looks the re vamp of joy, by trying on a new hat or jewelry at and


Everyone of you, has, or knows someone who has, an odd sock. There's zillions of them, strewn across the planet.
John- Paul Flintoff, our current artist, has a solution. With a few small steps, an odd sock can be turned into a Person Toy Thing.
We love the way an odd sock could develop a persona, become part of a family, team, or institution. Sock Person Toy Things could make or break rules, cheer people up, or remind us of things we have forgotten.
What role could you give an odd sock person toy thing?
Tell us your ideas and read more about the genius behind this idea by purchasing J-P F's 'Sew Your Own' £7.99


It was a joy to spend time with Lisa Anne Auerbach a few weeks back. She stayed for a couple of days, on her way from LA to Paris. We went to the Art Worker's Guild for Lucinda Lampton's lecture on 'Temples of Convenience'.
Lisa's button was falling off her jacket. We were so busy talking and embroidering the snakes and ladders board (Lisa did no 29) that we didn't fix the button but sent her off to Paris with the needle and thread.
It was a good thing we did, because on arriving in Paris, Lisa Anne needed to wash her socks and knickers, but it didn't seem safe to dry them on the balcony of her hotel room, because they could have been caught in a light breeze, and fallen from the balcony, so she threaded them all together with the needle and thread, and they tidily drip dried in the bathroom.
Genius. Come back soon L-A x