• My Mum’s Vintage 1950s Peter Rabbit Toy from England

    January 11, 2018 Kate

    Well will you look at this. My Mum’s very own stuffed Peter Rabbit toy from England, looking remarkably dapper given his age. Her English Grandparents mailed it to her in the early 1950s. The tag says it’s made by “Chiltern Hygienic Toys” (so glad they specified?!) and the inside actually looks like it may be…

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  • Ask Better Questions

    December 27, 2017 Kate

    We’re problem solvers. We want to fix things. When we’re low we want to make ourselves feel better. Fast. We might ask ourselves, “What can I do to feel better right now?” That question tends to lead to short-term solutions. Solutions that focus on pleasure over happiness. Maybe it’s the pleasure of excesses—I don’t feel…

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  • The Great Family History Project… Continues!

    December 25, 2017 Kate

    And so it continues! Thirty-six Christmases later. The Great Family History Project, or so it shall be named until I come up with something better. My Aunty Cathy started the immense task of compiling decades (centuries?) of family history back in the 70s. Not only figuring out who came from where and what they did,…

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  • Consume Less, Create More

    December 25, 2017 Kate

    I’m taking a break for the last 10 days of 2017. A break from social media, a break from content, a break from the ding-ding-ding of notifications. No Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, or Facebook. No news. No email on my phone. It’s back to basics. Back to using a phone as a phone and…

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  • You Are Not Your Work

    December 21, 2017 Kate

    A criticism of your work is not a criticism of you. If someone doesn’t like your work it doesn’t mean they don’t like you. Making bad work doesn’t make you a bad artist. Good artists make bad art all the time. That’s what makes them artists.   The only way to avoid making bad art…

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  • From Dumbo to Manhattan

    December 14, 2017 Kate

    A morning spent in Dumbo, Brooklyn, and a walk across the Manhattan Bridge for my last day in New York City. That’s right, a whole month later, I’ve finally gotten through editing all my trip photos. Some I’m really happy with, most I’m not, and that’s OK. The point was to get out with my…

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  • Reclaiming My Time

    December 13, 2017 Kate

    Feeling nostalgic for those slow travel days in Brooklyn. For the aimless wandering and the continuous discovery of new. A reminder to reclaim your time, because no one will do it for you.

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  • Fabric and Art, Books and Coffee (Another Day in Manhattan)

    December 1, 2017 Kate

    A day spent wandering through the Garment District and Chelsea in Manhattan. There was fabric and art, and books and coffee. And I was happy. Also, I always find the signs of income inequality in big cities interesting… That last photo was taken in Chelsea…

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  • What it Means to Be a Maker

    November 24, 2017 Kate

    It’s not about scale or automation. Passive income or growth hacking. It’s the physical connection with every piece of work you do. By a human for a human. Your fingerprints. Your signature. Unmistakably you. Ownership. Labour intensive, because that’s the point. The long road in a sea of shortcuts. A commitment to better. Refinement. Vulnerable,…

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  • A Day of Art and Architecture in Manhattan

    November 23, 2017 Kate

    Snaps from a day of art, architecture, and a particularly notable lemon meringue tart in Manhattan. I was at the Smithsonian primarily to see the building itself (are you seeing those details?!) and The Metropolitan to see the Leonardo to Matisse drawing exhibit. I was in that one room of the Smithsonian taking photos of the floors/walls/pipes/ceiling/trim…

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