I received some good news from my agent Chris at Greene and Heaton who has successfully brokered a contract with the largest book publisher in the world Penguin Random House to publish the book of Ordinary Made Extraordinary, available in Spring 2014. I am really excited to work with such a great editor and company for my first book. The book itself will contain step by step guides outlining how to make some of my designs yourself. My aim is to create a book, not for professional designers but for anyone from 10 years old to 100 years old who loves making things and to inspire people to use their creativity to make useful things.
So, that annoying thing I do when we are walking somewhere together, I pull out my phone when you are in the middle of saying something to me and I dash across the street whilst you’re in mid sentence and photograph an old shop. I’m not being rude, and I was listening but I have to add to my collection. Whitewashed windows on shops are my photographic collecting passion. More on that when my second book ‘Whitewashed British Retail’ comes out (featuring 1000 photographs of whitewashed windows). I applied some white gloss paint to a Louis Vuitton leather handbag and it felt great! Painting something that costs 1000′s of pounds feels thrilling I have to be honest. This new project balances the unwanted, overlooked but liberated with the most desired, noticeable but precious.
I noticed today that my favourite website ebay has changed its logo and made itself very very bland. I ‘updated’ a few more brands’ logos in 10 minutes just now. Hey big brands please feel free to save yourself millions of pounds or dollars by using my ‘bland new’ logos for yourselves. You know what…they are free!
So I have 2 new sketchbooks. The first a Moleskin cost £14.99 at London Graphics in Covent Garden the other I bought for £2 at Tiger (a Danish chain) which has just opened a branch in Kingston. Moleskin make beautiful books to sketch in. But let's face it, the real quality of a sketchbook is less about the paper quality and more about the ideas therein.