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Mucking about with pleating and anti pattern matching - to quilt or not to quilt, that is the (redundant) question.

Is it posible to be too into witty neon? - Waterloo Wahacas toilet sign.

Mothers day is designated arts and crafts time in the Pickford / Vosper design brain trust.

Whilst thinking around braided fabrics I realised that if you interlaced the third strand of a basic plat (by ‘third strand’ I mean whichever isn’t currently engaged in a twist) with the third strand of a parallel but reflected plat and repeated this down a row of adjacent plats twisting in from plats on alternate sides every other row, then it creates a perfect diagonal weave.

AND if you use a multiple of both two and three then you can shift between this diagonal and the traditional plat every few rows of twists.

Sure everyone else already knew this, but it just blew my mind. Going to try it out in a bit.

Instead of posting the obligatory dull ‘Happy Birthday’ Facebook message on Neil Arnold’s wall, a group of talented and dedicated friends (+me) resolved not only to post Photoshopped images of him but also supply additional fodder for the use of those without time, skillz or software.

Final count there were 50 Photoshop Neil images posted by people from round the country, many of which had never previously spoken and had nothing in common but appreciation for a ridiculous, kind and funny gent.


Who had this to say on the matter :

"I haven’t laughed so hard in so long!… I came back from work and just cried with laughter… I have never had such an awesome birthday present… Thank you all from the bottom of my callused heart." - @hard_as_neils


So, I just wanted to take the time to Thank an amazing group of people who through outstanding collaborative effort took a basic idea, really ran with it and made someones day.

Cheers guys, you the best!

This Blog

Has gotten increasingly predictable and grey… The last 21 posts (excluding videos) have literally been grayscale…

…and it’s not even (necessarily) reflective of my current life or work. Yes the medically enforced bed rest is having an impact, but more than anything it’s making my projects far shorter and much less intense! When there’s not a huge amount of you to go around, should you find there is, by some act of god, a bit left over after the basic surviving stuff, enjoyment suddenly seems like a far more effective use of limited resources. A little soul food to sustain you through the fucking endless drought.

So the few projects I have indulged in have tended to be silly and light and yes a little half baked, but I don’t see why there can’t be any room for ill-conceaved fun on my super serious, super grey blog! Instead all the colour in my life has been relegated to Facebook, secondary blogs and private interactions. Well no more.

Maybe someone significant will see this at some point and write me off as an unemployable hack, but right now I’m about as unemployable as it gets anyway and if we can’t be forgiven a little foolish youthfulness from time to time then whats the damn point in anything anyway.

Yesterday (Tuesday Feb 25th) is the first day this year I didn’t achieved any of my four daily recovery objectives. Not a single damn one. It’s an indelible square of failure on what was otherwise a pleasing mess of near misses that show some slow but promising improvement.

Maybe its testament to how shit of a day it was, but I was on a fairly strong streak in spite of a tendency to loose ground after the weekends having given into seeing friends (free from their 9-5s). I didn’t even take my meds FFS!! After consistently taking them everyday for months how the hell does that just slip your mind!? If I had just been able to muster up enough brain space for that and one other small 2 minuet job I’d have not only hit one but two objectives.

God damn I piss me off.

Anyway, thoroughly looking forward to the impending knock on effects. Oh for a life where minor slip ups don’t leave you paralysed by pain and potentially bed bound for sodding months. Sincerely hopping the progress I’ve made so far wont all have been undone when the ill effects eventually pass. For now Ima get some soul food whilst I still can. 

Thank christmas for good people.

Yesterday (Tuesday Feb 25th) is the first day this year I didn’t achieved any of my four daily recovery objectives. Not a single damn one. It’s an indelible square of failure on what was otherwise a pleasing mess of near misses that show some slow but promising improvement.

Maybe its testament to how shit of a day it was, but I was on a fairly strong streak in spite of a tendency to loose ground after the weekends having given into seeing friends (free from their 9-5s). I didn’t even take my meds FFS!! After consistently taking them everyday for months how the hell does that just slip your mind!? If I had just been able to muster up enough brain space for that and one other small 2 minuet job I’d have not only hit one but two objectives.

God damn I piss me off.

Anyway, thoroughly looking forward to the impending knock on effects. Oh for a life where minor slip ups don’t leave you paralysed by pain and potentially bed bound for sodding months. Sincerely hopping the progress I’ve made so far wont all have been undone when the ill effects eventually pass. For now Ima get some soul food whilst I still can.

Thank christmas for good people.

Mucking about with pleating and anti pattern matching - to quilt or not to quilt, that is the (redundant) question.

Is it posible to be too into witty neon? - Waterloo Wahacas toilet sign.

Mothers day is designated arts and crafts time in the Pickford / Vosper design brain trust.

Whilst thinking around braided fabrics I realised that if you interlaced the third strand of a basic plat (by ‘third strand’ I mean whichever isn’t currently engaged in a twist) with the third strand of a parallel but reflected plat and repeated this down a row of adjacent plats twisting in from plats on alternate sides every other row, then it creates a perfect diagonal weave.

AND if you use a multiple of both two and three then you can shift between this diagonal and the traditional plat every few rows of twists.

Sure everyone else already knew this, but it just blew my mind. Going to try it out in a bit.

Instead of posting the obligatory dull ‘Happy Birthday’ Facebook message on Neil Arnold’s wall, a group of talented and dedicated friends (+me) resolved not only to post Photoshopped images of him but also supply additional fodder for the use of those without time, skillz or software.

Final count there were 50 Photoshop Neil images posted by people from round the country, many of which had never previously spoken and had nothing in common but appreciation for a ridiculous, kind and funny gent.


Who had this to say on the matter :

"I haven’t laughed so hard in so long!… I came back from work and just cried with laughter… I have never had such an awesome birthday present… Thank you all from the bottom of my callused heart." - @hard_as_neils


So, I just wanted to take the time to Thank an amazing group of people who through outstanding collaborative effort took a basic idea, really ran with it and made someones day.

Cheers guys, you the best!

This Blog

Has gotten increasingly predictable and grey… The last 21 posts (excluding videos) have literally been grayscale…

…and it’s not even (necessarily) reflective of my current life or work. Yes the medically enforced bed rest is having an impact, but more than anything it’s making my projects far shorter and much less intense! When there’s not a huge amount of you to go around, should you find there is, by some act of god, a bit left over after the basic surviving stuff, enjoyment suddenly seems like a far more effective use of limited resources. A little soul food to sustain you through the fucking endless drought.

So the few projects I have indulged in have tended to be silly and light and yes a little half baked, but I don’t see why there can’t be any room for ill-conceaved fun on my super serious, super grey blog! Instead all the colour in my life has been relegated to Facebook, secondary blogs and private interactions. Well no more.

Maybe someone significant will see this at some point and write me off as an unemployable hack, but right now I’m about as unemployable as it gets anyway and if we can’t be forgiven a little foolish youthfulness from time to time then whats the damn point in anything anyway.

Too abstract?

Too abstract?

Yesterday (Tuesday Feb 25th) is the first day this year I didn’t achieved any of my four daily recovery objectives. Not a single damn one. It’s an indelible square of failure on what was otherwise a pleasing mess of near misses that show some slow but promising improvement.

Maybe its testament to how shit of a day it was, but I was on a fairly strong streak in spite of a tendency to loose ground after the weekends having given into seeing friends (free from their 9-5s). I didn’t even take my meds FFS!! After consistently taking them everyday for months how the hell does that just slip your mind!? If I had just been able to muster up enough brain space for that and one other small 2 minuet job I’d have not only hit one but two objectives.

God damn I piss me off.

Anyway, thoroughly looking forward to the impending knock on effects. Oh for a life where minor slip ups don’t leave you paralysed by pain and potentially bed bound for sodding months. Sincerely hopping the progress I’ve made so far wont all have been undone when the ill effects eventually pass. For now Ima get some soul food whilst I still can. 

Thank christmas for good people.

Yesterday (Tuesday Feb 25th) is the first day this year I didn’t achieved any of my four daily recovery objectives. Not a single damn one. It’s an indelible square of failure on what was otherwise a pleasing mess of near misses that show some slow but promising improvement.

Maybe its testament to how shit of a day it was, but I was on a fairly strong streak in spite of a tendency to loose ground after the weekends having given into seeing friends (free from their 9-5s). I didn’t even take my meds FFS!! After consistently taking them everyday for months how the hell does that just slip your mind!? If I had just been able to muster up enough brain space for that and one other small 2 minuet job I’d have not only hit one but two objectives.

God damn I piss me off.

Anyway, thoroughly looking forward to the impending knock on effects. Oh for a life where minor slip ups don’t leave you paralysed by pain and potentially bed bound for sodding months. Sincerely hopping the progress I’ve made so far wont all have been undone when the ill effects eventually pass. For now Ima get some soul food whilst I still can.

Thank christmas for good people.

This Blog

About:

I am 24 and female, just finished my degree in design communication (only bloody managed to get a sneaky First) and engaging in some light sugar-craft from time to time.

I like to make things, so that is what I do... hope you enjoy :)

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