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Laura Swaddle
North East Designer/Maker with a love of the beautiful, the unusual and the unexpected
North East Designer/Maker with a love of the beautiful, the unusual and the unexpected
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Sculpture Day is 30!
Happy 30th Birthday to the Gateshead Sculpture Day! I've written a lot lately about the fun that can be had at this awesome event, and this year certainly did not disappoint! The weather was unseasonably glorious and the families of Gateshead were out in fo...

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If you build it, they will come...
Man oh man this week has been crazy. With J away in Sweden once again and wall-to-wall deadlines for me, I am literally counting the hours until the weekend when we can all kick back and take a breath!  Luckily, we have an awesome weekend of fun plans ahead...

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Farewell to Summer
Summer and I have a bit of a complicated relationship.  I mean, of course I love the long days and the endless opportunities to eat ice cream. However, as an extremely pale Northern British person, I have a borderline vampiric reaction to the sun. After 10 ...

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Draw Lent: Week 7
Day 43: Experimenting with repeating pattern. Might have to get this one made into something real on Spoonflower. Week 7 - the final week (not like that fake final week we had...). Part of me is sad to see the back of #DrawLent, though another part is a lit...

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Draw Lent: Week 6
Day 36: Just can't keep away from birds. Today a British garden regular - the blue tit. Week 6. Drawing every day just feels part of my routine now - it's been a really wonderful exercise. I feel myself loosening up, not overthinking drawings and just letti...

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Draw Lent: Week 5
Day 29: 'Mingo! (My son's current obsession) In week 5, I truly believed I was on the home stretch! We were so close to that magical 'Day 40' (of 40 days and 40 nights of Lent fame). It was a very satisfying feeling. Until head #DrawLent honcho, Gary, infor...

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Draw Lent: Week 4
Day 22: Had this one in the ideas pile for a while. These should be a real thing, am I right? Week 4 was a funny one. I got a bit ambitious. Perhaps over ambitious. I found myself trying to do something intricate and full blown every single day - which was ...

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Draw Lent: Week 3
Day 15: On this day I was reading 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' - here's how I imagined Precious Ramotswe By week three of #DrawLent, the ball was officially rolling. Instead of wracking my brains when it came to sit down and draw, I was finding that I h...

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Draw Lent: Week 2
Day 8: Today coincided with the Parks and Rec finale. How could I draw anything else? Week 2 of #DrawLent was a good one. I really started to get into the groove of drawing every day. Honestly, it's been a great exercise - I'd definitely recommend it. After...

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Draw Lent: Week 1
Day One: Setting the Scene My dear friend Gary set me a challenge just over a week ago. Instead of giving something up this lent, take something up. Namely drawing. One drawing for each of the 40 days of lent. I totally loved this sentiment, taking somethin...
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