Category Archives: Autumn

Thursday…with Petals and Texture

September 15, 2016

Filed Under : Art - Autumn - texture

photo-15-09-2016-14-06-39 I’m always inspired by textures, and love the juxtaposition of flowers against a naturally rough patina…most of the images are from today and the last week, although it prompted me to look back at, and include some others from over the last year…( aslo see if you can spot my Karl Blossfeldt inspired image )photo-15-09-2016-12-41-37 photo-10-09-2016-14-09-00 photo-15-09-2016-12-52-54 photo-13-09-2016-22-13-12 photo-12-09-2016-08-11-01 photo-10-09-2016-16-10-21-1 photo-10-09-2016-10-31-14 img_1466 photo-10-09-2016-16-10-41 photo-10-09-2016-16-13-08 photo-15-09-2016-12-41-49 img_1092 img_3769 photo-10-09-2016-14-31-25 photo-10-09-2016-14-19-57 photo-10-09-2016-14-10-32 img_5279 photo-10-09-2016-16-03-08 photo-10-09-2016-14-31-38 photo-10-09-2016-16-13-35 img_2757 img_9455 img_9415 img_2733 img_2730 img_4145 img_9460 photo-11-09-2016-09-20-59 photo-08-09-2016-20-42-16 photo-10-09-2016-15-03-05 img_9568 photo-10-09-2016-19-15-58img_2745

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Sunday…Weekly Snaps

September 4, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Autumn - Brighton - colour - cycling - exhibitions - London - moving stills - texture - Weekly Snaps

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This is a catch up of 2 weeks as I didn’t manage to share them last week…

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Photo 23-08-2016, 12 20 07 Photo 24-08-2016, 17 59 56 Photo 25-08-2016, 12 43 59 Photo 25-08-2016, 18 21 57 Photo 25-08-2016, 18 20 50

Photo 26-08-2016, 19 16 24 Photo 27-08-2016, 19 28 15 Photo 28-08-2016, 10 26 08 Photo 29-08-2016, 18 49 29 Photo 28-08-2016, 18 50 56 Photo 31-08-2016, 09 06 19 Photo 31-08-2016, 08 11 26 Photo 30-08-2016, 18 50 15 Photo 30-08-2016, 18 41 55 Photo 04-09-2016, 21 51 46 Photo 31-08-2016, 11 43 58 Photo 31-08-2016, 14 29 08 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 34 29 (1) Photo 01-09-2016, 08 48 22 Photo 02-09-2016, 12 22 14 Photo 02-09-2016, 13 09 36 Photo 02-09-2016, 13 08 47

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Thursday… with early Autumn

September 1, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Autumn - Brighton - colour - cycling - moving stills - My Garden

Photo 01-09-2016, 10 53 18I’ve been desperate for September to arrive so that I can talk about Autumn and the wonderful sense of change it brings: it’s smells, it’s colours, it’s light, it’s sounds, without feeling like I’m betraying Summer (…I’ve always felt a bit guilty that August is my least favourite month of the year! )

This morning I tried a new cycling route which was so beautiful; passing fields, flocks of little sparrows taking off from hedgerows, tractors in the distance, brown seed heads alongside greenery, a golden edge to the light and soft bird song…

The ride, with the season softly soaking up the countryside inspired me to create something at home…Photo 01-09-2016, 08 48 30 Photo 01-09-2016, 08 56 41 Photo 01-09-2016, 09 05 44 I had picked a couple of thistles and some of the brown seeds above ( I’m not sure what they are ), but I wanted to recreate the feeling with plants from my own garden…Photo 01-09-2016, 11 32 56 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 29 57 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 34 29 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 26 12 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 35 16 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 25 08 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 38 17 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 24 16 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 23 37 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 23 28 I got a bit distracted by tidying up my scruffy window boxes…Photo 01-09-2016, 11 22 28 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 23 19 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 52 46 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 52 34 I like them looking a bit wild, but they definitely needed a sort out, so I added succulents I’ve been growing in pots and some white cyclamen…Photo 01-09-2016, 11 55 32 Photo 01-09-2016, 12 10 51 Photo 01-09-2016, 12 49 06 Photo 01-09-2016, 12 01 22 Photo 01-09-2016, 12 49 58 …and so to the arrangementPhoto 01-09-2016, 10 55 54 ( I had also found 3 conkers on the side of the road from my ride when I was nearly home )Photo 01-09-2016, 10 55 17 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 55 24 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 55 47 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 55 05 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 54 54 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 54 15 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 47 34 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 54 04

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Friday…with re-useables

November 27, 2015

Filed Under : Arrangements - Autumn - Winter

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I’m not good at throwing things away…With fresh flowers and plants I kind of enjoy watching the change in their journey…in the next few photos, there are some bits and pieces which have sat on my windowsill for a few months now…I like to challenge myself to make something beautiful from what appears to be finished with…Photo 27-11-2015, 12 38 00 Photo 27-11-2015, 12 38 08 Photo 27-11-2015, 12 38 36 Photo 27-11-2015, 12 39 31 Photo 27-11-2015, 12 41 05 Photo 27-11-2015, 12 39 59 Photo 27-11-2015, 12 40 54 Photo 27-11-2015, 12 40 22 Photo 27-11-2015, 12 45 40I also like to keep leftovers in the fridge, and I successfully saved a whole load of flower heads from the Vase to Table workshop in this way for 4 weeks!
The next pictures chart their final outing, along with leftover peas & a poor dead bumble bee we found in the kitchen…nothing’s ever wasted here!Photo 12-11-2015, 10 34 44 Photo 12-11-2015, 10 36 08 Photo 12-11-2015, 10 37 21 Photo 12-11-2015, 10 35 24 Photo 12-11-2015, 10 35 53 Photo 12-11-2015, 10 37 33

Photo 12-11-2015, 10 36 35 Photo 12-11-2015, 10 38 49 Photo 12-11-2015, 10 23 30 Photo 12-11-2015, 10 42 40You can see the Steller Story version here

Thursday…with blues

November 5, 2015

Filed Under : Autumn - short poem films - Winter

Photo 03-11-2015 13 28 23Earlier in the week I had a bit of a blue moment…I’m working with a lot of white in the new 5ftinf Shed installation for the Christmas Open House, and I just suddenly felt the need for blue…with some red punctuation…Photo 03-11-2015 13 07 39 Photo 03-11-2015 13 09 42 Photo 03-11-2015 13 12 12 Photo 03-11-2015 13 12 35 Photo 03-11-2015 13 14 55 Photo 03-11-2015 13 22 52 Photo 03-11-2015 13 32 45

There’s something very calming about indulging the colour part of my brain, and yesterday I also found putting one of my new jigsaws together also quite meditative!


Saturday…with scented reflections

October 31, 2015

Filed Under : Art - Autumn - collaborations - My Home - synaesthesia - workshops

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When I’m not filling my table with lopped off flower heads, I paint… and painting has always been the impetus and background to my photographic compositions on The Table before Instagram and blogging were ever in my life…

And this week I’ve been up to my eyes with painting, as on Thursday I ran 2 synaesthesia based workshops for The Perfume Soceity with Illuminum, London at the Illuminum gallery in Mayfair.

I had been sent 5 of the Illuminum fragrances a few weeks ago which I had painted sketches of, and I had also composed a photographic composition inspired by scent for the cover of the Perfume Society’s magazine ‘The Scented Letter’…
Photo 27-10-2015 09 46 17 Photo 06-10-2015 17 43 33 Being a synaesthete means that I see the shapes, colours and textures which accompany the senses and through paint I am able to create an impression of what goes on inside my head…

My favourite scent out of the 5 I was given was ‘Taif Rose’ which I decided I would translate into a large canvas painting…
Photo 27-10-2015 09 49 50 Photo 27-10-2015 09 49 58 Photo 27-10-2015 10 35 49 Photo 27-10-2015 10 00 58 ( I started off in the shed but as the hours went on I decamped to the back room, so I could just slink off to bed in the early hours, and then carry on in the morning… )Photo 31-10-2015 09 47 36The other fragrances I was sent were…

‘Black Rose’Photo 06-10-2015 17 43 40‘White Musk’Photo 06-10-2015 17 43 24‘Black Oud’Photo 09-10-2015 13 05 56‘Tribal Black Tea’Photo 09-10-2015 17 46 54I went to visit the gallery space last week where the workshops were held and where an amazing installation occupies the gallery…It’s called ‘Colour as a Narrative’ and was put together by Antonino CardilloPhoto 23-10-2015 15 23 32Photo 23-10-2015 15 22 39Photo 23-10-2015 15 23 01Photo 23-10-2015 15 24 03As the participants were not only going to be smelling perfumes but also drawing and painting the scent, I spent a bit of time during the week choosing some materials…Photo 26-10-2015 12 23 57Photo 26-10-2015 12 23 47Photo 26-10-2015 12 23 25( and also using my new and very favorite ‘Colour Dictionary’ of pencils from Niwaki )Photo 29-10-2015 10 10 42Photo 29-10-2015 17 48 05I set up at the gallery on Thursday and also brought along shade cards, flowers and ceramics by Holly Bell, so that colour and texture was around and inspiring but without being intrusive…Photo 29-10-2015 10 10 22 (1)I had pre prepared textured small canvases for everyone, and basically encouraged the inner abstract I believe everyone has, but something which people just need the time and space to explore…it was very satisfying to see everyone completely absorbed in their own creative worlds completely working with their senses…Photo 29-10-2015 17 47 39

I wasn’t very handy with my phone during the event as all hands were needed for painting and explaining, but luckily the absolutely amazing photographer Aliona Adrianova was there taking the wonderful images below… ( and you must take a look at her incredible portraits here )
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9 10( You can see more of my synaesthetic paintings here and please contact me if you would like to discuss a commission or purchase. There is also a Steller Story version you can look at here )

Tuesday…with Brocco on the Park, Sheffield

October 27, 2015

Filed Under : Autumn - collaborations - trips - workshops


When I saw a long and busy weekend ahead of me in Sheffield, I knew it would be a real treat at the end of the Friday, after a long drive from Brighton and preparing for the ‘Vase to Table’ workshop, to stay in an hotel…but to stay in such a beautiful small hotel as Brocco on the Park was more than a treat…it is a complete oasis, and not only that, the food and the service in their restaurant is amazing.

I discovered Brocco on the Park back in July ( care of searching on Instagram and finding their account here ) after a nightmare 8 and a half hour drive from Brighton, and so I knew it would be the best place to stay in Sheffield during the workshop weekend…

One of the things I love about it is the interior design which the owner Tiina Carr ( who’s half Finnish ), has taken so much care over getting right; even the small details have been considered, right down to the beautiful graphics painted onto the wallpaper There are only 8 rooms and each one has been named after a different bird…( even your keys have a bird fob! )

There is also some really good art dotted around the hotel…we were really taken by Jonathan Wilkinsons work which you can see here

imageimageI also love that in each room they leave you a book…nothing too intimidating, just things you can dip into with a sense of relaxation…Photo 26-06-2015 19 31 16

…and you don’t just get tea and coffee in your room, you get homemade cake too!

Basically Brocco makes you feel so comfortable in your bedroom, you have to tear yourself away to visit the restaurant downstairs…

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…and to be honest the restaurant was one of my favourite parts of the whole stay.

I love eating out, I always have ever since I was a child…it’s what I used to ask for for my birthday present!

…I suppose as I’ve got older I’ve become a real stickler for good service as well as food; it’s the combination of the two which makes a meal so pleasurable… or not. I’ve had meals which have tasted amazing but the table service has been so snooty that I’d never go back…

But at Brocco, even if the food had been just mediocre, I have definitely gone back anyway as the standard of service was so outstanding, but the food was completely amazing as well. The hotel says that if something can be homemade, handpicked or personalised that’s what they’ll choose ( you can see some of their menus here ).

I ordered the mackerel, then the steak for my main course, and was surprised but completely won over, when our waiter, Joe, presented me with a wooden box full of beautiful, bone handled steak knives which I was asked to choose from…I loved the theatricality of this personal touch; the meal wasn’t just about eating, it was about engaging with it too…
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I’m not a big pudding fan, but rather unfashionably I do love an Irish coffee; my Dad always used to have a ‘floater’ when we went out as kids and I thought it looked really sophisticated, so I decided to ask if Joe could make one,  under strong protest from my other half not to ask, saying that no-one does ‘floaters’ these days…

…and he was right; Joe thought I wanted a Bailey’s in my coffee, ( which I went for in the end ), but he seemed really interested in this hot, whisky coffee I’d conjured up from the 1980’s ( a time before his time! )

The next evening it turned out that another brilliant waiter, Stuart, not only knew how to make them but was an absolute expert…he was going to show Joe how to do it properly…and Stuart’s Irish coffee was one of the best I’ve had in years!! Now that’s what I call ‘personalised’ service…I could have stayed in the restaurant for hours drinking Irish coffees before I went to bed…

Photo 26-06-2015 21 37 52imageimageimageLuckily, breakfast was just as good as dinner…image

and I could quite happily have stayed for a week having my own version of a retreat…rather than sitting in the car all day driving home and eating far too much popcorn!

The hotel is now gearing up for Christmas and New Year ; I certainly noticed a change in temperature from Autumn to Winter when I was up there, so they’ve got lots of seasonal stuff happening, ( including a table decoration workshop by their resident florist Alison Doxy with a 2 course meal included! ).

They’re also doing Festive Afternoon Teas, which is my idea of Heaven, and of course I completely agree when they say ‘ there’s no better gift than sharing tea and cake’…I just wish I lived closer, but to be honest that’s not going to keep me away from this wonderful little hotel…I’m planning a birthday getaway already!


You can find out lots more little details about the hotel and their upcoming events via their website, Twitter and Facebook page, and you can also see the Steller Story version of my trip here

Monday…with pop ups and perfume

October 26, 2015

Filed Under : Art - Autumn - Open House - Pop Up Shop - Winter - workshops

imageOrganising things in colour and making copious amounts of lists ( black ink with red crossing out…) helps me manage my time, my brain and everything else really!

At the moment I have lots of different projects occupying my head, which is great creatively, but also sometimes it all becomes one big arrangement of abstract colour and amorphous shape…hard to explain; even harder to sort out, which is why colour really helps me…( the arrangement above was a sort of calming down exercise, and the cup of tea just out of shot also helped! )

So I thought I’d better put a post together including quite a few of the bits and pieces that are about to happen over the next couple of months…West Elm Pop Up e-flyer

One of the most exciting things is that I’ll be curating and exhibiting in a Pop Up shop at West Elm in London over the weekend of the 14th and 15th November, and it would be really lovely to be able to meet some of you there if you can make it ( there’s a Facebook event page here  )

It’s going to be a bit like taking my Brighton Open House on tour, as lots of my regular guest artists will be exhibiting and selling their beautiful handmade work and paintings as well.

To give you a taste of the sort of things which will be there you can check out all the amazing work of the artists taking part here:

Me ( Philippa Stanton…paintings and 5ftinf ), Holly Bell ( ceramics ), Sophie Abbott ( paintings ), Mibo ( paper animals and textiles ), Tiki Brighton ( contemporary resin jewellery ), Holly M ( leather accesories ), Shyama Ruffell ( paintings and butterfly boxes )

These artists will also be exhibiting their work, along with Emma Herian, Charlotte Jones, Sushou Candles, Tilly2Milly and Peggy Poppleton, in my own home at my Christmas Open House in Brighton during the 2 weekends after, so you can get a sense of how you’ll be able to stock up with handmade Christmas goodies both in London and the South Coast from the flyer below, as well as visit a new Christmas shed installation. ( there’s an IG account for the house here )

There will also be a new shed installation which has a working title of  ‘Ice Pops’ ( stay tuned on IG with the hashtag #5ftinfshed as it takes shape over the next few weeks )

And the flyers arrived this morning!

image( here it is so you can read it… )
Christmas Open House Flyer ( front ) 2015 2. Christmas Open House Flyer 2015 ( back ) I’m also running a practical synaesthesia painting workshop for The Perfume Society this week on the 29th October ( you can read more about it here ), working with Illuminum London fragrances, as well as having created the front cover for this month’s Scented Letter.SL12CoverWidget2There is also a new date for a Grimms inspired small wreath making workshop in the rooftop wigwam at The Queen of Hoxton on Sat 12th December, 2 – 4:30pm…which includes a free cocktail in the ticket price! . ( You can book a ticket for £45 and read more info  here )Queen of Hoxton blog image

So now I have to finish the large canvas I’m currently working on…I hope it dries in time!

imageP.S Only 6 days left on the 20% discount with Checkout code: CALENDAR2016 in my shop here