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January 24, 2019

the makers atelier is a brighton brand started in 2014 by frances tobin. she created an exceptionally coherent and beautifully designed range of sewing patterns which became so successful it led to a book in 2017. never a woman to rest on her laurels, frances decided t...

March 2, 2018

if you ever doubted my love of lobsters, then this feature in viva magazine will definitively establish that i am indeed lobster crazy with a total of 15 lobsters in five out of the seven photos.

so this is me chatting to magazine editor lizzie about the reason i s...

February 20, 2018

like over 80% of disabled people in the uk, i was not born with a disability. i had a motorbike accident in 1995 which resulted in a brachial plexus injury- essentially the near total paralysis of my left arm and hand. 

i lost symmetry: as i can no longer use my arm, th...

October 26, 2017

i have a thing for lobsters. i do love eating them but my obsession goes way deeper than mere gluttony.

in the 1930s lobsters became a surrealist symbol for artists and fashion designers such as  salvador dalí and elsa schiaparelli. fast forward 80 years and lobsters a...

September 27, 2017

i don't feel particularly at ease in front of the camera, and it is a challenge for me to pose. i am always aware of my left arm's position and its lack of mobility. one of the most important thing for me ever since my accident and consequent brachial plexus injury, ha...

July 15, 2017

i was born in switzerland and came to live in london when i was twenty. i have lived in england longer than in switzerland, my english is better than my french, and england is my home.

switzerland is a peculiar country: bang in the middle of europe yet not part of the...

June 22, 2017

this was taken in 1994, a few months before I came off my motorbike in london's kentish town, when i was 25. Back then i lived in london near kings cross and i was doing a degree in furniture design at middlesex university. i was very much part of the london vintage sc...

June 9, 2017

lately it''s all been about slogan tee shirts. the one i'm wearing is telling the world to make lemonade when life give you lemons, ie to make the most of what life throws at you and to stay positive always. i know sometimes it's easier said than done, but hey i have f...

June 6, 2017

june is the time of the year to check out all the university design degree shows. we kicked off with the brighton university graduates show, which had some particularly great work in the sculpture and product departments. this installation entitled 'sinking the berg' b...

June 2, 2017

i lived over 20 years in london, and since moving to brighton nearly seven years ago,  i haven't missed much of my previous life as a londoner. however i do miss london's architectural eclectism, and its restaurants. 

i recently came up for the day for an even...

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