Enchantment of the Tangible Kind

This is how my day normally unfolds: I tiptoe lightly to my studio just as dawn is breaking, leaving behind the soft snores of my sleeping better half. Some days I go for a run but many days I reach guiltily for my phone, like a child stealing a cookie before dinner time, taking a [...]

October 28, 2013

My Brand Design Interview by Brand Master Lisa Haggis

Every now and then the universe sends a kindred spirit my way and the connection and mindmelding is so dazzling it’s like we’ve known each other forever! Lisa Haggis is a Brand Master/Strategist and she recently contacted me for an interview series for her blog to chat about my brand design philosophy. A 30-minute interview [...]

September 9, 2013

The Heart Revolution

My dear imagineer, this story today has been scratching at me lately like a little puppy looking for attention. I can’t shake it off and I know I want to give it the love it’s asking for so here it is! Today I’m sharing a very special post. I want to take you on a [...]

August 6, 2013

The Meaning of Things

When it comes to giving someone something to mark a special occasion, saying thank you, or just because it’s expected, the phrase that often comes to mind is: “It’s the thought that counts”. But that phrase doesn’t make me feel warm and fuzzy and do-goody inside. To me it’s an excuse. An excuse to be [...]

July 13, 2013

A Fun Little Tool for Making Quick, True-to-You Decisions

My dad likes to tell this story every time my mom and I run into a color-choosing dilemma when we shop together. A little over 10 years ago when I was an impressionable college student in Perth, Australia, my dad visited me and we went shopping for my very first Princess Phone. I had my [...]

May 21, 2013

The Concluding Story of a Little Metal Box

My darling imagineer, 2 weeks ago I asked this curious little question: Can I transform how a simple, ordinary metal tin is perceived by narrating different {visual} stories for it? The answer? Well, it blew my mind off like a celebration champagne bottle cork. Not only was it the most fun I’ve had with a [...]

May 1, 2013

Story of a Little Metal Box

Do you remember that moment in front of the mirror just before you rouge your cheeks with a pinch of crimson gel, or press a soft chocolate-brown pencil to your eyes? You know, that few fleeting seconds where you wonder how a few dabs here and a stroke or two there can entirely transform the [...]

April 17, 2013

Enter The Story Parlor

To all my curious kittens and imagineers, I recently embarked on a brand new charetteering project I created as a gift to you, the grand opening of The Story Parlor, a (virtual at the moment) tea +converstation room about your biggest {brand} storytelling blind spots and pains. Pop over for a visit here to find [...]

March 29, 2013

Hoops, A Wishing Chair and The Storybook Tree

Something’s a-brewing here in the tree-studio…but I can’t say much more than it sails my balloons (I promise I will share more later)! However I can share this: the 30-Day Sketch Challenge (albeit a little drawn out) Round 2 ‘Imagine…’ is in full swing, more than halfway through. For the next 12 sketches, I will be [...]

March 23, 2013

Your Treasure Box of Self

My mom and I are craft buddies. As a talented craftsperson (see her hand-crafted creations above) she is my main source of inspiration in what I do as a paper artisan and brand designer.  Recently, while we were hanging out watching our favorite home decor design show, I asked her what she would have been [...]

March 6, 2013