Japanese shodo

Like many stylists I love typography and I have various random letters and words scattered around our house and once I even picked up a very large discarded letter ‘U’ during an early morning walk! But it isn’t just the alphabet that fascinates me, I also love shodo – the Japanese art of calligraphy. I was lucky enough to study this while living in Tokyo and find it a very peaceful way to relax. I’m not normally one for rules, but I...

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My love of Japanese lanterns

  Along with my thing for Japanese spoons, I also love Japanese lanterns. I was fascinated by them from the moment we first arrived in Japan and was desperate to read the beautiful Japanese script written down the length of each and every one. We moved to Tokyo in 2008 for The Rock Climber’s job. It was never somewhere I had ever had much desire to visit, but having lived there for almost 4 years it is somewhere I still think of daily and...

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marie claire food August issue

I’ve been writing the food pages for marie claire magazine for several months now and am loving the creative team I’m working with. The August issue is in the shops now.  Inside you’ll find 4 of the best Asian soups. Perfect for chilly southern hemisphere winter evenings. Yet again I got to indulge my love of all things Japanese and used one of my gorgeous old sake bar aprons as a background. My arms nearly fell off having to stand still...

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Japanese spoons

I don’t remember why my spoon collection started or which one was my first, but I have a thing about small Japanese spoons. Some are cute, others are stylish and some I just had to have but I can’t explain why.     I didn’t even realise I had a thing for small spoons until my husband suggested I use them as the design for my new business card. So I entrusted my collection of spoons to a local designer and she created the most...

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Hungry Campers Cookbook