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The Squid Ink Kollective are two fantastic designers who come up with amazing T-shirts and accessories, frequently featuring narwhals, but it’s the emotive clouds ($25) I love best. All their materials, dyes etc. are specially sourced to be as eco-friendly as possible.
As a writer, nothing obsesses my quite so much as journals, and the craft and attention to detail Susan Green of Susan Green Books pays to her handmade journals is extraordinary. made not just from leather but from beautiful vegan alternatives. From around $17
When I was a kid knitting was deeply unfashionable, but now it’s the coolest thing going, and for scarves, shawls, gloves, hats, wristlets like the one above ($18) and, yes, even black knitted chokers (huzzah!) you can’t beat the wonderful, and delightfully-monickered Awkward
It seems seasonal to use this site to highlight some of the amazing Christmas gifts that can be found through the independent creative community. So for the next 10 days I want to highlight one person operating outside the mainstream whose talent deserves to be spotted. Busted Typewriter is a fantastic site consisting of a number of different indie projects, all the brainchild of one man – from complete da tweet to the jetsettr refurbished luggage range.
There is a wonderful steampunk feel to everything Busted Typewriter does, but the simple superness of the “book as a Kindle carrier” is what seems like the perfect present for those who love their books in the old form or the new. Available through Busted Typewriter’s Etsy. Prices around $25.
So I’ll try to make this a brief and business-like post :) Basically, I want to do three things:
- say a huge huge thank you to everyone who took part. That is THE most important thing of all. I won’t mention people by name becase that would be unfair – everone concerned can be found on this website, and I am beyond grateful to every one of the around 100 people who dircetly contributed their work and/or their time to give their creativity away, to offer their advice on the web workshops, to host webchats, to blog about the event, and to give their time to perform live. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s now Free-e-day. Get downloading, get chatting, get being creative!
Full programme including details of the webchats and live event is downloadable here, and viewable and shareable as a bookbuzzr here. Please note the pdf is a very big file and may take a while to download. It’s worth it though!
On Tuesday, we’ll be having five webchat sessions designed to stimulate debate but most of all to offer practical advice and the chance to share ideas on life outside the mainstream. I was gently reminded a day or so ago that I hadn’t really explained how things will work. So, briefly (and with apologies): Read the rest of this entry »
Just in case newcomers thought we were just about webchats, here’s a reminder of our fantastic free ebrochure, featuring some incredible work by and links to 80+ conrtributors. You can download the pdf here. And link to the bookbuzzr here.
Still time to be involved on the day. e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, and the news – confirmed visitors to our webchats today: Sam Jordison, Guardian Books blogger and author of Crap Towns; and Mark Coker, CEO of smashwords
A huge thank you to everyone for making the first ever Free-e-day such an amazing occasion already!
Working together with like-minded creatives sounds great – all the ideas you can throw around, the benefit of numbers. But there can be all kinds of pitfalls too – the “creative differences”, what happens when some pull more weight than others. And when should money get involved?
When is it a good idea to get together with others working in your field? What should you do together? And when should you steer clear? Hosted by two collectives, Year Zero Writers, and Jet-Pack – post any and all questions over the coming week. We will not approve comments from new users until the day so as to save debate for the day itself, and to give the hosts time to formulate initial responses.