confessions of a design geek
confessions of a design geek is an award-winning blog established in 2010 by Katie Treggiden to discover, champion and inspire new designers. Katie also writes for Design Milk, We Heart, London Design Guide, LivingEtc and Ideal Home.
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here's one I made earlier :: screenprinting

here's one I made earlier :: screenprinting

I recently had the great pleasure to spend an evening at The Make Lounge on their Screen Printed Textiles workshop. I first tried my hand at screenprinting at the Print Block in Whitstable, during the Oyster Festival and I'm starting to think I might have caught the bug!
thinking about :: festival style

thinking about :: festival style

The Festival of Britain took place from May to September 1951, and was designed to commemorate the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851. It celebrated Britain's achievements and potential; engaged people with the arts, science and industry; and provided a tonic after the austerity of the Second World War. It was promoted as a...
here's one I made earlier :: an explorer of southwold

here's one I made earlier :: an explorer of southwold

In dire need of a bit of R&R, some inspiration and a birthday treat, the boy and I headed off to lovely Southwold for a weekend break. For a change of creative tact we went armed with “How to be an explorer of the world” by Kerri Smith and no less than four different cameras...
here's one I made earlier :: sketchbooks

here's one I made earlier :: sketchbooks

A sketchbook is a great way to collect and explore ideas - and of course the best thing is to keep one on you and get into the habit of using it every day. I'm usually terrible at remembering, but I do always make sure I find the time when I go on holiday. On...
thinking about :: 2011, the year of hygge

thinking about :: 2011, the year of hygge

'Hygge' (pronouned heu-gah) is a Danish concept. The nearest literal translation into English is 'coziness,' but it's so much more than that. It's a state of warmth and contentment; a sense that all is right in the world. A freedom from anything that might annoy, worry or overwhelm you. It's time spent with close friends...
here's one I made earlier: the joy of stamps

here's one I made earlier: the joy of stamps

Two of my many lovely design-related Christmas presents were sets of stamps from Yellow Owl Workshop all the way from San Francisco. I supplemented them with an alphabet set from Muji and immediately got to work making my thank you cards. I'm really proud of them, but credit must go to Yellow Owl Workshop for...
interview: tom raffield

interview: tom raffield

I love Tom Raffield's beautiful steam-bent wooden creations - they are so clearly inspired by my favourite corner of England; the wild West(country). He very sweetly agreed to an interview, which is as inspirational as his creations...
quirky gifts for the design geek in your life

quirky gifts for the design geek in your life

I'm fed up with buying the same old presents from the same old shops every year. So this year, as well making some teacup candles myself, I've spent some time researching unusual and original presents that (hopefully!) will be warmly received and cherished for years to come, rather than swiftly ending up as landfill. Here...
interview: penelope jordan

interview: penelope jordan

I met Penelope Jordan at this year's TENT and immediately fell in love with her quirky brand of 3d textile design, which cannot help but make you smile, so I was over the moon when she agreed to answer a few questions for me.
creative spaces: bernard leach

creative spaces: bernard leach

I'm always very inspired by seeing the spaces creative people work in; the tools they use, the things they keep around them for inspiration, the effect of their environment on their work - so this is the first in a series on that very subject; featuring the Bernard Leach's studio and the Leach Pottery in...
here's one I made earlier :: a nice cup of tea

here's one I made earlier :: a nice cup of tea

Inspired by Kirstie's Homemade Home and an increasing cynicism about the annual Christmas cycle of shopping-presents-landfill, I decided to get crafty and make my own Christmas presents this year.
interview :: furniture magpies

interview :: furniture magpies

With a manifesto like "We dont believe in good furniture going to landfill when it can be redesigned into a piece that people can love all over again," what's not to love?