That avatar picture is in fact me a few years back which makes it likely that I could now quite easily be the age of some readers’ grandparents.
My background is in books and publishing but I have also designed and built furniture and at one stage operated a tiny manufacturing enterprise making homewares in wire – cake stands – fruit baskets – garden objects etc., – and enjoyed commissions which found me designing interesting cruet sets for a restaurant and wire bottle holders for a boutique olive oil retailer.
Now-a-days I divide my time between designing products for online sales and writing a blog along with a monthly column for our local weekly newspaper. Naturally, like all self-styled writers, I have the grand novel on the back-burner.
The print-on-demand phenomena of recent times arrived just as I was wondering what retirement could possibly offer besides gardening and writing and sometimes fiddling with stuff in the shed or taking a trip to a remote location.
The pastel artist Kerry Gavin. Kerry died aged 50 in 2006 – far too young for anyone, but particularly as she was beginning to achieve wider recognition for her artwork. In the ten years that she and I were together, Kerry completed a great number of works and enjoyed many successful shows. As the designated copyright holder, I feel it is now time to show her work as a legacy of some of what she achieved.
You can read my articles at the YouBeaut Designs blog here: YouBeaut Designs
Underneath the Sydney Opera House steps.