We are a small team working on corporative project and creating clothing apparel for clubs. Our latest project is setting up our own designer apparel, they are all handmade in Britain in our Cumbrian studio.
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With a graduation just gone it has given us at OI a lot to reflect about with our three years of education at university. And although I owe so much to university for the skills I have learnt as a printmaker and my practice as an artist, there are a few things which I do think university should teach artist about especially as a lot of illustrators, graphic designers, artist and so on become self employed. I don’t know if other universities are like this but I do think some business skill could be relevant.
I’m not going to talk about how our business spends more time on admin than printing as I’m bad on admin and need to do more. But I will mention about some aspects of being self-employed that have come as a bit of a shock. I thought learning was over after uni and time to put my knowledge to use, but I was wrong. Business is a steep learning curve but an enjoyable and scary one. I have come across a few people now venturing out on there own and my hat goes off to them as I have found the company of having someone else there to ask “do you know what this is about” and hear “I have absolutely no idea” is actually quite reassuring as I’m not the only one. Another great thing has been talking to people in the same position and the ability to bounce ideas and inspiration off each other.
Don’t know how relevant this post has been but hope some people think the same.
Well this is the first post for a good while. We have just been so busy that social media has been hard to keep track of. It’s been a good summer and Ornamental Ink has now got its studio. And as we have inhabited and old shippon it seems fitting that it is called The Shippon Studios.
A lot has changed to the building the most notable is the new roof. As the old one was at good at keeping water out as a collider. But not to worry we have a new one. And our studio is looking awesome. But still has a lot of work needed e.g. lights, water, electricity and more.
One of the joys of this project has been the DIY approach, and the vast learning curve that I have under gone within the building trade. For example I now loath pointing after the mass of walls that needed it, along with never mess with a plasterer, my arms where aching after 30 minuets.
With still more to do I will keep you all updated.
It took me well over an hour to choose which video to blog from Cosmo for two reasons, firstly I was trying not to scare away the few visitors to our site with some of his more explicit songs. Secondly I ended up watching most of his you tube videos again.
We stumbled across Cosmo Jarvis by accident when wandering back to where we lived in Plymouth hearing some really funky live music along the way. A year on I’m still drawn to check out his new songs. If you have heard him before you will know what I’m on about, if not check out some of his other stuff on you tube or his website.
This swimming pool, located in Brussels Belgium is incredible. Its the worlds deepest pool, and holds a staggering amount of water, its an underwater playground. Nemo 33 has 2.5million litres of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water that is kept at a temperature of 30 degrees. Amazing!
Nemo 33 has various levels and caves to play in, if you don’t want to swim you can have a drink at the bar and watch on into at the swimmers.
Designed by John Beernaerts, a diving expert, he wanted to create an atmosphere for learner divers with safe coaching, and recreational filming.
So the record is held: 34.5 meters deep swimming pool. Wowi