Robert Smail’s Printing Works

Robert Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen was established in 1866, it worked as a printers, stationers and even published a weekly newspaper. It remained in the Smail family until 1986 when it was acquired by the National Trust for Scotland and opened to the public in 1990. The Smail family didn’t bring the works up…


RE Corbridge

The shop RE has been on my list of places to visit for a while. I wasn’t sure what to expect, maybe this is because it’s so hard to describe. I’ll give it a go! A wonderful eclectic colourful fun curated space of beautiful and unusual things for you to buy. After careers in fashion…


Ritz Cafe, Millport

As Formica celebrates it’s 100 year anniversary it was perfect timing to visit the Ritz Cafe in Millport. Millport is on the Isle of Cumbrae a quick ferry ride from Largs on the Ayrshire Coast, Scotland. A pretty seaside town on an island only a few miles long, perfect to explore by bike (bikes rule…


Kiss Kiss Kill Kill

We went to see Erik Kessels talk at Leeds College of Art and Design last week. The poster exhibition Kiss Kiss Kill Kill was an unexpected pleasant surprise that happened to be showing in the Blenheim Walk building. Billed as “The Graphic Art And Forgotten Spy Films Of Cold War Europe”. A wonderful mix of…


Christmas Cards 2013

This year’s design started with a still taken from a cine film I bought at a car boot sale. To this unknown family’s skiing holiday I’ve added a splash of text and our signature Christmas trumpet and voilà we have this year’s Maraid Christmas card!