The Art Of Writing On A Piece Of Paper

An action I appreciate so deeply is when someone takes the time to sit down to write a letter or a card. I find that there is somewhat a lost art of writing on a piece of paper, writing a letter to a loved one or making a card for someone. I appreciate a written … Continue reading The Art Of Writing On A Piece Of Paper

Celebrating Magical Zines At Auckland Zinefest

It's strange to think that my sister and I made dozens of these zines when we were younger, without realising it. As I walked in the Auckland Art Gallery at the different stands, it felt like being at a market, with all these wonderful zines of stories and beautiful art surrounding everyone. I got a … Continue reading Celebrating Magical Zines At Auckland Zinefest

The Lost Art Of Staring Into Space

As I walk into a space, there is often people with their heads down on their phone, laptop or mp3 player. It makes me think about how we don't see daydreamers as often as we used to, and if you catch sight of one, perhaps you might make eye contact for a fleeting second. Our … Continue reading The Lost Art Of Staring Into Space

Saying Farewell To Yen Magazine

I was staring at my laptop screen yesterday in disbelief that Yen Magazine was closing down. Being one of my favourite magazines,  it deserved a post of its own to remember the wonderful things that Yen Magazine brought us in the last 15 years. My appreciation goes towards how many local creative cookies they showcase. … Continue reading Saying Farewell To Yen Magazine

Cindy Mangomini | Fashion Illustrator

Cindy is an illustrator and blogger from Maastricht, in the south of the Netherlands. She graduated at the art school Fontys Academy of Visual Arts, specializing in illustrative design. Her work is all handmade, where she likes to mix materials and techniques. Cindy uses a mix of acrylic paint, gouache, water colour, colour pencils, pen and … Continue reading Cindy Mangomini | Fashion Illustrator

The Fine Art Of Not Giving A Fudge

When we care less about certain voices in our minds or the words of others, we become more happy and free. We let go of negative judgment from those we aren't close to, and we feel unaffected by criticism that has no value to our self growth. It means wearing what you want, saying what … Continue reading The Fine Art Of Not Giving A Fudge

The Art Of Minimalism And Letting Go Of Materials

Minimalism may leave one thinking of a Zen garden or a spacious room. Over the years, I've decluttered and cleaned out many things that are not needed, or only take up space. They no longer serve a purpose, and are often a piece of paper with a note or a pair of shoes that you … Continue reading The Art Of Minimalism And Letting Go Of Materials

The Value Of An Arts Degree

The reality is that before you pick a degree you need to really consider if it's something you can imagine doing as a job. That seems quite obvious, but for myself it didn't work out that way. I have previously studied music and in the end it wasn't something I could imagine doing as a job. … Continue reading The Value Of An Arts Degree

A Few Things That Creative Cookies May Relate To

If you've ever been in certain environments or had to do certain tasks that drain your creativity, you may understand the need to do something that keeps your creative juices flowing. For many creatives they have often heard the following similar words: "The arts will get you no where... how do you make money doing … Continue reading A Few Things That Creative Cookies May Relate To

The Art Of Being Yourself

There is a common saying that goes don't trade your authenticity for approval. It speaks such truth and is a wise reminder to remember that we are born into this world to be as we are. We live in a world that often wants to conform and fit in, which leaves space for no originality … Continue reading The Art Of Being Yourself

A Pocketful of Loveliness

This painting of two girls at the piano was one of the first paintings that was introduced to me as a young girl. It makes me smile, especially at the time when I was learning how to play the piano. I remember there was a Nancy Tichborne Cats book, full of watercolour paintings. She inspired … Continue reading A Pocketful of Loveliness

Alexa Chung: Love

Alexa Chung's Book 'It' / Alexa Chung by @lillianfishstudio /This is amazing! (excerpt from Hello Giggles) Cindy Mangomini is an illustrator and accidental blogger from the Netherlands. When she is not drawing things she likes to spend her time collecting nice ideas, pictures, music and memories. If you want to see more of her work, … Continue reading Alexa Chung: Love

six fashion magazines you should be reading

There is something about magazines that take you on a portal to another place. The visuals. The words. Explosion of ideas. The creators work on paper right in front of you. Everything. If you are a creative cookie (and sweet tooth), then magazines like Yen and Frankie will welcome you warmly into your hands. Whereas … Continue reading six fashion magazines you should be reading

the coolest bags in the world

What makes one happy? Seeing Alice in Wonderland on a bag and the rest of many Disney characters embroidered onto one round magical bag, where you can carry your daily needs. Olympia Le-Tan was born in London but raised in Paris. She is a creative spark who did not attend a fashion school, but self … Continue reading the coolest bags in the world


A beautiful short film by Carlos Lascano The simple beauty of life. Imagination can take you beyond the horizon. Art is a universal language that anyone can understand. Our actions speak louder to people than our words ever will. Our self projects so much energy of how we feel and others can truly feel that when … Continue reading LILA

White Rabbit Gallery

After walking past the White Rabbit Gallery on numerous occasions, I finally gathered my footsteps towards the entrance. The Gallery opened in 2009 to present some of the most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art made in the 21st Century. The Gallery is owned by Judith Neilson, who was inspired by the culture and art and was … Continue reading White Rabbit Gallery

Little Joys In Life

It's so often that we allow negative thoughts to consume our mind. It is also so often that we focus on the things that we don't have, rather than seeing and appreciating the things we do have. Our thoughts are incredibly powerful, as they are literally the seed of our actions. What you think, you become. … Continue reading Little Joys In Life

Cats in Clothes

Heather Mattoon has extraordinary creativity and a beautiful imagination in creating wonderful clothes for cats to wear. Her art work makes you feel a tingly sensation of happiness and joy when you look at the paintings. Mattoon gives each cat a name and a description of their personality, creatively bringing them to life. Henry is … Continue reading Cats in Clothes