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Sarah Dennis

“I set my alarm for 7.30am but I love to snooze and normally don’t get out of bed until about 8am. I have real problems with my alarm – I’m a really deep sleeper and can sleep through almost anything, I really need a fog horn to wake me up!

“As it’s Winter now I’m eating porridge (in the summer it’s Marmite on toast). I don’t go wild with the decorations, you won’t find me sprinkling nuts or bathing it in yogurt, I’ll normally add a drizzle of honey or if I’m feeling really adventurous I might stick a bit of jam in there, and of course a strong cup of coffee.

“Once I’ve had my coffee I normally reply to a few emails I them make my way to the studio, I’ll get there for about 9.30am. I have a work space at Hamilton House in the Drawn In Bristol studios.

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“Normally I get into my creative flow once the Lauren Lavern show starts at 10am and between then and lunch I will be keeping my head down, either paper-cutting or drawing. I’ll then switch off the radio and either listen to an album or recently I have been listening to audio books and have been enjoying some Neil Gaiman stories. The work varies depending on the nature of the project that I’m working on. I have recently been illustrating for some children’s books so I have been doing lots of sketching. Once these are approved I will start making the artwork from paper, this is done best after lunch while listening to music and is the part of my work that I enjoy the most. I start picking paper, making colour decisions and watching the artwork come to life in 3D. On days when I don’t have a pressing deadline I’ll leave the studio about 6ish.

“For lunch at the moment it has either been a soup or dhal, but on Thursdays, Hamilton House provides a tenants lunch so we all take a trip upstairs and enjoy a healthy meal away from our desks, which is always delicious. 

“I really love cooking, I start thinking about dinner not long after lunch and when I get home I really like to try out a new recipe I might have found earlier in the day. At the moment I’m trying to make sure I do a couple of runs a week as I have signed up for the Bath half Marathon. I find it quite an effort to get myself out and running, but once I’m doing it, I always enjoy it.

“We will eat at about 8pm and I will make my way to bed at about 11pm where I will try not to stare at my computer for any longer, pinning pictures of cushions, lovely homes and artwork. Instead, I will try and read some of my book before bedtime…”

Sarah Dennis lives and works as a full time artist and illustrator in Bristol. Her work combines traditional scherenschnitte (paper cutting) with collage. Sarah’s pieces exemplify the beauty of nature in fairy tales and whimsical childhood dreams, telling classic poems and folk tales through the medium of paper. Her Polar Bear Print and Deep Blue Print (both £29.95) are available to buy at Howkapow. Each piece is individually hand-cut using a craft knife to reveal exquisite, delicate detail within the illustration.

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Tom Jennings

Horay for things with little fake plastic noses stuck to them! We salute you Tom Jennings - an illustrator, artist and designer working in London – for your simple but effective idea.

These little pieces – part of Tom’s Nose Show – are based on the easy-does-it concept of making faces on things with the addition of a nose.

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The show featured over 400 hand made noses, ten photographic works showing characters created from fruit and vegetables, a range of assemblage pieces and an LCD screen displaying photographs of faces created both by Tom and by other people using his noses.

Tom’s practice includes drawing, photography, animation, graphic design and interactive design. His clients include the BBC, Penguin, Nokia and Diesel and his work has been featured in a range of publications including the AOI’s Images 35: Best of British illustration and has been exhibited internationally.

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Stocking Fillers & Secret Santas! Great Gift Ideas for £15 & Under…

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1. Dominoes Set (£12.95) / 2. Bike Bookmark (£4.95) / 3. Condiment & Preserve Gift Set (£10.00) / 4. Haarlem Tea Light Set (£12.00) / 5. Christmas Pudding Leggings (£10.00) / 6. Playing Cards (£9.95) / 7. My Five A Day Tea Towel (£10.00) / 8. Gold Mug (£7.95) / 9. Saaret Make Up Case (£8.50) / 10. My Tea Light Holder – Yellow (£7.95) / 11. Bubble Glass Cup – Venice Red (£4.95) / 12. Rocket Leggings (£10.00) / 13. Pocket Notebook – Black (£7.95) / 14. Bubble Glass Cup Large – Burnt Orange (£7.95) / 15. Marmalade Gift Set (£10.00) / 16. Small Crystallized Earrings – Gold Glitter (£12.00) / 17. Blossom Mug (£9.95) / 18. Bubble Glass Tea Light – Lagoon (£3.50) / 19. Fox Bookmark (£4.95) / 20. £10 Gift Voucher (£10.00)

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Win A Full Refund Of Your Order! Simply Shop With Howkapow This Week…

‘Tis the season of goodwill so we’ve one more little festive giveaway up our elfish sleeves before this fine old year 2014 is out! This one is simple: if you place an order any time from now until December 10th you’ll be in the draw to getting your entire order fully refunded. Just like that. So effectively you’ll be getting it all for free. Don’t say we don’t spoil you! ;)

The winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email on December 10th about their win. This competition is open to anyone, all over the world! It makes no difference how big or how small your order is, as every order placed will automatically go into the draw.

So make sure you’re in it to win it and browse all our festive offerings online now…

Good luck!
Love Howkapow x

*Congratulations Sylvie Wright from Norfolk for winning this competition! Thank you to all who entered!*

Great Gift Ideas For £60 & Under!

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1. Floating Fish Mobile (£42.95) / 2. Weekend Bag Poppy (£49.95) / 3. Canary Silk & Cotton Blend Scarf (£48.00) / 4. Snowman Print (£50.00) / 5. Branches Print (£50.00) / 6. Navy Lotus Serving Bowl (£45.00) / 7. Round Copper Tray (£44.95) / 8. Tiger Feet Print (£40.00) / 9. My Teapot Grey (£47.50) / 10. Enamelware Pie Set White & Blue (£44.95) / 11. White Bear Black Bear Cushion (£45.00) / 12. Crystal Collar Necklace (£58.00) / 13. My Large Cake Stand Blue (£49.95) / 14. £50 Gift Voucher (£50.00) / 15. Enamelware Bake Set White & Blue (£54.95)

Great Gift Ideas for £40 & Under!

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1. Bear Cushion Burnt Orange (£36.00) / 2. Robin & Redcurrant Cushion (£39.95) / 3. Bear Bookends (£34.95) / 4. Dotty Slim Jug (£24.50) / 5. Pantone Coffee Maker Red (£25.00) / 6. Gold Mug Set (£22.00) / 7. Cheese Bite Serving Board (£25.00) / 8. Poker Set (£39.95) / 9. Red British Tractor Toy (25.00) / 10. Lagoon Tableware Set (£21.95) / 11. Las Vegas Shotgun Wedding Scarf (£35.00) / 12. Blossom Salad Bowl (£21.95) / 13. Gold Crystallized Statement Earrings (£35.00) / 14. Trapezing Twins Print (£25.00) / 15. Red Furoshiki Scarf (£29.95) / 16. Terrazzo Drop Black Earrings (£21.95) / 17. Arc Furoshiki Scarf (£29.95) / 18. Popova Necklace (£35.00)

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Christmas all Wrapped Up! WIN £250 to Spend on Howkapow this week!

Here at Howkapow we believe Christmas is as much about giving as receiving. With that in mind we thought we’d spring a little five-day competition on you – your chance to WIN £250 to spend on our shop this festive season!

All you have to do to enter is to hop on our shop and tell us what Howkapow goodies you’d spend your £250 on, by filling in the form below. If you win the voucher you can spend it on anything on the shop that you want, it’s completely up to you!

Our competition is up and running and we’ll announce our winner on Monday Nov 24th. If you’re lucky you might have Christmas all wrapped up for you!

Howkapow x

This Competition is now closed. Rowan Mcintosh was the lucky winner. Well done Rowan!

Great Gift Ideas For £20 & Under!

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1. Portuguese Serving Jug (£18.95) / 2. Chess & Checkers Set (£19.95) / 3. Swallow Mobile (£10.95) / 4. Rita Earrings Black & Electric Blue (£20.00) / 5. The Tea Towel (£10.00) / 6. Whale Necklace (£20.00) / 7. Turquoise Notebook (£11.95) / 8. Tribal Burst Necklace (£19.95) / 9. Reversible Acorn Bonnet Chocolate (£10.00) / 10. Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Set (£14.95) / 11. Mini Facemaker Set (£19.95) / 12. Gold Crystalized Studs (£12.00) / 13. Be Bold Print (£20.00) / 14. Butcher Cuts Oven Glove (£14.00) / 15. Bubble Glass Lagoon Carafe (£14.95) / 16. Jansen Mug (£9.95) / 17. Hedgehog Cushion – Burnt Orange (£18.00) / 18. Bambino Cup Set Lagoon (£16.95) / 19. Howkapow £20 Gift Voucher / 20. Enamel Serving Tray (£19.95)

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Lorena Marañón

Born in 1988 in Holguin, Cuba Lorena Marañón is a textile artist with a love of colour and skill in craft that I find captivating. Currently living and working in Miami, Florida she began embroidering in 2009 by producing small and experimental pieces that became the foundation of a four year jewellery business.

I really wanted to get some of Lorena’s pieces on Howkapow, but their one-off nature and the fact they took (understandably) many weeks to create meant we couldn’t quite make this happen. Since then, her jewellery has taken a back seat and she now makes highly complex, meditative pieces as an abstract form of expression.

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When Lorena works, broken symmetry guides her intuition and she sews her surfaces in a seemingly haphazard but highly sensitive way. Very often, a final piece and its process are dictated by a her need to glamourise colour and pattern through miniature scales. Little abstract shapes, squares, optical illusions and floral motifs play work together in perfect harmony to create beautiful, one-off pieces.

Ultimately Lorena wants to explore and transmute ideas through needlework (and more recently, patchwork) and I think she’s doing an inspiring job. Her exuberant use of colour and open-mindedness to shape and scale are second to none. I’ll be following this up-and-coming star for many years to come…

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WIN Our Exclusive Las Vegas Shotgun Wedding Silk Scarf!

In our latest competition this week we’re giving you the chance to win our exclusive Las Vegas Shotgun Wedding Silk Scarf worth £35!

Designed exclusively for us by Edinburgh-based designer Karen Mabon, the scarf is inspired by everyone’s favourite place for a shotgun wedding: Las Vegas! There’s an Elvis and his runaway bride, a pink cadillac reference to Thelma and Louise and even a white tiger as a nod to Sigfried and Roy. The Scarf has been hugely popular with customers already, and even featured in ELLE Deco Sweden this month too.

All you have to do is hop onto Twitter and follow us and / or retweet our post to enter!

The competition is up and running and ends at midnight GMT Monday Oct 27th. The winner will be announced – where else? – on Twitter. Good luck, folks!