Alison Garwood Jones

Fred Rogers

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

In 1968  Fred Rogers published a children’s song about managing anger. The generation he wrote it for are all grown up now, but his timeless words can still reach them almost 50 years later. What do you do with the mad that you feel When you feel so mad you could bite? When the whole […]

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How I use watercolour pencils

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

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Spring Florals

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

Nothing beats the new greens and watery blues of Spring. Watercolour is, hands-down, the best medium for capturing this season.  

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Kara Walker

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

Kara Walker is one of seven artists profiled in the April 17-30 edition of New York Magazine (still on many newsstands). Doreen St. Felix describes a black female artist who is acutely aware that her work and persona are a lightning rod for the pathologies that are everywhere in the U.S. “She knows that putting […]

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Wrecking ball

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

I let my dad down. Trevor was an architect, and earlier this week one of his modernist designs, the Fawcett House (1966), was torn down to make room for something new and improved. Thomas Allen wrote an eloquent and heartfelt lament about it in The Inlet, saying, “the tranquil courtyard, barrel-vaulted roof with celestial windows, […]

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Artist toolkit

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

This makeup brush kit from my days as an Elle editor is now my fountain pen and waterbrush kit. #UseWhatYouHave #illustration #arttools

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Insights with Nargis

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

While Yann Yap and I finish editing our first batch of Willful videos and gear up for the next spate of interviews, it was so gratifying to participate in Nargiz Mammadova’s thoughtful interview series, Insights with Nargiz. We talked about creativity, work, life, and constant adaptation. Thank you, Nargiz! Photo: Gary Chen, White Clover.

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Creative is fragile

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

“Any great work you see out there probably died five times. Creative is fragile. Every step of the way there’s going to be a barrier of some sort, so you have to be relentless with your ideas. Your clients will thank you.” My favourite quote from Denise Rossetto and Todd Mackie, co- SVP’s and Executive […]

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Window Art: My process

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

We all have skills that are lying dormant — for whatever reason. For me, it was art. A dozen years ago, when I was trying to break into journalism (with no degree in the field and no contacts), getting writing gigs was all-consuming. And it was creative, so not drawing didn’t feel like such a […]

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Know your tools

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

Windsor and Newton Cotman pan set.

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