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The Tattoo Files – Fiona Morris

April 4, 2014

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Name Fiona Morris , Age  43 , Location Grantham

What was your first tattoo and how old were you when you got it?

Winged heart in the centre of my back just before my 38th birthday

Which one is your favourite?

Don’t really have a favourite tattoo, love them all, no regrets J

Some have meanings behind them, like my girl’s best friend and Rock of ages which is for my sister as she’s the strong one in the family and keeps us all together.

Rosie the riveter and poppies, bombs and soldiers grave, I wanted as a tribute to all those who sacrificed everything for us to have the freedom we do and to remember everyday.

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Do you feel that people look at you differently because you’re a tattooed woman?

I do get some unwanted attention from having tattoos, not sure if it’s because I’m a woman or just that some people don’t like ink.

I’ve had a unique dress style since my early teens so have always had people look at me differently, especially in a small town, so maybe I just don’t notice the looks anymore 😉

Strangely the older generation seem to be less concerned, I often get pensioners chatting about my 1940’s / 1950’s dress style and my tattoos don’t bother them.

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Do you want to get more ink? What would you get?

Definitely getting more ink, still got gaps!! My partner and I go to ET’s Tattoos in Norwich and book a few days each year.

Have some ideas, want flowers on my collar bones but otherwise not decided yet, always trying to find something unique to my lifestyle and personality.


Meet and Greet – Ros Webb, fashion illustrator

February 12, 2014

I have never met Ros Webb in person but I can tell she is a very lovely lady, not to mention talented. That’s why after a brief chat on Twitter and looking at Ros’ work I invited her to participate in the Meet and Greet feature as I am sure it will be of interest to everyone reading HTM. Enjoy!

How long have you been an illustrator for and when did you decide that is what you wanted to do?

I started out as a fashion designer but I always loved fashion illustration , I even remember collecting images as a child . After my career as a fashion designer I had three children and working a 20 hour day at the studio was a physical impossibility so I set myself up a small art room in the house (that was suppose to be a walk in wardrobe) and set to work creating the images I love. That was about 10 years ago and it has blossomed and progressed and the more I produce the more creative I get.

Who is your favourite fashion designer?

I don’t have a designer that I love above all others but there are a few that always really appeal to me and their designs are something I get a strong urge to paint.
I love the decadence of Dolce and Gabbana they have a beautiful Italian edge to their designs, I also love Vivianne Westwood , I love they way she brings haute couture to everybody and keep that freshness in her creative spirit, I love a lot of the old style fashions from the 1950’s , like Christian Dior, they really appeal to the way I paint.

Where have you been published and where you would you like to be published in the future?

In the past I have been published in Vogue , Marie Claire and Elle with my fashion designs , I have done many illustrations for fashion blogs and also many children’s book illustrations, and various on line magazine websites.
For the future I would love to have my work in Italian Vogue, its a goal that I’m working towards.

What is the advice you would give to anyone wanting to pursue an illustration career, particularly in fashion?

The advice I give anyone looking to pursue fashion illustration, practice, practice , practice! does make perfect,develop your style,borrow from others but remain true to your own self, don’t be afraid to experiment, and always peruse what you truly love eventually it will serve you well

Find more of Ros’ work at
Thank you Ros for your time and sharing your lovely art with us!


You might also be interested in: Meet and Greet Paige Joanna Illustrator


The Tattoo Files – Martin Barker

December 13, 2013

It is now time for another installment of the Tattoo Files series. this time I convinced my friend and co-worker Martin to pose for a couple of portraits and tell us all about his passion for tattoos. We took these photos at lunch time, while hiding in a meeting room. thank goodness no one barged in on us as it would look quite the weird thing to do!

Name, Age, Location:

Martin Barker, 23, Grantham

When did you get your first tattoo and what was it?

When I turned 18 and planned to have my one and only tattoo (That failed) I watched Dead Poets Society and discovered the concept of Carpe Diem! And Seize the day I did 🙂

Which one is your favourite?

The marathon details on my leg, not only because I achieved my aim of running a marathon, but also as it is my own handwriting and so no one else will have that font.
Do you have any that you regret? (If so, why?)

I don’t really regret any as at the time when I got them I know I would have been feeling pumped and so it was worth it for that, but possibly PMA- I’m all for positive mental attitude but I probably could have come up with something a bit more creative.

Any plans for acquiring more art?

After acquiring quite a few quotes I want either an Orangutan under my arm pit swinging from my armpit hair or I will draw a comic book of the highlights of my life.

See also: Emma North



Meet and Greet – Danielle Hugh – Author

November 13, 2013

I am very excited to tell you that not only I have been given the opportunity to read and review the Confessions of a Hostie and More Confessions of a Hostie but also to interview the author, Danielle Hugh. I am always looking for interesting creative people to interview for my Meet and Greet feature and this seemed like a perfect way of branching out from my circle of friends and acquaintances, for a change. If you watched the TV show Pan Am and enjoyed what you saw, read on.

You see, I have a penchant for autobiographical books (I seem to collect them these days, biographies, diaries, you name it) and this was a perfect fit in the genre.  The books are very straightforward, organized in short chapters, each telling a story or episode but each will also be connected to the next one, so there is a good sense of continuity. The books have been a light and pleasant read, sometimes very cheeky, with happy and sad moments, just like real life. 

If you ever wondered what the life of a flight attendant is like, look no further, this is it. Behind the (somewhat intimidating) look of glamour and efficiency some flight attendants have, there are stories and anecdotes as with anyone else. For starters, forget about the glamour – having to clean up vomit and other unpleasantries that are bound to happen in the course of a flight, despite the crisp uniforms and the make up, it is anything but glamorous. And the rude people? I have to say that in all my travels I try to not bother the flight attendants unless I really must so it is baffling to read what some people actually do – and frequently!! Where did they learn their manners? Were they raised by wolves? Yikes!

With Danielle’s books you will discover the other side of the story, the side you don’t see when the galley curtains are shut or the time in between flights. The adventures, the tiredness, the amazing shopping, the terrible co-workers, the 5 star hotels, the  lack of sleep, it’s all there, the good and the bad in equal measure. Mind you that for privacy reasons names in the book have been changed and some characters and situations have been embellished for the purpose of making them unrecognizable – Danielle wants to keep her job! However, the personal tone with which it is written is very engaging.

I shot Danielle a few questions about the books and her career, that I hope you all enjoy.

How did you get to be an air hostess, was it always your dream career?

At the age of eleven I took my first ever plane trip. I thought the ‘hostie’ were so glamorous. I always wanted to be an air hostess and on consequent flights I observed how they acted and what they did. I must say, looking back, I may have been a tad over-romantic in my appraisal of the job, but I often fantasized about the lifestyle. As a young adult I actually went down the university/study/professional career path, but a few years later when I had the opportunity to apply to be a flight attendant, I said “What the hell…”

What motivated you to write the Hostie books?

I love my job and it is unique. I had so many stories to tell and as time went by, I took an interest in writing; especially while away on trips. I don’t think I am particularly good at it, but I am passionate, so hopefully that comes through in the writing.

What can your readers expect to find in your books?

A humorous insight into some of the unique situations we deal with; and how we hosties cope with the lifestyle. It is not all glamour.

The second book of the series has just come out. Are you planning on adding more volumes to the collection?

Yes. I’ve already started writing a series of smaller books on fun subjects like shopping, travel tips, etc. Hopefully the first (about tips for shopping in America) will be available shortly.

What was the hardest thing about writing these books?

Editing. I love the writing process. Fixing mistakes (and I make a lot) is boring.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

Home. It sounds cliche, but as much as I love travel, opening my own front door is the best feeling. P.S. I love New York.

The public wants to know! What are your best pro tips for jetlag?

After 20 years of international travel I am none-the-wiser. I joke in the book that two glasses of wine help, and yet they don’t really help at all.

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

I think you’ve been really thorough. Some friends have asked me how long do I think I’ll keep flying for? I tell them ‘For as long as I keep enjoying it – and they (being my airline) will have me’. I’ve a way to go yet.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

I am so humbled the book(s) are being received so well. I hope to keep writing and hopefully my (lovely) publisher will keep publishing. I also have a Facebook page, where I post the occasional funny story, photo, or cartoon, etc, – I’m always keen to hear from other hosties or travellers with some of their hilarious stories.

Thank you Danielle!

PS: I was sent the books for review purposes, no payment was received and the opinions expressed on the review are mine.



Meet and Greet – Shauna Haider, graphic designer

October 23, 2013

Shauna Haider is the Creative Director of We Are Branch, Blogger at Nubby Twiglet and co-founder of the The Blogcademy. The first time I discovered Shauna’s talent and extreme good taste was when I entered this Livejournal community called The Imeldas (in a previous life!). Very suiting, heh? A long time has passed since then and Shauna has become an extremely talented designer. I met her in person when I attended the Blogcademy back in September and she agreed to do a little interview for my blog! Yay!

1 – What is your favourite hang out in Portland?

My favorite hangout by day is any Stumptown Coffee location because of the good coffee and great people watching. By night, it is The Slingshot Lounge. The Slingshot is super friendly, plays awesome music, has a great food menu AND a photo booth! What more could you want?

2 – If you had to convince someone to live in Portland what would you say?

I probably wouldn’t try to convince anyone to move here! I am a native and most of my family lives here so Portland definitely feels like home to me. But over the last decade, it has changed a lot, in some ways for the better and some ways for the worse. We’ve still been able to retain a lot of the small town feel and uniqueness here but with the way it’s growing, I don’t see that lasting forever.

3 – We like shoes a little bit too much. What is your favourite pair of shoes ever?

My all-time favorite shoes are the Dries van Noten wedges from the Fall 2007 RTW collection. I have three pairs and they’re the shoes I’ll never give up!

4 – Where do you see your career going in the future? I’ve been following you for a few years online and you are an inspiration.

I just launched a boutique design studio last month called We Are Branch! As a freelancer, I knew it was finally time to step up, bring in some helping hands and take the work I was doing to the next level. It’s definitely been all-consuming but design is my biggest passion so I love it. I hope to continue growing as a designer while getting better at managing time and expectations which isn’t always easy!

5 – What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to not be so fearful and to take bigger chances. I’ve always played it a little safe, afraid of what might happen if something goes wrong. But in the last few years I’ve learned that the only way to achieve significant growth both personally and professionally is to take bigger risks. Sometimes you have to stop and ask yourself what’s the worst that could happen. And once you put it into perspective, it’s easier to take the leap. I wish I would have figured that out earlier!

6 – Do you have any project in the works that we should keep an eye out for in the future?

Growing my client base with Branch is keeping me very busy and I am enjoying the new challenges. Besides that, I’m working on some new projects with The Blogcademy, the blogging workshop I co-run with Kat Williams and Gala Darling which is always a fun challenge because it’s a chance to both work on content and design it!

Thank you Shauna, for your time and gracefulness!