It’s been a while…

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Hello, I am back, it has been a couple of weeks since I got back from my holidays in Prague, a very interesting, beautiful city which gave me a lot of inspiration for the new collection I am working on. chocolatecreative has been taken all my time lately. First of all, I was one of the 2 lucky people to have won a free consultant session on my business with Grace from DesignSponge, I could not believe my luck when she emailed me to let me know. She has started the new Design*Sponge Consulting Sessions, aimed to help business to grown in the right direction. She has helped greatly by identifying my business strengths/weakness and by creating and action plan that I am working on. At the same time I am seeing a business mentor from Craft Central who is great in helping me with the numbers/cash flow, etc…that I don’t necessary understand and want to do…all I want to do is create, draw, print, etc…

I am planning a few changes for this blog, up to now it has been mainly about textiles, craft, interiors, designers, makers, inspiration, but hardly about my own work or creative process, from now on I will be posting more about the process that goes on behind my designs, where I get the inspiration from, things that go wrong, unexpected successes, etc…For some reason I has always been very private about my creative process, but I hope to overcome the fear of showing what I am working on, and many other things that inspire my work.

As well as all of this, chocolaetcreative has been nominated by some of our readers for the best UK design blogs to win the Design Democracy Awards 2010 in conjunction with the London Design Festival, (thanks to the people who nominated this blog). The winners will be the official team of bloggers for the London Design Festival (18-26 September 2010). Since I love blogging and reading/browsing other’s people blogs/opinions/life style, etc…this means a lot to me, as we, ordinary people get to have a voice and report on the hottest event in the city. This is one of favorites thing to do, (I still have to post about New Designers 2010) For your chance to vote your favorite UK blogger visit

I will be taking a break from blogging, I am taking some time off, to work on new designs and products, but before I go I will post about the talents I met at the Degree Shows and New Designers.

I am off to Prague with my family.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Just a quick note to say that I am off to Prague with my family who came over from Spain. We are all going to visit my brother, and spend some quality time together!! So see you in a week, have fun and work less. Kisses, Marga

ABOVE magazine

Monday, 5 July 2010

I felt very inspired browsing the ABOVE magazine pages, a beautiful and environmentally conscious publication, that I happen to come across the other day when buying old issues of magazines for £1 in a market!! Very well designed, quality paper, content and photos to die for, I specially enjoyed the feature about photographer and artist, Peter Beard, totally inspiring and gorgeous work!
Me he quedado fascinada con la revista ABOVE, una publicación, que no solo es preciosa y muy bien diseñana, sino que se preocupa del medio ambiente, es un placer perderse en sus páginas, llenas de contenido ecólogico, fotos extraordinarias como las de Peter Beard, y muchisimo más...

chocolatecreative being feature at Good Homes magazine

I was delighted when I was told that one of my cushions, the Leni vintage paper doll design, appeared on the August edition of Good Homes magazine, rushed to the shop to get my copy!! This issue is full of colorful Summer ideas, including plenty of cushions!!
Que alegría al saber que uno de mis cojines, Leni vintage paper doll design, ha salido en la revista Inglesa, 'Good Homes'.

Some inspiring images...Noemie Goudal

Friday, 2 July 2010

Yesterday on my way back from my first visit to my business mentor, found the work of RCA graduated Noemi Goudal, in the gallery 'Salon London', and could not resist to pop in and have a look and her amazing work. They had huge photos of hers on displayed, her work is not just abut the photos, it is about this amazing installations and set designs that she creates, totally LOVE them!!
Ayer por casualidad descubrí el trabajo de Noemi Goudal, (recien graduada del RCA), les aconsejo que visiten su página, su trabajo es increible!!

La Casita de Margaux

I am always looking for interesting things to bring home, specially if they are great vintage finds...browsing my friend, Patricia's online shop, found this cute wine decanter and garden chairs, that would look great in my messy English garden!!
No se como, pero no puedo resistir buscar cosas para mi casa, y eso que ya no tengo sitio para nada más, asi que me extenderé hacía el gustan muchos estas sillas y garrafa de vino de la tienda de Patricia y Aurelio en Madrid, La Casita de Margaux, perfectos para darle un look más casero y acogedor a mi jardín inglés que crece por segundos...Ya tengo hasta tomates plantados!!!

fancy learning silk-screen print??

On Wednesday I went along to the 10th Anniversary of the 'Foundation textile course' at Morley. We were celebrating all these years of excellent teaching, talented students and great results. I feel very proud of have been one of those students and have the privilege of learning my skills in such a relaxed and friendly environment, where I was allowed to express my creativity with the continuos support of my tutors.

I thought you may be interested in a  Summer short course, they are doing on silk-screen print, here are the details in case you fancy to learn some new skills or use the space to create your own work.

JULY 5 6 & 7 10 - 5pm
Morley College Summer School offers textile printers access to a well equipped, specialist studio with tutor expertise and support. Some experience is necessary to make the most of 3 consecutive days to realize personal projects. Course cost includes all printing materials.
Fee £120 Bullet steamer, 2 heat presses and exposure unit in studio.

Enrol by phone on 020 7450 1889 or online or in person Mon - Fri 10 - 7.30pm Morley College 61 Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7HT

The College at Waterloo is well served by public transport from all over London.