UK-based Aussie Diane is an editor for graphic design and photography books during the day, and a serious crafter at night - working on her accessories label Notes To A Further Excuse.
Diane has a great eye for marrying current themes (matryoshka dolls! calaveras skulls! bird silhouettes! kokeshi dolls!) with hip product design. She uses gorgeous fabric (including Alexander Henry, Erin McMorris and quirky Japanese designs) to handcraft totes, clutches, sweet coin purses and soon home furnishings. So very cool.
Diane explains that the aim of Notes To A Further Excuse is "to create practical and durable bags, accessories and home furnishings, and to provide an alternative to high-street, mass-made products." Pieces are beautifully crafted with both machine stitching and a hand-sewn element.
Diane is based by the seaside in Hove, in the south of England, and is originally from Brisbane, Australia. You can find Notes To A Further Excuse on Etsy, Folksy (UK) and at select markets and craft fairs in the UK (keep an eye on the Notes blog for details). Look for new designs on the Notes Flickr photostream.
Images: Notes To A Further Excuse via Flickr