To enter: visit the Summersville Etsy shop, and leave a comment below on a) which is your favourite item in the shop, and b) what you will note in the notebook if you win. If you win, you can have your choice of any of the $14.95 notebooks. The designs are available either as a lined notebook or a sketchbook.
Lucie was kind enough to answer my Beautifully British questions too.
Brief bio: After A levels, I went on to do an art foundation course and then onto Norwich School of Art and Design, where I specialised in print. After graduating, I opened up a patchwork and quilting shop with my mum, called 'The Colour Room'. It was great fun for 5 years, but funnily enough it was the least creative time for me personally, so when i got pregnant with my first son, we decided to shut the shop. I've always had a studio though, and carried on working and exhibiting my pieces, mainly art quilts with an emphasis on surface pattern. I discovered Etsy 2 years ago and opened a shop called 'lusummers' where I sold mainly paper collage pieces, which came to the attention of a few art directors who commissioned me for a variety of exciting jobs - food packaging for Frito Lay, a book cover for storey publishing and most recently a range of stationery for Galison in new york. I now screenprint fabrics that I sell under the 'Summersville' name on Etsy.
Describe your work: My work is pretty layered - whether I'm working on a paper collage/quilt, or screenprinting, I'm often thinking about layers. I've recently finished some screenprinted pieces that are being exhibited in New England in a print show and I found that I worked in exactly the same way as I do when I work in paper. I love colour and texture - and stitch. I try to combine a variety of techniques in my work - it stops me from getting bored.
What inspires you: Living in the countryside, charity shops, old teacups, coffee pots, crazing on old china, gorgeous interiors, rusty old cans, wooden crates - there's something interesting to be found everywhere.
Describe a perfect day: On the beach in Portugal near our friends' house, reading a fat paperback, watching the kids running in and out of the sea. Having lunch on the beach cafe, eating ice creams, walking around the town browsing in the shops, then out in the evening for a lazy dinner overlooking the marina. That's what we'll be doing in May, and I can't bloomin' wait!
The competition will close on Sunday at midnight, and the winner will be picked at random. Good luck!