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David Bowie: Farewell to a Legend of Creativity

A digital painting featuring Jareth the Goblin King

Today we lost a legend of creativity… most will be saying we lost a music legend, a rock legend etc but the truth is David Bowie was much deeper than a sound.

I rarely blog on here about how events have affected me personally, but today it seems the right time to do so. David Bowie for me has been more than a musical inspiration, or a soundtrack to my childhood in the back of my Uncle’s mini. He is for me the most brilliant creative mind we have seen. He was unafraid, indeed sought, to be different – to stand out from the crowd, to be noticed.

As a professional creative, we are often too busy with the latest design craze or even platform to even take the time to BECOME the next big thing. Clients often are not comfortable with the current craze let alone breaking new ground. It’s a brave step to ignore what is marketable and commercial and instead stride off in your own direction. For me, I have started this journey by opening my own store where I am the client – if you choose to purchase I will gladly thank you and if you want some minor alterations to suit your story that’s fine too.

If we can take life lessons from David Bowie, I would say they are the following:

  • Don’t be afraid to be different and take risks (better still AIM to be different and take risks)
  • LOVE life
  • Challenge yourself to do more, be more and learn more
  • Don’t put yourself, or others, in boxes
  • Be single-minded to get to where YOU want to be

Finally, some of you will know that I also love to Ballroom Dance – a fact that I often publicly attribute to being a Fred and Ginger fan. However, secretly, I believe I will always want to be the girl in the big, poofy, white dress dancing with the King of the Goblins. David Bowie, you will forever be my Jareth.

Natalie x

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Help us teach cancer a lesson!

Cancer is a horrible disease and it can affect anyone at any age. Let’s fight back and help us teach cancer a lesson it won’t forget!

Tina Wright and Lucy and Jessica Ballard are running the Race for Life in Worcester on 6th July 2014 in memory of Raymond Ballard (their beloved Ampoo) who sadly lost the fight against Pancreatic Cancer at the beginning of May this year.

For those of you who know Ian, the kids and me, know how tough we’ve found it these past couple of months – and you know how hard it is for us to write this blog piece. Now is the time for us to start fighting back! We want to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer (which is too often found too late) and raise funds for research into this terrible form of cancer. The fact that this unforgiving type of cancer is possibly hereditary spurs us to make sure we don’t lose another generation to this illness!

If each of my Twitter followers alone gave £1 each, we could raise over £3000 for this one event alone! With the followers from all our Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn accounts we could raise well over £5000! So let’s fight back against cancer together!

You can donate here.

There will be other fundraising events throughout the rest of the year.

Thank you
Ian, Natalie, Lucy & Jessica Ballard & Tina Wright