TRAVELThis year started so well. I travelled from mid January to mid March; from London to New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka and back to London, where I’m based. I could have never imagined that my last few days in Sri Lanka in March would be the last this year of living without the fear of Covid19 all around me.

NEW SKILLSLife has changed for everyone and surprisingly for me its been a time of acceptance and growth. I have spent too many hours in front of a computer screen learning from creatives all over the world! I could never have predicted that I would enjoy learning new creative skills from my own home. Ive always been very sociable and needed to be alongside others to create. I will always enjoy the stimulation of a collaborative piece of work, but I know now that I can also spend hours alone and feel fulfilled and productive.

CLOTHI have been lucky that in between ‘lockdowns’ I’ve been able to use the Textile Studio @committedtocloth. So I have produced quite some meterage of handprinted cotton fabric. I tend to photograph details from these fabric pieces to produce digitally printed fabric too.

WHATS MISSINGWhat I have really missed is human interaction…. since March there has been very limited travel and seeing friends family and customers feels like a distant memory. Zoom and FaceTime have become vital. A connection to those people we can’t meet up with at the moment.

I haven’t done any live shows or selling events this year, and so far nothing in my diary for 2021. So I’m updating my website…. I’ve put some new clothing in my online shop. Please come and visit, also @monicaboxleydesigns

WHAT NEXT?I do look forward to a time when I can welcome you in person to enjoy a browse in my shop or at a show!
Wishing you all a very happy end of year and a much better 2021…stay well

With Love from Monica x