Nikki Strange, Urban Curiosity + Do Book Company

#FF This week’s recommendations. SHOP: whimsical and playful prints @nikkistrange. BOOK: get creative thinking at Urban Curiosity Club with @ClareBarryUK and @DaveUrsillo. READ: less push, more pause, better results with DO/Improvise ‪@DoBookCo‪ by @robpoynton...


SHOP NIKKI STRANGE: @nikkistrange 

Nikki first set up her label back in 2013 from her bedroom in Hampshire whilst working as a freelance print designer with studios and selling her designs commercially to the likes of ASOS, Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Made and Forever 21. Having won several textile design competitions and realising that she had a unique style in surface design, Nikki decided to set up her own accessories label. She steadily built up her brand, developing a strong product range that could successfully showcase her whimsical and ethereal print designs.

She now runs her label full time in a studio at Hackney Downs where she creates prints that aim to invoke a sense of freedom and escapism. Inspired by her love of nature and travel, Nikki creates her prints using watercolours, inks and splash of glitter. Images: SORBET FLAMINGO A5 NOTEBOOK £4.99, GEOMETRIC PHONE CASE £21.99 and TIGER JUNGLE A4 ART PRINT £15.00.


Urban Curiosity Club is a monthly creative thinking workshop for busy people and JUNE'S event will see you joining the founder Clare Barry for a talk with special guest Dave Ursillo, 11- time author, yoga teacher and professional storytelling coach. Dave is flying into town from Rhode Island, USA for one week only - catch him while you can!

Here's how the Urban Curiosity Club works: On the third Thursday of the month creative Londoners gets together at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill to listen, learn and, um, drink gin.  At this event Clare grills Dave on wellness, creativity, digital media and entrepreneurship. He will then share his top tips from his signature lesson with you and you will learn how to tell your story so your bio and social media profiles shine! You can also catch them in the bar downstairs after the workshop to talk all things blogging, digital media, creative entrepreneurship and more. Early Bird Tickets almost ending: book now!

Thursday 16 June at 7pm - 8.15pm, The Tabernacle in Notting Hill

READ @DoBookCo‪ Do Improvise – Less push. More pause. Better results. A new approach to work (and life) by @robpoynton

Everyday we deal with the unplanned and the unexpected - from a broken toaster to losing (or gaining) a major client. Our natural ability to improvise gets us through. But we feel as if we’re winging it, rather than acting with courage and conviction. Robert Poynton teaches an acclaimed method to some of the world’s biggest brands and companies. Improvisational skills that an actor might use on stage are honed and applied to the everyday business of work and life. The end result is a new approach that embraces change as a natural process and has creativity and innovation at its heart.

With killer games to put the theory into practice, Do Improvise will help you:

◦    Become more productive without trying harder

◦    Overcome creative blocks and generate new ideas

◦    Respond fluently to circumstances beyond your control

◦    Inspire and motivate others

Not sure what to do next? Improvise.