I'm Naomi: a writer, an illustrator and a creative mentor. My goal is to lead a life that is slow, creative and personal; in a world that can all-too-often feel frantic, mainstream and remote. Let's call that goal a work in progress. 

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SLOW

A winter picnic, home-grown vegetables, family meals around the table, freshly baked bread, limiting your footprint, conversations over coffee. Slow living, for me, is simply about mindfulness; about appreciating that a good life is worth waiting for, working for, and caring for.

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Creative

I like to celebrate creativity in all shapes and forms. I'm an illustrator and writer so creativity plays a big part in my daily life, but I also love to see what others are doing, and try to share the creative people, projects and pieces I discover, by featuring them on my blog. 

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Personal

In this digital era, when personal connections are made through pokes and self-worth is measured in likes, many of us are searching for more meaningful ways to communicate and forge friendships. For me, old-fashioned handwritten letters have become a beautiful, personal way to share.

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As an illustrator I work mainly in gouache, watercolour and ink. I still use many of my grandmother's old paints and palettes, remembering her and the painting lessons she once gave me as I mix my colours. My illustrations are similarly inspired by my childhood, and the books I loved to read. Illustrators like Arthur Ransome (Swallows and Amazons), Pauline Diana Baynes (The Chronicles of Narnia and books by JR Tolkien), Eileen Soper (Famous Five), and Cicely Mary Barker (Flower Fairies).

My new, downloadable, Mail Art Colouring Book came out in October 2017, containing 62 hand-drawn illustrations that are designed to be made into envelopes, with specific areas set aside for postal addresses and stamps to send unique mail to friends and family. 

I draw and paint for some wonderful clients, from stationery companies to product makers, and wedding clients to children's-book authors. Together we create a range of whimsical, personal illustrations that tell their stories in paint and ink. Do you have something you'd like illustrated? Send me an email to chat about your ideas. 

(Looking over these photographs I realise that I am apparently unable to draw or paint without also having a cup of tea to hand. And why yes, I have been known to dip my paint brush into my tea by accident. But no, I have not mistakenly sipped the paint-water. Yet.)

 
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I’m the former Editor of Nett magazine and an international magazine I’m not allowed to name here (but you can ask me about it privately if you’re interested in my portfolio). My debut novella Airmail was published in April 2011; I’m the author of non-fiction books Talk Without Being Interrupted and Seventeen Summers; and my poetry was included in the Australian Poetry Encouragement Award anthology in 2002. Once upon a time I worked in radio, and broadcast to more than 80 stations each day as a senior journalist and commodity analyst. When pressed, I can still do the newsreader voice.

Nowadays, I write magazine features and smaller pieces on just about any subject, from small business to slow living, and parenting to creative crafts. If you'd like me to entertain, inform or inspire your readers, send me an email to chat about your needs.

Alongside magazines features, what I really love to write is a personal letter. I write postcards and epistles, long letters, quick notes, poetry, and nonsense. If you can write it on a piece of paper I have probably done so, then stuffed it into an envelope and put a stamp on it. 

I'm so passionate about the joy that letter-writing brings - both to the writer and the recipient - that I’m working on a new book called The Art of Mail, and I've also created a host of tools and resources to help others do the same. E-books and print books and deep-dive courses letter-writing and templates and projects and more. If there's something I've missed that you could really use, let me know! 

 
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I regularly teach e-courses and release e-books in a variety of creative fields about which I'm passionate. More courses and books are constantly added (I'm working hard in the background here!) and right now, you can take my sell-out letter-writing and mail-art e-course, "The Most Beautiful Letter You Have Ever Written" as a self-paced program, supported by me.

Through my 1:1 Creative Mentoring program, I help people realise their creative dreams. Maybe that means unlocking a creative spirit they feel has been dormant inside them for way too long. Maybe it means opening themselves up to creative new ideas, in their businesses or lives. Maybe it's about helping them take what they are already doing to the next level.

We each make a cup of tea, find somewhere comfortable and quiet, and settle in for an hour-long chat that is as practical as it is cosy and supportive. At the end of the conversation, they walk away with actionable next steps that get them immediately onto the path they seek. For people who want to dig deeper into their creative goals, I offer an intensive, five-hour mentoring package designed to really hone in on their needs. 

 
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