Celebrating Father’s Day with Duncan Shotton

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The Real Boy Pushpins keep our notes in order right where we can see them. These fun little guys spice up our cork boards in a jiffy. This Father’s Day the designer invites us to the all essential British tea time with his dad, a heart warming tradition that always brings these two together.

Duncan Shotton born and raised in the UK considers his dad, Paul Shotton, to be “clever and witty” admiring his peaceful, calm and collective aura. He surrounds himself with books and snickers at things that may possibly make life easier at his job for government database design…like Photoshop.  He prefers MS paint, and quite enjoys the regular debate with Duncan over the matter.

It is true that his father has done an incredible job introducing his children to the world of design. Duncan can remember him taking them all over, “From Lego, to Zoids, to our first computer (Amiga Commodore), to Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. He used to take the family to the Mechanical Cabaret in London’s Covent Garden to watch and play with the fascinating works of coin-operated automata. This was where I first became interested in mechanics, craftsmanship, and humour in physical products.”  Dad’s appreciation for this world rubbed off on Duncan who identified with these ideas so much, they ultimately lead to his successful digimech clock  and real boy pins.

The rest of the story is best told by the source, “Dad never tried to steer me in a particular career path, but was always supportive of what I choose to do. I used to call him when I was stressed about my work, and his almost immediate advice, every time, was “Have a biscuit”. The dose of sugar and minor nutrition always helped my mood and therefore whatever I was working on, unless I didn’t have any biscuits, then it resulted in total doom.

I studied Industrial Design and Technology at Brunel University, Uxbridge, and he works in Hammersmith, both in West London. On odd weekends when I wanted to visit my hometown (west England), he’d stop by at my Uni-digs to pick me up. He’d arrive with a big grin on his face, with two tea bags in his shirt pocket, a sachet of sugar, and a pint of milk, because he could never guarantee I’d have any of them and like many British people, one cup of tea is mandatory at any opportunity. He’d always take time and interest in my work, give me advice and make me a good cup of tea too. I love my Dad.”



Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she's taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it's a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.

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