Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Paper Meadow Chair

Since creating my fabric I have had a few vintage chairs re-upholstered in it but recently I have found a guy who can actually make the chairs from scratch. I find that soooo super clever!

The first one is made from Paper Meadow fabric in blush and Sarah Mason took some really lovely photo's of it last week.

From the front,

from the back

and from the sides :)

I'm just straightening out my prices but will be offering these for sale in any of my fabrics on my website very soon!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Happy Birthday Charlotte

I had fun last night at The Bronte Parsonage Museum doing the 'Meet the Maker' night.

It was good to see all my Charlotte's Garden products displayed in the shop for the first time and it's great to hear that they are selling well.

I met some lovely people and a cute dog called George.

Charlotte kept an eye on things. She had a keen eye for nature (have you seen her flower paintings?) and I'm sure she would appreciate my designs!

Today it is her 201st birthday!

It felt fitting to sign off the proofs of my new wallpaper design on the eve of Charlotte's birthday...and even more fitting to sign them with a green feather quill!

Happy Birthday Charlotte x

Friday, 14 April 2017

High House Wallpaper India Collection

When I gave a talk to the MA Creative Futures students at Stafford Uni recently I met a couple of enthusiastic students who were working on the High House Wallpaper India Collection crowd funding campaign. High House Wallpaper is supporting designers from Uni to real world industry and want to give young designers the opportunity to see their designs come to fruition. 

This India collection brief was shared through design schools in Stafford and India and Mallika Gupta and Joanna Mathias were the winners with their two beautiful patterns.  The way that they sit together is purely coincidental which is rather cool.

Anyway their designs are being prepared for production and now they need to raise the funds....

Checkout their crowdfunding campaign on Indigogo and support them if you can :)

Monday, 20 March 2017

Teasle lamps

Let me introduce you to my new teasel lamps.

I have always admired their elegant silhouettes and have had them hanging around my studio for years but despite past attempts I couldn't make it work.

But this year I've cracked it. The key was lighting up the spiky heads rather than making them the silhouette. 

 I'm really pleased with how they have turned out.

They are available on my cylindrical and oval shaped lamps.

Hazel catkins lamps

I wrote a blog post last month about the hazel catkins I photographed whilst out walking.

They inspired me very much and I'm pleased to have turned it into a lamp design.

It is available in all the lamp shapes  - cylindrical, oval...

and as little candle cover too. 

I'm excitedly waiting for this weeks laser cutting to arrive because I'm looking forward to seeing the Hazel Catkins floor lamp that I've made too.

They are all available on my website.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Charlotte's Garden

Hebden Bridge is only a short and very beautiful ride over the moors (or the 'tops' as we call them round here) to the village of Haworth, which is the home of the Brontë Parsonage museum.

Last year they got in touch and asked me if I would create a design to celebrate their Brontë200 project. They are celebrating the bicenteneries of the births of all the Brontë children - Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne one by one over the next few years.

Their head of communications and marketing, Rebecca Yorke knew my meadowy design work and the original idea was to make a design inspired by the meadow at the back of the Parsonage but the day I visited the meadow wasn't yet in bloom and I wandered around the garden and found my inspiration there.

The design is called Charlotte's Garden and it features plants and flowers in bloom around the time of Charlotte's birthday. 

There are ferns, alliums, hellebores, tulips and fritillaries

and you'll find it on tea towels, aprons, coasters, placements, notebooks, trays, cushions, oven gloves and mugs.

Last week we hired the wonderful Sarah Mason to do a photoshoot

and lovely Suzi got roped in to being a model.

Sarah from Simply By Arrangement let us use her beautiful kitchen and her garden 

which was full of hellebores and ferns 

and her sweet dog Molly made sure she made an appearance too (that was before she stole our baguette out of the bag)!

Of course Sarah found all the beautiful pools of light and we've all been excited about sharing the lovely pictures that she made...

You'll find all the Charlotte's Garden in the Bronte Parsonage museum shop and on their website.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Hazel catkins

I took the macro lens out for a walk this morning.

I wanted to catch the beautiful yellow catkins that are saying 'spring is coming!'. 

Now as you know, I am someone who notices the tiny details

but I had never noticed the teeny weeny bright pink flowers growing out of the end of the buds before.

Once I had noticed one I saw that they were everywhere. They look like sea anemones.

I have learned today that this is a hazel tree and the yellow catkins are the male flower, heavy with  yellow pollen that's ready to be dispersed on the wind. The tiny pink flowers are the female flower ready to catch the pollen. 

It is here that a cluster of hazelnuts will grow! 

I'll be looking out for them in the Autumn.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Growing into the new year...

For a long time I've been longing for more time to draw and design. All small business owners know just what a lot there is to do in the everyday running of a business and although I make some time for drawing (I've obviously designed a few things lately haven't I) there is always so much to pull me away. 

But the message is loud and clear and I have known for a while that the next step is full time help in the studio but I've been a little bit scared of making the leap.

But I just did it. I have a wonderful girl called Emma who came to me as a student intern three years ago and has worked a couple of days in the studio through the last year of her degree in Surface Design at Huddersfield Uni and then through her MA. You may have met her at a show or in my studio. She is brilliant and I have always said I want to keep her forever! She has just finished her MA and so the time felt right to offer her a job as studio manager. She gleefully accepted!

So we have been making changes in the studio this new year and it all feels good. I have combined my 'office' space with my 'drawing' space and we have created Emma a work space of her own so we can happily and comfortably work alongside each other.

Emma is supporting my desire to draw more and we are finding new ways of managing everything together. 

I'm loving my new desk. I'm gathering ideas and sitting down to work on my next project which involves lots of tiny treasures....

I've been collecting

and arranging

and drawing

and dreaming.

Right then I'd better get back to the drawing board .....

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