Friday, 14 June 2019

Hebden Bridge Open Studios 2019

It's nearly time for the Hebden Bridge Open Studio trail. We will be opening the studio on 5th, 6th and 7th July and I'll be having my SECOND SALE where you can find 'imperfect' (or are they?) lamps at half the usual price.

We are only doing the seconds sale in person this time (online in February) but there will be 20% off  wallpaper, fabric, cushions and 'perfect' lamps on these dates online with the code 'SUMMERSALE19'.

My open studio is part of a huge trail of studios around town and will make a marvelous day out (or weekend visit) for the creative and curious! Find out more on the website.

Really hope to see you. x

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Featured in Period Living

I am very lucky to have a feature in the July issue of Period Living magazine. It's a really lovely article across five pages and it tells the story of how I developed my business and where I find my inspiration.

Back in April Heather Dixon came to style the shoot and interview me and her husband Dave Burton took all the beautiful photographs. We had a lot of fun that day and we are all pleased with the results.

We went for a walk up the hill just when this marvellous Pussy Willow tree was in full catkin heaven. I like this shot a lot. It's me in my happy place!

I'm delighted to be featured and be able to share my work and my story on a national scale. If you fancy a read it's the July issue and it's on the newsagent shelves right now.

Monday, 10 June 2019

The Yoga and Creativity Space

Every morning for the last sixteen years or so I have got up before everyone else in my house and headed to my yoga mat for practice. Through thick and thin, through good times and bad times my practice has been my passion and my anchor and it has looked after me. It's not something I have talked about that much on this blog over the years but I can tell you that my practice has been the power and enthusiasm behind all the creativity that I have shared here over the years. It's been my driving force.

I never wanted to teach before, really because I had a lot of fear about it (what do I know about it? I should just stick to what I'm good at blah blah) but I decided to face my fears and do my teacher training course with Yoga Campus, so for the last 18 months I have been studying hard and re-writing those stories about not being good enough in the process!

And I have been growing a vision about the kind of space I'd like to teach in. A beautiful, inviting space full of colour and light. Warm and comfy props for deep relaxation and restoration. Somewhere peaceful for meditation and for listening to ideas. And also chairs and tables for for when inspiration strikes and you need to journal and mind map and plan big ideas and dreams. Ultimately the creative process is what fascinates me the most and I'd love to help people manifest their creative dreams through yoga.

Last month a space right across the hall from my design studio came up for rent and I JUMPED on it.
I could have a space to teach but also rent it out to other teachers for classes and workshops in yoga, meditation, group-work, well being, art, writing....whatever! It was the perfect place for my vision and being right next to my workshop was absolutely perfect. There was lost to be done. We have fitted a new floor, had the ceiling tiles replaced, painted everything and I have had lots of fun choosing colourful mats, cushions and yoga props.

So here is the Yoga and Creativity Space!

I am so very in love with it. 

There is space for eleven mats and each mat has a bolster, two blocks, two bricks, a pillow, an eye pillow, a cotton blanket and the softest 'sheepskin' you ever stroked (from Ikea made from recycled plastic water bottles) so everyone will be comfortable and well supported.

I bought some old stacking school chairs and me and Oonagh have painted them all in these lovely colours. 

There are twelve chairs altogether so there is room to run a workshop for eleven people (plus seating for the teacher).

And there are six tables too which can be configured in all sorts of ways....

How's about a very important meeting here?...about something fun of course!

There is a cloakroom to store bags and coats and to change into yoga gear.

And the space has a kitchen too equipped with twelve plates, bowls, mugs, glasses and cutlery and although it's not equipped for full blown cooking I have provided a portable electric two ringed hob so you can heat up a big pot of soup for your workshop lunch!

I'll make a website soon with more details of what is going on and news of my workshops and classes as and when I develop them. For now if you are interested in renting space then please email me on and tell me your plans and your dreams and maybe we can work together :)

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Shadow Play

I made a few more laser cut shapes today. I'm pretty astounded at the level of detail that the lasercutter can manage.

This Chinese lantern skeleton is another of my Tiny Treasure motifs and it's come out so well.

 I'm not sure what all these shapes will become but it's lovely having them around. They have a lot of energy about them! 

 And here are the beginnings of some elderberries. It's so nice to play with the shadows.

Paper and light is one of my favourite things.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Paper treasures

I haven't mentioned on my blog yet that I have bought a laser cutter. I have been outsourcing my cutting for years and years to a wonderful man named Bob all the way down in Cornwall. But Bob is soon going to retire so I thought we would have a go at doing our own.

Here she is. She's massive and very red and we had to rearrange the whole studio to accommodate her!

Bob has always been very helpful when I am excited about trying out new designs and he sends me them in first class post but I have to say it is wonderful having the machine right here in front of me as I can get into a creative flow of experimenting and tweaking as I go. It makes the process much faster and much more fun.

The last few months we have been getting to know each other. There have been fights and falling out (the software is pretty basic and very frustrating and the machine a little glitchy) but slowly slowly we are beginning to understand each other. I often ask too much of it as I want really fine cuts but too thin and it won't hold together so I am beginning to understand and work with it's capabilities.

Today everything held together. Everything behaved and I remembered everything I needed to remember! We worked well together. 

I've been tweaking these little paper treasures for a while and today they all cut well.

I'm not sure where I will go with all of these but it's really good to play. 

I first dreamed of having a laser cutter way back before lamps when I was still making handmade cards but they were SO much money at the time and it was way beyond me. Then I found Bob and decided it was a much better idea to have someone else do the cutting BUT it's lovely to finally have one of my own. A new toy with new possibilities. 

Monday, 8 April 2019

Spring Flowers - Debbie George paints Hannah Madden

I was waiting for a delayed train at Manchester Victoria station when I saw this little painting on Debbie George's Instagram feed. It stopped me in my tracks. Now, I see alot of pictures fly by on Instagram (we all do these days right?) and I LOVE many of them but it is very rare that I actually want to own one but within moments I found myself writing to Debbie asking if it was taken. 

Debbie is famous for her beautiful paintings of flowers in mugs. And the thing that was doubly special about this painting is that the mug made by my friend Hannah Madden. I met Hannah on Instagram many years ago when she was just starting out her hand printed textile business.  Debbie I know from many many years ago as her gallery Sanderson, George & Peach was one of the first places to stock my lamps. To see them collaborating like this was just lovely.

Hannah had posted a picture of one of her new Spring Flower mugs and Debbie commented on how much she liked it (she likes mugs, can you tell?) so Hannah decided to send Debbie a mug in the post. 

In no time at all Debbie had filled it with snowdrops and painted it. 

Debbie shared it on Instagram just when I was waiting for that train. It spoke to me and I bought it! 

I'm always on the look out for lovely objects of interest to use in my wallpaper photos (this is how I justified the sale anyway). I knew this would be just right with my new Paper Meadow colour 'brume' which has been waiting to be photographed properly.

 When I told Hannah I had bought the painting she was so delighted then she gifted me a mug too! So here they are together!

Looking lovely don't you think?

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Mallow finds the perfect home

I am so delighted with these beautiful pictures by Dutch blogger and photographer Elle Interieur. Danielle van der Reijden came across my wallpaper on Pinterest and my new Mallow colourway in my Paper Meadow wallpaper spoke to her straight away.

Danielle is well known for a soft and neutral palette in her beautiful home and she wanted to introduce a little colour in a subtle floral wallpaper. Mallow was just the thing.

And so a little collaborative spark between Hebden Bridge and Lisse in Holland began and we exchanged ideas and got to know each other a little bit. I even had some Dutch lessons!

And she is a fast (and excited) worker! No sooner had the wallpaper arrived she was away, sending me videos on Instagram of work in progress as she made space for it in her living/dining room.

Then she set to work with her camera and here are the results.

She has put them altogether on her blogpost and I keep scrolling through it over and over. It is so gentle on the eyes and the soul - the way she has styled the photos and the way she has presented the photo's too. 

It was just my hope for mallow - that someone would see what a gentle and calming colour it is and give it a perfect setting.

In her blogpost Danielle say 'In my home it connects perfectly. I find everything from her collection a relief. The calm, colours and durable paper of the wallpaper I am totally HAPPY!'

And I am happy too. Thankyou so much Danielle for your vision and your beautiful work and thanks Pinterest for working your magic and helping me make connections around the world with my work.

Do follow @ellefotografie's beautiful account on Instagram and see more photo's from her home day to day.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Happy New (business) Year!

Yesterday was a big day of endings. It was the last day of our shop lease, the last day of trading for radiance and the last day of my business year over here in the Hannah Nunn studio. 

So today feels like a new year - a new beginning, the first day of my new business year. A time for reflecting on the past and making plans for the future.  

Moving out of the shop and restoring the premises back to how we found it has been tough emotionally and physically and it feels really good to have finished. Next week I'm having a nice week off for rest and recuperation and then I'll be back to launch into our annual SECONDS SALE!

 The sale will start on my website on Tuesday 12th February at 6pm. There will be many 'seconds' of lamps and candle covers for sale half price and everything else will have a 25% discount. So if you want to buy wallpaper or a chair or something then it would be a good time to do it. The sale will run for a week.

Now that we don't have a shop any more things will be a little different. If you haven't got a stockist nearby and you'd like to see things in the flesh you are welcome to visit me in my studio if you make an appointment first. I think I'll have an open studio day a few times a year too but I'll keep you posted about that.

So, hope to 'see' you in my sale on the 12th of Feb. Until then I will be in the woods or in the Turkish baths or somewhere else just chilling! x

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Goodbye Radiance

On Sunday it was the very last day for radiance. I dug out these photos of the very first day of radiance, way back when we were in our original premises on the end of Market Street and I remembered how scared I was on that morning.

Would anyone come? Would anyone buy anything? Would my vision of a craft lighting shop hold up and support me and my kids? And how do you use a credit card machine? I'd never even worked in a shop before and suddenly I had one!

I didn't need to be scared. People came, people loved it and people bought stuff! We had such a lovely opening and afterwards I was buzzing. 

What had started as a sketch in my sketchbook had become a living, breathing reality and I loved it.

And it did hold up and it did support us for many years to come.

It's nice to look back on these photo's of old radiance. It seems like such a long time ago and I realise what a significant chunk of time has passed and how much has happened and how it has helped my work get out into the world.

So many friends have been made across my shop counter over the years.

Opportunities have blossomed and we have celebrated many things together.

We've had some hard times but still managed to keep the lights glowing thanks to this wonderful community.

When I first opened the shop in 2005, Euan was nine and Ffion eleven. Little did I know that Ffion would end up running the shop in years to come. She did such a brilliant job these last few years and it's been such a joy to watch her grow and become part of the community, just as I did. It's also been hard to see her struggle to keep things afloat in a changing climate. (If you didn't read her beautiful piece about our decision to close the shop you can read it here).

I know that so many people are sad that we have gone and it is the end of an era. We will miss being there but it is time for us to move on. A friend said that radiance wasn't only her favourite shop but it was her favourite place! What an accolade. I'm proud of what we achieved and I know it will be remembered fondly for a long time to come.

Thanks to everyone. x

p.s. It is just the shop premises that have closed. My studio is still very much in business and you can find all my lamps, wallpaper and fabrics on my website. It's possible to come and see things in my studio if you make an appointment first so we know to expect you. I will have a couple of open studios a year as well. 

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