Archive for the ‘craft’ Category

Surprise Pressie

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

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framed artwork by Jane Blease with slipware jug by Hannah McAndrew

What a lovely surprise – and what a lovely present!

framed artwork by Jane Blease with slipware jug by Hannah McAndrew

We have Jane Blease to thank. We recently sold this Danish table & chairs to Jane & her partner, Neil. When they came to collect the set from Todmorden last weekend she gave us one of her artworks. It was really kind of her – and we love it!

A corner of our bedroom is all shades of yellow ochre & brown – the seed head design is fabulous and echoes the shape of the clock on the wall above. We think it looks great in its new home!

detail of framed artwork by Jane Blease

She produces these intricate & distinctive pieces using coloured embroidery threads and wood veneers. As well as framed artworks she makes light shades, jewellery and accessories. We’ve admired her displays at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and have featured her work in previous posts.

If you like the look of her work check out Jane’s shop!

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair ’11

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

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Ken Eardley ceramic jugs and spoons on display

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2011 is being held this weekend in Manchester city centre – we went to the preview night on Thursday.

a selection of Ken Eardley ceramics on display shelves

It was great to see designer-makers whose work we’ve long admired – there was also the thrill of seeing fresh, new exhibitors.

a selection of Ken Eardley ceramics on display shelves with a recent article about him in BBC Homes & Antiques magazine open on a table

We featured Ken Eardley, whose ceramics are shown above in last year’s GNCCF blog post – once again, his stand had real impact. Things are going really well for him with magazine features such as this recent one in BBC Homes & Antiques.

a display of Jane Blease's handcrafted wooden artworks, lampshades and jewellery

Another striking space belonged to Jane Blease who works primarily with bentwood & reclaimed plastic often with her characteristic hand worked thread detailing. A recent artist residency in India has clearly inspired some of Jane’s new pieces. It’s interesting charting artists’ new developments & influences.

a display of Jane Blease's handcrafted wooden jewellery

The Radiance stand belonging to Hannah Nunn always delivers the goods – her hand cut paper light shades look great when displayed en masse…

a display of Hannah Nunn's Radiance mini lamps

…and we loved her new seed pod window hangings.

detail of the display of Hannah Nunn's Radiance newly designed seedpod window/wall hanging a display of Hannah Nunn's Radiance newly designed seedpod window/wall hanging

Ruth Green, who we’ve seen at GNCCF in previous years, also had some lovely new works…

display of Ruth Green's limited edition framed prints

…and she’s also branched out into illustrated books, notebooks & note cards.

display of Ruth Green's limited edition prints, posters and illustrated books & notebooks

With autumn setting in, Andrea Lord’s &made display offered some warm seasonal comforts…

display of &Made's cream coloured hand knitted mug cosy with grey felt cushion in the background

…such as these gorgeous cushions & cosies.

display of &Made's yellow ochre hand knitted tea cosies

As we mentioned earlier, it’s really exciting to discover new makers and their work…

Gemma Truman's seagrass & glass works inspired by weaverbirds' nests

…we’ll highlight just a couple who made an impact on us.

The first was Gemma Truman, whose hand-blown glass & seagrass hangings and vases are absolutely exquisite – they’re inspired by South African weaverbird nests. We also thought they were very reminiscent of those old fashioned glass fishing net floats.

detail from Gemma Truman's seagrass & glass works inspired by weaverbirds' nests

Second was Louise Hibbert.

display of Louise Hibbert's wooden salt & pepper mills

Her pieces have a natural feel and use subtle, earthy, yet striking colours.

display of Louise Hibbert's wooden salt & pepper mills

As you can see from her salt & pepper mills, they’re organic, tactile and oh so beautiful – they just cry out to be picked up, handled and caressed.

display of Louise Hibbert's coloured wooden salt & pepper mills

The show runs till this Sunday, so visit if you can! We’ve only featured homewares in this post, but there’s also lots of jewellery and fashion on display… and all of it’s for sale… so go on, get your Christmas shopping done early!

Wool Works

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

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trio of framed & glazed vintage wool works

We’ve just bought a couple more of these gorgeous vintage 1960s embroidered pictures.

framed & glazed vintage wool work in shades of orange featuring a bouquet of flowers

We already had this orange & blue wool work flower stem displayed in our bedroom.

detail fro a framed & glazed vintage wool work in shades of orange featuring stemmed flowers

We’re thrilled with our two new acquisitions – the workmanship is just amazing.

framed & glazed vintage wool work in shades of blue & purple on a green background featuring a butterfly

The design, textures & colours in this butterfly are just spectacular!

detail from a framed & glazed vintage wool work in shades of blue & purple on a green background featuring a butterfly

The same comments apply to this fabulous giant sunflower.

framed & glazed vintage wool work in shades of orange featuring a sunflower

They were produced using a wide variety of wools, threads and stitches… the hand embroidery taking many, many hours to complete.

detail from a framed & glazed vintage wool work in shades of orange featuring a sunflower

They have a real period feel, but are quite timeless – adding a lovely vintage handmade touch to any style of interior.