Merry Christmas & a prosperous 2014 to all our friends, fans, readers & customers!
We went along to the inaugural Independent Interiors Show this Saturday and judging by this event, it certainly won’t be the last. Rachel and Victoria of The Social Butterfly who organised the event will be very pleased with the huge success of the day.
It was held at 2022NQ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The choice of venue and quality of exhibitors were excellent.
A wide variety of independent designer/makers & shops were present. Their stands looked great set against the industrial fabric of the building and Justin really enjoyed photographing them. Here’s a run-down of those present.
Eclectic Chair – upholstery & cushions using vintage fabrics.
ScandiNord – Scandinavian lighting and neon installations.
Jamie B. Edwards – distinctive contemporary artwork.
Caslon & Co – vintage inspired textiles using antique wooden printing blocks.
Jorja Wilkinson Design – contemporary and quirky fabrics and interior products.
Elizabeth Jane Winstanley – acrylic, wood and metal sculpture & design.
Liz Foster Design – handmade appliqué cushions.
Helaina Sharpley – exquisite sculptural wire work.
Northern Letters – prints, posters & tiles using vintage fonts sourced from Northern quarter signage.
Lisa Watson – sumptuous quilts & throws.
Hannah Nunn – paper cut lighting and a brand new wallpaper range.
Amanda McCrann – contemporary mosaicist & artist.
Annabel Perrin – surface pattern design & homewares.
Lisa Southern – contemporary furniture.
Flitty Bird – decorative homewares & furniture.
Memo – hand printed products including stationery, coasters, tote bags etc.
Claire Murray Designs – hand crafted surface pattern for wallpaper & textiles.
Lomas & Lomas – handmade light shades, cushions & artwork.
May Wild – ceramics.
Inspirit – bespoke industrial furniture & shelving.
There was also an up-cycling demo run by Sian Astley of Morgeous and a big screen situated in the atmospheric café/bar area showcasing each of the exhibitors. Nice coffee there too!
We highly recommend this show – it’s already in our diary for next year! Justin took tons of photographs, so here’s a slide show of further shots if you fancy a leisurely browse.
Well it’s finally happened – Andy Murray has broken the drought of 77 years! Wimbledon has seen the first British men’s champion since Fred Perry way back in 1936. To celebrate we’re sharing this vintage Wimbledon poster designed by Herry Perry (I wonder if she was any relation to Fred) in 1931 for Underground Electric Railways Company Ltd. Prints are available from the London Transport Museum.
Yes, it’s March, but we’ve only just got round to getting ourselves a 2013 calendar. We have high standards & requirements, you see, when it comes to choosing our annual calendar – it needs to be long & narrow as it has to fit the little strip of wall just inside the front door…
…it also needs to be attractive – no fluffy, cutesy pictures of animals much as we love them; no pop stars (Justin Bieber or Cliff Richard just won’t cut the mustard!); no artistic/moody/atmospheric shots of castles/ruins/seascapes/mountains; no humour (who wants to hear the same joke every day for a month?). We trawled Etsy, Folksy and Notonthehighstreet and eventually came across this Gail Kelly calendar.
We first fell in love with Gail’s linocut illustrations when we saw her at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate about 5 years ago. We’ve been stocking her tree greeting cards at H is for Home ever since!