Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Clerkenwell Design Week 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of being a visitor to the Clerkenwell Design Week - (and not an exhibitor) I was joined by Paul Vowles from WovenGround, as we had both been judges at The Good Weave Rug competition that morning in the City. (I shall blog about that next week sometime, once the winner has been announced !!) so below I have added a few of my favourite things from my visit......

above and below are some close ups of Lubna Chowdhary's beautiful ceramic table tops, which were created after a conversation with Domus Tiles the manufacturers of the tops.

We then headed to the Farmiloe building where my favourite pieces were the lights .....

in glass and ceramics......

these lights were by Hand & Eye Studio .... lovely!

I dont know the name of these glass pendants, the colours were exquisite, so if anyone knows the designer and maker please let me know?

and the wonderful office rooms in the Farmiloe building, where I felt my wallet itch a bit!!! I found these beautiful earn like vessels that have been designed by Gone Rural for Shake The DustCombining waste fabrics from local textiles & sweet wrappers with the artisans’ native lutindzi grass & sisal fibre. I without doubt want 2 or 3 of them!

We then headed towards the House of Detention 
and these chairs designed by Assemble  were decorating the streets - the chairs are triangular and tessellating (and comfortable)- they can be stacked and reconfigured to make wonderful seating arrangements, for play, performance and of!

'sitting close' - triangles from triangles 

I think this little 'pop up' garden centre was created by some local school kids....

happy growing.... 

These cork based tetra sheds'  were in the garden's at St James's church... I particularly loved the one with the rug in, a nice small space for reading, yoga or photography as the natural light was excellent with the white walls and skylight top. 

this beautiful hand embroidered rug (by Arraiolo - made in Portugal) was in one of the Tetra sheds- beautiful colours, and of course all things geo grab my eye :-)

Monday, 6 May 2013

Vital Arts Printathon and Peepshow for the Royal London Hospital 2013!

Rainbow Flowers a series of 5 prints.

A sneak peak before they go off to the charity Vital Arts


These images were taken about 10 years ago now for a project that my glass designer friend Amy Cushing and I were working on at the time.
I have donated them to the charity Vital Arts for their printathon 2013 - to help uplift and brighten some hospital waiting and treatment rooms....

In their words:

Selected prints will be featured in an exhibition at the Royal London Hospital Vital Arts Gallery in Whitechapel and will then be installed for permanent display in consulting and treatment rooms for children attending appointments at the hospital. Artwork makes an enormous difference to children facing the stressful and frightening experience of attending hospital and it's a great chance for a huge audience to directly benefit from your work.

Vital Arts are doing great work in commissioning many artists and designers to enhance and lend their creative imagination to the Royal London Hospital in all areas, from the wards, to the halls and waiting areas, it's a treasure trove to behold!
happy bank holiday everyone ;-)

Friday, 3 May 2013

The Barbican Art Gallery Shop

A little reminder to those of you who live in, or are traveling to London in the next month, you might want to visit the current Duchamp exhibition which I talked about a bit in my BIKES post last month.

They also have a lovely selection of some of our products beautifully merchandised around their very cool shop.

The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Raushenberg and Johns.

runs until June 13

worth a visit ;-)
Art Gallery 
Barbican Centre 
Silk Street London