Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Quiet Pattern

I'm really excited to share that I have been featured in a beautiful new book called Quiet Pattern.

The book is written by this lovely lady Abigail Edwards (seen hear with Claude the dog) who is a wallpaper/fabric designer and a stylist. Back in 2013 when I launched my first wallpaper designs I exhibited them at the ICFF in New York. I had an absolute blast at that show but it is the only show that I have ever been to where I didn't do any business! BUT I did meet Abigail and we have followed each others work ever since.

I was delighted when she contacted me last summer and told me that she was writing a book and that she would like to feature my work. What an honour!

Abigail worked with her friend, photographer Alun Calendar. He did my Country Living feature shoot a few years back so it was nice to have worked with him before. 

They came to my studio and my flat last August to do a photoshoot which was a lot of fun and ever since I have been excitedly waiting for the release. 

 It's an absolutely beautiful book. It features the work of eleven designers from around the world including Abigail and she also writes about the history of 'quiet pattern' design. 

I love the photos that Alun took of my studio. I'm glad they have been captured in a book!

   It was good to see the stylist and the photographer at work in my home too. 

 I went down to London for the book launch last week and it was lovely to meet some of the other designers and celebrate with Abigail. She has done such a wonderful job.

If you are lover of pattern, interiors and design history I think you will love this book. It's published by Clearview books.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Opening the Wild Meadow flower press

  I just opened the flower press from our trip to Wild Meadow last midsummer. 

 What joy. 

 A little bit of summer preserved so perfectly. 

 These were the grasses that I was trying to learn the names of.  Can I remember now? I love this picture. Doesn't it look like an embroidery.

 I drew this Barren Brome at the time. I'm glad because it has all fallen apart in the flower press but it has kept it's colour beautifully.

 I wrote a blog post about our week there and there are pictures of these flowers going in the press. It's nice to see then and now. And good to look back at summer so full and green and lovely. 

It won't be long before it's green and lovely again. Maybe this will be the year that the names of those grasses finally sink in! 

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Tiny Treasures print day!

I was a very happy bunny yesterday as the day finally came to print Tiny Treasures. This design has been a long time coming. I have been collecting these motifs for a couple of years and dreaming of this finished design so it was really great for me to see the rolls for the first time.

 There are three colourways. Old gold, dove and skye. Two of them have shimmery, silvery highlights which adds to their preciousness!

 I'm excited to launch this officially. We should have some rolls for samples by the end of the week so I have just added them to the website for pre-order. And in the next week or so the rolls should arrive.

I'll keep you updated. x

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Tiny Treasures colour day

 One of my favourite things about colour day at the wallpaper factory is getting to see the printing cylinders for the first time. My designs are printed using a gravure cylinder which is a finely etched metal cylinder. My designs are tonal, which means I can usually produce them with just the one cylinder and get alot of tonal variety with just one colour.

My latest design 'Tiny Treasures' has two cylinders though which is a first for me. I wanted to create the opportunity to print a second pop of colour or add a little magic with a soft mica (kind of like a very soft metallic) ink. You can see the second colour in the back of the first picture. In the photo is just has one lonely honesty seed.

It worked well and I love how the mica catches the light. It really is like having some tiny twinkly treasure!

It was a tricky colour day. The extra roller meant each print took slightly longer and it was more challenging to find the balance between the two colours as well as attempting to have the design fit with the rest of my wallpaper collection.

I still have a bit of work to do on the colours but I look forward to showing you which ones we will print. 

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Finding inspiration on the walks around Hebden Bridge

One of the things I love most about living in the middle of Hebden Bridge is that I can head out in any direction from my house and within ten minutes be walking in nature. We are surrounded by an abundance of deciduous woodland and the forests are criss-crossed with paths so we can explore them easily.  

Beyond the trees are fields and dry stone walls and beyond the fields are the open moors. You've got to get up some steep hills to get to them but the spectacular views are always worth the climb. 

There really is so much landscape to explore here and it's a wonderful playground for bikers and hikers.

Now I wouldn't call myself a hiker however. I rarely set out for a day with a map and a packed lunch and I rarely go that far. My walks are fairly short. They're the kind you can fit in before work or after tea on a summer evening. They are usually about an hour long and I always take my camera.

 These wanderings are where I find my inspiration for my lamps and wallpaper designs. I can still remember the very spot where some designs were born - the hill where I looked so closely at a dandelion clock and figured out how to translate it into a paper cutting. 

I remember the edge of the meadow where I held the grass up to the light to study its silhouette. I remember the beech tree canopy that I sheltered under from the rain one morning which is now featured on a wallpaper and window film.

Me and my daughter often say 'going for a walk is always the right thing to do'. It can lighten a bad mood, quieten a busy mind and make you feel soothed and connected to something bigger than yourself. 

And then of course there are the treasures! I can always find something to inspire me.

So I thought I would write a series of posts that introduce you to some of these short* circular walks. They will all start from the centre of town and they will take in some of my favourite routes. Together we'll visit some beautiful spots and see what treasures each season brings. 

Perhaps these walks will inspire my next designs and I'll share that process with you.  I'll probably not be posting maps but I will share some directions and photo's of landmarks and things to look out for so you can get to know these walks too.

I've been walking in Hebden Bridge for nineteen years now and I am still discovering new paths. I'm sure there are still many more left to be trodden.

* 'Short' walks can often become long ones if you are prone like me to lying on the forest floor taking photos or marveling at the tiny petals on a cow parsley flower for half an hour. I hope you will find as much inspiration as I do.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Window Film is now for sale!

I'm so pleased to tell you that my window film is finished and is now for sale! 

It was only a eight weeks ago that I shared my first picture on my Instagram and had such a phenomenal response. I have had a lovely time working with the Window Film Company who have been wonderful to work with and I have created ten designs for them.

 It's a great product for me and brings my work full circle. My lamp were about simple motifs brought to life by light, then I moved on to wallpaper which was about those same motifs in flowing pattern. But window film brings the two together. Pattern AND illumination together. It suits my work so well.

 All ten designs can be found on my website where you can click through to find it for sale exclusively at the Window Film Company.

If you want a browse of all the designs together you can visit my window film board on Pinterest where I have been happily pinning images this afternoon.  

I hope you like it.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Window film update

So a few weeks have passed since I shared my first pictures of my window film ideas. I have had such a phenomenal response online and at Kew and I have been working hard every day to launch this exciting new product!

I am working in collaboration with the brilliant Window Film Company who are printing the designs for me and each week there are new experiments and new tweaks and slowly slowly I am getting my collection together. 

It's a really interesting medium to play with. The designs change in different lights and it has been enjoyable watching it at different times of day and in different weather conditions.

It casts magical shadows in different places throughout the day!


Most designs, with some exceptions will come either with a a frosted design printed onto clear film (like the picture above) or...

a white design printed on a frosted background, which gives more privacy but doesn't have the benefit of the magical shadows. It still looks lovely though!

  This new design is called Tiny Treasures. It makes a great window film and will be a wallpaper soon too!

The window film will be made to measure and cut to the exact size of your window panes. It's really easy to install too and comes with full fitting instructions and a squeegee.

It could be ready to order in as little as two weeks now. Watch this space. I cannot wait to press GO!

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