Monday, 20 March 2017

Teasle lamps


Let me introduce you to my new teasel lamps.


I have always admired their elegant silhouettes and have had them hanging around my studio for years but despite past attempts I couldn't make it work.


But this year I've cracked it. The key was lighting up the spiky heads rather than making them the silhouette. 


 I'm really pleased with how they have turned out.


They are available on my cylindrical and oval shaped lamps.

Hazel catkins lamps


I wrote a blog post last month about the hazel catkins I photographed whilst out walking.


They inspired me very much and I'm pleased to have turned it into a lamp design.


It is available in all the lamp shapes  - cylindrical, oval...


and as little candle cover too. 


I'm excitedly waiting for this weeks laser cutting to arrive because I'm looking forward to seeing the Hazel Catkins floor lamp that I've made too.

They are all available on my website.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Charlotte's Garden


Hebden Bridge is only a short and very beautiful ride over the moors (or the 'tops' as we call them round here) to the village of Haworth, which is the home of the Brontë Parsonage museum.



Last year they got in touch and asked me if I would create a design to celebrate their Brontë200 project. They are celebrating the bicenteneries of the births of all the Brontë children - Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne one by one over the next few years.


Their head of communications and marketing, Rebecca Yorke knew my meadowy design work and the original idea was to make a design inspired by the meadow at the back of the Parsonage but the day I visited the meadow wasn't yet in bloom and I wandered around the garden and found my inspiration there.


The design is called Charlotte's Garden and it features plants and flowers in bloom around the time of Charlotte's birthday. 


There are ferns, alliums, hellebores, tulips and fritillaries


and you'll find it on tea towels, aprons, coasters, placements, notebooks, trays, cushions, oven gloves and mugs.


Last week we hired the wonderful Sarah Mason to do a photoshoot


and lovely Suzi got roped in to being a model.


Sarah from Simply By Arrangement let us use her beautiful kitchen and her garden 


which was full of hellebores and ferns 


and her sweet dog Molly made sure she made an appearance too (that was before she stole our baguette out of the bag)!



Of course Sarah found all the beautiful pools of light and we've all been excited about sharing the lovely pictures that she made...








You'll find all the Charlotte's Garden in the Bronte Parsonage museum shop and on their website.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Hazel catkins


I took the macro lens out for a walk this morning.


I wanted to catch the beautiful yellow catkins that are saying 'spring is coming!'. 


Now as you know, I am someone who notices the tiny details


but I had never noticed the teeny weeny bright pink flowers growing out of the end of the buds before.


Once I had noticed one I saw that they were everywhere. They look like sea anemones.


I have learned today that this is a hazel tree and the yellow catkins are the male flower, heavy with  yellow pollen that's ready to be dispersed on the wind. The tiny pink flowers are the female flower ready to catch the pollen. 


It is here that a cluster of hazelnuts will grow! 


I'll be looking out for them in the Autumn.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Growing into the new year...


For a long time I've been longing for more time to draw and design. All small business owners know just what a lot there is to do in the everyday running of a business and although I make some time for drawing (I've obviously designed a few things lately haven't I) there is always so much to pull me away. 


But the message is loud and clear and I have known for a while that the next step is full time help in the studio but I've been a little bit scared of making the leap.



But I just did it. I have a wonderful girl called Emma who came to me as a student intern three years ago and has worked a couple of days in the studio through the last year of her degree in Surface Design at Huddersfield Uni and then through her MA. You may have met her at a show or in my studio. She is brilliant and I have always said I want to keep her forever! She has just finished her MA and so the time felt right to offer her a job as studio manager. She gleefully accepted!


So we have been making changes in the studio this new year and it all feels good. I have combined my 'office' space with my 'drawing' space and we have created Emma a work space of her own so we can happily and comfortably work alongside each other.


Emma is supporting my desire to draw more and we are finding new ways of managing everything together. 


I'm loving my new desk. I'm gathering ideas and sitting down to work on my next project which involves lots of tiny treasures....


I've been collecting


and arranging


and drawing


and dreaming.


Right then I'd better get back to the drawing board .....

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Winter solace


Winter solstice sunrise was a foggy one but the day after was clear and glorious.


I sat on a rock and watched the sun creeping up over the hill ready to cast it's golden rays on a sleepy, frosty Hebden Bridge.


Such beauty and solace in nature.


Happy Christmas everyone x

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