It has been a little while since I last wrote, and actually I find I have not too much to say, but I don’t like to see a blog or news page left too neglected.
I am busy though. Presently I am making up cushion covers for a large order from Switzerland, Zurich to be precise. I am waiting on fabric to be printed though. Each fabric order is getting tentatively bigger as I come to terms with the fact that a) it’s not good practice to run out of fabric, b) it seems that things are moving along nicely now since I took a stand at Top Drawer back in January and c) there is just no denying anymore that I can get away with keeping costs low by ordering smaller amounts of fabric. I have to be more aware of ‘economies of scale’! It is a young business and I am learning and gathering momentum continually.
Also in the pipeline is an exciting project that Mint gallery has asked me to be involved in. They have lengths of handwoven blue fabrics that were obtained from Jordan and they have asked a few textile designers, myself included, to each take away one of these lengths and make cushions or throws with the fabric, and each designer can basically do as they please with it. Exciting! The only stipulation was that the selvedges had to still be visible. The cushions will be on sale in their amazing gallery in Kensington later on this Spring. I will embroider on mine. I have a beautiful bluey grey length and I am envisioning adding orange thread, the orange of deserts and rock. More on this project later, with pictures of the finished products.
So presently, I am hunkered down here at home, cutting fabric, sewing and also trying to keep warm, it’s March but warmer weather still feels a while off yet.
Check out link here to go to ‘House of Coco’, and read an online interview that I’ve done – everything you ever wanted to know (or didn’t as the case may be) about me! House of Coco is a fashion and lifestyle website dedicated to ‘wanderers, adventurers and marvellous millennials’! It’s great to be included 🙂
I will also take this chance to mention my new photographs, pictured in my gallery. Stunning aren’t they! The photos were taken by Ian Baker (www.ianbakerphotography.com) at a beautiful house in Gloucestershire. I am very grateful to him for capturing my fabrics and cushions so wonderfully.
This was a lot of fun! A little while ago I was asked if I wanted to contribute a tutorial to Sewing World after they had seen my work at the degree show last summer. I said ‘of course’! When I actually came to do it I felt a bit daunted and unsure whether I could pull it off, but the fact was it was hugely enjoyable, doing all the machine embroidery, taking photos of every step and jotting down what I had done.
Luckily Sewing World loved the tutorial and the cushion cover I had done, so much so that it made it onto the front cover 🙂
Having seen my work at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair last October I was approached by Design Factory to apply for their next intake of members. I did indeed apply and I found out yesterday that I had been excepted, which was such exciting news!
Design Factory is currently funded through North Kesteven District Council and Arts Council England East Midlands and it promotes artistic integrity, raises the standard of craft and design and commercially supports and develops the very best designer/makers in craft practice today.
I am very pleased to be in and look forward to all the help I can get!
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to apply for ‘Craft at Top Drawer’, Top Drawer being a major homewares/gift/ fashion trade show in London. I applied for the Craft section which was created in 2014 to show hand made pieces with ‘heart, soul and individualism’.
Anyway, I got excepted! I have a stand (no C-B17) and am very excited at presenting my collection of interior fabrics and cushions to the retail world during the 17th-19th January 2016.
This link will take you to the exhibitors list, where you will find me!
It’s been a while since I wrote a post, so thought I would write a little update. The events went very well over the Autumn. The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair was great fun, and I had such a lot of wonderful comments about my work, and customers too! The Mint exhibition was fantastic as well with embroidered cushion sales, and a very enjoyable party. Such an honour to have been a part of both of these events, and such encouraging feedback too from visitors. Here is a photo taken at Mint gallery in Kensington of the exhibiton I took part in – Twisted Traditions (photograph taken by Inge Clemente).
It gave me great delight to be asked to feature as an ’emerging maker’ at this years Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester. They spotted me at New Designers, and are including me in their Emerging Talent section, which is just fantastic! The fair runs from the 9th – 11th October, and it looks very interesting with over 175 selected designer-makers; look here for the textile page.
Best I get on with the preparations…..
I had some exciting news a little while back, I’ve been asked to participate in the Mint exhibition, called ‘Twisting Tradition’, for this years London Design Festival.
Mint is a gallery located in Kensington. It is renowned for its contemporary collections and dedication to showcasing the latest emerging talents. I feel that it is a huge honour to be invited to take part. They have asked me to show my embroidered, digitally printed cushions.
The London Design Festival, and the Mint exhibition takes place on the 19th-27th September 2015
The exhibition at Dore Abbey, in the village of Abbey Dore (Herefordshire) went very successfully, my cushions were a sell out! The exhibition as a whole was well attended and well received, and the week that I spent sat in that beautiful abbey, although cold, was hugely enjoyable. The choir, who sang every day as part of a week long course held by The English Choral Experience, are lovely people with lovely voices! The exhibition was curated by Merryn Lloyd, who is herself a wonderful potter. Dates for next year are 24th -31st July 2016, so pop them in your diary! However Dore Abbey is a beautiful place to visit any time of year.
Next week (19th – 25th July) I will be exhibiting in the beautiful setting of Abbey Dore in Herefordshire. The week long exhibition is put on by The English Choral Experience, and it is well worth a visit; I stewarded the exhibition last year and was very impressed with the quality of the work by the exhibitors and the reception of the visiting public to the event. If you time it right you’ll also hear the beautiful choral singing in the Abbey, which I definitely enjoyed last year. To find out more about this event then head to The English Choral Experience.
I’m stewarding the exhibition again this year, so come and have a look and say hello……
Here are some photos that I took last year: