Anna Jacobs Launches Meditation in Flying

Meditation in Flying is the latest design to be launched by artist and homeware designer Anna Jacobs and it’s become our new favourite.

 Soft bolster cushion, £65. Extra large shade, £240.

Soft bolster cushion, £65. Extra large shade, £240.

It was originally painted in pen and ink on watercolour paper which now works beautifully on cushions and lampshades. The new, more muted colour palette will no doubt appeal to a whole new generation of admirers.

 Linen cushion, £65. Medium lamp with black flex, £199.

Linen cushion, £65. Medium lamp with black flex, £199.

Anna says she was inspired by reading about an unusual sighting of a black swan in Norfolk and was intrigued by the strength, yet elegant grace of this flying bird.

The shades are handmade in Shropshire with a new generation tech canvas which makes them more hard wearing and easier to clean. The cushions are printed on cotton union and are hand-made in South East London.

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All products are available to buy online

Introducing Piraña: A New Retro Restaurant Designed by Sella Concept

Sella Concept’s Gayle Noonan and Tatjana von Stein have just added the finishing touches to this new casual bar-restaurant Piraña with a bold colour palette and a playfully retro style. With an address in Balham - South London’s up-and-coming neighbourhood du jour - this South American-inspired bar and restaurant is located in the area’s emerging nightlife hub of Bedford Hill.

 Blue and white tile mosaics and striking window façades are dominated by a red metal framework.

Blue and white tile mosaics and striking window façades are dominated by a red metal framework.

‘While the food concept touches on South American cuisine, the brief was to create something unique with no particular cultural reference but that invites guests to eat and drink in a relaxed manner throughout the day. Our approach rests on colour and flow, creating spaces within spaces to drink and dine.’ – Tatjana von Stein, founder, Sella Concept

  The front room has a banquette-lined platform.

 The front room has a banquette-lined platform.

Designed to catch the eye with its bold colour combinations, the exterior has been styled with mosaics of blue and white tile and striking window façades dominated by a red metal framework. Inside, Piraña’s playful, trend-agnostic aesthetic is created through the use of a rich, sensory palette of colours and materials, including a bespoke floor in jade terrazzo (created in partnership with a fabricator in Spain), micro mosaic tiling at the bar, and a deep, earthy red in the upholstery and the curved timber slats that ties the space together. For Sella Concept, a studio known for its love of warm pastel pinks, the Piraña interior represents quite a departure.

 The Chef's Table looks onto the Piraña kitchen. Materials include timber slats and a bespoke floor in jade terrazzo.

The Chef's Table looks onto the Piraña kitchen. Materials include timber slats and a bespoke floor in jade terrazzo.

Apart from the chairs and lights, every fixture and item of furniture in Piraña has been custom-designed for the space by Sella Concept – including the booths, bar, banquette, tables, stools, floors and bathroom sinks. The most impressive aspect of the project, however, is how they’ve been able to cram a range of distinct moods and atmospheres into a relatively small space.

Piraña, 76 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9HD

Photographed by Nicholas Worley.

From The Archives: Designer Spotlight Laura Felicity

“There’s no place like home” – creating beautiful surroundings by Laura Felicity Design

Laura Felicity Design specialises in screen-printing high-end British wallpaper and interior products such as cushions, makeup bags, lampshades and ceiling shades.

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Alongside her small team, based in Britain, Laura individually hand draws and prints to make each product unique for her clientele. All products are made in Britain with care and attention. The designs are all made with a personal touch to make your home feel and look special for years to come.

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Each interior collection at Laura Felicity Design is inspired by her everyday surroundings, from long walks in the picturesque English countryside to the buzzing London life.

‘I love nothing more than seeing my products being sent to wonderful new homes. It’s why I started my interior business.’

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Laura also works with individual clients on bespoke designs, both of which enhance Laura Felicity Design to produce distinctive, interior products for your home. This also enables you to purchase high-quality and exclusive wallpaper and home accessories, compared to mass-produced items.

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For more information visit: http://laurafelicity.co.uk

Life of a Taxidermy Collector: Meet Suzette Field

This is an advertorial feature for Safestore.

It is a quirky concept, making a stand against the minimal lifestyle and interior trend that so many of us are adopting. Safestore, Self Storage is celebrating unique collections and the power of preservation in a brand new video series which, in part, showcases London based Suzette Field’s extensive taxidermy collection.

It is definitely an eclectic mix, from elegant swans to imposing game heads, Suzette’s collection contains specimens from a variety of eras and countries - all ethically sourced, of course.  Adorning her London home with preserved animal oddities, her fascination stems from a drive to curate Mother Nature’s beautiful work. 

However aside from the aesthetic qualities, taxidermy also serves historical purposes as it has a central role in the scientific understanding of evolution.  Scientists in the past, present and future will been able to study preserved animals from a variety of populations, and specimens become particularly important when the population has become extinct.

“Collecting ‘stuff’ is a way of preserving the past for future generations – I guess you could say that a taxidermy collection is a very literal translation of that” says Dave Cox, Marketing Director.

“We’re championing collections like this because lifestyle magazines and bloggers seem to have an idea that minimalist is best”, Mr Cox goes on to say.  “But we’re reacting against the notion that to be happy, you need to live in a white, pristine, minimalist box.  We’re championing stuff, because stuff is great”.

So whether you are a fan of taxidermy or not, you cannot deny that it is indeed intriguing and quirky with a totally individual flair. A trend that is here to stay.

What the video here of the extraordinary take on Suzette Field's passion for her taxidermy collection.

Introducing HJEM

HJEM was founded in 2014 by British Art Director Emma Richmond who as a graduate from UAL & after working as an AD in several leading agencies decided to make a lifestyle change & move from Paris to set up her design studio in the Alps where her lifetime love of nature & design inspired her to create the independent home wares brand HJEM, meaning Home in Danish.

Simplicity, sustainable design & well-crafted products are the foundation of our design principles at HJEM.  As an independent company, HJEM is passionate about supplying our design-conscious audiences with stylish lifestyle collections where purity, aesthetic & functionality join with everyday products to create a range of interior products that meet real-life needs. The creative process that defines HJEM’s design philosophy often begins with the idea that simple, clean, functional designs with strong personality help to create classic design pieces.

Taking inspiration from the raw beauty of the alpine mountains & lakes, our range of interior & children's products is loyal to strong fundamental values which are supported by our extended use of organic & responsibly sourced natural materials. All our products are manufactured in Britain using sustainable production methods. With priority given to working with companies that have a strong ethical & environmental company philosophy.

Designer Spotlight: Taz Pollard

With her quirky, bold ceramics being described by others as “a little bit naughty”, Taz Pollard is quickly gaining fans. Quietly unassuming and introverted, this has taken Taz by surprise. “I don’t know quite how it happened!” she admits. “I live in a little north Devon bubble and no one really knows about my work down here, but when I go to London it’s a whole different ball game and people seem to understand where I’m coming from.”

Taken by her grandparents at an early age to craft centres, Taz cites gazing up at a potter at work as her earliest inspiration. From there followed a traditional route from a GCSE in pottery, right through college and then on to do a BA at university. After taking a break to get married and have children, Taz then returned to the craft, completing her Masters and it’s here where she found her own voice. Modern, fresh and vibrant, Taz’s quirky use of paint splash effects has won her many fans, as well as the occasional telling off. “I have got into trouble with a few traditional potters, which I kind of like actually. It appeals to my sense of humour!” Taz has also recently enjoyed a whirlwind of accolades, from being shortlisted for the Confessions of a Design Geek bursary, to being chosen for the New Designers ‘one year on’ award, and seeing her products grace the shelves of Heals, Future and Found and The Southbank Centre.

All this success feels a million miles away from where she works in a log cabin on the edge of Exmoor. Here, Taz is surrounded by a wealth of traditional artists: “There are many traditional potters in north Devon and I’ve learnt an awful lot from them, but I also wanted to find my own voice and work with more contemporary colours and materials.” While her work isn’t overly subversive, it is a little cheeky and plays with the notion of making everyday objects extraordinary. Drawing inspiration from Tudor pottery, which at the time was considered a disposable commodity, Taz skillfully plays with notions of old and new, mixing materials with clay that you’d not expect, such as rubber. “Plastic bottles are mostly seen as just something you use in your everyday life, rather than being considered extraordinary objects. But by putting these everyday objects into a different framework and situation they can be seen in a different light.” Perfect for those of us who are a little wary of injecting bold brights in a large way, Taz’s extraordinary objects offer the chance to bring a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral space.

Like any artist, Taz thrives on new ideas and has an innate compulsion to create. “The best bit is when I get an idea, get really excited by it and I have to go and make it right away. It’s quite a weird compulsion where I have to get the idea out of my head.” The process can’t be rushed, and both of the techniques Taz employs - slipcasting and throwing pots - each demand a lot of time. A recent piece which Taz enjoyed making was a baluster jug: “It was one of those crazy ideas I had that may not have come to anything, but I really enjoyed adding the graffiti element to the traditional form.”

Taz has achieved so much in a relatively short space of time, but she’s not resting on her laurels. With more to come, including a limited edition range for Mockbee & Co, and a potential collaboration with textile designer Charlotte Nash, there’s a lot to look forward to. And while she isn’t able to reveal it all to us just yet, it’s clear that the future is looking neon bright for Taz Pollard.

Words by Ruth Garner, photography by John Russell taken from the February 2014 of Heart Home magazine.

The Home of Jewellery Designer Emma Cassi

Jewellery designer Emma Cassi invites us into her lovely home and gives us a glimpse into her enviable life.

It’s been 13 years since Emma Cassi left her native France to set up home with her husband Bertrand in South West London, and today the couple couldn’t be happier with their lot. Emma is a former stylist and now makes a living from her own hand-made lace jewellery designs, selling pieces to independent shops as well as larger stores and online.

Anyone looking at Emma’s jewellery would be forgiven for thinking she had years of training in her chosen craft, but the reality couldn’t be more the opposite. In fact, Emma has never taken a sewing class and is completely self-taught, something that somehow makes her jewellery even more special. She explains: “I started off making bags and kind of fell into making jewellery from there. I used to draw but had never done any work with needles at all. I had wealthy friends who would buy beautiful garments that I couldn’t afford so decided to make something similar myself. It’s grown from there.”

Things weren’t always quite so simple for Emma, who found working alone difficult when she first arrived in London, particularly with the language barrier. In a bid to better her English she joined the team at Country Living Magazine, working as a stylist, a job that she instantly found she had a passion for. “I like that people feel inspired by your ideas,” Emma comments. “The skills I learnt there have really stayed with me and helped me to develop my jewellery business, as well as to decorate my own home.”

Emma and Bertrand now have two children, Anton who is eight and two-and-a-half year old Hope and life as a busy mum means that Emma now concentrates solely on her jewellery design business. Their home is a five-room flat in Barnes, an area that Emma says they fell in love with due to its country feel and its close proximity to central London. She says: “We’ve lived in the area ever since we came to the UK and have been in this flat for seven years now. We just love the fact that it’s such a green area, just five minutes from Richmond Park; it’s lovely.”

Emma’s home reflects her personality completely; it is very feminine and completely cosy. This very personal space totally matches the style that can be seen in Emma’s work, with a mix and match of old pieces and things that have been hand-made by Emma herself.

Seven years on from moving in and the family have really made this space their home and although Emma and Bertrand have plans to make the kitchen space bigger, on the whole they are more than content with how things have turned out. “We did it all without any disasters,” claims Emma. “The only mistake we made was with the paint for the living room floor. I wanted a shiny finish but didn’t realise the paint I used wasn’t meant for floors and would take two weeks to dry. We needed to get back in here before then, so it did get scratched.”

“Overall though it’s full of personality and feels very homely, with lots of knick-knacks everywhere,” says Emma.

Check out Emma’s jewellery designs at www.emmacassi.com

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Words: Kelly Lavender Pictures: Andrew Boyd

A Creative Life - Gudy Herder

Heart Home talks to interior stylist and ceramicist, Gudy Herder

  A shelf in Gudy’s workshop is immaculately styled, and is home to a beautiful collection of her ceramics.

A shelf in Gudy’s workshop is immaculately styled, and is home to a beautiful collection of her ceramics.

Eclectic is the perfect word to sum up German-born Gudy, who has lived in Spain for the past 25 years; 20 of which she has been in Barcelona. Known for her visual styling and moodboarding workshops, Gudy has long been passing on her expertise to others. Gudy also forecasts trends and shares her finds on her blog, Eclectic Trends as well as contributing to the popular blog, decor8.

  Gudy’s ceramics workshop is a haven:  "When I step into my working space, I feel immediately happy and at ease. It kind of transforms me. Everything beyond loses importance.”

Gudy’s ceramics workshop is a haven:  "When I step into my working space, I feel immediately happy and at ease. It kind of transforms me. Everything beyond loses importance.”

Setting up Eclectic Trends happened somewhat unintentionally when Gudy was attending a business class and one of the courses was an Internet bootcamp, an intense five-day session where each participant had to set up a blog. Since then Eclectic Trends has evolved into what it is today, a space where Gudy can share her knowledge and musings about interiors and upcoming trends. “My life has changed in many ways, thanks to Eclectic Trends: I have different projects that have come in thanks to the blog, I travel to events I had no chance to go to before and above all, it's about the people. I never imagined I would meet so many like-minded creative souls. It's a wonderful journey.”

Another outworking of Gudy’s passion for the visual is her debut ceramics collection, White Atelier BCN. “Ceramics is my hidden passion. My love for it dates back to the year 2000. Since then I have tried several techniques and materials. When I step into my working space, I feel immediately happy and at ease. It kind of transforms me. Everything beyond loses importance.”

For her debut collection Gudy worked with paper clay, attracted by its light and fragile nature. “It is basically porcelain mixed with paper that disappears during the firing process in the kiln, leaving a really nice texture.” Her creations are nothing short of stunning. Gentle, yet exuding strength and elegance, the textures are so intricate and in their natural all-white state each piece’s individuality shines. Ideal vessels for air plants and succulents alike, her pieces sit in the light-filled workshop. This curated and styled space is both exquisite and effortless and reflects Gudy’s passion for interiors.

For Gudy, inspiration is never far away. “Travelling and taking pictures is one of my major sources [of inspiration]. I have literally thousands of pictures. I am interested in textures, be it from old door handles in Venice, peeled-off facades in Barcelona, food markets in Brazil or textiles found in Istanbul.”

But not content with finding beauty and inspiration in the day to day life that surrounds, Gudy also values Instagram: “In the digital world, Instagram never stops surprising me. You can discover so much creative talent on that platform.”

Currently renting a workshop space with 15 other ceramicists, Gudy is finding joy in the community: “We support each other and the daily contact makes it so much fun. You share your experience, sometimes materials and the kiln, which makes it so much more flexible for all of us.” Her workshop is home to her ceramics collection – and is a space that is light, airy and full of character.

And, after spending many years travelling extensively for various projects and to attend all the major interior trade shows, Gudy savours a daily ritual of a café-con-leche on the terrace, no matter the season. Ceramics with a side dose of coffee – the perfect partnership.

A Creative Life originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of  Heart Home magazine.

Photographs: Gudy Herder   Words: Ruth Garner

Signs With Soul By Goodwin & Goodwin

Set up in 2010 by Viviane and Paul Goodwin, Goodwin & Goodwin has turned the world of signmaking on its head. The north London-based company produces a range of signs for private and corporate clients including cinema style bill boards, illuminated letters, neon and light bulb signs, vintage letters made of metal or Perspex, light boxes plus a range of homeware.

The company came to life when Paul and Viviane spotted a gap in the market for typographic based signs for use in the home. “We’d always noticed that there were many fantastic type-based items out there and asked ourselves why they weren’t available for people to have at home,” explains Viviane. “So we started creating iconic signs, marketed them at a price point that was accessible to people, and the business went from there.”

Today Goodwin & Goodwin’s client base is made up of private individuals located all over the UK and abroad, including royals, pop stars and celebs, but also prestigious organisations who have commissioned bespoke signs to create a specific look in a commercial environment. For example the company has created, among many others, the lightbulb “Movies” sign for the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, LED letter signs for Timberland, illuminated arrows for Ted Baker and bulb signs for Coca-Cola.

What makes their products stand out is the company’s ability to combine good design and strong typography, meaning its products not only exude fun but also incorporate their own unique style. “What we’ve tried to do is combine signage with great design to produce something that really conveys a message,” says Paul, who was previously design director for a creative agency. “Design in typography is hugely important and it really does work; we receive a lot of positive comments about how our signs have changed the image of a business, improved the appearance of a shop front and brought more people through the door.”

Many of Goodwin & Goodwin’s design ideas are inspired by iconic 1950s Americana and also draw on the skills involved in typographic design of that era. “There is an element of nostalgia in what we produce which people really like,” says Viviane. “Our signs are very atmospheric—the lighting is warm—and they really do look good in the home or workplace where they add a sense of soul and style. People just love them and that’s part of our success.”

Another aspect of the company’s success is the quality of the products themselves. “The design is key of course,” says Paul. “But also vital is producing a high quality product. The vast majority of ours are made here in our workshop, mostly by hand so the craftsmanship is excellent, with the rest manufactured locally.”

Also important is keeping up with trends in design, fashion and desire. “We keep our eyes open for new ideas and take inspiration from what we see around us,” explains Paul. “For example I’m always looking at old fonts and typefaces for inspiration and recently saw some vintage machine name plates with great typography so I will create some work based around that. Yes the company’s growth has been phenomenal over the past five years, which is terrific, but as we don’t want to stand still we need to keep up with trends in design and fashion and ensure we stay one step ahead!”

For more information, visit: www.goodwinandgoodwin.com

The Lovely Laura (Felicity Design)

It's been a while since we featured Laura Felicity Design. In fact it was back in 2011 (you can read the interview here) and since then the lovely Laura's company has been going for strength to strength.

 Dotty Bird Cushion Collection

Dotty Bird Cushion Collection

2014 was a very busy year behind the scenes she informed us. The company underwent a re-brand, she had some gorgeous new photographs taken to really do her designs justice and her website had a re-vamp. Have a pop over there now it's looking fabulous.

 Dotty Bird Rose Pink & Charleston Grey Collection

Dotty Bird Rose Pink & Charleston Grey Collection

And 2015 is going to be no less busy with new products being released, including a digital print wallpaper collection, with complimenting screen printed home accessories. And a reduction in retail (and trade) prices!

 Geometric Flower Wallpaper, Cream & Plum Purple

Geometric Flower Wallpaper, Cream & Plum Purple

And I've no doubt we'll see Laura's smiling face around a few trade shows too.

Made in Bermondsey, Georgia Bosson

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Textile designer/maker Georgia Bosson creates wonderfully tactile products ranging from cushions to notebooks and napkins. Everything is printed and handmade in her Bermondsey studio. Georgia recently launched her new collection at Design Junction and you can find her at several upcoming Christmas market dates including Crafty Fox Market and Renegade Craft Fair.

Various cushions and notebooks.

The recent shoot with stylist Olivia Bennett showcased the unique way Georgia layers a felt material over her cushions to create an organic look. Check out some more images below and shop online here.

Luxury Textiles from Jules Hogan

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From her garden studio in Berkshire, Textile Designer/Maker Jules Hogan creates a beautiful range of cushions, hot water bottle covers, lavender pockets scarves and shawls. Inspired by 1950’s colour palettes, geometrics, striping and re-worked Fair Isle patterning, it's just what's needed as the Autumn weather closes in.

Green Patchwork Cushion, 100% felted Scottish spun lambs wool.

I originally met Jules at a series of shoots I did for Folksy last year. I was blown away by the quality of her work, in particular the colourways. You can see Jules in person at The Farnham Maltings this Saturday 18 October at The Surrey Festival of Crafts. Here's a few more samples, which can all be purchased direct from Jules' website.

All photographs by Yeshen Venema

Inside the studio of Sarah Hamilton

Sarah Hamilton Prints. Styling by Joanna Thornhill

Down a leafy lane in Dulwich, artist Sarah Hamilton creates prints, cards, woodblocks, trays and other delightful products. Her Mid-Century house was renovated with great care and it's simply stunning with views over the city. The studio itself has an inspiring atmosphere, filled with colour. Sarah draws inspiration from textured materials and is 'obsessive' getting her colours accurate when printing - designers take note!

Sarah's Dulwich studio

Pebbles, seeds, leaves and fragments of nature are recurring themes in Sarah's artwork, her style is instantly recognisable and has been refined over many years. She also works as consultant for interiors projects.

Sarah often uses watercolours as part of her design process.

The product range includes mugs, cards, prints, woodblocks and most recently, a lovely range of tea trays. Click to view some more images in the gallery below and browse the shop on Sarah's website for more.

Photography by Yeshen Venema. Styling by Joanna Thornhill.

The Latest Pendant Lights from Curiousa & Curiousa

Esther Patterson is the founder of Curiousa & Curiousa and she designs hand-blown, bespoke glass and bone china lighting. Since launching her range in Design Week at Tent London in 2010 where she gained the prestigious 'Elle Decoration Approval' award, her designs have gone from strength to strength. Curiousa & Curiousa Autumn 14 [2]

Esther now has lights retailing through Liberty’s London, her designs were used in the Harvey Nicols Fifth Floor Cafe, her pendants hang in Jamie Oliver Restaurants, and she has gained a nomination for the British Design Awards for 2012 and 2013. This year she won The Dulux Colour Award.

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On top of all that she is kept very busy developing new ranges and bespoke solutions for interior designers, architectural practices and private individuals.

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This autumn Curiousa & Curiousa can be seen at Tent London, Decorex and The Wirksworth Festival.

Hand Made in the UK from Dimity Fayre

Dimity Fayre was set up by two friends (both ex-White Company) with a passion for UK craftsmanship, and together they have created a platform for makers and designers to sell their products to a wider audience. It was their vision to celebrate the tradition of the artisan and have a luxury online boutique, and we think they have certainly succeeded in that. DIMITY FAYRE Sphery lightshade Kirsty Patrick

Sphery lightshade by Kirsty Patrick

In order to take the hard work out of shopping for the customer they have handpicked a beautiful collection encompassing prints, stationery, ceramics and pottery, jewellery, textiles, garden products and gifts and as they are continually on the lookout for new, exciting designers and craftspeople the collection will naturally evolve and grow over time.

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Tea light lanterns by Justine Allison

DIMITY FAYRE Teresa Green Alphabet design eggs apron

Teresa Green Alphabet design eggs apron

Oh, and when you visit the website have a look at the baby cable knit cardigans. They are so cute!

DIMITY FAYRE Justine Allison spoons

Justine Allison spoons

 

A gift for a loved one or for yourself?

 

Introducing Alexandra D. Foster

Alexandra D. Foster believes that luxury, quality and style are paramount. To this end, each of her cushions is printed and hand sewn at one ofthe most highly regarded mills in northern Italy’s beautiful town of Lake Como. Even the braided trim is crafted completely by hand and sourced from Italian passementerie artisans. Motifs and designs are individually and thoughtfully created by Alexandra, all of which are directly inspired by her world travels. Selected either for their intricate pattern details and the complexity of their colour combinations, or their classic geometric elegance, the designs underscore Alexandra’s belief that luxury begins at home.

Bright and sassy, these designs add character to any home!

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Introducing Printmaker & Illustrator Devi Singh

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Devi Singh is a printmaker and illustrator living in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Born in London, Devi studied fine art at Bishop Otter College, Chichester,specialising in printmaking. After graduating in 1997 she began to produce hand-printed bespoke stationery and greetings cards under the name Dazy Daisy Designs. In addition to her work as an artist, Devi was the founder and owner of the popular south-London gallery and arts centre, MeltingPot.

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Since 2003 she has devoted more time to producing prints and illustrations. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the UK and appears in private and corporate collections including: JH2 Media, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Blue Sea, St. Elizabeth Hospice, The Peligoni Club (Greece), Ship Co, Ashford Hospital, Classical Associates, Silversilver,Chopping's Hill, Spence & Spence and Thirty Second Films.

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Devi will be presenting an exhibition of new works titled 'Scratch the Surface' which will take place in Ely,Cambridgshire where it will be hosted in the prestigious The Old Fire Engine House, a mid 18th century farmhouse, situated to the west of the magnificent Ely Cathedral.

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The exhibition runs from: Friday 4th July until Sunday 3rd August 2014 and the Private View is on Thursday 3rd July 2014 from 18:30 until 20:30pm

The Waffle Effect

Waffle, Ciara McGarrity

Back in January 2013 I was exploring the HOME show (in particular the Homegrown section), when I discovered Ciara McGarrity’s Waffle designs. I’m a big fan of texture in products, so the detailing and feel of the cushion fabric had me hooked. There are literally thousands of cushion designs online, so it's a real credit to Ciara that she has been able to create such a unique product. Waffle Design

Waffle’s latest designs, released earlier this year, include the Classic Range. These pieces are hand-embroidered using up-cycled carpet yarns rescued from a carpet factory which closed down in Yorkshire. They are then hand-dyed at Ciara's East London workshop. The colour ways are more muted with a subtle criss cross pattern. Following on early interest from Folklore (who supported Ciara with a bursary at the HOME show), Waffle is now stocked by Artellier159 in France Wolf and Badger in London. Not to mention, an exclusive range of colours was developed for TOAST in the UK.

The Pipe Range - complimenting the 4 colour ways in the Mindful range - feature 4 subtly different graphic patterns is also stocked with Skandium in the Republic of Fritz Hansen store in West London.

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With the Bespoke side of the business Ciara offers a made to measure curtain and blind service. In most cases she uses customers own fabrics, but she can also provide bespoke solutions using the Waffle fabric. The advantage is her ability to customise using the coloured wools to coordinate a space. All hand finished in traditional methods - Ciara is a self confessed ‘curtain geek’!

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Waffle cushions

Yeshen Venema Photography

I asked Ciara, what was the best thing about being a designer maker?

“The satisfaction of seeing a product materialise through stages of process from concept to completion - and presenting the finished piece as a quality product for someone to cherish - 2 best bits!”

You can see Ciara and her work at Made In Clerkenwell this month where she will be launching new colours and new blankets.

Waffle will also be exhibiting at Design Wallah in Southbank with Shake The Dust.

All photography: Yeshen Venema

Introducing Charlotte Nash Textile Crafts

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Charlotte Nash only graduated last year but she has already caught our eye. With her degree was in textile crafts now tucked under her belt she is designing now bold geometric shapes, grids and striped "Aztec" designs for interiors. Charlotte Nash Image Braided Mirror Complete No Reflection

She successfully combines braiding and crochet work with laser and hand cutting techniques, using materials such as foiled leather and mirrored acrylic to further enhance this aesthetic. Matt and lustrous yarns give a new and fresh feel to the final pieces.

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Initially her work is designed to be bold, bright and chaotic at first appearance but on closer inspection every knot and loop is precise, measured and placed.

Charlotte Nash Image White and Silver Mirror (Detail)

Charlotte Nash Image Brights & Gold Mirror (Detail)

We think you'll be seeing lots more of Charlotte Nash.

Introducing: Fanny Shorter

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We become immediate fans of Fanny Shorter's work when we met her at Home London as the winner of Confessions of a Design Geek Bursary. Fanny Shorter is a designer and printmaker, her distinctive, detailed work is largely inspired by her very English upbringing. The daughter of a physics teacher and a music teacher, she grew up in a school in Winchester, surrounded by idyllic countryside and historic buildings in an aesthetically crowded house crammed with prints and patterns on books, plates, cushions, rugs and wallpaper. English holidays, frequents visits to the V&A, the Natural History Museum and National Trust properties as well as an entire childhood in a school are an evident and enduring influence.

She trained as an illustrator and her clients have included Twinings, the Cutty Sark and the Wellcome Collection. She divides her time between her freelance illustration work and expanding her screen-printed product range at her studio in Bloomsbury, London.

Yeshen Venema Photography

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Yeshen Venema Photography

Yeshen Venema Photography

Yeshen Venema Photography

Products from Fanny Shorter are available from the Southbank Centre shops. Images by Yeshen Venema.