The Barbara Chandler Love London Collection for Sonic Editions

Barbara Chandler have been photographing London for the past 30 years and she has an enthusiastic following, including us at Heart Home. So we were really pleased to hear that a collection of 20 images from the Love London collection are now available to purchase from Sonic Editions including work from early negatives to more recent digital pieces. Barbara Chandler Love London Collection for Sonic Editions [2]

The Love London portfolio is ongoing "Whenever the light is right - and often when it's not - I am out there wandering around with my camera" says Barbara, who is an old-school 'street photographer' endlessly walking around to capture those moments which only photography can preserve for all time.

Barbara Chandler Love London Collection for Sonic Editions [1]

Her up-to-the-minute photographs of London today are as popular as earlier images from her archive, which have captured changing landmarks, people and fashions, now vanished.

"Barbara's collection illustrates her uncanny ability to capture images of London that most of us would simply miss"  says Russell Blackmore, founder of Sonic Editions.

Barbara Chandler Love London Collection for Sonic Editions [3]

Available either as a numbered print from £45, or a framed numbered edition from £75 from Sonic Editions.

 

 

Affordable Art Online

DegreeArt.com was founded in 2003, and is one of the UK's first Online Art Galleries. Over the past 10 years they have established themselves as the market leader in student and graduate art sales, hand picking and promoting the most promising artists emerging from the most prestigious art establishments. Affordable Art Online from Degree Art dotcom  -Broken Strings,Nude

Broken Strings/Nude by Bryn Sutcliffe.

If like us, you find buying art scary and confusing, here it couldn't be simpler. There are over 400 artists on the database and you can either choose and have it delivered direct to your door or you can visit the Gallery in London's Bethnal Green. All art is covered by a 14 day home trial period and a free returns policy so you can see just how it looks in your space before you make you mind up. There are even interest free loans over ten months if you are interested! Mounting and framing can also be arranged.

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Family in the Park by Jenny Leonard

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Ho Chi Minh City - A Flood on Bui Vien by Ramzi Musa.

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Google Map Abstract 1 by Leanne Hughes.

In addition, they also work with designers, either to specific briefs, or simply on an idea to supply artwork to meet the budget, project or timescale. Art is also available to rent.

All art shown has been selected from the under £500 section.

 

Wooden Wall Art from Munch Stuff

So cute we had to share! Munch wooden wall art are hand-cut pieces made from sustainably sourced Scandinavian pine. They are individually decorated with designs inspired by the artist, Sarah's love of flora and fauna. Quirky and individual, she says she tries to take a simplistic approach by playing with small markings and going where the creative thoughts take her.

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Although she predominantly works on original pieces, she also works on freelance designs, stationery and commissions for other uses.

Geometric brights from Patternbooth

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Cara Holland is the brains behind Patternbooth, a blog dedicated to all things geometric, and now a new range of homeware.

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Launched at Home London in January, the range includes lampshades and wallpaper, all of which are made within 70 miles of Cara's home. The collection is built around 2 strong geometric patterns, and a great choice of vivid colours.

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With shades of midcentury and Scandinavian design to it, the collection has been produced with great attention to detail, including double-sided cushions so that you can easily change the look from full-on colour to something more minimal.

Wallpaper by Patternbooth

You can buy the range from the Patternbooth shop, or online store Clippings, and you can follow Cara on twitter @patternbooth. I thoroughly recommend checking out her blog too, it's full of great finds and interviews.

wallpaper and lampshades by Patternbooth

Introducing La Shuks

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La Shuks is a brand new venture by the Brighton based artist Katie Mac, who has embarked upon the latest avenue of her screen printing endeavours.  These new La Shuks prints are big, brightly coloured, and have a certain quality of deliciousness. La-Shuks-Katie-Mac

Katie’s influences come, in equal parts, from her time growing up in the far east, from her travels around the world, and from her obsessive love of the variety and colourful nature of packaging graphics. These striking prints are filtered through and conjured up realizations of these influences.

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At once they are beautifully appealing, almost sumptuous, but upon lengthened and further inspections they reveal much more. There are deeper meanings behind these scenes of a wonderfully twisted future reality, and it’s those that make these prints more than just aesthetic pieces. They are delectable, thought provoking slices of visual joy, that would be a positive addition to any room.

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Katie is offering these prints for sale on her website: www. La Shuks.com

 

Up-and-coming new designers at Renegade Craft Fair

A great place to start your Christmas shopping is the Renegade Craft Fair, taking place on 9 & 10 November at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London. Renegade Craft Fair London

A whole host of up-and-coming designers and crafty people will be there with brilliantly original gifts, loads of which are handmade.

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I'm very excited to let you know that I'll be there too, with my range of colourful retro-influenced kitchenware, and a brand new range of handmade lampshades which will be launched exclusively at Renegade. I'll also be giving away a 10% discount for my online shop, so you can save on your shopping until the end of November.

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Entry is free, and there will also be music and workshops with Mollie Makes and The Amazings. Hope to see you there!

Anna Dent Tea towel

 

The Calm Gallery

If you like cute quotes and bold images but don't want to pay too much for the pleasure, then a good alternative is tea towels.  I came across The Calm Gallery recently and really loved their selection; they produce postcards, tea towels and prints from various artists and regularly get new designs in. Most of them are produced by hand by their artists  which makes them feel pretty unique. One of my favourites was the Eat You Greens tea towel, it's a lovely addition to my kitchen at the small price of £10.

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A few of my other favourites are The Immaculate Perception, I love the collage effect and the odd juxtaposition of the girl's head on a branch.

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I also have my eye on this Russian doll tea towel by Hazel Nicholls:

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It's a great way of adding little bits of art to your home without it costing too much.

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At the side of each piece on the website it tells you whether it was screen printed, hand signed and where to find the artist's individual collection. As well as being a brilliant on line gift shop, its also a great platform for artists to showcase their work.

Wallography - here's the science bit

Being from an architectural background I do enjoy a good section and elevation from time to time, so the wall charts from Wallography really captured my attention.

Wallography produce educational wall charts that are also works of art in themselves. They come from a background of searching for wall art and have just begun selling online with a beautiful selection of wall hangings ranging from a horse to an apple tree.

Some of the wall hangings were originally produced as educational wall charts as early as the 1800's, and are then printed today by the same family using the same process as in the 1950's.

The charts are made from paper mounted on canvas and fitted with wooden rods, nylon cord and fabric tie. The quality of the paper is excellent and has some weight to it, making it feel like a proper work of art.

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Wallography services a range of tastes and rooms, you could have the Garden Pea in your kitchen and maybe a Large White Butterfly for the bedroom.

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They have plans to add a vintage section soon where they will showcase all of their other findings over the years of searching for wall art. I love the scientific nature of these pictures along with their historical dept.

Introducing Annabel Perrin

Annabel Perrin is a Manchester based surface pattern designer, who creates striking patterns for furnishing fabrics, homeware products, stationery and public art installations. spectrum cushion stack 460

Two years ago Annabel left her nine to five job in rural Nottinghamshire and moved to Manchester to complete an MA in Design. She had a dream of establishing her own homewares brand.  After months of determination the dream is now a reality. In February this year Annabel launched her first collection, including fabrics, home accessories and limited edition upcycled vintage chairs. ­­

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Shortly after making the decision to set up her own business, Annabel discovered that her grandmother used to have her own independent shop, selling fabrics and wallpapers by prestigious brands such as Sanderson and Osborne & Little. This seemed like a perfect sign and shows the enthusiasm for interior design is in her genes! Annabel now works from her home studio and creates designs using a combination of hand drawn and digital imagery.

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She is passionate about supporting manufacturers in the UK and dedicates time to sourcing local suppliers. British locations and architecture significantly influence Annabel’s designs. She loves the aesthetic appearance of architecture – the structures, patterns, outstanding features and light reflections. The stories and memories behind each landmark also intrigue her. Many of her surface patterns pay tribute to mid-century textiles, an era of design she adores.

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You can find Annabels designs on her Etsy shop.

The Latest from Imogen Heath

We've featured the work of Imogen Heath before on the Heart Home blog, here and here, but we always like to keep up with the work of Britain's young designers so we were very happy to get an email from her last week. imogen heath 2

Established just two years, we have always been fans of Imogens bright and colourful fabrics but her latest collections seem to have reached a new maturity and we're very excited for her.  Just feast your eyes on her newest designs and we think you'll agree.

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‘My design process is all about retaining the same feeling of excitement and Joy that comes to me when I have an idea for a pattern, or when I draw something for the first time. I hope that by successfully taking these feelings through to the finished piece I can somehow bring that same delight into people’s surroundings’.

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And of course old and new designs work effortlessly together.

Stunning Fairtrade rugs by contemporary illustrators

Node is a non-profit social business, creating beautiful contemporary rugs designed by top designers and illustrators, and made by the Kumbeshwar Technical School in Kathmandu. Node Rug production cutting

The school was set up to offer disadvantaged adults literacy skills as well as giving them a fair wage for weaving the stunning rugs, and profits from the rugs are used to support the school and an orphanage. Made with hand-dyed Tibetan wool, using natural dyes, the rugs are all made by hand.

Set up by author and illustrator Chris Haughton and entrepreneur Akshay Sthapit, Node sell the rugs from their website and also from the Design Museum in London.

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As well as a range designed by Chris himself, there is also a collection of 18 rugs designed by 18 different designers and illustrators, a fantastically talented and diverse bunch. My favourites are by Jon Klassen, Sanna Annukka and Clayton Junior.

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Rug by Jon Klassen

Mini Art Collections from Coulson Macleod

We love Coulson Macleod and we love this latest idea of theirs. They are offering six mini art prints for £25.  Each collection contains six prints on 100% recycled paper designed to fit the Ribba frame from IKEA.   Which means a fantastic art display for your home, giving you a full wall of framed art for just £46*, or six individual gifts for six lucky friends.

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Coulson Macleod's typography and illustration art is created using a mixture of modern and traditional design processes, including hand-stamping and other forms of relief printing, illustration by hand, and digital manipulation.

*Prices based on using the Ribba frame - current sale price £3.50 each - July 2013

Introducing... Maria Hatling

Maria is a Norwegian artist and designer who now lives and works in London. She launched her own line of soft furnishings and prints in 2011, following several years working for Orla Kiely. This collection has been stocked by Heal’s and Liberty. Maria Hatling cushions

Maria’s style is bold, graphic, and often playful, and is influenced by her childhood in Norway, as well as her own personal experiences, with the titles and subject matter of her prints often referring to her own creative journey.

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Most of her prints start life as hand-drawn sketches and doodles, which gives them a great energy and softens the bold colours and shapes. The fabric for her cushions and lampshades is all made in the UK.

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You can find out more about Maria on her website, and you can buy her work at her online shop Gallery Bobbin. She is also on Facebook and Twitter.

El Anatsui - Beauty from Rubbish

El_Anatsui_detail Visitors to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts this year will be greeted by a huge, shimmering sculptural wall-hanging on the courtyard facade of Burlington House. The sculpture, TSIATSIA - Searching for a Connection, by Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, is made from discarded bottle tops and copper wire.

The work has been awarded the prestigious Charles Wollaston Award, for the most distinguished work in the Summer Exhibition.

El Anatsui, Balkan, 2012. Photo Jonathan Greet, Image courtesy of October Gallery, London

El Anatsui's unique creative process involves collecting discarded metallic objects, mostly liquor bottle tops and foils, and wiring them together to produce draping, fabric-like sculptures whose lavish quality belies their humble raw materials. The works are constructed by first creating a number of small "blocks" of joined bottle tops. These blocks are then shifted around on the studio floor whilst the artist looks at the patterns and textures taking shape, photographing as he goes. Once a final composition has been settled upon, all the blocks are joined together to form a large hanging sculpture.  You can watch a fascinating film of the artist at work in his studio in Nigeria here.

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The works reference the colonial and postcolonial relationship between Europe and Africa. The bottle tops come from drinks such as gin and whisky, which were originally imported to Africa from Europe but are now manufactured by local distillers. All the bottle caps have been collected from the street - used, touched and loaded with what the artist refers to as a human charge, and a sense of place.

To coincide with the installation at the Royal Academy, the October Gallery are exhibiting two of the artist's recent, smaller works, Iris and Balkan, as part of the exhibition Masters of the Transvangarde, until 3 August.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is on until 18 August.  All images courtesy of the October Gallery.

Popcorny prints

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PopCorny is a little screen printing company hand making an explosion of colourful and humorous limited edition artworks.  I met with Katie to talk about her prints and the ideas behind them.
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Based in Brighton but having grown up in the far east, PopCorny artist Katie Mac was strongly influenced by the packaging graphics and character brands from her childhood. With a big emphasis on lovely colour combinations, sometimes with a hazy retro feel but mixed with a very contemporary idea.
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There's often a little slogan or a tongue in cheek message (see the popular "Bossy Series", including"No Smalltalk Before Breakfast", "Please Keep Fidgeting to a Minimum" "No Random Note Whistling* *Recognised Tunes Only"... designed to be hung on the wall in a carefully selected location, to deter slightly annoying loved-ones and make your life just that little bit peaceful!
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Then there's the helpful "Front Door Checklist" print to stop you leaving the house without your important bits and pieces, and the uplifting "Pleasing Clichés and Cheesy Big-ups".
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I have one of her prints above my kitchen sink "no small talk before breakfast" which I love to remind anyone that happens to be in my vicinity first thing in the morning.
They give a plain room a bit of fun and serve as friendly little reminders that are different to "keep calm and carry on" which is getting a little tiresome.
PopCorny sells her prints from her online Etsy store  but occasionally you can catch her with a selection of stock at an art/craft fair in London or Brighton.
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All the latest news can be found on her blog: www.popcorny.com

 

Wall Art From Nature

Hannah Brown comes from a background in textiles and she loves fabrics but she also produces some stunning and unusual wall art. Each piece is individual and made by hand by Hannah.  She started off by making things purely out of frustration at not finding what she wanted elsewhere and she likes to produce decorative art by capturing and framing objects from nature that possess not only a history but also an aesthetic.

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These beautiful pressed orchids from Thailand are encased in two pieces of glass allowing your wall colour to show through.

 

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The Framed Quail Eggs are blown and framed in a dark waxed wooden surround with glass.  Available in a light or dark finish.

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Beautiful Autumn smoke tree leaves also between glass.

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Framed Black Sea fan - (ENVIRONMENTAL NOTE :- This Sea Fan is a Gorgonian, it is not a protected species and is grown through aquaculture.)

We think they also would also make very unique gifts for someone special.

Available from Hannah Brown Interiors.

Introducing... Mintprint

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Mintprint is a homewares company, set up by designer Miriam Trent, producing beautiful lampshades and cushions, all printed by hand in the UK.

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Miriam creates her patterns using pencil and graphite drawings and shapes cut from paper, and then screen-prints her fabric. Her patterns are bold and simple, and I love the strong abstract shapes and the mid-century influence which shines through. Her signature look earned her the fantastic opportunity to design the fabric for the new BBC offices in Salford Quays.

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Miriam says her work is designed to be an antidote to mass-produced, throwaway products, and I reckon you wouldn't want to get rid of any of her products in a hurry!

Cushion by Mintprint

You can buy cushions and lampshades via the Mintprint website, and the lampshades are also on show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park shop over the summer. You can follow Mintprint on twitter and facebook, and contact Miriam directly via email.

Lampshade by Mintprint

Sarah Campbell: Fabrics And Other Things

Sarah_Campbell_studio Collier Campbell was a hugely inspirational textile design company while I was at art college in the 1980s. Myself and many of my fellow students had the company's fabrics as cushion covers, table cloths or blinds, and postcards of their painterly designs were pinned to our desks in the textile design studio.

The company was founded in the 1960s by Sarah Campbell and her late sister Susan Collier. Their bold, colourful, hand painted designs were a refreshing change on the high street, as they designed for many forward-thinking retailers such as Habitat, John Lewis and Jaeger. Zandra Rhodes has said that they reinvented Liberty's image when designing for them in the 60s and 70s.

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When the sisters' company sadly folded in the 2010, they continued to work within a new structure. After Susan's untimely death a year later, Sarah and the new owner went their separate ways. But Sarah continues to flourish as a freelance designer working under her own name from her south London studio.

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Current clients include influential retailers in the UK and USA such as M&S and West Elm. She has her own range of greetings cards, including the Archive Cards, each featuring little swatches of original Collier Campbell fabric, and hand-painted and printed scarves and gift-wrap, all available from her website. Sarah can also be persuaded to give talks and workshops.

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For about a year, Sarah has been writing a fortnightly blog "Fabrics and other things", and including some of her delightful daily paintings. "I write the blog first, and then gather the paintings and drawings and what other images I might have or need." she says. "The paintings are often done from memory or sketches done at the time, and never take me more than about half an hour."

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She is exhibiting a collection of new paintings at Livingstone Studio until the end of June. Prices range from £100-550. Copies of the sumptuous tome "The Collier Campbell Archive: 50 years of passion in pattern", published by Ilex, are also available there. A limited edition of the book, each signed, numbered and covered in a different original Collier Campbell Archive fabric will be available to order through Sarah's website until later in the year.

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Geometric Prints from Bold & Noble

Bold & Noble have featured on the Heart Home blog before and for good reason.  They simply produce some of the best screen prints around. bold and noble geometric prints - Stronger

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We were particularly taken by the geometric prints here, titled, Higher, Faster, Stronger especially with Fathers Day just around the corner.  And we know one or two dads who would absolutely love them.

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The hand crafted prints are 50 x 70cm and cost £43 each.

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Don't forget Fathers Day is Sunday 16th June!

Geometric Prints from Bold & Noble

Bold & Noble have featured on the Heart Home blog before and for good reason.  They simply produce some of the best screen prints around. bold and noble geometric prints - Stronger

Stronger

We were particularly taken by the geometric prints here, titled, Higher, Faster, Stronger especially with Fathers Day just around the corner.  And we know one or two dads who would absolutely love them.

bold and noble geometric prints - Higher

Higher

The hand crafted prints are 50 x 70cm and cost £43 each.

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Don't forget Fathers Day is Sunday 16th June!