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Shino’s recipe

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 , 1 Comment

Our fourth New Designers winner is Shino Suzuki from University College Falmouth. After studying the traditional customs and costumes of South America and India she has combined her findings, and the vibrancy of colour and patterns of embroidery into these quirky, illustrative characters. Shino is currently living in Falmouth and is planning to move to [...]

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A trip to Wightwick Manor

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 , No Comments

Linda Florence’s latest collaboration with Craftspace and the West Midlands Caribbean Parent and Friends Association has resulted in the Time in Print exhibition at Wightwick Manor. Inspired by William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the hand printed wall papers are not to be missed, especially for those with a passion for the Arts and Craft [...]

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Being beastly

Friday, July 17th, 2009 , No Comments

Victoriana, in its vainglorious depiction of bugs and birds, is the basis of this array of surreal interpretations by design duo Timorous Beasties. They provide a contemporary platform for the late 19th century offering striking interior designs that draw on the work of John Ruskin, illustrations from Francois le Vaillant and Thomas Bewick. M Walton-Dunn. [...]

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Three’s a charm

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 , No Comments

We’re delighted to tell you about University of Derby graduate Lottie Smith, our third winner from New Designers. Lottie’s knits were inspired by last year’s V&A exhibition Certain Trees. Using an industrial sampling machine Lottie translated her ideas about layered text into these charming candy-coloured fine knits. Later in the year Lottie will be helping out [...]

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Selvedge Award II

Friday, July 10th, 2009 , 1 Comment

Our second award winner is Philippa Leith who graduates from Leeds College of Art and Design. Her designs evoke a gentle era of dance cards, strict decorum and afternoons spent covering screens in layers of decoupage. The point of departure for Philippa’s graduate collection was birdlife but this evolved into a mission to liberate hidden [...]

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Selvedge awards at New Designers

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 , 5 Comments

The first Selvedge Award for Excellence goes to Louise Beck from London Metropolian University. Louise’s prints were in a corner but they instantly caught our attention. Sugary subject matter is given dark and mysterious overtones – carousel horses rise up in frenzied gaiety and her fairytale forest threatens to engulf the viewer. In impeccably drawn [...]

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New Designers 2009

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 , No Comments

New Designers is now open. Last night’s Awards ceremony highlighted the best of this year’s textile graduates and we found our own favourites among the throng – details to follow. New Designers also see the launch of an inspired, and inspiring, competition from Momiji, makers of adorable and highly addictive message dolls. They are challenging [...]

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Wotta Lotta tissues

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 , No Comments

It’s hayfever season so Lotta Anderson’s choice of free gift is not to be sneezed at. For every $40 order, customers will receive a cute mini tissue box set. Each set of three boxes comes in two different designs and are part of a Lotta Jansdotter collaboration with a japanese company.
 They would be perfect [...]

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