Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Monday, 27 August 2012


Striking images of twins ifeatured by Milk magazine. Pictures: MARK Shearwood + Style: RACHEL CAULFIELD

Sunday, 19 August 2012

The wonderful world of Corby Tindersticks

We have just added a unique selection of felt prints and toys to the shop this week by new brand Corby Tindersticks. Carly founder of Corby Tindersticks lives in Birmingham and tells us about herself and her favourite places and inspiration
Tell us a little bit about you, where has your travels/life/career led you before now?
After studying textile design at Loughborough University (drawing robots and sewing found objects onto vintage fabric) I found myself teaching textiles at Berkshire boarding school, making Jewellery for Tatty Devine, working as a pawnbroker and more recently designing kids clothing for high street retailers, including a 3 month stay in China working in a sample room!

What is your inspiration behind corby tindersticks and your latest materpieces?
Corby Tindersticks was started as I wanted to combine my knowledge of the kids fashion/ design industry with my own personal style to create something personal and unique. I love scandinavian style in its simplicity and I wanted to combine this design aesthetic with my own memories of a northern child hood incorporating a British quirkiness influenced by coconut shies and Blackpool beach!

Are there any designers/ artists you admire?
I really admire the work of Italian futurist Bruno Munari, he designed a wide range of furniture and design pieces, including children's books. I love that he combined great illustration with humour and wacky ideas regarding the most bland of everyday objects, creating imaginative and bold books with interactive elements that still look contemporary amongst todays picture books.

Where is your favourite place near where you live?
Nottingham Contemporary art gallery would be my choice in the midlands, the building itself is a lovely piece of design and they have had some unusual and inspiring exhibitions, usually with an interactive element (great for kids too!)

Where is your favourite place anywhere?
I recently visited Tatton Park  in Cheshire for the first time and really fell in love with it, the gardens have a magical beauty fitting of any child's story book and the Japanese gardens are stunning,  I also love the Yorkshire sculpture park back home for a long walk amongst the Henry Moore sculptures and sheep!

Is there a something perhaps an artist, product, brand, website or place that you have recently discovered that you love?
I've recently rediscovered the Bleubird blog and Kenziepoo when on the hunt for inspiration and children's book artist Kveta Pacovska who has a very bold use of colour and very abstract characters.

Any future plans/project that you can share with us or anything you would like to do? 
I will soon be designing the new Corby Tindersticks range, I'm not sure what it will look like yet but I'm hoping to design a larger and more adventurous collection with some new items and characters.  I'd love to make a Corby Tindersticks fabric picture book and maybe even some giant characters for an exhibition!

Latest designs from Corby tindersticks
All designs are handmade  in the UK with lots of loving care and fun. Visit the shop for more designs by Corby Tindersticks

Brighten up back to school with Furniture by Les Gambettes


Chairs by Les Gambettes
Brighten up back to school with this wonderful selection of desks and chairs by Les Gambettes with a distinct 50's style. Comes in a wonderful choice of retro colours.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Designs by Porter Colline

packaged with care
I am in love with these peg folk dressed in multi coloured finery.  Each peg is hand painted by the super talented artist Carrie Hill of Porter Colline. Other creations are hand made vintage linen clouds to hang on the wall, hang from the ceiling or decorate a bed. Each cloud is made to order and makes  a very special gift and keepsake. You can select your arrow, dot or personalised initial cloud in a choice of fabric colours: Beige as Arrow cloud; Crisp white as seen on initial cloud or natural as seen on Dotty cloud. Just email us your choice and Porter colline will work their magic for you.

Happy customer

A lovely picture sent to me of Zara Catherine aged 8 days old on her sunflower cushion