Monday, 20 March 2017

Teasle lamps

Let me introduce you to my new teasel lamps.

I have always admired their elegant silhouettes and have had them hanging around my studio for years but despite past attempts I couldn't make it work.

But this year I've cracked it. The key was lighting up the spiky heads rather than making them the silhouette. 

 I'm really pleased with how they have turned out.

They are available on my cylindrical and oval shaped lamps.

Hazel catkins lamps

I wrote a blog post last month about the hazel catkins I photographed whilst out walking.

They inspired me very much and I'm pleased to have turned it into a lamp design.

It is available in all the lamp shapes  - cylindrical, oval...

and as little candle cover too. 

I'm excitedly waiting for this weeks laser cutting to arrive because I'm looking forward to seeing the Hazel Catkins floor lamp that I've made too.

They are all available on my website.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Charlotte's Garden

Hebden Bridge is only a short and very beautiful ride over the moors (or the 'tops' as we call them round here) to the village of Haworth, which is the home of the Brontë Parsonage museum.

Last year they got in touch and asked me if I would create a design to celebrate their Brontë200 project. They are celebrating the bicenteneries of the births of all the Brontë children - Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne one by one over the next few years.

Their head of communications and marketing, Rebecca Yorke knew my meadowy design work and the original idea was to make a design inspired by the meadow at the back of the Parsonage but the day I visited the meadow wasn't yet in bloom and I wandered around the garden and found my inspiration there.

The design is called Charlotte's Garden and it features plants and flowers in bloom around the time of Charlotte's birthday. 

There are ferns, alliums, hellebores, tulips and fritillaries

and you'll find it on tea towels, aprons, coasters, placements, notebooks, trays, cushions, oven gloves and mugs.

Last week we hired the wonderful Sarah Mason to do a photoshoot

and lovely Suzi got roped in to being a model.

Sarah from Simply By Arrangement let us use her beautiful kitchen and her garden 

which was full of hellebores and ferns 

and her sweet dog Molly made sure she made an appearance too (that was before she stole our baguette out of the bag)!

Of course Sarah found all the beautiful pools of light and we've all been excited about sharing the lovely pictures that she made...

You'll find all the Charlotte's Garden in the Bronte Parsonage museum shop and on their website.

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