DECOREX INTERNATIONAL 2017

September signals design month for me. There are so many fabulous events and exhibitions on with exciting launches of new products, brands and Autumn/Winter collections. I would love to get to them all - 100% Design, London Design Festival, Focus at Chelsea Harbour to name but a few, but this year I decided to focus on a visit to Decorex. The beautiful setting of Syon Park sets the tone for a lovely day exploring the latest collections, making new connections and catching up with existing ones. Being a country girl, there is something quite comforting about taking a tea break in the cafe and seeing a field of cows over the fence!

Here are some highlights from my visit:

PINCH

Formed in 2004, Pinch describe their work as ''Our work celebrates simplicity of form, the purity of a good shape and our emotional connection with the materials around us''.

Gorgeously simple designs that really resonate with my style aesthetic. I have seen their work before at design shows and it never fails to strike a chord with me. I have to admit I was a sucker for the miniature versions too, I fancy kitting out Herb the Bon guinea-pig with a PINCH home! Check them out here.

PINCH

PINCH

PINCH

PINCH

A RUM FELLOW

A Rum Fellow is a London design studio dedicated to artisan crafted rugs and textiles. Founded by Caroline Lindsell and Dylan O’Shea the studio explores heritage craft techniques and reinterprets them in their house style of intricate pattern and vibrant colour. 

My favourite had to be the Nica Brocade fabric - a handcrafted brocade fabric produced by Maya master weavers.

This extraordinary textile is made on a backstrap loom in Guatemala by Maya artisans who embroider the intricate pattern as they weave the base cloth. Every element of the complex design is meticulously hand stitched, a process that takes up to a month to create a single panel.

A Rum Fellow work with Maya weaving cooperatives in Guatemala to create these works of art on cloth. Check out A Rum Fellow here.

A Rum Fellow - Nica Brocade Fabric

A Rum Fellow - Nica Brocade Fabric

MARGO SELBY

Margo Selby is a woven textile design company that produces exceptional quality fabrics, rugs and accessories. Their designs are developed in their Whitstable studio and produced by specialist mills in a range of weights suitable for soft furnishing, upholstery and contract use.

Margo Selby

Margo Selby

These gorgeous framed panels caught my eye, these colours seem to be ones I am currently drawn to at the moment and ones that seem to be on trend as I explored Decorex. Rich teal green, berry tones and dusky coral are all shades I will be wearing and advocating this season. All in all it was a very inspiring creative day out at Decorex 2017.

HOCKNEY : TATE BRITAIN

I had long been planning to get to the David Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain and it certainly didn't disappoint. Hockney has always been one of my greatest Artist inspirations for my design work. His use of colour and style really inspires my thoughts and approach.

Garden 2015 (detail). Acrylic paint on canvas.

Garden 2015 (detail). Acrylic paint on canvas.

The exhibition at Tate Britain celebrates the extensive 60 years of work of Hockney.

' This exhibition, a survey of almost sixty years of Hockney's art, offers the first opportunity to see those classic early paintings alongside subsequent work in a variety of media. It spans from paintings made as a student in London through 1960's Los Angeles, the reorientation of his practice in painting and photography in the 1980's, a decade of Yorkshire landscapes, and on to the newest works made since his return to California in 2013'.

Aside from the iconic works such as 'A Bigger Splash', my favourite paintings were those created most recently (above and bottom). The use of colour combinations and mark making strikes a chord with my style. I think it's testament to Hockney that now in his 80's, his latest work is still so fresh, vibrant and relevant. Long may you continue to inspire and create David Hockney!

A Bigger Splash 1967. Acrylic paint on canvas.

A Bigger Splash 1967. Acrylic paint on canvas.

Pearlblossom Highway 11th-18th April 1986. Photographic collage.

Pearlblossom Highway 11th-18th April 1986. Photographic collage.

Garden with Blue Terrace 2015. Acrylic paint on canvas.

Garden with Blue Terrace 2015. Acrylic paint on canvas.

Jo Jo Neon - Somerset Open Studios 2016

Having always shared a love of neon brights, creativity and interior styling, together myself and fellow neon friend Jo Norman (of Somerset Creative), decided to team up and collaborate under the name 'Jo Jo Neon' and take part in Somerset Open Studios.

Jo Norman, art teacher and designer, had been wanting to head back to her creative roots producing neon silk screen prints and accessories depicting linear observations of the ordinary. Over the past few months we would meet for creative chats and brainstorming sessions before deciding how to create our collaborative neon accented design debut for Somerset Open Studios. The idea being this would mark the start of our creative partnership as Jo Jo Neon.

The Jo Jo Neon Studio

The Jo Jo Neon Studio

With an emphasis on neon art pieces and interior accessories, Jo Jo Neon offers a fresh and affordable lifestyle look. In addition to our neon emporium, we offered silkscreen printing workshops and pom pom making sessions for children and adults alike.

Somerset Open Studios was a great event to be part. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us. Watch this space....the word is on the street there might be a Jo Jo Neon Noël this year!

 

 

 

Found, Bath

FOUND is a concept store in Bath that looks for the undiscovered, the classic and the contemporary.

This gorgeous boutique just of Pulteney Bridge sells stylish prints and stationery, clothing brands such at St James (cool Breton tops) and New Zealand brands such at 27 Dresses and Karen Walker. Amazing fluoro leather wallets by Comme des Garcons and jewellery like the super stylish neon 'Dot Rings' by Danish brand Scherning from Copenhagen. Other cool wares include Manufacture hand-thrown and glazed earthenware from France and St Kitts Herbery perfume and hand cream and Happy Socks in an array of fabulous prints and colours. It is a great place for really unusual gifts and clothing, a delightful treasure trove to browse. The beautiful setting with views out of the back of the shop over the river and weir make it a must visit for shoppers in Bath. Owners Olivia Brewer and Nik Blake source unique brands for customers who take pride in being different. 

FOUND has been featured as:

  • "Best 100 Shops Outside London" — Vogue
  • "50 Best Boutiques outside London" — The Telegraph

It's easy to see why and we definitely think this store should be top of your visiting list when you're next in Bath. In the mean time, you can get your FOUND fix online www.foundbath.co.uk

BON TOP PICKS....

Clockwise from top left: Manufacture // Yellow Tumbler, Happy Socks // Spectrum Navy, Comme des Garcons // Wallet Fluoro Pink & Yellow, Scherning // Dot Ring Yellow

Clockwise from top left: Manufacture // Yellow Tumbler, Happy Socks // Spectrum Navy, Comme des Garcons // Wallet Fluoro Pink & Yellow, Scherning // Dot Ring Yellow