Monday, June 20, 2016

a treasure Throve of creations with Kim from KimshandmadeCave

A treasure Throve of creations with Kim from KimshandmadeCave

Hand embroidery, textiles and jewellery 

Let's discover all the things the creative Kim likes to make. 

Hello Kim, do you like crafting ?
Crafting is my hobby so you can be sure when buying things in my shop that love and care has gone into them and that you will be getting a personal and individual item. 


Stag head embroidery

Do you have a special space to create ?
I do all my crafting from home, usually in the corner of my living room :) just need a bit more space for my expanding collection!!

 I notice you use some nice retro fabrics, what is your favourite material ?


I love to use fabric and other items that other people no longer want so the majority of my items are made from reclaimed and recycled material or unwanted remnants. 
This means that many of them are one of a kind and will not be repeated, ensuring you are being something very special and individual.


 



Do you have another passion ?
I am also very lucky to have a full time job that I love, as a research scientist which keeps me very busy during the working week :)
  

Where else can we follow what you do ?
Click to go to my Shop.

Follow me here: 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KimHandmadeCave
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimsHandmadecave
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/KHandmadeCave/

Monday, June 13, 2016

Weaver feature with SpinningStreak

SpinningStreak is a weaver who provides us with

Hand knitted handspun - soft, original, classic or fun , in her own words.


Who are you ?
My name is Susan. I belong to the Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers and have been spinning away for over 20 years. 
Where do you live ?
I live partly in England in a city by the sea and partly in rural France, so plenty of inspiration for colours. And yes, I do speak French too :)
As a French girl myself, I am definitely drawn to berets. Susan has a few in her shop and this one is adorned with a red flower that give it a good mood vibe.
A touche of a little Je ne sais quoi of course, and definitely French Chic .
Beret, wool, embellished with large flower pin corsage hand knit shades of orange red 
Tell us about your process:
 I love the surprise element of dyeing - I tend to use professional quality acid dyes in England and a wide range of natural plant material in France.
 find her lovely yarns and creations here.


and follow her updates
 

Monday, June 6, 2016

a moment with DayZ creator of Cheeky Geeky Accessories

CheekyGeeky :Geeky & Upcycled desk accessories, jewellery & gifts

 
Based in Birmingham UK, Dayz has an interest in finding out how things work.
This angle on life has earnt her the title of geek on many occasion by many different people. This used to bother her until she started a job where everyone was one to some degree and felt right at home!

Then she met a bunch of crafting anoraks that helped her bring it all into perspective. Lets celebrate our special love of all things geek!

these cufflinks are great for retro and music lovers

music tape cufflinks


She creates :Geeky cufflinks, tie pins, earrings, bookmarks, coasters for gamers, cyclists, skaters, sci-fi nerds, music fans, yarn addicts & lovers of upcycling.

All items of geekery on sale in her shop will be made to order just for you and are available here..


whar about this great glass coaster ?


Monday, May 30, 2016

Nature Inspired Jewelry, Necklaces & Brooches by :Laura

Laura creates Nature Inspired Jewelry, Necklaces & Brooches 

From Loughborough, in England, Laure makes Vintage Inspired Handmade Jewellery, Butterflies, Birds, Alice In Wonderland, Wizard Of Oz and Nautical Necklaces, Brooches and Earrings.


She started crafting jewellery for friends and family,  mainly made pieces which she thought suited their personalities. Glad she is now selling them online too.

Because I like foxes, I like this original coin purse
and my love of vintage is fulfilled by this butterfly jewellery set.


Treat yourself, it is shopping time !LaurasJewellery

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Monday, May 23, 2016

designer focus - Chloe from Cariad Clay Ceramics

spotlight on Chloe, a talented ceramist located in Wales, Uk
making Ceramic Bowls, Plates, Magnets and Unique Art Tiles 

The word Cariad is Welsh for love, beloved, sweetheart or darling and is derived from the Latin word carus, which means love or loved one
The Name has a history that goes deep into Welsh legend, It is believed that derivations of the word have been used in many celtic languages to express affection.


  I noticed  these lovely and colourful magnets which will look gorgeous in any kitchen 


  
ceramic magnets by Ceriadclay

and this lovely plate, which colour reminds me of tropical and exotic seas.


you can find her items in her online ceramic boutique

My facebook is
http://www.facebook.com/Cariadclay

And my twitter is
http://twitter.com/#!/CariadClay
  


Enjoy  and get tempted !

Monday, May 16, 2016

So British !! TWINKKNITS Tea cozy

A little voyage to discover TWINKKNITS

Who makes Tea cozy, knitting patterns, earwarmers and  mug cozy 
 I have to admit that I am a little bit of a fan . These tea cosies are so fun and kitsch and ... so quintescentially British ! We do not hav ethem in France. They also make me think of one of the poeple in GoggleBox, who alway shave amazing ones too. Maybe she buys them in this shop ?

Here are my favs:



and also 

all knitted in York by Nicola

In addition you will find also ear warmers, doilies, gloves and hats  in her shop
and you can follow Nicola’s tweets at @TWINKKNITS.
Enjoy !

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A moment with Doodlemoo


who are you, How did you get started, what do you make ?

We are Emily and Chris, an illustrator/graphic designer and an artist/illustrator.
We got started when Chris did some really cool sketches that I then worked up into illustrations. We both got really inspired by each other.
The stuff we make is colourful and playful designs, mainly for children but sometimes for adults too. We started with a number of prints but are looking to develop other products too.
We have been doodling most of our lives and that’s where our name comes from with the ‘moo' - fun touch. Hence our business name
Doodlemoo



What/who inspires you ?

We get inspired by lots of different things, such as typography, fine art, Japanese illustration and contemporary cartoons.
I Emi loves contemporary art, Matisse, Paul Klee, characters we grew up with like Miffi, Astroboy, Japanese manga, David Shrigley, Friends with you, Saul Bass...so many favourites!….while I, Chris loves graphic artists like Tom Gauld and Stephen Collins and fine artists like Philip Guston or William Scott.



Your favourite pieces and materials…

Our favourite piece has to be our very first, which is the dinosaur series. They are very special to us, as we developed it after our first son was born and painted his whole bedroom in the designs. The Alphabet is also a favourite as we had so much fun making it, developing the characters and putting them together with the cool typefaces.


As a child, what did  you want to be when you grow up ?

I (Emi) wanted to be an astronaut for a long time…. (Chris) I was obsessed with fossils for a while so wanted to be an archeologist but I changed my mind a lot back then!


Any special promos...

There’s currently £5 off any purchase on our site 



Favourite jewellery pieces   

Emi says I love the 'VOLUTES PHOTO ETCHED STERLING SILVER CUFF BRACELET with FLORAL PATTERN’ and  the
WHITE GOLD RING with PAVE diamonds


Favourite place to visit in the UK?

One of my favourite places in London has to be the Southbank, there are always interesting things going on for all tastes. I love the great festivals that are organised there especially, for kids and parents

 
Discover more about Doodlemoo :
website www.doodlemoo.com
Twitter @Doodlemoo

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Say it out loud, by Melissa Henderson




​Travelling to Sweden ? You will be able to see
Say It Out Loud! a monument by  Melissa Henderson, 2015, 6 m x 0.35 m, steel, paint, gravel, grass



Say It Out Loud! 
by Melissa Henderson
Open ART 2015 
Örebro, Sweden
14 June - 6 September

Say It Out Loud! is a monument for the open society, the multiplicity of voices, the power and importance of words and art for democracy. 5 enlargements of pens are erected at Olof Palme's square outside the city library in Örebro, Sweden. The square is an architectural in-between space between buildings and people and the first forms of democracy used it as a meeting place. In numerous squares around the world are monuments of power, kings and warlords. Instead of representing power Say It Out Loud! are pillars of the shared. Perhaps one can claim that how rich and free the art and cultural life of a country is, is a measurement of how healthy and civilized it is. Lately in Sweden, threats have been made towards individuals who have expressed themselves publicly and this reminds us of how fragile the democratic structure is. It is through continued defence of the ideals of an open society we can protect democracy. It should not be dangerous to make one's voice heard, to investigate our complex world, question ethics and ideals, express that which makes us similar and different, so Say It Out Loud!

Friday, May 29, 2015

A moment with Eliane Strasser, Jewellery Designer




Who are you, how did you get started, what do you make?
My name is Eliane Strasser. I am French (and Swiss), born in the suburb of Paris, but I grew up in different part of France and abroad. I am a jewellery designer and I love creating individual pieces using fine silver precious metal clay with a story behind the piece.

Who are your creations for?
My creations are for mainly private clients and corporate for now. I would love to design a collection for boutiques and galleries.

How long have you been creating?
I’ve always been curious, loving exploring diverse creative activities when I was young from drawing to painting. I got really into the creative side when I started an evening course in 2009 and learn about jewellery designs and making costume jewellery with beads. However I discovered years after precious metal clay which I love and decided to create my own designs and using fine silver precious metal clay for making pendants, charms, bracelets, earrings…and pieces on commission with a story behind.

What/who inspires you?
From my travels, people that I met, paints, history and culture. I got inspired by shapes, colours and nature.

Your favourite pieces and materials...

I love creating specials pieces with a story behind.
“My client wanted a piece to recall heady memories of gold mining in Alaska and of conquering the most remote of lofty Indonesian volcanoes, both of which were activities that his partner and himself had undertaken as a family-free couple.

The resultant piece incorporated Alaskan gold nuggets collected on their travels into a silver mountain form complete with sterling silver chain.”


Any advice for budding designers?
Find what you are best at doing and focus.  

Any special promos...
A free surprise gift with a commission piece



Favourite jewellery piece
I love the Volutes etched silver open bangle. Beautiful piece handmade by Catherine Marche.







Favourite  place to visit in the UK ?
A superb grade building to visit is Salts Mill in Saltaire in West Yorkshire. It is an art gallery, shopping and restaurant complex. The art gallery is fantastic, from paints to books, jewellery, exhibitions you can spend hours visiting this inspiring and relaxing place. 

Thanks Eliane, 
See her creations and Follow Eliane Strasser on
twitter: @ElianeStrasser
https://uk.pinterest.com/elianestrasser

Sunday, May 17, 2015

GATEWAYS exhibition with Justine Formentelli



Colours, travels and inspiration to wander...
Island Hopping, Greece.

GATEWAYS: Paintings  inspired by traveling...
Private view this coming tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm 
341 King's road. London SW3 5ES.

I hope you can join me on the opening night. If you are not able to make it but still would like to see the works, the exhibition is continuing until May 31st. It is open everyday except for sunday from 10am to 6pm. 

Happy viewing!

Justine
https://www.facebook.com/formentelli.paintings
http://www.saatchiart.com/jformentelli

 

The call to Prayer. Marrakech, Morocco
The far away shores of Japan. 
Collecting the blues. Hydra. Greece.

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