Typography meets hoop, needle & thread. Australian twin sisters Maricor and Maricar founded a niche business through their profound embroidery skills offering bespoke stitching services to clients, brands and customers. Instead of traditional hand embroidery the sisters like to create their own modern typography. Read more…
I came across Rosemary Milner when I visited the Crafty Fox market, an arts and crafts market I mentioned in a previous post. Milner’s work is sparked by British nature, and historical narratives. Her designs feature British wildlife such as foxes, hares, birds and wildflowers in a range of products on her website. Her hand embroidery collection is lovely and quaint, not something that you often come across these days in professional crafting circles. I had the pleasure of meeting Rosemary herself and had a chat about the mediums she uses to produce her designs. Linocut printing being the core process she uses to create her work (a printing process that I would like to get into myself) gives her work a strong naturalistic/organic style.
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Two saturdays ago I ventured into Shoreditch to visit the Crafty Fox Design Market which I had previously heard about but never managed to visit one of their events. For those of you who don’t know Crafty Fox, its a market brand that runs events and trade shows across the UK. It’s been running for five years connecting crafters and designers with savvy shoppers. It’s a bit like Etsy in some ways, slightly more specialised in that there is an application process for traders. Check out their website for information on their upcoming shows and their blog which showcases designers and their products.
I had such fun at the London market, there was a real buzz in the atmosphere! There was a mixture of designers, mainly in jewellery, textiles and stationary. I tended to shop at the stationary stalls as I can’t help myself when it comes to interesting print work! Bought way too many note books and cards, christmas gifts perhaps?! So look out for upcoming posts where I will blog about some of the designers I came across and their work, really inspirational collections! I have already posted about one of the designers, Hannah Rampley. If you haven’t seen that post yet you can click here.
There are quite a few design and trade markets happening these next autumn months in London where lots of creative individuals and designers will be showcasing their products. I will be going to the London Design Festival this weekend in Shoreditch where there will be over 80 unique designer-makers and artists showcasing, so excited! I have taken several peeks at who is going to be trading, thought I should feature this cool artist Hannah Rampley who’s work caught my eye straight away.
Hannah Rampley, textile designer and illustrator graduated from Leeds College of Art and since then has been commissioned by some big names in the fashion and food industry, since her drawings are food focused, specifically fruit. Her prints start off from detailed, botanical drawings of fruit that she screen prints into vibrant neon patterns.You can browse through Rampley’s portfolio on her website, I like her ‘Visionary Utopia’ collection which is of futuristic hybrid fruits she has designed and printed into inspiring patterns (see below). Can’t wait to see her work in person!
I have been meaning to blog about this designer for quite some time ever since I saw some of her bedlinen. Margo Selby is a textile designer who creates complex geometric patterns and woves them into furnishings and clothing. She trained at Chelsea College of Art London and since her first collection in 2003 she has done various project work with huge names such as Farrow & Ball, The British Museum and John Lewis.
Selby’s patterns and the colour threads she chooses to bring together remind me of 1970s interiors. Her designs are sharp with clashes of colour producing a contemporary cutting edge look to her collections. See her website for a closer look. I really like her cushions in particular, they are bright and bring colour to any room. Problem is though once you buy one thing you want the whole set as most of her prints span across all furnishings!