It’s that lovey dovey time of year. If you’re searching for a gift, check out the Love section of the site. Along with the popular The Key To My Heart print, I’ve recently added two new mini prints, the perfect size for gifting. They’re both also available framed, in a mounted white box frame, so you can receive them all ready to wrap and give.
First print new to the store is the Geometric Heart print. Inspired by the Solitude print, this would be great for a geometric lover. Available in red or black, and unframed or framed.
Next is the Mini Key to My Heart print, a smaller version of a previous design. A more gift-suitable size for Valentine’s. Available in red or black, and unframed or framed.
To guarantee delivery by Valentine’s Day, I’d suggest ordering no later than February 12th.
I like to work with reasonable sized prints as I like artwork that stands out. A lot of my prints are on A3 paper size, but I’ll be honest and admit that I probably prefer the bigger A2′s (er this may not mean much to everyone – A2 is about 60cm high basically). When framed and mounted, they just look tops.
Sometimes though the prints get even bigger and that’s when I have to get out the big daddy of my squeegees (see above). I could probably knock someone out with this bad boy. And considering I’m only 5’4″, I can say that printing these bigger prints is almost a full body workout. It’s a good thing I do small print runs.
So which prints have I just knackered myself out on today?
Yeeeeesss, it’s the return of the City Avenue Wall Calendar, now available for 2013! These look pretty impressive if I do say so myself and would make a nice gift. The same options as last year – they’re available in either Slate on white, or Sienna on cream. Head on over to my shop to pick one up.
So Christmas is coming! Or so the shops and department stores seem to want us to think. You’d think they’d wait til November at least but they’re so excited they just can’t help themselves. Myself, I am, as ever, running a little behind those well-organised retailers, but I can tell you that a new 2013 version of the City Avenue wall calendar will be available in coming weeks.
In other news… if you live in or close to London and fancy seeing some of my prints up close and personal, then come along to Old Spitalfields Market on 10th/11th November. I’ll be personally manning an Enclosed Spaces stall that weekend, as part of We Make London’s section, and will have as many prints on me as I can squeeze in. Spitalfields is a great market, and worth a visit any weekend.
In other news… with an increasing number of designs popping into my head over the past months, I finally put pencil to paper (followed by laser to acrylic, and pliers to silver, and glue to.. etc.) and will shortly be launching my first collection of necklaces for my new jewellery brand, Fletching & Nock. With plenty more ideas rolling around up there, this will be only the first of many pieces available. I think I can safely say that if you liked my Geometric Landscape print collection, you will like this jewellery line.
The ‘official’ launch date will be 21st November, so head on over to the website that day, and it’ll be just in time to pick up something different for your Christmas parties (or Christmas gifts, if you’re feeling a little more altruistic). If you’re champing at the bit to check out the jewellery I will also be offering pre-launch sales of most of the collection at Old Spitalfields Market on Nov 10th/11th (as mentioned above) so do come down and check them out. Any big updates I’ll also share on my Enclosed Spaces blog, Facebook page and Twitter, but as Fletching & Nock is essentially a whole new brand I recommend going over to the website and signing up to the newsletter to be kept in the loop on the launch and any new releases.
In today’s post I’m showcasing the book Wonder Walls by Sarah Bagner aka Supermarket Sarah. I had a vague recollection of hearing about Sarah’s wall displays earlier in the year when she went from showcasing her display walls on her blog, to showcasing them in Selfridges. When I picked up her book during one of my meanderings around Waterstones (where I discover a lot of new books – hooray for brick and mortar book shops), I assumed it was a showcase of her work. In fact it wasn’t until I’d got home and had a proper flick through that I realised it was a showcase of other people’s homes. Thankfully, however, it doesn’t fall into the trap of Pinterest on paper (pretty room… another pretty room.. another ridiculously pretty room etc). It’s actually quite an interesting curation of people and their collections of personal… bits and bobs.
The theme running through the book is about showing off who you are by the things you surround yourself with. From Kazuo Umezu’s cartoonish, Seussian fairytale house (above), to Wayne Hemingway’s more modest mid-century abode (below), Sarah manages to fit in a fascinating little selection of homes.
If you’re after inspiration for your own pad, or just like to nose through other people’s homes, I’d say Wonder Walls hits the spot. Interspersed with Sarah’s observations, I like that it’s not just photo after photo, but focusses on the owner and their own unique way they’ve brought their personality into their home.
My personal favourite above, button designer Hiroyo Suzuki’s little studio. So cute, compact and crammed with everything but the kitchen sink in the most orderly way possible (click on all photos to view the larger version).
Wonder Walls – it’s an oasis of personal treasures (did you see what I did there? who can resist a good pun).