Friday, 20 February 2015

Sandwich Doorsteps

We were in Kent at the weekend, pottering around Sandwich and Deal, and came across some beautiful doorstep paving patterns. This one was in Sandwich. I love the movement and looseness in the pattern of flowers. The oval flower head shapes remind me of a painting by Duncan Grant of paper flowers on a mantlepiece. 

Even the plain white patterns have a lovely rhythm to them. If you look closely at the one below you see that the pattern turns direction all the time. 

But my absolute favourite was the one below in the doorway of a hardware shop in Deal. A dustpan in mosaic - so perfect.

When we open our first shop I will commission a mosaic doorstep with a weaving shuttle on it.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

An eye for colour

 I love the unexpected colour mix in this shoot styled by Poppy Norton...

... the acid yellows in the Easterly below work really well with the deeper mustard tones in the cushion and all the soft greys and browns...

... and I would not think to try and indigo blue with pink and accents of green, orange and mustard but the mix really works in the combination below - it feels lovely and spring-like.

It is really exciting when a shoot makes me look again at our pieces with fresh eyes.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Walead Beshty

Popped into the Curve Gallery at the Barbican this weekend and just caught the last day of the Walead Beshty cyanotyoe installation. It was made over the course of year and the installation follows this chronological movement from at his studio in LA at one end through to his residency in the Barbican at the other.

Lots of the objects are incredibly familiar whilst others are much more enigmatic. And the surfaces he uses adds another layre. I liked the instances where other found colour leaked through the indigo like the rusty orange above.

I also really liked the variety of the scale of the objects he captures - this step-ladder particularly caught my eye.

Perhaps the most striking thing about the show though is the scale of the installation as a whole - there are over 12,000 prints in the piece. Like some gigantic indigo denim patchwork.