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Block printing course

I spent a really enjoyable Saturday learning how to block print fabrics and wallpapers. The class was taught by artist Jenny Stringer and held in the airy …



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‘Best of British’ at Ann Sacks

American tile company Ann Sacks hosted an inspiring talk last week on ‘Best of British Design’ by Philip Cooper, Design Director at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. …



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Heavy Metal

Spotted at the Palace Art Fair this month: freelance artist Bridget Davies’ charming watercolours of antique cutlery and other second-hand shop finds. Her ‘Heavy Metal’ paintings, in acrylic …



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‘Retrospectives’ paint range

‘Retrospectives’ is a range of 32 authentic 60s and 70s colours just launched by Little Greene in association with English Heritage. They show us what an explosion …



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Decorex ’11 highlights

A brilliant Decorex by general agreement: buzzy, a high foot-fall and a real sense that the top end of the decoration market is more than holding its …



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Ester & Erik candles

  Danish company Ester & Erik  were exhibiting again at Top Drawer with this great display of their hand-made taper candles. Ester and Erik Møller began producing …



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Soane Fabrics

Soane Britain, who have been creating wonderful furniture, lighting and accessories for 15 years, are launching Soane Fabrics with a range that features eight designs in different …



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Holkham Linseed Paint

Linseed oil paint, which was first used in the 1700s, is enjoying a revival. A natural and environmentally-friendly method of protecting wood, it is also easy to …



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Tartan silks

It’s traditional Highland games season and silk specialists James Hare have launched a new collection of silk tartans in 73 authentic Scottish patterns, ranging from the monochrome …



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Zinc lamps

      



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Popham Design

We love Popham Design‘s Moroccan cement tiles, with their original take on geometric motifs inspired by Renaissance and Islamic designs. Grouped into four collections (scribbles & loops, …



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Damien Hirst wallpaper

At the last International Fine Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia, antique dealer Christopher Hodsoll had papered the walls of his stand in some of the medical-themed …



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The Tain mussel project

After the floral jockey jackets (see earlier post) we had to show you shell artist Blott Kerr Wilson’s amazing garments made from mussel shells. Her past projects …



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