home: event [ modern calligraphy ]
Head to londoncraftclub.co.uk to explore the array of workshops and events on offer, including this modern calligraphy workshop. Explore words phrases and create your own piece art.
‘Join us for a wonderful evening of modern calligraphy with Shoshana of Shoshy Cadoodle. Gently learn the techniques to create each letter with Shoshy’s help and guidance. You’ll try different drills to get the hang of the letters and nib, with lots of top tips on how to make your words look nicer’
7th April @ Todd Sloane 71 High St, Epping CM16 4BA
Book your place at londoncraftclub.co.uk
home: event [ Collect ]
Now in its 14th year the Saatchi gallery, London is hosting the Collect exhibition. In association with the Crafts Council this show looks at how we explore crafts throughout the world and how we see them in the future.
‘Collect brings together 39 galleries from four continents for a celebration of making, extraordinary in both scale and scope. Museum-quality works and installations from hundreds of the most talented makers in the UK, USA, South Korea, Japan, France, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden will offer visitors and collectors a multidisciplinary overview of the people, processes, materials and ideas defining international craft in 2018’
22nd – 25th Feb 2018
Tickets available from craftscouncil.org.uk
home: made [ painted pumpkins ]
Halloween is around the corner and it’s pumpkins galore. We have found a lovely alternative way to decorate them with different paint techniques and colours – noone said pumpkins had to stay orange.
Get hold of some real pumpkins in various sizes or craft pumpkins [ craftmill.co.uk ] and some acrylic paint, then you’re good to go.
We have found some inpiring designs at homeyohmy.com.
So that’s your weekend sorted!
home: made [ pom poms ]
The pom pom has grown in popularity in recent years and this year it has appeared on everything from shoes & clothing to garlands in the home. Appearing a lot on cuhsions, bedspreads and curtains pom poms bring a lot of fun to a room, also adding texture.
We all remember making pom poms at school, using a donut shaped piece of cardboard and a lot of wool. Although quite time consuming the result was worth it.
These days there are other ways to get the perfect pom pom and we have found some tutorials to show you how, plus different uses for them.
Pom pom basket / abeautifulmess.com
Pom pom garland / taradennis.com
Making quick pom poms / homemade-gifts-made-easy.com
Pom pom doorknob garland / designsponge.com
home: made [ framing ]
Double sided frames have been more popular than ever recently. The apeal being you have more options to what to frame, creating more than just a picture. The majority if times you are likely to frame a photo or print, but consider other options to bring interest and fun to a shelf or wall.
Flowers: Pressed flowers and leaves bring delicate shape and colour to a picture. If you like greens and nature this is a lovely way to bring the outdoors in. This is also great as you can change the pieces seasonally and add new colours.
Feathers: In the same way as pressing flowers, feathers bring pattern and colour and using these natural pieces mixed with photos and drawings you can curate a personalised picture wall.
Fabric: Cut out your favourite fabrics and place in a uniform fashion or randomly. Again this is a way to bring pattern and colour to a wall or shelf in an interesting way. Moroccan / bohemian prints are a cool option right now.
Cutouts: Use magazine or book cutouts of your favourite images. Pop icons, typograpy or drawings for example. Layer up different smaller images in a larger frame. This quirky type of collage looks great in smaller spaces like a hallway or bathroom.
Typography: Rather than placing anything in the frame why not consider making your own mark with a pen. Use a Sharpie to write a phrase or slogan and place against a white wall for an instant monochrome feel.
The options are endless, have fun putting together different looks and designs. And remember, it’s so easy to change everytime the urge takes you.
For more styling ideas head to apartmenttherapy.com and blog.decoratorsnotebook.co.uk
For our pick of frames check out Rockettstgeorge.co.uk, Skandivis.co.uk and Oliverbonas.com
home: event [ Christmas crafting ]
It’s nearly time to start prepping the home for Christmas and we have found a great little workshop to get you in the mood.
At London Craft Club you can take part in making your own Christmas crackers. Create personalised crackers each with specials gifts inside. Enjoy crafting your crackers with a choice of patterned papers, ribbon and beads making them totally unique to you.
‘Spend a wonderful crafty afternoon with London Craft Club at Makers and Friends pop up shop in Greenwich, making your own unique luxury Christmas Crackers’
Nov 12th – 14:00 – 16:00
Book tickets at londoncraftclub.co.uk [ £42 ]
home: event [ print workshops ]
If you fancy trying your hand at printing techniques through day workshops or a course then take a look at the brilliant Lavender Print School. With workshops running throughout the week including evenings and weekends it’s very easy to fit them in around your personal timetable. These workshops include craft printing, relief printing, mono printing, lino printing and collograph printing.
Lavender Print School is located on Lavender Hill in South West London, and was founded by artists Izzy Moreauand Nick Bashall.
Head to Lavenderprintschool.com for more details about bookings.
home: event [ antiques market ]
With the weather improving and warmer days coming – it’s time to get back into outdoor market shopping.
Our favourite, and everyone’s favourite worst kept secret, is the incredible Sunbury Antiques Market which has had its home, for now 37 years, at the vast Kempton Park Racecourse. This epic, endless land, houses over 700 outdoor and indoor stalls with furniture, accessories and paraphernalia up for sale. Every era, style, taste and price range is covered here. Nab anything from a bargain 1960s chair for a fiver to old industrial buckets for a tenner or splurge on incredible antique or midcentury furniture. There is many a design classic to be had.
Visit this haven for interiors shopping on the second or last Tuesday of every month.
Next market // Tuesday 12th April
Free // opens at 6.30am
Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-On-Thames