home: made [ crackers ]

home: made [ crackers ]

Time to start thinking about Christmas decorations and even the table decor for the big day. Start early and make your own! We love the idea of homemade crackers, filled with your own chosen little gifts.

We found a great tutorial from Pure Sweet Joy.

home: made [ Baskets ]

home: made [ Baskets ]

A beautifully created book to teach the art of basketry. Tabara carefully walks us through the projects to create some unique basket designs to fill your home.

Get your copy of this wonderful book direct from La Basketry for just £15

They say;

This book will teach you how to master the versatile art of basketry. Each of the four chapters tackles the different materials and their subsequent techniques, including grasses, rope, twine and cane. Learn how to add pattern and colour to your woven wonders as you create a colourful collection of 15 storage accessories of your own. The projects include laundry baskets, baskets with lids, rope bags, a picnic basket, a gorgeous woven lampshade and a stylish collection of patterned tableware.

Discover more about this tactile craft as Tabara N’Diaye explores its history and origins through her Senegalese roots. With clear instructions accompanied by the beautiful lifestyle photography and illustrations throughout, Baskets demystifies the art of basket-making for makers at all levels.

home: event [ life drawing ]

home: event [ life drawing ]

We are constantly looking for new art prints, new artists, new designers, new print makers, new illustrators, new typographers and other creatives to admire and use their work to adorn our walls. We create gallery walls, look for originals in second shops and markets, read up on latest trends and often just fall in love with a piece and frame it.

Figurative work has long been popular but there are more modern styles of work emerging in the last few years and it’s strong trend being seen in the big name print houses and interiors stores. But how about having something more unique, getting creative yourself and trying your hand at a new skill.

Life drawing classes can be found in all the major cities and towns, in art schools, colleges, community centres, church halls… it’s always good to check local press for latest information

Explore life drawing and perhaps get to create your own art for your wall, discover a talent or just simply for fun and enjoyment and to then run off and buy somebody else’s work but appreciate even more the work and talent behind it.

Search the internet for classes in your area or work from home with photography and invest in a good tutorial book like Life Drawing or Life Drawing in 15 Minutes

https://www.royaldrawingschool.org/courses/public-courses/

https://www.londonartclasses.com/life-drawing-classes/

home: event [ weaving ]

home: event [ weaving ]

Book in for one of the great classes and workshops at the London Loom, and create beautiful individual and unique homewares.

Weave with all the colours you can imagine and learn to make modern patterns and styles to suit your home.

Book now !

The London Loom can be found at;

17 Amhurst Terracce, Hackney Downs Studios, London, GB, E8 2BT

home: event [ interiors advice ]

home: event [ interiors advice ]

There’s still time slots available on the super (and free) New London Architecture consultations with an interior designer for guidance, tips and knowledge about working, designing and extending your own home. Invaluable advice can be gained from these meetings.

Book your time slot on September 7th at NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street WC1E 7BT – now

They say;

NLA’s Don’t Move, Improve! Design Surgeries offer FREE advice and inspiration to Londoners looking to extend their homes.

Various architects, an engineer, interior designer and party wall surveyor will be on hand for free one-to-one consultations on how to improve your home. This booking is for a consultation with an Interior Designer.

home: event [ Jesmonite workshop ]

home: event [ Jesmonite workshop ]

We love the growing popularity of working with Jesmonite and this workshop at The Barbican looks like another great one to book into.

August 13 – 16

Jesmonite Casting with Phil Cuttance £45

They say;

Learn how to cast your own Jesmonite stone vase with designer/maker Phil Cuttance.

Phil Cuttance leads this series of hands–on workshops, with his cool, contemporary take on an age old craft. Participants select the shape of their vase, assemble their own moulds and experiment with style and colour before casting their very own jesmonite vase.

home: made [ Jesmonite workshop ]

home: made [ Jesmonite class ]

In case you missed out last time, we’ve spotted another chance to catch the great ‘working with Jesmonite’ workshop with the London Craft Club.

There’s one tonight but there’s another on July 3rd!

They say;

Get ready to meet your new favourite material, Jesmonite. What is Jesmonite I hear you ask? Well it’s a cross between concrete and resin, that can be coloured and used to create awesome effects like terrazzo and marbling. Intrigued? Then read on…

In this introduction to working with Jesmonite you will learn all about this amazing material from our expert Haidee. She will discuss different applications for Jesmonite, and tell you about the different effects you can achieve. Then you’ll make a mould for your trinket dish – choose from a triangle, diamond, or hexagonal shape for your final piece.

Haidee will then show you how to mix your Jesmonite, how to colour it, and you will be able to cast your very own geometric trinket dish! It’s such an amazing material to work with, we know you are going to want to go home and make more pieces for everyone you know! You’ll leave with a finished Jesmonite trinket dish, plus all the knowledge and skills needed to make lots more.

home: event [ upholstery classes ]

home: event [ upholstery ]

Set in East London this upholstery workshop and school offer a wealth of courses with great guidance and expertise.

The Shoreditch Design Rooms are based at 2-4 Scawfell Street,
E2 8NG
(just off Hackney Road)

They say;

Shoreditch Design Rooms has established itself as the most innovative and successful upholstery training centre in the country, offering small class sizes, expert tuition and direct links for its students to the design and furniture industries. Giving our students the experience, knowledge and expertise on one hand whilst encouraging them to think for themselves and to be bold and creative on the other is the basis of what we try to do here. We care about our students deeply – please find out about the many different ways we offer far more and go way beyond the normal hours and standard syllabuses of each upholstery course and class.

home: event [ collage workshop ]

home: event [ collage workshop]

Heals never fails to have a huge selection of great workshops throughout each year and this collage workshop with Katy in May, is definitely one to book in for.

18th May / Heals Westfield

They say;

Learn to love the medium of collage and embrace your inner Matisse during this collage workshop.

What you will do
You will work alongside print designer Katy Welsh (@katydwelsh) to explore composition and the art of colour play, creating our own abstract compositions and translating these into collage using hand cut shapes. 

The Materials
We will be working with brightly coloured sticky back vinyl, usually used for sign making and shop windows, Katy has discovered it is a great material for collage too.

The Outcome
During the workshop, you will create a series of A3 collaged artworks that you can take away with you, and an appreciation for playing with shapes!

About Katy
Katy designs patterns for companies across the world, her work has been applied to products from gift wrap, mugs and cards to cushions and clothing.

She embraces anything handmade and collage has been a big part of her process from the beginning.

Some of her biggest inspirations include Matisse, Picasso and the Bloomsbury group; she likes to have fun with design and is excited to share her knowledge with you!