Thursday, 30 April 2009

DOORS in TUNEZ

Absolutely beautiful!! Pictures were taken in Tunez by Piero Pierini, I love the combination of turquoise and red colors on the white background. 







Wednesday, 29 April 2009

INSIDE OUT magazine

The new issue of magazine INSIDE OUT is now out. So I am running to the shop later on to get my copy and head back home for a quiet a inspirational read!! Here are some picks, the feature on Tea towels, and the beautifully shot of white ceramics.




Tuesday, 28 April 2009

PIERO PIERINI PHOTOS OF TURKEY

With love from Turkey!! Beautiful photos from my friend PIERO, I like the way he captures the textures on surfaces, specially the red rug. I will be posting more pictures of his travels soon. (Piero is CHOCOLATECREATIVE photographer, are we not lucky??).






EMMA BRADBURY


I saw Emma’s work in the latest Grand Design magazine issue, and fall for the colorful hand knitted tea pot cozy. She also makes beautiful scarfs and globes. Visit her etsy shop for more details. 

‘I work with natural fibres such as lambs wool, silk, yak and alpaca to create a colourful range of machine and hand knitted accessories such as large wrap around shawls, embroidered hand warmers and tea cosies. The patterns and colours of my work have a nostalgic and domestic narrative which draw influences from Eastern European national costumes, Bohemia, craft and artists such as Matisse and Vanessa Bell.




INTERIORS – Pure white






I just got my Living etc...magazine, one of my most enjoyable experiences, going through the pages with my coffee, in my white sofa in my comfortable living room!!.
Here is my pick of this issue, a white heaven with pieces from all over the world that the owner has been collecting over the years. ENJOY!!


LOOP – Knitting heaven

'Loop is a knitters heaven that has to do with all things 'knit', with knitting and crochet classes, gorgeous and quirky knit homeware, clothes, haberdashery and vintage buttons.'


Loop brings me very happy memories, it was the first shop  to showcase CHOCOLATE CREATIVE cushions. The first creations were made in wool knitted felt, and fit perfectly with the gorgeous shop that was about to open in Islington, North London. Since them it has became a paradise for knitters and people wanted to buy unique pieces from Designers. The website is so cute!! and very practical, you can now buy online from the gorgeous Alpacas yarns to the beautiful haberdashery, or pop in for an unique experience. 


CHOCOLATE CREATIVE cushions on the back shelf. 


The decayed glamour collection in pink.

On my hols

So...I'm off for a week to see my Pops in northern Spain, of course Margarita will be busy posting lots of exciting design news in my absence.
Here are some pics from last weekend's visit to sunny Peckham for the boyf's birthday...Ella looks like she's had enough posing for pics in the first one! sorry Marga, haha...!



FYNDES

'Fyndes is a showcase for art, photography, antiques and contemporary designs. Our aim is to provide a central, global marketplace where independent artists, dealers and designers can achieve exposure. We provide a setting in which they can display their collections, as inspiration for home decorators and interior designers.’


What a great idea FINDES is, based in LA and shipping worldwide there is not excuse to stop at their very well designed website and search for unique objects, the followings are a small selection of my favorites 'fyndes'.

Primera Impresion

Vintage Buoys

Industrial Primitive

Sunday, 26 April 2009

LIBERTY call for designers...


A Call to all Creatives: Liberty To Hold Open Day For New British Design Talent
I couldn't believe it when I saw it!! What a great idea!! We are planning to be there for the Autumn call. If you are interested in applying for it, email them on: autumnopencall@liberty.co.uk.

DULWICH FESTIVAL 2009


CHOCOLATE CREATIVE is happy to announce that it will be taking part in the Dulwich Festival Artists Open house on the 9th May. We will be offering a 10% discount on the day, and presenting kate's new textile range, beautiful bags, purses and notebooks.

Saturday/Sunday 9 & 10 May, 11-6pm

241 Crystal Palace Road, East Dulwich SE22 9JQ



Also exhibiting:


Hilary Tranter
Unique prints – etchings, collographs and mixed media – colour and mono.
Figures and abstract – inspired by landscape, objects, moods and the
fleeting moment. Framed and unframed. Older work sold at a reduced price.
25% of all profits go to: www.pauldauriacentre.org.uk

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Gillian Elam
Fabric Nation creates cats, dogs, brooches, bags, purses and other original
accessories from her collection of vintage fabrics.
gillian@fabricnation.co.uk
http://www.folksy.com/shops/FabricNation

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Caroline d’Auria
Unique silver jewellery.
Unusual pieces – commissions accepted.

TEA TIME

If you are like me, a vintage tea time lover, you are going to like this website, 'Katypottsteafortwo', they have a nice selection of pieces to host a TEA PARTY with your friends!!! This are my favorites. 




Friday, 24 April 2009

SHANE WALTENER

I met Shane Waltener at Morley College when I was studding textiles, he was one of my teachers at the time. I have enjoyed since them some of his installations in London. Here is a selection of his work, visit his website – a very nice one by the way – to get a better idea of his workshops, sculptures and installations. 

Beautiful Bread: Moribund mural (creeper’s delight) 2006, salt dough.



Tagging Tate 2007, Tate Britain, London
A two-day exploration of sugar, slogans and tagging. Participants in these workshops were given an opportunity to debate themes around the 1807–2007 commemoration of the Act abolishing slavery and look at the politically-charged work of Mark Wallinger. To conclude the workshops, the walls of the Duveen galleries and entrance to Tate Britain were tagged using sugar as a medium.



Thursday, 23 April 2009

CLIVES's work

I saw Clive's latest work at the 'Have you seen this head' event, organised by SLAGTIME.ORG a couple of weeks ago. Clive previously worked as a Toy designer and at the time he started to sculpt figures in clay, this process has freed him to explore new creative areas. He describe his work as: 'The characters I create are those who choose to push the boundaries of what is considered normal society. That is not to say that they are necessarily desperate or bad but choose to express themselves on their skin. A commitment which takes great courage.Their individual journey mapped out on their skin, each bust has its own story to tell of which we can only speculate.'
There is this  quality of vulnerability in the characters that I like a lot, plus the fabric inspired decoration in the on glaze enamels, (done by his wife Elaine). 




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