kjoo crochet Jewelry

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Crochet and jewelry together?? Why not? Maria from Kjoo, makes through the use of colorful elaborate crochet techniques very special one off pieces of jewelry: earrings, bracelets, necklases, etc… I am in love with the cameos brooch!! It doesn't get any better that this...

Crochet y joyas juntos? Porqué no? Maria de Kjoo, crea piezas únicas de joyería, con mucho colorido y una elaborada técnica de crochet, mi favorito el broche con el cameo…

Cocon cute clouds

I can’t resist Cocon soft toys, they are so cute!! Specially the clouds with the rain drops and this doll with the green dress. Little Circus shop stock them together with many other beautiful things…time to spend some money!!

No puedo resistirme a estas nubes hechas por Cocon, preciosas, y tan delicadas…Little Circus las tiene a la venta junto con muchas otras cosas divinas…

stunning styling from Frieda Maria

I am so amazed at how much talent I found in Friedamaria, a stylist studio in Netherland that specialized in merchandising, styling, party’s deco, shop visuals, etc…So much attention to detail and such great ideas…I just wish I had more time to experiment and create more inspiring interiors for my textiles…I strongly recommend to browse their beautiful website

Es incredible cuanto talento tienen este duo Holandes llamado Friedamaria, el estudio se especializa en estilismo para revistas, escapartes, fiestas, etc…sus trabajos estan llenos de detalles inesperados y muy creativos. Si buscas inspiracion te recomiendo que visites su pagina web…magnigico trabajo!!


Sunday, 27 September 2009

I'm beginning to get really excited about Origin at Somerset House, it's always brilliant and the best place to discover new crafty design talent as well as revisit old favourites. The selection panel are rigorous and only allow the best to exhibit. If you're in London, make sure you visit Part 1: 6th-11th Oct, Part 2: 13th-18th Oct

Tithi & Nutre ‘All Year Rings’ images courtesy of MOCOLOCO design blog

Jo Davies

Lisa Tilley of U Old bag

Here's the official blurb......
This autumn the Crafts Council presents the fourth Origin: the London Craft Fair at Somerset House. Origin provides a unique opportunity to buy some of the finest contemporary craft directly from the people who make it, and all under one roof. Around 300 makers from 18 different countries will be at Origin. Ceramics, textiles, glass, furniture, metalwork and jewellery are amongst the crafts on sale and work ranges from functional tableware and sculptural glassware to classic knitwear and innovative jewellery and millinery.

Origin will present a programme of events with a focus on contemporary basketry this year to coincide with the appointment of basketmaker Mary Butcher as the second Crafts Council and V&A maker-in-residence. There will be a series of curated interventions throughout the pavilion and an interactive and ambitious installation to challenge perceptions of this craft form.

Each week Origin showcases the work of 150 different makers in a bespoke pavilion situated in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House. The pavilion provides a light and stylish environment in which to see and buy the thousands of objects on offer. Work by established makers such as Angela Cork, Grainne Morton, David Poston and Kaori Tatebayashi will share the space with a new generation of makers including Michelle Aked, Hans Borgonjon, Claire Loder and Christian O’Reilly; all recipients of the prestigious Crafts Council Development Award in 2008. Makers this year include;

• Yu Jordy Fu whose paper-cut ‘Cloud’ lampshades create dream-like landscapes for the home.
• Jewellery duo Tithi & Nutre who have designed ‘All Year Rings’; a laser-engraved fine paper calendar that contains 12 flower-shaped rings that can be made up and worn.
• Jo Davies who creates plain monochrome vessels each with a signature swirl of ceramic ribbon around the necks and rims.
• Joseph Harrington whose sculptural glass pieces are cast from melting ice sculptures to produce ethereal and transient objects.
• Helena Vaari who uses embroidery and textile collage to create textiles that look like pastel drawings.
• Lisa Tilley of U Old bag! who covers vintage suitcases with her own textile designs and vintage materials to create bespoke bags and jewellery boxes.

Engage with contemporary craft at Origin 2009; buy and commission directly from makers, to see exciting conceptual site-specific work, and learn more about craft through talks and demonstrations.

Visitor information

Part One: 6-11 October
Part Two: 13 -18 October
Monday 12 October for exhibitor changeover

Opening Times
Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm (last admission 5.15 pm)
Late-night Thursdays 10am – 9pm (last admission 8.15 pm)

Somerset House
Tube: Holborn, Temple (not on Sundays), Embankment
National Rail: Waterloo

Tickets are now available from Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.co.uk and 0844 847 2393. To receive advance ticket price bookings must be made by 5 October. Booking fee applies.

• Full price ‘single’ entry £10/ £8 in advance
• Concession ‘single’entry £8/ not available in advance
• Season pass (unlimited entry) £15/£12 in advance
• Concession season pass £12/not available in advance
• Under 12 years free


Friday, 25 September 2009

Just time for a quick bit of nepotism before I take Ella swimming..

My ultra talented Dad has just updated his blog, admittedly it only happens twice a year so it's definitely worth writing about!

marys granddaughter beautiful embroidery

Thursday, 24 September 2009

I found granddaughter beautiful embroidery browsing Etsy, and couldn't help to post about her cute work in here. I lOVE her stitch work and the way she combines colors and textures, and of course the round frames!! Check her lovely blog for more inspiration and more of her work.

Wandsworth Artist's Open House 2009

Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 October
Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 October
11am -6pm.

Chocolate Creative is taking part on this event, if you happen to be in London pop around for some tea, and wonderful craft. We will giving discount and goodies bags!! 
69, Fallsbrook Road, London SW16 6DU

Whether you have visited before, or are new to the event, we have no doubt that you will be inspired, delighted and very tempted to buy from the wonderful range of artists who take part in our open house weekends.
Over 200 artists, working in a variety of art forms from ceramics to painting to jewellery, are throwing open their doors across the borough. It's a perfect opportunity to see what happens on your street and to explore the borough.
Big Draw also happens in October and we have included exhibitions and activities that are taking place as part of this nationwide celebration. We urge you to visit them and to get involved.


I am trilled to show this photos of this year's Casa Decor 09 exhibition building in Barcelona. What a place! I can't wait to see what the interior firms do with it.

Casa Decor is a unique and innovative approach developed specifically for Interior Designers, Architects , Artists, Designers and Manufacturers to showcase their creative vision.
Already a success in 27 countries throughout the world, Casa Decor is a month long "exhibition with a difference" where a building in a major city is transformed by Interior Designers and Architects, creating an unparelleled marketing opportunity. Here, products, services, leading edge designs and art are presented in real life settings to an audience of Architects, Developers, Suppliers, Hotel Specifiers, The Design Press - and the Public!

I have been lucky enough to assist to a few of Casa Decor events in the past (includind the presentation of the event in London) and can only say that if you like interiors and decoration is the place to be!! I am planning to go to barcelona for this years', running from 12 November-13 December, my friends from Deulonder will be exhibiting there together with many other talented designers. 

Enjoy the empty building photos, I will comeback with some images of this place already done!!

So much inspiration at Dos family...

Monday, 21 September 2009

I am always looking for things to inspire me and many times come across very interesting web sites, books, shops, people, artits, etc…My last discovery is the ‘Dos family’ website, (Dos Family is Jenny, Staffan & Isabelle, in Sweden. A sort community, collective, group or modern family), which I came across browsing the great ninainvorm blog. So much talent in these houses, what do you think of the following random selection of images?? I am already addicted to their website.

London Design Festival...so much to see...crazy!!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Next weekend is going to be quite a special one for me, my dear friends Pilar and Nadya are coming from Spain to assist to the London Design Festival. I haven't seen them for quite a while and can't wait to spend the days all together, looking for inspiration and admiring all the stuff on display at this events, busy weekend!! So much going on around the city, in fact impossible to see all the exhibitions and events. 
I have booked to see Tent London  (a collection of shows, competitions and installations covering art and architecture, vintage and contemporary design by emerging and established designers, dealers, retailers, manufacturers and brands from around the world) at Truman Brewery, and 100% Design  (the UK's leading architecture and design event showcasing everything for the modern building and interior), at Earls Court, (24-27 September). 
As part of the festival, Mint will be showcasing a special collection called 'Mint escapes 2009',  (The exhibition will present The Escapists of contemporary design as our modern day storytellers who use the medium of design and craft as the interpretive voice of imagination).

If you happen to be in London don't miss this opportunity to learn about the latest in design, craft, arquitecture and interiors, (below a selection of last year events, and current products).