This photo is taken from our front door. I have just updated the hallway with some recent market finds. The circular wall shelf is in immaculate original condition and a bargain at $40. The 1940’s cupboard is meant to be a bedside table I think, but it fits perfectly in this little space. It was also $40. They go well together don’t you think? Sitting on the cupboard are my 2 vintage white and egg yolk yellow vases from ebay and a Betsy Walton ‘Two Teas’ limited edition print which I love. On the second shelf is part of my vintage egg cup collection.
I’m still mucking around with exactly what I want to put on the wall shelves. But for now the pieces include a vintage log vase from an op shop, a vintage deer wall vase from ebay and a ceramic vessel by Beth Meulla. The leaf shaped plate and little bowl are from Japan, as are the stunning aqua and olive bowls. The two larger bowls are from Meister, a fab interiors shop in Tokyo. I love their shape, the colours and simple linework designs.
The Year of The Ox image on my cards is illustrated in the style of the ancient art of Chinese papercuts.
I just didn’t get around to making Christmas cards last year, so I am sending out Chinese New Year cards instead. That bought me an extra month of time and life has slowed down to return to it’s normal hectic pace, giving me the time and energy to do something about it.
I recently bought a brand new Gooco on ebay for a fantastic price. My purchase included the B6 Gocco, and a Gocoo for stamping onto cloth, as well as lots of inks, screens and bulbs, and a whole heap on non-Gocco related art supplies. I had been looking around for a while so I’m thrilled to have got this great deal. Unfortunately due to discontinuation of Gocco and increased demand the price of Gocco supplies seems to be increasing.
I used my new Gocco to print my CNY cards yesterday and I LOVE it! The result I got wasn’t a solid colour, but I like the effect and think it suits the image. I can’t wait to go Gocco-ing again. Do you have any Gocco tips, or Gocco related links to share? Leave a comment – I’d love to hear from you.
First up for blog love today is emma’s designbloggDesign and Style From a Scandinavian Perspective. Fabulous eye candy: design, interiors, stylists, photographers and more. Just gorgeous.
And another favourite of mine is my folk lover – the blog of Australian artist/illustrator Catherine Campbell. Catherine blogs about her own work as well as the work of artists she admires. Her beautiful illustrations are high on my ever-growing etsy wish list. See Catherine’s etsy shop here. I’ll definitely be framing the illustration she contributed to the frankie calendar.
What’s that you hear? Oh don’t mind me – that’s just the pounding of my wee heart as I race to post these pics of Brown’s brand-spanking new shoe store, which opens its doors on Brook Street tomorrow.
As London’s very first dedicated shoe boutique to carry a variety of up-market international designers as well as emerging talent, Browns has created what sounds like the ultimate shoe experience with repair services, bespoke shoes and upcoming “special events”. The downstairs mens’ floor comes complete with its own wireless laptop service and a line-up of designers including Commes des Garcons, Lanvin, Raf Simons and Rick Owens.
And in a move that will compete with Liberty’s new-ish designer shoe floor, Browns will be carrying its own line-up of exclusive designs by the likes of Balenciaga, Balmain, Rupert Sanderson and Martin Margiela.
It all sounds defiantly anti-recession to me, which is reinforced by Browns’ comment that shoes are its “fastest growing category, having doubled year on year since their introduction two years ago.”
That may be so, but I’ll be desperately trying to hang on to my pennies come opening day tomorrow.
Browns Shoes 59 Brook Street London W1K 4HS Tel. 020 7514 0000
I loved this so much I couldn't resist posting a Birdy Pick of the Week Part 2, as it ticks both my tea and bird obsessions. Tea cup bracelet, featuring a pea-green glaze and tiny birdy illustration, £24, by Bethan Lloyd Worthington at The Shop Floor Project.
If you’re in Tokyo in May or November a visit to Design Festa is a must.
Design Festa, a two day event which started in 1994, boasts over 7,000 artists from 70 countries exhibiting and selling their work. There are 2600 booths, an outdoor live-show stage, an indoor stage, a mini-theater space and a Restaurant and Cafe/Bar Area.
Some of the business cards I collected at Design Festa.
Both amateur and professional artists exhibit, including painters and illustrators, photographers, multi media artists, crafters, fashion and accessory designers, installation artists and performance artists. A lot of the exhibitors are just starting out and have unique and beautiful creations to sell. The vibe is buzzy and friendly. It truly is amazing to experience and things are very affordable. And even if you don’t buy anything, (I can’t imagine that happening! I really wish I’d bought more) it’s a great day out and a fantastic experience. There are also fashion shows and performance art as well as live bands, film and animation screenings. Too much to squeeze into one day.
The exhibitors selling their goods from the booths generally spend the weekend decorating the white walls they have been provided. The results are fantastic.
I bought a lot of postcards – most of the artisits have their work on cards, which is a nice and inexpensive way to collect their art. I also got these sweet fabric brooches which I framed. (You can see them framed in the photo below of my office)
And this “sleep in flower” artwork. The artist actually painted/drew it while I waited – he was incredibly fast, it took less than a half hour. A bargain at $15! The second photo is the completed piece in a crowded corner of my office.
These adorable painted bottle tops are brooches, but I think I’ll put them in a series of little frames.
I am so tempted to go back to Japan and Design Festa again this year. There are some great air fares on offer… hmmm… must make more money!
More about shopping in japan next week.
Happy Friday. Enjoy your weekend.
Update January 26: Design Lovely asked if I could share some of the websites
of the artists who’s business cards I showed. They all have the same 2 addresses listed. Check them out here and here.
Three cheers for the newest addition to the Wee Birdy nest, Hello!Lucky. As regular readers may recall, I’m quite a fan of their endearing retro-inspired designs and stunning letterpress invitations, which have also captured the attention of U.S. glossies including Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle, Real Simple, Marie Claire and InStyle Weddings.
Based in San Francisco – with another office in London – Hello!Lucky offers some of the very best stationery available online, including the most unique wedding invitations, greeting cards, personalised stationery and baby announcements.
Founded by sisters and best friends Eunice and Sabrina Moyle in 2003, (that’s them looking gorgeous below) the company is ultimately renowned for its unique personalised letterpress stationery. Read all about their letterpress process here. But if you're on a tight budget, their new digital printing line is a more affordable option.
Eunice and Sabrina, sans-moustache
Eunice and Sabrina, with moustache
Hello!Lucky just launched a unique range of destination wedding invitations featuring exclusive designs by another Wee Birdy favourite, Lab Partners. Naturally, the London invitation featuring the Routemaster, scooters and Eros is my pick of the bunch, but other fabulous wedding destinations include New York, Hawaii and San Francisco.
The website is also the go-to for the most adorable range of Valentine’s Day cards. I love the brilliant Simpsons-inspired “I choo-choo choose you” card designed by Kate Sutton (a reference to the card Lisa gave a rather lovesick Ralph Wiggum).
If you’re more of a crafty type and like making your own cards, you should check out their new-ish DIY book Handmade Hellos. Giving naff paper-crafting QVC-style a wide berth, the book is packed with loads of cool card projects to inspire a “wardrobe” of your very hand-made designs. And while you're at it, you might like to have a peek at Hello!Lucky's crafty and design-inspired blog – it's quite addictive reading.