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Archive: Apr 2009

  1. The Fedrigoni [Paper] Mountains


    Illustrator and set maker Hattie Newman and graphic designer Alex Ostrowski collaborated to create this fantastic paper sculpture of the Fedrigoni Mountains in Verona Italy. The Fedrigoni Mountains project involved 12 illustrators who each depicted the birthplace of paper manufacturer Fedrigoni.

    The faceted pieces in those lovely layered colours, the type and the tiny details are all so thoughtfully and beautifully done.

    Image Sources: Top image Hattie Newman, 2nd image Alex Ostrowski,
    Bottom 2 images Nicholas Saunders (co-curator)

    I really appreciate the technical and mathematical genius when I see the close ups and the image above… it makes my head spin thinking about designing and making such a detailed faceted construction.

    Image Source: Hattie Newman

    Hattie Newman and Alex Ostrowski also worked together on this beautiful tree for YCN.

    For a visual feast of her inspirational work visit Hattie’s blog .
    Fedrigoni Mountains found via NotCot.

  2. Wee finds: Boulangerie shopper


    I was in Paris for the day last week (in fact, you can read all about my thrifty, budget adventures over at Oolamoola.co.uk) and spotted this gorgeous tote bag in the window of Tumbleweed, a children's toy shop in the Marais. The shop wasn't open when I visited, but I'm pretty sure the price tag said €45. There's also an uber-chic kids' fashion boutique next door. For very pretty petit bebes.
    19 rue de Turenne
    Paris 75004, France

  3. Etsy Search Top 10… Plus One

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    Oops, I just realised that I left my favourite linen tea towel by Flower Press out of my 10 Shop Local listings. I love the combination of the unbleached natural linen with the white filigree design.

    Flower Press has 20% off cotton tea towels at the moment so snap one up while you can.

  4. Etsy Shop Local: Sydney


    For today’s weekly Etsy search I took a look at local Sydney sellers and found my Top 10 favourite items.

    Can you believe this artist, Moofus, is only 12 years old. Night at the Opera is such a fabulous image of our iconic harbourside landmarks.

    Here is his bio (which needs to be updated now that he’s all of 12):
    My name is Milan, I am 11 years old.
    I do stuff with skateboards, pizza, pencils, paper and water.

    Sometimes, even, at the same time.
    I am scared of the dark.

    My favourite band is Bloc Party.
    I have long brown hair but I still look like a boy.

    My favourite clothes are jeans and Vans sneakers.

    I am right handed , brown eyed and often hysterical.

    Have a look at Milan’s Etsy shop – he’s definitely one to watch. In his own words:
    Welcome to my shop, watch it slowly grow.
    Like a WEED. LIKE ME.

    How adorable is this 3D tree card complete with a little swing! Spring Has Sprung is a printable PDF consisting of a card/invitation, envelope, gift tags and party favour, available from the wonderfully named Go Make Me. You just purchase the PDF, print it out, cut, fold and glue, and voila!

    This looks like something I could enjoy on a lazy day now the weather has turned cool: a handknitted cushion cover in pure Australian wool. Available in baboom’s Esty shop.

    I love felt and anything small and cute, so it’s no surprise I fell for these sweet little Flower and Green Tea Tea bags by Angela of Sydney Angel. Angela makes cookies with sugar sprinkles and little card holders too – all made from felt and all super cute.

    An assortment of robots present the alphabet on this simple graphic poster from Creative Neesh.

    I’ve blogged about Plus One’s Adorn purses before, but I just couldn’t leave them out of my Sydney 10. How can you go past those colours and the beautifully embroidered dandelion.

    Anima88 is a brand new Esty seller who just opened her shop this week. This lovely tranquil image is called In White.

    Elwin The Forrest Sprite made me smile when I saw him. He is described like this:
    To call Elwin mischievous would be an understatement.
    His favourite tricks to play on people are:

    1.hiding your keys, wallet or phone
    2.hiding socks so you can never find a pair that match

    3.putting huge amounts of salt in your breakfast cereal
    He does these things for a bit
    of a laugh and he is so endearing that you often find yourself laughing along with him. Elwin also loves boardgames and is always up for a challenge. He doesn’t like monopoly because he says it brings out the worst in him but absolutely adores cluedo and scrabble.

    From Herbert and Friends.

    This sweet little print called Red Flowers is by Samantha of Matou en Peluche (which means plush tomcat). I really like the smudgey colour. It would look lovely in a simple black frame.

    Is this Bee Mini Art Doll the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? It would have to be close. These felted cuties are by fing, and I can say first hand that they are well made and goegeous. I bought a little cat called Thomas the Tiny Cat from fing last year, and I recently gave him to my goddaughter because she loved him and I felt a bit silly owning him as a grown woman!

  5. Shopping in London: Lapin & Me


    For those who may have missed my story in Time Out, here are some more pics from my latest fave shop in London, Lapin & Me. The newest arrival to the independent shopping haven that is Columbia Road (well, it's actually just around the corner on Ezra Street, but near enough), Lapin & Me stocks a fanciful and French-y range of limited-edition dolls, design-led products, stationery, homewares and children's clothes.


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    Wee Birdy is also super-chuffed to have served a tiny role in the creation of the real bricks-n-mortar shop. Apparently owner Madeleine James was inspired by the Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays post last year, and started looking around the area for the perfect premises.




    On my shopping wishlist is the hand-stitched "one-eyed" doll (see top pic, £36), Nathalie Lete's illustrated "Parisian shopper", and a Fatina doll brooch (£21). There are also glass jars on the main counter brimming with the most delightful pocket-money goodies, like Alain Gree labels (£3.50), vintage stork & baby sets (£2) and Tooth Mouse boxes (£3.50).


    Don't fret if you're out of London – you can dig into this whimsical treasure trove online at www.lapinandme.co.uk.


    Lapin & Me
    14 Ezra St
    London E2 7RG
    Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map.

    Opening hours:
    Friday 11am-2.30pm
    Saturday 11am-3.30pm
    Sunday 9am-3pm

    Click here for more shops in East London.

  6. Loving this: Priscilla Puss


    Just look at this adorable kooky little face!

    Julie Ramsden’s Priscilla Puss and her other Googlies are made from ‘forgotten balls of wool’ which she finds in op shops and markets. She designs her one-off crocheted toys around the wool she finds.

    Priscilla Puss is available here at Georgie Love, which was Australia’s first online store devoted local handmade products.

  7. Inspiration: Heidi Daish

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    Heidi Daish repeats and layers simple shapes to form beautiful organic looking structures. Shapes are hand cut from treated paper, plastic and stiffened fabrics, then folded and stitched to create these amazing sculptural pieces.

    Image Source: Free Range
  8. It’s snowing petals



    More evidence that London's in full spring bloom right now. I took these pics (above) in Greenwich on the weekend – but my street is also awash with pink (see below). I love getting showered with pink petal confetti every time a breeze picks ups. Really enjoying it while it lasts.



  9. Cath Kidston Wallpaper

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    Although the whole shabby chic thing doesn’t do it for me I have always admired Cath Kidston‘s design. She seems to add a graphic edge to that whole look which I find lovely without being too girly. And of course I love her vintage influences.

    When having a poke around on the Cath Kidston website the other day I noticed a link to wallpaper… as you may know it’s one of my recent obsessions. And I discovered their new bespoke digital wallpaper service.

    The wallpapers were initially created to decorate Cath Kidston shops, but following many enquiries a new bespoke collection was made. The collection consists of 10 designs which are photos of vintage fabrics and artwork digitally printed onto paper. I absolutely adore the top image with the big bursts of vintage blossoms. So divine!

    You can also download the other type of wallpaper – for your computer monitor – from Cath Kidston here. Although unfortunately none of the beautiful designs form the bespoke wallpaper series are available.

  10. Wild buttercups in Greenwich


    What a difference a couple of months make. The last time I walked across this field in Greenwich it was covered in the deepest snow London had seen in almost 20 years. On Saturday I discovered a sea of yellow wild buttercups. So very pretty. Gorgeous spring weather, too!

  11. Special Features

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    I found these intriguing pieces on NotCot – I love the fun and unexpected additions to the traditional glass dome shape. They are by Fabrica Features, a dynamically evolving series of products and collections mapped by a web of multipurpose commercial and cultural spaces around the world.

    When I had a look at the Fabrica Features website I found lots of other unexpected design delights. I really love this shot, and I’m taken with the artwork: the way that letter forms become part of the illustrations. I’m loving the P with the electric beaters attached.

    Something that I always enjoy seeing is craft, art and design converging, like in these ‘cross stitch chairs’.

    Fabrica Features, a hothouse of young artist-experimenters, is currently taking part in the Milan Furniture Show – you can read more about their participation here.