Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Laura Slater

Informed by the interaction of colour and shape, the designs focus on the translation of drawing and surface through hand printed processes.

Laura's specific interests lie in engagement with pattern and it’s ability to connect us to the environments around us. This is explored through approaches to drawing, process, materials and product.

Laura Wellington

Laura Wellington is a designer that loves colour, pattern and shape.

Laura created the Totem lights whilst designing the 
Sheaf St Cafeteria bar. She wanted each light to have its own character and style and for the viewer to have a favourite, least favourite or multiple favourites. 

Tasked to create a light that combined shape, colour, pattern and a choice to build your own was what inspired her.

Fun Makes Good

Fun Makes Good’s distinctive homewares bring joy to a space through an exuberant mix of pattern, texture and colour. 

The playful designs combine a love for geometric shapes with a contemporary colour palette and dynamic composition.

In addition to producing the signature range of homeware Fun Make Good have collaborated and worked with a range of clients from retailers to architects and cultural trusts including The Barbican,, Wahaca, The Touring Network and Culture Perth & Kinross, to produce a body of commissions ranging from limited edition products, large scale curtains and hangings to murals and public art pieces.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Lubaina Himid talking about patterns on Mary Anne Hobbs Radio 6 Music

I really enjoyed listening to Turner Prize nominee, Lubaina Himid talk about patterns in her paintings.

She was speaking to Mary Anne Hobbs as part of Mary Anne's Radio 6 Music episodes about The Turner Prize. Interviews with the other nominees are also featured.

Monday, 27 November 2017

The Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Market

At the weekend I visited The Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Market.

With over 80 stands, there was a good mix of craft and homeware stalls selling prints, ceramics, stationery, knitwear, jewellery, candles, homeware, food and drink and much more.

Here are a few of my highlights

Bobbie Print

Ding Ding Design

Fun Makes Good


Hash Tag House

Hilary Grant

Katy and Josephine

Laura Slater

Red Paper House

Laura Wellington

Jill Shaddock Ceramics

Laura Wellington

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Simon Morris - Pause paintings

Artist Simon Morris is interested in geometric abstraction. This covers object based paintings, installations and collaborations with other people. Within the context of the paintings, it allows him to think about how to make a geometric image in a way that allows him some opportunity to set the parameters of what these paintings are going to be but also let him make a painting where a system or formula helped him make decisions about what to do next.

He enjoys the unpredictable nature of this way of working. He uses black because it is a reductionist colour and focuses the attention on the pattern as opposed to the colours. I also enjoy working in this way - perhaps because I feel confident that I know that I am producing something even if I do not know what I am producing! Getting a balance between chaos and control is the challenge.

Pause 4.5 (2006) and Pause 5.5 (2006), are part of an ongoing series of paintings that have been produced by following a mathematical system.

Friday, 24 November 2017


Carnovsky is a Milan based art and design duo currently engaged in an project called RGB.

RGB experiments with the interaction between printed and light colours. Images are produced in layers and when a coloured filter (a light or a transparent material) is applied it is possible to see clearly the layers in which the image is composed.

The filter's colors are red, green and blue, each one of them serves to reveal one of the three layers.The resulting images are unexpected and disorienting. The colors mix up, the lines and shapes entwine becoming oneiric and not completely clear.

By applying this to different surfaces and in different contexts, Carnovsky create installations and exhibitions, wallpaper, scarves and skins for phones.


This makes me think about why some dyslexic people (me included) find it easier to read black text on a coloured surface


Site specific installation with Luca Missoni, Milan Design Week 2013

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