Maker Thursday: Colourful, hand-printed fabrics inspired by global travel…

We bring you another maker/designer from across the Atlantic to love: Graymarket, the creation of Hallie Gray. Graymarket is the answer to all your linen (bedding, bath, and table) needs, made from beautiful fabrics designed by Hallie. The textiles feature colours and patterns that echo traditions from her travels all over the world.

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After completing degrees in International Relations and Textile Design, Hallie Gray found herself with a love for simple, scaled-back design and an immense respect for the textile traditions of artisans around the world she’d encountered on her travels. She became intrigued with the idea of combining these two elements to create fresh, modern textiles and accessories, and luckily she managed to find some workshops that were up for the collaboration.

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And thus was born Graymarket Design, through this network of many skilled, loving craftspeople.

Graymarket features individual pieces created through direct collaboration with the workshops – the textiles are designed in California (like your iDevice!), and the textiles are produced in small batches by the artisans. Block-printers, weavers and embroiderers… all traditional disciplines and all features in Graymarket textiles…

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“I have a deep respect and appreciation for traditional textile techniques, and feel very committed to helping create a market that can help support and preserve these practices,” Hallie says. “I also prefer the aesthetics of fabrics that have been hand printed or woven- I find a lot beauty in imperfections and irregularities, which are inherent in any textile made with human hands.”

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When she’s not designing and making, Hallie spends her time outside as much as possible. “I love being outside, and recharge by hiking, rock climbing and doing yoga,” she says. Her environment is pretty energising. Up in West Berkeley, CA, she is surrounded by factories and warehouses, intermingled with small wineries, studios and an active railroad.

“I find it a really authentic and inspiring environment where it’s easy to be productive and creative. I started Graymarket Design about a year ago, and it’s been an exhilarating (and humbling) journey so far!”

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“Getting the chance to work with and learn from different artisans and create a space where different textile traditions come together has been really amazing,” Hallie shares.

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Look at those colours! I am adoring the mix of print and pattern, as well as the wide range of tones. Something for every season, and every occasion. Want some of those herringbone patterned, pink napkins above…

For more of Hallie’s creative work, visit http://www.graymarketdesigns.com.

Images: Kara Brodgesell

Best kept papercutting secret… Part I

Papercutting has got to be one of the best forms of art out there. What a clever thing, to create such intricate patterns and images with just a sheet of paper and knife!

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Stephanie Hosmer hard at work creating papercutting art on a large scale + on acrylic (image: Miss Papercut)

We’re taking a look at two of our favourite papercutting artists, over two posts. We  were SO PLEASED to discover the both of them, because while we love Rob Ryan, we were desperate to find new artists, given that his work seems to be everywhere now (not a bad thing)!

First up, Miss Papercut (aka Stephanie Hosmer), whom we found at the Makegood Festival recently, after walking by her gorgeous Londoner quote on acrylic. We just had to take a photo of it!

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That would look so cool as a feature piece on your wall, no? We’ve got a couple of papercut artwork on our walls – one from a Chinese artist (China is the art orginated from), and one from Mr Rob.

Here are some of our favourite pieces from Miss Papercut…

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Stephanie has been freelance illustrator for about 8 years now after finishing a BA Hons illustration degree at the University of Brighton, and is now based in a little village in Kent. She lives in a converted chapel with a little mezzanine studio, which you can visit by appointment if you would like to talk through a commission!

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We love Stephanie’s work – so delicate, modern, fun. Great if you want to hang new and unique art on your walls!

More next time… (and a clever DIY tutorial from Miss Papercut!)

Visit Miss Papercut at http://misspapercut.com/

 

Images: Stephanie Hosmer (Miss Papercut)

Maker Monday: Caslon & Co.

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We carry on our ‘Meet the Maker’ series with a wonderful find; wonderful because their designs are so attractive! And wonderful because their printing techniques blew our minds.

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Meet Caslon & Co., textile designers and print creators using antique printing blocks and a little Adana printing press. So much to love in that one sentence!

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Andrew Rouse, creator and owner of Caslon, felt that it would be a shame to let old printing blocks become a thing of the past. Inspired by typography on old music hall or circus posters, he set about with his team to reinvent ways of using the old printing blocks.

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Thus was born Caslon’s range of unique homeware fabrics and accessories. Caslon has come up with novel ways of using a single pattern to create new motifs for their textiles, and there is plenty to love. We’ve got a bit of a thing for their floor cushions (so versatile, such soft colours), and oven gloves (so sugary!).

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Caslon recently launched their new Waves collection, which moves away from their earlier pastel, macaron-coloured items. Waves carries on their bold prints, using stronger, more striking colours.

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We think it’s so clever how they’ve managed to turn even the humble doorstop into something so sleek and stylish!

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We think Caslon are a winner. Do check them out and let us know what you think!

Images courtesy of Caslon & Co.

Meet the Maker: Wallography

It is such a treat having a landlady who is happy for us to do whatever we want to her flat while we are living in it. Obviously, it was because she could tell what impeccable taste we have and knew any changes we made to her flat would only be for the better…

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One of the first few things that we did in Courage & Dash HQ was to deck the walls with our favourite prints and pieces of art. Some of you will know that I love old things, and one of my favourite wall hangings is an original newspaper from 11th November 1918 (not a great photo below because our walls in the stairwell are two stories tall, and I’m like, 5’2″).

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Which is why we were pleased to discover Wallography! Firstly, the name sort of reminds me of Wall-E, that film with the super cute robot who makes a Mac startup sound when fully solar charged. Adorable. Secondly, and more importantly, Wallography perfectly combines colourful old prints with clever display. WIN.

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Wallography are no strangers to the world of old things. Their love for vintage things has seen them rummaging across Europe for special finds, but the thing that really captured their heart was an old, educational chart they saw hanging on a wall.

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Wall hangings are such a quick and easy way of making a rented home feel very much your own. Your personality and taste are so evident in the images you select, and how you choose to display them.

“We currently have a pine wall chart above our bed,” founder Neil Kidd says. His favourite use of their old prints in a modern setting, though, is hanging a blue whale print (above) in a boy’s bedroom.

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The great thing about these antique educational prints is the level of detail involved. If you think about it, pre-colour film/television/internet/Instagram/etc., the only way people knew about the wider world was through illustrated representations. The colours and the drawings had to be accurate and contain all the relevant details of whatever was being shown.

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“It’s just mind blowing,” Neil enthuses. “These amazing pieces were used in classrooms to teach children about the workings of plants and animals.” His passion is so evident in the way he discusses how these charts were used.
“The thought of turning to class to learn about a butterfly with one of these as an aid is just fantastic.”

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Very different to the Youtube videos that might be found in today’s classroom. Wallography’s collection is deeply satisfying because it has emerged from the team’s obsession with visual communication, illustration and scientific discovery. The original lithographic plate is used to recreate the image on paper, before the paper is mounted on canvas and completed with black wooden rods on either end.

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As if it couldn’t get better, Wallography are teaming up with Sarah Moore Vintage to create some new designs featuring British floral design! Yes, you heard it here first! We can’t wait.

Wallography have also launched a series featuring aeronautical blue prints – our current favourite because we just caught Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises (by Miyuzaki, maker of the famous Spirited Away; both films well worth a watch!).

Visit Wallography here.

All images (apart from the first) thanks to Wallography