Meet Mleko: Eye-candy for your walls!

Hello and happy Monday! Don’t worry if you have the Monday blues – before you know it, Friday will be here! We are so glad the weather has calmed down and is decidedly cooler, although we were in Brighton just the other day (as was the whole of London) and adored the sunshine.

Today we bring you one of our favourite print artists, Mleko. If you are wondering what to adorn your walls with, or are still trying to figure out how to add colour to your home this summer, look no further…

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Mleko is the brainchild of London-based artist, Ania Newland, whose bright and quirky personality is no doubt infused in her work. The  colour and sense of fun is incredibly energetic – we love the jewel tones and humour of the cat person print below!

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One thing we love about Mleko is the mix of grown up contemporary and playful kawaii (Japanese for cute, the only way we can think to describe some of the prints). Find different prints for different rooms – monochrome geometrics for the study or hallway, and funky, neon-colours shapes and characters for the bedrooms or kitchen.

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Look at this dog below on the skateboard? Can just feel the Monday blues melting away (and really want to eat some fairy sticks or fizzy sherbert now…) to be replaced by the feel of glowing sunshine and a spring in my step (or a skateboard under my feet).

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Mleko prints are designed and produced by Ania in her little, creative studio based in West London. Using museum grade papers and archival, fade resistant inks, she creates giclée images that are boldly coloured, rich in texture and tones. If well taken care off, they can last about 75 years, Mleko says!

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Ahhh, so fun. Aren’t they delicious to look at? We just also love how Ania has styled the prints with the background and accessories. You can have Mleko prints on your wall, or leaning against the wall, propped on a table or shelf. Instant trendiness.

We can’t wait to get our hands on a couple of them! They most certainly put a grin on our faces. Which is your favourite? Where do you think you might display your Mleko print?

For more Mleko goodness, visit http://www.mleko.co.uk

 

Images: Ania Newland (Mleko)

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Exquisite Wallpapers + Fabrics from Neisha Crosland

We’ve been thinking about wallpaper a lot recently – ways of decorating with small offcuts, brightening up bookshelves and wardrobes… So I was incredibly excited when I stumbled across Neisha Crosland, a fabric and wallpaper designer, whose work was most recently in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ (if you haven’t seen the film, do see it! It had mixed reviews but Mr Lurhmann’s twist on the classic was invigorating. It’s also a great, great novel. We love).

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Neisha trained in textiles at Camberwell School of Art where she developed her drawing style. She specialised in print at the Royal College of Art in London, and it was there that she experimented with print technique.

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Neisha is a woman of many talents: she has sold her designs to Marc Jacobs and Lacroix, designed a collection of rugs in collaboration with the Rug Company, a range of tiles with De Ferranti, vinyl flooring with Harvey Maria, a collection of hand embroidered fabrics with Chelsea Textiles, and hand crafted stationery through Harris and Jones. What a list!

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“I suppose I am a bit like a biologist who collects specimens,” Neisha says.

“I collect ideas and motifs and classify them in to designs. I love the way nature organises itself.”

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Neisha add: “I love the way that colour dictates a mood, and how repeat conducts the rhythm in a pattern. I love relocating motifs and putting them into a new context.”

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Just look at Neisha’s bold, vibrant patterns and energetic colours. Although a small property might do better with plenty of white (or pale) walls and reflective surfaces, a feature wall or corner with these luscious prints could really lift the feel of the place and inject some life to the space. You could even try decorating part of your wall with her fabric.

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Neisha and her team have been having an excitingly busy time colour trialling their new wallpaper collection, so there will be plenty more of this beautiful stuff coming your way soon! Her designs aren’t for the faint of heart, but for a real pop and an easy way of introducing yourself to pattern and colour (especially if you are a little scared of vivid shades!), strips of wallpaper or colourful fabrics in the shape of cushions, used on upholstery, or even framed and hung, work like magic.

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Thanks for sharing your work and inspiration with us, Neisha! We can’t wait for your new collection.

Images courtesy of Neisha Crosland.