Friday, 18 July 2014

Lost & Found

James at Lost & Found has been selling my lamps for years and even though it's only in Holmfirth I had never been to visit. Until now.

How lovely it is.

He sells a mixture of old and new - furniture, art, craft, lighting and Annie Sloan paints.

Some things he reconditions and brings back to life himself so there are lots of one off pieces to be snapped up.

It's only small but packed full of carefully chosen gorgeousness...

some of which spills out into the street. 

My lamps illuminate their very own stairwell.

 I'm so glad we visited. Thanks James for the' red carpet treatment'. It was very nice to see you :)

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Happy days in the studio...

It's so nice having Ffion home from uni. Now that her head is no longer in her studies she is having a whirl of creative energy and she's always up to something fun. The other day she decided she wanted to make notebooks, so after a trip to Manchester for supplies she came to work alongside me in the studio.

We have been two happy bunnies. I've been drawing lots, trying to capture the meadow grasses before they go to seed and exclaiming at the supreme delicateness of every blade of grass and Ffion has been learning to make books and exclaiming at the roundness of every corner made by her new corner punch. Ahhhh.

The other extra special thing about this week is that Emma, who came to work with us on a placement from uni before Christmas has started officially working for me for a couple of days a week. She's so good, we wanted to keep her forever. So, Emma and Suzi were making and boxing lamps and doing all the business stuff, while I was in the studio drawing. This is what I've been building up to for some time. That is where I want to be. It felt like I was living the dream :) I even went for a  mid afternoon walk through the meadow in a cloud of butterflies collecting grasses to draw. Ahhhh (again).

So many kinds of grass.

 I just love them all.

especially these ones.

  And look at Ffions creations.

 Beautiful round cornered handmade notebooks with circle cutouts revealing a pretty patterned insert. She's used up all my Japanese paper but it had been waiting to become something lovely so that's ok.

 Ffion being Ffion wasted no time in getting them photographed and in her Behind The Sun  Etsy shop straight away. She's an inspiration. 

It's lovely watching her get as excited about little things as I do.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Homes & Antiques

 My friend Rachel spotted this when she opened her copy of Homes & Antiques magazine on her flight to Croatia yesterday. 

It's a lovely feature all about Hebden Bridge and they have given Radiance such a sweet write up.

Aw I love my little shop!

Thanks for featuring us Homes & Antiques.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Wallpaper in Japan

It was good to get a little package from Japan this morning.

Walpa, who are my new wallpaper distributor in Japan, publish their own wallpaper magazine called Wallpaper World and they have put me in it. They sent me a copy with a lovely handwritten note.

They wrote about all the things the new wallpaper that they discovered in New York.

I'm so happy to be working with these guys. They are great :)

Friday, 27 June 2014

For Jane...

When I was four years old I met a little girl with long blonde hair outside my back gate. She said 'Do you want to come and play at my house?' I was a shy thing and didn't dare so I said 'No...but you can come to mine!'

It was the start of a long friendship. I wonder how many million hours we played together over the years. Jane pretty much was my childhood.

Last year Jane lost a long and difficult battle with cancer. She left behind her husband and her small daughter Elizabeth, her Mum and lots and lots of good friends. 

I hope that Elizabeth can find a friend that she can have as much fun with as I did with Jane.

In her memory I'll be donating 10% of my open studio sales to The Yorkshire Cancer Centre, who cared for Jane when she was ill. I wouldn't be very good at  running a marathon or shaving my hair off...but I can make and sell lamps. I'm pretty good at that.  

Jane we will all shine our lamps for you :)

My studio will be open 28th and 29th June and the 4th and 5th July. Find out more HERE.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Wearable Art at the Art Market

I got a message from Victoria Robinson while I was in New York asking if she could make some dresses from my wallpaper for an Art Market installation.

Obviously I said yes. How exciting to see my paper used in such an unusual way.

Only ten days before the show Victoria came to the studio to pick up the paper. 

She worked with her Mum, Pam, who is a talented seamstress and together they pushed the limits of the paper and created five dresses and six bodices.

So clever.

This is Victoria (in another very shiny wearable art piece) with me and her Mum.

The dresses will be on display again next Sunday's Art Market in Holmfirth. 

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Hannah Nunn wallpaper sample books

My long awaited wallpaper sample books have arrived.

They are really beautiful and so well made.

Although my collection is quite small at the moment, there is room in the spine for my new designs as the collection grows.

...and grow it will.

So now it's time to send them out to all the people who people who have been waiting.

Thank you CEM Press for a marvelous job.

Open Studios

Well, since last years open studios my plants have got bigger and my wallpaper has moved from prototype to finished product. However, one thing remains the same as always...


Yep, all those lamps with tiny imperfections that didn't quite make it are all waiting to get off the shelf and find new happy homes to light up.

Will you come and take one home?

There are 77  Hebden Bridge artists in the trail and we're open over two weekends this year. Check out the open studios website as opening times may vary.  I'll be open  28th & 29th June and 4th & 5th July from 11.00- 5.00.

Suite 1 Studios, Burlees House, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AA. It's above La Perla Italian restaurant opposite the Market car park.

10% of takings will be going to The Yorkshire Cancer Centre in loving memory of my childhood best friend Jane.

On the 6th July the Tour de France will be coming through town. Most studios WILL be open. But I won't. I'll be in Radiance as Matt might need a helping hand in the shop. 

Hope to see you :)
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