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Flock 2018

It’s that time of year again and I’ve got a busy few weeks coming up. Christmas is coming up again and I’m looking forward to seeing you all at some festive fairs.

It all kicks off next weekend at FLOCK contemporary Craft and Design fair, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November from 10am – 5pm, at The Barn up in Banchory. This is my first time up at The Barn and I’m really looking forward to seeing it. The event has a great selection of makers which you can see on their website link above.

After that you can find me at another new one - CRAFTED on 1st December at Dundee Contemporary Arts, in the Briggait on 8th December with WASPS festive market and at Tea Green’s Kibble Palace fair on the 9th December. Make sure you wrap up warm for the last two if your planning on coming along.

I love this time of year as I get to meet an array of new and existing customers as well as other makers. This year I’m trying to buy as many of my presents from the markets as possible and I can’t wait, see you there.

The Store Hus - Kibble Palace 2018

Maggie's Penguin Parade

Here it is... The Store Hus Pingvin! 

Maggie’s Centre Dundee, Wild in Art, sponsors, artists and schools have been working on 80 giant, individually designed penguin sculptures to pop up across Dundee during summer 2018. Get a map and sticker book and find them all over Dundee. 

The Penguin Parade will culminate in a grand farewell event in Slessor Gardens on 22 and 23 September before a spectacular auction on 24 September 2018 to raise money for Maggie's Dundee Centre.

The Store Hus Pingvin.jpg

The Store Hus Pingvin is covered head to claw in a circular pattern that is playful and full of movement. The orange colour choice was inspired by the flash of colour found on crested penguins who have orange or yellow feathers on the sides of their heads. The result is a penguin who is bright and cheerful, bringing a bit of pattern into your everyday.


The Craft Gallery at Scotland's Trade Fair Spring

At the end of last year I spoke with Craft Scotland about The Store Hus and how we have been preparing in the run up to Scotland’s Trade Fair at Glasgow's SECC, 22nd to 24th January 2017.

Meg printing in studio

The Craft Gallery is a partnership between Craft Scotland and the Trade Fair organisers, Springboard Events Ltd, and is designed to showcase the talent and variety of craft makers in Scotland. You can watch the video below and come see us on stand CG31!

100 years of Lucienne Day

Born on 5th January 1917, one of my favourite designers, Lucienne Day, would have been 100 year old last Friday. 

Lucienne Day

She was one of 20th century Britain's most influential textile designers playing a pivotal role in the influence of design from the Festival of Britain onwards. Best known for her fabric design Calyx she took inspiration and motifs from nature and transformed them into something totally new and exciting, giving out a message of hope and regrowth to a post war Britain.

Day was also influenced by abstract painters such as Miró, Kandinsky and Klee and, as mentioned in the short film below, it made her happy to think that everyone could now have something in this style in their homes even was a pair of abstract patterned curtains rather than a painting. Making the link between mass production, fine art, affordability and good design Day's fabrics were often printed in long runs which helped keep the cost down. Her husband Robin also made furniture in a similar way, using cheaper materials to produce his furniture at a lower cost.

With a wide range of geometric, hand drawn and more painterly pattern design and a brilliant understanding and use of colour Lucienne Day is one a handful of designers I always go to when I'm feeling uninspired or stuck. 

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation has launched a programme of exhibitions and events to mark the centenary of such a prolific, progressive and influential designer on what would have been Lucienne’s 100th birthday. I can't wait to see the retrospective exhibition at the Glasgow School of Art in September later this year, Check out the Lucienne Day 100 website (link above) to find what is happening near you.

Wild Gorse Studio seasonal living workspace

Wild Gorse Studio was started in 2015 by Julia to allow her to further explore her background in the creative arts and traditional floristry. Inspired by the wild beauty found in her surroundings in the Scottish Highlands she uses locally source and foraged botanicals to create organ and expressive floral compositions. 

This year Julia will be setting up a seasonal workspace right in the heart of old town Inverness. Here you will find an interactive space full of festive inspiration and opportunities to be creative yourself.  There will also be a retail area with a selection of work from some of the best Scottish designers and markers around including ourselves, the makers listed below and more...

\\ Wild Gorse Studio\\ Catherine MacGruer Knit \\ Jode Pankhurst \\ Fun Makes Good \\ Cecilia Stamp \\ Yellow Broom \\ Pencil Me In \\ Julia Smith Ceramics \\ Jude Gove \\ All Whisked Up \\ Morning Woodcraft \\ Angus \\

Visit the studio from 24th October to 24th December                                                                    6 Mealmarket Close, Inverness, IV1 1H

We're very excited to share the first glimpse of new product range with you, starting with these serving trays!

Injecting a burst of colour and pattern into breakfast in bed, coffee with friends or keeping oil's and condiments tidy on the kitchen worktop - just a few things we will be using ours for… 

Work in Progress

You might have noticed we've not been out and about for a while.  Instead we have been working hard in the studio to produce some new designs and exciting products that we can't wait to share with you all... 

We also have dates for upcoming markets to announce soon. We're looking forward to seeing you there and to hearing what you think about our new patterns and products. Watch this space! Work in progress

Studio sounds

Were really enjoying listening to Quilt's new album whilst we work away in the studio. Plaza is dreamy enough to zone out to but also catchy enough to find ourselves having a little dance during the working day! You can listen to our favourite track Roller on Youtube here

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern

There is only 4 days left to see the Alexander Calder exhibition currently on at Tate Modern, London. I made a special trip down to see it a few weeks ago and came away feeling very inspired and excited to get back to the studio (see below). 

Calder Exhibition, The Store Hus

My top tip is to go at 10am just as the gallery is opening, seeing this work with almost no one else around was a very special experience...

Collage, The Store Hus