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 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.
We are delighted to present a limited edition collection of textile products inspired by the work of Barbara Hepworth created in collaboration with The Hepworth Wakefield. Now available in their gallery retails space and online.
As you may have guessed here at The Store Hus studio we love pattern. We could spend hours upon hours looking at, researching and designing patterns. Literally. All. Day. So it is fair to say we are looking forward to getting our hands on a copy of Patterns: Inside the Design Library for some serious pattern indulgence and inspiration.
Holding a collection of over seven million pattern swatches the Design Library in New York is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. The collection holds samples of wallpapers, textiles, embroidery swatches and pattern books from as early as 1750's and the book has a carefully selected highlight of the archieve between its covers.
Kinfolk's article on the new book talks to science writer Philip Ball who explains what happens to our brains when we see a pattern and why they will often establish a pattern when there isn't one as a way to find order in chaos.
This book is definitely on my reading list!
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!
Born on 5th January 1917, one of my favourite designers, Lucienne Day, would have been 100 year old last Friday.
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.
What a year 2016 was!
It's been great to take a break and reflect on 2016 over the last few weeks and to thank everyone who has supported us over an amazing year we would like to give you 20% off all orders until the end of January! Use the code Happy2017! at the checkout to claim your discount and we look forward to seeing you soon...
Happy 2017 everybody!
We love an early morning breakfast on the way into studio at Bakery 47 so what better place to host our first solo pop-up shop!
We will have a selection of our new products alongside our classic's for sale at special prices...
Saturday 29th October from 9am
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
There's not long to go now before London Design Fair opens and the Scotland: Craft and Design pavilion opens to "present the very best in contemporary Scottish craft and design". We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the 22 Scottish designer/makers involved and can't wait to get to London.
In anticipation of the launch I chatted with Craft Scotland about my thoughts on the inter play of craft and design in our work and about my favourite pieces in the show. You can read the post in full HERE.
We’re gearing up to go down to London in a couple of weeks to take part in London Design Fair to be part of Scotland: Craft and Design pavilion.Read More
First up is Craft Scotland Summer Show, Back for it's 4th year and we are delighted to be taking part again. Come see and buy some of Scotland's best contemporary craft in Edinburgh's city centre.
Friday 5 to Sunday 28 August 2016, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. White Stuff, 89 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES
Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat: 11:00-18:00, Thurs: 11:00-19:00, Sun: 12:00-17:00
Secondly we are very excited that The Poundshop has come to Glasgow and with the help of local designers has transformed South Block into an affordable design store for the duration of Merchant City Festival 2016.
As part of the programme of events taking place around this we will be running a print and sew a pencil case workshop. If you would like to join us you can book your place HERE!
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…
Our lovely new stockist Hoos will open their doors for the first time in two weeks. Join us in store from 5-9pm to help them celebrate!
Come see us and lot of other talented makers at the DesignMarket in The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, on the weekend of the 10th - 12th June 2016
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!
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
Spring is finally here and we can see this reflected in our current inspiration board. Turquoises, pinks and oranges always bring a smile and we are having fun playing with these in some of our new designs.
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).
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...
Spring is finally here and we're glad to be spending a little more time outdoors. Picnics are one of our favourite things about the lighter, warmer spring and summer months and we have been imagining what our dream picnic would involve.
Find out more about the people that can help make our dream picnic reality…
1. Tove Jansson, one of our favourite authors, enjoying some time amongst the waves // 2. Bakery 47 is one of our favourite spots for sweet and savoury treats. Get there early to avoid missing out… // 3. Buy The Store Hus textiles for your own picnic here // 4. This glass house provides a perfect summer getaway on a Finnish island // 5. We love this handmade Apparatus Shift porcelain tea set