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!

www.thestorehus.co.uk 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

Picnic time is almost here

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. 

The Store Hus dream picnic
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

A Greater Freedom: Hepworth 1965 - 1975

  Hepworth has been a big influence on our design style and we love the organic shapes found in her work. We went to see the exhibition A Greater Freedom at The Hepworth Gallery which is running alongside the in house permanent collection of her sculptures as well as a selection of drawings and tools. The exhibition is on until April and follows developments in the artists later years, showing some of her more experimental works in bronze, slate and printmaking.  

TSH - A Greater Freedom, Barbara Hepworth

Exhibition runs April 2015 - April 2016.  Click here for more info.