31 January 2013


node are a non-profit social business who work with the worlds best designers and illustrators and convert their images into the highest quality hand-made fair trade carpets. designers include sanna annukka, donna wilson, petra borner, micah lidberg and node founder chris haughton. node's makers, kumbeshwar are a founder member of fair trade nepal and their employees are taught literacy and skills. in addition to fair wages their work supports a school of 260 children and an orphanage of nineteen. after three years planning and making the node collection of 18 artists will launch at the design museum and the limited edition rugs will be on sale at the design museum shop in march. you can also have your own design made into a rug by node from £250 per m2. find out much more online here at node.

STORESNAPS - next ss2013

i popped into next at the weekend to pick up their new spring summer 2013 catalogue and found that some of the new items were already instore. there seemed to be a lot of lovely yellows which was a trend also born out in orla kiely's ss2013 ranges. here are a few snaps and there are tons more new designs online here.

and finally just for fun a couple of colourful bag designs from the previous next autumn/winter 2012 range.

CARDS - the green gables

gabrielle treanor of the green gables exhibited at top drawer a couple of weeks ago and was absolutely thrilled with the response to herstationery. as well as her current ranges of cards, notebooks and gift wrap gabrielle also launched three new collections of cards and two new gift wrap designs. she has ventured into hand lettering and there are 12 new greeting cards featuring her hand lettered messages, including one design above that is perfect for valentine's day. there are also two new coast and country collections, six cards in each set and her popular 'simple things' illustration pattern is now available as gift wrap and tags. everything at the green gables is printed on 100% recycled paper in the UK.

30 January 2013

DESIGNER - jazzberry blue

jazzberry blue is a reclusive artist based in toronto, canada whose work i discovered through juicycanvas (sse the net post). his colourful and highly creative work includes lots of fabulous geometric designs and through society6 they are available as art prints, cushions etc.

WALL ART - juicy canvas

juicycanvas is a new start up company creating framed art prints and stretched canvases. juicycanvas believe everything is now customizable and therefore takes an artist’s “finished” artwork and 'automagically' unlocks it for further personalization and experimentation. you can rotate, re-size and recolour the artworks. i have picked out a few favourites but there are lots more online here at juicycanvas. above : jazzberry blue and below : katy clemmans.

above : yesterdays featured artist danielle kroll and below : vasare nar

above : migy and below judy kaufmann
below : by muxxi