19 October 2018

TEXTILES - marimekko

I couldn't wait to post these new dark and wintry designs by the legendary Sanna Annukka for Marimekko. Called 'Njalla' this is Sanna's latest print available to buy by the metre/yard or as a cushion and tablecloth. The design was inspired by all the various textures an colours found in a forest such as moss, leaves and berries.

The next Marimekko pattern to feature from Sanna Anukka is 'Svaale' ,which is the Finnish for an Arctic Fox, and which often features in Nordic folk tales. Sanna was inspired by old Eastern European embroideries where the animals are depicted in a very abstract way. You can see more Svaale online here at Marimekko.

The next Marimekko print we have is Mynsteri by the famous Finnish designer Aino-Maija Metsola. The Mynsteri design was inspired by both nature with the fine dabs and strokes depicting an ensemble of flowers, leaves and delicate tendrils, and also the traditional craftsmanship of lace bobbins.

And finally here are some of the new arrivals at Marimekko. Each print is named in the title and you can find them all online here.

18 October 2018

BOOK - yes life is waiting are you ready?

Today I'm posting a book that originally came out in 2015 by Kobi Yamada, and illustrated by Jessica Phoenix. I've only just discovered this book after seeing it in John Lewis as part of their Christmas offering. Published by Compendium as a gift book that will inspire positive thoughts and boost confidence it features bold geometric patterns and type. Artist Jessica Phoenix used markers, tracing paper, and paint to create digital collages. She says "Everyone can relate to that voice of negativity in our mind that tells us ‘no,’ which is why it's so needed to have a book that tells us we can ignore that voice and say ‘yes,’ instead.” The result is an intense yet uplifting graphic style that mirrors the negativity and optimism that can be found in the words on each page. You can find Yes life is waiting are you ready? in John Lewis stores now and online at Amazon UK or Amazon USA.

BOOK - you make the world better

The next book spotted in John Lewis last week was 'You Make the World Better' by Jennifer Pletsch, and illustrated by Jill Labieniec. Also published by Compendium (like the Yes book) You make the world better aims to point out it's not just the wonderful places we can go and the things we can see but rather the friends and loved ones we see them with. Those who make any adventure worth taking, make the memories special and make the world better. See more on Amazon UK or Amazon USA.

'You Make the World Better' was illustrated and designed by Jill Labieniec and you can find Jill on Instragram here. Below are some examples of her fabulous work...