Since I last sawEmma Hardicker at the Country Living Spring Fair 2012, she's been busy with new projects. Her fabrics are now available to buy by the metre from her website in the 'daffodil' or 'spring' prints in three colourways: grey, olive and teal. These fabrics can be used to upholster furniture, or other home projects. Lampshades and cushions are also available.
Clare has a strong ethical policy in her work and a committment to use eco fabrics; she is involved with the Ethical Fashion Forum. She uses hemp fabric mixes: hemp according to Clare, 'enriches the soil on which it is grown, grows well without herbicides
and pesticides and uses only 20% of the water needed for cotton
growing'. Her designs are abstract, created from photographs of textiles, objects and different surface techniques and she uses a range of natural earth-tone colours, mixed with flashes of brights and black and white.
Ben's Sister, spotted at Spirit of Christmas 2012, handmakes bespoke leather handbags, purses and clutches - soft and colourful leather, some with screen printed gold flowers, and lined with a fabric of your choice.
These lovely vintage inspired prints are by Rosehip, who are based in Bristol. A range of stationery, notecards and wrapping paper are available -I particularly like these box files covered in Rosehip prints, especially the yellow 50s floral (see pic below on the left).
Rosehip is just the sort of company that I seek out because, to quote from their website: We always
strive to use as environmentally friendly materials and
processes, and take pride in always using British manufacturers where
I've blogged about Rose Cottage Boxes before (here and here), and they continue to be one of the best finds at the Country Living Fair each season: hand made, well made, useful, beautiful, and a great example of cottage industry.
Boxe are available in five sizes which are suitable for a range of uses including stationnery bits and bobs, crafting and sewing bits and pieces, and treasure (the latter for those aged 9 and under), and some bespoke pieces of furniture such as chairs, spice drawers and bird boxes.
Easter hares, new for this season, and Regal Indigo
Amanda Ross' botanical prints and designs, which are available on a range of ceramics as well as stationnery and prints, have a very British character. The plants and flowers that inspire her designs are picked from the hedgerows and fields: cow parsley, dandelion clocks and wild geranium leaves. The colours are a subtle range of pinks, lilacs, teals and mustardy greens which evoke soft spring and summer days. Silhouettes of leaves and flowers are set on a white background, the designs are subtle and the ceramics pictured below would mix well with vintage florals or more simple contemporary pieces.
Amanda Ross is based in London and her products are made in the UK.