I’m a lover of quilts and sofa throws, especially ones that combine vintage textiles with a mid-century modern vibe, like a few of the Clare Nicolson one-of-a-kind throws I recently discovered online (twiggy is a good example). Clare doesn’t stop at throws though, she combines her fantastic digitally printed cottons and silks with vintage fabric to create a brilliant array of interior textiles and accessories for your plush nest. She designs vintage-inspired throw pillows, wall art, scarves, badges, handmade greeting cards, tea towels with images like baby elephants, little birdie sachets stuffed with lavender, and totally sweet dolly birds that are sold matroska style – each come as a set of 5 in ranging sizes from big birds to mini peeps. A perk of browsing her website goes beyond all of the pretty things that you’ll find there, the website itself is so adorable and fun to explore.
“Designs for Clare Nicolson textiles are taken from paper collages which she creates using decorative papers and packaging. Inspiration for collages can come from almost anything; an old teapot, a walk in the country, even the birds in her garden. Pattern is an integral part of the textiles. Layering pattern on pattern, designs develop as each new paper is uncovered.”
Her very special designs are available for purchase via her website. Have fun!
(images from clare nicolson)
This wrapping paper from Nineteen Seventy Three in the UK is stylin’, agree? Husband and wife team James and Emma Emmerson, both born in 1973, teamed up to create 1973, a design company specializing in wrapping paper and greetings cards. They describe their line as, “Bright and clean designs with a quirky edge, reflecting our individualistic style without taking ourselves too seriously.” I like the bright colors and groovy graphics, they’re so playful and a break from the norm. You can shop them online here.
(images from 1973)
Here’s a blog you’re sure to love from Lyon, France – it’s called, “Tea Time“. The blogger is an illustrator and crafter who has the sweetest baby girl ever, and her blog is just loaded with color and inspiration. It appears as though she has illustrated some children’s books (if anyone reads French, please help me out here), a few of her illustrations are shown both here and at her blog. She also shows photos of a French design book called, “De Filles En Aiguilles“, that I’d love to get my hands on (maybe I’ll order it on Amazon).
It’s so amazing to meet all of these talented people located all over the world, each with their own blog revealing their life and loves. Makes life so much more interesting when you look outside of your reality into the life of another…
(images from tea time)
I found a neat lady that really digs Japanese craft books, with a complete photo album showing various covers, and a blog called buzzville dedicated (well almost) to these beautiful handmade things from Japan. I could look at the covers of these craft books for hours, they appeal to me so much for so many reasons. I don’t know, part of it is that they make me feel that same excitement that I felt in the 1980s when I first discovered Hello Kitty at my local Sanrio shop in South Carolina, where I grew up. I was so excited to see the Japanese language all over the products, bright red and pink cherry blossom stationery, pretty pastel Little Twin Stars and the ever adorable My Melody bunny, Hello Kitty’s dearest pals. My love of Japanese packaging and prints goes back to those early days, when I was around 7 years old and my world was opening up, my eyes seeing things beyond America, my heart yearning to see more. Now, as I look at the various Japanese craft books that are gaining popularity here in the states, I rediscover that feeling of leaping joy all over again – the feeling that I truly haven’t seen all that’s out there (which many designers and writers like me deal with since we see so much). There’s so much more to be discovered, so much talent to unearth, so much that lingers beyond the shores of North America and Europe, where I generally focus my design writing. Isn’t it exciting for you to discover these treasures, too?
(images from buzzville)