Pippa Caley + Not on the High Street

March 19, 2007

Pippa Caley is a lady whom I’d love to meet. Pippa is interesting and stylish, her embroidered and screen-printed cushions and wall papels speak volumes about just how cool she is. Outside of her work, I found her inspiration board imaginative and colorful, a glimpse into her world.

Pippa’s inspiration board

Pippa Caley + Not on the High StreetYou can learn a lot about a person when you ‘see’ what they’re thinking. People that are highly visual give you an immediate glimpse into their soul. Just a glimpse though, not much more. :) Knowing a creative type is such a pleasure, so satisfying, instant gratification in a sense, don’t you think? You need not spend hours in conversation, you may never even meet them in person. Just looking at their photography, their inspiration board, their work – you can learn so much about what makes them tick. My husband calls this ‘Alternate Words’, it’s a way of hearing a story, learning about someone, through an alternate means. Often through the eyes, but also through smell, touch, or sound (music, not the spoken word). Telling a story without using words (spoken or written), can impact the soul and spark the imagination. Unlike a novel or movie where most of the details are laid before you, photography, art, and other highly visual forms of expression gives the viewer a lot of creative freedom – you can tap into your imagination, pull new ideas, and as a result, walk away inspired. Whatever the case, Pippa and her body of work, certainly accomplishes this.

Pippa Caley + Not on the High StreetPippa Caley + Not on the High StreetAs a graduate of the Royal College of Art, her collection of textiles for the home really speak to me. I love that she’ll take your vintage photographs and create a bespoke product exclusively for you to enjoy. This actually reminds me a lot of Michelle Caplan and her mixed media artwork, someone I’ve been purchasing art from since ’05. I love seeing vintage photography used so creatively, especially since surrounding yourself with photos of those that have been a guiding force in your life is such a positive addition to your home, and certainly is a less traditional approach to showcasing your favorite photos. It’s almost visual storytelling… A glimpse of your past.

Pippa Caley + Not on the High StreetYou can also shop the Pippa Caley collection online at Not on the High Street, an amazing treasure chest of a store with goods from so many talented artists, mostly based in the UK.

Pippa Caley + Not on the High StreetPsst: Ms. Caley even has some really cute tea towels too. :)

(images from pippa caley)


  • Reply decor8 March 19, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Freya: Oh I’m so glad you enjoy Pippa’s work. And yes, you’re right, you can’t learn fully about anyone through their work or even what they tell you about themselves, but I find looking at the work of an artist a definite glimpse into themselves and I really appreciate that, you know?


  • Reply Freya March 19, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    seriously, the textiles look brilliant. i don’t know how easy it is though to understand a person’s soul through alternate words, although i can understand its the most beautiful way to do so. :)

  • Reply sfgirlbybay March 20, 2007 at 12:32 am

    these are perfect. i want those pillows! nice find, holly.

  • Reply jamie March 20, 2007 at 5:04 am

    Those are too cute Holly. :)

  • Reply danielle March 20, 2007 at 9:06 am

    I love the phrase ‘Alternate Words’, it’s so true! Those tea towels are gorgeous. I especially love the one with the birds. I didn’t know Pippa so thanks for the post Holly!

  • Reply hiphostess March 20, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    adore this bird design! is a great website too! will definitely be bookmarking that one :)

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