Category: Creative

Layers of ethos x

Why do I love Toast so much? Let me count the ways…authentic, wholesome yet elusively stylish and contemporary, it’s a brand that manages to mix the products it sells with the ethos it promotes.  For example, these handblown glass baubles at £35 for 5 will be on my wish list this Christmas, not for decorating the tree, but to add to chandeliers all year round – the present element is a Brucie bonus.

(All pics Toast and Pinterest)

If you’re a maker then this bit of information I found on their website could be of real interest to you:

The TOAST New Makers programme will support and mentor five emerging makers. We will offer production, design, business and marketing advice, as well as a digital and physical platform to sell their pieces with full profits being returned to them.

The programme is open to makers of all disciplines. We are seeking makers who use sustainable materials, demonstrate skilled craftsmanship, share an appreciation of texture and colour and have an understanding of thoughtful, functional design.

If you are an emerging maker and would like to apply, please submit your application before 12pm, Wednesday 18th December 2019. The shortlist will be selected by an internal TOAST panel. Please note that this programme is open to all new makers, wherever you may be in the world.

 

It’s almost the perfect Christmas gift…

Laters, Kate x

X marks the spot..

There’s  a delicate balance when it comes to Christmas: too early is crass, too late misses the boat.  And there’s another element now that seems to be sneaking in..that too much is just…too much.  Both sides of my family have thought about how to change expectations.  On one side we do a secret Santa, one person each with a price limit.  On the other side it was suggested last year for handmade presents only, something that requires thought and time.  I would love to make the above.

(All pics Pinterest)

So I’m going to: Why should doing the right thing need universal agreement?

Laters, Kate x

Wild x

Instead of buying velvet, maybe I should bite the bullet and buy a van and convert it into an escape-mobile.  Or just pass over some wonga and get someone else to do it for me….Confession: the site Wildvan is my new go-to porn.  That and the ‘cabin in the wood’ equivalent.


(All pics Wildvan and Pinterest)

Freedom.  It’s a strong pull.

Laters, Kate x

Wood you?

 

The laws of the universe suggest that for every action there’s an opposite.  It’s what I keep reminding myself when I hear the news.  I’m hoping there will be a reaction, a realisation that everything has gone too far, too much, too greedy. That where true pleasure lies is in integrity, authenticity and honesty.  And sometimes you can get this all happening at once – reaction and authenticity literally fused together…this is fractal burning.  A rather wonderful after burn that happens when wood is coated in a conducting fluid and electricity is passed through. Check out Youtube from some truly mesmerising videos.

(All pics Pintrest)

Burn, baby burn.

Laters, Kate

Projecting x

 

Never have winter coats been so exciting or offered such a visual treat – wear black all season, and you’ll still make a statement. Gone is military uniformity, symmetry and blending and say hello to loose cuts, colour and freedom of expression.

But be prepared for the odd gem that’s breaks the rule…

 

(All pics Pinterest)

Because this year, there are no rules…

Laters, Kate x

Stone Faced x

 

It took me a while to understand the appeal and connection that I felt to these little pieces of art from the moment I first saw them.  I think it’s to do with the every day made beautiful, the worship of nature, a celebration of simplicity and a special sense of appreciating there’s something in the act of giving over time to create something that has honour but no practical purpose except it’s own sense of wonder.


(All pics Pinterest)

I also think, on a subliminal level, they remind me of the sea urchins we go diving for in Greece.

For objects so small, their voice is big.

Laters, Kate x

90%

Buy less but buy better is a mantra that both speaks volumes and resonates with my innards.  Which is probably why the company Ninety Percent ticks so many boxes: Producing luxury basics for every day with classic, well cut pieces that are detail driven, made to last and respond to age. But even more impressive, Ninety Percent is a sustainable label, based in London that shares 90% of it’s distributed profits between charitable causes.

(All pics Ninety Percent and Pinterest)

High f****** five to a kinder, more caring fashion movement that really delivers.

Laters, Kate x

Garden Pod Planning..

 

In moments of lull I return to the task of designing the pod for the garden:  This summer is on it’s downward slide, which should be the siren call to have it planned and built all ready for next so I wonder why I haven’t yet done it.  Is it because there’s an acceptance that the journey is the richest bit? In my mind, the excuse I’m offering up is that I’m tussling between two strong statements – modern and boho.  I don’t know if it can be both.  I take each element on it’s own and turn it round, looking at it from every side, weighing up the pros and cons. Do they cancel each other out? I know I want two thirds to be a seated pergola with a covered roof but with walls that would filter the light, to provide respite and privacy.  Is the choice modern simplicity that’s kind on the purse? Or is this a last hurrah that requires something a little more?

 

(All pics Pinterest)

Laters, Kate x

Totes amazing..

No metaphor represents the end of summer more than abandoned, once loved inflatables, lying discarded like an unwanted skins by over flowing bins, waiting to be hauled off to landfill. A couple of weeks pleasure in return for environmental chaos.  But one man’s poison is another man’s pleasure – for Georgia Wyatt-Lovell and her husband, Steve Lovell this is the perfect raw material for their bags at Wyatt and Jack.  From deckchairs in the big smoke, bouncy castles in the suburbs and lilos from the beaches, all are gathered together and given new life and new purpose.

(Particularly love this one, designed for bikers and doubles as a pannier. Genius.)

(All pics Wyatt and Jack, and Pinterest)

This is the sweet spot where design, practicality and awareness coincide.

And what a rich place that is.

Laters, Kate x