Friday, 19 February 2010

The Surface Design Show

My first ever visit to the Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre was well worth the visit. Although a small show, it was full of exciting materials and surfaces. If you didn't manage to visit this year, make a date for next year's event. A couple of my favourites are below.

Tactility Factory combine concrete with textile to create solid tactile materials. Particularly exciting is the digital embroidery embedded in concrete and lazer cut (?) linen also sunk into concrete (below).

SCIN source, specify and sell innovative surface materials for interior and exterior spaces. They had a table of really exciting playful materials, hard materials like wood and concrete with transparent qualities.

I will try to add more, as and when I have more time. Hope you enjoy these.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Slow Textiles

For anyone who managed to see the exhibition 'Craft & the Slow Revolution', lucky you! Unfortunately I missed it and am now waiting for it to tour to somewhere not too far away.

In the meantime I came across a really good article about Slow Textiles on the website of HAND/EYE magazine. The article titled 'Slow Cloth' is written by Elaine Lipson, author of the Red Thread Studio blog. In it she sets out a manifesto of slow textiles with themes such as sustainability, community, skill, beauty and quality. This is an area I am really interested in and is definitely worth reading.

Here is a picture of one of my eco prints, which seems to embody the slow ethos.

Friday, 12 February 2010


I came across this nice little bit of free software called Poladroid. Once downloaded you can transform digital images into something that looks like a Polaroid photo. Just a bit of fun, but quite a nice effect. The photo below was taken from a train using my mobile phone.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Helen Musselwhite

...and since I'm on a roll with paper cutting at the moment, Here's some work by Helen Musselwhite.

Job Opportunities

Take a look at Print & Pattern's vacancies page for details of current jobs, freelance opportunities and internships.

Do you know of any other good websites advertising design jobs? Let me know so that I can spread the word.

Rob Ryan

Today I visited the Rob Ryan exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The exhibition is well worth a visit, with a good selection of Rob Ryan's paper cuts and prints. The large-scale window decals are an interesting contrast in scale to the delicate, detailed paper cuts.

The hand-made paper cuts are beautifully detailed and lifting from the background create subtle shadows and a sense of depth.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Pin pricks

I just came across this beautiful work by Heather Smith Jones. She uses simple pin pricks to build up delicate images with a subtle embossed effect.

Surface Design Show

Just a reminder that the Surface Design Show will be happening from 16th to 18th February 2010. The event takes place at the Business Design Centre, Islington. You can register online now.

This is an excellent opportunity to see a wide range of interior and exterior surface products, including many new innovations. Amongst the companies exhibiting at the Surface Design Show will be Tactility Factory. Their groundbreaking product uses concrete combined with textile to create a decorative, tactile surface (above & below).

Paper Cutting

Following a Chinese paper cutting workshop I attended this week here are a few items of interest on paper cutting.

Firstly professor Lu Shenzhong, who gave the workshop. His amazing paper cuts are all made by hand using traditional Chinese scissors. His work was included in the V&A exhibition 'Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft'.

Many thanks to Carolann for telling me about Mia Pearlmans work using hand cut paper sculpture.


Finally I will briefly mention Rob Ryan. Well known for his romantic yet witty designs, he currently has work exhibited at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I hope to visit the exhibition tomorrow so will add more at a later date.