30 September 2009

inside cornwall magazine

inside cornwall magazine
have featured our reclaimed cornish slate mirrors
in the october issue (out now)

there is a little teeny tiny misprint:
our small cornish slate portrait mirrors pictured in the mag
are actually £40 (includes p&p to mainland uk), not £44.

thanks to Angela at the mag for contacting us about the article
and Kathy for writing the piece.


claire loder

Claire's new website is online and we think it's very cool.
click here to visit it

and we can't wait to get a copy of her new book - available soon

Claire will be exhibiting at Origin:
stand M6, week 2 - 13th to 18th october


28 September 2009

yew tree gallery

sea pool and rose headland by michael sheppard

on our sort of day off, on thursday, we also popped into one
of our favourite galleries in Cornwall, the Yew Tree Gallery.

the road out of St.Ives toward St.Just is beautiful and the gallery
is just past Morvah, with sea views on one side and
the stunning Penwith Moors on the other side.

the gallery is a lovely space and the exhibitions are always good.

we totally fell in love with Michael Sheppard's beautiful paintings which
had been framed perfectly in slightly worn looking gold frames.
(I wish I could have bought one).

His next exhibition is at the Open Space Galleries in Penryn
which opens on the 9th october to 3rd november.

27 September 2009

porthmeor artists studios

whenever we go to St.Ives, we always walk along Porthmeor beach
and look at this amazing building and dream about what it's like inside.
it houses Porthmeor artists studios, the St.Ives School of painting and
the local fishermens cellars, but we had never been inside .....
until thursday.

we had just missed all the other open studios but one was still open,
so we had a really nice chat with artist Iain Robertson who
shares one of the studios with his wife Clare Wardman.

image by Paul Massey

lust for life oil by Iain Robertson

the studios are beautiful but decaying and desperately need to be saved
from falling into the sea, basically. 3.7 million pounds is needed and
the artists, fishermen and the architect are interested in
restoring the buildings rather than altering them.

Clare Wardman's studio

we didn't get to take any photo's of inside so I have included a couple
by photographer Paul Massey and check out the video link below too

image by Paul Massey

there was an exhibition in one of the other studios that we visited too
in which all the resident artists had given a piece of work to raise
money for the restoration.
the buildings have been here for over 150 years, used by both
fishermen and artists such as Ben Nicholson and Francis Bacon
and it would be such a shame if they weren't saved.

for more info about the restoration, please visit: www.bsjwtrust.co.uk
there is also an article by Emma Thomas you should read - click here
and some great little videos about the studios - click here

26 September 2009

a sort of day off

we had a really nice day on thursday.
we had to deliver some work to a gallery in St.Ives, so decided
to spend the day in that part of Cornwall.

We were really lucky to catch the end of some open studios
going on in St.Ives, in a building that we have yearned to
look inside for the longest time - more about that in the next post.
And we stopped in at one of our favourite galleries, a little further on
down the coast, to see their latest exhibition
(more about that soon too).

the rest of our day was spent on one of our
favourite beaches - relaxing, reading, surfing - and it felt
like summer (not the rainy kind).

and we saw a beautiful sunset on the beach near St.Michael's Mount
and the twinkling lights of Penzance.

not bad for a sort of day off.

25 September 2009

new mydeco offer

there is another great money off voucher in the design boutique
section of mydeco at the moment - £20 off every order over £40.

for those of you who haven't heard about mydeco & the design
boutique, see our previous post here

there are some really beautiful products, from a hand-picked
selection of designer makers - including us (pachadesign).

we have 9 of our products in the design boutique - so if you
are quick you can get £20 off - click here to go to our products.


23 September 2009

william peers - 100 days: sketches in marble

the other exhibition that we went to see at the weekend was
the preview of William Peer's first 30 sculptures from his
new work 100 days: sketches in marble

we have known Wim & Sophie for a while now and have made a
couple of pieces of furniture for them in the past.
they live not far from us in a beautiful old house and the sculptures
looked perfect exhibited there.
it was a lovely informal preview, with tea & cakes & autumn sunshine.

Wim's idea for the series is to make a sculpture every day for 100 days.
read more about it and see more of his work here.
The final collection can be seen at Art London 8th - 12th October 09.

Wim's website: www.williampeers.com
Art London: www.artlondon.net

22 September 2009

Zoe Hyde & Dawn Dupree at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Zoe and Dawn are exhibiting together for the first time
at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton.
Zoe produces beautiful contemporary paintings and
Dawn is a textile artist producing canvases as well as a
domestic range including beautiful cushions.

We managed to see the exhibition just before the gallery closed
for the day on Saturday - well, actually, it had just gone 4pm when we
arrived but they so kindly opened up again for us so we
could have a quick look.

Zoe is based in Cornwall and Dawn is in London so both are influenced
by very different surroundings, yet their work has similarities in
terms of their subject matter, the way they work and their use of colour.

The exhibition runs until 24th October 09.

Thelma Hulbert Gallery: www.thelmahulbert.com
Zoe Hyde: www.zoehyde.co.uk
Dawn Dupree: www.dawndupree.com


the last few days have been pretty busy for us
(hence the lack of posts)
we did a few gallery deliveries to Budleigh Salterton,
Lyme Regis and Dartmoor -
it was one of those lovely autumn days
so the Moor looked all misty and mysterious.

then a few celebrations with Glenn's family on Saturday
so we had lunch on the Moor & dinner in Topsham

and we stopped off at a couple of exhibitions
on the way home - details in the next posts.

15 September 2009

j.morgan puett - part two: clothing & stores

from 1984 to circa 2001
J.Morgan Puett designed seasonal clothing collections
based on early American textiles
and contemporary styling.

her retail spaces in Manhatten were like art installations,
with industrial props, old rocking chairs,
curtains dipped in beeswax - an exploration of rural
and artisanal references present
in her clothing.

we'd like to have seen them.


incase you missed part one .... mildred's lane click here

14 September 2009

j.morgan puett - part one: mildred's lane

J.Morgan Puett and her artists colony
Mildred's Lane in Pennsylvania

(sometimes we come across something/someone
that is so inspiring - something that makes us think -
this is exactly what it's about)

set in 96 acres, the house and outbuildings have been
transformed beautifully - a living working environment
for artists to collaborate and learn

surroundings becoming art
art becoming surroundings
constantly evolving

read more here

images by Simon Upton

part two ... soon

12 September 2009

autumn and winter 09

we have put a few details of our autumn and winter 09
shows and exhibitions up on our website
click here to take a look

we will add more info about other events soon
and if you can't make it to any of the shows
don't forget that you can buy direct from our website


10 September 2009


toast house&home aw09


7 September 2009

monday morning

it feels very much like autumn this morning
the last little flower on our orchid is now all papery
so I took a polaroid of it before it died

glenn has been chopping & stacking wood for our woodburner
and we have started to make work ready for xmas events

I have posted out all of the mydeco lantern orders I got last week
and now I have gallery lantern orders to do
(I'll tell you more about one of them soon).

we are working on a few new designs for commissions too at the
moment, so we'll keep you posted as and when they happen
and look out for details soon of where you can come and see us at shows
this autumn & winter.

3 September 2009

country homes and interiors magazine oct '09

our oak edge and cornish slate dining table with benches
was used in the "Modern Rustic Style" photoshoot in this months issue
of Country Homes and Interiors magazine

we took the table & benches to a lovely little cottage in
Stow-on-the-Wold a few months ago for the shoot
and the photographs look great.

the images below are from the editors favourite pages -
check out Rhonda Parry's blog here
and do buy the magazine to see more images from the shoot

thanks to Helen from One Eco Home, stylist Carol Wortley-Bishop
and photographer Spike Powell.

click here for details of our
oak edge and cornish slate dining table and benches