Mother’s Day – a gift from the heart

I guess technically it’s Mother’s Day every day, rarely a moment goes by when we don’t look to our mothers to fulfil some need or other if we are lucky enough to still have them in our lives. Sadly, I lost my Mum 18 years ago so I don’t have this privilege. I do have a lovely step-mum though who has kept my Dad happy for 26 years. Sandra has been a rock and has seen me through many ups and downs offering sound advice on numerous occasions so once more I will be giving her a gift from the heart on March 15th, Mother’s Day.

Nice jugs!

Nice jugs!

 

I have had my eye on these jugs by Kate Thorburn for some time so last week thought I would buy the largest one in preparation for Mother’s Day. I now only need to buy a lovely bunch of Spring daffs to put in it – won’t the yellow just sing out perfectly with the blue and white my friends?

Here is a small selection of pieces currently in Heart Gallery that won’t break the bank but of course if you visit us in Hebden Bridge you are bound to see lots of other lovely goodies for Mum!

mothers dayGlass: Andy Poplar £20
Driftwood tokens: Ella Robinson from £20
The Simple Things Magazine £4.99
Ceramic tokens: Laura Crooks £10

I’d actually quite like the gift of a few minutes peace and quiet (ahem, if my brood is listening … salted caramel green tea, homemade biscuits and a good book or a great magazine please)!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mums out there … I hope your brood celebrates the wonderful woman that you are with a gift from the heart xXx

 

 

Meet The Maker – Margo Selby

Margo Selby - Textile Artist

Margo Selby – Textile Artist

Margo always loved working with textiles as a child. There was a history in her family of women making textiles in the home and her grandmother first taught her to crotchet and cross-stitch.

Weaving workshop

Weaving workshop

Margo got her first loom with a setting up grant from the crafts council in 2003, prior to that she used the looms at The Ann Sutton Foundation and the colleges she studied at. ( Chelsea and RCA).

Scarves - new collection

Scarves – new collection

When Margo first graduated she worked as a freelance woven textile designer for mills and so she has a network of manufacturing contacts that she has built up throughout her career both as a freelancer and producer.

Silk Clasp purses - new collection

Silk Clasp purses – new collection

Margo likes to explore technical constructions on her hand-loom, combining fibres and structure to innovate new fabrics and patterns. She is always interested in exploring new materials and techniques both in hand weaving and industrial production.

Jude - large standard silk scarf

Jude – large standard silk scarf

There is deep thought and hands-on development behind every product Margo designs and creates. She is first and foremost a weaver and a craftsperson, so the time she spends making on the hand-loom is reflected in the final product.

Sherbert - large standard silk scarf

Sherbert – large standard silk scarf

Margo has always been drawn to surface and texture and enjoys mixing different fibres to see how they react with one another. She has researched fibres that would shrink when heated and has tried weaving these in combination with silk to create three-dimensional surfaces.  This process led Margo to the silk and lycra combinations used in her first collection.

Liberty - clasp purse

Liberty – clasp purse

Since then Margo has continued to develop this concept by exploring new heat shrink yarns and combining them with more durable fibers like cotton and polyester to create stronger fabrics suitable for interior applications.

Eton - large standard silk scarf

Eton – large standard silk scarf

The work of the Bauhaus designers has always been an inspiration to Margo’s design process. She feels she can compare herself to them in that she is equally passionate about creating a piece of weaving which celebrates the beauty of a woven textile as an artform as well as developing ideas in weaving which are suitable for industrial production. Weaving is her passion and starting point for all that she does whether it be a one-off artpiece or a commercial design. The two are intrinsically linked and symbiotic.

Dogstar - clasp purse

Dogstar – clasp purse

Margo loves creating fabric and enjoys the sensuality of texture, colour and touch. Margo hopes her passion for the cloth enables people who are living and working with her products to share some of that enthusiasm.

Naomi - scarf

Naomi – scarf

Margo started her business twelve years ago working on a hand-loom in her bedroom. Since then, it has grown to include a busy textile studio employing eight full-time members of staff and a team of piece workers in Whitstable, weaving bespoke textiles for a wide variety of end uses.

Auckland - large standard silk scarf

Auckland – large standard silk scarf

In recent years Margo and her team have expanded their range to include floor coverings, towels and bedlinen, seeing some of their classic designs re-interpreted for new applications.

Loom - sampling

Loom – sampling

Having stocked Margo’s textiles for a number of years her collections never disappoint us. The care she takes and the quality of the final piece for us ensures that our customers can invest in an heirloom of the future.

Silk Scarves - new collection

Silk Scarves – new collection

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

And here we are again, boy do these weeks fly by! Our midweek special These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things is proving popular so thank you for taking the time to visit the blog and read this short but sweet post every week; you are all stars!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33o32C0ogVM

This week’s montage is kind of a helpful hint for Mother’s Day so enjoy:

Mar 4th

Etched Glass Milk Bottle: Andy Poplar
Mrs Lovely Mug: Happy Jackson
Peep Apron: Herdy
Silver & Gold Plate Necklace: Claire Troughton
Bordeaux Fig & Vetiver Soy Candle: Eco range PaddyWax

Meet The Maker – Abby Filer

Abby Filer - Jeweller

Abby Filer – Jeweller

 

Abby is a contemporary fashion jewellery designer/maker. She works with silver, printed aluminium, enamels, pearls and precious stones to create fun, feminine and easily wearable pieces of jewellery.

Aquamarine pendant - Abby Filer

Aquamarine pendant – Abby Filer

 

Abby looked into the ancient folklore surrounding precious stones, their believed meanings and importance in ancient times to inspire her new collection for us called ‘spun gems’.

Topaz Bangle - Abby Filer

Topaz Bangle – Abby Filer

 

Abby has created individual pieces of jewellery which hold precious stones safely inside a maze of silver wire, keeping the magic the stones are said to provide safe within the pieces of jewellery.

Wrap rings - Abby Filer

Wrap rings – Abby Filer

 

Abby graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006 and now runs her business Abby Filer Jewellery from her shop Franny & Filer, which she opened with friend and fellow jeweller Frances Stunt in 2009.

Peridot studs - Abby Filer

Peridot studs – Abby Filer

 

These are some of the stones Abby has used for her new collection for us which has arrived in Hebden Bridge just in time for Mother’s Day:

Amethyst – a symbol of sincerity and stability and protects from drunkenness.

Aquamarine – known as the treasure of mermaids and symbolises safety and security.

Sapphire – encourages creativity; is the stone of inner peace and meditation; reduces pain.

Topaz ring - Abby Filer

Topaz ring – Abby Filer

 

Topaz – drives away sadness and strengthens intellect.

Peridot – helps relationship issues; reduces anger and jealousy; encourages prosperity.

Peridot bracelet - Abby Filer

Peridot bracelet – Abby Filer

 

We hope to see you soon and of course Abby is happy to include your birthstone if you wish:

  • January – Garnet
  • February – Amethyst
  • March – Aquamarine
  • April – Diamond
  • May – Emerald
  • June – Moonstone/Pearl
  • July – Ruby
  • August – Peridot
  • September – Sapphire
  • October – Opal
  • November – Citrine
  • December – Topaz

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Here we are again my friends … I am really loving this little feature and I hope that you are too. It is not set in stone when it will appear as it depends on when our favourite things sing to us of course so this week it’s a Thursday post!

fav things

Metal sculpture: Lynn Walters

Topaz and silver bangle: Abby Filer

Ceramics: Kate Thorburn (we can’t get enough of her amazing pieces so we have featured her again)

Pearl Acorn & Oak Leaf gold vermeil necklace: Amanda Cox

Meet The Maker – Lynn Walters

Lynn Walters - Artist

Lynn Walters – Designer/Maker of metal and wire sculpture

Lynn is a designer maker of metal and wire sculpture for interiors. From her studio in Wales she makes wall and free-standing sculptures that depict everyday life in wire and metal.

Along the Canal

Along the Canal

She began to make sculptures in 2002 after she gained a first class honours degree in Contemporary Textile Practice at Cardiff University where she specialised in metal and wire.

In The Park

In The Park (detail)

Lynn gained a highly commended award in 2005 in the Welsh Artist of the Year, and has undertaken many public and private commissions and exhibited in many UK galleries, including Heart Gallery Christmas 2008.

Just Another Day

Just Another Day

Lynn’s new collection for Heart Gallery depicts everyday life with colourful rows of houses and wire people going about their daily business.

Early Morning

Early Morning

Her pieces are made from a mixture of metals and wire, the houses are made from anodised aluminium which she hand cuts and colours herself, around each house is a mild steel wire framework which is welded in place, once the process of welding each house is complete, the whole sculpture can be welded together.

Holiday (detail)

Holiday (detail)

Lynn uses recycled tin to form the flowers, clouds and ladies dresses, she also uses felt to form birds and sheep.

Washday

Washday

We adore Lynn’s work and have a few customers who are keen collectors so they will be so pleased that her colourful work is back with us in Hebden Bridge.

Breezy Day (detail)

Breezy Day (detail)

We are happy to discuss commissioned pieces with you as Lynn will be able to add a personal touch to a sculpture or for a special occasion such as a wedding, birthday or anniversary … get your thinking caps on! Here is a list of the type of information we would need so Lynn can make for you:

In The Park

In The Park

Size of sculpture, colour preference of houses, adding personal touches such as family members, or people walking, carrying handbags/newspapers, walking sticks, pushing a pram, walking dogs (dogs will be made from wire – no colour as they are too small), cycling, sitting on benches, cats (cats will also be made from wire) and birds (birds can be either small cream felt birds with copper wire eyes and beak or larger white metal birds which are more like seagulls/pigeons, small bees which have a black felt body with copper wire stripes and feelers etc. Names and dates can be stamped into clouds or houses, and she can include street names or house names.

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Trumpet roll …. hurrah! Here is a new feature for you my lovelies and I hope you like it.

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things will feature mid week and will be just a short little blog post featuring our favourite things that week of course! So here is today’s …. enjoy x

Feb 18th

Ceramics: Kate Thorburn

Jewellery: Alice Clarke

Glass: Andy Poplar

Textiles: Rachael Taylor