Wimbledon Art Studios

Last week Wimbledon Art Studios had their spring Open Studios and I happened to find the work of Linda Smith.

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September

Her canvases, in a variety of shapes and sizes play on the form of mens suits and physique. She then takes the contrast of tone between the shirt, tie and lapel and translates that to landscape and structure. Her use of colour is bold and full of contrast. I’ve come home with two of her paintings and now want more!

Hinterland 2
Hinterland 2

Luckily they have another Open Studios in November…

Kaori Collection – Designers Guild

I have to admit to an enduring love of Designers Guild. It’s about the use of colour, bold and restrained at the same time. There is a cohesion to each new collection that suggests an edited approach, one that is considered and decisive. I drifted into the showroom last week for paint samples and as ever got completely sidetracked and came away inspired.

http://brochures.designersguild.com/SS14/Brochures/SS14-FabricAndWallpaper-Brochure/index.html
http://brochures.designersguild.com/SS14/Brochures/SS14-FabricAndWallpaper-Brochure/index.html

Clapham Old Town goes retro

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Dezanne, 31 The Pavement, Clapham Common, London SW4 0JE has a fine selection of collectibles from the 50’s to the 80’s and I couldn’t help but admire these wonderful scaffold board shelves. They create such an interesting feature wall and the perfect place to house your retro finds. Made by Woodworks 1066 http://www.woodworks1066.com/#!retail-shelving/zoom/c1jxp/image248, I love the honest utility of this style.

New Collections

Ever popular Emma Bridgewater – and long a favourite of mine for her sponge ware crockery – has produced a collection of wallpapers and fabrics for Sanderson. They are charming, lovely colours, pretty prints, witty pattern and also a number of quite sophisticated designs to appeal to the less country oriented. I know that the samples are available from next month, so now is the time to feast your eyes and start making plans! http://www.sanderson-uk.com/emma-bridgewater-prints-coming-soon.aspx

Emma Bridgewater at Sanderson