craft

On seeing, doing, making, thinking, living



'SHELF LIFE: The Ornaments Are Talking To Me' by Mark Clarke is at The Bowes Museum
I’m terribly guilty of being a bit lazy when it comes to travelling out of London, but I feel I should remedy that with a couple of promising out-of-town exhibitions.

At my book launch, Iain R Webb told me about the exhibition SHELF LIFE: The Ornaments Are Talking To Me (above), that has just opened at the Bowes Museum in County Durham. Assemblage artist Mark Clarke presents his modern day memento mori as a bittersweet response to his mother’s battle with dementia. I love any form of assemblage, collage or mixed media, possibly a reflection of my own hoarding collecting tendencies. (more…)



Positive fashion: L/Uniform bags



L/Uniform bag of Daphne Hezard by Elise Toide

Who doesn’t love an Instagram rabbit hole? After Monocle magazine’s Daphne Hezard posted one of the pictures from my book (of Hezard’s cute deskscape – above), the co-founder of her lush red L/Uniform satchel commented, which led me to her own very fetching Instagram account. (more…)



Trend report: For Burberry and Jonathan Anderson, art and craft are king



Burberry aw16 Makers House

Craft is trending for SS17 (or is it AW16?) and I don’t just mean complex embroideries and hand tooled leathers. Although, yes, those too. More that designers are celebrating all manner of craft and makers, in particular two of LFW’s most important designers,Christopher Bailey at Burberry and J.W.Anderson’s Jonathan Anderson. (more…)



Buly 1803 arrives in London



Buly 1803 at Dover Street Market, London
The area around Dover Street Market has had a spruce-up recently, with the new St James’s Market slowly coming to life. If you’re approaching DSM from Jermyn Street, it’s the road that continues along leading to Haymarket. This new block is soon to house retail and restaurant premises, inclusing a Jigsaw and a Smeg. (more…)