This week in the Studio

It's been a busy week starting with a visit from a group of women in a photographic tour of craft businesses in Swaziland organised by Nest.  Nest ( is an organisation that "partners with the world's most promising emerging artisans to promote peace and prosperity through sustainable business development".  So, we're in extremely good company.  

Doorways of Gozo and Malta

During a recent trip to Malta and Gozo I loved seeing the faded, weathered and soft colours of doorways and window shutters, of quarried stone and smoothed marble.  These cool colours are the perfect foil for the hot sun and intensely blue sky. Tranquil and cool and some inspiring colours, especially for mohair curtaining colours....a real Duck Egg blue - hard to achieve, but a total classic.  I had such curiosity about what is behind these doors:  the churches led to grand and opulent interiors, the houses from the odd glimpse that I had were simple and tranquil and cool.

100% Design, South Afrrica

We were thrilled to partner our friends at Evolution for the inaugural showing of 100% Design South Africa, held in Midrand, Johannesburg for five days alongside the well known and popular show, Decorex.  There were a total of 50,000 visitors who came to see the dynamic mix of new and old interior companies, young designers with cutting edge furniture, lighting and really endless products, fabrics, ceramics - all on show.

Perfect Plaids

We have had such fun revisiting plaid patterns in cotton and mohair.  We designed a collection some time ago that flew off the shelves and decided to weave another run.  They are complex in the visual memories they elicit – they have a tie into comfort, outdoors, adventure, warmth, something from childhood…
We have brightened up the shades and made some unexpected combinations.  The blankets will go into our shop, I am finding them very difficult to part with, they are like a family already and all look so comfortable with each other!

Carpets, Cushions, Fabrics

We have been enjoying a creative period as we experiment with some weaving patterns and combine textures and colours.  We have carpet orders in production, which will take us some time to weave and finalise and we are revisiting some of our raffia weaves which clients want to re-order.

This Week In The Studio

The last few months we have been involved in different products – from fluffy tufted mohair carpets to a collection of mohair blankets for a US store.  We are currently working on intricately patterned raffia (used as large room divider panels) and are finalising a carpet order for a home in Bordeaux.

Mohair Cushion Covers

Every now and then we weave a run of striped cushion covers that consist of a myriad of colours in a blending stew of hues…that really are one offs.  I love the unexpectedness of the colour combinations and textures.  There are some natural greys, ochres and golds.  Plus a little rosy pink and pale blue to add to the mix.