Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Cool brand: Indikidual

Some shots of cool new kids brand Indikidual's unisex capsule collection from my visit to its pop-up shop in Willesden Green for the MM "lil ones workshop" the other week (see my post here). I love their directional prints (very Bobo Choses), great colours and shapes, that encourage mix and match layering. I also loved the fab neon bulb signage featured around the Queens Parade group of pop-up shops....reminded me of the Louboutin exhibition.

Images 4 and 5 press shots taken from Indikidual's website.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Wool and thread

The final designer I'm featuring from the Dulwich Artists' Open House event is Sally Nencini, whose products (and house) I completely fell in love with. Her knitted toys, blankets and cushions in 100% lambswool feature graphical patterns and distinctive London-inspired repeats of buses, taxis and soldiers. Her 'Draw' bags with integrated crayon holders are pure genius!

Besides the knitted collection, Sally also collaborates with her husband Peter to create the most beautiful upholstered furniture in linear embroidered patterns. I love this description from her website: "Each of Sally's bespoke upholstered pieces is a unique response to the vintage chair and its character; the story of its use and its user".

Top image taken from Sally's blog. Other posts on the Artist's Open House here and here.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Recycled and reclaimed

The second artist I want to feature from the Dulwich Artists' Open House event is LeilaBadblood, aka Leila McMillan, who creates new products from recycled, reclaimed and salvaged materials. She uses printed fabrics, tea towels, embroidered linens and napkins to create all kinds of things - I love the baby booties, wash bags and the quirky detailing on shirts. I also spotted some great vintage card pin brooches made from kids game pieces.

See my first post from the Artists' Open House here.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Japanese bib clips

Inspiration can even come from the local playgroup! I spotted this gorgeous baby girl this morning, wearing a beautiful printed dress (some Japanese brand) and sporting a very trendy and unusual bib clip. The clips allow you to use any kind of fabric as a bib (such as this pink polka dot muslin cloth) and the beads adjust the strap at the back. I am in love with this stylish accessory....unfortunately her mum told me this also came from Japan so no purchasing one round here. Japanese babies are just too cool!!

(Apologies for rubbish photos, she just wouldn't stop wriggling!)

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Skip Sisters

On Sunday I had a little wander around the streets of SE22 for the Dulwich Artists' Open House, where artists, designers and creatives open either their studios or a room in their home to show, and often sell, their work. I came across some really inspiring and creative people, and will share three of my favourites.

First up are the Skip Sisters; a group of five women who salvage and rescue objects from landfill and use them as raw materials to create new products. I particularly liked the quirky cake stands, the use of old tennis rackets to display jewellery, and the hooks made with toy blocks or old packaging.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Who's like me?

I couldn't resist getting some shots of this gorgeous kids book before wrapping it up as a 1st birthday present! Called Who's Like Me? it combines beautiful illustrations that explore animal classifications, with colourful, bold close-up patterns of animal prints, feathers, scales and fur....perfect inspiration for a budding biologist AND textile designer!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

MM x Indikidual messy fun!

Lots of messy fun today at the Mothers Meeting lil one workshop held at kids clothing brand Indikidual's pop-up shop in Willesden Green. Founder Syreeta and her gorgeous girl Minnie played host to a couple of hours of painting....with hands, fingers, stamps, brushes.....on paper, faces, clothes, tables and buggies!

We love Indikidual's cool unisex clothes and quirky prints (more on this in another post) and the studio space was so inspiring - washi tape, primary pop-colour kids chairs, pompoms, stickers, wooden spoon faces, cardboard monsters peeping out of corners and cute customised stationery. We love Indikidual!