Gabrielle is a designer who lives with her husband and little dog in a rural cottage in Surrey. She makes cards, cute notebooks and plantable bunting (!) amongst other things. Her business is called The Green Gables. She only uses FSC certified paper, works with local printers and suppliers, uses recycled packaging and all orders are shipped from her local village Post Office. Her cheery post card designs landed in my inbox this week and I love the simple illustrations that feature some of my favourite vintage objects…
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They’re a mere £3.50 for a mixed set of 6 and if you don’t feel like giving them away then why not use as a mini piece of wall art? Lovely. – Alice

Donna Wilson is one busy lady and her homespun goodies just keep on a-comin’. Today I’ve been cooing over her new Spring 2012 collection and wanted to share with you a few highlights from her friendly ‘Woodland’ range.  Hand-made and printed in Stoke-on-Trent, Baby Burt is the newest addition to her egg cup family (joining the lovely Meg, Mog and Beardy Bob). Other bone china includes Fox and Grace the plates along with Bushy Tailed Squirrel and Grey Owl beakers. Too cute!

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Other items include this suitably named ‘Handy’ tea towel with bright red nails and bubbles!

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More lovely tea towel designs include ‘Acorn Leaves’ and ‘Use My Tail’ and there are gorgeous folksy flower cushions…

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And as if she wasn’t busy enough, another piece of exciting news is a little collaboration with Rococo Chocolates. (I know, not entirely home shopping but it’s chocolate….so I can’t ignore..) Donna has created a limited edition range of hand painted Easter eggs, including her own take on the matryoshka Russian Doll called ‘Food Chain’: One little solid chocolate egg with an illustration of a carrot inside another egg painted with a rabbit, all contained within a larger egg painted with a fox. LOVE IT! Beautifully presented in pretty packaging – far too pretty to throw away.

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For those that don’t know, this is SERIOUSLY good, ethically traded chocolate. Available this Easter from Rococo stores, donnawilson.com and other selected retailers. – Alice

Heal’s & Jeremy Hutchison

December 22, 2010

Take your elbows off the table and listen: Heal’s has teamed up with an innovative young designer to create a stunning new collection of ‘Heal’s Rules’ homeware…

Earlier this year, Slade School of Art student Jeremy Hutchison cheekily took Ambrose Heal’s 1915 logo: ‘NOTHING NEED BE UGLY‘ and turned it into ‘the iconography of a totalitarian state’ for an Artist-in-Residence window display at Heal’s. “I wanted to critique the way that modernist design makes us behave: like polite robots,” he explained. “Curiously, my critique was licensed by the brand itself. An institutional critique – assimilated by the institution itself. I’m still getting my head around it!” Heal’s has now commissioned Jeremy to create a whole range of products and has plastered his designs across mass-produced tableware, doormats, framed prints, postcards, bags, mints and cushions. Oh, the irony!

The collection launches in February, but the charming Mr Hutchison gave me a sneak preview. “I consulted my granny when I was designing it,” he told me. “The pieces feature rules that we’re all familiar with – ‘elbows off the table’, ‘eat your greens or get no pudding’– the range mocks the rigidity of British manners and etiquette.”

Jeremy started his career in advertising (working for brands such as Coca Cola) which he regarded as “research” and has likened to “working in the upper management of a well-run religion.” According to his website: “The ability to co-exist in multiple fields is essential to his work – he slips in unnoticed, and politely moves the goal posts.”

His designs remind me a bit of of washing instruction symbols on clothing labels – logos you can just glance at and instantly understand their meaning. We absorb so many ‘rules’ as we grow up – perhaps their meanings are similarly ingrained in our brains? Hutchison’s rather sinister vision is a prison-like domestic space filled with rigid rules, regulations and conventions, from which there is no escape…

Jeremy Hutchison is definitely ONE TO WATCH. He’s been a busy boy of late, collaborating here, there and everywhere – check out his digital CCTV-themed Christmas window display at Browns on South Molton Street in London:

Of course, rules are there to be broken – just looking at Jeremy’s ‘fascistic iconography’ makes me want to rebel. My elbows are definitely ON the table. – Ellie


I’ve just got back from interviewing the lovely Clarissa Hulse over in East London– you’ll have to buy our gorgeous November issue (out in October) to hear all her gossip and see her stunning new collections. But for now, check out these snaps Clarissa kindly let me take of her studio. It’s a riot of colour – there were pretty patterns everywhere, and I left feeling very inspired!

 

I loved the vintage pieces that Clarissa re-upholsters in her fabulous fabrics and, weirdly, I really liked the splashes of paint and pattern remnants on her huge work table – beautiful!

Clarissa’s got a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline, so don’t miss our November issue later this autumn. Here’s a clue though – Clarissa with two John Lewis sales assistants wearing rather fetching ties…  – Ellie


Check out this new Fish and Chips print from designer Megan Price AKA Mr PS:

What could be more British than a ‘chip butty’ and a ‘batter’d sausage’?! Classy. I also like these fab new tongue twister tea towels with typewriter text…

Font-alicious! (groan) – Ellie


When you can’t get to a computer, why not jot it down the ‘old fashioned’ way:

Something vintage:

Vintage Notebook French Letter, £6.95, Dotcomgiftshop.com

Vintage Notebook French Letter, Dotcomgiftshop.com

Something fun:

Comic Covered Notebook, Notonthehighstreet.com

Comic Covered Notebook, Notonthehighstreet.com

Something retro:

Set of notebooks, Pedlars.co.uk

Set of notebooks, Pedlars.co.uk

Something designer:

Orla Kiely Flower Abacus ruled notebook, Heals.co.uk

Orla Kiely Flower Abacus ruled notebook, Heals.co.uk

Something recycled:

Recycled Thoughts in Recycled Leather, ThomasLyte.com

Recycled Thoughts in Recycled Leather, ThomasLyte.com

Something to dream about:

I'm going to be a rockstar, Gettingpersonal.co.uk

I'm going to be a rockstar, Gettingpersonal.co.uk

If you find any more worth shouting about, email us at homeshoppingspy@ipcmedia.com and let us know – we’d love to hear from you – Emily