Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Hannah Nunn window film

Window film is something I've been dreaming about cooking up for some time. My designs are all about the silhouette aren't they and as I started out as a lighting designer and then went on to being a pattern designer it's a bit like coming full circle. Combining the two.

I got my first sample cut last thing Friday afternoon. I was too excited and impatient to install it properly so do excuse the bubbles and streaks. But I loved it straight away, bubbles an' all! I posted a picture on my Instagram and had a phenomenal response immediately. A big resounding 'YES PLEASE DO THIS!'

So this week we have been experimenting big time and looking at different ways of manufacturing that are going to fit with my business and my designs.

We can cut out the design from frosted material. We can print frosted onto clear. We can print white onto frosted. Each has it's own unique effect. One offers total privacy if used in a bathroom for instance

but the other creates magical shadows which I LOVE.

I am currently in my studio watching the designs change as the light changes outside, trying to decide which is my favourite.

What do you think? I'd love all the feedback I can get to help with my decision making.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Handmade at Kew

I'm going to be exhibiting at Handmade at Kew next month. It's a beautiful contemporary craft show set in the grounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew which is one of my favourite places.

We visited the show last year and the gardens were in fine form. All those beautiful, huge and very old specimen trees in their full Autumn colour. I can almost smell the air thinking about it. It was so lovely. 

So I'm getting ready to take my lamps and my wallpapers down and set up shop for a few days and take in as much gardens while I'm there!

You can order your tickets here. They include full admission to the gardens too.

Hope to see you!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Behind the scenes at the wallpaper photoshoot

August has been the month of the photoshoot and I have had four shoots in my little flat in the last couple of weeks. Two with Sarah Mason taking pictures of the new Charlotte's Garden wallpaper, one for the Yorkshire Post 'Artist at Home' feature (out in September) and one for a book that I am delighted to be included in called 'Quiet Pattern' which is being written by wallpaper designer and stylist Abigail Edwards who I have admired for some time. 

Abigail came to Hebden Bridge with her friend the photographer Alun Callender (who did the pictures for my Country Living feature) and looked for all the pattern in my studio and home. It was great watching the stylist at work and gave me lots of inspiration for my own photos

Wallpaper is not the easiest product to photograph. You need a good clear wall with space to stand back from and until I did work on my flat to create one big room out of two little ones earlier in the year I haven't had such a wall. But now I have and it's been a game changer!

For a week I had two papers - the mist and the heath in my bedroom  and even though i was a bit strange to have two colours on one wall it was good to live with them for a while and get the feel of  how they look in different lights...

 and it meant I got to play with some styling ideas prior to the shoot. My ukulele had to get in there!

I wanted to go with a garden theme for some of the shots and I had fun in the Willow Garden in Hebden Bridge where I bought these old scissors and this lovely twine. 

And I was delighted to spend some time at Simply by Arrangement headquarters too and Sarah lent me this lovely Labour & Wait apron, her Grandad's watering can and lots of her favourite vases... 

as well as some generous snips from her beautiful garden.

Me, Sarah and Emma had a fun day creating shots.

and I am really happy with the results.

The next day our fantastic decorator Emma came and put up inkwell on top which changed the room completely. We papered the whole wall this time...well I say 'we'...SHE papered the wall effortlessly. It's amazing to watch how swiftly she can hang it! I took mental notes!

Sometimes I can spend weeks coming up with a colour name that just fits but the name 'inkwell' came the moment we first saw it hanging on the factory wall. It fit with the Charlotte Bronte theme and I had a vision of  dark wooden writing desks and dippy ink pens.

I was delighted to find this beauty in the Antique Centre which was the perfect prop and they helped find me the yellow ink pen too which complemented the paper nicely.

As I was about to leave I thought I'd ask if they, by any chance had a pair of Charlotte Bronte style glasses. 

I couldn't believe it when he said he'd seen some in the charity shop that morning. They were so tiny and delicate and I had to buy them.

The Parsonage Museum kindly lent me these antiquarian copies of Jane Eyre. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful gold typeface and knew they would fit perfectly. Andy from Vinegar & Brown Paper etched me a 'stories yet to be written' inkwell which I love.

So it's been a fun and busy few weeks and now I have lovely images to spread around the world.

My house has had a deep clean too and I'm looking forward to putting my feet up in it this weekend!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Piece Hall and The Yorkshire Gallery

Today saw the grand re-opening of the Piece Hall in Halifax. 

This beautiful and unique building was opened in 1779 and used to be a cloth trading hall. It has a lot of history.

My Piece Hall history is the eighties. Saturday afternoons in teenage years going over on the train from Leeds with my goth/indie friends and doing the shops. The sweet shop. The record shop. The goth shop. The hippy shop. It was a cool place to hang out back then.

But in recent years it kind of fell into disrepair and there were no longer any shops to tempt me. I remember wishing someone would inject a lot of cash into it and restore it to it's former glory because it is a such beautiful building and it needed some love.

And that is what has just happened. Lots of cash, lots of love and lots of work for the last three years.

Today we joined the crowds (over 17,000 apparently) and went to see.

One of our local Hebden Bridge gallery owners Alison from Heart Gallery has spread her wings further and taken on one of the units there. Unit 26 to be precise.

Having my own shop in Hebden Bridge to sell my lights meant that Alison has never been able to stock my lamps at Heart Gallery but she has snapped them up for her new venture The Yorkshire Gallery and she has even designed a display cupboard especially, made by the fantastic Wood & Wire boys who fitted the gallery. It all looks great.

As the name may suggest the gallery just stocks work by makers from Yorkshire. There's alot of good 'uns. Louise Lockhart, The Printed Peanut is there.

and loads more, I didn't take enough pictures inside because it was  so busy with visitors! 

It was a day of crazy weather. Sunny one minute and a thunderous downpour the next.

It looked pretty all lit up when the sky darkened.

It's great to have this place back. I hope it goes from strength to strength.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Too Soon

This year, since I was gifted a ukulele for Christmas (best present EVER) I have had a huge wave of creativity and I have written lots of songs. I wrote a lot of songs in my twenties, not a single one in my thirties (what happened?) but I'm catching up in my forties and I have revived this love I had for songwriting. As a reader of my blog you'll know I like to tell stories through pictures. But I have found an absolute love of telling them through music too. 

The song I want to share is a sad one. Beautiful but sad all the same so be warned. Most people I've played it to so far have had the tears! It's about a baby I lost who would have been 18 years old this June. But it's a song of healing. A song about honoring loss and a song about celebrating what we have despite it and cherishing that.

Even at the time the loss made me appreciate Ffion and Euan so much. They were too young to get it at the time but they get it now and together we went to Wales to the Laugharne estuary where his ashes were scattered to mark this special occasion.

We floated these very special Lightboats on the water on the evening of his birthday and watched them float away, listening to the sounds of the evening estuary birds (crazy gurgling song of nesting egrets to be precise), the mud popping and the clock tower chiming in the distance. It was absolute magic.

Last week I went to Huddersfield Uni where Euan is studying music and we used the recording studios to record it properly. Euan added the beautiful guitar and the piano that goes straight to my heart ever time I hear it. The second verse of the song goes out to him.

I invite you to listen. x

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Ekphrastic Flowers!

I had a day trip to Tatton Park Flower Show today to visit a shed!

But not just any shed! This is the 'Ekphrastic Flowers' shed and my Paper Meadow wallpaper has been used as part of the installation.

Sally of Kingfisher Flowers lives in Hebden Bridge and she is part of the Flowers From The Farm group of florists and she asked if they could include my wallpaper.

Their shed set out to express how florists work as artists in their own right and that they often work in collaboration with artists too, using colours and style in artwork to inspire their arrangements.

It worked brilliantly!

. It was SO colourful and there were all sorts of irresistible shapes to enjoy. 

These ceramic tiles are by Linzi Ramsden from the Manchester Craft Centre. We were stand neighbours at GNCCF once and she's very lovely indeed. It was nice to find her work here.

This print is be Lee Herring. The flowers blended into it so beautifully.

I loved the Agapanthus and the Alliums.

 Sally and Vivienne Bradley had created this lovely wall hanging.

The plasma cut bronzed ferns are by Willa Ashworth. I wish I'd taken more photos of them.

This fennel against the blue is pretty amazing isn't it!

See, it was a pretty special shed.

Thanks everyone for including me in it.

It was very beautiful indeed. 

By the way 'ekphrastic' IS a real word meaning 'a vivd, often dramatic description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined'. I'm not sure I made a very ekphrastic job of expressing how beautiful this shed was but I hope the pictures speak for themselves.

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