Edge of the Meadow & Contrado

 

 Customers asked to see our designs on a variety of products, so we are really proud to announce the launch of our new online store with Contrado  

London based Contrado, are a company that custom print and make high quality products on demand. Recently they came up with a fantastic idea, to create a platform for hand picked artists and designers to print their work onto a huge range of beautiful hand made products. Artists can focus on creating designs and artwork, whilst Contrado take care of production and distribution. Surely this is teamwork at it’s most efficient and a pragmatic approach to design and retail.

All products are made in the UK and most are ready in 1-2 days

Browse through our new collection here!

The art of seeing

Snippets of inspiration this week…

I am looking forward to beginning a new range…

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Dog walk:  Pattern, texture, neutral colours, random spacing 

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Back Yard: Composition, texture, weathered, neutral

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Music workshop in a chapel : Geometric shapes, light, transparency, layering, contemporary

New York Patterns

The Patterns & Reflections of NYC

34 hrs in NYC

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Highlights include

A Walk on  The Highline  in the sunshine

Lunch at Santina’s

Central Park -standing in a park surrounded by trees & highrise

A performance of Don Carlos at The Met

A stroll through West Village on a Sunday afternoon -Bohochic street fashion

Lunch at The Spotted Pig

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Glass Reflections

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West Village, elegant ironwork

Greenwich Village

The Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station

Clean, classical lines & light
Old & New NYC

Glass Reflections and Grid patterns

Glass Reflections NYC

Buildings & Trees competing for height at Central Park NYC

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A Culmination of Cultures

Here are a selection of pictures I took on a recent visit to India. When I design print & pattern here in the UK, I like to look at the elements of nature at work, for example light, texture, shadows and reflection. The photos below however, confirm that my bright colour palette is inherited from the motherland!

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Marigold Decorations

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Edge of the Meadow makes sense of two very different cultures working together in harmony.

Hello Autumn

Autumn is one of my favourite times of year. After a long summer of never ending green the elements start to change rapidly in a short space of time. Clear air, and intense light, bring out striking contrasts and we can enjoy deep shades of reds, orange and yellow.

Contrast and glow.

Glowing gold

Beautiful objects fall to the ground, not forgotten and happy to be found!

Autumn Finds

Autumn Finds

Unlikely Sources of Inspiration..

Unlikely Sources of Inspiration…

I have taken thousands of pictures for design inspiration!

Here are some from the “Geometric /Manmade ” category.

From top left: Wire basket, Shadow from a garden chair, Shadow of wrought iron gate and chicken wire against foliage

Manmade patterns

Manmade patterns

From top left: Wire fence against corrugated iron, manhole cover, chicken wire.
Geometric patterns

Celebrating Digital Print Design

Celebrating Digital Print Design

Digital print design is the perfect media for capturing magical realism.

The images below are Habotai silk swatches inspired by everyday objects photographed at home and whilst on holiday in Northumberland and Cornwall. When you look at something ordinary for long enough you may start to see it in a “different light”

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Love to see geometric patterns and organic forms working together in harmony.

Digital Indigo Treat

Digital Indigo Treat

If you like these you will be in for a treat with our Autumn / Winter collection of scarves launching in September 2015

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Northumberland Rocks

Exploring the rocky shoreline below Dunstanburgh Castle near Embleton Beach Northumberland.

The Light here is magnificently bright in the Summer months and brings out the clarity , colour and texture in these beautiful rocks

I could sketch and paint here for the rest of my life.

Northumberland Rocks at Sugar Sands

Northumberland Rocks at Sugar Sands

An artists haven.

Dots, spots and water drops

Northumberland Rock Textures

Northumberland Rock Textures