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Great progress at Mike’s flat….

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Message from Mike:

Firstly, I can thank Vanessa and Laura for their help in choosing colours and design ideas, when it comes to things like that I have no idea! So thank you both!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Ok, so after a week of boring stuff, (Stripping walls, cleaning walls, we have now moved on to the exiting bit!!! The colours have been decided, nearly, and we have moved from predominantly greys to lighter warmer colours. The living room is going to be painted in a nice Hollyhock, hallway will be in a Linen white and the bedroom will now be wallpapered in Vanessa’s Up The Garden Path Wallcovering in Teal, we are staying with a Lead colour for the kitchen, carpets have been chosen, all that is needed now is for paint and wallcoverings to start being applied and the flat will hopefully start to take shape.

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Decorating Mike’s flat…

My good friend Mike has at last been given a housing association flat in a lovely Cotswold village not far from here. This flat is long awaited and Mike can at last move out of here and have some peace and quiet. Now decorating….I have loads of paint left from my photo shoots and so today was visit number one to the flat with paints, wallpapers and fabrics to make some plans…helped by Laura one of our artists in residence who has an excellent eye for colour! We are thinking about using soft  greys….with orange and pink….

Watch this space for the metamorphosis…

 

 

Mika and laura choosing samples for his flatphotoPhoto of Mike's sitting room

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Botanical Inks

I am excited to announce that following the successful printing classes run by my daughter Flora, she has now launched her very own natural dye business ‘Botanical Inks’ along with an exciting series of pioneering workshops.

From the spring onwards, Botanical Inks will be delivering a tempting menu of foraging, dye-making, and printing workshops in a variety of areas throughout Bristol and the South West. For creatives at all levels of experience who wish to transition to having a more sustainable practice.

Announcing an exciting new series of sustainable textile workshops from Botanical Inks:

Learn to forage and create natural dyes from local plants, to print organic UK-produced textiles, using traditional low impact techniques to create contemporary designs.

100% free from synthetic chemicals, these workshops demonstrate a pioneering model for responsible textile production in the UK, from #PlantToPrint.

Join the Botanical Inks team for a wonderful day of interactive learning at one of these upcoming workshops:

Introduction to Natural Dyes and Textile Printmaking

- Sunday 18th January @ Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics, Cirencester.

- Saturday 7th February @ Barley Wood Walled Garden, Bristol.

For more information explore the wesbsite!  http://www.botanicalinks.com/

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Christmas in the Highlands of Scotland

For Christmas we all escaped up to the Highlands to blown by the icy Scottish winds and get rid of our 2014 cobwebs… feasting on the glorious colours in the landscape. I am so excited about the launch of my fist Harris Tweeds in  May and glad to be supporting skilled weavers working away in their own sitting rooms on Harris and Lewis, producing cloth especially for me, they will look beautiful on chairs, sofas and bedheads…

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House Beautiful Awards 2014

I had the most wonderful evening last Thursday, 13th November at the House Beautiful awards ceremony held at the Science Museum in London.   It was amazing to be part of the panel of judges which included John Rocha, Nick Munro, Oliver Hrubiak and Clarissa Hulse….  I was co-judging the flooring, rugs and carpet, and best lighting categories and I also presented an award to the winners.

The highlight of my evening was, much to my surprise and amazement when I was presented with the Gold Award for Best Wall Covering by Lisa Levis, a fantastic home textiles designer.  So wonderful to be considered alongside such great design houses as Conran and Harlequin and win…

See below the results

Best Wall Covering

Gold Award: Wallpaper Collection – VANESSA ARBUTHNOTT

Silver Award: Jardin Boheme Wall Coverings – HARLEQUIN

 

Shortlisted

Any Room Any Surface One Coat Paint – B&Q

Conran Tile Collection – BRITISH CERAMIC TILE

New Wave Collection – GRAHAM & BROWN

Savoy Ceramic Wall Tile – JOHNSON TILES

Aviary Garden Apple Green Wallpaper – LAURA ASHLEY

Grey Collection – LITTLE GREENE

Range of Emulsion paint – PAINT BY CONRAN

Carl Collection of Wallpaper – SANDBERG

Aegean Collection – SANDERSON

Chorus Line by Albany – WALLPAPER DIRECT

Madame Butterfly by Albany Performance – WALLPAPER DIRECT

 

The whole event was star studded and I sat next to Gerald Scarfe the cartoonist and his wife, Jane Asher, the cake decorating queen. Ben Hillman from the 60 Minute Makeover television programme kept me company during the awards ceremony and Nick Knowles from DIY SOS was there too.  Other celebs, such as TV gardener and broadcaster, David Domoney, designers Sebastian Conran, Sophie Conran, and Ben Hillman. TV favourites Oliver Heath and Naomi Cleaver and DIY expert and presenter Tommy Walsh….I felt like Cinderella at the ball!!! (Now back in the kitchen with the washing up…)

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My Country Business Awards 2014

It all began whilst teaching primary school children art and craft, I realised how much I wanted to be involved in the creative world.

My husband and I and I bought a rundown cow byre in 1993 and turned it into a family home.When a friend told me she was letting her house for photo shoots, I thought I could have a go at that too.. so I sent some pics of our house up to magazines including Country Homes and Interiors, who  came down within the month, and with for about the next 4 years to use the house for their photography.These shoots gave me the money to set up my own business.

I was asked to slip some of my own fabric into the shots, and before I knew it his lead to editorial articles in magasines and newspapers…

Think outside the box of how you can put yourself on the map, so that an opportunity to launch your business will come your way! With those initial ideas put it into practice by taking the opportunity to enter this amazing competition.

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A New Arrival at Cluckingham Palace!

News update from Vanessa’s Chicken House : At Cluckingham Palace,

A new arrival has been born this morning at 10.32am, weighing 2.5 pounds.

Motherhen is doing well, and being guarded closely. The sex is still unknown, yet there is talk of it being a BOY!!

See our Facebook Page if you would like to suggest names for the new arrival, and to be kept up to date with our very own baby news here at Cluckingham Palace!

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Cotswold Open Studios Weekend

A BIG thank you to everyone who came and visited us over the Cotswold Open Studios Weekend.

What a wonderful day and we were so grateful for the beautiful weather.

The resident artists enjoyed meeting everyone and thoroughly enjoyed performing.

Here’s a quick snap of the Artist’s rehearsing before the BIG DAY!

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Screen Printing Class Sunday 14th April

A few snaps from the class on Saturday!

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Screen Printing Class on Saturday 23rd March

Thank you to all those who made it to the class on Saturday! What a wonderful class, full of great ideas.  I thought I would share some of the designs here!

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