When I re-designed the layout of the shop, I planned an area for showcasing the work of British designer-makers who do not, normally, have access to the high street or a wider customer audience. A constantly changing showcase filled with an eclectic mix of work, including textiles, jewellery, printed artwork and mixed media - in fact anything that we had discovered and loved and were sure our customers would enjoy discovering too!
Don't get me wrong, I am no philanthropist! It was vital, particularly in this current economic climate, that the pieces selected for showcasing were unusual and unique, professionally finished, would work well with our store's other one-off, vintage pieces for the home and, most importantly of all, would appeal to our customers!
One of the first designer-makers to be featured is Nicky Tudor, a lovely mixed media artist working primarily with paper. This 'recycled' element fitted perfectly with our own design collection, Angel Linens, which recycles vintage linen into luxury home accessories. The textural nature of Nicky's designs also appeals to me as a textile designer. Nicky takes beautiful objects, mostly vintage, and uses them to create paper sculptures with an amazing level of surface detail.
Vintage frames, jelly moulds, engraved silver hairbrushes and other heirloom items are used to create truly unique pieces of wall art. A selection Nicky's work is now available to view in store. We are sure you will love her work as much as we do!