Fabulous Jewellery from Heather O’Connor

Sep 26

Fabulous Jewellery from Heather O’Connor

Heather is another great designer I have discovered .

Her jewellery and silversmith work is both stylish and superbly crafted.

She often combines silver with contrasting structural materials such as wood or concrete to give her work a unique modern twist.

In particular I love the silver and concrete cufflinks, the contrast of textures and colours and the graphic form balance each other perfectly.

Even with her all silver pieces such as the pillow necklace the texturing of the silver adds contrast to the simple graphic shape of the pendant.

Heather has her own studios in South West London but often exhibits at shows such as Origin.

To view more of her work or to see where she will be next exhibiting you can visit her website www.heatheroconnor.com

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initial ideas and sketches

Sep 26

initial ideas and sketches

We have been working on some ideas for the house and here are some sketches which should give you an idea of the look we are aiming for. Some more work and refinement is needed before we have a final design but we are progressing and will have more news soon.

The first two pictures below show how we want to change the front and rear elevations. The property is currently white render with some brick detail at the front however we want to have a smoother render and add some wood effect cladding to break up the expanse of white and enhance the asymmetric design.

The ground floor will be modified as we want to open up the rear with bi-fold doors and change the kitchen layout. Also as we want to do a loft conversion and therefore one of the bedrooms will be sacrificed for the staircase. Upstairs we plan to add 2/3 bedrooms and 1/2 bathrooms.

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Trend for Vertical Planting continues at Chelsea Flower Show

Sep 26

Trend for Vertical Planting continues at Chelsea Flower Show

Living walls have been increasing in popularity in recent years and this was certainly evident at Chelsea this year. A number of gardens incorporated living walls in a variety of styles. The Bluewater Roof garden had a tubular section resembling honeycomb on one wall and in the Stoke-on-Trent’s Story of Transformation Garden the whole back wall had vertical planting. The variety of plants being used in vertical gardens has increased in recent years although I think some lend themselves to it and are more successfully than others.

 

In addition to the gardens some stands were showing different styles of vertical planting such as the ceramic interlocking wall by Nido and vertical walls done in sections such as a narrow panel or using slots of planting within a white wall, an approach I particularly like which lends itself to a more modernist garden design.

 

Taking the trend a step further there were some examples of living art on dispaly such as in this RHS display and on the Scotscape stand, the idea of creating wall art from plants is an interesting one and I can’t help but wonder if this is something that will catch on and become popular.

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Blackberry and Rhubarb crumble

Sep 25

Blackberry and Rhubarb crumble

Autumn is approaching and that means its the one time of year when blackberries are in abundance and free for anyone to pick.

I went for a long walk along our nearby canal towpath and collected a tub full with the intention of making a fruit crumble.

I wanted to use rhubarb with the blackberriess and after looking at a number of recipes I settled with this one www.joyofbaking.com/BlackberryRhubarbCrisp.html

I decided to do the crumble mix in my food processor for the first time as I didn’t fancy getting dirty hands, I was a little unsure how well it would work but was pleasantly suprised at how quick and easy it mixes the ingredients to make a perfect crumble mix. I would definitely recommend it and think the days of using my fingers are well and truly in the past.

The recipe was easy to follow with no stewing of the fruit needed and the resulting crumble was delicious with a lovely crunchy topping, just how I like it.

 

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Elegant statement Jewellery

Sep 25

Elegant statement Jewellery

I came across Sarah Herriot’s work at Craft Centrals open studios. This is usually a twice yearly event where designer makers open up their workshops in the craft central buildings in Clerkenwell for the public to view and buy their work.

Sarah’s designs are simple, graphic forms however much thought has been put into creating such items of elegance. When you stop to look and reflect you can see they are not quite as simple as they first appear and you can see how engineering and problem solving play their part in her designs and solutions.
They are great statement pieces that are sure to get noticed and stand the test of time.

Particular favourites of mine are the escalator pendant which gets its name from the inspiration for the series, the tread of an escalator. Equally I love a number of her rings from the manhattan, parametric and twist and shout collections.

You can view more of her work on her website www.sarahherriot.com

She will be at the next open studios which are on the 16th – 19th May for further info visit www.craftcentral.org.uk

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