Friday, 23 March 2018

Plymouth College of Art takes on a challenge

The cut throat world of advertising may not feature regularly in our sleepy little backwater (although there are a surprising number of leading creatives at the tops of their games who've nailed the work-life balance by leaving their 24 hour city lives to set up their own international practices round here - in fact it's turning into a bit of a mecca when we think about it.  Must be the lure of the weekend surf lifestyle.  Not really surprising when you realise how accessible the world is from anywhere these days - providing there isn't a flock of escapee sheep in the way, obviously).

Anyway.  We had another opportunity to work with students from the PCA recently which is always fun as you never quite know what they're going to come up with.  

This time they were working on images to be used in advertising campaigns.  They had to acquire props, build sets and then run the photoshoot. 
We sent them a selection of random items from the shop and here are a few examples of the photographs they produced.  We particularly like the hand breaking through the screen - a really powerful, edgy image and not one we would have come up with ordinarily.

Thanks guys!

Friday, 23 February 2018

Trish's lovely new bag

It was a balmy winter's day in Chulmleigh (hovering somewhere just above freezing) when artist and designer Trish Mohan came in from the cold to hijack Hilary's sewing machines in order to complete her top secret personalise a Beech Workbag for her husband Robbie's birthday. 

Trish and Robbie love the wilds of Dartmoor and have an enviable view of the moor from their home, so Trish decided to add an applique view of a tor and surrounding hills to the front of the bag. 

She added a sky-blue lining to finish it off and the result, as we're sure you will agree, is stunning. 

Think we may have to copy your idea and add it to our range Trish!


Friday, 26 January 2018

(nearly) spring greens

It was freezing cold so we nipped outside very quickly to photograph this lovely fresh tote about to wing its way out of the workshop to brighten up someone's day.

(We thought the red gloves looked better against the green than the mottled blue/grey of the actual hands).


We even found a chilly helper - thanks Mick!

Friday, 12 January 2018

baked goods heaven

These things - no idea what they're officially called - are the yummiest things we have EVER tasted.  I am not kidding.  

A sweet dough flavoured with cardamom - we were literally fighting over them when they came out of the oven (in a not very professional manner I have to say).  

And look what the thought of them did to Oz and Bill!  

Bonio either of you?  Didn't think so.*

* Unfortunately for Oz and Bill a quick internet check suggested that cardamom can have a bit of a laxative effect on dogs.  Best not to (mumble) risk it then (mumble mumble).  Sorry.  Mouthful of crumbs.

Friday, 5 January 2018

has someone speeded up time?

We're no experts on the general relativity v quantum mechanics debate, but if we were pressed we'd have to say it does feel a bit like someone's turbo-charged the clock during the last year.  The merry-go-round of life appears to be hurtling us all round in circles ever faster: we're sure we're not the only ones saying we can't believe it's January again already.

Same people, place, time and bobble hats as last year.  Just as chilly.

Sooooo, resolutions anybody?  Susan's thinking of going to our friend Andrea's FitSteps class - the Christmas cheese mountain (which has shrunk to a reasonably steep tor but still has some way to go before it acquires molehill status) has definitely taken its toll mentally if not physically (she's been overheard referring to Oz as Gromit - it's a slippery slope to that green hand-knitted v-neck tank top).  

Hilary's new year's resolution is to take Arnie for  long rides across Dartmoor which will be amazing - the constant changes the weather and seasons bring on the moor are breathtaking.

Hilary's also going to bring out a new range of carpet bags early this year - we're hunting down lovely vintage kelims as we type.  If you see any beauties in junk shops or auction houses please let us know!

Here's to a happy, healthy, wonderful 2018 for everyone!

Friday, 15 December 2017

amongst the Christmas present upholstery bag

As you can probably imagine, the workshop is a maelstrom of pre-Christmas orders.  We've eaten a lot of cake and listened to a lot of Radio 4 to keep us going.  

We love this unusual order - a bag to carry upholstery tools around in.  

Right, we've had 30 seconds off - back to the frenzy!

Friday, 8 December 2017

in the bleak midwinter

Oh my goodness it is COLD! Cold but beautiful.  As we type, the low afternoon sun is burnishing the thatch of the cottage opposite with a warm copper glow and the distant granite tors of Dartmoor are tipped with winter fire.  There are even rumours of snow (which for those of us without direct responsibility for livestock is almost as exciting as Christmas). 

Suddenly it feels properly wintry and the temptation for one last bracing dip in the sea has vanished in a puff of visible warm breath.

The Rona II in Bermuda
Back in the workshop Hilary and Rosamund are busy making bespoke Christmas orders and bags of all shapes and sizes are tumbling onto the wrapping table from the sewing machines ready for the precarious Crackerjack!-style dash to the post office down the road.  There's even a bit of tuneful Christmas humming going on in between catching up on news (Rosamund's been sailing across the world in the Tall Ships' Race since we last saw her and has tales aplenty of seafaring derring-do). 

Tomorrow the studio will be busy again as we invite Chulmleigh folk in for our annual Christmas decoration workshop: the window is filled with fairy lights, the fridge stocked with bubbles and Mr BublĂ© is poised to get us in the festive mood as we cut, glue and sew our way through herds of reindeer and a sky full of stars.  Magical!