Something Blue

Despite sketchesbyboz’s aversion to all things Royal Wedding related which we generally go out of the way to avoid, an exception was made on Tuesday for the opening day of a unique pop-up event at Clerkenwell Green.

Lah De Dah cup cakes

Taking place this week in the Craft Central Corner Shop is Something Blue. A positive confection of interior products in shades of teal; azure; royal; prussian and turquoise from designers Lorna Syson, Ellen Calvert, Sarah-Jayne Guest and Emma Britton. The opening commenced with Lah De Dah cup cakes also in shades of blue almost too pretty to eat but that hurdle was quickly overcome.  Lah De Dah cupcakes can be found at http://www.facebook.com/pagesladedahcakery
for beautiful cup cakes made in any colour you choose.

The theme of ‘Something Blue’ had been chosen as pertinent to Royal Wedding week but the unique designs on display are all elegant pieces for spring and summer.

From Lorna Syson were her signature wall sculptures. Absolutely stunning wall art made from eco friendly satin and wool.

Blue and Teal Satin Dahlia Lorna Syson

In addition to the gorgeous designs available in the Corner Shop Lorna undertakes bespoke commissions www.lornasyson.co.uk

Hand crafted upcycled home furnishings from Ellen Calvert included lovely knitted cushions (see final photo in post) and embroidered samplers. sketchesbyboz was particularly taken with this one:

Embroidered Sampler Ellen Calvert

Much more of Ellen’s intricate and distinctive work is at the Corner Shop this week and can be found www.ellencalvert.co.uk

Imaginative printed textiles by Sarah-Jayne Guest collection include spectacular cushions and lampshades.

Royal Duck cushion sjguest

Beautiful and fun printed textiles www.sjgeust.com

You will see in the picture below to the side of Sarah-Jayne’s lampshades a large glass wall panel. This is the the creation of Emma Britton whose amazing decorative glass designs combine aesthetic individuality with practical use. The large wall panel can be made to any dimension as a unique splashback and smaller pieces are available as surface protectors and coasters. There are a range of these on sale at ‘Something Blue’ and for bespoke designs to fit any interior space www.emmabritton.net

Foxglove Surface protector Emma Brotton

Sweet Pea surface protector Emma Britton

Something Blue runs until Sunday 1 May so if you are looking for something away from the television and the hype this weekend head over to Clerkenwell Green and see for yourself.

Craft Central Corner Shop, 21 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DX

'Something Blue'

Designer Maker Market

Last Saturday 2 April LondonKillsMe were very pleased to be able to participate in the first day of a new fixture taking place every Saturday through to September this year.

Flyer designed by James Brown at General Pattern

Saturday was a beautiful sunny day and the new Designer Maker market attracted a nice crowd conducive to a lovely friendly atmosphere for browsers and designers on the stalls.

The distinctive signage was designed and printed by James Brown at www.generalpattern.net whose striking prints are available to purchase at the market.

James Brown prints

Last Saturday included many talented designers. Exhibiting an array of unique screen prints was Mr Wingate including the very pertinent East End Pub range which can also be found at the Designer Maker market and www.wingateprint.com

George and Dragon cushion Mr. Wingate

Hand printed textile design Mr Wingate

One of our favourite ceramists Jo Davies took part displaying original and beautiful vessels and vases available at www.jo-davies.com

Zsa Zsa Vase Jo Davies

Jo Davis

LondonKillsMe had a collection of reclaimed slate planters for Spring. This coming Saturday we will include some new slate plant pots printed with the Truman chimney and containing a growing Hop plant.

Reclaimed slate planter Paris print LondonKillsMe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The market takes place in the Triangle just off Mare Street E8 immediately behind the London Fields public house. Hackney like much of East London is an area constantly undergoing change and regeneration as well as containing a wealth of history. Charles Booth’s 1897 description of the area is rather different to the picture you find now:

The Poverty Map of 1898/99 depicts the Triangle as being bounded by pink indicating a populace considered to be ‘Fairly comfortable. Good ordinary earnings’ however just behind the railway in Triangle Road and Triangle Place are shown as dark blue indicitive of ‘Very poor, casual Chronic want’

The corresponding description in the Survey notebooks does little to recommend the place. According to Inspector Fitzgerald who accompanied the investigator for this area it was “Very rough and very poor. As rough & poor as we’ve got it. Some no doubt live by their wits but I don’t know any of them personally”                                                                   Charles Booth Survey into life and labour in London (1886-1903) B347 pp36-37 http://booth.lse.ac.uk/

sketchesbyboz is interested to find out more about the history of the London Fields public house. All we have managed to learn so far is that it was renamed the London Fields in 1989 and was from at least 1915 the Warburton Arms briefly owned by jazz musician Art Christmas between 1952 and 1954.

Apparently there has been an inn on the site occupied by the London Fields since the sixteenth century. Although interestingly no such establishment is noted in the the Booth Survey notebooks, which is unusual given the investigators’ penchant for gleefully describing any den of iniquity they happened upon.

So we would be very pleased to find out more so if any historians of Hackney can enlighten us we would love to hear from you.

We will be returning to the Designer Maker market this coming Saturday so do consider a trip to Hackney to see for yourself how delightful it is and try out the excellent cake stall. All the details you need to get there are included in the flyer at the top of this post.