Creative Hearts

Queen of Hearts

Inspiration from Queen Elizabeth Chelsea Old Town Hall

Three weeks on, a very belated thank you to Rosemary Lucas for organising and curating the Creative Hearts exhibition which took place at Craft Central, St. John’s Square, Clerkenwell 1 – 13 February.

Creative Hearts showcased fifteen designer makers each creating a heart inspired range perfectly timed for Valentines Day of which five per cent of sales were in support of the British Heart Foundation 50th Anniversary Appeal. With generous contributions from local businesses Bellore www.bellore.com Lily Maila www.lilymaila.com Stuart R Stevenson www.stuartrstevenson.co.uk Bleeding Heart Restaurant www.bleedingheart.co.uk
and The Green www.thegreeec1.co.uk

Much of the inspiration for the ‘Queen of Hearts’ theme drew from an archive of illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland spanning over a century of illustrators from the early John Tenniel through Arthur Rackham and Mabel Lucy Attwell to present day Helen Oxenbury. A collection of Alice in Wonderland editions from old and rare to recent publications provided an eclectic foil for the jewellery display in the foyer. 

Hearts and Books

LondonKillsMe were very pleased to be able to participate in Creative Hearts and had a thoroughly nice time working with Rosemary and the other participating designers.

The arresting window dressing by Keren Cornelius was based around a centrepiece Queen Of Hearts gown displaying the talent of costumier Anna Maria Geniusea.

Creative Hearts Window

Keren’s own exquisite jewellery designs were showcased,  created using textile based techniques inspired by the repertory costumes of the Royal Opera House. www.kerencornelius.com

200 Metres Keren Cornelius

Rosemary Lucas created an elegant silver cuff with pierced cardiogram design for Creative Hearts alongside her other meticulously hand crafted jewellery including the unique River Cuffs.

River Cuff City Rosemary Lucas

River Cuff can be commissioned from Rosemary to detail any section of any river. www.rosemarylucas.com

Nancy Waters experimental materials led techniques result in dexterously inventive beautiful pieces. For Creative Hearts Nancy designed embossed silver bookmarks in addition to her perfectly formed miniature fine silver books. www.nancywaters.co.uk

Fine Silver Book Necklace Nancy Waters

Ceramacist Namiko Murakoshi created a special range of covetable heart inspired sugar pots with a clever twist to consider your heart once you have consumed all the sugar! http://www.namnamceramics.com

For our own part we created a linen wall hanging. Entitled Hearts and Crafts and inspired by the traditional artisan printing techniques of the Arts and Crafts movement. A visual archive of some of our most popular screen prints to represent the ‘heart’ of LondonKillsMe.

Linen Wall Hanging LondonKillsMe in situ at Creative Hearts

Being involved in Creative Hearts was a great experience and we hope it’s success inspires Rosemary to extend her fabulous curatory skills into further ventures in the future.

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First Paris cushion

We are pleased to report following Work in Progress that the first Paris cushion was completed. It was sold the following day on display at the Creative Hearts exhibition which took place at Craft Central  in Clerkenwell . . . . .  . more of this soon.

In our constant quest for perfection in textiles we are trying to decide which is considered the best material for cushion filler. Therefore we would welcome comments from readers as to which they find preferable from natural feather; hypoallergenic polyester; eco friendly/recycled or any other suggestions.

Work in progress

LondonKillsMe exhibited at Top Drawer last week . . . ..  .. . . despite our aversion to large corporate exhibition halls, we had a an enjoyable few days catching up with much valued longstanding customers and made new acquaintance with some lovely people.

Surprisingly the thing that attracted most interest was an unfinished article  . .. .  ….  . or if you will a work in progress . . … . .

One of our popular designs is the London River print  . . .. . . …  . sometimes seen in encapsulated form on a cushion or in it’s entirety so far as a wall hanging  .. .. . .. .  . and the header for sketchesbyboz.

The London River print already runs into four screens and will be an eight screen image by the time it is completed . . .. .  more of which later this year. It is, however, becoming unwieldy so it was considered a more compact less sprawling location could be desirable for a simple cushion.

New York was suggested  . .. . . . . however the illustrator was not confident that could be drawn with much feeling given the obstacle of never actually having been there . . . . . . although this did result in the suggestor creating a Manhatton screen as a prelude:

Rather better acquainted with Paris I felt up to illustration  in the same ramshackle manner as the London screens but not quite in time to be properly finished for Top Drawer.

This is the result which is to be a completed cushion soon.

Town House

As promised in last week’s post there follows more of the enchanting setting which played felicitous host to Joanna Moore’s City Sketches exhibition.

Town House at 5 Fournier Street, Spitalfields is a veritable cornucopia of delight. So much more than a shop, indeed LondonKillsMe have walked past on numerous occasions and assumed it to be the beguiling window display of an interior designers residence. So we are very pleased to find that the remarkable contents are for sale and available to be purchased and taken home.

The early eighteenth century building formerly housed The Market Cafe and is now the custodian of a rich mixture of objects encompassing fine antiques alongside vintage finds combining the unusual, the beautiful and the curious.

Discovering this emporium via the entrance to the exhibition at dusk on a rainy afternoon in December was an unexpected pleasure. The lighting at this time of day bordered on magical enhanced by a particularly interesting lamp. An antiquarian silk screen c.1920 has been backlit to become a magnificent wall light emanating a glow akin to candlelight through a rose scattered stencil.

This was of particular interest especially as it had once been a working textile screen. The screens at the LondonKillsMe studio are sadly not of the same elegance,  although  . . . . . . at least we like to think . . . . . producing pleasing results, the modern screen is not an object of beauty comparable to that on the wall at 5 Fournier St.

Just one example of the many intriguing artifacts available at Town House. For the rest you must make your way over to Spitalfields and have a look. The picture below hardly illustrates the captivating interior but does provide an idea of the allure of the shop from the street.

City Sketches was held in a charming building to the rear of the shop which is regularly the venue for distinctive exhibitions which can only enhance this fabulous establishment:

Town House 5 Fournier St London E1 6QE

 

Town Mouse

Many thanks to the Gentle Author of the wonderful blog Spitalfields Life for drawing our attention to the beautiful illustrations of London Life by Joanna Moore.

LondonKillsMe wantonly abandoned Christmas orders yesterday to visit Joanna’s exhibition in Spitalfields before it ends this Friday 18 December 2010.

The exhibition is a stunning display of distinctive drawings which perfectly capture scenes of daily life and buildings in the metropolis.

Joanna with Bar at Captain Kidd and St Paul’s Cathedral, City of London, by night in the background.

Each picture is drawn from observation and the delightful story of how this impressive collection came about can be read in spitalfieldslife.com. You can find Joanna’s own perfectly illustrated blog Town Mouse @ www.townmouse.co.uk

Tomorrow 18 December is the last day of the exhibition and well worth making time to visit before it closes.

City Sketches is housed in a beautiful setting, more of which to follow, at:

Town House, 5 Fournier St. London E1 6QE

10-18 December 11.30 am – 5.30pm

Snapshot of the exhibition refelected in the rear window of the beautiful Town House building at 5 Fournier St, London E1 6QE

This Year’s Robin

Blog has been sadly lacking in posts for a few weeks. Due to LondonKillsMe being out exhibiting at open studios for Christmas. More on this to follow for those who may be interested.

In the meantime ‘This Year’s Robin’ has proved very popular and will be gracing many overmantles for the festive season.

Dust Heaps

On looking for some connection with 5 November and Charles Dickens nothing was found relating to Guy Fawkes or bonfires. However Dickens did have a keen interest in edifices of a very similar shape to bonfires . . ..  . dust heaps.

A large dust heap provides the central theme to Our Mutual Friend (1865). It is quite likely that this interest began when working in collaberation with Baroness Burdett Coutts the presence and ownership of scavenging rights to a dust heap delayed the development of a scheme for model dwellings for the workng classes.

The location for this enterprise was an East End slum Nova Scotia Gardens. Once full ownership of the site was finally obtained 1859 and some time after Dickens had ceased collaberation with Baroness Coutts Columbia Square and Market were developed. Designed by Henry Darbishire later architect for Peabody Trust. The gothic buildings were demolished 1961 to make way for low rise social housing. Angela Road and Burdett Road lead on to what is now Columbia Road Flower Market.

The image above shows Columbia Square completed 1861 facing Columbia Road and in shadow a drinking fountain of Portland Stone and Granite on Columbia Road.

The image left is of the original Columbia Market building completed 1869.

The photographs were taken 1958 and are reproduced courtesy of:

Bancroft Library, 277 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ

At the Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty Street, London WC1n 2LX there is an exhibition Beyond the Dust Heaps from 4 November to 11 December 2010. www.dickensmuseum.com

The observers at LondonKillsMe would be interested to hear from anyone who has been to this exhibition.