Thursday, 13 December 2007

15% OFF 12-16 December only

Can't make it to the Christmas Fair? To make things fair (no bad pun intended) on all the non-Londoners, I'm offering 15% OFF everything on the website from 12-16 December only!

Just type Xmas07 in the vouchers field at checkout.

The Angel Christmas Fair

If you're in the Islington area of London this weekend, come and see me at the Angel Christmas Fair!

There'll be affordable paintings, photography, illustration, fashion, textiles, jewellery, glass, ceramics and furniture to buy direct form the designers.

The Angel Christmas Fair
Candid Arts Trust Galleries (just across the road, near Angel tube station)
3 Torrens Street

15-16 December, 12 - 6pm

Fair Opening Times

Saturday 15 th December 2007: 12-6pm
Saturday 16 th December 2007: 12-6pm

I'll be selling everything at 15% off the website price , as well as some fair-only pieces in the £20-30 price range which would make ideal gifts.

Click here for more information

Monday, 3 December 2007

Nice to meet you!

Just popping in quickly and belatedly to thank everyone who turned up to see me at the Hidden Art Fair! It was lovely to see some of you face to face!

I had a great, if exhausting couple of days and met some fantastic makers. Among my favourites were Nadia Sparham who makes wonderful patterned textiles and ceramics. You might have seen her murals at Start and Cochinechine in London. Nick Fraser had some brilliant products too. I bought one of his black acrylic Christmas decorations which was perfect for a friend who doesn't really do frou-frou when it comes to home decor...kind of a techno-electro snowflake...

Ok, back to the work bench...

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Hidden Art Design Fair

Hello....I've been a very bad blogger lately...I vow to do better!

I just wanted to tell you about a pre-Christmas fair I'm doing next weekend, the Hidden Art Design Fair at Abney Hall in Stoke Newington (73a Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS).

Fair Opening Times

Saturday 24th November 2007: 10am-6pm

Sunday 25th November 2007: 12pm-5pm

If you're free that weekend and in the area it would be lovely to see you, and I'll have some new designs that haven't made it onto the website yet. In fact, if (in the unlikey event!) you read this blog, just mention mrsmagpie and you can get 20% off the retail price.

As well as jewellery, there will be fashion and fashion accessories, ceramics, lighting, furniture, interior accessories, textiles and glass, all brought to you direct from local designer-makers.

If you can’t make it during the daytime, I have a limited number of invitations to give away for the private view on Saturday 24th November, 6.30 – 9pm. Come and have a glass of wine and a mince pie with me and maybe do a bit of late-night shopping! Just leave me a comment if you'd like an invite.

The fair is part of the well-established Hidden Art Open Studios event. For more information on the open studios, click here

Monday, 8 October 2007

Daily Candy! And Secret Sale!

Thank you Daily Candy for sending so many new visitors my way today! :-)

Just to make things interesting, I thought I'd have a little celebratory, semi-secret if you've made it over here to the blog, you have earned 15% off your purchase by typing DailyCandy in the vouchers field at checkout. Offer valid today and tomorrow only!

Kate x

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Alexander McQueen

Love all of it! Love the feathers, even if they would make me sneeze...

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Dries Van Noten

Sooo maybe when Fashion Week (month?) is over I'll get on with some work and tear myself away from Some lovely prints and colours at Dries...everything reminds me of my friend CK who is a Dries obsessive...

I love a puffy sleeve...

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Comme des Garcons

Some pretty cool looks among the keraaziness...

Love the African hairstyle print and the silhouette at the top but I'll pass on the bottom half of the outfit, especially the clown trousers...

Beautiful sleeve details at Sophia Kokosalaki.

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Hidden Art Fair

I've recently joined Hidden Art, a great not-for-profit membership organisation that supports and promotes designer-makers.
I was really pleased to be selected to take part in their Open Studios Fair at Abney Hall in Stoke Newington, London on 24th & 25th November. Conveniently for me, it's within walking distance from my house! I'll give more details nearer the time, but I think it'll be a great place to find some original and independently-produced Christmas gifts....

Monday, 17 September 2007

Louise Goldin - my favourite so far....

My favourite so far this season....tropical fish knitwear that looks so comfortable and wearable....

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Philip Lim

I like this necklace idea from 3.1 Philip Lim, via
I'm keeping an eye on the New York shows but it's been a bit safe and iuninspiring so far...

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Shi Liu

I have a new stockist this month, Shi Liu. It's a beautiful bespoke bridal and evening wear shop on St John Street in Islington, run by the eponymous Shi who is lovely - if you go and check out the gorgeous dresses and jewellery there you're likely to get a cup of jasmine tea and a chat into the bargain.

The shop's in a great area of London, just round the corner from Saddler's Wells theatre and Exmouth Market, home of the famous Moorish restaurant Moro. There's a really cute and ideosyncratic flower shop there too, Pod, where I bought a little organic-looking pod-shaped vase on my way back from Shi Liu. I have a bit of a pod-shaped object obsession at the moment...

(Sticking to the wedding theme, if you happen to pick up a copy of
CosmoBride this month you'll see my vintage leaf bracelet with coral featured in a 'Grecian wedding' spread! It's masquerading as a laurel leaf bracelet).

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Kew Gardens

My parents came to visit today and we went by boat along the Thames to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. There is so much to see, it was vegetation and texture overload! Note-taking is not my strong point however and I have no idea what either of these plants is called.
The slightly decomposing fruit may not be conventionally beautiful but I love all the texture and the little juicy nodules. Almost jewel like? Actually it makes me want to start making something with the smoooth ruby beads sitting on my work bench.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Hello Taiwan

A few months ago I was contacted by dpi, a Taiwanese design magazine, and asked to do an interview. Well, it's out now! I got my copy of the magazine yesterday. The online version looks good, but it's so lovely in the flesh. All that flowing hair on the cover illustration by Margot Mace (there's an accent on that last e but I can't work out how to put on in) is embossed, luvvly. I'll post a scan on my website as soon as I get one done. Meanwhile, here's a transcription of the interview, which I am posting despite feeling slightly bashful about it.

Please introduce yourself to our readers. (background, story of growing up, personality…etc).

I grew up in a small down in South West England with my two brothers. I was always drawing and making things as a child, and I read a lot and loved dancing – so not too different to how I am now. I didn’t really consider art and design as a career when I left school, I think I had the idea that it wouldn’t be possible to make a living at it, so I went on to study French at university in London, and lived in France for a year. After university I drifted into a few different jobs and ended up working as a museum curator, but it never really felt like the career for me. I made jewellery in my spare time, and as I developed my ideas and skills I became more and more interested in trying to make a living at it, which I’m now lucky enough to do. I live in Dalston in North East London with my boyfriend (who is studying acupuncture) and I work from home designing and making my Glint range of jewellery.

Why do you like design? And why did you choose to become a jewelry designer?

I’m quite a visual person in that I’m interested in the aesthetics of my environment and things that I use and wear on a day-to-day basis. Like most people, I started out by designing and making things that I wanted to wear myself. I like working with my hands, too, and I find it really satisfying to give shape to something concrete that has started out as an abstract idea. I didn’t really ‘decide’ to become a jewellery designer, I just gradually realized that it would be possible for me to make living at doing something that I loved. It started with me wanting to make jewellery that I enjoyed wearing and was interesting to make, friends asked me to make things for them, and it went from there!

What does jewelry design bring to your life?

I find it quite meditative to make jewellery, and it’s really satisfying to slowly piece together the different elements and end up with a something beautiful. It’s great to watch someone try something on and fall in love with it, it makes me feel that what I’m doing is worthwhile and impacts on people’s lives in a positive way.

Why did you found the brand glint? What does glint mean?

I first started selling my jewellery at London’s Spitalfields Market, which is a starting point for a lot of new designers. Selling the jewellery really helped me to focus on the direction it should take and the range began to take shape and tell a coherent story. Shortly thereafter I launched the Glint website, I really like the hard sound of the work glint, and the way it looks when it’s written down. The word means ‘a bright gleam or flash’, which is obviously appropriate for a jewellery brand! It implies glitter and glamour without sounding in the least ‘girlie’.

Please introduce the concept and specialty of your works.

Glint is about simple but detailed jewellery that draws you in and becomes more interesting the closer you look. My pieces also tend to have a time-worn look to them but they are modern in their simplicity – the leaf charms I use are vintage and with the Cluster pieces the oxidized silver gives them a worn-in look. I’m always balancing old and new, simple and detailed, and I like to contrast hard and soft looking elements, like soft pearls and hard faceted stones. It’s not in the least trend-led, although I’m interested in fashion and I’m sure that trickles down to my work in some way. I don’t like to conceptualise too much, I just want people to look beautiful wearing the jewellery and to absorb it into their own style.

Please introduce the most popular work in all your works.

The Aventurine Leaf Necklace. I’ve introduced some new colours and styles using these vintage leaves recently and they’re proving really popular too. I’ve been pleased with the response to the long Sautoir necklaces too.

Where and how do you get inspiration to present in your works?

Primarily, the stones and metals themselves inspire me and seem to demand that they are used in a certain way. I’m also inspired by natural formations like clusters of berries, clumps of moss or even mould and barnacles– things are accrue from a number of smaller elements and become more than the sum of their parts.

What are the interesting happenings when you designed jewelry?

It’s always interesting when you’re developing new work, just seeing what shape the piece is going to take and whether it will spark off something exciting – maybe a whole new series. I love looking out for unusual stones to use in my work, too.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like eating out or going to the pub with friends and going to the cinema and exhibitions – I went to Christoph Buchel’s Simply Botiful installation recently, which was amazing. I practice yoga as often as I can, and I like reading and listening to music – I love David Mitchell’s books and I’m obsessed with Joanna Newsom’s new album Y’s at the moment.

What does freedom mean to you? When and what makes you feel free?

To me, freedom is being able to live without fear or worrying about what other people think. I feel free when I’m just walking around the city with friends at the weekend, and on Sunday night when I really appreciate that I don’t have to go out to work for anyone else on Monday morning.

What is your dream in the future? How will you reach your dream?

I want to develop my practice and the business whilst keeping it small and controllable enough that I can continue making it myself. I’m considering looking for a shared studio space too, as working from home can get a bit lonely at times. I’m going to keep on doing what I’m doing, pursuing my ideas and developing my techniques, focusing on the present and hoping the future takes care of itself. I’m looking forward to taking more holidays in 2007 too!

Please recommend some special places in your country to our readers.

In London, I’d recommend going to the Brick Lane and Spitalfields area on a Sunday - Spitalfields Market is worth a visit and there are some great independent and vintage shops in the area. It’s worth getting up early and checking out the Columbia Road flower market too. For food, Rasa is a great Keralan restaurant in Stoke Newington – it’s cheap and really delicious. In you want to go to the countryside, give Stonehenge a miss and check out the prehistoric stone circle at Avebury in Wiltshire – much more atmospheric.

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Hikaru Furuhashi

I love food, and I love good typography, so these images from
Hikaru Furahashi are pretty appealing. I think I first came across her work through Lena Corwin's blog. Something vibrant to look at on a wet, grey day (is it really August?!)

New Stockists

I've just sent some jewellery off on its travels to these two shops - Myrrh in Sevenoaks, Kent, and Jac. in Atalanta, Georgia. So if you're in the area(s) go and have a look...

Little Doodles

Kate Wilson's little be-wigged birds are insanely cute. You can buy prints from her Etsy shop.

Angie Boothroyd

Angie Boothroyd makes beautiful jewellery with a really interesting texture. She mostly works in gold that she alloys herself. This is her Palm Cascade set. I really like some of the gold and tourmaline pieces too.

First post....

Hi! Anyone there?!

I'll be posting here to let you know what's going on with my jewellery range, Glint, and sharing things that I like and that inspire me - jewellery, design, clothes, art, and anything else that catches my eye.

Here's a picture of my caviar bracelet by way of introduction...

K x