Thursday, 4 September 2014

New mugs and glasses by Jane Foster for Make International

Am really excited as the mugs and tumblers I designed for Make International are now available! These are a collaboration with Keith Brymer Jones and are for sale here.
Here are a few from the collection of 11 mugs and 8 glasses.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Our new 60s house - the before photos!

We've now been in our new home for over 2 weeks and we're starting to get more settled. (although the loft is jammed full of boxes yet to be unpacked!). Here are a few snapshots of the front - it was built in 1967 and is one of several in our area but many of the others have been extended. This one would have had a car port but it's now filled in to make a larger entrance room. We intend to make some changes but also want to keep it's modernist feel.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

New home - one week on....

I moved house a week ago and it's been rather hectic but lots of fun. We've moved to a 60s house and  wasted no time in getting a few pictures and shelves put up to add or mark to it. All the walls are a very pale blue (which will all be painted white at some stage!) and we also intend to take up the carpets and paint the existing wooden floor boards white to give it a beach type feel.
Here are a few photos - the 'snug' which is for Polly and our living room. It's got a really sunny feel to it and has lovely views. It'll be fun doing it up and making it a new happy home. Will continue to show more photos over the next few weeks.
The last photo shows a piece of 70s fabric  fellow blogger blogged about that I bought on Etsy and had framed.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Recent press clippings - Mollie Makes and Coast Magazine

Here are some recent press clippings - Mollie Makes issue 43 and Coast Magazine (featuring my sausage dog kit)

Monday, 28 July 2014

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A day of sewing Miffy dolls cot blankets - Jane Foster

Have had a really enjoyable day sewing these mini dolls cot blankets. I've used mainly vintage cotton fabrics in strips. A really easy technique - just cut your chosen stripes of fabric, pin to each other then sew with a machine!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Design Icon Unikko turns 50 this year!

The design icon Uniko turns 50 this year. This is the most famous Marimekko pattern of all time. Unikko was born in 1964 shortly after the company's founder Armi Ratia had announced that Marimekko would never print a floral pattern! Designer Maija Isola designed an entire collection of floral patterns in protest, one of them being Unikko.

I was fortunate to have bought this rare 60s formica Marimekko Unikko table around 15 years ago in Brighton and have enjoyed living with it in various rooms and settings ever since. I am however selling this as I'm downsizing to a much smaller home in order to have a garden, and this won't fit in.

I did some research recently a spotted one the same being sold in a design shop in Spain for £1800. I've never ever seen another like this until today. This is incredibly rare.

I've listed this on ebay.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Miffy Bag Commission - Jane Foster

I was asked to make a Miffy bag - here are some I enjoyed making yesterday, now available from my Etsy shop. Am also new making mini dolls cot quilts.

Monday, 14 July 2014

RNCM Screen print Commission - Jane Foster

I was thrilled when I was approached by the Royal Northern College Of Music (RNCM) to design a screen print to celebrate the opening of their new concert hall. It was quite fitting as I studied the violin and piano there in the 80s.
Here are some of the different versions I came up with for the commission. You can see the final one they chose to use here on the campaign blog. You can read my interview on the blog too and purchase the limited edition print for £25.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

I love making little Miffy purses!

I love making little Miffy purses - I like combining various 70s and retro fabrics with the small Miffy panels. When they've reached this stage, I take them home and hand sew the zips and lining in whilst relaxing and watching TV!