Happy Easter!


Happy Easter!

 

With Easter a few days away, it would be remiss of us not to share some beautiful Spring like designs and Easter happiness.

Iva Polachova - Ceramics Eggs, available from The New Craftsmen

Iva Polachova - Ceramics Eggs, available from The New Craftsmen

This is usually a very busy time of year at Figura with new clients keen to get their projects underway as well as a portfolio of current clients at the start, middle or in the closing stages of their projects.

It always amazes us how closely we follow the school calendar in terms of enquiries, even with our clients whose children have either long since left school or have children still too young to have their first big day.

I think the longer days with light evenings brings everyone together and we are thrilled to be able to design for houses where we can make the most of the views and the gardens whilst being in the house. With our new interior design service, Figura Interiors, we are also able to take those spring colours in to soft furnishings to bring it all together.

Lewis & Wood have captured the feeling of spring in their new printed linen Daisy Chintz collection in quince, mallow, topaz and amethyst. It’s a scaled up version of an 18th century hand –blocked chintz from the Coromandel Coast and is the second design in Lewis & Wood’s growing collection of screen-printed linens based on designs from the V&A archive.

Lewis & Wood - Daisy Chintz

Lewis & Wood - Daisy Chintz

Iva Polachova’s collection of ceramic eggs have also caught our eye. They are available from The New Craftsmen who work with a selection of Britain’s finest craft makers to showcase the skills and craft products of the British Isles. They present objects that are deeply connected to culture and place, while representing a vision of sustainable, real luxury, expressed through dedication to makers, materials, method and design.

Iva Polachova - Ceramics Eggs, available from The New Craftsmen

Iva Polachova - Ceramics Eggs, available from The New Craftsmen

Iva Polachova is a London based potter specialising in tableware, decorative vessels & vases all for practical usage. The creative process & rhythm of making are crucial to Iva’s work – drawing inspiration from the ideas of Brancusi on the essential in art & Paul Klee’s thoughts on the artist distilling from nature, Iva’s work combines balance, clearness, fluidity & tactility.

Iva uses a variety of clays, from porcelain to crank – refined & coarse. Use of glazes is generally limited to shades of white with the occasional use of oxides &slips under the glaze. Using simple ceramic tools – scraper & rasp blades in particular – the tool marks are often left visible under the glazed surface as a gentle reminder of the handmade.

Iva Polachova - Plate, Bowl & Cup Set. A trio of hand built stoneware vessels including a plate, bowl, and cup. A unique breakfast set to start your day.

Iva Polachova - Plate, Bowl & Cup Set. A trio of hand built stoneware vessels including a plate, bowl, and cup. A unique breakfast set to start your day.

This wonderful fabric from Sanderson called Squirrel & Hedgehog also includes some beautiful (Easter) bunnies.  Pencil drawn in fine detail, this charming printed fabric depicts the prettiest small wild British animals; a squirrel, rabbit and hedgehog, all set amongst sprays of natural British flora; acorns, catkins and blackberries.

This would be delightful in a child's bedroom.

Sanderson - Squirrel & Hedgehog Fabric

Sanderson - Squirrel & Hedgehog Fabric

So with our Easter theme, we have covered eggs, flowers and rabbits.  Perhaps the only thing missing is a chicken!  How about learning to weave your own with Judith Needham.  Judith is a basket maker and creator of extraordinary woven willow playhouses and dens for all ages. She is based in England's Craft Town - Farnham, Surrey and teaches basket making and willow weaving in Surrey and Hampshire.

Judith Needham - Weave your own Chicken! - Thursday 7th July

Judith Needham - Weave your own Chicken! - Thursday 7th July

Spend a fun day learning the art of willow sculpture and take home a life-sized chicken to enhance your garden this summer. Ducks, geese, quail also possible! Or experiment with abstract sculpture if you prefer.

Class runs from 10am - 3pm in the lovely surroundings of the National Trust's Dapdune Wharf - a calm oasis in the centre of Guildford.

Judith also make the most incredible playhouses.  Somewhere perhaps to hide away this weekend and eat all those chocolate eggs!

Judith Needham - Playhouses

Judith Needham - Playhouses