Made By Mrs M

Studio Tour - Kathryn Sherriff

Art, Ceramics, Events, Inspiration, Interiors, StudiosKate Marsden

Now you know how I like a good nosey around other people's studios (and houses, and gardens....) and this summer Carshalton Artists' Open Studios promises LOADS of nosey-ing opportunities! Not for me though, as I'll be taking part, so I thought I'd get in early and visit some of the artists who will be opening their studios before the event.

I was drawn to Kathryn Sherriff's as soon as I saw the first image below - it looks just wonderful! So it was my first stop...

Kathryn is a studio potter working out of her small but perfectly formed garden studio under the name By The Line Pottery (no prizes for guessing why she called it that - I joked that she'll never be able to move house though!) - if you're in any way into pots, you'll want to check out her gorgeous Instagram here.

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

The studio is very tidy (but then it needs to be as it's hardly huge!) and everything has it's place. Nestled at the back of a rather stylish garden (and a beautifully extended house with lots of lovely mid-century finds) it's like a different world. The sort of space I dream of having at the end of my garden one day.

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

During Carshalton Artists' Open Studios, Kathryn will be sharing her garden with fellow potters Caroline Warwick and Sarah Hillman - and there will be throwing demonstrations and all sorts going on - so make sure you put the dates in your diary!

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Carshalton Artists Open Studios runs over 2 weekends this summer - 24/25 June and 1/2 July - Kathryn's studio will be open on both weekends. To find out more about the event and all the artists taking part, visit the website.

If you'd like to visit me during the weekend, I'll be temporarily setting up home at 133a Stanley Park Road.

Carshalton is really easy to get to by train from Central London or by train or car from right across the South East.

Creative Happy London

Art, Craft, Events, Inspiration, London, Paper, Sewing, Textiles, WorkshopsKate Marsden

I'm really excited to share something new with you today! I've been working alongside Gabriela Szulman, Kip Perdue and Anna Jackson as part of a new artists' collective who will be running all of our popular workshops together under the banner Creative Happy London. The workshops will be held at Gabriela's gorgeous studio in Camberwell and we'll be launching propely at the Camberwell Festival in June, but workshops are already available for booking! Here's what you can currently choose from...

Decoupage with Gabriela Szulman

Gabriela will be running two different workshops during the period of the Camberwell Festival - Upcycle a Tealight Holder with Decoupage on Saturday 10 June and Decorate a Photo Frame with Decoupage on Sunday 11 June.

Papercutting with Kip Perdue

Kip will be teaching a Paper Cutting Workshop on Saturday 10 June and again on Wednesday 14 June (in the evening).

Foiling with Anna Jackson

Anna will be teaching you how to Make a Sparkly Picture with Metalic Foils on Sunday 11 June.

Textile Jewellery Making with Me!

I will be running a Stitched Jewellery Workshop on Saturday 17 June.

Fabric Jewellery 2.jpg

Our website will be launching very soon, but in the meantime you can see all live workshops on Eventbright and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.




Vanessa Bell

Art, Exhibition, Inspiration, London, Review, Shopping, TextilesKate Marsden

I hadn't been to Dulwich for a while - I used to have friends who lived nearby, and I did Dulwich Open House a couple of years ago, but hadn't had a chance for a stroll for an age. So I chose a beautiful sunny spring day to visit Dulwich Village, which is impossibly pretty at the worst of times, suffered from some major house envy, and then visited the Picture Gallery for the first time.

What really dragged me to Dulwich was Vanessa Bell. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll probably know that I'm a bit of a fan of her sister (Virginia Woolf) and I was massively into the Bloomsbury Group as a teenager. I've always admired the style of Vanessa's work, and almost feel as though I know some of the subjects, as I spent so long reading about them, so I really couldn't miss this one.

I first saw Vanessa's work at an exhibition at the Barbican when I was at art college (probably 1995 or 96) but haven't ever come accross anything on this scale before. The exhibition covers her paintings as well as her designs for textiles, ceramics and photographs - so it was quite a feast for the eyes.

Vanessa Bell – Studland Beach 1912 – © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett, acquired 1976 Tate Collection, on loan to Dulwich Picture Gallery

Vanessa Bell – Studland Beach 1912 – © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett, acquired 1976 Tate Collection, on loan to Dulwich Picture Gallery

Vanessa Bell – Mrs St John Hutchinson 1915 - © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett, acquired 1973 Tate Collection, on loan to Dulwich Picture Gallery

Vanessa Bell – Mrs St John Hutchinson 1915 - © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett, acquired 1973 Tate Collection, on loan to Dulwich Picture Gallery

The exhibition was larger than I'd expected (with around 100 paintings) but was still over too soon (I think I would've moved in given the opportunity). I'm not normally one to rave about exhibition shops, but this one's an absolute joy - I had to really restrain myself as I could've bought everything!

I settled for some postcards, this beautiful little fold out book by Alice Pattullo and a cushion cover (couldnt resist a bit of Vanessa Bell for my living room!).

Pamela Print Cushion Cover - Image (c) Dulwich Picture Gallery

Pamela Print Cushion Cover - Image (c) Dulwich Picture Gallery

So, in conculsion the exhibition was wonderful and inspiring, if potentially expensive!!

Vanessa Bell: 1879-1961 is at the Dulwich Picture Gallery until 4 June 2017.

Expore the Barbican (and more!) this Saturday...

Architecture, Events, London, Photography, TravelKate Marsden

A little reminder post for you today... My next photowalk is this coming Saturday 22 April in the City of London. You'll get to see this beauty and lots more besides!

There's a really broad range of architecture in the City, and we plan to start at the Monument to the Great Fire of London, before taking in some of the main landmarks, some International style, PoMo, Brutalism and more. We'll be stopping for lunch but otherwise the photowalk is free. I will need to know if you're coming though! Please either drop me a line or join the Photowalks mailing list to get the final reminder email later this week.


Jewellery Decoupage

Craft, London, Paper, WorkshopsKate Marsden

I visited Gabriela Szulman in her studio in Camberwell again last week, and came away having made something that I'm really rather proud of! I've previously learnt how to decoupage shoes and a tray with Gabriela and I've always been really pleased (and surprised) with the results, but this time I made a necklace and it's just fab (wearing it as I type)...

I've added some images of the steps I took below. The main image is taken from a Marimekko napkin with some little leaves placed in the background. This is fairly straightforward to do (especially if you've already been on one of Gabriela's workshops so understand the technique) but there is a bit of drying time involved - you get to work on two pieces though, so can work on one while the other is drying.

Gabriela's next assembled jewellery workshop is on Sunday 23 April - you can find out more about it here.

Cloth & Candy a.k.a. Fabric Heaven...

Business, Craft, Dressmaking, Sewing, TextilesKate Marsden

I'd been following Fuz of Cloth & Candy and her gorgeous online fabric shop for a while, and then a few months ago I discovered that she lives just down the road from me! So I dragged her and her son over to my favourite local cafe to chat fabric and business and stuff. Be prepared to coo over fabricy goodness...

Tell us a little about yourself and what prompted you to launch Cloth & Candy.

Hi, I’m Fuz. I’m a wife, a mum to a busy toddler and an all round crazy fabric hoarding lady. Being a creative at heart, I’d been longing to set myself free of the 9-5. Having worked in the fashion retail industry for ten years, my work had always allowed me to be surrounded by beautiful textiles and design, so it was just a case of taking the plunge to do it. We were planning to start a family and after some long hard thinking, I decided, what better time to just give it a go. So I did!

When did your love affair with fabric begin?

I am lucky enough to have a mum who loves sewing so she taught me a lot when I was little. I used to enjoy tapestries, cross stitches and little sewing kits. I made a rag doll once, I swear it was the scariest thing ever, but I loved it at the time ha ha! I had some amazing textiles teachers at school too who taught things like appliqué, dyeing and even machine embroidery.

Also, I think a big part of the excitement, has come from my heritage. The vibrant colours, handiwork and general culture of Pakistan and Bangladesh have really helped to create this passion for textiles and design.

How do you spend a typical day at Cloth & Candy HQ?

I am first and foremost, a mother, so my day is a real mix of megablocks, fun fabric stuff, and generally chasing after my toddler all round the house. I tend to prioritise my tasks the night before, just so I can make the most of the day. During his nap time, I could be taking pics of some of the amazing fabrics, catching up on emails, wrapping parcels or planning my next projects. We usually have a trip to the post office in the afternoon which always involves a visit to the duck pond or the playground! I get a lot of my stuff done in the evenings though, I am quite the night owl.

It can be tricky to switch on in the evenings for work after such a tiring day. When you run the show all by yourself, work can creep into spare time too. I’m trying to be better at giving myself time off as it allows me to be more creative and come up with fun, new ideas for the business!

What attracts you to the designs you choose to stock at Cloth & Candy? Everything always seems to work so well together!

This is the part of my job I love the most! I look for great colour combos and striking designs. I love modern prints, with a bit of fun and boldness to them and yes, I generally try to make them sit really well together. The fabrics genuinely excite me and I hope I’m inspiring people to use these fun patterns in their projects. I’ve had a few customers tell me they've started sewing for the first time just because they wanted to own the fabrics in my collection!

Like my motto goes, if I don’t love it, you might not love it, I don’t put it in my shop.

Do you find any time for sewing yourself? What do you like to make?

Since the little one arrived, I’ve been rubbish at giving myself time for this. This year, a big goal of mine is to get back to the sewing machine more. After all, I do have a pretty good stash at my disposal!! I’ve started to get that time in for some simple projects like drawstring bags and pouches. I’d really love to give dressmaking a go this year though. I’ve wanted to make myself a dress for some time now and I just need to get on and do it!

And what do you enjoy doing when not consumed by fabric?!

I like to relax! Curling up with a good book, watching Netflix, chilling out with the hubby. I like to visit markets and art galleries when I can and enjoy the odd craft workshop every so often. We like to travel too. I get so inspired by the places we visit! We recently visited Brussels and absolutely loved it. Next stop, Kuala Lumpur!! Oh the fabrics I will find…

We’re all planning our summer holidays at the moment - which destinations have you enjoyed fabric shopping in?

Ooh, Paris is super fun for fabric shopping. I love trawling Le Puces Flea Market for vintage bits and bobs! But, by far my most favourite place to shop for fabrics has been Japan. That place is full to the brim with creativity, colour and design. I was in heaven and I’m sure the fabric tipped me over the baggage allowance limit!!

Are there any other small businesses closer to home which you’d recommend to us sewing fans? 

If you haven't already, you need to head to V V Rouleaux in Marylebone, London. All the trimmings your heart could ever desire! And for some cute, colourful craft kits, check out The Make Arcade. We will be stocking some of their sewing kits soon!! Oh, and there’s this other amazing shop I know… Made by Mrs M??

Can we expect to see you popping up at any events again this year?

For sure!! You will find me at Summer Sewmance in Brighton this June and then I’ll be back at the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court in September. I love being able to share what I do and meet fellow fabric fanatics so do come along if you can!

Thanks so much for chatting with me Fuz! You can find the Cloth & Candy website here, and also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Modernist Estates

Architecture, Books, Inspiration, Interiors, ReviewKate Marsden

I did rather well for presents on Mother's Day (not expecting much for my birthday now!) - one of them was a book I'd asked for, and Mr M even managed to get me a signed copy...

Modernist Estates is undoubtedly a thing of beauty. The binding is gorgeous (and yellow!), it features my favourte type of architecture, inhabited by real people who have inspiring interiors (elements of which I can definitely apply to my Edwardian house) AND one of my cushions unexpectedly makes an appearance on pages 85 and 86 - that was a surprise I can tell you!

I don't do this design anymore but I think it looks great on this sofa!

I don't do this design anymore but I think it looks great on this sofa!

The featured flat isn't in Park Hill but the subject matter for my cushion does (of course!) make an appearance...

The book is written by Stefi Orazi (and stemmed from her popular blog) whose love affair with modernist architecture began when she was fortunate enough to rent a flat in the Barbican. People ended up inviting her into their homes for the blog and here we see a great selection - it's really interesting to see how people are living in these properties now.

Modernist Estates by Stefi Orazi is published by Frances Lincoln and available here.

Month in the Life - March

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

I keep getting to the end of each month and feeling a little like I've been beaten up! March wasn't great - I was really ill, then my Dad was so ill that he spent a week in hospital. Everything that could go wrong did and by the 31st I was feeling pretty flat and tired. So bring on Spring and let's hope April's a bit better!

There were highlights in March though, and here they are...

Lampshade workshop at Love Art

An early morning preview at the British Museum

Finding time to get crafty (this is from the Comic Relief Crafternoon magazine)

Starting the studio revamp.

Making lots of samples for upcoming worksops.

An unexpected trip out of Kings Cross (I never tire of this ceiling).

And a sunny day for a wedding.

March Meet the Maker

Business, InspirationKate Marsden

Last month I took part in #MarchMeettheMaker again over on Instagram. It's organised by Joanne Hawker, and encourages makers, artists and designers across the world to share more about themselves and their work, via a series of daily prompts. It's great fun to take part in and I love being nosey and find about about other people's studios, inspirations and the like.

Anyway, here are just a few of the photos I shared. Head over to my Instagram to see them all (there are some little hyperlapse videos too), and to see everyone's head here.

Hand Painted Lampshade Workshop

Architecture, Art, Events, Inspiration, Textiles, WorkshopsKate Marsden

I'm really excited to announce that I'll be running a brand new, full day workshop at Art Rebellion in Coulsdon (they stock my Croydon prints - see below).

We're going to be designing and painting our own fabrics before turning them into lampshades!

The workshop runs from 10am to 3pm and includes lunch (you have to try their coffee, it's really good). It's set to be really good fun, and you'll come away with something completely unique and "you".

The workshop is on Sunday 28 May (although there may be more dates - let us know if you're interested but can't do this one) and bookings are now open via this link. Alternatively you can call Art Rebellion on 020 8668 0007 or pop in to book.

And here are my prints... Art Rebellion is the only place to get hold of A3 versions - they can be bought in store or online here.

The Radical Eye

Art, Exhibition, London, Photography, ReviewKate Marsden

Now I do like a surprise (sometimes - don't ever plan a surprise party for me please)... Not being a fan of Sir Elton John (although I have been catching myself singing a few of his earlier hits recently), I wasn't sure what I'd make of Tate Modern's exhibition sharing his photography collection.

Man Ray 1890-1976Glass Tears (Les Larmes) 1932Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper229 x 298 mmCollection Elton John© Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016

Man Ray 1890-1976Glass Tears (Les Larmes) 1932Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper229 x 298 mmCollection Elton John© Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016

I expected it to be ostentatious (the man's flower bill is famous after all) but I was pleasantly surprised. His photography collection does extend to 8000+ prints, so it's not modest, but I was impressed by the images on display, and really liked the way the exhibition had been put together. The use of mismatched, gilt and silver frames made it unlike most gallery photography exhibitions I've seen and my favorite part was a whole wall featuring many images (with a conveniently placed bench in front of it so I sat there for a while).

The content was pretty good too - taking me back to my teenage fascination with Diane Arbus and Dorothea Lange - I was reminded of a much thumbed book I had about female documentary photographers (this one) and I plan to dig it out and have a read.

Flicking through Diane Arbus Revelations (and Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange 1936 in the exhibition guide)

Flicking through Diane Arbus Revelations (and Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange 1936 in the exhibition guide)

The images on display focus on the first half of the 20th century, taking in experiments in early photography and including many famous images and portraits.

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection is at Tate Modern until 21 May 2017.

Colour Collective

Architecture, Art, DrawingKate Marsden

If you're a regular on Twitter of a Friday evening (I am, I need to get out more!) you'll probably have noticed Colour Collective. Every Friday night at 7.30 a mass of people post illustrations they've created that week using the week's chosen colour. Head over to Colour Collective on Twitter to find out all about it.

Anyway, this is something I've watched from a far for ages, but I've recently challenged myself to do more drawing - detailed considered stuff, quick sketches, and most importantly, things that take me out of my comfort zone - and this seemed like a good opportunity to do something every week (or most weeks) and of course, if has that all important deadline!

So I've only just started doing it but here are my first attempts:

My cat Tabitha - in Amaranth - Friday 10 March

A mid-century dream - in Sweet Potato - Friday 24 February

Self portrait - in Plaster Pink - Friday 10 February

A pretty Victorian House - in Deep Koamaru - Friday 3 March.

Check out the #colour_collective hashtag to see everyone else's work.

City of London Photowalk - Saturday 22 April

Architecture, Events, London, Photography, TravelKate Marsden

Spring is springing so it's time to get out again! Following my successful photowalks last year (you can read about them here and here) the next one is planned for Saturday 22 April and we'll be exploring my old stomping ground - the City...

If you like architecture and history (and have a job which allows you to ever escape the four walls of your office during daylight hours) the City is a brilliant place to work. Narrow alleys with funny names (Bread Street, Milk Street, Fish Street Hill anyone?), modern skyscrapers next to Wren churches, Po-Mo oh and a (not so) little place called The Barbican.

We plan to take all of this in, with a little gap for lunch in the middle. Drop me a line - if you'll be joining us, or join the photowalks mailing list.

David Hockney

Art, Exhibition, London, Painting, Photography, ReviewKate Marsden

I know, I know, better late than never!

I attempted to visit the current Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain on the day it opened - made it to I think the third or fourth room, then got a call telling me to go straight home, as my son was ill and had been sent home from school... Now one of the great things about being a Tate member is that, annoying as this was, I could go back again without having to pay, so I finally made it back a couple of weeks ago.

I've always been a fan of David Hockney (evidenced by the fact that I own two massive books of his work, one of which I bought as a teenager). The last exhibition at the Royal Academy a few years ago was brilliant, but the current show at Tate is a more complete retrospective, including all the crowd pleasers and lots more besides.

David Hockney  Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1971 Private Collection© David Hockney

David Hockney  Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1971 Private Collection© David Hockney

The only downside for me was just how incredibly busy it was - at 1pm on a Wednesday during term time... Hard to see many of the pieces and a bit tiring and frustrating by the end - it was busier on my second visit than on my first, but then word's got out! Here was the only quiet moment...

Despite my frustrations though I did still really enjoy it - it was good to see how his work and style have progressed during his career, and I came away not only wanting to get the paints out, but the camera and the iPad and everything else too (it's beyond me why I can't draw like that on an iPad.... *cough*).

It was clear walking through the galleries that Hockney really is a national treasure. On both occasions I visited, I overhead people saying they never go to galleries but couldn't miss this one, and one guy telling his friend that his Mum "hates art but loves David Hockney" - so whether you think that makes him too popular or just really good is up to you. Either way, I'm still a fan...

David Hockney is at Tate Britain until 29 May 2017.

More Josef Frank and Svenskt Tenn

Books, Interiors, Pattern Design, Products, Review, TextilesKate Marsden

If you read last Friday's post you'll know that I adored the Josef Frank exhibition at the Fashion and Textile museum. It reintroduced me to Svenskt Tenn, who I'm pretty sure I discovered when visiting Stockholm, but as this was getting on for 20 years ago now my memory is a little hazy! (This reminds me - I need to go back to Stockholm).

Anyway, when the lovely folks at Thames & Hudson then dropped me a line to see if I'd be interested in seeing a Josef Frank/Svenskt Tenn colouring book*, I jumped at the chance...

I've mentioned before that I'm not a massive fan of colouring books, as I prefer to draw rather than colour other people's work, but for this one I may just be able to make an exception. The only downside being that it's such a beautiful book I'm not sure I want to mark it (and wouldn't let the little man anywhere near it, the poor thing!). The first thing to strike me was the size (see my hand for scale!)...

It's gargantuan. Oh and so much more than a colouring book. It's an introduction to Svenskt Tenn and includes images of Josef Frank's fabrics, examples of Svenskt Tenn interiors and more. It's just a lovely thing - whether you want to colour it in or not!

Swedish Modern: A Colouring Book of Magical Interiors by Janet Colletti is published by Thames & Hudson and available now.

*I received my copy free for the purposes of this review, however all opinions are my own.

Tutorial for Caboodle Magazine

Craft, Inspiration, Sewing, Textiles, TutorialsKate Marsden

It's been a bit quiet on the old tutorial front lately, I really need to work on some new ideas for you all! In the meantime though you can pop out to your nearest quality magazine store, pick up a copy of the new issue of Caboodle and cheat at screen printing with me!

I've designed a rather snazzy little star cushion which you can print yourself with an old pair of tights and an embroidery hoop...

I love the chair it's been photographed on - must keep my eyes peeled for one of these!

There are lots of other rather fab space inspired crafts in the issue, along with the usual colourful and inspiring treats! In case you need an extra incentive to go and buy a copy, Caboodle always smells divine too!

If like me, you and can't buy Caboodle at your local shops, you can get a copy on their website here. And if you "screen print" some stars, do share them with me!

Josef Frank

Art, Exhibition, Inspiration, London, Interiors, Pattern Design, TextilesKate Marsden

I was rather dissapointed last month when I missed out on a trip to see the Josef Frank exhibition at the Fashion & Textile museum (AND a talk from Sarah Campbell - boo!) as the little man was unwell. But last week I finally made it (even if this visit didn't include the talk...) and the exhibition was just as good as I'd expected it to be.

The exhibition showcases Frank's bold, colourful textile designs alongside a selection of his paintings, which are displayed here for the first time.

Frank started his career as an architect (something he didn't go back to after the war) but was best known for his pattern and furniture design for Swedish company Svenskt Tenn (go and have a look at their website - so so lovely).

Running alongside the Josef Frank exhibition is a separate collection of modern Swedish fabric designs (some of which were familiar from IKEA) and this room is well worth a visit too.

So now I'm tempted to crack the paints out again!

Josef Frank: Patterns - Furniture - Painting is on at The Fashion & Textile Museum in London until 7 May 2017.

House Tour...

Inspiration, Interiors, StudiosKate Marsden

Everyone likes a good nosey around other people's houses. I'd been planning a little house tour post here for ages but wanted to wait until the house was ready. When I say "ages" I mean several years and no the house isn't ready, or even close. In fact we have a couple of redecoration projects in the pipeline for the spring so it's going to look a little different/better soon, but I thought I'd share now anyway.

I was inspired by this gorgeous post from Michelle of The Fox in the Attic - obviously her house is "done" and looks absolutely dreamy so I hope you'll forgive my slightly more slovenly abode...

You'll probably recognise bits of my house from product photos and instagram posts - it's where I work so I tend to share it all the time! This is our living room. We rarely buy new furniture - the sofa is a Danish 1950's number we bought on eBay and the drinks cabinet was from the British Heart Foundation furniture shop (as are quite a few other items around the house!). The doors lead to the kitchen (a room which is conspicuous by it's absence in this post - partly because I struggle to get a decent picture, and partly because I don't like it and it needs changing - struggling for design inspiration there at the moment though...) and were made by my Dad.

And the other side of the room. The shutters are great - our old flat was on the first floor, and when we moved in here I hated being overlooked from the pavement and these work perfectly. They also keep the heat out really well in the summer. The chairs were from a junk shop in Tooting (and desperately need recovering - don't look too closely!).

The hallway and my famous floor! I love these tiles so so much. The front door was one of the things that sold the house to me. Our glass fronted bookcase traveled with us from our old flat and I made the lampshades (there's a second one where I'm standing). 

Back room/playroom/TV room/general dumping ground... This is one of the rooms set for redecoration, and while the purple wall is often complemented, it's really tatty. We're having the Mini Moderns wallpaper you can see taped to the wall with lots of white and painted floorboards. I'll share when it's finished!

My studio - so small it's hard to photograph (but you've probably seen it before anyway!). It has a little window looking out onto my lovely garden. The room I sit and write and do pretty much everything else in is even smaller though...

You could call it cozy, or snug..... The walls are painted in Stiffkey Blue from Farrow & Ball (so really dark but I like it), the vintage curtains, chair and desk were all eBay finds. This room also houses 3 printers, which is some kind of a miracle. This chair is no good whatsoever for my back and I should really be using my proper desk chair which lives in my studio.

The little man's room is another one due for redecoration (you can see the paper peeling on the right!). We decorated this for him ahead of him moving out of our room at 6 months old, so it's about time. Will share this room too once it's done. This wallpaper was from Cath Kidston and my Mum made his curtains to match.

Bathroom - inspired by the Northern Line.... Not shown, broken shower and barely functioning loo! The paint is Green Ground by Farrow & Ball, the black edging tiles were from Fired Earth and the white tiles were the cheapest brick style we could find.

Our guests get to sleep surrounded by our junk (out of shot!), but they do get a bit of a view and it's nice and quiet up in the loft conversion. More vintage stuff in here - crochet blanket from a car boot sale, vintage French chair, a chest of drawers made by my Dad which we repainted and a bit of the obligatory IKEA. Also needs redecorating...

And back down to our room. This one has been redecorated - in Parma Grey by Farrow and Ball - always looks green! The cupboards came with the house, and with hindsight we should probably have ripped them out but they do the job. More crochet - this blanket was from Valentines in Whitstable, my Dad also made this bed, the fox is from Made By Swimmer and the print is by Kees van Dongen - spent years looking for one after falling in love with his work in a gallery in Toronto.

And that's it for now. Keep an eye out for the transformation of the little man's room and the multi-purpose dumping ground downstairs!

Lampshade Workshop

Craft, Events, London, Textiles, WorkshopsKate Marsden

Sharing some snaps from my recent lampshade making workshop at Love Art in Tooting today. It very much seemed that a good time was had by all - and everyone came away with a fantastic looking finished lampshade - result!

The finished lampshades...

The finished lampshades...

Setting up - Images by Claire at Love Art

Setting up - Images by Claire at Love Art

Lampshade making is fairly full on, and this was the first chance I got to photograph the workshop in action!

Lampshade making is fairly full on, and this was the first chance I got to photograph the workshop in action!

All helped along by a glass of wine from Unwined (also in Tooting Market).

All helped along by a glass of wine from Unwined (also in Tooting Market).

If you're interested in attending one of my future workshops, keep an eye on my news page for dates, or alternatively join the mailing list to get the dates sent straight to your inbox.

Custom House Portraits

Architecture, Art, Drawing, ProductsKate Marsden

Last week I launched something a little different - custom house/building portraits. I'm not really sure why I haven't offered them before (as I'm all about drawing buildings after all!) but having received a couple of commissions, I decided to go ahead and offer them via my Etsy shop.

As you know, I do love mid-century style, but I live in an Edwardian house, and I know that not everyone is lucky enough to live in a mid-century gem like the one above! I do really enjoy drawing buildings of all types so you really can send me anything - and if you'd like me to edit out the satellite dish, or repaint your front door, I can do that too!

You can go for a traditional look as with the Georgian house above or I can add some of my trademark polka dots or another pattern if you like...

I am planning to offer a general custom illustration option as well in the near future (so if you'd like me to draw something that isn't a building let me know - I also offer custom pattern design) - in the meantime if you pop over to my portfolio page you can see some of my recent work (then drop me a line at if you'd like to discuss).

House portraits are available to order now from my Etsy shop.

p.s. If you'd like to order an illustration as a Mother's Day gift, please place your order/contact me TODAY in order to ensure I can get it to you in time - thanks!