ANECDOTES AND HONEY BEES

On Saturday we drove down to the scenic town of Folkestone to celebrate the opening of the brand new Anecdotes Design shop and workshop. When we arrived the wine was flowing and there was a gentle buzz from the local customers and fellow designer/makers piled into the light and spacious showroom. The space looks amazing and is the perfect place to highlight their beautiful refurbished furniture, hand made leather bags and original home ware ranges (annoyingly my battery died before I could get any photos but do visit the website)

We also met Deborah, a busy lady running not one but two businesses, who had just bought our orange silk Archive lampshade and vintage Jersey pottery base. She informed us that her name in Hebrew means 'bee' so she couldn't resist the shade!


She kindly sent us some photos of her lamp in pride of place on an old drinks trolley next to her bed.


We think it looks really lovely in its new home!

BACK TO SCHOOL

On Sunday we were fortunate to be exhibiting at Decorfest, a brand new interiors event at King's College School in Wimbledon. This is a lovely area of south west London and the Great Hall, where our stand was situated, with its soaring ornate windows and Headmaster's portraits did not disappoint.


The day began with champagne and croissants (this really should be requisite at every trade and retail show!) 



There was a great mix of textile designers, furniture makers, purveyors of vintage goods and much more with fabulous room settings displaying work from many of the exhibitors.


Our wallpaper attracted a lot of attention and proved a big hit once again...



as did the silk swatches displayed in our beautiful picture frame like a fabulous artwork.


We had a busy yet wonderful day and want to say a big 'thank you' to all the Decorcafe team who worked hard to put together such a great show. We look forward to next time!

FRAMED

We recently took possession of this huge and fabulous picture frame.


We're loving the swirly details on it and can't wait to put it to good use. 


More photos to follow...

DECORFEST 2014

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed the Decorfest badge on the side of the blog and we are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Decorfest 2014 show at King's College School, Wimbledon on 23rd March.


This promises to be a great event with fabulous designer/maker stands, demonstrations and activities for  all the family. For more details and to buy tickets click here and to read our interview with the Decorcafe team follow this link. 

AND ON, AND ON, AND ON...

We were commissioned to make a table runner for a special events dinner in London recently and as we love to make one-off pieces and bespoke items, we jumped at the chance.


We like a challenge and with a table measuring 6.7m x 1.2m this was going to require a lot of space!


With such a vast amount of fabric for the main body we decided a little embellishment was needed at each end and so we made a simple patchwork trim in coordinating Entomology fabric.


We took these photos to try and show the scale of the project (much longer than your average pair of curtains) and turning the finished sewn runner inside out was interesting - a bit like a snake trying to wriggle out of its skin!


And here is the completed table runner in all its glory. We're hoping for a photo to share with you of it in its rightful place and finally open at full length.

EDOUARD MARTINET

On Thursday we made our way to the Sladmore Contemporary gallery in London to see an exhibition by French artist Edouard Martinet. As lovers of all things insect related plus an interest in art inspired by found materials this show was a 'must see'; we weren't disappointed!

Image courtesy of Sladmore Contemporary
Each piece was perfectly crafted and beautifully detailed - it was only as we looked closely that we realised old spoons, typewriter keys and bicycle parts were individually pieced together to form each sculpture. If only we had a spare £10,000+ and they weren't all already sold we would love to have brought one home with us.


The exhibition finished on 31st January but we would urge you to seek him out and and view his amazing sculptures for yourself if you get the chance.
Image courtesy of Sladmore Comtemporary
Image courtesy of Sladmore Contemporary


A NEW ADDITION

Last week we spent three busy days exhibiting at a new trade show called Craft at Earls Court. We had a great position on a corner plot next to the entrance to Home - another section of the show. 


We put together a different set up to previous events and also introduced a colour wall displaying the range of silks we make our lamp shades in for bespoke orders. There was a lot of interest in this and it proved to be very popular.

                           
Also on display properly for the first time were our latest print, Waggle Dance, and our newest product - wallpaper.



The Gigantic Beetle wallpaper will be printed using traditional methods in the UK in gorgeous teal, cream and aubergine colours and will be available to buy in the Spring.

We decided 2014 was going to be a year of making the most of all the opportunities for Clementine & Bloom and it already seems like we are off to a flying start!

ANECDOTES DESIGN


We are pleased to announce you can now buy a selected range of Clementine & Bloom's products at a very lovely interiors shop in the Old High Street in Folkestone. The shop is called Anecdotes Design and is run by Barbara and Steven in the Creative Quarter of the town. It is a beautiful shop full of upcycled vintage furniture, art and homewares by independent and often local designer/makers and Steven's own range of hand crafted leather bags.




This area of Folkestone has recently received a massive overhaul and is now full of boutique businesses run by creative people plus some amazing restaurants. Do go and check it out!

STARTING THE YEAR WITH A BANG!

Happy New Year!


We celebrated the arrival of 2014 in London with this fabulous firework display. There's always such a great atmosphere up there - definitely worth making the effort for. And as it's a brand new year we have changed the blog banner to a selection of the vintage lamp bases with our shades that we currently have in stock.


We have some events lined up for this year, the first of which is Craft and takes place at Earls Court from 12th-14th January. This is a new trade show organised by the team at Handmade in Britain and runs alongside Home and Top Drawer so we are hoping for a great event. Right now we are working hard getting our stand ready and as we have some exciting new products for 2014 it already looks set to be a very busy year!

WORK & PLAY

With Christmas just around the corner preparations here at Clementine & Bloom HQ are beginning to take shape. We were lucky enough to be placed near to the very talented Anya Keeley at Handmade In Britain this year and so have added two newcomers to our collection of her gorgeous tree decorations.
                                


Then when we were exhibiting at the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair last month we picked up this lovely stripped vintage bauble.


And if you follow us on Facebook you would have seen our very own handsome Luigi modelling with a huge purple bauble - this one is definitely not meant for the tree!


We have been working hard too - we spent a great day last week knee deep in lampshades and cushions taking product shots with photographer Ian Marriott-Smith.


It was so good to work with a professional photographer, he made the whole day run very smoothly so do go and take a look at his website. Now we can't wait to get the final shots out there for everyone to see.