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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
First we were invited by the team at the Decorcafe to participate in their evening discussing the latest trends and designs in fabric. It was really great to be able to bring along samples and sketchbooks of our own ideas and have the opportunity to talk about the design process from conception through to the finished product. We met some lovely people and made new friends and will definitely be looking out for Decorcafe's future events. Click here for photos and more information.
We have been exhibiting at Handmade In Britain for the last few days which is why we've been a bit quiet - you know all those little prep jobs you think will only take five minutes and then the actual show itself. We had a great time though and had some very positive comments about some new product lines that we were showcasing there (more on that at a later date!)
And we have more exciting news as we will be exhibiting at the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair which takes place from 21st to 23rd November. This will be our first time attending this event but we've heard so many lovely comments about it we hope it will become a regular date in our diary.
If you haven't come across the Wealden Times magazine we recommend you take a look. Every month they explore the interiors of two local homes which are always beautiful and original. We're very pleased to be featured this month in their gift supplement along with fellow exhibitors and as you can see there is something for everyone from foodies to crafters and everything in between. Do mark it in your diary and we hope to see you there!
This weekend I snuck away from the studio for a quick bit of rest and relaxation and there was no better place to indulge my love of colour and texture than Columbia Road Flower Market.
Normally I am not a particularly big 'flowers girl'. The other half stopped feeling the need to buy them a long time ago and now I just pop the odd bunch into my supermarket trolley to brighten up my day. However in this instance I couldn't resist...
I now have these spectacularly large hydrangeas and brassicas in the hallway. I'm planning to dry them out and maybe make a Christmas garland with (I know, optimistic as I continually suffer from not having enough time to do all the things I need to do let alone want to do!)
These flowers in my antique jug don't require any water! Perfect for busy people and the colours and foliage are just right for Autumn.
In total I spent £25, more than I normally would on flowers but then as it was my first visit I couldn't help but go a little crazy. I would absolutely recommend it for a lazy Sunday stroll; next time I will definitely go early as it was very busy, maybe stroll around the lovely little shops first and then buy my big bouquets!