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The Journal (November 2012) Patch Things up

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Be Inspired: Kelly Swallow Unique Patchwork Designs

Kelly Swallow

Super gorgeous and quirky chairs, taking bespoke to a whole new level!

 Kelly Swallow’s chairs are individually sourced vintage pieces, each with its own unique charm. The personality of every piece is rediscovered by painstakingly and lovingly choosing an exciting collection of fabrics to create unique pieces with newfound splendour. The fabrics range from vintage to designer including Kenzo, Zoffany, Liberty, Andrew Martin, Designers Guild, Osborne & Little, Lorca, Mulberry – an eclectic mix with exciting and surprising contrasts.

Kelly Swallow Wingback chair

 BE INSPIRED BY KELLY SWALLOW A PATCH ABOVE THE REST! 

Kelly is originally from Ireland but now lives just outside London. Kelly has always  made things, she started sewing as a child a very distant memory of Kelly’s is seeing a patchwork quilt made by her grandmother, so I guess that’s where her love of patchwork comes from!

Kelly swallow patch work chair

Kelly adores fabrics and get ridiculously excited when sourcing  new fabrics for her collections.  She loves to mix new and vintage, Kelly loves finding a piece of furniture which is the perfect match for a fabric theme she finds this very satisfying!  

Kelly Swallow Patch work design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly can’t bear to be away from here fabrics and sewing machine for very long, and has been known to take one on holiday! Her obsession was fashion design through the 80s and 90s, while also dabbling in upholstery. Kelly always  liked to use ‘unexpected’ fabrics- she remembers crazy coats made from recycled vintage curtains!

Kelly swallow

Kelly worked for Greenpeace for all of the ’90s so craft continued mainly as a hobby. When her son was born she left Greenpeace, and turned to recycle, reuse ethos to furniture. Her passion for fabrics and her huge collection is now used to reninvent beautiful old pieces of furniture, creating a thing of beauty from something that has been passed over and discarded is enormously exciting. Kelly knows it’s now fashionably known as upcycling but it’s just what shes always  done!

Kelly Swallow chair

Kelly Swallow

Kelly Swallow has also just launched some new ranges using stunning, unusual fabrics. From the fabulous button backs telling the story of Art Deco, Hungarian, mangle cloths to chairs and footstools covered in a patchwork of rugby shirts undoubtedly tracing the history of a sports career! Very different sources and types of materials but the results are always exciting, colourful with a story to tell.

Kelly Swallow

Kelly Swallow sells ‘ready to go’ pieces and also takes commissions, allowing customers to be completely involved in creating their own bespoke piece.

Kelly Swallow

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Kelly has recently just finished a vintage linen chair. This is a bit different from her vibrant patchwork chairs which you have seen in the above pictures – it’s part of her vintage linen and grain sack ranges which have been very popular. This particular linen is from 1930’s German flour sacks with quite ornate print – this is the first of this style of chair that she has done.

Kelly Swallow Vintage Linen chair

Kelly Swallow

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Kelly Swallow

Beautiful Botanical Walls

Beautiful Botanical Walls

Endeavour botanical illustrations 'Ipomoea Indica" From the Natural History Museum

Endeavour botanical illustrations 'Ipomoea Indica" From the Natural History Museum

Taking inspiration from the RHS Chelsea flower show and the enrichment of Summer flowers which are beautiful and rich in fragrance, summer is the time of renewal, and what a perfect way to bring the vibrant freshness into our homes by adding beautiful botanical prints to our walls. More details of the RHS Chelsea flower show http://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/2011

Botanical Illustration: A Brief History

With the coming of the Renaissance, an interest in naturalism resulted in an emphasis in drawing from life, and the intimacy of the subject and a greater accuracy were seen. Examples are the herbals of Brunfels and Fuchs. Although by no means primarily botanical artists, Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Durer produced extraordinary drawings of plant subjects. Beautiful herbariums appeared most were etchings and watercolors and include works by Daniel Rabel, Nicholas Robert and Claude Aubriet.

Daniel Rabel Tulips From Botanical book Theatrum Flore

Daniel Rabel Tulips From Botanical book Theatrum Flore

Albrecht Durer : The Clutius Botanical watercolours Claudia Swan

Albrecht Durer : The Clutius Botanical watercolours Claudia Swan

The most famous botanical illustrator was Pierre-Joseph Redouté, who worked in watercolor. Early in his career, he collaborated with a famous botanist, Charles Louis L’Heritier.

Charles Louis L’Heritier Cestrum Laurifolium

Charles Louis L’Heritier Cestrum Laurifolium

Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) 'Canterbury Bells, Campanula medium' 1787 Watercolour on vellum Museum no. E.91-1947

Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) 'Canterbury Bells, Campanula medium' 1787 Watercolour on vellum Museum no. E.91-1947

Rather than plant collections coming to them, botanical illustrators and naturalists in the Nineteenth Century travelled to far away countries, often-accompanying naturalists and botanists to document the native plants. Ferdinand Bauer and Walter Fitch are examples of this tradition. Not only were they drawing from life, they were truly in the field, studying plants in their native settings.
Adele Morosini Rossetti (for Botanic Garden)

Adele Morosini Rossetti (for Botanic Garden)

The history of botanical illustration reflects the developments in art and science through the ages. Contemporary botanical illustration draws from these traditions and innovations. Current media include watercolor, pen and ink, graphite (pencil), gouache, and less commonly, acrylic and oil.
Walter Fitch Mimulus roseus

Walter Fitch Mimulus roseus

sUMMER Botanical FOR YOUR walls.

Today’s wallpaper designs often reference the past with restyled patterns – think William Morris designs with so many beautiful traditional inspired designs to choose from http://www.william-morris.co.uk/ 

William Morris Woodland Weeds Wallpaper Block print England, 19th century © V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

William Morris Woodland Weeds Wallpaper Block print England, 19th century © V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Artichoke" wallpaper designed by John Henry Dearle for William Morris and Co., circa 1897

Artichoke" wallpaper designed by John Henry Dearle for William Morris and Co., circa 1897

William Morris Rose 1883 available in Print for £43.99 at www.art.co.uk

William Morris Rose 1883 available to purchase as a Print for only £43.99 at http://www.art.co.uk

William Morris Rose 1883 available to purchase as a Print for only  £43.99 at http://www.art.co.uk click here for more details http://www.art.co.uk/products/p14186697-sa-i2940530/posters.htm

Trellis is one of the first and most recognisable designs from William Morris, registered in 1864 and designed for his own home 'Red House.' Available in 4 colourways.

http://www.william-morris.co.uk Trellis is one of the first and most recognisable designs from William Morris, registered in 1864 and designed for his own home 'Red House.' Available in 4 colourways.

Florals have remained in fashion on feature walls for the past few years this season trends think luscious, vibrant, fresh and easy to live with.

A versatile scrolling leaf design, created from the background leaf motifs of 'Wild Rose' printed on a crisp fine cotton. Matching surface printed wallpaper. Available in 3 colourways.

http://www.william-morris.co.uk A versatile scrolling leaf design, created from the background leaf motifs of 'Wild Rose' printed on a crisp fine cotton. Matching surface printed wallpaper. Available in 3 colourways.

Pastel shades have made a huge comeback into the interior world, and many designs have maintained the fine detailling captured in the range of tones used in watercolour and ink.

Sanderson (established in 1860) have been creating timeless classic wallcoverings and offer a beautiful collection of Botanical prints for this season, a favorite is the ‘A Painters Garden’ new collection bursting with pattern creating fresh contemporary style to any home with beautiful fresh designs from ‘Summer Tree” depicts chrysanthemums, peonies, honeysuckle and berries in an incongruous mix, while style suggests the distressed textures of the Indian Palapores from the 18th Centrury more details click here http://www.sanderson-uk.com/

Summer Tree Wallpaper availabable from www.sanderson-uk.com available in 4 different colour

Summer Tree Wallpaper availabable from http://www.sanderson-uk.com available in 4 different colour

Grandiflora’ is a bold design of magnolia blooms, with the texture and tones of the flowers vividly reproduced. Subtle nuances of light and shade give the flowers a luminous, waxy quality.

http://www.sanderson-uk.com Grandiflora’ is a bold design of magnolia blooms, with the texture and tones of the flowers vividly reproduced. Subtle nuances of light and shade give the flowers a luminous, waxy quality.

Zoffany The ‘Fleurs Rococo’ wallpaper is a perfect collection to create this seasons botanical look onto your wall, from Periwinkle pretty pastels to my favorite Manchu design. http://www.zoffany.com/ 

Zoffany www.zoffany.com Fleurs Rococo Wallpaper Manchu

Zoffany http://www.zoffany.com Fleurs Rococo Wallpaper Manchu

Little Greene London wallpapers collection will certainly bring elegance into your home with extensive research with English Heritage. The London Wallpaper collection has been inspired by eight historic wallpapers from the English Heritage archive. On offer are stunning flocks, with beautiful metallic finishes and every roll of wallpaper sold a generous donation will be pledged to English Heritage. A favorite in the collection and perfect for any home owner to create a traditional Botanic feature wall is the Broadwick st. c.1775 wallpaper. Found in a row of elegant 18th century houses in Broadwick street Soho London. This design is remarkable in that it was based on a botanically accurate reproduction of a plant Clusia Rosea. http://www.thelittlegreene.com/ 

Broadwick street 'Garden' available from www.littlegreene.com

Broadwick street 'Garden' available from http://www.littlegreene.com

Of course it if you want to inject the botanical trend into your home, but do not want to indulge in floral wallpapers there are plenty of other options available, the key is less is more with botanical prints.

How about a do-it-yourself pressed botanical art piece.

Put the plant or leaf of your choice that you want to press in tissue paper and put inside the pages of a big book (let them dry out for a few days). Once dried, place in a pretty frame, use the glass to sandwich the pressed plant and voila you now have your own Botanical art piece.

Pressed flowers picture The Daily Green www.thedailygreen.com

Pressed flowers picture The Daily Green http://www.thedailygreen.com

*This blog article is an adaption from my expert review article I write monthly for  BUYASSOCIATION http://www.buyassociation.co.uk/

* Pictures have all been credited to the original owner/website/product