21 Apr 2016

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work.

Hello! We are Ruth Williams & Brendan Fan and we make acrylic and wooden jewellery under the

name I Am Acrylic.

We hand-cut all the components for our jewellery on our trusty mechanical fretsaw and then we file 

and sand the edges until they're smooth, before piecing them all together.

We work in our home studio in Spitalfields, London. We don't have a sofa in our home but we do 

have a pillar drill, two mechanical fretsaws, one workmate, two work desks, two power drills, 2 

vices, a mini photo studio set up and a packing table....it's more of a studio than a home to be 

honest, but it seems to work most of the time!

What inspires you to make what you do?

We seem to be mainly inspired by our surroundings, whether that's at home in London or on holiday 

around the UK. There's also nothing quite like being spoilt for choice for museums, galleries, 

independent shops, craft fairs and a great vintage market, all within walking distance, to inspire us!

We are both fans of word association games and brainstorming sessions too. If we're feeling a bit 

stuck on a new design this can throw up loads of ideas on how to progress with the idea. Most of 

them are a bit ridiculous, but you sometimes get a good one in amongst the hundred bad ones!

What are you working on at the moment?

We've got really into the technique of making cut-out shapes with a panel of colour showing through 

behind, as with our Sunflower brooches. We've just finished developing a Tulip version of this 

brooch and a new large Tulip necklace.

 

What do you love most about working in your chosen discipline and how would you describe your creative process?

We love working with our fretsaw to cut out all of our designs (rather than using any laser cutting) as 

it kind of suits our 90's style/analogue way of working!

Brendan is more advanced than me when it comes to technology, but we'd both rather sketch on a 

bit of paper or jump straight on the fretsaw to experiment, rather than having to refine our work 

first on the computer for example. (I wouldn't even know where to start if you took away my pencil 

and made me use a computer to be honest!)

We also really enjoy the restrictions that our method of making puts on our design process. There's 

only so much detail we can cut out by hand, without making each piece too time consuming, so we 

really have to pare down our designs which is a great challenge!

 

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist or designer, who would it be?

We were lucky enough to visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives last summer, and peering 

through the window into her studio was pretty amazing! 

Going to open-studios is also something we really enjoy doing. It doesn't really matter what is being 

made or by who, it is just fascinating to see the process and set-up!

 

18 Mar 2016

 

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work? 
Hello! My name is Sally Haysom, I run myBearHands from Garage Studios in Easton - it's a lovely, light space I share with 4 other creative people.  This is important for me as it provides a positive working environment away from home (and all it's distractions!) with likeminded people.
myBearHands is a design-led jewellery company with a focus on playful, bold designs.  
Based around original imagery, bright colours and varied textures, subject matters range from geometrics to colour popping patterns and the animal kingdom.
myBearHands jewellery is created using a variety of creative technologies and handmade processes.  Laser cut wood is embelished with archival prints, gold vinyl, glossy resin and soft velvety flock.   

 

What inspires you to make what you do? 
I find inspiration is everywhere.  I love going to creative events, or browsing through design shops and galleries, but equally inspiration can be in the everyday - you just have to keep your eyes open. If I'm feeling really uninspired I'll sit down with a cup of tea and design book, and just browse through all the amazing ideas and creations people come up with.  It reminds me why I love Craft and Design, there's just so much imagination and variety out there.

 

What are you working on at the moment? 
I've just finished re-working an existing range I had - my watercolour studs and bracelets.  They are a popular range, but I'd had the same colours out for a long time so decided to change them up.  I've introduced 10 new colours, and the bracelets are made up of the new colours as well.  
I'm also hoping to start working on a new range using new materials soon, but need to put in some research time first!

 

What do you love most about working in your chosen discipline? 
I love the freedom I have to experiment.  I've always loved making things and learning new skills.  Growing up I moved from one phase to another (my parents now have an extensive collection of clay models, painted glass jars, bead jewellery, the list goes on), and whilst I have settled on jewellery for now, I'm always looking at new materials or techniques I could use.  Running my own business means I'm completely in control of the companies direction - I don't have to answer to anyone else.

 

How would you describe your creative process? 
It's very organic.  I spend a lot of time day dreaming in the shower, and my notebooks are filled with pages of doodled ideas jotted down during quiet spells at Craft Fairs.  Most of these ideas never make it to production, but the chosen few are researched, designed and put together as prototypes.  Once I have the final design, it's a case of sending off for image printouts, buying the base wood sheets and booking my slot at the laser cutter.  The resulting cut out piece is brought back to my studio and hand finished.  
This is the fun bit.  
The reality, unfortunately, is that this is a very small part of running a business.  Most of my time is spent on admin, promotion and PR, sales, events and production of existing products.

 

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist or designer, who would it be? 
I'd love to see Felieke van der Leest at work.  Her 'jewellery' - which are really more pieces of art - are so playful and fun, but still beautifully made.  They are absolutely unique and so imaginative.  It's so hard to stand out in the world of jewellery, but Felieke van der Leest has certainly managed it!

17 Feb 2016

 

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work?

We design children’s house’y things for little people, and parents.  Playful designs, in vibrant colours meet the current demand for something different. Ana-moly encompasses everything you need to create a fresh, innovative home. Designed from an established fashion background Ana-moly was created, to offer something forward thinking, and on trend with today’s expectations of a progressive mother.

Our range of Homewares and Interiors began with Wallpapers and fabrics and now featuring cushions and tableware. Designed and created in the UK our range of wallpapers, fabrics and homewares, have an evergreen approach. We think it is important to help preserve the world around us and it's future, so to keep things looking green, to aid this, we only use PEFC certified wallpapers which means our products promote the sustainable management of forests. We also use nontoxic organic inks, which are noncarcinogenic, so as good as they can be our little ones.

 

Our tableware is made in famous Stoke on Trent in earthenware, its durable material, and hand decorated designs invite children to enjoy and engage at meal times, we use lead free glazes and they are dishwasher and oven friendly, to make day to use practical. Looking after today, and tomorrow.

Our fabrics and homewares follow the same ethic, all 100% cotton, and locally made.

My studio is in the roof, I have big skylights which are fabulous when it is raining, I am often joined by our cocker spaniel Lucy.

 

What inspires you to make what you do? 

Ana-moly was born in London, so I get a lot of inspiration from it, however I find travelling is a huge influence, you can find a new colour, design and idea in the most unusual places, I love it.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

Currently working on expanding the range with more accessories but still using the core prints of Ana-moly as we have done with the homewares and ceramics so watch this space.

 

What do you love most about working in your chosen discipline?

Coming from a very creative family, and through out my career in fashion, I couldn't live without this in my life, my style was always very childlike and cheerful and this developed into children's print, I saw a huge gap in the market for something different for mother and baby to enjoy.

 

How would you describe your creative process?

 I create first and worry about the details later, makes a good designer perhaps, but not the best way to do business, but it is all a learning curve and i think if you are confident on a product, the rest comes with it.

 

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist or designer, who would it be?

 I would love to visit an old print studio, I am in ore of old screen printing and print rooms, and the history they hold. I always imagine how many different fabrics, prints, colours and companies have passed through them over the years.

30 Jan 2016

Ruth Boradway is having an exclusive sale, only available in Paper Plane for February, not only has she got lots of bargains on offer, but she is also offering 20% off everything in February. Check out her Sale while it lasts, lots of lovely Prints, mugs, clothing, jewellery and tea towels. Ruth's current body of work shows imagery including decorative animals and birds, often with a strong use of graphic line and pattern. She is influenced by Scandinavian folk art, 50’s and 60’s design and graphic poster art.

 We also have lots of lovely Valentines cards and gifts for your special someone this year. Take a peek at our Valentines window display . . .

We have some alternative Valentines day cards too, we love to think up new ideas and try to bring something different for you, here is a selection of our Valentines cards this year, pop in and see what else we have on offer. 

 

16 Nov 2015

We are excited to introduce Sophie as our newest member of Paper Plane, we love her print making skills and colour combinations. Here is a little more about her. . . 

 

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work? 
Hi I’m Sophie and I am a printmaker. I am originally from Cumbria but now live in Bristol.
I mostly work from home but I also print at Spike Island Print Studio on the other side of the city, which is a really great space to have access too. There is a really friendly atmosphere and it’s a great experience and opportunity to work amongst so many great artists.   

What inspires you to make what you do? 
Going back home to Cumbria inspires me a lot. Getting back to my roots of living in the countryside with nature just on your doorstep, it’s hard not to be inspired there. Visiting gardens is great too and I will collect many photos to work from later.
Everything is inspiring, even just seeing a colour that I really like can spark all sorts of new ideas; I find I am constantly scribbling down thoughts and designs even when I should be doing other things!
If I am in a creative rut though, sometimes I feel its best just to have a break and go do something else. I find during these times inspiration can come from somewhere you least expect.

 


What are you working on at the moment? 
I am currently working on printing fabric for lampshades which I am really excited about. I really enjoyed printing and making these lampshades. Each one is entirely uniquely printed and a lot of thought has gone into each one. I have some ideas for other ones as well, based on some of my favourite plants. I am just in the process of working on the sketches at the moment.

 

What do you love most about working in your chosen discipline? 
I discovered printing at Spike Island after my tutor at University suggested it would be a good direction to take my drawings. After taking many workshops at Spike, I now work with lino, silk screen, woodcut and, most recently and most excitingly, textile printing.

Printing to me is all about the colour! I can’t adequately express the immense satisfaction that I get from seeing the transformation from my initial sketches into the final print. The process brings out such vivid colours that, in my experience, I have found is a special characteristic of print making.

 

How would you describe your creative process? 
I work in sketchbooks a lot because my second love to printing is drawing. I draw from real life plants, dried out seed heads and other treasures found upon journeys. It’s not unusual for me to arrive home clutching a fistful of leaves or twigs that caught my fancy.
I also work a lot from photographs of flowers and landscapes from my travels. No matter which printing process I use there is always a lot of prep work required, whether it is the day spent cutting my design into lino or prepping my drawings and screen for screen printing. It is always a much longer process than you plan out in your head!

 

 

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist or designer, who would it be? 
I would love to go to New Mexico and see inside artist Geninne d zlatkis house/studio. She creates stunningly carved stamps, paintings and ceramics inspired by her surroundings of New Mexico. Her house/studio seems flawlessly thought out right down to every last detail. She works and lives in such a beautiful space. I highly recommend checking out her Instagram, every photo she takes is so captivating.

 

 


1 Oct 2015

 

We love the range of lovely skincare products from Faith & Betty, they make out shop smell nice too!

 

 


What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve been working on some new face balms which I’m really happy with. I’ve had

great feedback from the one for normal to dry skin and I’m in the process of making

another for normal to oily skin. It's really important to me to source completely

natural, top quality ingredients for my products. I use essential oils for the smells

and health benefits and other plant based oils. The Shea and Cocoa butter I use

comes from women's co-ops in Africa and the beeswax comes from my dad’s friend

who keeps bee’s in Shropshire.

How would you describe your creative process?

A lot of the things I make involve melting and mixing, experimenting with quantities

to find out what works and what doesn’t, and blending various essential oils

together to find a nice rounded aroma too. I think it’s a bit like cooking sometimes

with your nose! I also have to try the products out on friends and family for feedback

to check it's not just me who likes it but I guess I’m a good place to start!

 


If you could peek inside the studio of any artist or designer, who would it be?

If I could peak inside someone's workspace I’d be interested to maybe have a look in

Weleda’s. I think they’re a great company which grow many of their own plants with

the biodynamic method of gardening. It would be interesting to see how things are

made on a much larger scale.
 

Great to learn more about how you source and create your lovely smelling products

Faith, thank you!

3 Jul 2015

 Jenny Sibthorp is one of our favourite stockists, her bright and playful designs brighten up our shop. Jenny makes a selection of purses, wash bags, jewelry and home wares, all made to perfection. We love the lemons!

 

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work? 

My name is Jenny Sibthorp and I’m a print-maker/designer working from a farm studio in the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. I work primarily with linen and leather and create home wares and accessories in bold, graphic sometimes colourful prints! I also do a spot of upholstery on the side too.

 

What inspires you to make what you do? 

So my business came about after 6 years working in London and wanting to get back to my roots; the countryside. I moved back to Dorset where I grew up just over 2 years ago and felt incredibly inspired to create and use my hands productively. So if I do find myself in a rut, I will take myself off for a walk whatever the weather. I find that the open space, fresh air and a sense of total freedom really blows those cobwebs away. In the studio itself, I usually find that having the radio on loudly will really help keep me going if I’m struggling.

What are you working on at the moment? 

There are a few products in the pipeline at the moment; I’m developing a range of shaped cushions to complement each of my four main linen prints. A few customers have requested that a few of my leather designs be worked into a linen pattern, so that’s also a work in progress! Lampshades too. The latest upholstery project is nearly finished now too, a kidney shaped stool covered in my Lemons fabric.

 

What do you love most about working in your chosen discipline? 

Textile design; there are ENDLESS applications and variations and possibilities which is amazing and means I don’t think I can ever get bored doing what I do. I find screen printing an incredibly satisfying and rewarding process too, its almost therapeutic. Whilst the emails and the admin are all part and parcel of running a small business, when I get to print I can really see something tangible happening, I love it.

How would you describe your creative process? 

I’m inspired by everything really, but as mentioned before being a bit of a countryphile means I really like to draw from my surroundings if possible. My Dry Stone Wall began life as a photo that I kept returning to, that I took on one of my favourite walks near my studio. I may decide on a subject and then do lots of research into that particular thing, drawing it over and over again in different ways, simplifying it until I’m ready to do a quick test run.

 

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist or designer, who would it be? 

There are so many! I say this a lot, but Instagram is just amazing. I know of designers I wouldn’t have had a clue about otherwise. So if it’s from Instagram I will pick: Amelie Mancini, textile designer and woodworker, based in New York. Winning designs/products/general feed and just doing up a new studio with her studio mate – Ariele Alasko – another Instagram behemoth. Can I pick both?!

 

Thanks Jenny, very jealous of your beautiful studio! Keep up the good work :)

 

 

12 May 2015

We love having Pirrip Press in our shop, their hand screen printed cards, notebooks, sketchbooks and calenders are a pleasure to look at, great colour combos and layers of imagery. To find out a bit more about them and their design process take a look at their interview:

 

 

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work?

Pirrip Press was conceived by Georgie and I in 2012. It is the joint culmination of
our various creative enterprises. We work for clients on design, illustration and
print work, with a particular focus on bespoke, hand printed stationery. We also
design and produce work for ourselves; illustrations, posters, notebooks and
other printed items that we sell online, at markets and through independent
retailers. We also write, illustrate and self-publish our own books. We try to do
one new publication a year, in limited editions of under 100 copies.
Our work is quite diverse, but we like colours, shapes, layers and words, and
produce mainly silkscreen printed work, often limiting ourselves to two or three
colours.
We have a small studio at home, more of an office really, and this is where we do
our design work and all the prep for our prints and products.  It’s pretty full with
boxes of stock + cupboards of supplies, and two big desks which we try to keep
clear and neat. We have some inspirational prints hanging on the walls and a
whole run (20 ish) of Time Life books with their different coloured spines all lined
up in rainbow order, as well as some handsome plants (lemon scented geranium
and a trumpety looking succulent are the current favourites).
We print as Spike Print Studio in south Bristol. It’s a brilliant studio and we really
enjoy working there. Everyone is friendly and helpful and it’s really nice to chat to
people about their work and what they’re up to – without our studio pals it would
be quite a solitary profession.

 

What inspires you to make what you do?

We are both storytellers, and know that things are nearly always better if there’s
a narrative of some kind behind them, so we do plenty of research. We’re also
both quite keen on science and nature, there are lots of youngster’s science
books in our studio – they are a really good source of inspiration - and as the
information they impart is usually in bite-sized bits for children, they’re easier for
our non-scientific minds to comprehend!
If we get stuck or need to have a good think about an idea, going for a walk or a
run is always good. Several lengths at the swimming pool makes my brain open
up. Georgie always says she has lots of ideas when she’s at the gym! I also find
looking through photos helps – places I’ve been or holidays and stuff – we take
loads of photos so its nice to have a wander through them.
We make all sorts of stationery and love working with paper. We believe (and
hope!) it still has a lasting attraction, even though everyone’s making notes on
their phones and tablets nowadays. Perhaps some of it is nostalgia and habit, but
we think people are still keen to see and possess actual tactile objects. There is
something more ‘real’ about a hand written note – it exists, it is unique - and
when it comes to correspondence, is often evidence of time, care and
consideration. Stationery is another opportunity for sharing deliberate
expressions of taste and style.

What are you working on at the moment?


We’re both working on different projects right now, as well as some together.
We’re illustrating and designing an activity book / journal with a publisher, but it’s
a bit secret, so we can’t really discuss it in detail. We’re about to print three new
prints in a colour series we’ve just started; Red, Blue and Yellow – thought we’d
better start with the primaries. We are going to make a start on our prints for the
Newlyn Fish festival soon ( a limited edition poster we do with the festival each
year to raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission). George has just finished a
collaboration with an old student of hers and they made a good little book. And
we have our 2015 book in the pipeline too – it’ll be illustrated and it’ll be happy.
Other than that it’s all in our heads at the moment ;)


What do you love most about working in your chosen discipline?

We were discussing screenprinting recently and both realized that one of our
favourite things is seeing lots of things all the same, all lined up. So obviously
printing and edition and seeing all the identical prints drying on the rack is
massively satisfying! Plus it’s great to have something physical to show at the
end of the day for all your ‘work’ - a stack of cards or a new design on a stencil
ready to print is very rewarding. 


How would you describe your creative process?

We work in sketchbooks, drawing and painting and fiddling about and then things
start to formulate into more solid ideas and images. Then we get the original
drawn pages onto the computer and start playing around with layout, adding
type, tidying up and testing colours and layers. We have both become quite
practiced at separating things into layers in our minds and thinking through
overlaps and shapes in our heads. But its always a treat when you get the
second layer down for the first time in a print and you can really see it come
alive.

 
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist or designer, who would it be?

We like lots of old printmakers and illustrators, both of us are Ravillious fans. And
we really like the lithographs that Rosemary & Clifford Ellis made in the 50s and
onwards, mainly commercial work for TFL and book covers, its really vibrant and
beautiful – when colour was still quite new. Bet they’d have a good studio. And
probably it would be great to snoop around Paul Rand’s place.

 

Thanks Georgie and Alex, great to hear more about your design process.

26 Sep 2014

Paper Plane is delighted to welcome a group of 8 artists to our Exhibition room this month.

 

Emergence is a collection of works brought together under the theme of 'Emergence'.  Each artists uses different processes and mediums to bring their own personal interpretation of the theme to life.

 

Practices are diverse, ranging from 3 dimensional sculpture to paint, print to stich;  each utilised to bring the viewer an engaging mulitsensory experience.

 

The collective is made up of Tina Selby, Louse Baker, Maura Zukina, Veronia Gayle, Luly Urbanska, Soraya Schofield, Andrea Oke and Sandra James.

 

There will be a private view on Friday 26th Septmeber, with the exhibition running from Saturday 27th through to the 30th October.

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