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!

 

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. 

 

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 :)

 

 

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