Sewing room tour

Sewing room tour

SEWING ROOM TOUR One thing James and I planned to do during lockdown is envisage how we want each room in the house to look. We've been in this house almost two years now and as a new build, each room is pretty much a blank canvas that we can put our own stamp on. [...]

Dreamy denim skirt

Dreamy denim skirt

Two years ago I spotted my dream skirt. Back then, the closest I'd come to dressmaking was sewing a simple cushion in a home economics class, I never dreamed that I'd be able to navigate a sewing machine and understand different types of fabric. I remember walking into a high-street store where I spotted what, [...]

Wabi sabi: the philosophy that celebrates the ordinary and imperfect

Wabi sabi: the philosophy that celebrates the ordinary and imperfect

Symmetry, new, flawless – these words have defined idealised notions of beauty in the western world for hundreds of years. But what if our perception of what we deem to be beautiful encompassed the dichotomy of traditional aesthetic trademarks? In Japanese philosophy, the definition of beauty defies an eagerness for perfection, savouring the simplicity and [...]

Blurred lines – a brief history of stripes

Blurred lines – a brief history of stripes

From fashion to food packaging, the humble stripe is one pattern with timeless appeal, but reading between the lines its history is one of conflicting significance   Few patterns have enjoyed such longstanding, universal appeal as the iconic stripe. Yet, despite its seemingly modest design, this linear shape has been a catalyst for social outrage [...]