Monday, 18 April 2011
Monday, 11 April 2011
Historical shapes, heritage materials combined with vivid linings and accents ensure her collections remain classics.
Favourites in The Secret Arcade office include the Red Bow Tie Leopard Moccasin (above) and the Velvet Regency Mule that is lined in leopard-print and looks like it belongs in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Here we take a few moments out with Caroline and reveal the surprising places where she finds inspiration for these classic designs...
Travel. Our range is all about originality, elegance and style. Our classic styles are European in feel but given an exotic twist with fabrics from India, South East Asia and beyond.
Thursday, 7 April 2011
We are in love with the new nautical themed fabrics and cushions from the talented Sarah Hardaker - all old faded flag designs and New England style. We adore the new 'semaphore' cushion!
Cushions and wallpaper from Sarah Hardaker at The Secret Arcade
Sailor t shirt from Olive Loves Alfie at The Secret Arcade
And whilst you are in children's section pop into Tulip and Nettle - they have launched an exquisite summer range of classic blue and white stripped shirts and sweaters accented with red buttons that are quintessentially English - with their trademark crisp white girl's dresses all you need is a strawberry tea and you will have summer heaven!
New summer range available from Tulip & Nettle at The Secret Arcade
Continuing the theme, Ghost Furniture has produced The Sailor Chair. Transforming an old
chair found in a house sale on the coast of Northumberland - very fitting then to be decorated with a vintage sailor's uniform dated 1971. The chair has been upholstered with vintage mattress ticking and has been painted with matte dark ash grey, specially mixed for them in France and stencilled with a red number 71. The printed labels from the uniform have been fixed to the chair also to show it's origin. The top buttoned panel from the trousers have been fixed to the back rest. This chair looks as good from the back as it does from the front and would love a home back on the coast!
'The Sailor Chair' is available from Ghost Furniture at The Secret Arcade
To complete our summertime round-up are these gorgeous summer accessories and jewellery from the fabulously edgy Alexia Fashion and Jenny Hattersley of Dark Horse fame and the glorious Clara Francis. Alexia has included two great summer styles with her 'Georgia' scarf - it has a regal look in delicate chiffon. Available in two sizes to create different looks - wear it YOUR way!
Georgia scarves available form Alexia Fashion at The Secret Arcade
In homage to the traditional leather Brogue shoe this collection from Dark Horse represents a witty take on the classic detailing, using tassels and fringes to full effect. In fondant colours to capture the season’s mood, this chunky silver-plated chain necklace swings and hangs beautifully with hand cut leather tassels in indigo, coral, white, camel and azure.
These statement earrings of long dip-dye fringe accents make these shoulder-grazers striking indeed. Available in a summer palette of white/coral, white/navy, black/blue.
To view Dark Horse Jewellery go to the jewellery passage at The Secret Arcade
For something that completely epitomises a summer day go to Clara Francis where you will find her precious Air Balloon Necklace made from tiny glass red, white and blue beads that hangs elegantly from a long sterling silver chain.
To view Clara's jewellery visit her shop in The jewellery passage at The Secret Arcade
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
How would you describe your work and shop?
My e-shop is a little haven for people who like handmade books, cards and prints with quirky illustrations inspired by nature, the good life and little white dogs!
Who/what are your biggest influences?
David Hockney, Maurice Sendak, Sara Midda and my collection of vintage ladybird books.
Folly Wildlife Rescue, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the antique shops by the waterfront in Rye.
What is your favourite item from your current collection?
My new book 'Life is good when you're a little white dog' was launched in March at the International Artists' Book Fair in Leeds.
Two new books - 'My Ideal' and 'Life is good when you're a little white dog' two new illustrated handmade books about pigs falling in love and little white dogs living the good life.
What do you enjoy most about being one of the shops in The Secret Arcade?
A beautiful shop window, sharing a 'street' with such a wonderful group of exciting and talented artists and designers and having my work available to a new audience.