Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

Grayson Perry at National Portrait Gallery ‘Who Are You?’

Posted by ellielaycock on February 17, 2015 in Textiles | No Comments

I was lucky enough to catch up with some old friends and have a look round one of my favourite galleries, the National Portrait Gallery, in London yesterday, specifically to see the Grayson Perry exhibition. What struck me was the attention to detail and high level of craftsmanship in all of his work, which was […]

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Hunted and Stuffed + Virginia Woolf at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Posted by ellielaycock on December 1, 2014 in Textiles | No Comments

‘A Room of One’s Own’ by Virginia Woolf. “In 1919 the Woolf’s bough Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell. This was a small weather-boarded house (now owned by the National Trust) which they used principally for summer holidays until they were bombed out of their flat in Mecklenburgh Square, London in 1940 when it […]

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Victorian Calling Cards – English visiting etiquette in the late 1800s

Posted by ellielaycock on October 3, 2014 in Textiles | No Comments

In England in the late 1800s, visiting one’s friends and relatives required a calling card. These Victorian equivalents of text messages were rectangular cards with the visitor’s name engraved or printed onto one side and covered with a highly coloured and decorated die-cut flap of paper. These designs incorporated many motifs and symbols including meaningful […]

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GANNEX, My Granny and the Lost Mills of Yorkshire.

Posted by ellielaycock on January 8, 2014 in Textiles | 14 Comments

To my amazement and joy, I recently sourced some fabulous deadstock fabric that had been produced at the now demolished Gannex Mill in Greater Elland, Yorkshire. Always one to love a bit of research to uncover the stories behind the vintage fabrics that we upcycle, I discovered that this unique textile is a surviving piece […]

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‘A Colourful Adventure’ – Upcycling project with Farrow & Ball, Purple Carrot and The Perching Post, London.

Posted by ellielaycock on October 10, 2013 in Textiles | No Comments

Last month I was approached by the lovely Lauren from Farrow & Ball, Richmond to collaborate on an exciting new upcycling project to support Purple Carrot, a community project based in Barnes. Purple Carrot, the brainchild of Illana Adamson, upcycles furniture that would otherwise end up in landfill and aims to create a route for […]

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Posted by ellielaycock on October 11, 2012 in Textiles | No Comments

This summer has seen both the sad passing of “First Man On The Moon” Neil Armstrong and the Mars probe ‘Curiosity’ successfully land on Mars to begin it’s exploration. Space was also a theme seen all over the catwalks recently so it’s lucky for us then that we’ve sourced these amazing original vintage textiles to […]

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Routemaster London Bus Cushions

Posted by ellielaycock on June 18, 2012 in Textiles | No Comments

I love the iconic design of the classic London Routemaster Bus, introduced in the mid 1950’s and still in service until fairly recently. Of course it would be hard to beat the London Bus that was unveiled at the Beijing Olympics closing ceremony which featured a flip-top lid and Leona Lewis strapped to a stick […]

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Happy Birthday Ma’am – Vintage Royal Cushions

Posted by ellielaycock on April 19, 2012 in Textiles | No Comments

This Saturday is the Birthday (or one of them at least) of Her Maj. Happy Birthday Ma’am! So I thought it might be time for a little round up of what Hunted and Stuffed have been making with the Monarch in mind. I’ve heard there might be a right Royal knees up going on this […]

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Queen Elizabeth II Vintage Jubilee Cushions

Posted by ellielaycock on February 6, 2012 in Textiles | No Comments

Today is the anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth II and with this year being the Diamond Jubilee too I thought it would be a good time to show the vintage souvenir cushions I’ve made to celebrate all things Queeny. I made this from an original 1953 linen tea towel which was in amazing […]

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Australia Day cushions from Hunted and Stuffed

Posted by ellielaycock on January 12, 2012 in Textiles | No Comments

It’s Australia Day soon and I wanted to share with you some covers that I’ve made with Australia in mind. As I source my vintage pieces, I’m sometimes attracted by themes I’m currently hunting for or sometimes just the striking designs I come across really catch my eye. Either way I seem to have acquired […]

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