Friday, 28 October 2011

Lush Designs

Incase you hadn't worked it out yet, Nook & Cranny are animal lovers. If there's an illustration depicting the wonderfullness that is an animal, chances are, we're onto it. And if they can make a beastly hog look delightful, then we have to have it! Hogs and foxes are our favourite illustrations from the people over at Lush designs, displayed proudly on aprons and mugs, with bright vegetable illustrated napkins nestled in there too.

Following their blog, found here, you can start to find the sense of humour behind such great illustrations. I'm a fan of their new illustrations of cats. Apparently over at Lush head-quarters the neighbours cats have been up to the usual old trick of defecating in their back garden (typical, don't they all? my dad has a special scoop just incase), but instead of depicting them up to no good, Lush have made them dance and skip in a forest of plants, passing around cupcakes. If only hey, Lush? If only.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011


ARTHOUSE meath is a registered epilepsy trust charity. 

"The majority of ARTHOUSE Meath clients experience severe epilepsy. To reduce epileptic seizures for those living with epilepsy, it is important the brain is occupied, enthused and interested. This is part of the service we provide. We aim to give clients a sense of self-worth, and develop pride and confidence by showing the possibilities of what can be achieved."

Through art based workshops led by volunteers, such unique illustrations are transformed into greetings cards, mugs, wrapping paper, cufflinks, note books (to name a few) and limited editioned hand screen printed works of art. When Jen and I came across their stall in London early this year, we spent much of our time stood infront of the work admiring it, and the rest of the week discussing which items to stock. We joked that many students could spend years at University studying how to create such illustrations, and in truth, there are artists out there who only dream of such a talent. Remember Picasso? He spent his life trying to bring a child-like niave quality to his work. I could continue here and write you an essay on 'outsider' art - artists who have never been to 'art school', are self taught and their popularity for their unique qualities. But I wont. Instead, just admire the talented adults of ARTHOUSE meath. Every single penny from any item bought goes straight back into the organisation to continue engaging with their clients, boosting their confidence and giving them a place in society, something disabled adults often feel is overlooked.

"The charitable enterprise creates and exhibits artworks for sale in printmaking and painting. ARTHOUSE Meath celebrates the skills and talents of adults with learning difficulties, many of whom live with severe epilepsy and physical disabilities. Many adults in Britain living with these difficulties feel the work they create is deemed of little value and often considered redundant, ARTHOUSE Meath highly regards the skills and abilities of all its clients."

Much like our customers at Nook & Cranny who have admired our ARTHOUSE meath stock, we're first and formost drawn to the illustrations and art work itself, with the story behind the work being a coincidence and only encouraging us more.
Instantly fascinating, with a thought provoking and heart warming meaning and ethos, Nook & Cranny are over the moon to be able to stock a selection of their work - the 'teapots' range by Dan O'Sullivan and the 'dogs' range by Margaret Mace.

Remember, you make a purchase and you make a difference.
"Let's celebrate talent regardless of differences - Love art, love freedom, love purpose, LOVE ARTHOUSE"

Steph Says Hello

Take a look on the brightside and let these greetings cards and prints cheer you up or say what you really feel.

Oh my. Doesn't Steph say 'hello' in the most wonderful of ways? Bright colours, frivolous and playful, as both cards and prints, they sit right at home at Nook & Cranny.
Steph from Steph Says Hello is a wonderful illustrator from Leeds with a hoard of exhibitions under her belt and famous clients such as Bupa and Mother & Baby Magazine found on her list of achievments.
Aren't we lucky over here at Nook & Cranny? Come on down and admire our latest additions as much as we do.

Shop Pictures

For those of you yet to get yourselves down to the beautiful Bluecoat and Nook & Cranny, here are some quick pics I took in the week.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Design Week Part 2: Liverpool

The main event of the Liverpool design festival took place at the beautiful location of St Georges Hall in the city center. Some really lovely collections on display this year and quite a bit I would love to have on sale in the shop, anyway we shall see.....

Design Week Part 1: London

Im a very very bad blogger. Below are photos from our trip to the London Design Festival which have been silently hiding in my hard drive going unnoticed and unappreciated. I do apologize.