This is the first of a new regular blog series called What We (Wish We) Wore. Inspired by Gemma Correll and Sarah Dyer, it’s a fun twist on the What We Wore photographs that I’m sure you will have seen on lots of other blogs. Now, I’m not really one for posing in photos and to be honest, my wardrobe has seen better days so this is a fun way for me to indulge in a little bit of fantasy dressing. It’s also the start of a new collaboration between Andrew and myself. I’ll be putting together the outfits and he’ll be doing the drawing.
Fred: Striped romper by Agnes B. Kids.
Rebecca: Indigo twill smock by MHL Margaret Howell, Petit New Standard jeans by APC, red almond toe pumps by Megumi Ochi at Couverture & The Garbstore.
Wren: Pear print top by Bobo Choses, Banana print trousers by Indikidual, Cardigan hand knitted by Granny.
Illustration by Andrew Wightman
I love these handmade cloth books by Victoria van der Laan. Victoria has been making things since 1976 and has an etsy shop selling her charming custom-made books for babies, kids and adults. I’m very impressed with her range of topics – there are books on science, dinosaurs, woodland creatures, musical instruments, fruit, mammals and transport to name just a few! Each book features interesting and non-traditional applique images as well as having a stylish typographic front cover. If you want a personalised book, Victoria can also embroider a child’s (or adult’s) name on the front, making a wonderful and very unique gift.
I am still hung up on wall hangings, so here are four new textile weavings from Mimi Jung of Brook & Lyn. Somewhat unusually, they combine palm tree bark with yarn and copper. I love the contrasts of colour and texture and would be delighted to see one hanging in a modern interior.
For a behind-the-scenes look at Mimi’s weaving process, you can follow her on instagram @brookandlyn.
I confess that I have never actually been to Norfolk but it has long been on my list of places that I would like to visit. I particularly want to go to Holt, home of Old Town, Byfords and now the Cold Press Gallery.
The gallery is housed in an old Methodist meeting hall and sells an expertly curated range of paintings, ceramics, sculpture and furniture, all selected by Kate and Ben Lawrence. The couple founded the gallery after working in the London art world and now living in the depths of North Norfolk, they admit that several of their relationships with the artists, including American Kai Samuels-Davis, have been conducted almost entirely through email. A situation they describe as being “like having an old fashioned correspondence”.
The gallery’s signature style of tactile, natural materials, rural craftsmanship and faded neutrals reflect the local landscape, making that trip up to Norfolk seem even more tempting.