Rebranding Mc Bean and Budd

Another milestone as Ruth and I have decided to rebrand and create a new website that is solely designated to our collaborative work together.  The decision was made based on feedback from clients who found that having a hybrid site which included both Ruth Moser Designs and Mc Bean and Budd was somewhat confusing and probelematic in making a delineation between collaborative collections and previous collections created solely by Ruth.  We are both very happy to go forward and excited to have the opportunity to create a brand new website and this week have researched possible formats for the new site.

Our aims are to have a really strong branding concept, clear, decisive and easy to use with a strong emphasis on the visual.  Our research led us to the excellent site of photographer Yesten Venema – Product Photographer.  The photographs on her site are quite beautiful and the page layout is simple and very effective.  It ticked a lot of the boxes for us although a very different service/product was being offered.

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A great deal of discussion took place over home page visual and we were both very smitten and intrigued by Gabi Bolton image. Take a look.

http://www.originallittlebird.co.uk/

This really set us both thinking, what are the key visuals of our branding – collaborations, nature, landscape, reconnecting to nature, nostalgia, ecology and sustainability.  Both of us had a selection of photographs from our childhood playing in the woods and gardens and captured on camera by doting parents.  We both searched for one that met the brief.  How exciting to find this one of Ruth’s two sisters playing in the treehouse built by their grandfather.  This is the one chose for our homepage using the items of cloth in the photograph superimposed with our own designs . We both feel it is a perfect image to portray what we are all about. It provides and meets the brief as well as providing intrigue and further investigation by the viewer.

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Contact has been made with a local website designer and we are looking forward to seeing the mock-up within the next two weeks.

Ruth has been working tirelessly on getting some of the Landscape Graffiti images into repeat and we remain very excited about, what we believe are innovative and very original designs.  Graffiti and its interpretations both by fashion designers and textile designers is very much on trend.  Here is some of the ‘competition’.

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Timorous Beasties – Graffiti Stripe

 

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Jane Clayton, Interior Designer and Arthouse Meath Charity Print Graffiti Cushion Cover

Our designs offer a very different perspective to those already out there in the market.  The design process is one which gradually evolves, different layers are built up with each layer always retaining the marks of the maker.  The overall effect if one of an exquisite painting which retains every detail.

Our aim is to launch our new website together with our second collection in the New Year.  Upwards and onwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Patience, Perseverance and Productivity

Conversational Collaboration

Collaborations are so much about conversations and as Ruth and I sit down to design there is always a flow of ideas and decisions that eventually need to be agreed upon as we work with the process.  This week has been exciting on the design front with the developing of new approaches to making work whilst keeping true to our use of original and hand drawn/painted imagery. This second collection most definitely has the WOW factor as it draws to its conclusion.

Patience in that everyone is busy, engaged, developing, marketing, presenting, involved in Design Fairs, Projects and global travel.  It is a waiting game, following through and maintaining contact with prospective clients are ongoing conversations.

 

Perseverance in that we shall not be disheartened.  It is a competitive world and we need to be persistent.  We believe in our product and following through is essential to getting our product out there. We need to keep the channels open.

Productivity is in abundance as designs have been extended, different colourways established and yet more concepts have evolved.  Landscape Graffiti as a subject has surprised us and provided extensive opportunities for exciting and innovative interpretations.

A wee bit of history re conversational pattern:

 

Conversational pattern: a fabric design started in the 1800’s that has a recognizable picture such as an animal or plant, named as they usually start a conversation.

Collaboration: the action of working with someone to produce something. here is an example.

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Wonderland – Mad Hatter

A contemporary collaborative textile design based on the above design.

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“This contemporary toile design illustrates the intersection of myth and memory. It depicts a fantastical interpretation of nature, where human objects of the past conjure up memories of lost treasures. It is a collaboration between an artist and textile designers.

 

Good news that the Bath Woodworks community project which we support has now employed an upholsterer who is very enthused about using our textiles on the donated furniture.  Restored and upholstered items will then sold in The Woodworks shop in Bath.

This all taps into our ethos of ecology and upcycling of secondhand items into works of art.  We have also discovered that there is a trend for art galleries who are showing interest and displaying ‘high end craft’  within the gallery space alongside paintings and sculpture, creating further diversity for clients.

An example of the opulent side of upcycling too. Bokja’s Sixties bean sofa, featuring a collection of luxurious vintage cloths – Aubusson tapestry, ikat, velvet Bukhara, Russian chintz and African Kente – will set you back £15,000 (Dancing Lady Sofa).

 

 

A few more glimpses of current designs

To be continued…….

Jane Eaton

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mc Bean and Budd in London

Another collaboration – Business and Pleasure – the aim of our trip to London.  In this particular instance definitely a recipe for success.  It was a comfortable and pleasant train journey up to Paddington, although a wee bit of angst as I had been issued a ticket for a different train!

First port of call was to see the Giacometti Exhibition at the Tate Modern.  Below is a short  but informative few facts relating to Giacometti.

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/alberto-giacometti-1159/lists/eight-things-know-alberto-giacometti

We both related to and loved the use  line in both his drawings and sculptures which links to the linear and mark making elements in our own designs which we combine with expressive, colourful and painterly compositions.

The human sculptures show such a great strength in materiality and yet the surface suggests a ruggedness and fragmenting in its application,  but always there remains a fragility in the linear form.

It was wonderful to see Giacometti’s early work of sculpted heads, represented in a myriad of forms, from realistic to tribal to surreal. We could see the ‘influences’ of so many other artists of the period.

 

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Wonderful.

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Having covered a lot of ground pm then took a long walk down to The Ivy Chelsea Garden Hotel for our evening meal.  All very relaxed, no airs and graces, good food and wine in a very beautiful and green environment.  We both admired the waitresses attire, all over floral fitted, trouser suits, very English Garden.

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Returned to the mews in Kensington, tea and to bed in a most relaxing and chilled environment.  Up and out for breakfast and then on to visit and make contact with  a few very up market and cutting edge interior design shops as part of our research. There are some amazing, innovative products by very talented designers out there and we were both very enthused and encouraged.

Matisse in the Studio’ Exhibition at the RA was next on our ‘to do’ list.  Fortunately, not too busy, as we are always apprehensive at timed entries,  as it suggests thousands of visitors and the inevitable back pack encounters in the gallery! It is always the icing on the cake to see work for real, to experience up close the colours, texture and scale of works.  As with some of Picasso’s work the application of paint is quite thin and flat.  It is all about the line, the pattern and composition.  Joyful, often high key in colour we again found links to our designs where the use of bright colours, which we incorporate, celebrate the landscape.  This is the most uplifting of exhibitions, no doom and gloom here; it was fascinating to be able to see the familiar objects that the artists used, time and time again, that most familiar coffee pot that we know so well included in his most celebrated interiors and still lifes. An added bonus was to see the working sketches for the still life below.  The shell always seems rather at odds in this particular composition for me, but there is the famous coffee pot.  It all rather emphasizes and confirms that there is beauty to be found in the most simplistic of forms. The humble coffee pot will never be quite the same.

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https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jul/31/matisse-in-the-studio-review-genius-crowded-out-by-bric-a-brac

A quick browse down Regents Street going towards Oxford Street and Libertys where we found the store undergoing a bit of an update – about time too.  We realise that it is an iconic landmark for visitors to London but perhaps for some it has its heyday, we didn’t find much to inspire and left via the antiquated and rather fusty, out dated lifts.  All rather disappointing as it is such a flagship for fabric and interior designers.  This is not to say that there is not a place for the historical architectural ambience that Libertys offers but at present there is not too much of anything new to be seen within this concept.

With the current trend for more high-end, upcycling and ecologically produced products  the new global designers are certainly showing us something unique, innovative and presenting practical, yet exciting new concepts for our homes.

Great and inspiring couple of days away, providing lots of food for thought.

Our second collection now well on its way with more designs evolving and others coming to fruition.  It is all very exciting  and our Edwardian chair in the window of The Woodworks shop in Bath is creating a lot of attention and very positive feedback.
Victorian Lady’s Salon Nursing Chair

Covered in furnishing cotton velvet with the design “Poetic Landmark Cadmium”

H 70cm, D 44cm, W 51cm

£320 plus carriage

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Collaborators – Mc Bean and Budd

AUGUST 16, 2017

Great to have two full working days together this week.  All very productive both on pushing forward on designs for next collection and on the promotional, marketing and social media side of the business which for us creatives is always a bit of a slog.  We remain dedicated and professional on this level, doing our very best to embrace and extend our expertise to both approach the right audiences and connect to others working in a similar area.

Today we had a client from London down to the studio to see products.  She was someone who has a love and appreciation of colour, so our designs rather blew her away.  Our darling little Arts and Crafts chair was snapped up and we are thrilled that it has ‘gone back home’ with Frances to her house  located within the Arts and Crafts district of West London – how lovely is that?

Arts and Crafts Chair

Lots of delicious time working on our new collection ‘Landscape Graffiti’ this week.  Ruth and I have a wealth of material which provides plenty of scope to develop a good selection of innovative designs which have a common link.  All work remains still in progress – but here below is a little taster of a couple we have been working on which we feel are gradually coming together. Our vision, through process,  has begun to emerge and be established and we feel we are achieving new and exciting concepts for the second collection.

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Off on a jaunt together to London this weekend which will encompass some research and some ‘jolly time’ visiting the Giacometti and Matisse Exhibitions’  We will let you know how we got on in our next blog.

Any feedback re designs is always welcome and much appreciated.  We look forward to hearing from you.

 

First Post – Collaboration

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Textile Designers Ruth Moser and Jane Eaton

The first collaborative textile design project ‘Floating Landscapes’ is now complete. It has been an exciting journey together. The creating of designs is always where we both want to be but there has been a tremendous amount of hard work in getting the website, administrative, promotional and social media side of business up and running. We have both learnt a lot along the way and now have a Facebook page under Mc Bean and Budd, two Twitter accounts and Instagram in the pipeline.

Some market research has been, and continues to be carried out in relation to our products and we shall be making further contact with selected local businesses.

Two of our one-off art chairs have found new homes and we are currently arranging for two 1960’s cocktail chairs plus a fabulous Ercol chair to be reupholstered in our fabrics. The ‘WOW’ Ercol daybed, our last upcyle, can be viewed on our website. This is a very versatile piece of furniture and can be presented with patterned back cushions with grey lilac seat or reversed to be all one colour.

http://www.ruthmoserdesign.co.uk/chairs.html

‘Landscape Graffiti’ is the title of the next collection which we are currently working together on and we are both very excited and eager to be as expressive and experimental with our design concepts so as to create unique, painterly textiles for use in both domestic and public interiors.

Here is a little glimpse of work in progress, early days yet, but we have already created lots of wonderful, colourful original imagery to use within our design concepts in preparation for the next collection.

First Collection Mc Bean and Budd

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The first collaborative textile design project ‘Floating Landscapes’ is now complete. It has been an exciting journey together. The creating of designs is always where we both want to be but there has been a tremendous amount of hard work in getting the website, administrative, promotional and social media side of business up and running. We have both learnt a lot along the way and now have a Facebook page under Mc Bean and Budd, two Twitter accounts and Instagram in the pipeline.

Some market research has been, and continues to be carried out in relation to our products and we shall be making further contact with selected local businesses.

Two of our one-off art chairs have found new homes and we are currently arranging for two 1960’s cocktail chairs plus a fabulous Ercol chair to be reupholstered in our fabrics. The ‘WOW’ Ercol daybed, our last upcyle, can be viewed on our website. This is a very versatile piece of furniture and can be presented with patterned back cushions with grey lilac seat or reversed to be all one colour.

http://www.ruthmoserdesign.co.uk/chairs.html

‘Landscape Graffiti’ is the title of the next collection which we are currently working together on and we are both very excited and eager to be as expressive and experimental with our design concepts so as to create unique, painterly textiles for use in both domestic and public interiors.

Here is a little glimpse of work in progress, early days yet, but we have already created lots of wonderful, colourful original imagery to use within our design concepts in preparation for the next collection.

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New Collection – Woodland

I realise with shock and horror that it has been ages since I wrote on my blog.  However, I have not been idle.  The house renovation is nearly done and I have designed a whole new collection.  Suddenly everything seems to be lifting since my dad’s death.  I feel less weighed down and a lot more energetic.  Full steam ahead with developing products for 2016 and applying to shows.  I am really looking forward to it.

The new collection is inspired by my love for woodland gardens.  As a child I often played in the woods, climbed trees, explored secret and shady corners.  There is something truly magical and secretive about a woodland garden.

One of my favourite places is the Colby Woodland Gardens outside Tenby in Wales.  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/colby-woodland-garden/ where I have spent many happy hours sketching.

Last year I saw a stunning exhibition of Odilion Redon at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel. www.fondationbeyeler.ch/en/content/odilon-redon His floating dreamlike images and unusual colours also influenced this collection.

Here is a small taste of one of my designs called “Woodland Bouquet”.

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It is so inspiring and refreshing to work with new designs.  This would make an eyecatching wall hanging or curtains.

Melin Tregwynt and News from the Mill by the Sea

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” We are preferring handmade, nostalgic and simple honest designs in our home over a brand name.  We want to respect the long tradition of the object from use to manufacturing but we do sometimes want a contemporary feel.”

From “Rethink the Way you Live” by Amanda Talbot

Last month I had the luxury of spending a wonderfully sunny week with a friend of mine, furnishing our new cottage by the sea.  When I say cottage, it really is a converted Victorian mill.  Here is a photograph to give you a flavour of the building.

I am really thrilled with it.

Mill Cottage

One of the highlights of the week was our visit to a 100 year old woollen mill outside Fishguard called Melin Tregwynt www.melintregwynt.co.uk  The mill is housed in a lovely white washed cottage in a secluded valley;  there is also a shop that sells blankets, throws, cushions, furniture and accessories.  Authentic Welsh designs are complemented by newer contemporary patterns. Delicious lunches and cakes are provided in a tea shop next door.  Melin Tregwynt is one of my favourite places and I have visited it on numerous previous occasions.

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Melin Tregwynt 3 Cushions and BlanketsThe displays in the shop are really seductive.  We spent a long time considering and choosing what to buy for the cottage.  As I also want to use my own designs and products for the cottage, we experimented with putting images of my designs on the fabric.

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Melin Tregwynt and Ruth Moser Design

We decided to base the furnishing of the sitting room on the above colour combination.  Beautiful muted earthy tones combined with my Yellow Blossom design.  I cannot wait to see it come together.  As a starting point, I purchased this chair, photographed in the living room.

Melin Tregwynt Chair

New Beginnings – Rethink the Way you Live

My blog entries from now onwards will chronicle my journey of re building my business and thinking about the way I live and furnish my home.

I am beginning to emerge from a difficult time, and have the need run my business, re furbish and live in my home in a new way. My dad died at the end of May after suffering with dementia for nearly eight years.  Dementia is a cruel illness.  This once vibrant, creative and enterprising business man lost his sense of self bit by bit.  I travelled to Switzerland where my parents live many times in order to spend time with him and my mother.  I also got involved with his company and became a board member.  It is a family business and eventually we had to sell it.  It is a cruel irony that the company which my dad built up and devoted most of his life, died the same month the deal was completed, but we had no choice.

However, I am now ready to think of the future again and start designing a new collection. A friend of mine wrote to me in her letter of condolence that after loosing someone close  you have an altered view of the world, things will never be the same again and that is true.  At the same time I am now looking forward to this new journey in my work and home.  I am still involved with re furbishing our house in Bath and have now bought a small seaside cottage in Wales.

I recently found and bought a very interesting book titled “Rethink the way you live.” by Amanda Talbot, former editor of Elle Decoration.  This will be my guiding principle as I do research on this topic, start a new collection and re-build my business.  It will also inform the way I live and furnish my home.

The journey begins now. Rethink the Way you live