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.

Graffiti Moody Chocolate blog

 

Graffiti Blue Flower Tree blog

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

Mc Bean and Budd               

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

Arcadia Rose Pink ws

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”.

Woodland Bouquet Violet Mist WP

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.

Melin Tregwynt Woollen Blankets

Melin Tregwynt Woollen Blankets 2

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.

Melin Tregwynt and Ruth Moser Design 1

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

Decor Fest Preparation

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This week I have been busy preparing my stand and ordering products for the Decor Cafe show on 23rd March in Wimbledon.  http://thedecorcafe.com/decorfest/

Decorfest Poster

After this wet and grim winter, I am planning to make my stand look as fresh and spring like as possible.  I will be re visiting my Spring / Summer Meadow Collection.

Here is an initial idea for the back wall, simple and striking.

Stand Design Decorcafe YellowI will also be showing a foot stool entirely produced by the Woodworks in Bath. http://genesistrust.org.uk/how-we-help/furniture/#woodworks

I am really excited about this show and am enjoying planning the stand.  I really want to give people a good idea how they can freshen up a room, ready for spring.

A Day in the Studio – Colour Visualisations

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Hotel Rebstock ExteriorJust before Christmas I spent a couple of days at the Hotel Hofgarten in Lucerne  www.hofgarten.ch Its sister hotel Hotel Rebstock has some wonderful old wooden interiors which remind me of the old chalets my parents used to rent in the mountains when I was a child.  Here are a few images to give you an idea.Rebstock for WordPress 1Rebstock InteriorRebstock for WordPress 3Unfortunately, I could not get into all the rooms I wanted to photograph, because they were occupied by guests.  However to give you an idea of what I had in mind here are a few “before” and “after” images.

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Rebstock for Visuals BeforeAfter:

Rebstock for Visuals afterBefore:

Rebstock Visuals Before 2After:

Rebstock Visuals After 2What do you think?

Another exciting development is that the Woodworks Film with introduction by Ken Loach is now finally live on you tube.  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjcyNAPhIAo&feature=youtu.be  Very moving stories of redemption.

News from the Studio

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It has been rather quiet on the blogging front, but there has been plenty of activity behind the scenes.

My Autumn Collection is complete, there are just a few adjustments to be made.  My first task will be to cover this wonderful restored and upholstered chair.

Restored and re-upholstered chair

I bought it from the Woodworks which is a successful furniture workshop project for the benefit of those with mental health issues, those recovering from a history of addiction to drugs or alcohol and for people who are recovering from a major life trauma, such as a road traffic accident or stroke.  http://bit.ly/1dO3uN7

Recently there has been great excitement at the workshop.  The reason for this was the making of a promotional film, professionally put together by students of Bath City College with an introduction by film maker Ken Loach.  It is hugely moving listening to people’s stories about their journey to recovery. Watch this space for a link to the film very soon.

It is a realy privilege to be involved with this project.  Each piece of furniture has a story to tell.  Here is an example of a dining chair covered with my “Giant Rose” fabric.

Giant Rose Chair

Finally, I am pleased to report that I have secured my first licensing contract for iPad, Kindles and iPhone cases with the American Company Solid Line Products.   I love the way these cases are printed and produced.  Akin to a hardback cover, they use traditional book binding techniques to make the Keka cases.  Using eco-friendly inks, they start by printing the designs onto the same type of vinyl used on race cars.  They then add a cast overlaminate to make the case resist water, stains and tears.  The vinyl is then take the vinyl and wrapped around recycled book boards.  Here is the link: http://www.kekacase.com/designer-cases/ruth-moser.html

A truly unique and personal cover for your gadget.