Slow Monday

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It’s a slow one here at HTD HQ as I seem to have turned into Blanche Hunt from Coronation Street. Not one to submit easily to colds I have to admit defeat this time. A definate silver lining though as while I’m not haring around creating things I can dedicate time to equally important sitting down activites – like blogging!

There’s a lot to update on but first of all here’s something to brighten your Monday. Swedish Designer Ingela P Arrhenius has extended her gorgeous designs to kids bedding, wallpapers and cushions in a new collaboration with Danish Design Company ferm LIVING. Love that bears chequered trousers!

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Wallpaper is something that I’m asked about a lot and certainly something that will be in the pipeline soon. In particular people ask about the London Gift Wrap

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What do you think as wallpaper folks? With a few tweaks to remove the happy birthdays in the text!

As a surface pattern designer I always design with a range of surfaces in mind and one recent design that has worked out well for ceramics (in particular mugs) is “Feet up, Kettle on”. In true signature style “Feet up” features hand drawn and printed imagery, letter press type and vintage japanese textiles. These mugs have been flying out in time for Christmas…

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As have the more festive “Eat, Drink & be Merry”…

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And the more energetic “Off the Beaten Track” which appeals to hikers, bikers, tri-athletes, Wordsworth and Lake District fans alike. Oh, and anyone who just likes a nice cuppa from a decent sized mug. All available via the website www.helenatyce.com for a bargainous £9.50.

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Tell you what though – it has been (ahem) 20 years since I did ceramics at University and these things don’t come back to you without a fair amount of spoilers in the process (see the Tycebert mug cupboard, above, for evidence!)

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