It is always a pleasure to visit Cockpit arts studio, to discover fresh talents and to see the new works of established artists. Last time, I was there for the Christmas open studios. You can read about it here.
It was exciting to see Abigail Brown’s new work in her space. Those paper mache animal masks adorning her studio wall are stunning.
Last season, Abigail created a collection of textile birds. You can see them in my blog post here. This season, we are introduced to new creatures.
I was drawn to the little paper mache horse above. It was a shame Abigail was not present, as I had wanted to ask her the inspiration behind this creation.
It reminded me of Mollie the horse from George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Mollie was the white horse who loved to have ribbons in her mane. In fact my daughter played that role only recently in her school play.
Majestically standing on Abigail’s shelf was this fox. Foxes are increasingly a common sight in urban London. What do you think, a misunderstood friend or a pesky foe?
Here are her signature birds and of course the on trend flamingo.
These wallpapers by Lorna Syson are so beautiful. Her work takes inspiration from the British outdoors. The bird wallpaper above was inspired by the great tits nesting outside her bedroom window.
Lorna launched her first collection in 2009 with the help of the Prince’s Trust and now sells her collections with international stockists and well known interior designers.
The above pillows with the colourful geometric designs are by the talented Tamasyn Gambell. I am already the proud owner of 3 of her cushions and will no doubt be back for more. Tamasyn is certainly an inspiring creative and you can read my interview with her last year here.
Katharine Morling was a new discovery and what an impressive find.
She trained at the Royal College of Art. With an MA in Glass and Ceramics under her belt, she has become involved in numerous high profile creative projects.
The fox and horse have been painstakingly hand built using Earth stone and porcelain, then finished off with layers of delicate black stain paint.
Shan Valla’s handmade porcelain was an instant hit for me. I made a bee line for them and purchased the mini porcelain vases inspired by the textures of cut glass crystal. I adore the contrasting and organic rugged seam lines against the smooth surfaces.
There is something so quintessentially British about Thornback and Peel’s designs. I like this Sardines print for its colour but mostly for transporting me back to childhood. Those were the days of eating Sardine sandwiches just like Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven.
The Thornback and Peel bag above is another one to make me reminesce. It reminded me of the book Gulliver’s travels by Jonathan Swift and of course I love that Turquoise tone too.
Last but not least is Sort Design’s letterpress stationery. I am a fan of Typographic fonts and so it was a treat to see the variety on display.
Hope you have enjoyed my picks from the Holborn cockpit arts studio. There will be another open studio at the Deptford location next weekend if you are interested to explore.
Wishing you all a wonderful week. x