Wednesday, 20 August 2008

The Letters of Lucy May Schofield

Lucy May Schofield is a prolific artist who explores the historical craft of bookbinding and letterpressing within her work. Most of her books and objects I simply want to keep for myself and read when I get a quiet moment, but The Proverb Postcards (a set of twelve for £12 ) are just asking to be delivered to deserving recipients.

They include wise old sayings such as Misery Loves Company and Good Things Come to He Who Waits. Or warnings such as You Reap What You Sow and Love is Blind.

Asked how Lucy arrives with these wonderful objects, she answers: "I am inspired by an unrelenting desire to champion the written word, combined with a passion for paper, I make objects to house stories which might otherwise go untold.

In creating visual narratives, I lead viewers through intimate recollections. At the London College of Printing, I learned the traditional techniques of drawing, fine printing and bookbinding. I discovered the pleasures of typewriters, being lost within the pages of books and the secrecy of the relationship between a book and its reader. The themes explored in recent editions include lost love, liberation, salvaged letters, solitude, proverbs and dementia."

The work of Lucy May Schofield is collected and held in several major collections, in the UK and abroad including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Tate. Her collection of miniature printed books and stationery (including The Proverb Postcards) is available from the Book Department.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

New Ceramics Room Opens

We are really excited to announce the launch of the new Ceramics Department today.

For all of you who are collecting or simply admiring Tina Tsang's sexy legs tea cups you'll be pleased to see the new additions to the range - from the Teapot to the Cake plates!

And after the popularity of, Nottingham based artist, Katrin Moye's ceramics at our Tin Shed fair in Easter we have finally put a collection of jugs together on the site. Her work is just beautiful and so tactile - not surprisingly then, all her patterns are inspired by textiles.

Katrin's ceramics hint at a warm cosy nostalgia as the textiles are all given personal names to suggest their origins. Ingrid is a jug which celebrates her mother, textile designer Ingrid Moye's, 1970's embroidered designs and Johnny reminisces on her father's shirt which she vividly remembers from when she was a child.

I think there is nothing more welcoming then visiting someones home and seeing a collection of ceramics on a dresser. It somehow just makes me feel all cosy and at ease. And if I were to see Katrin's and Tina's wares on show, I would also know that the host was a person of great taste to boot!

The collections are available now in the Ceramics Department.