Friday, 30 April 2010

The May Sale launches today

Welcome to the May Sale at

The Shop Floor Project

Here you’ll find beautiful printed tights, cushions, silk scarves and ethical T-Shirts.

If you spot something you like add it your basket as these little gems will soon sell out!

visit the sale here...

Friday, 23 April 2010

Prairie Girl

Using organic hand dyed cotton and advanced laser cutting technologies, designer Rachel Goth has created a series of ethereal necklaces perfect for summer.

These air-light necklaces are inspired by the dusty, sun drenched prairies of mid-west America the collection references the neck scarves worn by cowboys and the flora found amongst the grasses.

I can just see the laid back, modern folk singers such as Joanna Newsom and Meg Baird wearing these as they drive across the great American plains.

Available in Cabinet three in Jewellery Room 2 (just scroll along to the right until you get to it)

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Leather Goods

New York based jewellery designer, Emma Carroll works exclusively with leather. After finishing a degree in fashion at Central St Martin’s, Emma went on to hone her knowledge of leather under the tuition of Ally Capellino where she worked for many years before returning to the US to start her own label.

This new collection features her signature playful shapes, beautiful Italian leather which is hand dyed in unusual shades using environmentally friendly vegetable dyes. The cluster charm bracelets are really fun for summer and at £28 each why not wear a few, piled up your arm for a tribal look?

Emma's full collection is available in Jewellery Room 3

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Chunky pieces of sunshine have arrived from Italy!

The latest in our summer jewellery collections has arrived toady courtesy of the Italian designer Eliana Venier.

For the past three years Eliana has been creating quite a buzz at Milan Fashion Week with her innovative use of materials. Transforming 'ordinary objects' such as natural rope, climbing cord and cotton binding into sculptural necklaces that are incredibly easy to wear but can transform an outfit in an instance!

This collection was inspired by the vibrant colours found in African jewellery and the scale and shape is reminiscent of the elaborate beaded neck pieces traditionally made by crafts people in Mali. Which is perfect for this seasons Africa trend (see Marc Jacobs below). Why not use one of these necklaces to update a simple T-shirt or dress and bring some sunshine into your wardrobe?

Twisted Double Cord Necklaces, £69 each.

Available in Jewellery Room one - (please scroll along to your right to see Eliana's cabinet)

Monday, 19 April 2010

What a beautiful necklace!

This was the comment I heard about twelve times when I recently wore one of our new necklaces to a party.

Following on from the success of Rheanna Lingham's first jewellery collection in the shop last autumn, we have launched Beetles & Feathers (scroll along to the second cabinet in Jewellery Room 1).

This new collection features necklaces and earrings created using the stunning iridescent wing of a Green Jewel Beetle*. Although the use of beetle wings in decorative arts goes back thousands of years they reached the height of popularity in Britain during the Victorian era with anything from brooches to cushion covers being made from them.

Rheanna's whole collection is guaranteed to make anyone feel elegant and a little special, with the sun shining on these wings and catching everyones eye!

*The use of these wings is fully ethical as, just like leather, they are a bi-product of the food industry - the beetle itself being a Thai delicacy.

Friday, 16 April 2010

The wonderful world of Maria Sibylla Merian

For the past week I have been completely immersed in the rich and inspiring life of Maria Sibylla Merian. I'm currently doing some research for a secret, upcoming exhibition at The Shop Floor Project (which will open in early autumn) when I came upon Merian and now I am simply hooked on her life and work!

A 17th century naturalist and artist Merian broke many rules of her time (including divorcing her husband and travelling without a chaperone to South America) to become one of the most important figures in the European Age of Discovery.

The newly reprinted book, The Metamorphoses of the Insects of Surinam, (available from amazon) displays ninety five of Merian's most celebrated work from her time in South America and is such a treat to browse through. She is seen as such an important figure that her portrait is used on a German banknote. I am amazed it took me all this time to find out about her!

Although I can't say much about our exhibition I can say it will include lots of flora and fauna which, as every visitor to The Shop Floor Project can see, we love in any decorative form! Whilst having a quick look through our jewellery cabinets I think Merian would have highly approved of modern day women showing their love for the natural world by wearing the Bumble Bee necklace, Cicada Earrings or the Hummingbird Skull necklace!

All jewellery by Erica Weiner in Jewellery Room 1 at The Shop Floor Project

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Country House with a Twist

British design duo, Vanessa Barneby and Alice Gates have launched their first wallpaper collection which combines a quintessentially english feel with a bold, modern edge. Country house style antlers are used as a graphic motif with metallic details, pretty butterflies dance up the wall against a lace pattern made up of thousands of tiny insects, whilst a collection of found photographs creates the most fascinating wallpaper design.

Passionate about British manufacturing, all of Barneby Gates wallpapers are printed using traditional methods at one of the few remaining print works in the Midlands.

Click here to see the collection and request samples

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Happy Easter Weekend

Although from our studio window we can see snow on the hills we are certain this weekend is going to be crisp and sunny! We'll be donning our walking boots for four days of easter egg hunting, walking and perhaps a gentle bike ride to our local pub. Whatever you are doing this weekend we hope you have time to enjoy the spring sunshine (fingers crossed)!

Next week we'll be launching our new homeware collections which include a beautiful new collection of wallpaper and hand printed cushions, so keep an eye out for that.

In the mean time, if you fancy a little shopping this weekend, why not have a look at the Dressing Up Box for a spot of style inspiration!

All the best, Sam & Denise x