This was too beautiful not to re-blog…from Jon Crispin’s Willard Collection.

There are quite a few items in the Willard collection at the New York State Museum that are not part of my suitcases documentation. These “institutional” pieces were too numerous to photograph, but this embroidered dress just had to be documented. The work was done by a patient who is not identified, but I am in […]

via Willard Patient Dress / Part 1 — Jon Crispin’s Notebook

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Hannah Zakari Window Display

Very excited to re-blog this post by Rachael from the wonderful shoppe Hannah Zakari in Edinburgh, all about the acrylic Meadow that we created for her new summer window display:

Our Summer Meadow Window Display…

Summer is here (at least, it was yesterday) and so is our latest summer meadow window display, I’m really excited to share the summery goodness with you!

I’d been thinking of the possibility of a wildflower meadow in our window for a while and on a run through Instagram one day saw that Brendan (from our favourite design duo, I Am Acrylic) had made some rather beautiful acrylic flowers for Ruth (the other half of the duo) and a plan started to form…

We love a designer collaboration at HZ and over the last couple of years we’ve worked with Lou Taylor, Laura Berger in addition to our in-house window efforts, so I approached I Am Acrylic with my idea and they said yes! What resulted was the most beautiful window filled with poppies and daisies and foxgloves and all the best summer meadow flowers, aren’t they beautiful?

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i am acrylic x hannah zakari window display 1The acrylic is positively luminous in the sun, everything is so bright and happy! Plus it makes great use of our swing shelves, on which we’ve currently displayed work from Lou Taylor, One+Eight, Stay Home Club, Kate Rowland, Finest Imaginary and (new to HZ!) Amy Victoria Marsh. And spot the little ladybirds which HZ girl Aimee made for us.

i am acrylic x hannah zakari window display 2So far we’ve had some brilliant positive feedback, both on our Instagram and from customers in the HZ Shoppe, it radiates such a happy vibe!

i am acrylic x hannah zakari window display 5We’ve interviewed I Am Acrylic in the past on this blog which you can still read, and just a few weeks ago they held a jewellery making workshoppe in our shoppe (I so hope we can do that again one day!), but we’d love it if you were to pop into the shop and take a look!

Rachael x

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End of Term Workshop Fun!

We had a fun day on Friday when we went into the Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow, to run our acrylic jewellery making workshop with some of the Year 8 & 10 pupils for one of their end of term activity days!

It was great being back in a DT classroom (or CDT as it was in our day!). It kind of felt like home too, as we still basically make our things today in the same way that we learnt how to make them back in school!

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DT workshop = dream workshop!

Maybe one day we can have a row of mechanical fretsaws and many, many work benches like this in our workshop!

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Our jewellery workshop stuff, with examples and sample templates, all set up on one of the lovely benches!

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Aprons at the ready!

The 13 pupils were divided into two groups for the day, and then each group had only about two and a bit hours to design, hand-cut, clean and finish their own necklace or keyring designs.

We were so impressed with their ambition and skills! We were teaching with hand piercing saws, rather than the mechanical fretsaws that we usually use, and they were all really accurate with their cutting.

Here are their finished designs – we really hope they had as much fun making them as we did teaching!

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The amazing finished necklaces and keyrings!

Aside from the jewellery making, a highlight of the day for us was our school dinner : ) Being called “Miss” and “Sir” was quite funny for us too – we kept looking over our shoulders to see who the pupils were talking to!

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School Dinner!

We’re also thinking that now we’ve done an official day of teaching, in a real live school, maybe we get to have a long summer holiday? No? Oh well….worth a try!

Thanks so much for having us Mrs Sayegh (the real DT teacher!) and thanks to the amazing technician Harriet, and big thanks to all the pupils for choosing to do our activity! Happy Summer Holidays guys! : )


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Folksy Friday

Folksy Friday – Three Bluetits, One Goldfinch and a Sparrow!

We’re very happy to be re-blogging this from our guest post over on the Folksy blog!

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We love garden birds here at I Am Acrylic HQ and currently have a family of blue tits busily squeaking and tweeting away on our bird feeder (see image below!), so what better subject for our first #folksyfriday blog post than to celebrate some gorgeous garden bird items on Folksy!

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For those of you that don’t know #folksyfriday, it’s a great way to discover lots of new designers! The hashtag has been revived by Folksy after a 5-year hiatus, and we can’t wait to see what people post!

So get blogging about your favourite makers/new discoveries on Folksy, or simply check out the #folksyfriday hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to see what other people are talking about!

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Blue Tit Brooch by Sally Ayling

Just look at this stunning Blue Tit brooch! We’ve long been a fan of Sally Ayling’s work (she also uses acrylic in some of her pieces) and her designs are always so intricate!

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Blue Tit and Blossom Print by Su Owen

We met Su Owen at a recent Crafty Fox Market and fell in love with her illustrations and wooden brooches. We just love the colours of this beautiful blue tit print!


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Needle Felt Blue Tit Kit

Eeek! Look at this little fella! You can make your own with this needle felting kit by The Makerss – and they have lots of different animals and bird kits too – have a look!

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Wooden Goldfinch Printed Brooch

We love the way Bethan from Boodle Boutique gives all the animals and birds on her designs a personality! Just look at this goldfinch’s little face!

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Sparrows with Seeds original Painting by Mogg Shop

These are the most beautiful sparrows I ever did see! We’ve loved Sally from Mogg Shop’s paintings ever since we discovered her work when she won a Folksy photo prize at Renegade Craft Fair a few years ago! It was a photo of a detail of our stall that won her the prize and we’ve been a fan ever since!


I Am AcrylicRuth and Brendan are two halves of I Am Acrylic. They’ve been making cute and quirky handmade necklaces and brooches (mostly from acrylic) since Brendan first made Ruth a fluorescent bird shaped keyring for her birthday back in 2004. All their designs are individually hand cut on their trusty fretsaw (they don’t use any laser cutting) and then they meticulously hand finish every component. It’s a labour of love, but well worth it, as each item remains unique. Ruth and Brendan are based in Spitalfields, London, and if they’re not in their workshop or having a tea break, then you might find them out on their market stall.


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Full Big Steam Ahead!

Remember the Big Steam Print that we crowdfunded – and blogged about in February? Well, it got the funding, and went FULL STEAM AHEAD! Yay!!

We went to see the 12.5 tonne steamroller in action, in Acton, at the Transport Museum Depot a few weeks ago.


Here’s an animation we made of our friends at SORT design printing their giant lino cut!

It was such an awesome sight!

You can still see it in action if you are in the Brighton area on 22nd May (as part of the Brighton Festival) and then in the Ditchling area on the 18th June.

As the whole event has been organised by the Ditchling Musuem of Art & Craft, it is going to be in action for the finale at the Ditchling Village Fete! Check their website for more details!

We loved seeing James Brown printing his huge lino print of Shakepeare as well – and on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death too! Perfectly timed!

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Inking up Shakespeare with the steamroller waiting in the background!

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The finished giant lino Shakespeare!

We really enjoyed looking around the rest of the depot too – I think they only open it once a year – would recommend a visit if you like that kind of thing!

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Lovely old carriage outside the depot!

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Beautiful colours on a cupboard!

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Lots of train carriages old and more recent, and old buses!

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Lots of lovely signage!

What a brilliant day out! Thanks everyone involved – just gutted we’re not free to go and see it in action again!!

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Big Steam Print

We’ve just made a donation crowdfunding the Big Steam Print project organised by the Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft! So, so, so hope that this project goes ahead!

big steam print

There’s some amazing artists set to be involved who’ll make massive printing block works of art that will be printed by a vintage 12.5 tonne steam roller as it tours around the country! What’s not to love!

We’re particularly excited to see what SORT, Jo Waterhouse, Angie Lewin, Jonny Hannah, Anthony Burrill, Rob Ryan, James Brown and Lucky Budgie (whose super lino cut this is above) come up with if this project goes ahead! Keeping our fingers crossed it gets all it’s funding so we get some lovely postcards as our reward too! : )

big steam print in progress

Image above of the test lino being cut by Lucky Budgie on Instagram whose idea this whole vintage steam engine printing joyousness was!

They are 59% of the way there with the funding and their ArtFund page runs out in 9 days! Eek!

You can fund it with some great rewards here:

tote bag

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Image of the lino after being steam rolled(!) from @museumartcraft on Instagram. And above, a tote bag available as a crowdfunding reward!

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London Design Festival 2015

The following blog post is a re-blog from the wonderful Sarika Thakorlal who came to visit the special LDF edition of Crafty Fox Market and had a go in our jewellery workshop!

We loved her post so much and her photos are just lovely, so we decided we couldn’t do much better ourselves – and she loves Iris De La Torre as much as we do! – so it’s really perfect!

We’ll post some more photos from our weekend around the market and from the jewellery workshop another day – but for now please enjoy Sarika’s lovely post:

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(image above from Iris De La Torre’s Instagram)

For round 2 of London Design Festival the itinerary was far milder with only a couple of stops. That was the theory anyway. My feet were in a heavy protest from all the walking the day before so I had to forgo any style concerns and wear my brothers trainers for the day. Yes. My little brothers trainers. So, footwear adjusted, off my mum and I trotted to the Old Street Crafty Fox Market to see the delights of lots of talented makers. These fairs happen throughout the year and although this was my first visit to one of them, I shall definitely be attending more. Free entry, great vibe and excellent selection of exhibitors. And a bar! What more could you ask for?


Image above: Textiles by Hannah Rampley / I Am Acrylic jewellery

I had been stalking Iris De La Torre for some weeks on Instagram, so I was delighted to meet the charming lady herself and try on ALL her wares. When I first laid eyes on her work I thought to myself It’s like she went inside my head and pulled out the jewellery of my dreams! I couldn’t leave without a few of her pieces; they are so immaculately made and simultaneously sixties and modern in design. I believe that she is one to watch. You heard it here first!

Image above: Deco jewellery by Manolo / Little Storm jewellery / Colour wall by Prickle Press / Iris De La Torre my top pick of the day

Mum and I took part in a jewellery making workshop with I Am Acrylic which was super fun and she was quite the pro (who knew?!). Brendan and Ruth were so much fun and great teachers. I attempted a Mary Quant-esque flower, which turned out to be an orange splotch but whatever, I still loved it!


And Smile Studio had a great stand and were doing 5 minute portraits but the queue was growing by the minute so we had to duck out of that particular bit of fun and opted for more shopping and nosing at the stalls. There was so much to see and buy! I love chatting with the makers at these events, finding out about them and examining their work; and buying directly from them does give a warm fuzzy feeling that the mainstream just can’t provide.

All that shopping sure builds up an appetite so we stopped for sustenance at the outdoor food market (it was German day so it was bratwurst and beers) and then headed onwards to Brick Lane and Espacio Gallery. Here we found the excellent show Pop Up Studio by milliner and vintage upcycler Gemma Sangwine, and master silk weaver and award winner Nick Ozanne of Leto & Ariadne. The show was so beautifully curated and true to its name it really felt like their studio; right down to Nick’s loom and him in his weaving socks! Expect more pop ups from this talented pair, I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

So that’s it for my LDF roundup! Next year I’m going to set some more days aside to see more of the sights (and maybe wear trainers from Day One to save myself the agony). I know that I missed so many amazing shows, 2 days just isn’t enough time to do it all! Tweet me @sarikathakorlal to let me know what you got up to last week. And also perhaps let me know what I should order next time I’m in Sketch? These are essential concerns you know!

Thanks for a lovely blog post Sarika – and we had a lovely time teaching you to make your orange splotch! : ) and it’s true, your Mum was a total natural at acrylic jewellery making in the workshop! Hope to bump into you at another market soon! : )

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