WE ARE NOW SHIPPING FREE
We are really pleased to announce that we are now able to offer FREE shipping both in the UK and worldwide...
If you hurry, you can take advantage before Christmas!
Recommended Last Postage Dates for Christmas 2017
And for those that are still having a little trouble deciding...
The Wyatt and Jack gift voucher, available in a range of prices to suit all budgets and arrives in its own up cycled pouch
G I F T | S E T S
NEW to our little collection of up cycled gifts, is the Block Tote and Coin Purse Set over on our Etsy shop.. we've added a little saving too, so a little bit better value than buying them individually
* Available for a limited time only*
This week, we had a phone call in the workshop, from someone who wanted to know how big our bike tote was... in LITRES?!
Its embarrassing, but you know what? WE DIDNT KNOW!!
I know, right?! So, we found out! And a little while later.... [well, it was MORE than a little while to be honest!] We had FOUND THE CAPACITY!! Our Roll Top Bike Tote holds 10 litres!!
To celebrate this moment of maths wizardry, we've created a discount code...
Enter 'ten litres' at checkout for 10% off
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The next in our series of stories behind the makers at our s t o R i e s [emporium] PoPuP is Joanna Hopkins...
We were really blown away when Jo agreed to exhibit her amazing gold leaf works of art on our walls... We find something new in them every single day
[summer of '63. gold leaf and oils on canvas]
Here Jo, describes her processes and inspiration...
"I try to paint what people can’t always see.
I love the small old black and white photos usually taken using a Box Brownie Camera – most people have got these family pictures stored away somewhere; snapshots of older relatives in their youth. These are my most favourite things.
While I was studying I would spend a lot of time setting up the portraits I wanted to paint – then one day I realised that I really didn’t care about the background or the clothing, I just wanted to see the person. I remember looking at an intricate oil painting I had been working on for weeks, and I just wanted to get rid of everything that seemed irrelevant. So, I got a pot of black paint and painted over almost everything – the interior background that I had so carefully set up – gone in a few swipes. The objects and decoration – gone. I painted over all the clothing, all the colour and detail obliterated by thick, deep, gloriously liberating black. All that was left was flesh and hair – and it was great.
So that’s what I do now. I take the small little beautiful black and white photographs and make them into big oil paintings. I spend time – a lot of time – painting every detail of those figures and it’s important that I still paint the clothing and the backgrounds too, but now, when I’ve finished I cover over everything that doesn’t really matter and just leave flesh. By masking over what’s irrelevant it can reveal relationships, emotions, secrets, lies; things that were always in those precious little snapshots but we are usually too distracted to notice.
Sometimes I use thick gloss paint – I love how immediate and unforgiving it is, and utterly beautiful. But, mostly I use gold leaf metal. A lot of my paintings are from my family photos and along with the time devoted to painting the subjects, gold leaf makes these paintings precious.
I’m a painter. I love to paint and I have had my distractions from the portraits. I grew up surrounded by horses, they are another passion of mine and I often want to paint them, so I paint them lifesized, dogs too and other animals – using the same idea that by getting rid of the background details the paintings become a much stronger presence. And, I love throwing paint at finished work. I’m happy to spend weeks sometimes months doing an oil painting, gold leaf the background then throw gloss paint at it. It’s a huge adrenaline rush – is this going to make the work even better; seeing the two different materials work together; seeing the painstaking detailed work enhanced by the chance encounter with the impulsive ‘action’ painting? Or is it going to be completely ruined? I’ve had a couple of disasters – but when it works…it’s the best thing ever.
I studied art at Winchester School of Art and Design and graduated from Cumbria College of Art and Design with a Fine Art Degree. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to have work exhibited in solo and group shows in London and America, with paintings selling across the world.
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the Wyatt and Jack Gift Voucher [arrives in its own unique up cycled bouncy castle wallet]
PICO has begun its journey with everyday underwear. Made out of the softest fairtrade organic cotton, the three styles are simple, classic and understated and designed and made with a lot of thought and care.
Phoebe and Isobel [co-founders of Project.Pico]
"We want to encourage an appreciation for everyday wares and to create a connection to the people and processes behind their making"
Project # 01 follows the story of a pair of PICO pants; from the organic cotton fields to the small Fairtrade factory in the South of India. We would love PICO pants to become your favourites and for you to join our journey!
find your favourite pair at our online emporium h e r e