Down in the long grass watching the wild orchids emerge

The trials of designing! I just have to take a long walk in the sunshine to the Sloe patch, purely for the sake of research you realise. I lie on my back, with rare jewels of sunshine dancing upon my skin and assess the workings of the branches, leaves and berries. It’s a complicated beast which I intend to pare down and abstract for my next commission –  Sloe berry blind and curtains.

Sloe view from a sloe pace.
So sloe infact, that old men's beards have all the time in the world to grow.
Sanderson's dandelion print.An inspiration in the art of abstraction.

I have a notion to do something like the above but with sloe berry, leaves and branches.


And  in  the studio…a lampshade emerged from the sketch sample strip of the last commission.


A wee extra to go with the blind.

And a bit more of a view.

Hey listen, has anyone clocked Herbie Hancock’s tribute to Joni Mitchel.The album is called”River” and is absolutely sensational. For a lesson in total absorption watch Corinne Bailey Rae singing the title track in this video.

Corinne Bailie Rae sings River


Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

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