It seems notonthehighstreet are with Yorick on this one and fail to see any merit in animals on lampshades. Having bust a gut designing, photographing and listing the complete range for assessment by the “curation team” I last night read that my products do not fit with their innovative and forward thinking curation policy. Yikes that smarts!

So, barber shop stags, golden crows and hares with dog tooth ears are clearly not their cup of tea  – fair enough –  they’re not going to appeal to everyone but Owwwww!

It seems chrome, orange, vintage bulbs and lamps fashioned from plumbing are the way to go as “country” has become a dirty word in the urban corridors of NOTHS. Ironic that as I design this range with a Country Living  buyer in mind, my selling portal is shunning them. Hey ho,  I’ll be giving this wayward bunch an airing on Amazon Handmade, Etsy and my website and we’ll see whether I should have bypassed my inner design devil and listened to Yorick in the first place.

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

10 replies on “Croft Critter Critique

  1. I think your critters are delightful. Haven’t those design cuckoo-naysayers also seen, or should we say looked at, really looked at, for example, the cool stag sculptures made from vintage needlepoint? Natural forms are never outdated – talented artists like you keep imagining new ways to present old loves: “Beauty ever ancient, ever new”, as Saint Augustine said in reference to The Creator.

  2. These are gorgeous, how ridiculous!
    You designed some amazing textiles for my parents house on the Isle of Harris. They’re the nicest, most detailed lampshades and curtains I’ve ever seen.

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