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Maud interiors hand embroidered cushions in Making magazine’s Lust List

It’s 24/7 here at Maud HQ as we prepare for design junction, http://thedesignjunction.co.uk, which starts on Wednesday next week but we just wanted to say thanks to the team at Making magazine, http://www.craftsinstitute.com/forums/makingmagazine/ for featuring Falguni, one of our vintage, hand embroidered, cushions in this month’s “Lust List”.  Thanks guys!

 

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Pop-up shop at designjunction, 18 – 22 September 2013

We are very excited to have a pop-up shop at designjunction, London’s leading design destination, during London Design Week in September.  Designjunction is located at the Sorting Office, 21 – 31 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BA.

We will be launching a new collection during London Design Week but in the meantime, here are a few of the items which we will have in store:

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Opening times are Wednesday 18 September.  Preview 4 – 6pm
Thursday 19th September. 10am – 8pm
Friday 20th September. 10am – 7pm
Saturday 21st September. 10am – 6pm
Sunday 22nd September. 10am – 4pmAs well as lots of retail opportunities, there is a programme of design seminars and  food and refreshments including: Barbacoa by Jamie Oliver, a Chilean wine bar, a micro brewery and a selection of food from the Real Street Food Festival.  More information can be found at: http://thedesignjunction.co.uk

Columbia Road Flower Market

If you are in London and are stuck for somewhere to go this Sunday I recommend Columbia Road Flower Market.   On Sundays this terraced road in East London is transformed into a gardener’s paradise full of indoor and outdoor plants and cut flower stalls.  It’s one of my favourite places to spend a leisurely Sunday, pick up some plants and flowers and have a late breakfast in one of the many cafes.   Some photos below:

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Last Sunday I bought this Moroccan mint plant and have been enjoying fresh mint tea all week

 

Independent Shops

It’s not just the flowers which draw the crowds, there are sixty independent shops, everything from gardening, to interiors, to vintage.  My favourites for vintage furniture are B Southgate and Two Columbia Road.

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Stoned and Plastered, such a good name for a shop, offers an eclectic mix of sculptures, everything from Tutankhamun heads to wall sconces and stone pugs.

If you are planning to visit my advice is to get there early, especially if you want to buy plants, as it does get very busy.  More information on the market and how to get there can be found at https://www.columbiaroad.info.

Blood Orange Juice the perfect kick start to the weekend

If you too have had a long week and need something to kick start your weekend  this juice is the perfect pick me up.  I tried a Blood Orange juice during the week at Whole Foods and I have just recreated it at home.  It’s so simple to make and it really packs a punch.  It’s healthy too!   All you need are three large peeled oranges, one beetroot (I used a cooked one) and a large chunk of ginger, about  3cm long. Throw everything into a juicer and blitz it.  Et voila!

 

 

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Happy weekend everyone!

Maid in Africa, Quirky, African Cushions

There’s a story behind all of the products featured in our launch collection and today I thought I would write about our fabulous, funky, hand printed and hand painted African cushions from Maid in Africa, which I discovered and fell in love with whilst on a wonderful road trip through Nambia seven years ago.

The design duo behind the range, Micha and Andrew Weir,  were inspired to create Maid in Africa in 2006 to generate extra work for Priscilla, a young mother who had been diagnosed HIV positive and had lost her housekeeping job.  As she became weaker she wanted to be productive and so combining their creative knowledge with their ability to screen print, Maid in Africa was born. Sadly Priscilla has since passed away but the company continues to employ out of work domestic workers.

Like all the products in the Maud interiors collection, the Maid in Africa cushions are handmade.  Each cushion, detailing exotic flora and fauna from southern African life and well known brands, like Get Rich and Lucky Strike, is hand printed in black onto white cotton and then individually hand painted so no two cushions are alike.   The cushions are backed with a mix of traditional African prints and come with a plump duck feather inner pad.

There are three different styles in the collection:

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In Africa there is a saying “What you cannot carry on your head you can most probably live without.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recently featured in Lancashire Life magazine: http://www.lancashirelife.co.uk/homes-gardens/interiors

Thanks guys!

 

 

 

 

 

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Mermaid – our competition prize this month

We are giving away one of these fabulous Mermaid designs in dark blue.

See our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/maudinteriors for details on how you can enter but hurry as the competition ends on 2nd September 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our one-of-a-kind, African cushions, from Maid in Africa, are ideal for injecting some colour into a room or  sprucing up a tired sofa or chair.  Use them individually to create a focal point  or  mix and match them to create an eye-popping riot of colours and imagery.

 

 

 

 

Octavia’s Orchard at the Southbank Centre

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I was out with friends enjoying the sunshine by the Southbank centre and came across Octavia’s Orchard, a clever installation designed to introduce some greenery to the area and soften the urban landscape.   Please excuse the quality of the photos as they were taken on my iPhone.   The project, is designed by What if: projects in collaboration with the National Trust for the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood.  It was inspired by Octavia Hill, a social reformer and one of the founders of the National Trust who, a century earlier, was concerned with the wellbeing of urban dwellers and campaigned for open spaces in London.  She believed that “tenants and urban workers should have access to open spaces…Places to sit in, places to play in, places to stroll in and places to spend a day in.”

The designers have cleverly repurposed 30 galvanised steel street bins, commonly used on housing estates and filled them with 3m high fruit trees and meadow flowers to create a contemporary, orchard.  Design workshop, Jail, has built modern benches from galvanised steel and green oak, which link with some of the bins, so you can sit and enjoy the scenery.  It’s amazing how such a simple idea can transform an ugly concrete walkway.

It’s not only the planting which attracts the attention, the bins have quotes from Octavia Hill, printed on the outside, like this one:”Beauty is for all: beauty is the single glimpse of green, in sunlight however dimmed, in clouds however darkened, in faces however worn.”  raising awareness of the social reformer and her ideas. They also have the words  “Adopt me” printed on them as London housing estates can apply to adopt them when the festival ends.  Four housing estates will be chosen and will be twinned with National Trust properties so they can receive training from their gardeners.

Octavia’s Orchard, which is part of the Festival of Neighbourhood, is on the Festival Terrace on Royal Festival Hall’s Level 2 Terrace until 8th September.

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More information on the Festival of Neighbourhood can be found at: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/festival-of-neighbourhood

Faye Chadburn’s Indian Travelogue

An interview with the talented muralist, painter and photographer Faye Chadburn.

I’m suffering from wanderlust at the moment and whilst researching my next trip, I stumbled across Faye Chadburn’s blog, http://fayesuzannah.blogspot.co.uk and loved her Indian sketchbook and photography.  Her sketches evoke memories of my own trips to India, the heady mix of colours, architecture, textiles, people, flora and fauna. As a talented illustrator she has captured something of the essence of the country.  Read the interview below to find out more about Faye’s work and her two month trip to India.

What took you to India?

Throughout 2012 I had been assisting a very good artist friend, Diana Milstein, to design and produce a series of screen-printed and stitched wall hangings that she had been inspired to create after a trip to India in 2011.  So all these images of India were floating around in my head  and Di is certain that is why I ended up booking a ticket.  I justified leaving my dog for two months as I was loosely involved in a project to paint a public mural in Birmingham to promote the planned Museum of World Religions.  I’m not a religious person but the idea to try and depict religion with a single image  was an exciting challenge and where better to research the imagery of religion than India.

Where did two month trip take you?

We travelled from Mumbai down to the southernmost tip of India and back up again.  It wasn’t all sightseeing but we spent time in Mumbai, Kochin, and Bangalore, in the hill tops of Ooty and the rural areas of Mysore, Bykaluppe and Hampi as well as many hours on public bus rountes that rattled up and down endless mountains and stopped in many industrial towns.

Did you have a favourite place?

The best place undoubtedly was Gokarna in Karnataka State which houses a handful of temples and receives hundreds of Hindu pilgrims on a daily basis. This location offered the perfect balance of religious imagery, which I had come to see and the peace, quiet and comfort of a shack under palm trees where I could sit and draw and collect my ideas after time in town.

 

A few of Faye’s sketches below:

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Your sketches reveal the people, the architecture, wildlife and religious imagery.  What inspired you the most on your trip?

  • The mandala motif which is synonymous with religious artwork, particularly Hindu and Buddhist art, where it symbolises the universe.  The mandalas drawn in chalk on the dry mud on doorsteps inspired me the most, drawn quickly without much thought but with a whole lot of meaning.  They were the starting point for a lot of my sketchbook pages
  • The fruit – huge, colourful papayas and watermelons in abundance everywhere.  Totally tropical
  • The elegance of the ladies, in beautiful, clean, crisp saris with highlights of gold jewellery.

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Faye’s series of photographs entitled Double Dreams.  Each photograph contains two, sometimes three images. For me, they capture the visual feast that is India.  I love the collage like effect and the way the images draw you in to investigate the interplay of images.

How did you create such beautiful photographs?

I use the in-camera multiple exposure analogue method, using an old fashioned camera.  Multiple exposure means that each image contains several pictures all overlapped in a random way.  This occurs when the 35mm analogue roll film is shot right through 24 or 36 shots and then wound back to the beginning without loosing the end of the film and then starting again on top.  The camera decides where the frames start and finish. It’s not a new technique, some cameras have a multiple exposure button, which allows the photographer to shoot something and then press it to instantly be able to shoot over the top.  This is too controlled for me.  I like my camera to do the work so it is important to have a good machine.  At the moment I have a Pentax K1000 camera that I inherited from my late father.  He was a devoted Buddhist and part of my trip was also in his memory.  I am certain he would be both surprised and proud of the miles his camera has travelled with me.

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Have you incorporated any Indian influences into your murals since you returned to the UK?

Most of my murals are commission based and people tend to have a definite idea of what they want which is an interesting challenge for me as a designer but doesn’t enable me to include my own influences as much.  I am however painting some canvases based on my India trip.  A sneak preview below of the peacock painting that Faye is currently working on.

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 What are your dreams for the future?

I would love to paint bigger murals and in more public places here in the UK and further afield.  I’m also interested in collaborating with others.  Sadly my dog doesn’t understand the difference between Keith Haring and Maria Rivans otherwise we would be great together!

I’m also investing more in my photography and hope to get a group of other multiple exposure photographers together to exhibit in Brighton or Bristol.

To see Faye’s murals, a slide show of her sketchbook and more of her photography go to www.fayesuzannah.co.uk.

 

Our hand printed African cushion is in Press Loft’s Lust List

Our fabulous, hand printed, pastel pink, Headgear,African cushion has made it into Press Loft’s African inspired Lust List.  See extract below:

This week our lust list has certainly been inspired by the improving weather – our mitts want hold of African inspired busy prints in dusty pinks with pops of satisfyingly zingy lemon yellow!
African Cushion from Maud Interiors

Photo: This week our lust list has certainly been inspired by the improving weather - our mitts want hold of African inspired busy prints in dusty pinks with pops of satisfyingly zingy lemon yellow!<br /><br /> African Cushion from Maud Interiors<br /><br /> http://www.pressloft.com/product.php?pid=813901&tid=1<br /><br /> Barrel Stoll from Alexander & Pearl<br /><br /> http://www.pressloft.com/product.php?pid=816991&tid=1<br /><br /> Wood Bowl Set from www.felicityandlee.com<br /><br /> http://www.pressloft.com/product.php?pid=817028&tid=1<br /><br /> Rug from Idyll Home<br /><br /> http://www.pressloft.com/product.php?pid=393269&tid=1
 Thanks for the mention guys.

 

 

Jewels Of The Desert – Shisha Embroidery

A post on Shisha or Abhla bharat, the name given to the mirrorwork embroidery from Gujarat, Pakistan and Afghanistan, today.  It’s a style of indigenous embroidery which has been used for generations.  Tiny pieces of abhla, or mirrored glass, are sewn into the overall embroidery design, using a sickle stitch, creating a sparkly, jewel-like effect.  The use of these mirrors in traditional dress, wall hangings and coverlets isn’t purely a decorative device,  it has a practical purpose too.  Mirrors were used in Islamic architecture to reflect the light and in the same way mirrors on fabrics within the home are used to reflect sunlight and candlelight at night. Sheesh-Mahal

Ceiling detail from the Sheesh Mahal or Mirror Palace, Amer Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, built in the sixteenth century

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Interior of a Bhunga, a traditional mud hut, which I visited in a village near Bhuj, Gujarat.  The furniture, constructed from mud, and the storage jars are  studded with mirrors in different sizes to reflect the light.  In some Bhungas the walls are also adorned with mirrors.

 

Details from some of the vintage shisha embroidery we have in our store:

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Shisha embroidery in floral designs

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Check out our range of beautiful,vintage, cushions and wall art containing shisha embroidery, www.maudinteriors.com/product-category/textiles/hand-embroidered-tribal-cushions.