Tag Archives: inspiration

Print, Tuft and Fold (cubed)

20 Jul

You may have heard us say a few times over the last couple of months how hard we’re working at the moment and wondered “on what?” Its also been the reason why the blog has been a little quiet for a while…sorry. It’s not that its been top secret its just that we wanted to get everything right before we let you all know about it.  We are seriously excited though!!

As well as having a stand at this years 100% Design we’ve also been asked by the creative directors Jam Design to put the PTF stamp on the 100% Features Boulevard, a real compliment for us as we’re only exhibiting in 100% Futures for the 2nd year.

So, what to expect? Well…high impact colour and pattern of course, with a collection of 18 seating cubes in various sizes, from the cute and tiny to the bold and jumbo.

We’ll be producing a collection of seating cubes made up of 3 clusters, each containing 6 cubes, a cluster for each member of PTF. This will include an array of kaleidoscopic-inspired carpet cubes from our carpet master of the group, Claire Alderdice; Print, Tuft and Folds resident printer Zoe Beck will be creating graphic city-inspired digitally printed cubes and Fold (aka Kim Bassett) will delight us all with her delicately pleated fabric cubes.

Positioned at the front entrance of Earl’s Court, Print Tuft & Fold aim to seize visitors’ attention with some seriously exuberant textiles as they enter the show.  Creating a colourful and comfy place to meet, relax, tweet and take in the great contemporary design.  So come and visit us and see what we’ve done to the place! http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/

We also need to say a big thank you to all our sponsors, Hill & Co Rugs, D&G Upholstery, Fabpad (digital textile printers) and Reed Exhibitions.

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My mate Reggie

19 Jul

At least someone likes my cushions!!! Note to self: if all else fails start pet range! Print and my beloved number one fan Reggie xx

Map Envelope

4 Jun

Found this great website today, Map Envelope.  It allows you to create an envelope with an inner lining which features a satellite photo of the location of your choice using the power that is Google Map.  Its really easy, just enter any location and add an optional custom message.  If you like what you see print it out and then all you have to do is fold it (they even include the fold lines).  The lining is a cool pic of the location you picked, with the address and a custom message you write attached to the location pin, just as it would appear on Google Maps.  I love it, sending good old fashioned letters just got cool again.  Print xx

Magnificent Maps

31 May

So I finally made it to the British Library to check out the current exhibition Magnificent Maps. Having been disappointed to find out the British Library is only open late on a Tuesday and closes at 6pm most nights I had to dash there last Thursday for the final half an hour of opening.  Despite this minor let down the exhibition did not disappoint! The maps are amazing!! I absolutely loved the explorer’s maps; with hand drawn animals, people and buildings showing you what they had encountered on their trip, they feel magical and fairytale like.  I could just imagine them being presented to the King or Queen on their return and them being blown away with their stories.  Really made me want to go off traveling, exploring new lands, well maybe I’ll just settle on booking my next holiday! If you get a chance and feel like seeing some Art with a twist then check it out. By the one obsessed with travel, Print xxx

(Images from the exhibition book; Magnificent Maps Power, Propaganda and Art by Peter Barber and Tom Harper)

Hong Kong – A Neon Paradise

26 May

It’s your local friendly Ghost Sister here! Or ‘Gwae Mae’ as the Chinese, (fondly I think), like to call me. 

I’ve just returned from a business trip to the big, brash and bustling metropolis that is Hong Kong. The city is a heady mix for the senses, where around every street corner and alley way there is certainly something to tempt your taste buds!

This is my third trip to Hong Kong, and thing I look forward to the most is the food. I gorge myself. It’s not pretty, but I don’t care. The locals find it amusing to watch the big red-headed Gwae Mae heap table spoonfuls of chilli into her pig intestine noodle soup. I pride myself on my ability to eat absolutely anything that no longer moves. But my interesting eating habits are quite another story, so lets skip to the shopping, shall we?

My second most favourite part of coming to Hong Kong. The shopping! If you enjoy rooting around for total tat and haggling your arse off for it, then this is the place for you! My most prized possessions are from HK – my beloved pink wig (very Lost in Translation), and my fake watches. They last FOREVER, and were probably made in the same factory as the real thang, c’est non?

Which leads me to me next anecdote… the stranger I met on my first night. Looking rather lost in the sleazy part of Wan Chai, a nice American chap stopped to help. I was having trouble finding the spicy crab restaurant, a friend had kindly recommended, and he offered to help show the way. When he offered to sit with me at dinner I thought, ‘How lovely’, no gal wants to wing it alone on a Saturday night, right?  Anyway turns out this chap had written, and I quote, ‘The most important book of 2009’,  well if the Economist says so then it must be right?  The book is called ‘Poorly Made in China’ and the chaps name is Paul Midler. The book is an expose on the underhand dealings within China’s manufacturing industry… certainly food for thought. 

                         

Anyway, back to frivolous thinking – drinking in HK!  A highlight was Philippe Starck’s Felix Bar in the uber-posh Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon. It’s got Starck’s signature minimalist take on sky high quaffing, not unlike St Martin’s Lane Hotel in London, but with infinitely more majestic views. I got all inspired over a few Felixpolitans, watching the daily ‘light show’ on Hong Kong Island’s harbour; a spectacular symphony of neon patterns, rhythmically playing out over Wan Chai’s sky scrapers. I think the next collection will most certainly be neon architecture-inspired – so watch this space!  TUFT xxx

      

Folded Font

7 May

Hey FOLD, I saw this on artatheart.co.uk and thought of you, it’s by Gesa Hansen.  We always seem to struggle to find the right font that sums you up as a designer and I think this could be it. What do you think? PRINT xxx

Graduates of the Week

6 May

The lovely people at Furturising have awarded us the title of ‘Graduates of the Week’. 

Futurising is an event being organised by our old haunt University of the Arts London. It’s a one-stop shop of opportunities, advice and information for all future and current creative graduates from all universities across the UK.  The first opportunities and recruitment festival specifically tailored to the needs of creative graduates will take place at the Nicholls & Clarke Building, Shoreditch High Street, London on 29th-30th June 2010.

I (print) was interviewd via telephone last week for the article by Adam who had some great probing questions which really got me thinking about my answers.  I was very aware of not being able to edit myself, it was a little more daunting than I imagined, I kept hearing myself say “no don’t write that” and “scrap that”.  Anyway I got through it and Adam and the fururising team wrote a great article, well done guys!

Check out the full article at http://futurising.org/features/view/print-tuft-and-fold-graduates-of-the-week/