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Ready to escape visually into a world of art and design for 5 mins?

Today I'm looking at the work of several artists using a limited colour palette with refreshingly raw, muted tones. Focusing on form and shape, these artists don’t need to use bright colours to attract their audience, the draw is created from texture, simplicity, shape and style.

Miyuki Shiro’s work reminded me of the recent Giuseppe Penone exhibition I visited at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park recently, though his main exhibition was sculpted trees and large scale wood cuttings, he had a few pencil line drawings that would bend the eye and made the viewer really focus on what he/she was looking at. Emil Berild’s ceramics are full of depth and desire, the charcoal burnt textures and tones make his smoke fired pieces dramatic and dangerous. My own work, ‘Wholesome’ - from the Signature collection, features deep and intense colour combos, broken only slightly by a flicker of light.

This is what I love about art; it isn’t obvious, it isn’t something you easily consume, it makes you think, it challenges and inspires, it grabs and grows you and is never EVER dull.

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ART_SCAPE

Here is no.1 of a monthly feature called Art_scape. An arty escape for 5 mins to soak creativity up into your eye balls.

I regularly use Pinterest as a source of inspiration and collection, those of you aware of it will know of it's absorbing power. Those not, here is it's strap line - "Pinterest helps you discover and do what you love. Find recipes, style inspiration, projects for your home and other ideas to try. " 

It also allows creatives access to unlimited visual feasting, hours of procrastination and heart wrenching urges to get paints out and just play. 

This month my focus will be to introduce more colour into my life. Over the last few years I have been drawn to muted tones and this has had a strong impact on my designs. They are subtle, understated and beautiful and don't ask for attention.

(Don't tell everyone), but of late I'm enjoying a quiet revival, I have been looking at gathering colour and how to use it, here's what I found;

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FEATURED IN

Delighted to be featured once again in the latest issue of Warehouse Home. Ruth Holly's large birchwood textures tray was used as part of their 'PEELING GOOD' trend feature.

Warehouse home is a bi-annual design magazine, providing essential interior design inspiration for loft apartments and warehouse conversions as well as decorating ideas for incorporating vintage, industrial and reclaimed furniture in a modern home.

Can you spot it here on Page 14? 

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PULSE London

Can't believe it's a whole 4 weeks nearly since we exhibited at PULSE London. It was our 2nd year on the bounce and was once again a great show. 

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We hired a van to get all the products and stand props down from Yorkshire to the big smoke, set off early Saturday morning and arrived in time for a quick lunch and a speedy set up. Now when I say speedy, it was our quickest time of 5 hours! it usually takes a little longer, but the more times you exhibit at a show, the quicker it gets, especially if you plan and prep before hand. 

I opted for a similar set up to last year as the designs are quite similar, it's the product that has developed. So I had a feature shelf for the NEW greetings cards with captions, and we featured the kitchen ware in it's own area, making a stand out show of the tea towels in particular!

Overall the footfall seemed down from 2017, but the number of visitors to our stand was great, and the orders we received were healthy. Many buyers tend to go away and come back, sometimes even a year later! Product wise, our kitchenware was very well received, along with art prints and cushions.

Olympia was filled with enormous talent, every year the designer makers get better and I'm so inspired by this wonderful community and so happy to be part of it :) My favourites included the following;

These guys had their brands on point! The completeness of the stand, their strong visual identity, and a classic, timeless product :)

EASTER 15% OFF

EASTER TREAT

This weekend, spend quality time with family & friends, maybe a bit of spring cleaning & home decorating, and 15% off your favourite lifestyle brand. Happy Easter :)


I mean yes, chocolate is always yummy at Easter, (and to be fair at any time!) but what's better? a HUGE 15% discount on ALL RUTH HOLLY stock for the next few days.

Take your time, browse the website, and choose yourself a well deserved Easter treat! just enter code R6NJ5HB at checkout. 

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Is Spring time finally arriving?

Wow. Doesn't it seem a long winter time. I have been a hermit this winter and am so happy to see a little sunshine today. The weather really affects my mood so it's great when the nights get lighter and we can see light at the end of the tunnel!

Keeping on this cheery positive note, I thought it a great time to share with you some wonderful customer feedback. As a small business, reputation and relationships are key to building foundations, customer satisfaction and therefore returning trade. We have the most heart warming feedback from most customers, here's a few to share with you now.

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"I took one of your business cards at a craft fair in Shoreditch in London a couple of years ago. I have moved house and can finally hang up my own pictures, I am so glad I still had your card and was able to thus find your website! Love your work!"- Jessica

"Just a note to say I bought your cards at the Manchester Craft Fair.
I love them and am really enjoying writing them, they are my favourite cards!"- Sally

"Your work is beautiful, I am a lover of all things natural too and can't help bringing bits of bark/sticks/ leaves home when I walk the dog, it's lovely to see you using them so creatively!" - Pippa

"The wall hanging has most certainly transformed a very bare space. I can tell you we've been looking for "the perfect thing" for some time now and tried various other prints and hangings. However, nothing seemed to look quite right. We find that your art work most definitely draws your eye as you get closer to it. We're still working on "interpretation" and just what we see in the print but that's very much part of the fun and enjoyment of having it." – David and Gabrielle

Fancy reading more? take a look what people bought here.

'March Meet the Maker'

This month I am taking part in Joanne Hawker's Instagram Challenge, called "March Meet the Maker". Out of the many social media platforms, Instagram is by far the most creative for me personally, I find using images and a small caption, sometimes long story! very productive and my followers love to see what I'm up to and where we're going as a business! Please join in and watch my story, over on Instagram

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Hayward Gallery Shop open!

So as I'm sure you're all aware by now, we have recently collaborated with the Hayward Gallery, on a range of home ware and stationery products. The gallery contacted us back in September 2017 and commissioned a bespoke collection, exclusive to the Southbank Centre, a world-famous, multi-venue arts centre based in Central London. 

Chosen for my design ethos; "designing thoughtful, tactile products that inspire the viewer to look longer and deeper at raw beauty", I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to portray this Brutalist style gallery in a beautiful and commercial way.

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The controversial 1960/70’s  'Brutalist' architectural style, is so often dismissed without consideration of its true merits. It’s so fulfilling to showcase these for what they really are. The collection is urban and raw, but with a soft feel, it was a really fun challenge.

The range includes;

a choice of 6 art cards

6 notebook designs (sold in sets of 3)

6 digital A2 prints

cotton tea towels in 2 designs

placemats in 2 designs

cushions in 2 sizes/designs

To purchase any of these beautiful products, please visit Southbank Centre’s online shop, or visit their museum stores.

 

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ALL OVER THE WORLD

For a while now I'm been searching for an app or system online that plots where your products go when you make a sale.

I find it incredibly inspiring and genuinely interesting to see where in the UK, and more recently the world(!) my designs travel to.

I still can't source an app, so have resorted to plotting them myself as a fun exercise and a nice distraction from "real work"! I found this website https://www.mapcustomizer.com , it allows you to manually plot in points. So here's the visual of where a select few of my customers have ordered to, I didn't plot EVERY order as it was quite time consuming, but feel this gives a good overview.

These diagrams makes my heart happy :)

RUTH HOLLY X THE HAYWARD

So incredibly proud and happy to share my news of a collaboration with The Hayward Gallery, London.

To help celebrate it's re-opening after a 2 year refurbishment, I've been designing, developing and creating a range of exclusive prints, inspired by The Hayward's brutalist architectural features.

The Hayward Gallery is a world-renowned contemporary art gallery within the Southbank Centre, part of an area of major arts venues on the South Bank of the River Thames.

Keep watching for more news on my new collection, but for now you can read about the beautiful Hayward here ...

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jan/21/hayward-gallery-review-brutal-beauty-remade

Products will be available to buy from the gallery shop and also online once set up. I will share the link with you as soon as I have it. For the time being check out our current products! SHOP NOW

Ruth Holly X Hayward Gallery, Set of 3 notebooks RRP £15

http://shop.southbankcentre.co.uk/ruth-holly-set-of-3-notebooks.html

 Ruth Holly X Hayward Gallery, Melamine Placemat RRP £12  http://shop.southbankcentre.co.uk/ruth-holly-x-hayward-placemats.html

Ruth Holly X Hayward Gallery, Melamine Placemat RRP £12

http://shop.southbankcentre.co.uk/ruth-holly-x-hayward-placemats.html