Monday, May 30, 2011

More dotty loveliness

While waiting for Peter to finish more wood blocks for me and the arrival of the organic fabrics, I could not resist experimenting with more green dots. In this case brightening up a plain old duvet cover. As usual that has fired up a whole bunch of new ideas for me to mull over. For which I will need to find a good reliable source of organic cotton sheeting. Back to more googling for me, not that I need much of an excuse.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Inspiration #4

Inspiration can be found anywhere, today for instance it was between my hand and our youngest's hot chocolate. It is the colour green, this particular green, the green that is in our kitchen, our bedroom and even the sitting room. A green that Nicola and I seem to be obsessed with at the moment.

It even has a name - #536e18 (but we just call it that green)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

We are in business...........

I am a little obsessed with spots and dots at the moment. So not surprisingly our first items up for sale are spotty lampshades. To see our new shops click the links on the left and you can visit us on Etsy and Felt. While I am waiting for Peter to complete more blocks I have been experimenting with stripes, with the help of a lazy cat. Not quite right yet, but getting there.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Inspiration #3

Many of the houses on Napier hill have decorative fretwork on gable ends and on veranda posts. Some very simple and some very fancy. I find them interesting and have been taking snaps of them for years. I am not sure how, but the back of my mind something is mulling.
I love the the bird motive below, at least that is what I think it is.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Prototype #1

After spending a couple of weeks experimenting with colours, patterns and blocks, here is our first prototype. The first of many that will be appearing soon. By next weekend I hope to have a few of these spotty lampshades up on our shops at Etsy and Felt. What do you think, we would appreciate your comments and feedback?

This is where it all happens

At the moment we are a bit of a kitchen table enterprise, this is where the prototype printing is happening for now. Block carving takes place where ever its quiet, in the garage, at the kitchen table and in the study. You can tell by the small piles of sawdust.
Eventually we hope to build a light filled workshop and studio in the garage.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Inspiration #2 - Leadlights

The inspiration behind our Napier Rose range of textiles was taken from the above leadlight from the Art Deco Rothman building in Napier. I took this photograph on a visit to the building with friends a few years ago. I have used the outlines of this rose already as a template for a quilting pattern. The plans for the Napier Rose textiles are underway and Peter is working on the blocks.
I really love the daisy leadlight below, it used to be in the Christchurch
Arts Centre, I have no idea if it survived the earthquake, I hope it did. But I suspect it didn't. I would like to use it as one of the themes in a range of textiles based on photos I took last time I was in Christchurch. At the moment they are all still mulling around in my head, keep checking back to see them here in the future.

Inspiration #1

Over the next few weeks we are going to post some of the images that have inspired our designs. Starting with the iconic Norfolk Pine.

Friday, May 6, 2011

We all have to start somewhere

My first batch of eco friendly, non toxic fabric inks arrived yesterday. I could not wait to try them out and start mixing some colours. As yet we haven't got any of our printing blocks completed. That wasn't going to stop me - a bag of potatoes later I had one or two dot blocks and a petal/leave block. You can tell I am the one with the inspiration not the artistic talent.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Welcome and Hello

Welcome to the very beginning of Coulter and Coulter. We are just getting started, so please bear with us and we will be back with you soon.