A Social History of Rag Rugging

A Social History of Rag Rugging: In my line of work, I’ve spoken to thousands of people about the history of rag rugging, and what has really struck me from all these encounters is the feelings that the craft evokes. Some of us remember relatives making rag rugs, others were forced to cut up the fabric against their …

Our New Partner – Love Your Clothes

Ragged Life and Love Your Clothes: I have a spot of very exciting news… over the next few months (and hopefully longer), I’m going to be partnering up with Love Your Clothes to help with their campaign to reduce textile waste in the U.K. A staggering amount of clothing ends up in landfill, so I’ll be working …

Pottery Throwing at Stepney City Farm

Anyone who has met my mum will tell you immediately that she’s an insanely creative and arty lady (which helps when you’re in the textile business like I am). I’d bumped into pottery guru, Jess Jos, at a craft fair before Christmas and knew that my mum would absolutely love her rustic work. So, for Mother’s Day, I booked …

Design Inspiration from Aitutaki

December, 2016 will go down as one of my most memorable Christmasses of all time after I jetted off to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands for two weeks. Where on earth are the Cook Islands you may well ask? Well they’re pretty much as far from the UK as you can possibly get and, just to …

Date Day at the William Morris Gallery

My boyfriend, Christian, and I started a fun little tradition in January this year where we take it in turns to organise a fun mystery “date day” for each other every month. Since we started, we’ve done all kinds of crazy activities – everything from Go Ape in Battersea Park to Dim Sum Sunday lunch at …

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

Read all about my quest to create a rag rug piece worthy of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition here. The ups, the downs, the planning behind the piece all laid bare in blog instalments over the year. Sign up to our Ragged Life Inspiration Newsletter to get the instalments delivered to your inbox. BITTEN OFF MORE …

Tea at Furlongs with Eric Ravilious

The Eric Ravilious Exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery is finishing this weekend (31/08/15) and all pre-sale tickets have now been sold. Fortunately there are still a few tickets up for grabs on the door if you get there early. We couldn’t recommend it more! Eric Ravilious was mentioned in our feature about Marion Dorn, carpet …

Sonia Delaunay Exhibition at Tate Modern

I had a wonderfully fun-filled time this weekend… catch ups with old friends, excitable puppies, Pimms on South Bank and a meal out or two… but one of the absolute highlights of the weekend was my trip to the Sonia Delaunay exhibition at Tate Modern. A curator friend of mine spotted it and thought it would …

Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Chelsea Flower Show is one of those events that gets me giddy every single year. The magic the designers and growers weave with their fabulous gardens and floral displays needs to be seen to be believed. This year I managed to wangle going on both the Thursday and Saturday of the show which meant I got to …

Discovering Marion Dorn

It was a gloriously sunny day last week when my mum had the pleasure of visiting the Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Lancashire – a gorgeous art deco hotel on the seafront, overlooking the Lake District fells. In its heyday the Midland Hotel showcased pieces from the most pre-eminent artists and designers of the time, including Eric Ravilious, Eric …