S L O W D O W N S T U D I O
limited runs of 100% cotton woven blankets created in collaboration with handpicked artists and illustrators from around the world. the aim is to celebrate individuality + artistry by making small batches of super functional, versatile yet beautiful + unique pieces available to us A L L by the generous means of FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.
unreal. so good. let’s all buy blankets. shop here. you’re welcome.
read into each pattern + design on the slowdown studio website from makers such as fun fun colour mad print illustrators – french duo A T E L I E R B I N G O .. heads up > instagram fodder at it’s colourful splashy best.
long may it last this era of creative bonhomie in life business + art.
WOOL AND THE GANG have started a knitting revolution and i want to be a part of it.
i’ve been planning to take up knitting for about 10 years now… another of those things on my life to do list that i haven’t really got around to just yet (laid back earth mothers definitely knit right?!) but when i started following these guys last year – learning to knit (again) moved back up the list (again) . . .
powered by makers all over the world – the WOOL AND THE GANG concept is amazing. designs can either be bought ready to wear or as a kit – including pattern, yarn + needles if needed. everything – everything – on the site can be MADE BY YOU or MADE BY THE GANG. materials are carefully sourced to reduce impact on our environment and nothing is mass produced. each item is handmade by either the original gang at WATG or amazingly by one of the 3000 odd knitters signed up to the network who buy the patterns + yarn on site + make from home – replacing the factory with a movement of makers to create a sustainable fashion brand.
Our knitting revolution is growing — our makers are involved in every step of our process from design and production through to passing on knitting skills at our Parties. Anyone can be a Gangsta — simply purchase a Kit and learn to knit, support a fellow Gangsta by buying their handmade pieces, or pass on your skills to others. Get involved, join the Maker Revolution and make a change!
WOOL AND THE GANG inspires me massively. the knits are beautiful – the range is vast (hats, scarfs, bags, jumpers, dresses, baby bits + more) and you can shop the knit kits by level – beginner through to advanced – by season or by yarn too. the blog is packed with how to videos, editorial fashion shoots, knitwear styling ideas and inspiration, behind the scenes, meet the makers, collaborations + a shit ton more. you can spend a long time exploring the website + i can’t tell you how much i appreciate the concept and thought behind this revolution.
i absolutely want to be part of the gang.
join a WATG party and get your knit on at DRYGATE in glasgow – find dates + info here
let’s know who made our clothes.
“The Future Kept is an online purveyor of well designed, durable, meticulously chosen goods for you to cherish and keep.
Nestled on the south coast of England, we design and carefully source items from independent designers, makers, artisans and entrepreneurs who are creating products that are better for our world, becoming part of your life story, forming an intimacy between you and your belongings. “
T H E F U T U R E K E P T was one of the first shops i chose to share here just over a year ago. and is one of my favourite online spaces still. i can’t tell you how much i appreciate the work and thought that goes into this beautiful website. from the mindful curation of products to the thoughtful styling of each item. i always take time to gander the newsletter jeska & dean email out to celebrate new product releases and inspire gift ideas – a rare thing – and the instagram feed is a dream of slow-living adventures & inspiration.
on my wish list for long, slow days in #thebigkitchenlife reading books under blankets & drinking tea playing cards :
// hand mixed egyptian mint + eucalyptus bath salts
// fat + the moon all natural all cream
// lambswool wrist warmers (to give my ever-worn hilary grant mitts a break)
// aphrodite organic facial oil
// hand thrown ceramic mountain mug
// washable paper uashmama carry bag / grey
// detox herbal tea
// 100% wool blanket / grey
// ceramic incense dish
if you haven’t already – go for a look on the website + read all about jeska and deans process – the goal – and the adventure they are on with the future kept. if you like what i like.. you’ll like it there.
they want to inspire. and they absolutely do.
be mindful. buy less. buy better.
cake & biscuit tins by hemingway design / unique and unity
tea towel / laura spring
oven dish by bisotti home / unique and unity
i know how to cook by ginette mathiot
mug by de terra / unique and unity
cake stand / howkapow
chocolate bars by arthouse meath* / unique and unity
i don’t think we have the most distinct kitchen style. my love of kitchen bits is almost confused. i want all of the bright colours and heavy patterns. AND any and every imperfect-perfect natural, ceramic or stone piece. so I buy them all. its a miss mash of beautiful messes and muddled objects in #thebigkitchenlife. and it works. for me …
but i’ve narrowed things down for a list easier on the eye. i know not everyone likes a mess. even a beautiful one.
shopping for our home is (in the words of John torrode) a lovely lovely thing. and receiving a house gift – something i wouldn’t have bought myself, or couldn’t afford, have never seen before or a piece that has been given to last a long long time (sentimental again i know – i cried looking at johns few grey hairs the other day.. it’s a very romantic idea this big kitchen life with a husband getting older with me in it) gifts like those – where did you get that tin? ah we were given it back in 2015. it has seen many a biscuit/Christmas/kitchen – gifts like those are perfect.
a basket of bits or a bundle of tea towels. an oven dish or a collection of spoons.
THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD BITS OUT THERE.
the above are some of my favourite more colourful ones. (and a beautiful chocolate bar with a great story behind it the packaging)