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Spring meadow flowers, a badger badger badger chair and more…

May 8th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Hello,

I thought it was about time that I wrote another blog post. I’ve been busy doing various things for Whinberry & Antler…

Firstly, a little while ago after realising that i hadn’t done any drawing for months, I decided to set some time aside each week in order to get some drawing done. So now Thursdays are known as ‘Drawing Thrursday’. It was quite hard initially to get back into being creative, but I find that it is one of those things, that once you start getting the creative juices flowing it becomes much easier and thats when things start to get exciting! Being able to draw and design was the reason why I set up Whinberry & Antler and is my true passion, so I felt like my interest was flagging slightly by not making sure that I make the time for this incredibly important aspect of the business.

Once I started drawing I thought it would be good to buy a small screen and experiment with making stencils by hand using a scalpel. If you have had chance to look over the ‘Behind The Scenes’ page, you will see that my images have previously been put onto screens using a UV Light sensitive emulsion. Whilst this is fantastic for getting beautifully detailed images onto a screen, if you do not have the equipment to do this, it is not very flexible in terms of experimenting with new artwork.

It has been on my mind now that I have wanted to create a whole new range for W&A… So I have turned my drawing to the subject of meadow flowers and grasses. I love how delicate some of our meadow plant life is and it has been really lovely to draw this subject matter with my ultra fine pen! Here’s a sneak preview of what I have in mind…

These images will also be put onto a screen soon using UV emulsion, but before that I have been creating some basic silhouettes using a scalpel and Mylar (a trademarked polyester film)… this can be a fiddley process but I have been pretty happy with the results so far. I’m going to have a go at printing some of these designs onto lampshades tomorrow.


Hand cut stencil featuring delicate meadow flowers

This stencil design works well running the length of the rectangle cushion in muted natural colours
In other news, a friend of mine, Polly Waite of Polliander, who I met on my upholstery course in Wales a couple of years ago, bought some of the badger fabric from me to upholster a chair. She sent me the photos the other day and they are fantastic! It’s so nice to see the fabric being used by someone to create something so stunning. The chair is for sale so be sure to check out the website!
This classic chair upholstered by Polliander in our Badger Badger Badger fabric 
If you look at the Whinberry & Antler website you will also see that lampshades are now available to buy online. Currently only the hedgehog and hare designs are on there, but the badger will follow shortly, as well as some more botanically inspired designs too hopefully!
Medium Hare lampshade 
Medium Hedgehog Lampshade

 I have also bought some transfer paper to get designs onto ceramics so I am going to be testing those out over the next couple of weeks too; I need to check that they are completely dishwasher proof… fingers crossed! I am also considering buying a small kiln at the moment. But having only learnt a bit about ceramics when I was at school, this may prove to be a bit of a learning curve! I’ve got a couple of books though and managed to get some advice from a few sources, so perhaps learning to fire my own ceramics could be a summer project. 
So all in all I have quite a few ideas swimming around in my head right now so hopefully by the time we reach the start of the christmas season there will be lots more Whinberry & Antler designs to get excited about! 
Thank you for taking the time to read all about the latest progress… I shall be sure to keep you updated on how all this product development goes!!!
W&A

New product photos finally completed and uploaded!

February 28th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized 1 comment

Hello,

Well, I have finally had a bit of time to re-take my product photos. It’s been needing to be done for quite some time now, but I have finally started and I am now about halfway through!

I have decided to go for a ‘wood’ theme in my images, I think the beautiful markings on our old dining table go hand in hand with the rustic charm and content of my wildlife imagery. Plus in our new house we have a conservatory which gets fantastic natural light, even during these grey days.

At present the new products and images have been uploaded to our notonthehighstreet.com, etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/whinberryantler?ref=shop) and Travelling Souk (www.thetravellingsouk.com/vendors/whinberryantler/products/)pages. They will be up on the company website as soon as possible. Still to take photos of are the lampshades, draught excluders, large cushions and aprons with pockets. Here are a few of the new photos so far;

Close up of Rectangle Badger Cushion

Rectangle Hedgehog Cushion

New Fox Cushion

Badger Lavender Bag

I have also started the process of making a short video to illustrate how W&A products are made. I think it would be a really nice way to show what goes on here at W&A plus it means I get to be creative in another medium! I’ve started drawing up a story board, so I am hoping to shoot some video some time in April with the help of my graphic designer brother Seb.

As well as this, I have contacted a local bookmaker to help me produce some proper sample books of fabrics, as I know a few people already who would be interested in these, including Polly of Polliander (https://www.facebook.com/PollianderVintage). I met Polly on my upholstery course a couple of years ago and she up-cycles furniture to create some fantastic results, so be sure to check out her facebook page.

Other than that, I have been exploring the world of other designer/maker blogs a bit, which is how i came across Skinny LaMinx designs; this is a company based in South Africa producing some great illustrative fabrics and soft furnishings. The website is great, but I really love the blog as a sneak peek behind the scenes, I would highly recommend taking a look: http://skinnylaminx.com/blog/.

So for now farewell, I shall be sure add more photos as I go along and keep everything updated! Thank you for visiting the blog and taking the time to have a read through, it really means a lot.

W&A (and Olo, the fast growing Welsh terrier!)

Olo, the nearly four month old Welshie

New stockists and W&A in Country Homes and Interiors Magazine

January 11th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized 1 comment

Hello, and Happy New Year!  A little bit late, but seeing as this is the first blog post of 2013 I thought I may as well say it!

And what a busy start to the year it has been. I was wondering if January would be a little quieter after Christmas, but I am delighted to say that we will shortly have two new stockists! Both Vintage in Shrewsbury and For You And Your Home in Cirencester have ordered more stock in plus the new stockists have ordered a range of items; ‘& Vintage’  in Ruthin, Wales (www.andvintage.co.uk) a great company selling lovely products, including many hand made items by other British designer/makers. They have a really great website, so maybe take a look. Our other new stockist will be the Tallantyre Gallery in Northumberland (www.tallantyre-gallery.co.uk), who sell and exhibit original art work.

Demonstrating a great way to use our hand printed Badger fabric and one of our small hessian cushions

Featuring a W&A Badger lavender bag

Whinberry & Antler products have also been used for a great article in the current issue of Country Homes and Interiors available in shops now. I absolutely love these photos and it is so great to see the hand printed fabric being put to use! Plus to see W&A products alongside the likes of Donna Wilson and Melin Tregwynt is just absolutely fantastic, as these are two companies that I have really aspired to… and I love the graphic patterns and traditions of Welsh tapestry. Here are some photos of the pages, but I have requested the PDF versions so hopefully I will get those soon. A BIG BIG thank you to Country Homes and Interiors for using my products.

 Iolo our Welsh Terrier. 

So, as well as being busy with all things Whinberry & Antler, we now have a new addition to the team; little iolo. He is our 9 week old Welsh terrier who likes to sleep, eat and bounce around!

Whinberry & Antler in the Country Living Magazine

December 18th, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized 1 comment

Hello,

It has been a little while since I last got a chance to write a new blog post. Things went very well for W&A at the Country Living Christmas Fair, we sold out of all our aprons, lavender bags, draught excluders, tea towels and tote bags and came home with only seven cushions! I got straight back into the print room and have been busy printing and sewing ever since. Vintage in Shrewsbury and For You And Your Home in Cirencester report that they have sold our products well too in the run up to Christmas which is great news.

And I am now delighted to say that we are in the January 2013 edition of the Country Living Magazine available in shops now! Also great to be in the magazine at the same time as a huge article on the shropshire hills! Including the Stiperstones; the home of the whinberry! The team have been kind enough to email over a copy of the page for me… so here it is;

Our Badger badger badger cushion and Hedgehog are on page 13.
I never thought some of my drawings would be in a national magazine!

I have also now decided on my new range… It is time to develop an entirely new range so keep an eye out for that in 2013! I am also going to be focusing much more on the upholstery and fabric side of the business in the start of 2013. I have a big beautiful wing back arm chair that was started a year ago now and desperately needs finishing, plus I really want to get some fabric sample books made up, especially as I already have people requesting these.

So here we are nearly at the end of 2012. When I look back over the past year and compare where W&A was at in December 2011 to where it is now I feel very lucky. Last Christmas I was mainly making orders for my friends and family and now I have had many orders from people all over the country through notonthehighstreet.com and whinberryantler.com, plus two very successful retail shows and products in some lovely shops.  Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me. It has been quite a journey and I could not have done it without you.
And so, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for reading my blog, it means so much to me, and I hope to see you again in 2013!
Jacinta
Whinberry & Antler

A new stockist for Whinberry & Antler in Cirencester

November 3rd, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized 1 comment

I am delighted to announce a new stockist for Whinberry & Antler products in the beautiful town of Cirencester, ‘For You and Your Home’. In this lovely shop you will find unique British made homewares of rich warm textures. For You and Your Home actively try to support British Craftsmen and women who use local sustainable materials which is great and fits in perfectly with the ethos of Whinberry & Antler. Take a look at the company website which has an online shop, you’re bound to find some ideal gifts for your loved ones this Christmas; www.foryouandyourhome.co.uk

Vintage, in Shrewsbury, have also just received their new W&A order, including products featuring the new designs, so if you in Shrewsbury be sure to pop in and take a look! (www.vintage-shrewsbury.co.uk).

Whinberry & Antler will be heading to London on Monday for the Country Living Christmas Fair. I can’t believe how quickly it has come around and that we are now in November. When I exhibited at the Fair in Spring, I was generally really pleased with the look of my stand. I did however feel that perhaps the sign did not entirely fit in with my brand, and so this time I have made two really big cushions to use as my signs instead! I think they work really well and I am looking forward to hearing any comments or thoughts on them at the Fair next week.

I must say a big thank you to my partner Finn for all his hard work and support in getting W&A ready for the fair, he will also be my fellow sales person next week!

Hopefully see you there,

W&A.

Free tickets into the Country Living Christmas Fair

October 18th, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

I have a limited number of tickets available to customers who place online orders via the www.whinberryantler.com before the 1st November 2012.

A selection of these are tickets offering free entry into the show (a fantastic saving of £16.50 on the door) for Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Sunday 11th November. I also have a selection of Gala evening only tickets for those who want to avoid the crowds and enjoy a free glass of wine!

In the meantime, I shall get back to cutting the hessian to make some new extra large cushions which shall be making their debut at the Fair. Hopefully see you there.

W&A

The cosy textures of hessian, becoming more and more appealing as the days get shorter and cooler.

A scurry of Red Squirrels and a Wisdom of Owls.

October 2nd, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized 1 comment

Today I have been printing the new owls and squirrels onto all things W&A cotton based. I’m really pleased with both designs. The owl will be too big to make into lavender bags, but it looks great on the aprons. The red squirrel is very cute and definitely has the ‘ahh’ factor, which should make him popular. Once I have made a selection of new products I shall start photographing them all to make them available online. Here’s some photos of them, including me wearing and showing two of the new products…

Presenting the Fox, Red Squirrel, Mouse and Barn Owl

September 18th, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Well, it took a little longer than expected to get some good drawing done and get the new designs ready, but I picked up the new screen today so I shall be printing the new Whinberry & Antler designs tomorrow. I am looking forward to taking them to the Country Living Christmas Fair at the start of November (7th-11th) to see what people make of them. My favourite is the fox, but foxes and badgers are probably my favourite of the British wildlife!

Aprons now available online

August 20th, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

The Whinberry & Antler adult aprons are now available to order online! Just waiting to get the opportunity to photograph the children’s aprons to do the same. Please go to the website to have a look (big thanks to my brother Seb for modelling them for me!)

Hedgehog Adult Apron
I would also like to mention a new retailer for W&A products; Willow & Stone, Falmouth. They sell some really lovely things, I came across their company whilst looking for some door handles for myself and I am so pleased that they now stock my products. They have a great online shop, as well as having just moved to a bigger premises in Falmouth itself. I highly recommend taking a look at their website if you’re looking for top quality, original and British homeware accessories: http://www.willowandstone.co.uk/ . As well as that, I am using the early part of this week to complete another order for Vintage, in Shrewsbury (https://www.facebook.com/vintage.shrewsbury). Only three weeks since their first order, so it’s great to know that W&A is doing well in it’s hometown!
And so attention really is turning to the Country Living Christmas fair. I have completed some new designs (think fox, field mouse, red squirrel and barn owl). So now I just need to order a new silk screen to start printing them in time for the fair! I’m also trying to develop the ceramics range in time, as well as hopefully set it up so that customers can purchase gift vouchers to use online… So if you know anyone who may like our products, but you can’t decide on an exact one then maybe a gift voucher could be the ideal gift!
Whinberry & Antler now also uses instagram, so if you’re interested in what goes on behind a business, and want to see how things are made, then just like our facebook page to stay updated! (I’m all about photographs and visual so it suits me perfectly!) 
Anyway, a big day of printing draught excluders lies ahead tomorrow, so it is probably time to leave the office and call it a day. Still working out the best ways to photograph them to put them online… but in the meantime, they are available at both Vintage and Willow & Stone.
My day of squeegees and inks which lies ahead…
All the best, hope to see you on facebook and back on here soon!
 Thanks for reading.
W&A

W&A featured in LandLove Magazine and Fabric now available online

July 13th, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized 1 comment

I have just uploaded the fabric so that it is now available to purchase by the metre from www.whinberryantler.com.

In other news, our notonthehighstreet.com shop is doing really well, considering it is still very early days for it. It’s been really good so far for getting the W&A name out there too and it’s really nice to know that people like my products.

Also, not too long ago, whilst on my way to London I was at WH Smiths in Birmingham New Street station where I picked up a copy of LandLove Magazine and whilst flicking through came across this page featuring Whinberry & Antler products. I was by myself at the time, so I was very tempted to share my joy with the people around me whom I did not know, however I did manage to contain my excitement in the end! Safe to say I purchased a copy.

I must say a big thank you to LandLove Magazine for using my products and also for sending me a pdf of the page for me to use. It’s a really great magazine with lots of really interesting articles not just about homewares, but about the British countryside, traditional crafts and trades, and some very tasty recipes. For more information just visit their website; LandLove.com.

Thanks for reading.

W&A