Archive of ‘print’ category

Getting Crafty

We spend a lot of time working at our desks here at Cellardoor, so we thought it was about time we jazzed them up a little with a fun D.I.Y to keep our stationary mess under control. 
You’ll need: 
Patterned wrapping paper 
PVA glue 
Glue spreaders or paintbrush 
Ruler 
Pencil 
Scissors 
Empty tins (fruit, soup etc) 

Method
Measure the length of your tin and mark it on your wrapping paper. 
 Mark a few lengths across the paper, marking with dots and join with a ruler and pencil. This helps to get a perfect straight line. 
Draw a line from the top to the bottom edge of the paper, this will create the rectangle that you’ll cover your tin with. Then cut out the rectangle.
Cover the tin or paper with PVA glue. Wrap around the tin, being careful not to the air bubbles and creases. 
Seal the paper in place by coating the whole tin with a layer of PVA glue. Leave to dry.
 Once dry, your pots are ready for all your desk bits and bobs! No more rummaging around for your most loved stationary. 
We’ve loved putting some fun and floral into our working space, let us know if you give this D.I.Y. a go too!
Words and photography  Emily Smith

Cat Lady

We’ve found the perfect accessory to help you complete that crazy cat lady look… perfect for any feline lover. 
The cute graphic wallpaper from husband and wife duo, Baines and Fricker, features a simple print adorned with dozens of kittys in your choice of pastel shades (our favourite is the mint green!)
Now who can spot the Siamese… 
Oh and and if pooches tickle your fancy instead, you’ll be in luck too! 

When I Grow Up…

Following on with our When I grow up series, we caught up with textile designer Naomi Tuffery founder of Tuff Love, who specialise in creating stunning digitally printed silk scarves. Read on to find out how she managed to bag her dream job… 

You graduated with a degree in Textiles and Surface Design, was this is always your dream career?
Definitely not! When I finished my A-levels I thought ‘Oh gosh! What am I going to do with my life now?!’ I knew I wanted to do something arty but was unsure of the direction I wanted to go in so decided to do a foundation degree but was told they had no more places at my interview. I immediately thought it had all been a waste of time and that I was back at square one but the interviewer carried on talking with me and looked through my work and thought I was ready to go straight to degree and between us we hand-picked the Textiles and Surface Design on the spot. All of a sudden I was doing a degree! It was very surreal. Luckily when I started the course I fell in love with print design and that was when I knew what I wanted to do with my life. 

Where does your inspiration for your designs come from?
A huge combination of things! I find that it’s pretty random, for example I may stumble across an old photograph and it will inspire a whole collection. All it takes is one initial thought to expand and lead onto other things…

Who would you most love to see wearing one of your designs?
I think I would say Kate Middleton. She has become such a fashion icon and she dresses very smart, classy and sleek – A look that I think my scarves go with perfectly.

Do you have a favourite piece?
I have a couple in the collection that I like the most but if I had to pick I would say my Winter scarf print, partly because of how it came about. Last year I went out to my car and it was completely covered in the most beautiful intricate patterns that had been formed by the ice overnight. I photographed them and used them to design this piece. That then inspired the whole of the Seasons Collection.

 Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My mum. She is so supportive of me and my career. Having her motivate me and keep me positive keeps me going and not let me give up on my dream of being a successful textile designer. I’m getting there one day at a time and I wouldn’t be able to do it without her.
Describe your average day…
Well I work freelance and am building my business up at the moment so I have other part time work around it. This means most days I will work a shift at one of my part time jobs and then I will go home and try to do as much designing as I can in the evenings, or visa versa. I love to design in my room with a big mug of tea and background music or telly. My favourite days are when I have no other work on and I get to work from home all day creating beautiful things! I’m hoping one day I can quit the other jobs and that can be my full working week.

Any advice for our readers wanting to take the plunge for themselves?
Make sure you have a clear idea of what you want to do with your business. You don’t want to waste time and money investing in something that is not going to work. You need to look at every aspect of your idea and decide whether it is a good one. When it came to picking my label name it took me ages and before I finally settled with ‘Tuff Love’ I asked most of my friends and family what they thought. They all loved it and I’m so happy I stuck with that one.

Tell us something no one else knows about you…
I spend a lot of my time designing from my bed, drinking tea and eating chocolate! It is work, I promise!

What does the future hold for Tuff Love?
I will definitely be widening my range of products. At the moment I am just selling digitally printed silk scarves but soon I will have hand printed T-shirts available too. Then even further in the future I hope to have even more products!
Oh and as we’ve just released our music issue, we want to know what’s on your ipod at the moment?
 I am in love with ‘Waiting All Night’ by Rudimental! I cannot stop listening to it. It is definitely my favourite song at the moment. 

See more of Naomi’s designs on Etsy and Folksy, and at Nisbett and George

Perfect Pair

Some foods just go perfectly together, like cookies and milk, jelly and ice cream, macaroni and cheese…. 
So we were excited to see these clever pantone prints from graphic artist Dschwen, who clearly knows a thing or two about perfect food pairs!

It’s an ongoing project, so check out #pantonepairings. 

What’s your favourite?

Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo


If you can’t get enough of Celia Birtwell’s gorgeous retro prints then keep your eyes peeled for her designs at Uniqlo from 21stMarch.

The designer has created a collection of jeggings, t-shirts, dresses, shirts, shorts and tote bags using archived prints that were especially chosen by Uniqlo. The great news is that they will be well within your price range.
The collection is set to be just as popular as Birtwell’s collaborations with Topshop and John Lewis, so have your purses at the ready!

Something for the Weekend…

If you’re around Nottingham this weekend, then we urge you to visit the Pretty Dandy Flea on Saturday at The Congregational Church, Castle Gate.
With over 20 stalls, including a vibrant mix of artists, prints, handmade cushions, records and printed lampshades, you’re sure to find some unusual gifts – just in time for Christmas shopping! 
What’s more, there will be DJs from Nottingham record label Hello Thor providing a cool soundtrack, a record stall and (really yummy) homemade cakes and treats from The Pop-Up Sandwich Kitchen.
So why not kick off your festive season in style? We’ll see you there…
Find out more info here

Bluebellgray

We’re pretty smitten with these floral cushions from Bluebellgray‘s AW12 winter peony collection. In a gorgeous palette of rich plums and pinks, each piece features a stunning unique watercolour print – just in time to help brighten up those dull days! 

Check out the lookbook and full collection here.

Full Bloom

We love these prints from illustrator Daryl Feril, who’s beautiful watercolours help to capture to the aesthetic of some of the word’s most famous fashion houses.  We particularly like the the classic monochrome of Chanel not to mention the dark romance of McQueen and the soft feminine elegance of YSL. Beautiful.  

Dress to impress

So it seems like summer is now in full swing (well for the time being anyway!) and we’ve got our heads filled with all the pretty dresses we can now wear. Here’s our pick of our favourites…
1. We’re definitely getting in the holiday mood with this cheeky flamingo print shirt dress from Vero Moda. 
2. Try a sweeter take on the nautical trend with this pink and white belted dress from Wal G** at Topshop
3. If you’ve got money to spend, go for this gorgeous ‘50s-inspired printed dress from Anthropologie. It screams summer!
4.  Twit twoo. We love the bird cage print on this taupe dress from Dorothy Perkins. Perfect for summer days in the sunshine!

The bee’s knees

We’re loving these gorgeous prints from Black Apple… because sometimes you need reminding just how fab you are! 
The cheerful prints, from the talented Emily Winfield Martin, all feature hand-lettering and either a dapper grey kitten or buzzing bees… and we’re having a tough time choosing between them. 
See more of her work here