Our Favourite Place..
We recently returned for a long weekend to Rye, Dungeness and Hastings. The landscape always inspires us and the three of us love to walk/bird watch at the nature reserve, go to the junk shops in Rye and the amusements in Hastings. The last few months have been our busiest to date with many orders, bigger design projects and taking on a new workshop. This weekend of chips and cake was a well needed..
We have been extremely busy with a variety of projects such as a fitting a new media office and bedroom and dressing room for a residential property. We have also been designing and making our new designs.
These new products will be photographed the first week of May and we will then be sending out details to our mailing list. Please do sign up to be the first to receive news on these on our ‘contact’ page. There are some lovely new things coming very soon!
I have already spoken about one of massive inspirations being the artists from the Alleged Gallery in New York in the 90s.. One of our favourite artists is Stephen Powers who uses extracts of poetry and turns of phrase to create large scale typographic pieces on buildings. There is a vibrancy and movement to the work as well as being witty and tender.
His new book A Love Letter to the City is out now..
We have said it before but this excellent documentary Beautiful Losers about a group of artists is really worth watching. There are some really interesting arguments raised about the pressures of success once artists work is recognised and the commercial benefit recognised by large corporations.
Subversive Design Exhibition..
We managed to catch the Subversive Design exhibition at the Brighton Art Museum and Gallery just before it closed. It was an exhibition about how artists and designers interpret the world around them. There was a mixture of materials on display from ceramics, fashion, furniture, jewellery and textiles. The tapestry pieces by Julien Walker were my favourite pieces and there was a very good documentary featuring some of the artists talking about how they produced their work..
We are extremely excited to finally have found a shared studio and workshop for Baines&Fricker. We have spent a long time finding a space that was right for us both. We had always liked a building in Hove but for various reasons it was not feasible until now. It is great 1960s industrial building with large windows and lots of light. We will have a workshop for making furniture, screen printing space, studio, stockroom and showroom!
We have lots of work to do on it and I will post pictures as it develops..
We may even have a moving in party..
This woman has been constantly wronged by the wrong man.. She has seen far too much but keeps on going.
There has to be a decent one out there..
All those songs were written for her and any man that can sing Hank Williams is one worth chasing..
Life is hard but she’s made it this far..
Tattoo Woman £50 by Eliza Fricker and Adam Sage. Available from our website.
Cast Courts Drawing..
We have become very interested in the V&A cast courts recently..
The collection is divided into casts of Northern European,Spanish sculpture and Trajan’s column in the west court and casts of Italian monuments in the east.
They are vast and overwhelming in size but after spending an afternoon there you soon begin to focus on details.
These are some recent drawings I have been working on of some of the faces I like..
Our best bits..
This has been a good year for us.. We have worked hard and seen some good things happen. There have been some tricky bits along the way but we are continuing to get over these by doing nice stuff together.
We built a new fireplace in time for Christmas, got a really really nice puppy and have seen some mega cakes!
Happy new year to you all!
Eliza and Steve.
Our best bits.. Museums.
We found some more interesting things in museums..
Our best bits.. Sights.
We saw some crazy things..
Our best bits.. Sweets.
We also received lovely sweet treats and more gifts!
Some of our best bits.. Gifts.
We received some lovely presents..
Some of our best bits.. Purchases.
Two of these were best charity shop finds and the last was a plate we had our eye on for a long time and it cropped up in the Liberty sale.
We hope you all have a lovely rest and enjoy your time with the people you like best.
Don’t fight or nag if it’s not what you hoped for. Remember there is always chocolate and hopefully a new book to retreat to when it all gets too much..
November Highlights 4..
Found a good street in Manchester..