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A literary gift

September 28, 2017 No comments

We thought we’d share the latest creation from one of our favourite Yorkshire makers. It’s by literature lover, wordsmith and brilliant etched glass artist Andy Poplar, who trades as Vinegar & Brown Paper. He discovered a small batch of vintage glass door plates and has used them to conjure up some famous rooms from literature.[Read More]

A pitstop in Helmsley

August 24, 2017 1 Comment

Forgetting my car picnic  when on a far flung job deep in the heart of the North York Moors turned into an unexpected pleasure recently. It meant I had to stop off in Helmsley on the way home for food and water. Not only did I find a great little home bakery,  I discovered Bowley[Read More]

Handmade lighting forged in Yorkshire

August 18, 2017 2 Comments

Writing about designer makers and artists is a small part of my day job but it’s the most uplifting. It’s also shown me that Yorkshire is a hotbed of creativity, originality and skill.  My latest find is Nigel Tyas Ironwork. Nigel began his training at the age of 16 as an apprentice blacksmith with the[Read More]

Destination Redbrick Mill – always a bright idea

August 10, 2017 1 Comment

When in need of design inspiration – especially of the glamorous kind – I hop in the car and head across to deepest West Yorkshire, and Redbrick Mill in Batley. Heals is the big attraction, especially its lighting, which is innovative and fairly priced, but I pretty much love everything about Heals, and indeed everything[Read More]

Pilgrimage to The Piece Hall

August 3, 2017 No comments

I had a sneak preview of The Piece Hall in Halifax  before it opened, so  I got a close look at how the Georgians’ gargantuan contribution to Yorkshire’s architectural heritage has been upcycled for the 21st century. Verdict: it’s amazing! The Grade I listed structure was built in 1779 for trading ‘pieces’ of cloth, which[Read More]