Kaffe Fassett at Mimosa Street July 18, 2018 11:45
"Stylish and practical in equal measure" - these fairtrade purses (£12 each) are handmade from Kaffe Fassett's vibrant Flower Border fabric and have an inside zip pocket to keep your loose change safe.
Kaffe Fassett (rhymes with 'safe asset') is a San Francisco-born artist who is famous for his vividly colourful designs in the decorative arts and textile crafts. His work has been featured in British Vogue and was the subject of a one-man show at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. Kaffe's books, work and public appearances have inspired people around the world to embrace their creativity.
- Shop for bags and purses by Aura Que and Kaffe Fassett >
Each of these handmade purses is ethically produced by Aura Que and features Kaffe's vibrant Flower Border design.
Aura Que produce beautiful products that can be used and treasured season after season. Each Aura Que design at Mimosa Street is a collaboration between the brand's founder and designer, Laura Queening, and small fairtrade producers in Nepal and Vietnam.
Supporting the creative community - the Just a Card campaign May 20, 2018 12:30
News flash - the Just a Card campaign is celebrating its 3rd birthday this week!
Just a Card, which is supported by Mollie Makes and The Design Trust, is a volunteer-run campaign to encourage people to buy from artists, designers, independent shops and galleries. It was started by the artist and designer Sarah Hamilton when she saw a message from gallery owners who had recently shut up shop. It said that if everyone who had complimented the gallery had bought just a card, it would still be open.
The campaign got us thinking about everything it takes to run a small creative business and the importance of supporting the people behind the scenes. We know lots of talented creatives who have turned doing what they love into a day job (or in some cases evening, weekend and stolen-moment jobs!).
Beyond the printing, painting, sketching and design work, there's tons of donkey work too. There are no marketing or social media teams working to promote their products or brands, nor accountants to do the number crunching. It means that these makers, designers, artists and small business owners have to be multi-skilled multi-taskers to pull it all together!
At Mimosa Street, we love being able to showcase some of this creative talent. We've worked with many wonderful designers and makers over the years and their work is considered, original and beautifully handmade.
Just a Card Week is the perfect opportunity to say a big thank you to all of these hardworking makers and designers. And a special shout out goes to the Just a Card crew for supporting the creative community!
If you'd like to know more...
- The Just a Card website
- Read about the Just a Card campaign on the Mollie Makes website
- Just a Card Week and how to join in
- To find out more about the creative process and makers at Mimosa Street, read our Q&A series with creative thinkers, inspirational designers and artists.
Your seasonal inspiration on Instagram #inspiredbyseasons_autumn November 02, 2017 13:05
You may remember that we recently launched a new collective project to document and celebrate autumn over on Instagram. On the autumn equinox we invited you to share your seasonal photos with the hashtag #inspiredbyseasons_autumn.
A selection of your beautiful #inspiredbyseasons_autumn pics. With thanks to @kelmberg, @liveotherwise, @courtyard_cottage, @so_siehts_jinke, @susiefaulks, @fourbearsandme, @berrairene, @krystyn.p, @traceyjhunter
Since then, the gallery has been filled with beautiful pictures that capture what this magical season means to you and how it has inspired your creativity...
There have been all sorts of beautifully creative ideas, from wildlife inspired textile designs and pretty flat lays to beautiful wreaths of seasonal foliage, berries and flowers.
Drum roll please! Thanks for all of your beautiful #inspiredbyseasons_autumn pics. The gallery is awash with autumn loveliness, making it hard to pick a winner of the Seedball tin and hand screen-printed pouch! After much deliberation, the prize goes to @fourbearsandme for this beautiful autumn wreath.
Competition small print - The prize consists of a screen-printed Poppy pouch designed by India Johnson of Greengage Studios and a tin of Tea Mix Seedballs. Anyone can join the project (please do!), but the prize will be for one lucky UK resident only. Only entries seen in the #inspiredbyseasons_autumn gallery before midnight 7 November 20017 will be considered for the prize, and the winning entry will be announced on our Instagram feed and here on the blog later that week. Best of luck!
In search of seasonal inspiration - a new collective Instagram project September 22, 2017 11:12
Autumn has arrived and it's one of our favourite times of the year. If you love the turning of the season, help us celebrate over the coming weeks by sharing your autumn pics over on Instagram with the hashtag #inspiredbyseasons_autumn.
We'd love to see your photos of autumn's changing colours, seasonal flatlays (think foraged autumn loveliness, for example) and autumn-inspired craft projects. If you'd like to get involved, tag @mimosastreet in your posts too and we'll share some of our favourites here on the blog and over on our Instagram feed.
Project Calm and Nature News March 24, 2017 08:05
Mimosa Street has been featured in Project Calm, a new magazine that's packed with creative ideas, contemporary craft projects and beautiful photography. We love the hand-lettering and vibrant illustrations on the cover (by Bristol-based artist Matilda Smith).
"Product collections at Mimosa Street are very carefully curated - you'll find beautiful gifts, accessories and objects for the home, many of which are handmade.
A special mention went to our vegan accessories edit (did you know that Mimosa Street has been recognised as a PETA-approved vegan brand?), including Susie Faulks's handmade oilcloth purses and the "bold botanical designs by up-and-coming designer India Johnson of Greengage Studios in Newcastle upon Tyne".
Washbags and multi-purpose pouches by Greengage Studios are all hand screen printed onto 100% unbleached cotton and feature original designs that are inspired by simple shapes such as heavy poppy heads or olives in a jar.
If you'd like to find out more about the creation of these beautiful handmade products, check out our interview with India Johnson, founder of Greengage Studios.
"With an emphasis on naturally-inspired and playful designs, their vegan purses and washbags are made from materials such as hardwearing oilcloth, recycled sacks and natural linen."
If you fancy some nature-inspired craft projects, news and stories, the latest issue of Project Calm is out now. We were featured in a round-up of nature news alongside Rebecca Desnos, whose new book, Botanical Colour at Your Fingertips, offers a guide to botanical dyeing and the colour potential of plants.
She's also about to launch a new magazine, Plants are Magic, which celebrates botanical creativity and explores the human relationship with plants.
There'll be articles on plant-based art, craft and food, plus contributions from all sorts of botanically creative people including natural dyers, herbalists, artists and makers. We can't wait to get our hands on a copy!
"Plants are Magic is a magazine for makers, dreamers and plant lovers."
Time for a cuppa? #mytuesdaypositivitea May 03, 2016 14:55
Thanks to everyone who's tagged a picture with the #mytuesdaypositivitea tag over on Instagram - it's been lovely to see these uplifting moments in your day. And how over a cuppa plans are hatched and creative ideas are formed.
If you’re on Instagram, pop over and take a look at the feed, and feel free to join in. Simply tag your tea break pics on a Tuesday using the #mytuesdaypositivitea hashtag. If you tag @mimosastreet as well, we'll get a notification that you've joined in too.
Meet the Creatives December 04, 2015 11:30 1 Comment
Have you seen our Q&A series with inspirational bloggers, designers and artists? If you’d like to get to know some of the creative people behind our favourite blogs and products, hop over to our Interview pages.
Textile designer Helen Round at work in her studio
The latest in the series is a conversation with talented designer-maker Helen Round, who hand screen-prints our beautiful linen washbags in Cornwall. Take a peep at her stunning garden-top studio and find out what inspires her work.
You can also meet our favourite up-and-coming designer, Cheryl Rawlings, who recently gave up her nine-to-five job as a fashion buyer to concentrate on her artistic endeavours. Find out what inspires the illustrator, and why she leaves sketching until after dark.
Celebrating the creative journey October 14, 2015 16:37
Have you seen the #wipsandblooms tag on Instagram? It’s a place for makers and crafters to share pictures of their wips (works in progress) and seasonal blooms. It’s a really lovely idea – a celebration of nature, the handmade, and of the creative process itself.
While the creative journey can be crisscrossed with challenges and setbacks, these often beautiful and carefully considered pictures tend to have a soothing, more sedate quality and they capture something about the sense of contentedness that can come about through making.
Looking at the feed and comments, you also get a sense of the community that binds the makers behind these images.
The #wipsandblooms tag is co-hosted by @aplayfulday and @ceramicmagpie. If you’d like to get involved, take a photo of your work in progress (wip) and your favourite seasonal blooms (this month the theme is 'foraged'). Don't forget to use the hashtag and to tag the hosts.
Their favourite entry for October will win a bundle of little treats from Mimosa Street (pictured above). And if you don’t fancy taking part, you can still visit the #wipsandblooms feed for some creative inspiration.
Whatever you’re making this month, enjoy your creative journey.
PS. If you're on Instagram, you can find Mimosa Street here: @mimosastreet.