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.
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."
Naturally inspired and animal friendly July 30, 2016 19:40
At Mimosa Street we never knowingly stock products that are made from leather or other animal-derived materials, which is why you'll find lots of interesting alternatives in our collections.
Our vegan purses, for example, are made from materials such as hardwearing oilcloth, recycled sacks and natural linen. With an emphasis on naturally-inspired and playful designs, our vegan accessories prove that you don't need to compromise on style when you shop for cruelty-free products.
These upcycled clutches are handmade in Cambodia from recycled sacks. They have magnetic fastenings, along with compartments for credit cards and zipper sections for loose change.
They're made by an organization that offers training and equitable wages to disadvantaged women in Cambodian villages.
Our collection of vegan clutch purses and washbags by designer-maker Susie Faulks are PeTA approved. They're designed and handmade in England.
Inspired by nature and country living, Susie's playful designs include the Hector washbag, which is handmade from oilcloth.
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.