Molly Hatch Designs for Chasing Paper Chasing Paper is a New York based company founded by Elizabeth Rees. The company makes fantastic removable (peel & stick & peel!) wallpapers. Their business has grown remarkably fast for good reason. The designs are contemporary, colourful, bold, the product is great quality and easy to use. Not to mention that it makes changing up your home style remarkably easy.
They have also recruited the fabulous talents of Molly Hatch, artist and ceramist. Ms. hatch has designed for major brands, exhibited one of a kind art pieces at design shows and museums on a global level, and has cracked the mainstream with lines in major retailers like Anthropologie. Here are a couple of the designs she put together for Chasing Paper. Click here for her full Chasing Paper product catalogue.
Alma Gémea Homeware. I first stumbled on Alma Gémea’s ultra modern home wares at the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology store. I was extra pleased to find them in Portugal as well. Portugal is known for its colourful ceramics and cork is one of the countries major exports. Alma Gémea’s marriage of the countries tradition and industry is seamless and beautiful. In addition to looking super cool, they are well thought out and functional, the cork bottoms are easily removed for washing and the crockery is dishwasher safe. get them soon at Cork & Co. And of course, on www.offyougopaper.com we are highlighting this favorite print. Check it out in detail here: Basket Weave, Blue #1
Walking the streets in Porto, Portugal on a beautiful June morning it seems as though every surface has served, at some point in history, as a canvas for painters, ceramic artists and story tellers. Vibrance and colour are simply everywhere. This is in large part due to the ages old practice of using hand painted, ceramic tiles as exterior covering for their buildings.
The Portuguese initially adopted ceramic tiles for the exterior of their buildings because they offer inexpensive and effective insulation. The colour is really the icing on top of functionality. Many of the tiles are hand painted in unique floral or geometric patterns, and are almost always in bright hues.
Despite an astronomical economic crisis that has left many buildings abandoned and dilapidated, with broken windows and collapsed ceilings, these colourful tiles reflect the optimistic nature of the Portuguese people. Part of my trip was spent participating in a Habitat for Humanity build in Braga, located about 40 minutes drive north of Porto.
Braga is a beautiful village, with remarkable residents, who, like the rest of the country, are working hard to restore their livelihood. My days there were spent on the worksite and the evenings visiting traditional restaurants and listening to live music while sipping port at one of the many sidewalk cafes.
This tiled mural, that reflects the towns folklore and history, hangs on the exterior of church in Barcelo.
Modern sceptre in the harbour in Viana do Castelo. Portugal
Sometimes it’s just the little things, like these window boxes, overflowing with flowers and stung with paper decorations celebrating a recent religious procession.
And even where there are no tiles, there is art. I spotted this striking stencilled art on a side street in Viana do Castelo. I’m looking forward to dedicating some serious studio time to creating some Portuguese inspired prints in the meanwhile, if you’d like to bring a little bright into your everyday, check out this colourful collection.
So, remember those fantastic watercolours I was geeking out over a few weeks back? I’ve found the time to create some bright images that I am pleased to make available on the shop today. I love how these bold hues practically jump into the room. Click here for more details.
For some more inspiration on how to add bright to your home design, check out the always dapper Will Taylor AKA Mr. Bazaar of Bright Bazaar. This blog is full of fantastic imagery and endless inspiration for colourful living.
It’s photoshoot time! So pleased to be working with Leanne Liakos Photography on the staging and imaging of my paintings for the Off You Go Paper Co. Shop. There are a few shots here but check out the full product line at http://offyougopaperco.com/collections/all Can’t wait to put our curated collections up next.
Ok, so maybe that Wahoo! is a little exaggerated — the shop is only open in beta and only half of the inventory is up — but it’s open none the less and I am thrilled. Please feel free to pay us a visit www.offyougopaperco.com and let us know what you think!