Curtain Maker Nina Murden

We are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with curtain and blind maker Nina Murden. Based locally in Lewes Nina works from her beautiful garden studio where she is happy to meet and discuss individual requirements. She has kindly agreed to house our first Woven Oak fabric sample book displaying our latest collection of linen union prints. If you would like any of our fabrics made into curtains or blinds do get in touch.

You can read more about Nina by going to her website ninamurden.co.uk

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Woven Oak Studio

With plans for a new Woven Oak studio in the pipeline for the last 3 years it has been brilliant to see it’s slow development at the end of our garden. It was in fact Christmas Eve when we roped in my brother in law Nick to help Leo lay the concrete based. With this in place for the New Year we were determined to realise our plans in 2015.

We finally decided on a Mulberry Lane red after much deliberation. With a bit of divine intervention from Leo’s late grandparents who named their last house after the Mulberry tree, we have surely chosen the right colour!

As I’m sure any artist or designer will agree it’s fantastic to have a tranquil place to develop work. We have already started working on a new collection.

Here are some shots of Woven Oak’s new headquarters in the making.

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At Studio Four with Yeshen Venema

It’s not often that you walk into a space and instantly feel compelled to be creative. Studio Four in Stoke Newington, London is one of those places. With grey floor and pristine white walls it was the ideal space to stand back from our 2014 collection and really see it, a stark contrast to our small studio in Sussex.

Bouncing photo ideas between Yeshen, Leo and myself was great fun and reminded me of college days when creative time was endless. With an 112sqm space to play with we enjoyed moving freely between different product compositions. The winter light didn’t let us down. It poured through the large windows giving the images a warm glow and soft shadows.

Working with Yeshen was brilliant, relaxed yet professional and certainly a highlight in the Woven Oak calendar.

 

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Here’s One I Made Earlier

As I work on one my most recent designs to be launched in 2015 I am drawn back to the methodical and tactile process of lino printing.

Collaging, arranging and re-arranging cut paper shapes until I reach a final composition to be printed mirrors the process I was asked to describe on the fantastic ‘Confessions of a Design Geek’ blog. It’s a great place to read about current developments in the design world and find out about new talents.

Writing up the method I follow to create a design (from initial research through to the final printed fabric) was a great way to clarify the process and I am thrilled to be featured by Katie Treggiden in ‘Here’s One I Made Earlier’

You can read more about how some of our Woven Oak fabrics are created by going to www.confessionsofadesigngeek.com

Now back to the lino…

 

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The Tack Barn – Photoshoot

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the heart of the Sussex countryside with an eco twist then the Tack Barn at Upper Lodge is perfect.

When our good friends Corina and Dominic Buckwell started transforming one of their old barns we could think of no better place for a photoshoot our new Woven Oak cushions and lampshades.

The Tack Barn has a traditional timeless quality with its wood burner and views overlooking a beautiful lake. Marrying this with a strong sense of contemporary design the space was a perfect location to compliment our new collection. Shards of light from the large surrounding windows added a warm natural atmosphere to the shots and the sophisticated interior colours complimented our prints perfectly.

We only wish we could have stayed longer. Next time we might have to book in for the week!

A huge thank you to the Buckwells.

You can find all the details about Upper Lodge and The Tack barn by going to www.upperlodgesussex.com

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Country Living

It was great to see Woven Oak’s Pipit and Sanderling lampshade featuring on the front of Country Living magazine this month. The design printed onto white cotton/linen has been a really popular curtain material and is also available in cushions and lampshades. It’s simple grey colourway works in almost any setting, creating a statement without dominating the space.

Please contact us directly for samples and prices.

Great British Maker Awards

We are thrilled to announce that Woven Oak has been selected as the winner for the ‘Textile’ category of the Great British Maker Awards. The design lead judges included the editor of BBC Home and Antiques Magazine, Angela Linforth. The team gave us some great feedback:

“Husband and wife team Leo and Lizzie Hillier work under the brand name Woven Oak. The judges loved their use of a traditional form of block printing used to create a very modern and contemporary design for their soft furnishings range. The cushion cover had particular appeal.”

To see our entry and other winners visit:

www.seekandadore.com