As the VE Team textile officiando, I thought I would write a bit about one of my very favourite designers, who you may not have heard of.
Let me introduce you to Edna Martin (1908-2003) . Martin was one of the leading designers and a dedicated reformer of Swedish textile arts in the mid-twentieth century. She was also Director of Svensk Hemslöjd between 1945 and 1951, Artistic Director of Handarbetes Vänner from 1951 to 1977 and senior professor of art at the Royal College of Art from 1957 to 1969. Read More
Ralph Hulett (1915-1974) was an American artist mostly known for his work for Disney, but he also did some fantastic paintings and some wonderful Christmas designs, which we are in love with here at VE! Read More
As you no doubt have guessed, we here at VE love the darker side of things. We are drawn to the quirky and downright weird in fact. We've been fascinated by the (mostly) northern European tradition of the 'Krampus' for some years now, and it seems to have been getting more popular now with some Krampus 'runs' being held in the UK. Read More
There are a few categories of collecting that will always have a love it or hate it reaction and taxidermy is one of them. Even the VE office is divided, but I’ll not let on who’s for it or who’s against it here. Read More
The use of nature's beauty as inspiration to artists and ceramists is centuries old; and it seems we'll never grow tired of homewares that imitate fruit and veg! Read More
As well as the wonderful furniture and jewellery that we feature, there are also lots of great designs in vintage fabrics and I'm one member of the VE team that knows all about this, having being a fabric addict since I was a small girl. Let me tell you why I love fabric so much... Read More