Inspiring Contemporary Design – Em Royston’s Miniature Circuses

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Bone china tabletop items by designer Em Royston charm and amaze, like these Handy Tongs  inspired by the classic fairground vintage pointing hand so often found on signs.

Hong Kong based design firm Maid in China Design  is the invention of British artist and designer Em Royston. The firm specializes in luxurious stylish fair and circus themed house hold items. The inventive artist and entrepreneur studied design and has made items for brands like Suck UK such as Cross Stitch Map which found itself at both the Tate Modern shop and Urban Outfitters.  This is a contemporary approach to artful tea or coffee breaks. So, if you love all things sideshow, circus, and vintage fair -these unique items are for you. It was a great pleasure to interview Em for this feature!

 

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I have always loved the idea of creating miniature worlds in unexpected places and table top seemed a great place to start. It’s quite a hands-on set that is meant to be shared and enjoyed -that should be quite a joyful experience- sharing a special afternoon tea with someone or chatting over a long breakfast.

 

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Toast Rack

What’s your inspiration? Why circus and sideshow themes? 

I love the timelessness of the circus – it has an appeal for all ages and seems so whimsical and magical. For design, I also think it is fascinating as it combines so many different elements and iconic imagery. And the purpose of the circus is entertainment, enjoyment, and surprise – and those are elements that I like my products to embody. I love the vintage posters, fair-ground stalls, amazing huge bell tents – and then it all gets packed away and moves on in these amazing ornate carriages. I think there is so much inspiration to find from that theme, and I’d like to think I’ve just scratched the surface..!

 

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Do you have any designers, artisans, or craftspeople you particularly admire? 

Oh, yes loads! Rebecca Finell has a lovely collection of homeware and fashion accessories – her origami handbags are amazing! I listened to an interview recently and found her story and diverse career really inspiring. Hella Jongerius for her playful work & stitched ceramics. Selletii is a brand that I’ve followed for a while and always enjoy seeing their new collections as they are nicely on that nice fine line between modern art and commercial design.

 

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Mug carousel tea set. Each cup sits in the stand, which spins like a true Merry-Go-Round.

How did you come to begin making table top items? 

It actually all started because I had the idea for the Carousel Tea Set – I loved the idea of making this functional sculpture that could be used as a cup and saucer set, but was also something to have on display that could spin and surprise people.

From the Carousel, it seemed a great chance to develop a collection to be used with that, and the Tiger Toast Rack was my next design. From the stacking circus mugs to the sugar pot disguised as a ticket booth, I’d eventually like to have a whole set that can be used together to create a miniature world, but is also a totally functional tea/ breakfast set.

You live In Hong Kong, tell me why and how you decided to move there, and what artistic culture is like there!!

Yes, I moved here last year! Hong Kong is very geared toward entrepreneurship and I’ve met so many people in the process of working for themselves or starting a company- that’s really pushed me on. The artistic community is fairly small but growing and it feels like an exciting place to be. This coming month I’m exhibiting at a handicraft market and can’t wait to see what else is available from the other innovative designer makers.

 

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Circus Stack Mug Set

 

Learn more about Em and her designs at Maid in China Design, or follow her on Instagram.

Jada Garvey’s Handmade Fairy Tale Wedding Dresses

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Jada Garvey of Fable Dresses is a bespoke wedding dress designer. Jada’s handmade gowns are always one of a kind, and each year the designer’s sense of artistic adventure and attention to detail determines a new series of dresses.

Jada has become beloved for her artistic and delightful creation of beautiful gowns embellished with handiwork, beading, embroidery, and a sumptous dash of found fabric. Hand dyed and lovingly made her gowns are absolutely extraordinary. She’s the go to designer for bespoke one of a kind wedding dresses for bride who wants something different.

 

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This season the dresses have a delicacy, embellished with detailed beading, inspired by the idea of the bride wearing a gown, her companions riveted by the handwork.Inspired by fairy tales and stories, in particular by the other-worldly and ancient, as she makes each dress by hand she likes to imagine who will wear every dress and the setting as well, usually in the natural world….

“a meadow with fluffy seed pods floating in evening sun. Mossy forests or wonderfully dark and creepy woods and swamps. A sacred place, the desert, a tropical beach. My imagination helps to form each dress.”

 

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Each dress is time consuming to make, all the pieces are made from recycled materials and Jada spends countless hours sourcing these pieces, unpredictable work but an expression of the artist’s commitment to making sustainable designs and truly one of a kind items. She includes found items, and even creates her own dyes for some projects.

 

 

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“I use anything interesting or beautiful that I can get my hands on.  Linens, household items, old clothing or gowns, broken jewelry, so many different things are used in my dresses.  Lately I have been having fun stitching clear quartz crystals on my dresses that I dig up from a spot a few miles from my house. They give a very natural sparkle that you will not see on any other wedding dress. When I make my own fabric dyes, I go out into nature and pick berries, flowers, or roots of certain plants and fill my pack basket. Being able to include the natural world into my designs makes me happier than I could possibly describe. Putting it all together and creating a dress takes a lot of energy. Sometimes I feel like I have to try a thousand fabric and detail combinations before it feels right and a dress is born.

 

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What was your creative life like when you were a child, did you sew with your mother?

Jada: I grew up a bit poor. We did not have much and wasted very little out of necessity. When my mother taught me to sew clothing at 14, I was disappointed at how boring and uncreative sewing patterns felt. But one day I realized that I did not have to follow the rules of a sewing pattern. New fabrics were a luxury and I did not often like them, so I took my mother’s old clothes and whatever interesting used materials I could get my hands on and started patching, adorning, and recreating my own clothing with them. I started using sewing patterns as merely a guide, and I would redraw them or alter them to my liking.  It made me excited about creating clothing and I loved the idea of using materials that would otherwise be wasted.

 

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And so, the magic began! The vocabulary of traditionally women’s domestic arts or decorative arts in many ways is making its way into the contemporary art and design world, there is a kind of “renaissance.” What do you think about this and how do these traditions play into your own creations?

 

Jada: I am thrilled to see things like hand embroidery, crocheting, quilting, and other forms of folk art come back into the art world. They were once taught to children as a pastime and I think we need to bring them back into our family traditions, both my son and daughter know how to hand embroider and crochet. I have loved doing these lost arts for many years and I include these techniques in my dresses and the popular have hand embroidery or other stitching and details It is what I am known for and I admire other people’s work too and sometimes the more organic or handmade it looks, the more I love it.

 

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Visit Jada’s website Fable Dresses and see more beautiful creations. She even makes wedding party dresses and gowns for little girls as well.

 

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The New Feminine Style -Summer Time Inspired

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This season’s look is something spectacular, inspired gorgeous lush designs. Get ready for summer without losing the sophisticated touch of womanhood. Textiles, just a little peek of pretty summer skin, your bangles, sandals, and more….and by the way if you don’t know about the outrageously sexy thing that is Vogue India, you better check it out, the succulent print edition that is…

 

 

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Sand Castle dress, Spring 2017 by Khara Kapas

 

 

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And what would a South Asian inspired style blog be without a little wedding fun? Love this gorgeous photo by Mahima Bhatia of the Kaleera Drop! Her outfit!!!!

 

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Inexpensive Wedding Decor Ideas -Rose Gold Themes

Summer wedding coming soon? Don’t want to break the bank or spend tons of money on things that one just throws away? Want to be creative and make a visual impact? Try these pretty ideas and objects from allover the world. A wedding does not have to have a high price tag to be beautiful…

 

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Check out these craft supply and decorating sources for a beautifully curated wedding that reflects a certain sense of modesty and prettiness.

 

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Fleur Couture, Textile design by Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher, Sarah Kate Studios Ribbon Typographic Napkins, Candle + Co. Ltd

 

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Pretty wedding ribbon from Crafty Wool Felt

 

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Lotus tealightsfor a wedding tabletop from Foiling Star Shop via Etsy

 

 

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Rose Gold Party & Wedding Tableware from Ginger Ray

 

 

 

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Mini Glitter Scallop Garland from Sisters Guild.

 

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Rose Gold Foil ‘Love’ Balloon from Jeremy’s Home Store

 

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Rose Gold Centerpiece Vases from The Bashful Bride via Etsy

 


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Dove Plate by Deborah Wilson from Sisters Guild

 

 

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Trending Home Style: DIY How to Make a How to make a Terrarium

How to make a Terrarium

Chose your glass container,  perhaps a bowl, maybe a vase from a florist bouquet, a jam jar, even a drinking glass?

Add small rocks to the bottom for drainage, and place 2 inches of potting soil, succulents do well as do cacti, Fill the bottom of the vessel with a 1 1/2-inch layer of small rocks to collect the water drainage. Use a tablespoon to dig a hole and gently place your first planting -add sand over the top, and elements, such as moss, shells, stones or decorative items.

Water twice a week!

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Indian & Pakistan Inspired Jewelry

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So if you spent a little time on my blog you know I am a little desi style obsessed. So let us begin with some bangles. I cannot help but throw mine on every morning.

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