You know about Heath Ceramics, right? Across the San Francisco bay, in Sausalito, they’ve been designing and making ceramics since the 1950′s, continuing to produce a lot of the line of ceramics first designed by Heath Ceramics’ founder, Edith Heath, while also innovating and produce seasonal lines. It’s an awesome company.

 

s14-05-heath-seasonal-bowl-and-napkin-set-731by607_1

About 5 years ago, when Heath Ceramics first started stocking Skinny laMinx tea towels and napkins, they asked me to design a graphic for their tote bag, which is still available for sale.
Heath ceramics vases tote Every time I get a Heath Ceramics newsletter and I see what exciting projects they’re working on, and which extraordinary artisans they are now showcasing, I simply can’t believe my luck that Skinny laMinx goods are stocked alongside the likes of…

Heath Ceramics Doug JohnstonDoug Johnston - the maker of this Two Hump Basket (above). This tickles me particularly, because I visited Doug in his Brooklyn studio way back in 2012, and have loved watching the progress of his work on Instagram. Great to be sharing shelf space with this guy!
 

Heath Ceramics Two plus pillow

And for sheer textile gorgeousness, how about this Two Plus pillow by Christian Rathbone? I’m tempted to break the bank for this one.

Heath Ceramics Garza Marfa

Another friend from Instagram is the team at Garza Marfa, whose furniture and textiles Heath Ceramics has recently started stocking , like this gorgeous bench and cushions. This place is definitely on my ‘must visit’ list.

Heath-House-Number-Eames-2-Museum-Black-HN-E2-M34-2-731by607_7

I love these ceramic house numbers designed by the very prolific type foundry, House Industries, and produced by Heath.

So, to be perfectly honest, I wrote this post not only to share the news about how fantastic Heath Ceramics is, it was also about how fab it makes me feel to know that Skinny laMinx keeps company with designers and goods that I hold in such high esteem. Thanks for the pat on the back, Heath!

Want more? Take a look at pics of my visit to the Heath Ceramics factory  in 2011.

 

 

19-Sept-Making-Friday3

Making Friday: Getting organised

I started sorting through my piles of sketchbooks last week, categorising images, ideas and inspiration pics. It feels like that time of year, doesn’t it? If you’re interested, I’ve started a Tumblr page where I’ve been posting pics of my sketches and other side projects. Take a look here

Embroidery-Book-1

Artfully Embroidered

Way back in 2008, when Skinny laMinx was but a babe, I spent lots of time making papercuts in my studio. Some found a purpose (that Pincushion papercut certainly proved its worth!), but most of them ended up in a drawer. So I really was super thrilled to find one of them being given a fresh purpose thanks to Japanese embroidery artist Naoko Shimoda, who has released a book of her beautiful embroidery projects, with an embroidered version of one of my papercuts on the cover! The book has been released in Japan, Taiwan and Mainland China. I have a copy of the Japanese… Continue reading

Lo-res-Step-1-4

Furoshiki with a tea towel

In yesterday’s post about multi-teatowel-tasking, I mentioned the idea of using a tea towel to wrap a gift, furoshiki-style, and here are DIY step-by-step instructions letting you know exactly how to do it (using, in this case, the When Everyone Came To Tea tea towel in rosebud): Step 1: With the print facing down, fold the tea towel into a square. Place the gift in the centre of the tea towel. Step 2: Take the corner labelled C and fold it to the centre, across the box. Step 3: Take the corner labelled A and fold it to the centre, over… Continue reading

Teatowels_Stig

Multi-teatowel-tasking

We’ve been thinking about it, and you know, tea towels are not just for drying the dishes. They can do lots of other things too. Yes, they can multitask. Heck, they are the masters of multi-teatowel-tasking! Here are a couple of jolly good ideas for what else to do with your tea towels: Multi-teatowel-tasking #1: Tie one around your waist with a belt as a makeshift apron.   Multi-teatowel-tasking #2:  Frame it! This is our Stig tea towel framed in a readymade frame I bought at Country Road.   Multi-teatowel-tasking #3: Use a tea towel as a tray cloth. The 100% cotton hopsack is very… Continue reading

Teatowel-Summer-Weeds-all-three

New colours for tea towels

We’ve got some of our old favourite tea towel designs in brand new colourways this year. Take a look: Summer Weeds teatowel, in Meadow, Pollen and Forget-me-Not Eep! teatowel, in Tomato, Olive and Royal Blue Mushrooms teatowel, in Verdigris, Loam and Peat Tall Pincushion teatowel, in Charcoal, Olive and Taupe Stig teatowel, in Sage, Pine Nutand Brazil When Everyone Came to Tea teatowel, in Wedgewood, Rosebud and China Blue Shop for tea towels online: Here in ZAR Here in US$