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Light Spill

Last week I showed you Rebecca Wilson’s beautiful strawberry necklace and whilst I was looking at her website I discovered her gorgeous wall light.

Rebecca Wilson - Light Spill

In my experience wall lights are generally fairly ugly, it took me ages to find some vaguely nice ones for our hallway. They’re not playful like this one, with strawberries dribbling from the jelly mould shade and down the wall. It’s not cheap at £250 but it is a work of art.

Another breathtaking work of art is Rebecca’s ‘Light Snack’ chandelier made of bone china and resin Jammy Dodgers, 1500 of them in total.

Rebecca Wilson - Light Snack (Culture Label)

At £8,500 from Culture Label it is way out of my price range but if I had that kind of money spare I think I’d definitely be tempted. Rebecca will also make smaller versions of this to order. Or you can buy a single Jammy Dodger necklace for £40.

I love the way the light shines through the jammy resin. Do you?

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Masquerade

Do you remember the book Masquerade by Kit Williams?

Masquerade - Kit Williams

Published in 1979 it gave clues to a buried treasure, a jewel encrusted hare in a ceramic pot apparently worth around £5000. If you’re interested to know how to solve the puzzle, Kit Williams published a follow-up book with the solution.

Many a morning I spent eating my Shreddies flicking through the pages of this wonderful book in the mid 1980s. Although the treasure had been found by then I marvelled at the illustrations and loved how the text framed the pictures, this book is probably responsible for my appreciation of typography.

The British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age exhibition at the V&A is displaying the golden hare jewel from Masquerade for the first time and available in the V&A Shop are these gorgeous hare stud earrings and ring.

Hare Stud Earrings - V&A ShopHare Ring - V&A ShopThey look less like the jewelled hare treasure and more like the beautiful illustrations of the hare. Which I think is the right way around. Both are available to pre-order at almost 1979 prices of £5 for the earrings and £6 for the ring.

The exhibition is running until 12th August 2012. Will you be making a trip to London to see the treasure?

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Crania Anatomica Filigre

The first I heard about 3D printing was when I read The Pirates Dilemma a few years ago. Now when I see something that has been 3D printed it makes me think back to it. If you’ve not come across the book, it’s an interesting read about youth culture, piracy and the challenges that businesses face dealing with piracy. In the book, 3D printing is shown as a possible way we could buy things online in the future to print off at home on our own 3D printers. Although we may not be at that point just yet, it is possible to buy 3D printed objects online and have them delivered.

I can’t take credit for finding this beautiful 3D printed filigree skull, I found it over on The Skull Illusion, where Violet Fenn collates post-mortem photographs from times gone by. The photographs are particularly from Victorian times, photography was so expensive that people often wouldn’t have any pictures of their loved ones and would take a photograph in death to preserve their memory. Violet describes her site like Marmite, in that people love it or hate it. Although I can’t stand Marmite, I think her site is incredibly interesting and touching.

Josh Harker 3D Printed Filligree Skull

The stunning Crania Anatomica Filigre is designed by fine artist Joshua Harker on paper and printed from a 3D printer. It is available in his online store in mini, small, medium and large from $50-$375 and in a choice of eight colours.

As you would expect, here it is in 3D:

I love the design and am hankering after a white one. Which colour would you get?

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My Favourite Things

What do you do with your favourite things? Do you display them in cabinets, shelves or on mantlepieces? I have a couple of favourite things under a bell jar in my hall.

But now I’m hankering after this pendant-lamp-come-illuminated-display-case that is especially made to show off your favourite things.

It’s a pretty good-looking lamp.

Favourite Things Pendant Lamp White - Cow & Co.

But when you put a favourite thing inside it is transformed.

Favourite Things Pendant Lamp Black - Cow & Co.

It’s available in white, black and mustard.

I think it would look great hung  low over a dining table as a talking point.

At £235 each from Cow & Co one would be a favourite thing in its own right.

What would you display in it?

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Wild Wallpaper

Last week I showed you Lisa Bliss’s dog scarves, she also has an Etsy shop with beautiful cat scarves but Lisa doesn’t just do scarves. She does wallpaper too featuring wild animals.

The amazing The Bear wallpaper towers in at a massive 6ft tall and originally took three months to draw. For the standard size he’s £95 but he can be made to fit your wall if you ask nicely.

Bear Wallpaper by Lisa Bliss - Graduate Collection

I would love this work of art in our house. He would be great on a landing or on a wall around a corner to give your guests a bit of a fright.

The hand drawn faces on this stag head wallpaper are so full of character. It’s £125 per roll, also available with a plum background, in a smaller repeat design, as a cushion in plum or teal or in mugs of various colours.

Stag head wallpaper in teal by Lisa Bliss - Graduate Collection

Lisa also has a fox head design on wallpaper, cushions and scarves. They are all available from Graduate Collection.

With my stampeding cow wallpaper and beastly handles and rabbit obsession my house could resemble a wildlife park pretty soon. What animal decor do you hanker after?

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GX2 Homegrown

GX2 Homegrown is one of the designers I’ve featured most on The Hankerer. I’m not on commission, I just love her clever designs and her new card designs are another hit with me.

Raven Card, Scrawl Your Own Greeting - GX2 Homegrown

Instead of a small sticker reading ‘Blank For Your Greeting’, that message is integrated into the design. A beautiful black raven is holding in his beak a banner for you to ‘scrawl your own greeting’ on. This card is £2.

This colourful hand sewn personalised bunting card is simple but really special. It’s £3.50.

Personalised Bunting Card - GX2 Homegrown

I am so glad I’m connected to you. Doesn’t this just encompass how you feel about some people? Two hearts are joined together by hand stitched waxed linen. It’s available in three different colour combinations for £2.

I am so glad I'm connected to you - GX2 Homegrown

GX2 doesn’t just do cards, her artwork is breathtaking. Take a look at her 1950s inspired Burlesque print entitled ‘Slip n’ Slide n’ Melt Beside Me’.

A5 Burlesque Print - GX2 Homegrown

A gorgeous piece of art for £5. I love it.

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A Little Light Reading

Books make me really happy. When I’m feeling a bit down, I like to seek solace among books.

Book shopping is one of the rare occasions that I favour physical shopping to online shopping. I have a method. I work my way round the shelves alphabetically gathering books as I go until I’ve got a nice stack. I read the blurbs of each of them again, compare them in my mind and put a couple back.

I delve inside the remaining books and skim a paragraph or two to taste the flavours of the writing. A couple more books will find themselves nestled back on the shelves. Finally, and I know I shouldn’t, I’ll look at the covers and naughtily judge them before reading the blurbs again.

I can lose hours whittling my pile down to the one or two books that I will eventually buy. It gives me the same pleasure I used to feel as a child choosing my weekly sweets in the newsagent on a Sunday.

I blame my mother, the librarian. She brought me up to love and cherish books, as well as instilling in me the importance of alphabetisation. So when I see products made from books, I can’t help but flinch a bit. It seems wrong somehow but they’re so often very beautiful. Like this Light Reading Chandelier.

Light Reading Chandelier - Lula DotBut Lula Dot make an excellent case for upcycling disused books. For example, I had no idea that there’s no infrastructure set-up to recycle books because of the low-grade paper and the gluey spines. When you consider the huge number of books that will only end up in landfill sites it seems such a terrible waste not to make something beautiful out of them instead. Especially when the result looks like this…

Light Reading Chandelier close up - Lula Dot

The Light Reading Chandelier is by Lula Dot and sold for £340 for delivery in the EU or £440 for international shipping. I’d love to have a peek through some of the pages and see what books have been used.

Have a look at Lula Dot’s project on book partitions, I’d like a corner of my house set up with a couple of these, a comfy chair to curl up in and my favourite book to read. What’s your favourite book?

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What Really Happens After Dark?

Ever wondered what really goes on after dark when most people are tucked up in bed dreaming peacefully? The Best Part has some prints that show you exactly that. In single pieces of art The Best Part have combined two layers of phosphorescent inks to show a peaceful daytime scene and a glow in the dark scene of zombies, crime and general seediness.

New York in the daytime shows a bookstore, a mother walking with a pram in the park, subway trains and what looks like the freak show and ferris wheel at Coney Island.

New York Day & Night - The Best Part

But when you turn out the lights you see Batman scaling a skyscraper, a mother being held-up at gunpoint, an adult bookstore, graffiti covering the subway, a gun sinking into the water at Coney Island, and a police officer shooting at zombies.

In contrast to San Francisco’s calm daytime scene, glowing in the dark are search helicopters, massage parlour, pirates, people lurking under the Golden Gate Bridge and what the seagull has actually eaten. I love the way the sun turns into the moon on this one.

San Francisco Day & Night - The Best Part

Both prints are $50 and are limited edition, New York is a set of 75 and San Francisco is a set of 50. I’m hankering after them both but can’t wait to see the new Day & Night varieties that are apparently coming soon.

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My Hundredth Hanker

This is my 100th blog post. A mini milestone for me since I started sharing my hankers with the world in December.

To celebrate I might order this vintage 100 typewriter necklace.

100 Typewriter Necklace - qa create

Or as it’s Easter, see if I can scoff every one of these one hundred tiny chocolate hearts.

One Hundred Loose TINY CHOCOLATE HEARTS by Cocoapod Chocolates

Or learn the 100 secrets to life from this print by Pearl & Earl.

100 secrets to life print - Pearl & Earl

Thank you to all who come and read my hankerings :) This hankering lark and interacting with you lot makes me very happy.

Are there any hankers you’d like to see more of? Have you got a hanker you need help with? (nothing smutty please!) Just let me know in the comments section below…

Happy Easter and see you next week about half a stone heavier!

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Cardboard Chic

Cardboard is usually reserved for packing, carrying and storing. It is the workhorse of household materials that never really gets appreciated. Not these cardboard creations. They are the celebrities of the cardboard world that have been transformed from merely functional into beautiful as well.

This cardboard pendulum wall clock is stunning with its laser-cut curves and the brass hands and acrylic numbers add some extra class. It is $46 which is great value and even including the high postage outside of the US, it’s a lot less than many inferior clocks. As well as clocks Seequin also do some pretty cardboard chandeliers.

Cardboard Pendulum Wall Clock - Seequin

I love the simplicity of this cardboard radio from Suck UK. If you get bored with the radio playlists you can play your iPod or MP3 player through it too. It can be powered with batteries or a DC adaptor so you can take it out and about with you, eighties style. It’s £25.

Cardboard Radio - Suck UKNeed an ad hoc chair that you can fold away in between uses? Look no further than this cardboard chair from Paperpod Cardboard Creations. At just under £35 you could get a couple. I love the idea of decorating it, you could use it as a kind of furniture guest book and get a written message from everyone who sits on it. There are toddler versions too.

Cardboard Chair - Paperpod Cardboard CreationsThese cardboard shoes made from old Quaver boxes with parcel string laces are magnificent. Even if they’re not wearable they look amazing. Mark O’Brien will do custom orders too so if you want a particular style of shoe in a certain brand box he may be your man. The ones below are just under £40.

Cardboard Smart Shoes (quavers) - MarkofBrien

The people over at Kid Eco, have some fun playhouses for kids made of cardboard that can be decorated and painted. Choose from a playhouse, puppet theatre, teepee, rocket, castles, fortress, princess castles or my favourite, the igloo.

What do you think? Has cardboard got a little jumped up or is it the new eco chic?

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