• Love. Want. Need. Rope Carre silk scarf from Jane Carr
    23rd June 2010

    Rope Carre silk scarf from Jane Carr

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    Scarves are perfect for the summer, as flirty additions of colour or light protection from the typical british summer chill. Jane Carr, former Versace disciple where she was head of printed textiles for womenswear, now specialises in creating exquisite printed accessories of her own. Most recently she has developed a selection of nautical inspired scarves, every single one of which is dangerously close to appearing around my neck (not all at once of course).

    Stepping away from the cliche of nautical colours, instead using traditional sea fare prints cleverly combined with seasonal hues. Shells, coral and in the case of my favourite (pictured) rope prints are available in a variety of colours from the rainbow.

    Jane Carr - Silk and cashmere, hand finished scarves starting from £150. Click here to buy and for a full list of stockists.
  • On the Radar Free Range
    15th June 2010

    Free Range

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid

    Europes Largest Graduate Art and Design Show

    Free Range - Graduate Art Fair (03 June – 05 September 2010)

    Another academic year goes by so giving us another cohort of imaginative graduates, bubbling with fresh ideas and imagination.

    Tap into this young optimism by visiting Free Range, an annual exhibition held in the creative hub of the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Free Range is Europes largest Graduate Art and Design Show, featuring submissions from the graduates of over 50 university courses, from all over the country. This year sees an international presence for the first time, India, Japan, Russia and other European countires are both visiting and exhibiting.

    After 10 years Free Range is being identified as the best place to spot the latest trends and newest talents. Free Range provides a much needed platform for recent graduates to network and showcase their work within every creative discipline in a brilliant space for 2 months. Show your suppor by visiting and expect to see everything from Fine Art to Fashion. On show until September.

    Below and above are by the winners of the Free Range Art Award.

    Lead Image by Chris Mear, Burton College

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    Ben Raynor, Batley School of Art & Design - 'Albert' mixed media drawing. (my personal favourite for its simple, playful humour)

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    Nicola Thompson,Cleveland College - White Mountain Lady

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    Ann Taylor, Barking College - Grandad

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    Rob Attard, City of Westminster

    Click here to visit the Free Range website.
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  • Love. Want. Need. A Little and Lovely Scent Luxury for your Travels
    1st June 2010

    A Little and Lovely Scent Luxury for your Travels

    AUTHOR Penny Brewer
    A convinient and decadent bottle, no larger than a lipstick, is the prefect addition for your travels to ensure you're always able to refresh your scent.

    These minature perfume bottles are exquisitely hand-carved from a variety of semi-precious stones including red tourmaline, smoky quartz, rose quartz, amethyst, morganite and pink tourmaline.

    Designed by the in-house creatives at Ritz Fine Jewellery, (who are lucky enough to work on the 11th floor of the iconic hotel) each bottle is meticulously hand-crafted in Idar Oberstein. It is in this German region that this type of carving, beginning with a hunk of semi precious stone, is a speciality craft local to the area.

    Each comes with a pepette to decant your own signature scent and specific gemstone colour combinations can be specially made for an extra personal touch.

    Miniature Perfume Bottles start from £2,000
    Click here to explore the fabulous world of Ritz Fine Jewellery