Bespoke lampshades

Cocoon Home has been making bespoke lampshades for ten years and teaching traditional lampshade making courses for half that time.  With most of these courses having taken place elsewhere, I am finally in a work space where I can teach students without it being a health and safety hazard.  I also feel part of the cool crowd as it is quite New ...

I’m not an art buff, and so it was perhaps with some horror that, when asked what I was doing this weekend, I naively replied, “I am going to see a house where some Victorian artist lived”. I apologise if you balk at my ignorance at never hearing of Frederic Leighton, one of the most famous British artists of the nineteenth ...

I have a love/hate relationship with Radio 4.  I listen most days in the morning whilst working, generally as a hum of a companion in the background, only occasionally absorbing a programme when the words being spoken pricks my ears and pokes my curiosity.  This was how I discovered Sheila Bownas, a master of pattern design.   Women’s ...

Lampshade making course with Cocoon Home

If you need an excuse to extend the August bank holiday weekend, Cocoon Home is running a traditional lampshade making course in their North London workroom on the 30 and 31 August 2016 (9.30am - 5pm). In this two day workshop, you will learn lampshade making using traditional hand sewing techniques and will leave with a fully balloon lined ...

January 23, 2016

Pattern perfect

In October last year, I moved into an extremely spacious live/work unit, two floors below where I was originally living and working. Previously, it was more living among my work than having a good balance between the two. Now I have a large work area, living space, dining section and a bedroom. I've struggled to do it up as I've been so busy and ...

Almost a year ago, in April 2015, I enthusiastically, and somewhat impatiently, registered on the London Metropolitan University, Introduction to Leatherwork course.  Unfortunately, for uninteresting reasons, they had to cancel.  I almost cried into my calico (cursing it all the while for not being leather).  Finally, I am sat here at lunch ...