29 Jun 2010

our garden {part 3}

a little glimpse at twilight in our garden

{part 1 & 2} - {here}


images: twilight in our garden © pachadesign 2010

28 Jun 2010

exeter craft festival this weekend

we are going to be at the Exeter Craft Festival this friday & saturday along with about 100 other makers based in Devon. the fair is on the Cathedral Green and has a mix of potters, photographers, jewellers, textile artists, painters, woodworkers amd much more.

we will have a selection of mirrors, clocks, lighting and chopping boards, as well as the new work we showcased at The Contemporary Craft Fair - our new squares mirrors, coasters and japanese plates.

we are stand number 63 - a different place from where we are usually as the whole show has changed position a little this year. we are usually next to the lovely Laurel Keeley too, but she is in a different place this year too.

the show is this friday 2nd july (10am to 6pm) and saturday 3rd july (9.30am to 5pm) and we hope to see you there.


pachadesign {website}
exeter craft festival {website}

images: pachadesign exeter craft festival 2010 © pachadesign 2010

27 Jun 2010


our friends Roop & Alice (ramp) make the most beautiful pots. those of you who used to read our old blog will remember us featuring their work before, but we wanted to let you know that their new website is now online. we have a few pieces of their work but everytime we see them at a show we always fall in love with something new. Their newest work is a collection of porcelain pieces which includes mugs, small bowls, little jugs and boxes with little oak lids.
we saw Roop & Al the other weekend at The Contemporary Craft Fair and their stand looked beautiful as always - we love the large bowls and platters they make, beautiful elegant shapes with deep blues and delicate markings inspired by nature.


ramp {website}

all images are copyright © RAMP

25 Jun 2010

our garden {part 2}

a little later than anticipated, but here is the 2nd little glimpse into our garden. it's come on a long way since {part 1}. we have had such beautiful weather over the last few weeks and planted lots more flowers so it's looking lovely. I think we must have lots and lots of friendly insects because we don't seem to be having any problems (even the slugs don't seem to be doing too much damage). We grow everything organically so pest control to us is planting flowers and herbs to encourage beneficial insects.

1. buttercups, spinach, mixed salad leaves (rocket, red giant mustard, green wave mustard & mizuna kyoto), mange tout
2. bordeaux spinach
3. bordeaux spinach and desiree potatoes
4. mixed salad leaves and edible flowers
5. lettuces (red & green salad bowl, paris island cos, ice queen, lollo rosso, lollo bionda & corn salad) and cavolo, calabrese & tagetes

we still have more to do on our garden, lots more to plant and lots more to show you, so there will be a {part 3} coming soon.


images: pachadesign garden copyright © pachadesign 2010

24 Jun 2010

i gigi

i gigi, the beautiful store in Hove, launched it's online shop today. selling a mix of furniture, homewares, gifts, and clothing - with muted, earthy tones and lots of natural materials, it's one of our favourites.

the new website also has a portfolio section showing images from two house projects - owners Alex and Zoe offer a personal service for interior consultations from upholstery and soft furnishings, home staging to complete house projects.


i gigi {website}

all images: from the i gigi website.

23 Jun 2010

adele brereton

we really loved seeing Adele Brereton's jewellery & vessels at The Contemporary Craft Fair the other weekend. Beautiful organic shapes made from silver, wood, gold and oxidised silver & copper. Her collection includes rings, earrings, brooches, necklaces, bowls and vessels.

"My work is inspired by drawings made from nature, ancient artifacts or found objects, looking at shapes, materials and textures and translating these drawings into three dimensional ideas. Much of the designing takes place during the making process, developing and evolving as the pieces take shape".


Adele Brereton {website}

22 Jun 2010

more thankyou's

thankyou to everyone that came to our open studio, we really enjoyed it. the weather was beautiful and it was lovely catching up with you all. thanks to everyone that bought work from us and if you couldn't make it, we will be on Exeter Cathedral Green for the Exeter Craft Festival on the 2nd & 3rd of july, along with about 100 other makers all based in Devon.

we must also say a huge thankyou to Jessica for featuring us and saying such lovely things about our work on her blog Svend Design {here} thankyou Jessica!


pachadesign {website}

image: pachadesign open studio copyright © pachadesign 2010

20 Jun 2010

one more day of our open studio

one more day to visit us at our open studio - we are open from 10.30am this morning to 4.30pm.

we had such a nice day yesterday. the weather has been amazing and looks like it will be again today. thankyou to everyone that has come to see us so far, we have met some lovely people. we are a little off the beaten track here in Welcombe and we know that some of you came quite a way to see us so thankyou for making the effort.
and thankyou so much Ali for bringing us that delicious cake! it was just absolutely perfect for the afternoon tea we had sitting in our garden.

we took a few pictures of the studio yesterday to show you. details below.

1. our new squares mirrors, in a different configuration this time and one of our large square clocks {here}
2. detail of our low tea table {here} - with the lovely cast iron tea pot that glenn bought me last xmas.
3. left: medium and long clocks {here} and {here} right: another configuration of the new squares mirrors and our oak & slate lamps {here}
4. a selection of clocks & mirrors
5. another lamp {here} and the new coasters and japanese plates.

pachadesign open studio (as part of Art Trek), well barn, well farm, welcombe, near bideford, devon, ex39 6hg.
last day today - 10.30am to 4.30pm. details {here}


pachadesign {website}

images: pachadesign june 2010 open studio set copyright © pachadesign 2010

19 Jun 2010


a little extra networking can't hurt .... follow us on twitter at twitter.com/pachadesignuk

we are off to open up the studio - enjoy your weekend.

18 Jun 2010

we are open & a few thankyou's

we are all set up & ready for our open studio which starts today at 10.30am. we've made some new chopping boards and some more sets of coasters & japanese plates and have tried a new configuration for our squares mirrors this time. we are open today until 4.30pm and the same again for saturday & sunday - hope to see you here!

we wanted to say a few thankyou's - we've had some lovely press lately. thankyou to Tara from Ink + Wit for the lovely feature she did about our work {here} ... Tara's own work is beautiful and we love her blog too. Also thankyou to Franca from villa d'esta blog - she also featured our work beautifully {here}. We also spotted ourselves featured on the lovely Gullrock blog {here} ... thankyou! and we made blog of the week over at Bonito {here} .... thankyou Luis! - we love your blog too.

enjoy your weekend and hopefully see you at our studio.

pachadesign open studio (as part of Art Trek), well barn, well farm, welcombe, near bideford, devon, ex39 6hg.
fri 18th, sat 19th & sun 20th june - 10.30am to 4.30pm.
details {here}


pachadesign {website}

image: pachadesign open studio copyright © pachadesign 2010

16 Jun 2010

indoor climbing beans

we didn't mean to grow indoor climbing beans .... it just kind of happened.

borlotti beans & french climbing beans.

p.s. we haven't forgotten about our garden {part 2} - it's coming up. catch up on {part 1} here.


images: pachadesign indoor garden copyright © pachadesign 2010

pachadesign open studio this weekend

we are opening our studio this friday, saturday & sunday (18th, 19th & 20th) as part of Art Trek - hope you can all come along to see us! there will be signs all the way to our studio from the A39 .... if you are driving to us, don't be put off by the lane down from The Old Smithy Inn & the pottery - it looks quite narrow but it's fine (and the same goes for our driveway ..... there is plenty of parking and turning space). we are about 250yards from the pub, so you could always make a day of it and have lunch at The Old Smithy (they serve great food) as well as visiting us and then the beach at Welcombe Mouth too. click {here} to find Welcombe on multimap.

we will be selling a range of our furniture & accessories: oak chopping boards from £5, leaf lanterns at £12.50 and our new reclaimed cornish slate coasters & japanese plates. oak & slate lamps and a selection of clocks, our new squares mirrors where you can design your own configuration to suit your space (or we can design one for you) and our low tea table and off-set console. we will have a selection of our reclaimed cornish slate mirrors from £30 and some oak tea-light blocks too.
we usually have a few seconds & some old stock at discounted prices too.

the forecast says sunshine and Welcombe is especially beautiful in the sunshine, so we hope to see you over the weekend! if you want to contact us about the studio click {here} and to see what other studios are open across North Devon as part of Art Trek click {here}.

pachadesign open studio, well barn, well farm, welcombe, near bideford, devon, ex39 6hg
18th, 19th & 20th june ..... 10.30am to 4.30pm.


pachadesign {website}

images: pachadesign june open studio set copyright © pachadesign 2010

15 Jun 2010


thankyou to everyone that came to see us at The Contemporary Craft Fair - it was really nice to catch up with everyone and we met some lovely new people too. we had a good show and had some really lovely comments about the new pieces.

we showcased our new mirror idea and had such a good response. taking up the whole back wall of our stand, we made a huge configuration of squares of slate & squares of mirror. the idea is that each square can be bought seperately and you can make your own configuration to suit your space or we can design one for you. we'll be putting the new mirror on our website soon.

we decided to have our stand white this year (our pieces seems to work well on white but also on very dark backgrounds like black too) and we had lots of little hanging plants in clear baubles which looked perfect with the materials we use for our furniture & accessories.

our oak & slate lamps were really popular this year and also our new coasters & japanese plates - made from little squares and rectangles of the reclaimed cornish slate we use & protected with an eco food safe sealant, they can be used to serve sushi on or simply as little stands for tea bowls. we sold out completely of all the sets we had made! we will be making more and hopefully in time for our open studio this friday, saturday & sunday (details in the next post) and they will be on our website soon too.

we had so many lovely comments about our stand and our work, especially about the new mirror and the two pieces of furniture we had - our low tea table and our off-set console, both made from reclaimed oak & black powder-coated steel.

thankyou again to everyone that visited us and if you missed the show or want to see our work again, we have an open studio here in Welcombe this weekend and then we will have a stand at the Exeter Craft Festival on friday 2nd july & saturday 3rd july - details about both events in the next post and {here}.


pachadesign {website}

images: pachadesign show stand set copyright © pachadesign 2010

11 Jun 2010

the contemporary craft fair this weekend

hope to see you all at The Contemporary Craft Fair in Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey this friday, saturday & sunday (11th - 13th). more details {here}

8 Jun 2010

busy days

we are crazy busy at the moment getting eveything ready for our next show - The Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey this friday, saturday & sunday, so not much time for posting on the blog at the moment we're afraid. but we wanted to say thankyou to everyone that went to see our little joint furniture exhibition at the weekend during The Appledore Visual Arts Festival. we took down the exhibition on sunday and it was such a lovely sunny evening in Appledore - the flags that get put up during the festival along the waterfront looked beautiful. sorry we couldn't be at the exhibition to chat to you all but hopefully you'll come to see us at this weekends show - details {here}.


image: appledore festival flags copyright © pachadesign 2010

6 Jun 2010

j. tillman

when I light your darkened door - our favourite J. Tillman song.

j. tillman on last fm {here}

4 Jun 2010

currently loving

friday already - this week has flown by. we set up for our little joint love factor exhibition yesterday - we all put one piece of furniture each in the exhibition at the baptist hall in appledore ..... if you are in the area over this weekend, you should check out the festival {details here}

in todays currently loving collection we thought we'd show you some of the blogs we have been reading lately - hope you enjoy them. details & links below.

native kee - beautiful gathered bits from kee edwards of organic clothing company loup charmant. {native kee blog} {loup charmant}
ink + wit - tara runs illustration & design company ink + wit and finds the loveliest stuff for her blog from design, illustration, yoga, raw food & travel. {ink + wit blog} {ink + wit shop}
urban legendary - dreamy pics, cool collages & intriguing stories from tasha {blog}
annorlunda - beautiful diptych photography from fanny & virginie {blog}

2 Jun 2010

origin 2010

we decided to apply for Origin this year and we got accepted - we're pretty excited and really pleased that the show is in Spitalfields now .... one of our favourite places. we'll tell you lots more about the show later on - it's not until late september but we are planning our stand already.

don't forget to add your details to our mailing list {here} if you want us to keep you posted about all our events & news.

uxua casa hotel

hope you all had a lovely weekend. we are a bit late with posting this week, it being wednesday already, but we are so busy at the moment. we have been working hard getting lots of lovely things made for The Contemporary Craft Fair {details here} and our summer open studio {details about that soon}. and we will be setting up for the Appledore Visual Arts Festival exhibition this week too {details here}.

so, we're working long long hours at the moment but dreaming of holidays: warming sunshine, calm blue seas, hammocks & cool breezes, green tropical plants, white washed huts on the beach. and we're dreaming of this beautiful place on the Bahia coastline in Brazil owned by Wilbert Das. Uxua Casa Hotel consists of nine houses built & decorated by local artisans using traditional building methods and recycled materials, set within a beautiful secret garden.

it looks stunning - the beautiful photography is by Fernando Lombardi and Wilbert Das, and website details for the hotel are below.


Uxua Casa Hotel {website}
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