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  • Mirrored Geometric Animals by Arran Gregory

    Our friends at Caine Leather posted a great link earlier today. We looked, we saw, we definitely liked!

  • Moving Your Precious Furniture... Safely

    If you love well-designed, quality furniture, and have spent time and money filling your home with it, the last thing you want to do if you need to move house is to risk it being damaged or broken in transit when you move house. The trouble is that moving house for anyone with more than one room in a share-house to pack up will always involved help from other people. And those people may well mess up, even if they are seasoned professionals with experience of packing up and moving many other people’s homes. When that happens, it can be distressing and expensive. If that precious piece that you saved so hard for, and admire so much, is damaged in a move, it is hard to feel much charity towards those who caused it. So, what can you do to prevent this from happening? And if it does happen, what can you do to get some compensation for your loss?

    Choosing a Removal Firm

    The first thing to think about is where you get your moving quotes from. If you have any particularly expensive or delicate items to be moved, then you may find some firms which specialise in doing so. Remember to get quotes from a few different firms, rather than just settling for the first one you call. It is important to look at more than just the financial part of the quote. The price is, naturally, important, and you know what budget you need to stick to. However, you also need to look at exactly what the removal firms you get quotes from are prepared to offer. Ask them for their policy (in writing) on damage to your items. Also ask them if their staff have training in how to move fragile items, and what precautions they take to ensure that such items survive the journey intact. Such questions should be fairly revealing about how they will treat your favourite pieces.

    Ensure Insurance

    If the worst does happen, and even with the best care in the world, it may do, what can you do? Any reputable firm will have public liability insurance which should cover any such eventuality. In order ensure that you will be able to get back the cost of your furniture, check before booking any firm that they do have such insurance. If they don’t, do not even consider using them. Apart from the actual problem that you’ll have if they do cause damage, it is likely such a firm will be cutting corners elsewhere too (regard any particularly low quotes with a degree of healthy suspicion for this reason). If you need to make a claim on their insurance, then you’ll need to liaise with the removal company to do so. It’s best in these situations to keep calm and be reasonable. Of course, you won’t get your antique dresser or designer mirror back, but as long as the company (and you) have taken all reasonable steps to ensure that they were protected, you have to accept the breakage. Human error will always occur. The aim of making an insurance claim is to get compensation for your loss with which you will be able to at replace it with something similar, even if it’s not the same.

    You could also consider taking out your own insurance. If you have a really valuable item to transport, then it might be worth thinking about doing so. Sometimes, your home insurance policy will allow you to insure particular items as an extra even when they are out of your home (although of course, if you are moving home you will need to make sure the insurance applies to your new home too). Generally, a removal firm’s insurance should be all you need to cover your goods, but your own insurance might give you extra peace of mind.

    The Last Resort

    If the worst comes to the worst, and you have booked a removal firm who don’t have insurance, and they have then broken or damaged your prize possessions, then the best option available to you is to pursue them through the small claims court. Remember, they are in the wrong, and should have had insurance, so you have a reasonable claim to make. Of course, if your broken item is more of sentimental value than financial, it may be best just to lick your wounds and learn your lesson, but otherwise? Make sure you get your money and buy something even more fabulous!

     Author: Izzy A. Woods

  • STROKE.02 | 2010

    Announcing the forthcoming STROKE.02 Urban Art Fair, Munich, Germany, 27-30 May 2010.
    Hype, trend or subculture? Urban art is part of our dynamic cultural development. Despite its increased popularity over the last year it is economically still nowhere near the level of the classic art market.

    STROKE’s organisers want to change that and at the same time set some new trends. Urban art is being shown in galleries and museums, handled by auction houses, and is part of a new global art movement taking place outside of the establishment. It is probably the first art movement whose history, relevance and potential is continuously changing, existing in direct correlation with worldwide distribution via the media and the creators themselves. It is also arguably the first art movement where national borders or cultural differences have no role to play.
    More detail at the Stroke.02 website.

  • Eduardo Paolozzi

    PaolozziPieces by artist Eduardo Paolozzi, including work for Ambit magazine, will feature in The Jet Age Compendium, an exhibition at Raven Row Gallery, London E1, from 4 September to 1 November 2009.

  • Cornish Design Fair 2009

    Trereife ParkTrereife Park in association with Hidden Art will be hosting the Cornish Design Fair for 2009. The Fair will be held over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd August in the grounds of this historic manor house. With direct access onto the main A30 this should prove to be a very popular venue and attract a large audience.

  • Function Meets Art with the Ribbon Coat Rack

    Ribbon coat rackInspired by a ribbon blowing in the wind, Ribbon is a wall-mounted coat rack. Successfully merging function and art, when in use it holds up to 5 coats and scarves, but by itself is wall art.

    Designed by UK based Hemal Patel. More information can be seen here.

  • Bryan Illsley - Selected Works

    Bryan Illsley SculptureBryan Illsley, exhibiting at Swansea's Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, is a well-established artist, whose diverse practice includes painting, print, sculpture in metal or ceramic, and also jewellery.

    Working variously with colour, texture, form and structure, he absorbs abstraction with intensity. Unlike many artists, there are no preliminary working drawings or sketches to guide him through his meditative paintings.

    Neither are there maquettes to steer the course for his rugged sculptures. Relying on spontaneous impulses, he picks up his brush, his clay or a handful of rivets and begins to work, often with a 'wildness barely controlled'.

    With a serious mind, and resolute spirit, he continues to develop his raw abstract creations with unrelenting vigour.

    Bryan Illsley was born in Surbiton in 1937. He came from a working-class background with no interest in the arts. In the early 1950s, he became apprenticed to a monumental stonemason and later attended evening classes at Kingston School of Art in Kingston-upon-Thames.

    In 1963, he moved to St Ives and worked part-time at the Bernard Leach Pottery. In 1968, he established a partnership with Breon O'Casey in St Ives, making studio jewellery. He now lives in London.

    Bryan Illsley has contributed to numerous jewellery exhibitions at Arnolfini in Bristol, Ewan Phillips Gallery, Pace Gallery and Electrum Gallery in London. Mixed media shows include Oxford Gallery, Oxford, and The Maker's Eye, Crafts Council Gallery, Waterloo Place, London. Solo shows include Bryan Illsely: Work in Wood, Metal & Paint, Crafts Council Gallery, Waterloo Place, London and Uncertain Joys at Barrett Marsden Gallery, London

    Work in public collections includes amongst others, Contemporary Art Society, London; Kettles Yard, Cambridge and Plymouth City Art Gallery.

    The exhibition is curated by Ralph Turner at the Craft Gallery, 2 July -11 October 2009.

    For more information on the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery visit

  • Anna and The Witch’s Bottle

    witch's bottleNews reaches me that London based independent design circus, La Boca, has designed the book and CD versions of Anna & The Witch’s Bottle by Geoff Cox, which features illustrations by Rohan Daniel Easton.

    The limited-edition of 300 will be published by Black Maps Press in September 2009.

  • American Chateau Room One

    american chateau room oneJaime Hayón and artist Nienke Klunder are collaborating on an exhibition of furniture and art pieces inspired by 17th-century European crafts.

    The show, American Chateau Room One, will run from 11 September to 22 October at Spring Projects Gallery, 10 Spring Place, London NW5.

  • Own A Banksy Style Stencil Graffiti Artwork On Canvas

    Art By People has launched a new and creative range of hand sprayed graffiti stencils on canvas art.

    Gordon Brown Banksy GraffitiFresh from the diligent and creative types at Art By People, a unique range of artworks on canvas using the graffiti technique popularised by the street artist Banksy and launched to coincide with Banksy's biggest ever UK show in Bristol.

    Before the launch of the The Stencil Factory co-operative you might scour the internet looking for something different on canvas but the only so called ‘art’ available would be from galleries selling canvas prints taken from stencil graffiti (not the actual hand sprayed stencils themselves). The Stencil Factory values the feeling of an artwork that clearly shows the bumps and lumps of the paint on canvas. The individual sweeps of the spray can over the cotton surface and chunky frame.

    Heath Ledger Joker Banksy GraffitiNew designs are added weekly to their store but currently they range from the iconic Heath Ledger Joker portrait to the more comical political takes on Gordon Brown's current precarious position. You can also commission them to create a complete one-off portrait of a friend or loved one.

    Each Art By People hand cut stencil will last for about 5 canvases so what you see and own is unique. Some designs are total one-off’s, depending on the mood of the artist on the day. The final canvas is then branded with a sprayed on ‘Art By People’ logo on the side wall to give that contemporary cool finish.

    Get in quick and view the new range of stencils on Canvas Art at

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