Sheffield Market time!

We’re pleased to announce we now have a few Steel City Market dates booked and in the diary….yipee!

We’ll be hitting things off at the FORGE market on Sunday 23rd June held at Creative lounge, Workstation, Sheffield.

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FORGE is a contemporary art, design and craft fair raising money for Sheffield’s youth housing charity – Roundabout and Hallam Roses WI.. The market will run from 11am-4pm and entry is free so come and say hi and help raise some pennies!

The next dates in the diary are for the weekender event  on 29th and 30th June, organised by the lovely guys from Knife and Folk.

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The event will be held at The Riverside Pub and will feature an array of some of Sheffields best live outfits, a collection of arts and craft stalls, workshops, clothe swaps and much more…. so make sure you come down and enjoy the delights by the river, we’ll be there all weekend!

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We also have some more dates penciled in so will update you on these when they’ve been confirmed.

We hope you all have a lovely bank holiday and enjoy the ‘sunshine’  🙂

M&H xx

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Ideal Home Show Wallpaper of The Year 2013

Well, what an exciting Monday morning we’ve had this week!

We found out my Owl Flight wallpaper design was in the final 5 of the Ideal Home Show Wallpaper competition 2 weeks ago, 14 days of nervous anticipation and then the big day finally arrived.

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I arrived at the show on Monday morning and reported to the press office where I met with one of the other finalists, Wendy kendall. It just so happens she was also a graduate of the e-course I had recently taken, run by Rachael Taylor and Beth Nichols (Of which I can’t recommend enough! Take a look on their website for more details: The Art and Busines of Surface Pattern Design)

We got chatting and I was some what comforted that Wendy shared my anxiety and nerves (neither of us warmed to the fact we had to go on stage infront of an audience, appear on the big screens and even worse….speak on stage!!) I was glad I didn’t feel alone in my fear for public speaking 🙂

After chatting to both the lovely Wendy and Kat from Wallpapered.com I started to feel calmer…that was until Laurance Llewelyn Bowen walked into the room! Slightly star-struck and reminiscing about the days of Changing Rooms I introduced myself, we shook hands and briefly talked through the plan of action for the awards presentation. I hope he didn’t notice me pinching myself.  ( I was stood next to LLB-eek! )

Wendy and I were then escorted to the stage where we were met with our designs displayed in a line on the big stage for all to see, It was actually really nice to see them proffessionally printed in true scale, It really brought the designs to life and I felt proud 🙂

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Unfortunately 2 of the 5 finalists were unable to make it to the show, one of which was another fellow ABSPD graduate- the lovely Laura Escalante Mora who’s design ‘Blue Blossom’ looked fab on stage!

After engaging with the audience and giving a few hints and tips about feature walls, Laurance called us up on stage (hello shakey hands and knotted stomach!) and we each said a few words about our wallpapers and the thought process behind our designs.

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I can’t actually remember exactly what I said but I think I managed to keep the nerves under control and managed not to let the stage fright get to me too much.

The moment then arrived to announce the winner…..and the prize goes to…….

Wendy Kendall for her Petite Street design!

Wendy’s design is gorgeous and very commercial with the cute little houses, trees and triangles…it would look ace adorning the walls of a children’s bedroom. A well deserved winner! Keep an eye out for Petite Street and more of Wendy’s designs available to buy on wallpapered.com very soon!

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After the winner was announced we were all treated to a glass of champers and even LLB joined us in the celebration, sharing more hints and tips about our designs and his industry knowledge.

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It really was a lovely day out and despite not winning I am extremely grateful to everyone that voted for my entry, I’m  very proud of my fellow graduates and also to be able to call my self a finalist 🙂

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And if you liked my owl wallpaper, you can get your hands on the design in the form of our new little martha and hepsie ltd notebooks. Just right for lists and doodles (or signatures of interior designers and Changing Room stars!)

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In it to win it!

Exciting news!! One of Martha’s designs has been shortlisted for the Ideal Home Show Wallpaper of the year, and the winner is voted for by the public – so over to you guys for some votes, pretty please!!! Please click on the illustration of the wallpaper below to vote for Martha’s design.

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Finger’s crossed this will go into production, but if you can’t wait for the wallpaper this owl design can be found in our Swoop print and some notebooks coming to martha and hepsie very very soon!

Martha moves back up north!

Martha moves from her little London studio to a super snug Sheffield one!

After being made redundant from her full time job, Martha has taken the bold move to return to her northern roots and relocate back to the steel city to focus on martha and hepsie ltd and develop her freelance design career.

At the same time as studying the renowned ABSPD e-course ran by Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls, Martha has been working with Hepsie in her Sheffield studio to develop the new season launch for m&h ltd. Exciting new designs include bespoke wedding stationery, cute children’s invites, birthday cards, and beautiful limited edition prints.

(new season designs are available from 14th February 2013, ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design’ e-course details can be found on www.dowhatyouloveforlife.com).

ODE TO A HAGGIS

I’m not Scottish but mr.D (the other half) has Scottish roots, his dad is a true Glaswegian so we celebrate Burns Night (tonight !) each year with a good old traditional meal of neeps & tatties alongside a fine haggis…ow and don’t forget the essential wee dram to finish it off!

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And with true Scottish pride, the amazing Glasgow breakfast t-shirt (seen above) designed by the very talented Gillian Kyle (one of my fav fellow designers) will be worn at the table 🙂

Visit Gillian’s website here for more Scottish delights (the Scottish pride design is also a favourite for us, we have the mugs!)

Happy Burns Night!!

M x

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Robert Burns

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Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftan o’ the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang’s my arm

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
You pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’need
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead

His knife see Rustic-labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reeking, rich!

Then, horn for horn they stretch an’ strive,
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive
Bethankit hums

Is there that owre his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as a wither’d rash
His spindle-shank a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ bluidy flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs, an’ arms an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o’ thrissle

Ye pow’rs wha mak mankind your care,
An’ dish them out their bill o’fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ pray’r,
Gie her a Haggis!