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  • The Goat Race

    Posted on 02/04/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    We went down to enjoy the bank holiday weekend premier sporting event The Oxford & Cambridge Goat Race. Held at Spitalfields City Farm in the heart of east Landaan it was a day of goat based puns and hot mulled ginger Cachaça, and a very serious race!  The Cambridge goat shown here pounding into the last corner for a glorious win! The event raises cash to keep this London gem open and free so we can all connect with our inner farmer.

     


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  • Ter·rar·i·um

    Posted on 20/03/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    Our collection of Terrariums are now available!

    Terrari-What? Terrariums are defined as "a glass container, chiefly or wholly enclosed, for growing and displaying plants'. Otherwise neatly described as an indoor greenhouse or a pimped up planter.

    These glass sculptures are perfect for a stylish botanical display. The meeting of glass, solder and geometric forms along with plants is stunning. Terrariums are satisfying to plant too, choosing and arranging your plants is fun. Watch out for the non-threatening circle shaped cacti, it's orange furry exterior hides the fact it will plant a hundred tiny needles in your fingers!

    Our terrariums are hand crafted in the UK and are available in two colour finishes, black or copper. The Pyramid and Cube shapes are pictured in black finnish.

    The Teardrop and Triangle shapes are designed with a ring for hanging (pictured in the copper finnish).

    You can purchase our Terrariums here. 


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  • Doll Hand Soap

    Posted on 05/03/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    Wonderful, creepy, cute and obscure. American artist and designer Marie Gardeski originally made thousands of tiny doll hands from soap for an art installation. The soaps are made from natural ingredients and are perfect for both scrubbing dirty paws or a quirky display. Either way they are sure to spark conversation...

     

    Coming in a set 8 hand soaps enclosed in a lovely green bag - very handy for giving! Each set is slightly different with differing doll-hand-shapes & skin-ish colors.

     

     

    You can buy Doll Hand Soap here.

     


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  • Fresh Art

    Posted on 27/02/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    We are very pleased to be stocking the work of Spanish artist Eduardo Barba. On top of designing excellent art, Barba is an architect specialising in the restoration and reinvention of old buildings. He combines his architectural perspective with graphic design to communicate ideas and storys that he can't develop in his buildings. A fascination with simple geometric shapes and different methods of organising information such as charts and maps run through his work.

    Bold and beautiful, just the way we like it. You can buy prints here.


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  • Nuevos Tejidos

    Posted on 21/02/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    We just received some new textiles from Peru. The fabrics are made in the Sacred Valley near Cusco, the geometric figures and bright colors are typical from of the area. The technique they use is called 'telar de cintura' or backstrap weaving in english, each piece can take up to a month to make!

     


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  • Hopi Katsina Dolls

    Posted on 12/02/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    These cool figures are called Katsina dolls, the traditional spiritual carvings of the Hopi American Indians. Each doll represents a Katsinam, the spirit messengers of the universe which are central to Hopi beliefs. There are thought to be between 300-500 different Katsina spirits in the Hopi religion which all have their own representations.

    The dolls are carved by initiated tribesmen and given to Hopi girls at different stages of their childhood. Each katsina represents a spirit, some in the form of an animal such as a scorpion or snake, and others represent natural element such as rain or snow. Each doll is given at different points of a girls childhood to teach her about specific Hopi beliefs and traditions. The dolls are first given at infancy and then often presented by male dancers dressed as the same spirit during ceremonial dances.

    Our collection of dolls were made by master artist Vernon Mansfield who sadly passed away last month at nearly 80 years old. Vernon was part of a movement to revive the traditional style of the craft and we fell in love with his use of vivid colour and pattern in his work.

    The dolls are traditionally carved using the root of cottonwood trees which are significant to the Hopi as the roots seek out water which is in short supply in their arid southern lands. Each of these katsina is a unique piece of art that exemplifies the artistic skills and spiritual nature of the Hopi tribe.

    You can buy the dolls here.

     


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