Month: October 2013

Interview: sculptor Dominic Gubb

Welsh-based artist Dominic Gubb loves nothing more than to see what he can make from discarded materials. So much so that since leaving art school he has forged a career making animals, especially dogs, out of reclaimed leather, discarded furniture, plastic bottles and unwanted gym ropes. He is so good that you’d think they were real. In fact, if you like idea of having a pet but have no time to walk one or no desire to pick up the poop, one of Dominic’s rope dogs would do the trick quite nicely. His rope dogs are made from a combination of welded steel armature and reclaimed gym ropes that have been deconstructed, dyed and washed. Getting the right form and expression for the animal requires a painstaking process of hand-tying and shaping with the rope. With his leather animals, Dominic uses reclaimed leather from abandoned sofas and either reclaimed furniture legs or hand-shaped legs from reclaimed timber. The leather is stripped and washed and, using a hand-crank Singer sewing machine, folded and sewn into shape. …

Question for the day …

Guess what type of skin this is made from? If you guessed salmon, then top marks! Who’d have thought you could upcycle scaly old fish skin into something that looks convincingly like snakeskin? Well, the Finns did at Thin King who have, up until now, been making card cases out of anodised aluminium. The salmon are raised on certified organic farms and only the highest quality skins are chosen for tanning and dying. Each skin is tanned using 100 per cent chrome-free materials and then stretched and stitched by hand. But they’re only doing a limited run. Perhaps the salmon caught wind of the idea …

Designers Sam and Jude of Suck UK

Once upon a time, there were two young designers who had a dream … Brit design duo Sam and Jude (aka Sam Hurt and Jude Biddulph) had a big dream 14 years ago when they graduated from Central St Martins College. They wanted to make commercial gift products that were quirky, original and down-right fun. Although they had other jobs and no money, they still dreamed the dream and in between irregular work on budget films, television and interior jobs, they started creating. Setting up in the kitchen of their North London bedsit, they worked on their ideas – ‘making stuff that we liked for no-one in particular’ – often through the night, with a limited budget but lots of nous. When their flatmates got tired of living amongst the prototypes, they found an empty room in a squatted embassy building in Primrose Hill, where they were able to experiment and develop to their hearts content. Until they were evicted. Oops! But undeterred at losing their space and equipment, they pushed on with their dream. …

Living in a bubble: Christmas gifts

If you’ve been hiding in a bubble, it’s now time to come out … It’s exactly 9 weeks until Christmas! Can you believe it? Just wanted to say that if you’re looking for unique and original gift ideas pop on over to the store. We WILL post overseas – just ask me for a quote. And remember, many of our products come from different places around the world so allow time for postage if you want them to arrive in time for Christmas!