Category Archives: General

25Jul

The Alphabet Of Arcane Trades: W is for…

W is for…

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Wainwright
One of my favourite travel adventures would have to be spending the night in a Gypsy caravan in the Scottish highlands, so it goes without saying that I look into the little-known & rarely discussed history of the wainwright, or  wagon builder. Perhaps the original traders focused on one style of wagon – fairly run of the mill – that would take drivers and their cargo from point A to point B, but I would like to imagine that somewhere along the line, there were a couple of truly creative wagon builders who tinkered with the formula and tricked out their designs – I’m thinking hidden storage compartments, beautifully upholstered seats and intricate timber work on the side panels. Whether they fell into the former or latter camp, I love their focus on transportation, and you can imagine that you could say that these traders could be considered early inventors, making minor tweaks to their original wagon for speed, aesthetics or to optimise its design.

 

The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…     H is for…
I is for…      J is for…
K is for…     L is for…
M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…     R is for…
S is for…      T is for…
U is for…     V is for…

22Jul

Finding Beauty In Everything

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A girlfriend of mine once asked where I hide all my ugly stuff. I believe that nothing has to be ugly. I’ll keep an eye out for something old, well-made and so considered in its design and material over the quick buy. This applies to hole punches, receipt pins, string holders, tape dispensers and the like.

Bowerbird Instagram Competition - The Society inc. by Sibella Court

Not only are you recycling & saving some room in landfill, but you are bringing back the past with well-made, well-designed machinery that continues to be relevant & functional in our digital age.

Bowerbird Instagram Competition Shaving - The Society inc. by Sibella Court

Why not choose a material or colourway that helps you sort through the visual noise and hone in on what you’re after. For example, I might choose timber with earthy-toned rust details, but perhaps you’re more inclined to look for the shiny thing – just like the bowerbird gathering his blue nest decoration. Perhaps you might set yourself the task of replacing one of your quick buys, such as a pair of secateurs or a multi-purpose clip, with a more time-worn and history-rich option. That way, you can accumulate your collection slowly, in a treasure hunt-style fashion.

For me, the treasure hunt never ends…

19Jul

From Our Colour Box: Caravanserai


The Society inc | From Our Colour Box: Caravanserai

For all of the dimensions available to look at in the world, colour is one of the most captivating. In my job as a stylist, the 10-colour palettes which I have created have proven to be the best starting point for decorating any space.

I have shared my journey of colour hunting with you all, exploring and sharing the ways in which you can use my palettes in your own space, as well as the inspiration behind them. Now I wish to go deeper into the meaning and inspiration behind the individual colours within these palettes.

Every colour in all of my 10-colour-palettes have been thoughtfully and individually named by my own experiences.  Every colour & name that goes with it is unique & has its own story to tell.


The Society inc | From Our Colour Box: Caravanserai

Today we have pulled Caravanserai from our colour-box, which is part of Travellers & Magicians, found in Etcetera.

This palette was based on an adventure I had with my mum to Uzbekistan & beyond, where we followed part of the ancient silk route. Caravanserai was a roadside inn where travellers could rest their weary heads & recover from a day’s journey along the Silk Road. The journey and photographs I took whilst travelling here reflected my surroundings, the beauty within nature & even the textiles I sourced on this trip.

Bring this beautiful, deep green inside your home with a simple, hand painted stripe across the wall to cut your room in half, or try this as a dado and paint from the floor to 1200H! Have some fun and mix Caravanserai with Attar Of Rose, Desert & Nomad to brighten up any space!

The Society inc | From Our Colour Box: Caravanserai

 

18Jul

The Alphabet Of Arcane Trades: V is for…

V is for…

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Venator
Ah the thrill of the hunt. While today there is no need for hunting, in days gone by this trader had his place. Perhaps it might be the need for furry pelts and hides to keep the winter chills at bay, or the king’s cook requesting an array of pheasants to celebrate the solstice, the venator would have his orders and set out alone into the woods & forests. I personally prefer the cruelty-free version of history, so I’m more content with the papier-mache trophies of a crafty venator, though I can’t deny a slight curiosity about the life of this character.

The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…     H is for…
I is for…      J is for…
K is for…     L is for…
M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…     R is for…
S is for…      T is for…
U is for…

15Jul

A New Look At The Souvenir

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My Instagram feed is awash with images of friends on holidays! The azure waters of the Greek Islands & the long days of an Italian summer not only make my feet itch slightly, but spark my souvenir-hunting sense.

I think the word ‘souvenir’ gets a really bad rap. Yes, I am a collector of curiosities & things of beauty, but I am just as much a collector of memories. While I may choose a piece for its time-worn look or because I love the paper it’s printed on, I am more likely to bring something home because I love the story or memory that goes with it.

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I want to conjure up all the romance of travel and the idea of coming into the port of a place that was so foreign, the desire to take a piece as a memento was too strong to deny. Souvenirs were often made by local artisans for visiting tourists (also a word that gets a hard time).
Things like shell cameos from the Amalfi Coast, Native American beaded purses from Niagara Falls, pin cushions out of conch shells from the Bahamas.

So as you set out on your own adventures, keep your wits about you and look not only for the thing of beauty, but look a little deeper for the tale that might accompany it. You’ll hold onto your travel memories long after your tan fades, and bring a little more magic back into your home.

14Jul

Object History: Horn Vessels

The Society inc | Object History: Horn Vessels

One of the beautiful things about objects made from horn is that no two will ever be the same; the variations in texture and the swirling colours make each piece a little work of art from nature itself.

Humans have been creating vessels since ancient times (more often than not for containing fermented drinks like mead and wine!), and long before the development of glass and metal, hollowed-out animal horns were used across many cultures throughout history.  They often appear in mythology; the Greek god of wine Dionysus was depicted feasting with a drinking horn and Thor is said to have drunk from a horn cup containing all the seas. The Celts, using horn as a sign of abundance, would intricately carve patterns or use inlaid gold to create beautiful vessels.

Nowadays we don’t usually raise a toast with our drinking horns held high, but one can find horn being repurposed all around the world. In South America, rather than discarding the horns from livestock, they are used to make guampas from which one can sip on a traditional ‘tereré’ brew.

As a fan of repurposing and collecting materials from different countries, I love the unique aesthetic horn vessels can bring to a tablescape, like the top image from the Scotland chapter in Gypsy. We have some delicate assorted horn bowls & spoons available in the shop – for storing jewellery or change, as a salt dish spoon or a cool kid’s tea set, they are perfect for anything!

The Society inc | Object History: Horn Vessels