Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bird In Borrowed Feathers

A lovely new independent shop has opened in the centre of town, Bird In Borrowed Feathers is tucked away down West End Arcade, just off Angel Row. A tiny shop full of handmade products from local and national designers owned by sisters Hannah and Georgie. Definitely worth a visit, and they will soon be stocking
Rock Villa Lampshades (made from vintage fabrics) and screen-prints.

Cushions from Modflowers, lovely greetings cards from Daisy Cat
and beautiful screen-prints from Jane Ormes to name but a few.

Jewellery beautifully displayed on old sewing thread reels as hooks, and old drawers as shelves..

Free goodie bags were given out to the first 15 customers!

Find them online at:
or follow them on facebook at:
18 West End Arcade, Nottingham, NG1 6JP

Bird in Borrowed Feathers in right next door to the lovely: so make sure you stop by for a delicious crepe or galette and a gourmet coffee while you are there! 

Creperie Photo

Thursday, September 5, 2013

From Barnet to Brisbane....

Wanted to share a lovely new commission with you, made for a First Year Wedding Anniversary gift - and as the first year is celebrated with 'Paper' what a perfect present!. This large A2 piece was made in colours requested by the customer to match their living room, brown leather sofas and teal upholstery. I was given lots of great details to work with and incorporated the fact the couple came from Barnet and Brisbane (using these map locations as the staring point and the end of the piece, with the distance between the two places included in the middle). Details about how they met, first dates, special places they had travelled together, wedding location, honeymoon, children's names and birthdays, hobbies, sports and personal nostalgia were all included to make it a really special piece with lots of little details to discover each time you look at it.


 Barnet to Brisbane....

16,517 Km!

Some kind words from the customer, who was a pleasure to work with...

"It arrived safely today thank you and looks fantastic! I love it and I'm sure Nick will too. You've done an incredible job".

"For a completely unique and special gift I highly recommend Rock Villa Designs' art pieces. I ordered one as an anniversary present and am delighted with the result - a beautifully designed and made piece of art that matches our house and is completely personal. The process was very simple and Suzi came up with creative, interesting ways to incorporate the information I gave to her into the piece. She produced the art extremely quickly, kept me informed throughout, and the quality is exceptional. My husband and I love the piece it and each time we look at it we see another little detail of our lives woven in." 


These artworks really work well with lots of little interesting facts and momentos to make it really special and full of memories. Made in your choice of colours and sizes - for more information and prices please email Prices for an unframed A2 piece start at £120.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

40th Birthday Personalised Artwork

A commission for a 40th Birthday celebration (and also a ten year wedding anniversary) in yellow, mustard and greys - mixed with graphic pattern. Including a little tin can and the tin man for the tenth year anniversary celebration :-)
Available for any occasion just email
for more info or to discuss an idea.

Digitally Printed Wallpaper

Beautiful Digitally Printed wallpaper collection by Arthur Slenk,
produced in collacboration with NLXL - made from reworking old sheet music.

"Arthur Slenk (1941) found two boxes of handwritten music sheets over twenty years ago, used by an amateur orchestra between 1872 and 1941. The documents had not seen daylight in almost half a century. Carefully, he started examining page upon page, discovering the genesis, the varying pressure of pen upon paper, a corrected error, a tiny ink stain where the pen had stumbled over a fiber, fingerprints, signs of wear in the corner where the sheet was flipped over – all these traces suddenly shined a light upon the obscure members of this amateur orchestra. He then sorted the sheet music by subject into separate envelopes, and finally pasted. Each design was painstakingly subjected to critical examination, often followed by corrections. After seven years of work that produced 144 Letter-size designs, he considered this enormous task completed.
NLXL has selected 8 of these designs for a new wallpaper collection. The result is simply astonishing. New state-of-the art scanning techniques were developed to capture the depth of the paper clippings.
The vintage feel of the yellowed paper combined with the history behind the sheet music makes it look like a historical document on a wall.
Images of the new collection can be downloaded at The Arthur Slenk Collection will be presented in 2013 at all major fairs worldwide. Official premiere at ICFF New York, May 18-21, NLXL booth # 1325. Collection and catalogues in stock in April 2013. Samples for photoshoots available now.
Remixed Wallpaper by Arthur Slenk
8 designs, 900 x 48,7 cm >4,4m2 / 354” x 19” >47 SQFT"

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Personalised Artwork for a Graduation...

Been working on another personalised piece this week -
this time for a graduation present,
includes lots of personal details.
A4 unframed £45 (framed £60)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Present for Teacher...

Soon the kids will all be breaking up for the holiday (hooray!!!) if you need a
present for a teacher - our lovely framed laser-cut apple would be perfect!
Created with the exquisite technique of laser-cutting the artwork is delicately burnt away form the card leaving the beautiful cut out patterns and shadows. 
Framed and mounted, ready to wrap.
£10 each + p&p email
if you would like to order one.

Personalised Artworks

If you are looking for a unique present - how about a personalised artwork. Including memorable dates, family names, special dates and locations and any other details about the person receiving it, to make it special and nostalgic to them. 

A3 artworks - £65 unframed (£80 framed)
A4 Artworks - £45 unframed (£60 framed)

All can be made in your choice of colour and style, mixed in with vintage maps, pattern, graphics and other paper ephemera - each little circle holding a memory.
Perfect for a wedding anniversary (First year is Paper), wedding present, special birthday or new baby. Drop us an email to discuss your ideas and let us create something beautiful that will be a lovely memento to cherish.

50th Birthday Artwork