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Toast Magazine x House of Quinn

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Read my full interview with Toast Magazine and head over to their store for more information on the quilt collection I created for Toast.

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For me, it’s important to focus on making products that last, are usable and that people want to have in their homes and become part of their lives, instead of mass producing.

Julius Arthur, founder of House of Quinn, is one of the five New Makers that TOAST will be supporting and nurturing throughout the year.

“I’m terrible at drawing, so I’ve always used collage to get my ideas across,” admits Julius Arthur. The Brighton-based designer has a Masters in Fashion Design and, having originally set up his own menswear label, has now turned his hand to homewares. 

“One of the reasons I moved out of the fashion industry was because it was so fast-moving,” he says. “For me, it’s important to focus on making products that last, are usable and that people want to have in their homes and become part of their lives, instead of mass producing.” 

His love for textiles combined with his passion for collage propelled him to create a series of quilted pieces under the name, House of Quinn. “I’ve always had this connection with making things that people have around them, things which build a narrative and an emotional resonance,” he explains.

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Launched in 2016, House of Quinn is a line of signature quilts, cushions and soft furnishings made by hand out of Julius’ Brighton studio using sustainable fabrics. Traditionally, quilt-making made use of textiles, usually leftover scrap fabrics, to make something that was utilitarian, while providing warmth at home. 

“I’ve taken the traditional idea of quilts and elevated them with my own modern designs.” Julius uses fabrics from end of line production rolls in a bid to be as low-impact as possible. “Even the wadding I use is from recycled fibre,” he says, animatedly. 

“I try to ensure the materials I use are sustainable or come from ethical sources. But sustainability isn’t just in the materials it can also be in the process.” he adds. “It can be about keeping old techniques and making sure those techniques are used and taught and shared.” 

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Read the full interview on the Toast Magazine Page

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We need your help answering a few questions

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I need your help and would love for you to get involved in a really quick customer survey.

I am reaching out to customers and followers to ask you want you want to see from House of Quinn in the future. We have lots of exciting projects in the pipeline and I want to ask you directly what you would be interested in.

From new products to running workshops. It will take no more than a few minutes of your time and consist of five questions in total!

You can find our short survey here

I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Thank you

House of Quinn

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London Craft Week Diary - Toast Creative Residency

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In the build up to London Craft Week we headed to PaperMill Studio in Islington for a day of Quilting at the Toast Creative Residency.

Wondering into our temporary quilting studio for the day, I was amazed at the space. Paper Mill Studio is a converted property consisting of three main rooms. A beautiful photographic studio, kitchen conservatory and the loft space on the first floor.

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Greeted by the Toast team in the morning, we were able to set up within this amazing space in preperation to meet the public and toast followers as they cameto attend a series of workshops happening over the three day residency.

Sat on an old parkay work table, I joined Takashi McGil as they gave demonstrations. Showing people how they carve and make their Japanese wooden items and collection of hand made spoons of all shapes and sizes.

Over the course of the day, I slowly quilted away on some smallsamples that I have been working on, practising to give our first workshop later on this year at Port Eliot festival.

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As the crowds came and went for their workshops I had the opportunity to meet and talk to lots of interesting people who came to watch me quilt and talk about my work. Chatting away about composition and stitch, it was really nice to be able to interact with people who were passionate about design and textiles.

While we are at the Creative Residency we were able to enjoy some of the other things that were on offer for workshop goers and vistors.

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Toast also champions artists and during the event the work of the amazing Sue Lawty. Natural Materials and craft process sits at the centre of Sue’s work and the series of work that was on display was beautiful. Being able to get up close and personal with Sue’s work and to also meet Sue was such a great extra surprise for the day. I am a very big fan of her work and process.

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We were also treated to some amazing cuisine from the talented Sarah Cotterell. Serving the most amazing Dal I have ever had in my life. It was mind blowing if you are a fan of simple but really well made food.

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The New Makers display was also at the Residency Space, showcasing the work of the four makers taking part in the mentoring programme offered by Toast earlier this year. It was nice to see everyones work together in the space which was disaplyed so nicely together.

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Kinfolk Magazine

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House of Quinn was featured on Kinfolk Online. I sat down with Kinfolk to talk about how I got into quilting and a bit more about the brand and my contemporary craft practise.

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Quilting isn’t the most obvious choice for a young designer with a background in fashion. What drew you to it?
A quilt is about home, daily life, where you’ve been and who you’ve known. It’s about stories and history. I hope people take one of my quilts and 20 years down the line, it’s changed hands and ended up who knows where.

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Read the full article on Kinfolk

Toast New Makers x House of Quinn

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2019 started with a bang as House of Quinn was invited to take part in the Toast New Makers programme.

After submitting at application to Toast we soon found out that House of Quinn had been selected to be part of an amazing opportunity. Working with the Toast team and being offered the chance to showcase and retail our signature quilts within their stores and online.

Coming together with four other makers, House of Quinn quilts sit amongst an offering of beautifully designed objects for the home. A seletion of ceramics, wood work and textiles created by some of the newest design talent within contemporary craft.

The collection has launched online and featured on the Toast Website.

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The experience so far has been incredible. House of Quinn was invited to attend a studio day hosted by the Toast creative and marketing team. We met up in London at Laboratory studio’s in Clapton where we met for the first time.

Entering the space with a mixture of excitment and trepidation I was greeted by some amazing people and all the nerves disapated as the Toast team worked with myself and the other makers to shoot our products and us! There was a photography crew who talked us into having our portraits taken (a daugnting task for anyone like me who hates their photos, I am sure many related to this) and the creative team who talked to us about our products before we all sat down to a makers lunch.

Seated around a long table, we were treated to a spread of amazing homemade food and the opportunity to ask questions and talk to the Toast team. They talked to us about everything from design to marketing to working with makers around the world. It was such an interesting day and the team looked after us and supported us in what were the next steps in getting our collections ready for the launch of Toast New Makers.

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The Collection of objects is availiable on the Toast website and select Toast stores.

You can read more about the project and see the whole collection here

Looking forward to sharing more updates with you over the next few months! Check back for more or follow us on Instagram to see how we are getting on.


House of Quinn - Baban

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Baban is the Cornish word for baby and over the last year we have been working on some smaller House of Quinn quilts for the little ones in our lives.

We love to create with sustainable materials. Working with natural fibres to create unique and exclusive interior objects. After some experiments we put together a baby sized quilt, 1 meter x 1 meter using organic cotton quilt batting and natural textiles sourced from sustainble and renewable resources. The result was some adorable quilts which we shared last month.

Featuring the beautiful Otto, this quilt was inspired by mid century shapes and colours. Collaged together to add some brightnes and vibrance into the nursery. We loved the idea of neutral interiors for the babies room, peppered with bright objects to grab the attention of the little people in our lives.

We will be working on some more quilts for the Baban collection and building on our offering of simple luxuries for the little people we love.

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House of Quinn x Rhoko Interiors

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After showcasing our latest collection of quilts at London Design Fair we managed to catch the eye of the wonderful Rhoko Interiors.

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Rhoko is based in Manchester and run by the Lovely Lianne who has curated a selection of rare art prints, and interior items created by some of the most talented makers in the UK. A treasure trove of lovely objects for the home, you can find unique and unusual objects within the Rhoko collections.

House of Quinn worked with Rhoko to create a unique collection of quilted cushions, exclusive to the Rhoko store.

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Terracotta interiors with YOU Magazine

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House of Quinn’s En-Tir collection was recently featured in an interior editorial for YOU magazine . Styled by the amazing Jennifer Haslam.

Showcasing the warming and comforting hues of terracotta within the home, House of Quinn quilts were stroon across the linen covered bed creating a sumptous sleeping space and bringing the House of Quinn quilts to life.

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In conversation with : House Of Quinn

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House of Quinn collaborates with five makers to show at London Design Fair 2018. Working with Ensemble to create a considered interior environment and curated lifestyle experience with the show space of Truman's Brewery London. 

we sat down the Ensemble team for a conversation about everything to do with House of Quinn and my practice. How our quilts came to be and what making means to House of Quinn. 

You can find the full interview and also find out about the other makers taking part in the show here. 

"A place in which making is only confined by its idea but not by its outcome. Everything I do has a connection or inspiration running through it, but it could sit in your home, wardrobe, house, living space".

Statement Quilting & London Design Fair 2018

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House of Quinn takes on London Design Fair 2018, throwing in an offering of contemporary statement quilts into the design arena. 

A moment in London's Design calendar and a destination for innovation within interior and surface design. London Design Fair takes over every inch of Truman's Brewery exhibition space in the heart of London's East End. 

LDF is focused on makers practise, techniques and tradition. Even with innovation you will find inspiration in traditional making. House of Quinn provides a tactile moment amongst concrete, plastic and glass. Contemporary quilting and statement soft furnishings go hand in hand at House of Quinn. Offering a very different approach to traditional quilt making. 

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The world of quilting comes with a preconceived idea, even when I tell people what I do they make a politely disguised but confused face until I show them a few photos. Then they are onboard.

My practice has evolved over the last few years, and my love for quilt making happened from questioning what I was going to do with the off-cuts and excess waist from when I used to make clothing. I am a secret hoarder (not so secret to my friend and housemate) who cannot bear to part with something if I know it is useful or will one day have a purpose. 

I know, we all preach clean lines, open plan living and simplicity. All of which I love, but when you are a maker there is always at least one room in a makers space that is dedicated to collecting and hording all the wonders of that maker's world. 

Textiles have always been a big part of my working practice, as well as connecting with objects. Items that you collect to tell your personal story or remember someone else's. Quilts are the quintessential functional yet emotionally charged, created to tell stories which come from all over the world. 

With that built-in providence and the time it takes to tell each story in 'quilt' form, quilts have become the canvas for House of Quinn. 

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Telling stories with textiles and creating functional yet beautiful, statement moments for house and home is what we will be bringing to this years London Design Fair. Showcasing a traditional approach with a contemporary outcome and turning quilts from dowdy to desirable in a contemporary design setting. 


You can find us at London Design Festival here

20th - 23rd September 

Old Truman Brewery, London

Stand 7.33 - Hall 7

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Guest Maker | Luke Beachey

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House of Quinn is working with local artists and makers in a new series showcasing curated collections of interior objects and artwork. Creating a space to explore themes and work with common connections. Each maker's work is featured in the HoQ online concept store. 

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The first in our series of makers is Luke Beachey. With a beautiful, honest and captivating application of line, form and shape. Luke spans the world of artist and maker. We worked with Luke to feature a collection of his prints and original artworks that capture the folklore heritage personal to him and that also resonates within the HoC collections. 

I went to visit Luke at his home in Brighton to have a catch-up and cup of tea! Luke told me more about his inspirations, motives and how he likes to work, while we were surrounded by beautiful objects and items that Luke has collected or created. A very personal display of artefacts and objects that define Luke as a person and maker. I loved spending more time with Luke working on this project so I hope you enjoy it just as much. 

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Where are you from?

"I’m originally from Cardiff in Wales but I spent a lot of my youth growing up in Carmarthenshire in west Wales. It was very rural, we lived in an area surrounded by farmland. I moved away from Wales to study and have been based in Brighton now for nine years. Always close to the sea."

Where did you study?

"I studied fine art painting at Brighton University, graduating in 2011."

If you had to describe your work in one sentence what would it be?

"Femme folk witchcraft underscored by trans identity and welsh heritage."

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Making by hand is an integral part of the House of Quinn studio practice. How important is it to you and what does it mean to you to be able to create?

"Oh, it’s extremely important. Sometimes artwork comes to be through practical trial and error while much other output comes to be through ritual and magic intention."

What are the main themes in your work?

"Queer identity, my own personal gender identity, welsh folklore, femininity, ritual and process. Mental health and self-care.Many of those themes have developed over the past ten years. My own gender identity and my relationship with folk art are continuing to evolve. I hope it will be explored further in my practice"

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What is your one tip for anyone who is a creative person/maker/artist?

"Get a thick skin. Take on criticism when you ask for it. Keep those who give you a constructive critical opinion close. Don’t give up hope when people and galleries don’t take notice. Don’t ever feel like you are embarrassed to ask for help. Most of all, don’t take yourself to seriously! It’s meant to be fun after all."

What’s next when it comes to your work. What are your plans and aspirations? What can we look forward to seeing?

"I’m looking at illustrating a book of short stories that I’ve written! New shows this year and hopefully some collaborations in the works."

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Luke's work resonates on so many levels for me, and I hope that you will find Luke's words inspiring and the work as enchanting as I do. We have a curated collection of Lukes prints featured in the House of Quinn concept store as well as some original artwork ready to be sent to you. 

You can see the full collection from Luke Beachey here. 

and you can follow Luke here - Instagram: Lukebeachey

We will be sharing some more stories from new makers joining the House of Quinn makers series over the course of the year. You can keep up to date by joining our mailing list or following House of Quinn on social via the links below. 

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East of Home

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House of Quinn joins forces with East of Home, a new boutique located in the heart of Baths artisan quarter. 

East of Home's founder Felicity has set up shop to showcase new designers and products that represent the ethos of East of Home. 

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Searching, sourcing, creating and finding has been a way of life for as long as I can remember, often culminating in the question: "Where did you find that?"
East of Home is the embodiment of a long-held dream and desire to create a space where I can sell pieces that hold resonance, have meaning; keepsakes that last forever, the polar opposite of fast fashion.
East of Home can't be summarised by tag lines, it's no one thing; it's a collaboration between artisans, crafters and designers.

Owner of East of Home, Felicity

Find out more about East of Home here

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Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

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House of Quinn was invited to take part in The New Craftsmen Summer Show. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, which is taking place at the Mayfair Showroom from the 21st July to the 9th August. 

It is open to everyone and showcases a selection of 17 makers across many different mediums. 

The Launch of the show was an amazing event, with cocktails supplied by Our London and served in the conservatory. Everyone that attended were in high spirita and looked incredible. I had the opportunity to speak to some of the other makers at the show, talking about there amazing work and inspuration. Local Maker Tom of Holland also based in Brighton displayed his work, looking at mending old items and giving them a new life. 

For the show I created a series of six cushions, inspired by the Cornish landscape and stone circles. Entitled 'Trigva' meaning abode or home in Cornish. Each cushion is hand quilted and appliquéd with a hand binding and hand painted textiles. 

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Inspired by Cornish landscapes, these cushions have been created using traditional quilting techniques with renewed or hand-painted textiles sourced from British and European textiles mills. House of Quinn, based in Sussex, prides itself on small-batch manufacture and sustainable approaches to design and making.

If you are in London and want to pop into the show. You can find them easily at the end of oxford street, going towards Marble arch - Click here for a map.  

The Show is on from the 21st June - 9th September. 

Find out more here - The New Craftsmen

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The Festival of Quilts

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because I have been getting knees deep in quilts and quilting here in the studio. I thought that it would be nice to delve into the quilting world and find out what was going on in the larger quilting community. 

When I was much younger, I worked in an amazing fabric shop in the heart of Cornwall, each week the local quilters would come in and get their supplies. Riffling through the fabrics and spending hours strolling along the vast shelves of quilting cotton that we had at the time. It was a dream job as a young person, making their way into the creative industry *

Inspired by the world of quilting I entered The Festival of Quilts 2017, for the first time! Exciting! 

Hosted at the NEC in Birmingham, The Festival of Quilts is home to hundreds of quilters and quilt related makers from all over the world. From the very traditional to the new guard of the quilting world. I entered in the hope to put forward my point of view and showcase my quits in an international setting. 

This year I am sending in two quilts for the show and I am really excited to let you all know how it goes and what happens in the coming months. 

Here is a little video of me prepairing my entries for the show. 

 

* if you want to find out more about the fabric store it is Truro Fabrics and you can find them here at www.Trurofabrics.com 

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Contemporary Craft

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As a maker or craftsmen (person) the world of contemporary craft is a diverse and wonderful industry. Traditionally spanning wood, metal, fibre, glass and ceramic the nu maker in the modern age is looking to diversify and broaden the horizons of contemporary crafts.

A melting pot of traditional techniques and new wave approaches to making. We are discovering a new world for the crafts industry, a world away from chintz bunting. 

The hand made provides quality, luxury and an appeal that only handmade can provide. This mixed with the new vanguard of makers means that finding individuality in your surrounding and the objects you choose to live your life around, and with have become once again an interesting proposition for the homemakers amongst us.  

We have put together a short list of the best in contemporary craft events, showcasing the world of contemporary craft and great design. 

DIY Art Market 

"DIYAM started as a pop-up art fair the summer of 2014 in Hackney, London, and has quickly grown to a bi-monthly event, at multiple venues, that has to date, showcased over 500 artists, and independent publishers.

DIYAM functions as an affordable space for a diverse group of artists, designers, collectives, and publishers, to exhibit/sell their artwork, engage with the public, and share experiences, opportunities."

Find out more here / DIY Art Market

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London Craft Week

"London Craft Week takes up residence in the capital early each May. This annual event showcases the very best international and British creativity and craftsmanship through a ‘beyond luxury’ journey-of-discovery."

Find out more here / London Craft Week 

Our house | A home for All - Selfridges 

"Drawing on the creative spirit of The New Craftsmen and its makers, ‘A Home For All’ is themed around a series of domestic rituals – Rest, Gather, Play and Cleanse.

Whether making sourdough bread around the table or slumbering in haystacks – craft, atmosphere and materiality combine with physical activity, encouraging a sense of community, discussion, play and imagination."

Find out more here / A Home For All

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Berlin trip

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Last month I went on a little trip to visit on of my favourite people in what is becoming one of my favourite cities, Berlin. 

For a long time now, Berlin has become an artist and creative get away with many people making the move and getting stuck into the Berlin way of life. 

Every time I visit I understand more and more the magnetic attraction to the city. It pulls you in and you feel like you can be yourself and experience and absorb everything about it, from amazing nightlife to food and the people. Small independent business's really making a name for themselves. It is an exciting place to be. Most have probably visited, but if not I really recommend going, getting off the beaten path and enjoying the less touristy side of the city. 

One of my recommendations and new favourite Berlin hotspots is Hallesches Haus. Tucked away in Tempelhofer, Hallesches Haus General Store & lunchroom is buzzing. My friend Jen introduced me to this place on my visit and it was perfect. 

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A beautiful open space, highlighted with a plethora of botanical accents against a tranquil, muted colour pallet, Hallesches Haus offers one of the best brunch and lunch menus in the city. Simple but beautifully tasty food provided by local purveyors. Seasonal and Organic is the main agenda here and it is done so well. Independent coffee provided by Blaue Bohnen Coffee Roasters as well as a selection of light bites, pastries and drinks. 

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But that is not all, It keeps on giving. Host to not only the lunchrooms, Hallesches Haus is also a general store. A trend which originates from the costs of California, they provide a one-stop shop for your home, clothing and beauty needs. A curated selection of products that add that extra special note to your day, that little treat that sometimes just makes life a little easier and puts a smile on your face. 

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You can find more about Hallesches Haus below in the links. 

Photo from Hallesches Haus Instagram

New Brighton Stockist

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We are proud to be able to say that as of January we now have HoQ Quilts stocked at Tidy Street General Store in Brighton. 

You can find the amazing shop at 102 Gloucester Road, Brighton, BN1 4AP. 

Opened in 2016, Florence Dixon has put together an exciting new shop with an emphasis on modern craft. A curated selection of homewares, clothing and accessories. Tidy Street General store is a great destination for those looking for something unique, well made and individual for either your home or to wear. 

Find out more here

 

What's new for 2017

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Well, we are getting knees deep into January 2017 now and we kicked off the year to a good start. 

As you know. House of Quinn has been slowly but surely expanding. We have taken on some new local makers into the store, we are looking to work with some amazing people in the coming months and we are also excited about some new products that will be dropping as the season progresses. 

But overall 2017 is going to be a year of motivation, moving forward and trying new things. We have set ourselves some goals and plugged in some time to really getting going with the creative ideas that have been buzzing around the studio. 

These are my three top goals for 2017 - 

  • Make and create more
  • Visit new places and discover new things
  • Enjoy life to the full 

As each month goes on I will keep updating you guys with what is going on, plans, developments, products and new blog posts. But I also really want to know what you guys are up too, so do drop us a line and let us know if you have any exciting plans, ideas for the shop or for the blog. Products you would like to see, or ideas for collaborations. 

We love hearing from the followers, readers and customers so do say hello!