March is a truly great month, one of our favourites in fact. We’re feeling joyful thanks to the appearance of spring bulbs and blossoms. We’ve been enjoying the magnolia flowers and fresh scents of the season, and even doing a bit of planting ourselves. In light of this natural resurgence, we’ve based our March Wish List on all things botanical, green-fingered and growth-orientated. From flowers and seeds to leafy homewares and naturally-sourced fashion accessories, here are a few springtime gems direct from the best designer/makers, creatives, and independents around the UK and the rest of the world.
1. Owen Gildersleeve is a talented illustrator whose prints and products have us feeling at one with nature. His ‘Abscission’ print features colourful leaves of all shapes, sizes and species, in bright and cheery contrasting colours. Though these leaves are probably a little more autumnal than springlike, it’s the delicate original paper cuts created by Owen to form this print, that have grabbed our attention. These fragile natural forms fill us with optimism for better days to come.
2. A zinc and glass frame from independent homeware emporium Att Pynta is no ordinary item. Yes, you could use it to display a photograph or print, but why would you, when the glass sides offer a perfect mount for precious keepsakes and inspirational sprigs from your garden or local park? Each frame is strung with a recycled sari tie so no two ties are the same. These frames are built on the principles of fair trade and equal opportunity so are handmade using recycled and natural materials through sustainable methods of production. We think they’re very special, like glass lockets for your wall.
3. Swedish illustrator and designer Hannah Karlzon is inspired by art nouveau, punk rock, and the 70’s flower child movement. Her prints and postcards feature beautifully hand-drawn flora and fauna that weave in and out of one another in perfect fluidity. This set includes four stunning postcards, so you can send a couple to friends or loved ones, and frame one or two for yourself. We particularly love the pinks and greens of Hannah’s magnolia and bird design; that’s one for the wall.
4. Jasmine White draws her inspiration from life in both India and the UK. Her processes are based on traditional crafts and skills from communities in India which have been inherited through generations. Jasmine believes strongly in the importance of sustaining communities that would otherwise have been displaced due to increasing urbanisation, and her elegant yet practical products reflect this. We’re very much enamoured with this sage enamel tumbler, decorated with traditional floral designs it tells stories of the emergence of spring and of family in far-flung places.
5. With the sun finally shining, it’s probably time to pick up a new pair of sunnies. These Rosewood Bosworth sunglasses have been crafted from natural materials by Finlay & Co using sixteen stages of intricate craftsmanship. Using sustainably sourced hardwoods, this independent sunglasses company lends itself well to those who enjoy the textures and colours that natural spaces have to offer. Go for something a little different this spring, and show your love for green materials and wood craft.
6. London Terrariums are a duo of green-fingered creatives who believe that owning a garden in the city needn’t be a pipe dream. At one of their workshops in Peckham or central London, you can craft and cultivate your very own terrarium, and enjoy the beauty of a self-sustaining green space in your home, workplace or studio for the foreseeable future. For more information about London Terrariums and their upcoming workshops, peruse our feature on them here.
7. Kabloom‘s seed bombs are guerrilla gardening at its finest. Join the fight to save the bees and make your area a paradise with the Pollinator BeeBom. It contains a specially selected bee-friendly wildflower mix of nectar-rich wildflowers favoured by bumble bees and honey bees. Simply soak it, throw it, and watch the flowers bloom. Seedboms are niftily embedded with an explosive mix of organic peat-free compost and seeds and are all handmade in the UK from recycled, organic and biodegradable materials. Let’s do a little easy gardening for the bees!
8. Lesley A Bramwell (LAB) tirelessly hand-pours her botanical candles from her lab in the Devonshire Quarter of Sheffield city centre. Each of her Essence + Alchemy candles comes with set of Lesley’s LAB Notes, a list of the different essential oils, which make up each unique candle scent. This Flowers candle is made from a lovely floral blend of Ylang-Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood, Sandalwood and Orange. These uplifting scents, plus a little plant wax and a wooden wick are all that goes into an Essence + Alchemy candle. No synthetic fragrances, no additives, just pure botanical goodness. Lesley’s stockists include Moonko in Sheffield, Whositwhatsit in Newcastle, The Family Tree Shop in Exmouth Market and T&Shop in Stoke Newington.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth