I have been soooooo excited to share this with you. In July I was contacted by Pretty Nostalgic Magazine and asked if I'd like to style and write and article about British lighting designers. They envisioned a feature with 6-8 designers lights photographed in the woods at twilight. Oh my goodness. I immediately squealed across the studio 'Sarah Mason Sarah Mason Sarah Mason, come quick, we've got the most exciting job to do!'.
And so the planning began. Where were we going to do it? How were we going to light all the lights? How would we get everything we needed to the woods? Can we fit ladders in the car? Who's good at climbing trees? We thought, being surrounded by woodland that it would be easy to find a location but it was trickier than anticipated. We needed somewhere accessible by car and with low hanging trees. Emily Jones our lovely friend who runs The Tinderwood Trust Forest School came to the rescue and introduced us to the perfect spot and we got permission from the land owner to use it. Phew!
So. Ready to roll. Euan, Ffion, Will, Suzi and Robert all helped out...many hands make light work as they say.
It was a challenge. You see this shot? Beautiful Jennifer Collier paper shades just about ready to shoot. Well this was moments before a rain storm. Yes it had been beautiful all summer and then the week we planned the shoot was the week of thunderous downpours and flooding. We had to bundle everything under a tarpaulin and wait for the rain to stop (ages). We all trundled out of the woods in the dark with soggy lampshades and heavy hearts :(
But we bounced back to the woods again the next night and knew exactly what we were doing the second time round.
I found these brilliant battery powered LED egg lights shaped like bulbs and attached them to black cable which we tied to the branches. An absolutely perfect simple solution.
It really was magic. The lights looked utterly beautiful in this woodland setting.
I'm always so excited to discover new quirky things that light up. I stumbled upon these Ghost Houses on Etsy and had to order some for Radiance.
They are made by Dan and Mer of 2of2 Goods and they come all the way from America.
The houses are made from MDF and paper and the trees from bamboo and floral foam. They are mounted on a base of reclaimed timber and you can turn the light on with a very satisfying clunk of the chrome switch.
They are really very sweet and I'm really pleased to have them at Radiance. You can see them here.
I've never had much room to display any wall lights but the new shop layout gave me the opportunity to create a new wall. We wired it up yesterday. There's even room for more on there so watch this space! :)
People often say that they have trouble finding unusual wall lights, or they have just bought a house with ugly wall light fittings that they need to replace ASAP. I'm trying to find the pretty ones for you!
We'll be adding these new ones to the website soon.
I am so pleased to have Maxine Suttons new printed and embroidered lampshades at Radiance. They arrived this morning and it's the first time I've seem them in the flesh. They are better than I imagined.
I first met Maxine a few years ago at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair where I saw some lampshades that she had made. She couldn't wholesale them though at the time so I couldn't buy any for the shop :(
I did write about her in Illuminate though and found out all about her and her work and her lovely shop Blackbird in Margate.
But since then there have been developments and Maxine had developed a brand new range of shades. They are printed on hand woven organic cotton and printed with Soil Association approved inks and some of them have embroidered details too.