stay home & feather
Despite loving and trying on some of what FARA Workshop had to offer, we walked away without a clothing purchase.
That doesn’t mean to say we walked away purchase-free, because as discussed, the walls of the shop are used as avenue for art and illustration, and what was on show was as covetable as what was on the rails…
It is the fantastical work of illustrator Ben Jones.
Ben appears to piece together elements of the familiar in a new way…
From novels to classic and surrealist themes are tackled and composed in a part-collage, part-blockprint-effect way with thoroughly unexpected pops of colour.
And in homage to the shop – and feeling a bit in pieces ourselves – his Frankenstein caught our attention and the attention of our pocketbook…
A monster. Angry villagers. Being in pieces.
It all just felt very right now, so if the zeitgeist fits…
After passing it repeatedly for the last few months, we finally and happily made it into FARA Workshop on Pentonville Road…
Take the best qualities of the charity shop experience (unique finds, clothing with a story, charity) and remove all the less-than-charming qualities (the lingering scent of dust, must and mothballs, terrible lighting, stains of an indeterminate origin) and generously pepper with originality and skill.
Because FARA Workshop sells both quality donated clothing (that has been lovingly mended) and completely original pieces that have been beautifully Frankensteined together from the donated garments and fabrics.
There is even an in-shop sewing space where the donated clothing and fabrics are refashioned into their new incarnation.
And the rails are full of some pretty fabulous stuff for both men and women.
Add to that walls of art showcasing emerging talent, the occasional sewing workshop and a thoughtful (and completely repurposed) interior design, and it is not just the recipients of their charitability that win, but anyone who wants to walk away with anti-High Street originality.
On a day when I needed to feel good, experiencing FARA Workshop was a welcomed experience.
If you are lucky enough to be nearby, just go: THE FARA WORKSHOP, 28-32 Pentonville Road, London N1 9HJ
I realise lately that I am missing the 80s.
But not for the usual stuff that people miss about that decade… not the music or the high-maintenance hair or the rise in designer narcotics abuse.
I miss the TV (simple and laugh-track-ladden). I miss the comfortable proportions of the clothes (oversized). And I miss my entrepreneurial spirit. For in the 80s, I had a solid schoolyard business in stickers.
Okay, so maybe they are more labels than stickers, but they are fun and playful and they allow you to spice pup the ordinary.
They are even mix-and-match, thus allowing you to construct labels in different incarnations.
A panel here, a tail there, a kicky zigzag. It’s all too adorable. At €25.00 for 200 components, they better be.
But still, it’s a small price to pay for a nice flashback.
And then the internet delivers printed enamel joy and all is well again…
Already huge fans of Cathrineholm and the vintage leaf pattern, we were thrilled to come across the modern-day equivalent in the range from Finnish company Muurla…
So much our aesthetic, the Yellow Leaves collection is now all over the kitchen at Social Nesting HQ – so much so that there is nowhere to put a cup of coffee.
We didn’t splurge on all of it, but I could justify the choices I picked as needs – we needed a large roasting pan, we needed a small milk pan, we needed a medium pot, and more than anything, we needed more printed enamel in our lives, because frankly, who doesn’t?
The stuff is phenomenal for cooking with (so long as you watch your heat) and it cleans up a dream. And it’s lovely to look at.
While extolling the virtues of Lotta Kühlhorn and the lovely collections that we do have access to (so we shall cease to complain),
I was considering the other favourite Lotta of mine – Lotta Jansdotter – who for years has produced delicate and delicious prints that elevate everything from simple stationery to candles to über-covetable status…
And as I look into this very talented designer/illustrators work…
all I can think is “Damn…
… I gotta change my name to Lotta!”