25 Jan 2011


Robert Tilling MBE RI (1944 - 2011)
Artist, Musician and long time family friend has sadly passed away today. A fine artist and great blues guitarist & harmonica player. He was such a lovely, jolly, happy & creative man. Sending love to his wife Thelma and family. We first got to know Bob back in the 60's when he was an art pupil of my father, Peter Swan RWA. Since this time he has been a great family friend. My children and my brother's & sister's children all loved 'Uncle Bob.' We shall all miss him very much. You can see samples of his artwork at David Simon Gallery in Jersey by clicking HERE. Plus, a short video about his music HERE.

A great video made by by brother Daniel.

19 Jan 2011


I shall be attending the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair that takes place on Sunday, 20 March 2011 at Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens. The fair will be displaying original, vintage items as well as vintage inspired peices. Above all, everything on display will be truly inspiring and unique.

The Fair will appeal to brides who want a full vintage wedding, and to those who just want something that little bit special. It will also appeal to the discerning vintage crowd. Whether you're getting married or not, there's sure to be something to inspire you amid the exquisite lingerie, jewellery and clothes.

18 Jan 2011


I can really recommend this textile fair at the
Warner Textile Archive. For their website click HERE.

The Warner Textile Archive houses one of the country's most important collections of flat textiles. It features the entire range of fabrics produced by Warner and Sons (including Coronation velvet) from the mid 19thC as well as the original paper designs by some of the country's leading designers and artists such as Venessa Bell, Graham Sutherland, Owen Jones and Alec Hunter. The collection includes a historical and international collection of textiles dating back to the 18thC that designers used as inspiration for new designs. The archive also houses ledgers and photographs relating to the Warner company and its employees. The Archive's Gallery traces the history of the Warner Company and its influence on British textile design.

12 Jan 2011


We have a Romantic Valentine competition on our website this month. Any orders placed on our site between now and 4th February will automatically be entered into a competition to win. For more competition details click HERE.

7 Jan 2011


Our Valentine Competition is now on. Through Period Living you have the chance to win £200.00 worth of Valentine goodies from Rachel Goodchild. Closing date is 4th February 2011 (to get prize in time for Valentines). To enter click HERE.

5 Jan 2011


One of my latest Gift Wrap Designs is called 'KIMONO' and was created out of a rather tatty old box set of hand painted Japanese napkins that I bought at a vintage fair a few years back. I am an avid collector of vintage Japanese anyway, but there was something about these hand-painted pieces of fabric that was crying out to be used. I wanted the design to still look as though it was old tatty fabric, as though it had just been pulled out of an old dressing up box. To buy this design click HERE.

4 Jan 2011


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas? Wishing you all the happiest of times in 2011. We had snow in Bristol and everything looked so beautiful. Please look at these beautiful hand-made cards that were sent to us this year.
Hand made paper Star from the Grimes, A photograph of my nieces having a snowball fight.

A painting by my dad Peter Swan RWA titled 'Fresh Snow', a card titled 'Gingerbread House' by Florence Parsons (Think I might have to keep an eye on that competition!), a lino cut dated 1681 and then a handmade card by Jane (Jinny) Francis.

The Park we overlook (above) and The Clifton Suspension Bridge (below).