Supporting the creative community - the Just a Card campaign May 20, 2018 12:30
News flash - the Just a Card campaign is celebrating its 3rd birthday this week!
Just a Card, which is supported by Mollie Makes and The Design Trust, is a volunteer-run campaign to encourage people to buy from artists, designers, independent shops and galleries. It was started by the artist and designer Sarah Hamilton when she saw a message from gallery owners who had recently shut up shop. It said that if everyone who had complimented the gallery had bought just a card, it would still be open.
The campaign got us thinking about everything it takes to run a small creative business and the importance of supporting the people behind the scenes. We know lots of talented creatives who have turned doing what they love into a day job (or in some cases evening, weekend and stolen-moment jobs!).
Beyond the printing, painting, sketching and design work, there's tons of donkey work too. There are no marketing or social media teams working to promote their products or brands, nor accountants to do the number crunching. It means that these makers, designers, artists and small business owners have to be multi-skilled multi-taskers to pull it all together!
At Mimosa Street, we love being able to showcase some of this creative talent. We've worked with many wonderful designers and makers over the years and their work is considered, original and beautifully handmade.
Just a Card Week is the perfect opportunity to say a big thank you to all of these hardworking makers and designers. And a special shout out goes to the Just a Card crew for supporting the creative community!
If you'd like to know more...
- The Just a Card website
- Read about the Just a Card campaign on the Mollie Makes website
- Just a Card Week and how to join in
- To find out more about the creative process and makers at Mimosa Street, read our Q&A series with creative thinkers, inspirational designers and artists.
All about... Purses made from recycled paper March 01, 2018 00:05
Beautifully tactile purses made from recycled kraft paper are the latest additions to our vegan accessories edit. They're ecologically sound, vegan friendly and remarkably robust too. They even feature RFID blocking fabric to protect your cards.
Designed by Lesley Kershaw and Amanda Maguire, co-founders of Maguire's, recycled paper purses embody the spirit of stylish and compassionate living.
Here Amanda tells us why paper purses are a bright idea.
"Compassion for others, for the planet and for the creatures that share it with us is essential"
Tell us a little about the materials you use...
We use recycled kraft paper, which was originally made from soft wood pulp including pine and bamboo and is typically used for packaging. The pulping process gives it high-tear resistance and elasticity making it perfect as a robust material for our purses.
They also feature special RFID blocking fabric to help protect your debit and credit cards against data theft.
How can I expect my paper purse to age?
I have used mine daily for over a year and it still looks great. With use it will naturally crease on the fold but that only adds to its unique character. Once you have felt how soft and light the paper is, you won’t go back to your old purse.
What inspired you to create paper purses?
We love creating sustainable, yet luxurious vegan accessories that are kind to animals and the planet. Our purses and wallets are designed in Surrey with cruelty-free and the environment as our drivers.
We think life is for living and having beautiful accessories to enjoy is part of the fun. We wanted these purses to be elegant, simple and light to carry. But compassion for others, for the planet and for the creatures that share it with us is essential, so we were determined to create products that support these values. Our purses are handmade by a small team in China that uses sustainable materials and shares our values.
How will my purse be packaged?
Each purse comes elegantly packaged in a recycled (and recyclable) natural card box.
How should I care for my purse?
Paper purses are very easy to clean, just dab any marks with a damp cloth.
Vegan purses: Beautiful designs that tell a story December 06, 2017 19:10
Our collections are always carefully curated, and as a PETA-approved vegan brand, we don't include products that are made from leather or other animal-derived materials. That's why you'll find lots of interesting alternatives in our vegan-friendly collections.
Tilo vegan leather purse in pewter, £16: Aura Que designs at Mimosa Street are a collaboration between Laura Queening, who designs the collections, and the small producer groups and charities she works with in Nepal.
The latest additions to the vegan purse edit, for example, are handmade from materials such as handwoven cotton and vegan leather that's sourced directly from a local market in Kathmandu. Tilo vegan leather purses are carefully handmade by small fairtrade producers in Nepal to an exceptionally high standard so that they can be treasured and used for many seasons to come.
Upcycled green fish purse, £16.50: handmade in Cambodia from hardwearing recycled sacks.
The vegan purse edit also includes oilcloth clutches that are handmade in England by British textile designer Susie Faulks, and upcycled vegan purses that are made from recycled sacks by an organization that offers training and equitable wages to disadvantaged women in Cambodian villages. There are also bold botanical designs that are hand screen-printed in Newcastle upon Tyne onto 100% unbleached cotton.
Himalayan mountain clutch purses, £12: hand screen-printed with an eye-catching geometric mountain vista design. The cotton is handwoven in South Kathmandu and is stitched by a fairtrade collective that is dedicated to promoting Nepalese craft skills.
The beautiful designs in our vegan purse edit just go to show that it's possible to shop cruelty free without compromising on style. If a product has an inspiring or interesting back story, we think it adds to its charm, which is one of the reasons we've included a Meet the Maker section in our online product descriptions.
You can also find out more about the creative talents behind products at Mimosa Street in our Q&A series with inspiring makers, artists and designers. We're always on the look out for beautiful new vegan-friendly designs too, so watch this space!
Rowan bird oilcloth purse, £16: multi-purpose oilcloth purse featuring blackbirds among berry-laden rowan branches - an original print by British textile designer Susie Faulks.
Your seasonal inspiration on Instagram #inspiredbyseasons_autumn November 02, 2017 13:05
You may remember that we recently launched a new collective project to document and celebrate autumn over on Instagram. On the autumn equinox we invited you to share your seasonal photos with the hashtag #inspiredbyseasons_autumn.
A selection of your beautiful #inspiredbyseasons_autumn pics. With thanks to @kelmberg, @liveotherwise, @courtyard_cottage, @so_siehts_jinke, @susiefaulks, @fourbearsandme, @berrairene, @krystyn.p, @traceyjhunter
Since then, the gallery has been filled with beautiful pictures that capture what this magical season means to you and how it has inspired your creativity...
There have been all sorts of beautifully creative ideas, from wildlife inspired textile designs and pretty flat lays to beautiful wreaths of seasonal foliage, berries and flowers.
Drum roll please! Thanks for all of your beautiful #inspiredbyseasons_autumn pics. The gallery is awash with autumn loveliness, making it hard to pick a winner of the Seedball tin and hand screen-printed pouch! After much deliberation, the prize goes to @fourbearsandme for this beautiful autumn wreath.
Competition small print - The prize consists of a screen-printed Poppy pouch designed by India Johnson of Greengage Studios and a tin of Tea Mix Seedballs. Anyone can join the project (please do!), but the prize will be for one lucky UK resident only. Only entries seen in the #inspiredbyseasons_autumn gallery before midnight 7 November 20017 will be considered for the prize, and the winning entry will be announced on our Instagram feed and here on the blog later that week. Best of luck!
In search of seasonal inspiration - a new collective Instagram project September 22, 2017 11:12
Autumn has arrived and it's one of our favourite times of the year. If you love the turning of the season, help us celebrate over the coming weeks by sharing your autumn pics over on Instagram with the hashtag #inspiredbyseasons_autumn.
We'd love to see your photos of autumn's changing colours, seasonal flatlays (think foraged autumn loveliness, for example) and autumn-inspired craft projects. If you'd like to get involved, tag @mimosastreet in your posts too and we'll share some of our favourites here on the blog and over on our Instagram feed.
Back once again for the #renegadeplantlife April 20, 2017 09:55
#Renegadeplantlife - a collective Instagram project celebrating the unruly, wild beauty of nature - is back! Some of you may remember the tag; it's about stopping to notice tenacious plant life - a plucky little plant growing from a crack in a wall or a pretty flower peeping out from the tarmac, for example.
The hashtag is a collective project over on Instagram that's about taking a moment to stop and notice nature - like this self-seeded plant growing by the roadside.
With the arrival of spring and Earth Day just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to resurrect the project.
If you’re on Instagram, pop over and take a look at the feed. Everybody is welcome to join in - simply use the hashtag and tag @mimosastreet. We love seeing your #renegadeplantlife pics and will share our favourites in the feed and here on the blog.
A few of your beautiful #renegadeplantlife captures, with thanks to @hilltopfarmgirl, @edencottageyarns, @modernbotanics and @circleofpines.
Project Calm and Nature News March 24, 2017 08:05
Mimosa Street has been featured in Project Calm, a new magazine that's packed with creative ideas, contemporary craft projects and beautiful photography. We love the hand-lettering and vibrant illustrations on the cover (by Bristol-based artist Matilda Smith).
"Product collections at Mimosa Street are very carefully curated - you'll find beautiful gifts, accessories and objects for the home, many of which are handmade.
A special mention went to our vegan accessories edit (did you know that Mimosa Street has been recognised as a PETA-approved vegan brand?), including Susie Faulks's handmade oilcloth purses and the "bold botanical designs by up-and-coming designer India Johnson of Greengage Studios in Newcastle upon Tyne".
Washbags and multi-purpose pouches by Greengage Studios are all hand screen printed onto 100% unbleached cotton and feature original designs that are inspired by simple shapes such as heavy poppy heads or olives in a jar.
If you'd like to find out more about the creation of these beautiful handmade products, check out our interview with India Johnson, founder of Greengage Studios.
"With an emphasis on naturally-inspired and playful designs, their vegan purses and washbags are made from materials such as hardwearing oilcloth, recycled sacks and natural linen."
If you fancy some nature-inspired craft projects, news and stories, the latest issue of Project Calm is out now. We were featured in a round-up of nature news alongside Rebecca Desnos, whose new book, Botanical Colour at Your Fingertips, offers a guide to botanical dyeing and the colour potential of plants.
She's also about to launch a new magazine, Plants are Magic, which celebrates botanical creativity and explores the human relationship with plants.
There'll be articles on plant-based art, craft and food, plus contributions from all sorts of botanically creative people including natural dyers, herbalists, artists and makers. We can't wait to get our hands on a copy!
"Plants are Magic is a magazine for makers, dreamers and plant lovers."
Naturally inspired and animal friendly July 30, 2016 19:40
At Mimosa Street we never knowingly stock products that are made from leather or other animal-derived materials, which is why you'll find lots of interesting alternatives in our collections.
Our vegan purses, for example, are made from materials such as hardwearing oilcloth, recycled sacks and natural linen. With an emphasis on naturally-inspired and playful designs, our vegan accessories prove that you don't need to compromise on style when you shop for cruelty-free products.
These upcycled clutches are handmade in Cambodia from recycled sacks. They have magnetic fastenings, along with compartments for credit cards and zipper sections for loose change.
They're made by an organization that offers training and equitable wages to disadvantaged women in Cambodian villages.
Our collection of vegan clutch purses and washbags by designer-maker Susie Faulks are PeTA approved. They're designed and handmade in England.
Inspired by nature and country living, Susie's playful designs include the Hector washbag, which is handmade from oilcloth.
Time for a cuppa? #mytuesdaypositivitea May 03, 2016 14:55
Thanks to everyone who's tagged a picture with the #mytuesdaypositivitea tag over on Instagram - it's been lovely to see these uplifting moments in your day. And how over a cuppa plans are hatched and creative ideas are formed.
If you’re on Instagram, pop over and take a look at the feed, and feel free to join in. Simply tag your tea break pics on a Tuesday using the #mytuesdaypositivitea hashtag. If you tag @mimosastreet as well, we'll get a notification that you've joined in too.
Meet the Creatives December 04, 2015 11:30 1 Comment
Have you seen our Q&A series with inspirational bloggers, designers and artists? If you’d like to get to know some of the creative people behind our favourite blogs and products, hop over to our Interview pages.
Textile designer Helen Round at work in her studio
The latest in the series is a conversation with talented designer-maker Helen Round, who hand screen-prints our beautiful linen washbags in Cornwall. Take a peep at her stunning garden-top studio and find out what inspires her work.
You can also meet our favourite up-and-coming designer, Cheryl Rawlings, who recently gave up her nine-to-five job as a fashion buyer to concentrate on her artistic endeavours. Find out what inspires the illustrator, and why she leaves sketching until after dark.
Celebrating the creative journey October 14, 2015 16:37
Have you seen the #wipsandblooms tag on Instagram? It’s a place for makers and crafters to share pictures of their wips (works in progress) and seasonal blooms. It’s a really lovely idea – a celebration of nature, the handmade, and of the creative process itself.
While the creative journey can be crisscrossed with challenges and setbacks, these often beautiful and carefully considered pictures tend to have a soothing, more sedate quality and they capture something about the sense of contentedness that can come about through making.
Looking at the feed and comments, you also get a sense of the community that binds the makers behind these images.
The #wipsandblooms tag is co-hosted by @aplayfulday and @ceramicmagpie. If you’d like to get involved, take a photo of your work in progress (wip) and your favourite seasonal blooms (this month the theme is 'foraged'). Don't forget to use the hashtag and to tag the hosts.
Their favourite entry for October will win a bundle of little treats from Mimosa Street (pictured above). And if you don’t fancy taking part, you can still visit the #wipsandblooms feed for some creative inspiration.
Whatever you’re making this month, enjoy your creative journey.
PS. If you're on Instagram, you can find Mimosa Street here: @mimosastreet.
Autumn giveaway on Facebook September 23, 2015 18:54
Albert Camus hit the nail on the head when he described autumn as “a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
We love this season of colourful foliage and squirrels busying themselves among the fallen leaves. To celebrate its arrival we are giving away a bundle of prizes over on Facebook. Entering is easy, just like our page and comment on the competition post telling us why you love autumn.
Best of luck!
If you're on Facebook, we would love for you to join us.
The competition prize consists of a lovely fairtrade finch bottle stopper, a vintage-style pocket notebook and a bee mix seedball tin.
Full competition terms and conditions are available here.
#Renegadeplantlife: an introduction September 17, 2015 09:59
If you follow Mimosa Street on Instagram, you’ll probably already be familiar with #Renegadeplantlife. It’s a collective project where people share their pictures of tenacious plant life using the hashtag.
It’s about noticing and celebrating the way that nature seems to thrive despite the odds sometimes being stacked against it. About stopping to take a moment to notice the little things: that plucky little plant growing from a crack in a wall or that pretty flower peeping out from the tarmac.
If you’re on Instagram, pop over and take a look at the feed, and feel free to join in! Simply use the hashtag and tag @mimosastreet. We love seeing your #renegadeplantlife pics and will share our favourites in the feed and on the blog.
A few of your beautiful #renegadeplantlife captures, with thanks to @hilltopfarmgirl, @edencottageyarns, @modernbotanics and @circleofpines.
Hello new blog! Hello new and improved Mimosa Street! September 09, 2015 17:12
We've been busy making Mimosa Street better for phone and tablet browsers, so it's now much easier to shop with us when you're on the move.
We're also launching a new blog where you'll have a chance to meet some of the artists and designers behind your favourite products.