Welcome to the THE SHOP FLOOR PROJECT Press Office
Welcome to the THE SHOP FLOOR PROJECT Press Office
The Shop Floor Project is an award-winning online shop, founded in 2006 by Denise Allan and Samantha Allan (mother and daughter) with the aim to design, develop and source collections of the highest craftsmanship from makers and traditional manufactures around the world - with an emphasis on British makers. They see the Project as a series of curated spaces filled with objects that fulfill their main criteria; that the object is worthy of keeping and passing down through generations - be it a handwoven Herdwick blanket or a hand beaten wall sconce from Sweden. The Shop Floor Project has been described as ‘one of the most beautiful websites around’ and was shortlisted for Homes & Gardens Retailer of the Year 2015 award. Our products have been featured in the New York Times, The World of Interiors, Vogue, House & Garden, Elle Decoration, The Guardian, The Times and more.
A Cupful of Craft | NEW WINTER COLLECTION
To celebrate the beginning of December, we have launched A Cupful of Craft, a special collection by five makers celebrating the not so humble cup. In these strange times we look for comfort in the everyday, and a handmade cup can be a really special thing: to take out in the garden, to have waiting for you in the morning, to offer to someone who pays a visit or to give as a gift.
This collection of precious cargo has sailed in from the studios of Katrin Moye, Ginny Sims, Fliff Carr, Emily Mitchell and Michaela Gall. From the huge, oversized Georgian tea-bowl styles to delicate espresso cups, we hope you'll find a favourite piece that is as precious to you as all the tea in China.
Emily Mitchell's beautiful and peaceful hand thrown cups are each given a character by a particular handle and decoration.
“I am enjoying exploring the form of the handle as a ‘portrait’ of a cup. Handles are the connection between me and the person using them. I am also interested in the way a handle shape makes you hold a cup in a certain way, weather a tiny delicate finger hold on a porcelain tea cup, or the grip on a big chunky tankard handle.”
Michaela Gall’s expressive ‘Face Cups’ are hand thrown in her Kent studio using the tin glazed Majolica technique.
Hand thrown cups with modelled details.
Katrin Moye’s spectacular hand-thrown and hand-painted cups with saucers are inspired by 18th century Delftware and Faience pottery.
Each cup and saucer is hand thrown and decorated in the Katrin’s studio in Nottinghamshire, in the artist’s unique style. Using Korean wolf-hair brushes Katrin has been developing her Garland design, practising making the leaf patterns with a single brushstroke. “I love the way the cobalt blue underglaze in particular carries the sweeping mark of the brush with it; a fluid, expressive stroke permanently fixed under the glaze.”
Fliff Carr’s Treasure Cups are all thrown from just a tiny ball of clay, the challenge Fliff sets herself is what myriad of shapes she can create from these humble beginnings.
Shapes and decorations are inspired by her expeditions as a mudlark, someone who combs the River Thames foreshore on the hunt for fragments of the past. Fliff’s aim is for each cup to feel like a ‘piece of treasure in your hand’ and with touches of gold and silver lustre amongst the hand painted lines, these certainly do.
American ceramic artist Ginny Sims' new collection of large cups are hand-thrown and painted in Sims' unusual and striking forms.
Her work seems on the one hand very familiar, referencing 18th century tankard shapes, yet the colour palette and smudgy stormy glazes feel almost Rothko-like, the combination is compelling.
Angel in the Rafters | Christmas 2021
Working with artists and makers from all over the world, we’re aware that the pandemic continues to disrupt lives in all sorts of ways. For our autumn/winter and Christmas collections this year we are thrilled to be able to continue working with all our collaborators, finding ways through and offering support where we can.
It’s been so interesting to witness the huge increase in interest for objects for the home, with a definite focus on the hand-made. As we celebrate 15 years of The Shop Floor Project this autumn, our own focus remains steadfast to creating and sourcing objects with a story to tell. Our hope is that these pieces will be treasured and passed down for future generations, be that a handmade Christmas decoration crafted from tin or a hand-thrown plate decorated with slip.
Many of our collections were shot on location at a tiny 16th century cottage in Cumbria. With lime plastered walls, forged iron windows, hand-made doors and dappled light, it provided the perfect atmosphere for a collection celebrating the hand of the maker.
A SILENT MORNING, DRESSING THE HOUSE, WEARING A CROWN
DRAWN IN TIN | ANGELS IN THE RAFTERS
Tin work, known in Mexico as hojalata, goes back to the 16th century.Known as ‘poor man’s silver’, it is perfect for decorations; light to hang and the embossed detailing catches the light beautifully.
Designed in-house, the decorations began life as pencil drawings inspired by various characters from frescoes in early English country churches, medieval tapestries and early Staffordshire pottery. These sketches were then developed with skilled craftsmen in Mexico to create this collection.
The new pair of Flying Trumpet Angels (above) are inspired by the beautiful ‘angel roofs’ seen in early English churches. First built in the 14th century, these roofs are decorated with intricately carved wooden angels flying above in the oak rafters.
Only 170 survive today and because so little of the art from England’s medieval churches survived the Reformation, that makes these cherubim the largest surviving body of major English medieval wood sculpture. We couldn’t resist celebrating them in these decorations.
The pair of Golden Fawns are inspired by early Staffordshire pottery ‘flat-backs’. They can be hung on the tree or stood either end of a mantelpiece.
Boars with gold hooves, cats with crowns, golden bears and monkeys holding pomegranates are all featured in the collection. They are taken from creatures seen in medieval tapestries and in old manuscripts.
The pair of Crowned Swans (above) are inspired by the musical silver swan automaton at The Bowes Museum which we have known since childhood. Dating from 1773, the clockwork curiosity was first displayed in the Mechanical Museum of James Cox, a London showman and dealer and was later bought by the museum and is now a much loved icon of the collection.
Boar, Golden Bear, Crowned Cat, Pomegranate monkey, Sailing ship and Sun Face, Pomegranate Monkey. Prices start from £12.
Squirrel, Angel, Owl, The King, Lion, Star Man and Crown. Prices start from £12
FRESCO CROWNS | A Royal Welcome
Our popular pop-out paper crowns are back with a distinctly medieval feel and new three-dimensional additions. The new designs, hand-painted by TSFP co-founder and artist Denise Allan, are inspired by crowns seen on kings and queens in crumbling church frescos throughout Europe and also by delicate 18th century tiaras which often combined shapes from nature with gems and jewels.
In these painted crowns, oak leaves tumble with turquoise and gold, stars tantalise, pearls dangle and birds perch. On the Winter Butterfly there are extra butterflies to pop-out and attach, as if several have just landed to form the crown. Made of robust card with ecological vegetable inks, these crowns are designed to last, a great alternative to the paper hats found in crackers. Why not put one on the chair of each guest, giving them a royal welcome.
PAPER CHAIN KITS
Gather around the table and assemble metres and metres of paper chains, tell stories, eat mince pies, sing some songs...
The designs for this year’s Paper Chain Kits started life as lino-cut prints. Inspired by early 20th century children’s book designs from Eastern Europe, with their woodcuts, bold shapes and inky colour combinations the Paper Chains this year have a distinctly folksy feel.
There’s something very wintery about an inky black and an off-white colour combination, seen here on The Star Vine pattern.
THE BISCUIT MAKERS
A take on the cut out paper doll chains, the bakers in the Biscuit Makers design wear traditional dress and stand proudly, hand in hand, amongst their baked goods.
FLY THE FLAG
The Old Flag is a celebratory design directly influenced by early 20th century Russian book covers. The lino-cut design is inked in reds, blues, pale pink and sage green and has a delightfully ‘wobbly’ effect, showing the hand of the maker.
Each set comes with enough strips to make 10 metres of chain.
A collection of paper snowflakes, made in a traditional workshop in Europe are hand dyed in a beautiful trio of shades, the colour of faded silks: off white, faded parchment and old rose. In three designs and three sizes from the small to the huge!
The paper snowflakes are robust enough to keep year after year. At the end of their life they can be fully recycled and contain zero plastic. The workshop (and all products made there) is run on a strict carbon neutral basis.
THE CUTTING TABLE | Fabric Kits & Projects
These charming Fabric Folk Kits are part of an ongoing collaboration between The Shop Floor Project and paper-cut artist Amanda White. Celebrating figures throughout history the new collection includes: Marie Antoinette, Charles Dickens, William Morris, Picasso and Emily Dickinson, among others. Originally trained as a theatre designer, Amanda White’s celebrated paper-cut collages of people and houses seem like set designs or sketches for a costume, each one drawing you into the scene and finding more, as you take in all the detail.
Beautifully printed onto fabric, these kits come with everything you need to sew, stuff and hang, ready for the tree. Each kit, £26
THE BRONTE ANGELS
A favourite subject for Amanda, the three Brontës sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne have been given golden wings to fly above the moors of their cherished Yorkshire landscape, clutching their books and wearing bonnets!
HAND PUPPET KITS
Our hand puppet kits by TSFP co-founder Samantha Allan are becoming something of a cult object. Inspired by the puppets that Bauhaus artist Paul Klee made for his
son in the 1920’s, Samantha’s designs are based on her exploration of characters from folklore stories. Easy to cut out, sew and stuff we also encourage customisation and embellishment of the designs, delighted when customers share pictures of their creations with us. Finding their way to homes all over the world, we’re thrilled that the puppets have also gone to their spiritual home and are
stocked in the Bauhaus Museum shop.
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