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Creative Visual Content Co-Ordinator Wanted

We are seeking a reliable, enthusiastic and friendly person to create still-life and lifestyle product photographs for our website, social media channels and press image library.

Our ideal candidate will be a motivated and thoughtful creator with a dedicated attitude to work; someone that can carefully follow and understand a clear, directive brief to create high quality images that best represent the Pentreath & Hall and Bridie Hall brands.

Autonomous, flexible and efficient with creative flair, the job calls for a self-contained person with the ability to prioritise workload in a methodical and organised way.

Based on site at our small, friendly shop and studio in Bloomsbury, this integral position would suit someone with an appreciation and keen interest in interiors, photography, product and aesthetics.

Excellent attention to detail is a must.

We anticipate the role would be two/three days per month.

Daily rate £200 p/d

How to apply:

Email CV and covering letter to: info@bridiehall.com

Furniture and Decorative Accessory Spray Painter Wanted

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We are looking for an experienced spray painter to join our East London workshop. You will have skills ranging from basic product preparation, spraying and finishing. To high spec spray lacquer finishing and polishing. We are a creative multi-discipline workshop and are looking for someone who can apply themselves to this workload accordingly.

Ideally, you will have additional painting skills that will broaden our young workshops horizons and opportunities for product development and who will work well within a small east and central London based atelier.

£25,000 – £27,000 per annum.

Please send your C.V. and any image examples of your work to info@bridiehall.com

Deadline: Monday 20th May 2019.

Interviews week commencing: 27th May 2019.

The Bath House, Stratford Upon Avon

Desperate for a break from city life I visited the Landmark Trust website for a daydream and ended up booking a weekend at The Bath House just outside of Stratford Upon Avon. Arriving via a off road track through a pitch black woodland on a dark and stormy Friday night, was the most welcoming accommodation I have ever had the good fortune to visit. Everything is comfortably at arms length in the most perfectly restored octagonal folly that sits a top its very own fresh water spring fed, roman style bathroom. Of course I had to take the icy, yet invigorating,  plunge very early morning, before running up endless stairs to fortify myself in the ready waiting hot bath. It was magic and I’ve tried to keep up ending my morning shower with a blast of the cold ever since, with mixed results if I’m honest. Do book a stay, you will not regret it. You can read more about it here

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Wedgwood Wonderland

Every couple of years I take a trip up to Stoke-on-Trent to look in on pottery projects that are in the pipeline and always manage to fix a visit to the Wedgwood Museum. It’s a Disneyland for adults. I am struck every time that this collection was on the brink of going to auction a few years ago when the company was sold to a private equity firm.

Every display holds the most precious pieces of pottery that were once a part of the everyday. I’m always saddened to think that this kind of quality of craftsmanship is now deemed too labour intensive to viably produce and can’t help but think that this attitude in some way contributes to fanning the flames in no longer valuing domestic objects that are built to last a lifetime. Buy cheap, buy twice I say! Bring back quality pottery!

Speaking of quality, please excuse the quality of the pictures. I was so involved in properly gawking at everything, when it came to composition composure, there wasn’t any!

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The Thorvaldsen Museum, Copenhagen.

For years I’d been yearning to visit the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen. I’ve always felt it’s pull, a calling almost, from a kindred spirit of another time. It exceeded all my greatest expectations and came away inspired and also mildly depressed I did not live in the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen. To tell the truth, I feel like that when I visit any good museum.

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La Specola in Firenze

I’ve fulfilled my lifelong dream to visit the world’s first Natural History Museum ‘La Specola’ in Florence. I’ve had a copy of the book Encyclopaedia Anatomica since I can remember and for whatever reason have pawed over the images of the anatomical wax models, and the rather racy silk pillows and silver fringed shrouds they are kept on. They did not disappoint. 

This was a few small rooms of the complete museum. First up was the geology section and the main body was room after room of taxidermy, few labels, an air of benign neglect and absolutely perfect. Everything just being what it is and dished out in the way it was as it opened in the 18th century. It must have been mind blowing. 

I lament the updating of museums to include ‘experiences’ and wish the air of quiet respect and revery were still the flavour of the day.

A panther made of Jasper with eyes of Citrine quartz circa 16th century with a 17th century silver base.
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Love at first sight cc – tapis handmade rugs at Maison & Objet

Nothing enlivens a room quite like an exciting rug, I often dream about designing the most outlandish rugs in terrific colour ways.

It was love at first sight last Friday when I came across the cc-tapis stand at Maison & Objet in Paris. It looks like they’ve been working with that brief all along. What a thrill to find cc-tapis. Now I can dream about designing rugs for them.

 

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Production Assistant Wanted

 

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Bridie Hall Ltd is expanding! We are looking for a Production Assistant. The candidate must have a background in art or design and experience in making with a wide range of art materials along with an understanding of the fundamentals of production and time management. An eye for detail is crucial.

 

Starting part-time – Tuesday – Friday 9am – 6pm with a view to becoming full time in due course.

 

Please send your C.V. to info@bridiehall.com along with images of examples of your work.

 

Deadline: Monday 31st July.

 

 

Nothing is Original.

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

[MovieMaker Magazine #53 – Winter, January 22, 2004 ]”
― Jim Jarmusch

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Everything you can imagine is real – Picasso

I have been obsessed with this article from a 1988 edition of World of Interiors since I came across it a couple of years ago. It is the C17th château of Bernard Picasso, the grandson of the great man himself who had also lived there throughout the thirties. Bernard had given decorators Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti carte blanche to redecorate. Considering the provenance I find what they chose to do quite bold and incredibly charming. It has a feeling of playfulness and fun through the use of colour which I imagine makes living there very comfortable. I’m also in huge favour of the appliquéd curtains with patchwork borders.  The thing that really does it for me is the ultraviolet cabinet fitted with green glass. How can I get something like this in my life? Are there good coloured glass manufacturers in the UK that can make my dreams come true?

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