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Paid Internship Offered at Bridie Hall Limited

 

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Bridie Hall Ltd is offering a part-time paid internship running from September – December 2016.

The role is to be of assistance to Bridie Hall and Pentreath & Hall.

Working hours are 10am – 5pm from Tuesday – Friday.

From packing and tracking orders to helping out on the shop floor during busy periods.

A ‘can-do’ attitude is a must as tasks will be many and varied; prepare to roll your sleeves up!

Principally overseeing wholesale orders dispatched from Bridie Hall Ltd.

For more information email: info@bridiehall.com with C.V. attached.

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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Finding the ‘Flow’ before surrendering to the ‘Fear’

Oohh this title sounds so ‘self-help’!

I like to empty my mind and set to a task that re-connect my hands with my brain in the quest for the flow.

According to Wikipedia, the Flow is this;

“In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Named by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields (and has an especially big recognition in occupational therapy), though has existed for thousands of years under other guises, notably in some Eastern religions.[1] Achieving flow is often colloquially referred to as being in the zone.
According to Csikszentmihályi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task, although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions.”

This week I’ve been building polyhedrons out of card while watching repeats of Mrs Marple. It takes a lot of mental preparation to build up to surrendering hours and hours to something like this. The dog is normally well walked and the house spotless and fridge re-ordered before I settle down.

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Can you say the alphabet backwards?

It has been astonishing but not wholly surprising to see the Alphabet brush pots being such a success, what a wonderfully fun thing to have produced. Making these has taught me a few good lessons in production logistics and bought me into contact with some brilliant people, long may it last. And I am bursting with pride to say that they are handmade in London (aside from the glass which is of course the finest blown crystal from Slovakia).

It gives me great pleasure to launch the new range of colours based on flowers. Carnation, Lilac, Cowslip, Bean Shoot, Peony and Periwinkle. 

Available now at Pentreath & Hall

 

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Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is – Jackson Pollock

 

Going by the quote if I am any good as an artist then I am indeed a white room!

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It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness – Roosevelt

 

It was such a pleasure to commission a series of illustrations to go along with the wonderfully evocative descriptions that make up my collection of scented candles. Each scent is based on a room in a grand country house. With the help of graphic designer extraordinaire Connie Dickson, we found the perfect illustrator for the job, Columbian based Randy Mora.  It was by no means a straight forward process, I’m sure we had Randy pulling his hair out on more that one occasion – probably every single time we spoke to him, but the finished product could not be better. Fun and totally surreal. You will now find a small handsome pack of cards in every candle box telling you the story of each scent and the ever important candle burning instructions about how to get the best out of your candle

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As easy as ABC!

 

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It has been so much fun developing this range of brush pots. Of course it hasn’t been without it’s challenges, but I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. I even had a good time writing the copy for them, they’ve been popular from the very get go and I’m really looking forward to seeing some pictures of them in their newfound homes.

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To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often – Winston Churchill

Applying the vein of my last blog post to life couldn’t meaningfully start until we got Christmas out of the way. Since then I have found mindfulness and the act of rationalising come from the most curious place. The end of last year saw me back in the operating theatre having having another knee operation, a year of being pretty much out of the kind of action I like to be in left me unkindly out of shape, physically and mentally. I’m still a way off any form of high impact exercise but remembering  the ancient adage “70% of rock hard abs happens in the kitchen” I decided to reach out to a nutritionist to see what might be an appropriate dietary path for me to take. We settled on the Metabolic Balance programme and I have to say in the short period of time I have been doing it I have been astonished at how it has proved more than effective at shaving a few inches off the waistline but has also thoroughly swept all of the cobwebs out of my addled mind, recharged my extremely fatigued batteries and given me a new focus on what and how much I put into my body over the course of a day and what else I put into the day for that matter. It’s flipped everything upside down and returned me to the values of simple and productive living. It’s slowed things down and seen me applying myself to one thing at a time so much more effectively than I have been able to do for so long, which in turn has made my time incredibly productive. I’m feeling good!

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Starting my day as I mean to go on.

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Bridie Hall at Home Pop-Up Shop

 

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Bridie Hall at Home Pop-Up Shop

 

I’m excited to announce the opening of  the Bridie Hall at Home September Pop-Up Shop at 17a Rugby Street, London WC1N.

We’ve been working day and night preparing new candles and decoupage, obelisks, coral, quilts, crystals and much much more. Do come by and see us and if you are able drop by for a drink on Tuesday 16th September.

I’ll be posting lots of pictures for those of you who won’t be able to make it and of course everything will be available online.

Wish us luck!

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