Sunday, 28 April 2013

Forthcoming collection...

We had so much fun signing off our wallpaper last week, making sure everything was just right. Watching your first collection of wallpaper printing is the most amazing and surreal feeling! SO good. Can't wait to share the finished article and get them online in the shop!

First up is launching them at Pulse 2013 in May! Not long now... we are on stand LP58, if you're visiting.

More soon,

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Half-Price Cushion Clearance!

To make way for our new collection in a few weeks, we are having a big spring clearance at abigail*ryan!

All cushions are reduced to £30 from £59.50 and come with FREE worldwide shipping when you enter the code 'SPRINGCLEAN' at checkout...

Treat yourself, and your sofa, to something gorgeous, bright and colourful this Spring! Grab your favourite before they're gone, as there are only a few of each design left.

Shop all half price cushions here! Enjoy.


Illustrating Springtime...

Hand-illustrating beautiful flowers is a huge part of what we do here at abigail*ryan, and something we really love... each and every design, pattern, print and product starts with me photographing beautiful flowers, trying to find gorgeous silhouettes and forms that I know will work well with my style of drawing, and then painstakingly interpreting them in pen and ink...

I love making marks with ink, creating deep hatched details, and how you can show the undulations of papery natural forms with some flowing line-work, building up depth and intensity with each line and mark you make.

I also love seeing them transformed with colour later on - it's such a magical process.

Here are some Hellebore's I have been working on. These are becoming the forth napkin design in a box set we are set to launch very soon.


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Charlotte's Corner...

Charlotte's Corner - Selfridges, London.
Charlotte's Corner - Selfridges, London.

Charlotte's Corner - Selfridges, Manchester Exchange.

After announcing our exciting collaboration with Jo Malone London, and Jo Malone Style Editor Charlotte Stockdale for the beautiful boutique area, Charlotte's Corner, earlier in April we thought you might love to see some images of the gorgeous areas that were curated in Selfridges London & Manchester Exchange?

The trade-mark Cream and Black, synonymous with Jo Malone, was given a bright and bold make-over for the launch, with everything from perspex inlay display shelves to a huge neon sign in the shape of our red rose illustration, created exclusively for the project, and coral dipped stools at the hand-massage bar... so gorgeous and vibrant!

We loved seeing our gorgeous Red Roses Scented Cushions, Sachets and Cologne Pouches on display and alongside the beautiful limited edition bottle, designed by Charlotte herself...

What do you think of Jo Malone London + abigail*ryan + neon? Do you love it?!

If you haven't visited 'Charlotte's Corner' yet, you must!
Hope you enjoyed this little preview...

Top three images c/o Jo Malone London & Selfridges, and the bottom-most images are ours, from Instagram, taken while we were down for the launch!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Our Wedding (at long last)...

It's been over six months since we got married in September (28.09.12 to be precise), and I can honestly say that the first half of our first year of marriage has absolutely flown by in a haze of busy, challenging, fun work and happiness! We're so in love... schmalzy, but true. I love calling Ryan 'my husband' and he loves calling me 'wife'! You don't quite realise just how awesome being married is, until you ARE... it's so special.

We are excited to be able to finally share some shots of our Wedding with you - as it's coverage, in Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding, hit the news-stands last week. We're in love with the spread in the magazine, so want to say a huge thank you to the team for featuring us, and the day we created, we had the best time.

Our Wedding was a thoroughly hand-made affair, and we made and designed almost all the details ourselves, as we were on such a shoe-string budget (and wouldn't have wanted it any other way, anyway!) so it felt unbelievably personal to us and really reflected what we wanted it to look and feel like. We had an amazing time, and hope our guests did too, so we hope you like seeing a little more of our day, even after all this time!

Venue- The Merchant Hotel / Photography - Tarah Coonan / Make-Up - Jennifer Ireland Make-Up Artist / Hair - Lynette Murray Hair / Head-Piece - William Chambers Millinery / Dress - Lynne Gregg (Ryan's Aunt - contact us for details) / My amazing lace for the dress - Berwick Street Cloth Shop / Cupcakes - The Cakery Bakery (with our own sugar flowers) 

Anything else you would like to know, we pretty much made ourselves, so just ask if you would like more details! A huge thank you to all our vendors, above, who were so fantastic to work with and did such a beautiful job for us... and to our family and friends who helped make it such a special day. xo!

With love!
Mr & Mrs Bell
aka abigail*ryan

P.S. We hope you enjoy viewing these, but we would like to request that you do not blog these without prior written permission, and if you Pin the images, please be respectful and credit both us (abigail*ryan) and our photographer (Tarah Coonan Photography) - they are very personal to us, as you can imagine! Thank you so much.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

abigail*ryan for Jo Malone London...

We are so proud and excited to announce our collaboration with Jo Malone London, and their Style Editor (and super stylist!) Charlotte Stockdale...

We were approached by the brand last year, and have been working feverishly on this project ever since. The fruits of all our labours landed exclusively in Selfridges London & Manchester Exchange, in a specially curated boutique called 'Charlotte's Corner', on Monday.

When Charlotte Stockdale, Jo Malone™ Style Editor revealed the concept for this project, giving a cool and very limited edition make-over to Red Roses, one of Jo Malone's most iconic fragrances, she said

 “I wanted to bring a little jolt of fun to the iconic packaging. I love neon, especially when it's set against a neutral background. It’s fashion graffiti; playful, cool and alive.” 

We love that she chose to work with us, as such a young brand, and have Abigail create a special red roses illustration, enhancing it digitally and screen printing it in classic Jo Malone black and white, with striking neon pink cord hand couched on to each item... we thought you would enjoy a little glimpse in to the making process, which was a mammoth job, but we are thrilled with the results. It was a real labour of love.

We produced a Scented Red Roses Scatter Cushion, a Scented Red Roses Sachet and a Cologne Pouch for 30ml bottles of Jo Malone Cologne. You can purchase them online, here, as well as in Jo Malone Selfridges.

We fly to London tomorrow to visit the corner, so we will report back from that. 

A huge thank you to the wonderful Jo Malone London team, and Charlotte, from both of us at abigail*ryan - this has been a dream project, and we're so happy with the results and the fantastically positive reaction they're receiving. Charlotte's limited Edition Drip Bottle has already sold out (there were only 300!) and the cushion has already made it in to gorgeous magazines such as Elle Decoration and Livingetc, to name a few...

We hope you like this as much as we do!