Isle of Wight Traders

I am pleased to announce that I will be having a collection of my art work and products for sale at Isle of Wight Traders next week.

This delightful shop is situated in 23 Holyrood St, Newport (IOW) PO30 5AZ, Isle of WIght.

The shop sells many local artists work and every piece of art is the hard word, moments of frustration and moments of sheer joy created by the artist.  You will be able to buy a range of my  illustrations, frames, cushions, silk/cotton scarves and mugs . Pop by for Christmas shopping that is unique and supports local artists.



21 Oct 2016 | Share on Facebook or Twitter

Wolverton Garden Fair Aftermath


I had a wonderful time at Wolverton Garden Fair on the 3rd and 4th of September and met many interesting people. It was a great opportunity to network and make some sales. Despite the turbulent weather and many gazebos being blown over we managed to overcome this and plough through.

Thank you to all of you that popped by to see me and for your custom. I made a profit on the weekend and was thrilled to have  sold my signature bunny scarf and many of my bunny illustrations which were very enjoyable to draw. My rabbit and animal splash range cards were also very popular. As an artisan I am up against many established fashion and art brands and by showing you my work and selling you my unique art work, it helps establish what I do. I am even more determined to continue to create hand drawn wearable art and artwork to be cherished. I design my collections with slow fashion in mind so they do not date ,  so I look forward to  coming back to Wolverton next year with many of my classic pieces and new collections!

I will also be doing another Island show this year which I will keep you updated with on my blog. You can of course always visit my website to check out my products or if are interested in a commission in my style of art then please do drop me a line ku.oc1495810983.sngi1495810983sedik1495810983srang1495810983ianir1495810983am@ol1495810983leh1495810983 and we can discuss your project. Happy September everyone!



05 Sep 2016 | Share on Facebook or Twitter

Wolverton Manor Garden Fair

Raising money for Age UK at Wolverton Garden Fair.

I invite you to view my collection of art and textiles as well as Mike Osborne Photography. Comprehension offer of cushions, luxury scarves, illustrations and attractive photo prints.Other stalls include homemade fudge, local produce, arts and crafts, cream teas and a dog show.Look out for the stall name: Northcourt Studios!I look forward to seeing you. open Friday 3rd September and Saturday the 4th of September 9am-5pm both days. This is the week before Bestival.Tickets will be available from the County Press Shop in Pyle Street, Newport from July. Advance price is £5.00.

Please note that there is no charge for children under 14 years old and car-parking is free!

Post by Marina Ignarski



About the Garden fair

By Jane Patterson

Wolverton Manor is a beautiful Jacobean House in a secluded area 5 miles South of Newport in the Isle of Wight. It is the family home of Jane and Mark Patterson who have lived there since 1972.
14 years ago Peter Wright suggested that we should hold a Garden Fair in our grounds to collect money for RSVP (a local charity).
This seemed to be a good idea and we have been organising it ever since.
The first year was quite small but it has grown and now we can expect up to 7,000 visitors over the two days.
Many of the nurseries have been coming each year since the beginning and we are always looking for new plantsmen and unusual plants.
The Elizabethan re-enactors are old family friends and come every year to perform Elizabethan Dancing, still room activities and an Apothecary’s Pavilion.
18 or 20 re-enactors stay in the house or grounds and so we are especially busy over the weekend.
The original idea of a Garden Fair has now been expanded to include an emphasis on wildlife with a conservation tent showing bats and red squirrels, poultry from the Poultry Club and a variety of animals from alpacas, falcons and dogs.
Mark and I continue to enjoy the event every year and hope to keep it as originally intended, as a good day out for all ages with interesting things for everyone to do.
It is satisfactory that we have been able to raise significant sums of money for Age UK on the Isle of Wight and we hope this year will be even better, good weather would help!

26 Aug 2016 | Share on Facebook or Twitter

Creative Ways to Spruce up your Interiors


Whether we own our own home or rent, it’s where we spend the vast majority of our time. Using fabrics creatively can be an affordable way of decorating our personal space – whatever our budget. With a few key items and prints, a room can be transformed from a generic living space to a home – YOUR home.

What’s important about interior design is its significance to you. Have Scottish ancestry? Pastel tartan carpets give a whole new spin to an ancient design. Have a particular affinity to zebras? Get a zebra print carpet if you so please (although please don’t). Wish you’d been around in the seventies? A fan of sinking your toes into sand? Try a luxurious shagpile rug.

If you’re happier with simple flooring but want to warm up a room, consider decorating a single statement wall. Someone who knows their art history can opt for a William Morris reproduction, whereas if you’re sorry you missed out on the seventies, go all-out with an obnoxious design in varying shades of sunset.

Fabrics and textiles needn’t to be the domain of those with cash to spare, either. Sentimental? Upcycle a loved one’s old shirt to make a pillow case. On our grandfather’s passing, we cut up an old Hessian sack from his garage to cover Mason jars. With a couple of decorations and finished off with a tea light, the sack was given a new lease of life and the jars proudly sit on our mantelpiece in memory of Grandad.

Brighten up an old sofa with a Marina Ignarski Designs cushion which are created from hand drawn images and digitally printed onto cotton. Designs include a splashing emerald frog, vintage yellow floral, lace and shells collage and black velvet rose cushion.

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Photography ©Mike Osborne

We spend so much of our lives subconsciously surveying our surroundings, touching them.

A fabric’s price is irrelevant to how it makes us feel. Egyptian cotton bed sheets may give one person the best night’s sleep of their lives, but slipping on an ancient pair of slippers after a tough day may be equally as comforting to someone else. And that’s how our houses should feel – like coming home.

About the author

This post was written by Matt Wilson on behalf of Walton Flooring Centre, a carpet and laminate floor specialist delivering high quality and exceptional service.

22 Jul 2016 | Share on Facebook or Twitter