News

David Hockney

 

As David Hockney’s retrospective exhibition which brought together a selection of his most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades comes to a close this weekend at Tate Britain, we thought we would take a closer look at his dachshunds Stanley and Boodgie who have become a constant source of his inspiration.

The multimedia artist—who is known for his vast array of work —introduced his dogs to the world in Dog Days (Thames & Hudson), a collection of paintings of a pair of small dogs with big personalities. The result of sharp observation and affection, these paintings and drawings are lyrical studies in form and design while the text by Hockney gives a glimpse of how to work with models who don't necessarily want to sit still.

From September 1993, I painted and drew my dogs. This took a certain amount of planning, since dogs are generally not interested in Art (I say generally only because I have now come across a singing dog). Food and love dominate their lives.
    I make no apologies for the apparent subject matter. These two dear little creatures are my friends. They are intelligent, loving, comical and often bored. They watch me work; I notice the warm shapes they make together, their sadness and their delights. And, being Hollywood dogs, they somehow seem to know that a picture is being made.’ – David Hockney

 

In addition to being the source of inspiration of ‘Dog Day’s’ both Stanley and Boodgie act as guides through the pages of the new book Meet the artist: David Hockney by illustrator Rose Blake. In typical Hockney fashion, the art activity book is colourful, vibrant, and irresistibly inviting with plenty of space for the reader’s own inspired creations. A fun and playful book for those of all ages and especially all of us dog lovers.

Columbia Road Flower Market

With it being the Chelsea Flower show this week we thought we would share with you the floral delights Hackney has to offer.

Just a short walk from our store based in London Fields over the canal is Columbia Road which is a must visit on a Sunday. The street is transformed into London’s most visually appealing market, overflowing with an oasis of foliage and flowers. You can find everything from beautiful blossoming peonies to exotic succulants, bedding plants and herbs. The air is intense with the scent of flowers and lemon trees. Quite possibly our favourite thing about Columbia Road Flower Market, is that you can go a hundred times and never have the same experience. Each visit brings something new, something fresh and something exciting.
In addition to the market Columbia Road boast being one of the few streets in the country composed of sixty independent shops. Small art galleries sit next to cup cake shops, vintage clothes stores, English and Italian delis, garden and antique shops. There is also a wealth of great pubs, cafes and restaurants.
With an armful of flowers we always make sure we stop at the Pavilion Bakery for coffee, one of their delicious turmeric buns and of course a loaf of sour dough.
If you are heading down there with the dog try to get there early to avoid the crowds.
 
If you still haven’t quite had your plant fix for the day then we would recommend stopping by Conservatory Archives, which is just a short walk from Columbia Road up the Hackney Road. The store is a greenhouse wonder, a beautifully curated mix of plants from roof lifting palms to microscopic succulents are housed within a vintage building, formerly the oldest ironmongers in London. The floor to ceiling glass front offsets the plants to perfection giving it a lush greenhouse feel that is enough to stop you in your tracks. We love stopping by for plant inspiration for our Fetch & Follow Store.

A Bedtime Story

When designing our new range of dog beds we wanted to select high quality fabrics which where different to what is currently available on the market. We wanted to make sure the fabrics had a story behind them and would sit well in either a classic or modern interior. Our colour palette has been kept neutral but making sure it still has a nod to our Fetch & Follow style with the addition of the brass zip.

Here at Fetch & Follow we try to source materials which where possible are kind to the environment. This is why the fabric we selected for the bed cover is made without using finite energy and resources, which has a less negative impact on the environment. Unlike other industrially manufacturing of woven and knitted textiles, this handcrafted fabric is produced using hand spinning and hand weaving ‘people energy’ instead. This has far-reaching economic and social benefits to the artisans. The cotton canvas is then hand dyed using azo-free dyes. Being hand woven the fabric has a beautiful unique finish, meaning slight flaws in the weave only add to its personality and charm.

 

The inner cushion of our dog beds are individually hand filled by us in our North London studio using a mix of organic natural latex flocks and super soft microfiber that won‘t loose it’s shape and stability even after years of use. We have then encased the bed filling in a waterproof cover meaning if any accidents happen only the cover of the bed will need to be washed.

 The high quality choice of fabrics (chemically untreated and produced in a fair trade environment) for these beds will offer your dog a comfortable and durable place to rest and because no two dogs are the same our beds come in 2 different sizes and colours.