Popping in to see Alice from Vanderhume down at Hotwalls, Old Portsmouth, I wandered around her studio (number 9) and fell in love with her plant hangers she had been making. Thinking of macrame you tend to think of cream colours when you think of plant hangers but Alice had made some grey ones which she had dyed naturally. Her studio is so relaxing and is somewhere I definitely want to go back and spend more time in. Handing over my cash for the hanger which sits proudly in my dining room it got me thinking about this love of fringing and weaving we have, and the trend for texture in interiors that has been strong for about 4 years now.
Walking in the door of Hunter-Gatherer I expected to see a 50-year-old Italian there to greet me for my pasta class which I was going to be part of for the evening. I don’t know why I had this idea in my head! Spending a few weeks talking over Instagram gave me these preconceptions and I always think of someone who has such a passion for bread and pasta to be Italian but this is not true. Instead, Lorin who is smart, handsome and is only 29 years old stood before me with a whole world of knowledge and has crammed so much into his life already!