The Hermitage Offices

Just before signing off on our last post we just happened to drop in that we’ve moved premises.

By getting married and moving in with Mr W&C, we’ve had to reorganise pretty much everything and move from sunny Buckinghamshire up to Northamptonshire.  Granted, it’s not a million miles away but packing everything up whilst trying to keep the business running as usual has proved quite challenging.

Thankfully we came across The Hermitage Offices   a restoration project which apparently started off looking something like this…

original state

Works beginning

and began to look more like this…

roofs off

& which now looks something more like this

The Hermitage offices, Brampton Ash

hermitage offices brampton ash

On a day like today, we are loving looking out at the olive trees in the sunshine and working on our new designs!

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Warbeck & Cox 2013 so far

Yes, it’s been a long old time since we’ve managed to write a post and keep you up to date with our goings on – and what a lot there is to tell you!

When we last posted back in November we were furiously making up and dispatching all of our Christmas orders and then December disappeared in much the same way too.  Once all the festivities were over it was time to organise the dreaded tax return – my most loathed job in all the world.

HMRC tax return

But no sooner had that been filed when planning had to start to organise my mother’s 60th. We’ll write lots more on that another time as we particularly want to tell you all about the amazing team at Pizza of Dreams who came to feed us all and helped make it the rip roaring success that it was with everyone dressed in silver platform boots and psychedelic bell bottoms.

pizza of dreams

In between all of that, it has been business as usual with orders to keep on top of, the drawing new designs and playing with pantone books…

Pantone Books

having bolts of fabric printed up….

Beetle Fabric

and working on several bespoke projects.

Including designing the table decorations for a wedding & making up napkins for a super cool, eco conscious graphic design company.

Damask Wedding Table Numbers

And as if that wasn’t enough to keep us out of mischief….  we have had a wedding to plan, a ceremony to get through

Warbeck & Cox Wedding

and a quick honeymoon to go on…

Positano

Oh, and to top it all off, we’ve moved.

hermitage offices

Yes, 2013 thus far has been pretty action packed indeed!


Moths

Moths are a nuisance.  There are not two ways about it, and if you have been one of the unfortunate many this year to experience the plague that has descended upon the country then you will know only too well about the devastation moths can bring.

I’m sure that many of you can’t quite work out why on earth we should therefore choose to base a whole design on the little devils then?

Well, until I found this book below at an antique fair I too thought that they were miserable clothes munchers or dull fluttery things that always found themselves at the nearest lightbulb.

But not a bit of it is true.  Page after page in Richard South’s gem of a book show colourful, highly decorative little creatures and with my observation skills clearly heightened,  I happened to spy my very own cinnebar moth several days later.

Unable to resist the temptation to get my sketch book and pencils out, I set to…. learning about Umbers, Emeralds, Tigers, Burnets and Ghost Moths and so many more.

And now we have a whole range of products featuring my moths.

Tea Towels….

Napkins….

Lavender bags

Notecards….

Gift Tags…..

& Hand Bag Mirrors.

So you see… there’s a lot more to a moth than meets the eye!


Dead Beetle

This morning I spied a dead beetle.

I was sad to see that it was dead but it made me think about that AA Milne poem and also reminded me about the initial stages of setting up Warbeck & Cox and a trip that involved other dead beetles, inspired furious sketching and the creation of our most popular design.

Ten years ago or so, I found myself with the task of entertaining a young cousin and was told to take him to Tring Zooililogical Museum (now part of the Natural History Museum).  A firm favourite as a child I was not convinced that well over a decade later I would feel quite the same way about this venue.  How wrong I was.

On opening that first drawer and rediscovering the rows and rows of little creatures pinned and labelled so neatly, I was hooked.  So hooked infact that I had to shoot off to the gift shop and buy a sketch pad and get scribbling.

Fascinated by the delicate, intricate shapes, patterns and irridescent colours I had to get drawing ….which is exactly what I did.

Beetle to buffalo and alligator to zebra, the collection has it all.  Thankfully for us, the Rothschild family decided to give the entire collection to the nation in 1937 and here are just a few of the amazing treasures I discovered.

Interestingly, Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild’s fascination and subsequent gargantuan collection began as a small boy when he discovered a dead beetle –  a present he promptly gave it to his nanny!

Funny what comes about from finding a beetle isn’t it?