Wrap Loves #6
05.08.20 Words by Stephanie Hartman

Wrap Loves #6

From eye-catching concrete tiles, to ‘immortal’ flower arrangements and online workshops to improve your embroidery skills – we pick out some of the people and projects currently inspiring the Wrap team.
05.08.20 Words by Stephanie Hartman

Cooler Gallery X Concrete Collaborative tiles

Field Formations is the title of this great project from Cooler Gallery and Concrete Collaborative, who joined forces earlier in the year to create a series of artist-designed concrete tiles. Chosen by Cooler Gallery for their bold graphic style and use of pattern, the 14 creatives behind the tiles include Ben Medansky, Recreation Center (photo: right), Dusen Dusen, Aelfie and Cody Hoyt. And instead of the patterns being painted on, the tiles are made from tinted encaustic concrete, hand-finished in Concrete Collaborative's California factory before finding their way to stylish homes across the globe.


Artist Paul Wackers

Mixing smudgy textures with clean crisp lines, Paul Wackers’ paintings depict interior spaces and shelves laden with objects we’d love to own. The Brooklyn-based artist crams his compositions with plants, ceramics, rocks forms and window backdrops, drawing inspiration from his own home and studio, but always offering up slightly warped realities in heightened hues. Keep an eye on Paul’s Instagram feed for updates from his paint splattered studio and guest appearances from his pup, Buddy.


'Freshly Cut Flowers' by Barbara Frankie Ryan

Inspired by the joy that a bunch of flowers can bring, but less impressed by their short lifespan, freelance art director Barbara Frankie Ryan decided to use her time at home during lockdown to create an evergreen alternative. The result is a series of flat-pack flowers that you can slot together and pop on your mantelpiece where they can remain forever, in full bloom and wilt-free. Choose from pink, red or yellow perspex flower heads, and curved or wiggly vessels to pop your stems into.


Piccolo Seeds

Italian brand Piccolo specialises in beautifully packaged seeds for the contemporary gardener, especially those who may only have a window box or balcony at their disposal. Alongside individual fruit and vegetable seeds, Piccolo also offers kits containing all the ingredients you’ll need to grow in order to make your own herbal tea blends, or the perfect tomato sauce. There’s also a cocktail selection containing Moroccan spearmint and lemon balm, and a trio of edible flowers you can grow and use to brighten up salads or celebration cakes over the summer. The eye-catchingly designed packets are completely recyclable, but so pretty you might not want to part with them.


Designer Lora Avedian

Lora Avedian is a multidisciplinary London-based designer whose stunning work has landed her collaborations with the likes of The New Craftsmen and Barbican Centre. Incorporating traditional embroidery and embellishment techniques, her textile pieces range from berets finished with the outlines of pale pink tulips, to one-of-a-kind cushions made in collaboration with fellow designer Claire de Quénetain. If you fancy having a go yourself, Lora runs online workshops where she’ll teach you how to achieve her signature ‘couching’ embroidery style or how to fashion pleated flowers with fabric and thread.