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Exclusive Collection for the Fogo Island Inn

18 November 2015

You may remember, a few years ago Donna was asked to be part of the design team led by Ilse Crawford working on the interiors of the Fogo Island Inn on Fogo, a remote island off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

The island had around 2,000 inhabitants, and the population was dwindling. An amazing woman called Zita Cobb was born there, and after a successful career in Canada, she had decided to set up a foundation to create employment and to try to give local young people a reason to stay. She decided to create the Inn and everything from the building work to the materials, right down to the sheets on the beds had to be sourced and made on the island with the skills they had.

The Fogo Island Inn now a multi-award winning property built on the principles of sustainability and respect for nature and culture, as well as a social enterprise. All surpluses from the operation are reinvested by Shorefast Foundation for the benefit of the local community. What a great place, don’t you think? And it is just breathtaking. Take a look!

Donna is very proud to have been a part of this amazing project. Donna collaborated with the Winds and Waves Artisans Guild to create quilted cushion covers where the shingle outlines are the stitching patterns for the 100% lambswool covered cushions. Pictured below are the Bertha Chair and Pouffe in a guest room.

More recently, the Fogo Island Shop commissioned Donna to create a collection of three whimsical scarves and a luxurious limited-edition blanket. The scarves and blanket feature the now iconic shingle motif designed by Donna in 2011.

The shingle motif was inspired by the wooden cladding of the Brett House in the town of Joe Batt’s Arm on Fogo Island. The unique cladding is characterized by the imperfect and slightly wonky angles of hand-carved, repeated geometric shapes.

The scarves are available at the Fogo Island Shop, and on our website. The limited edition blanket is only available at the Fogo Island Shop.

The Fogo Island Shop is an initiative of Shorefast Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to improving the social, cultural and economic conditions on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. All surpluses from the Shop are reinvested by the Foundation for the benefit of the local community.

For more information about the exclusive collection at the Fogo Island Inn, please visit the Fogo Island Shop website or their Facebook page.

Talk & Workshop at CCC Gallery in Japan

28 October 2015

The opening weekend at the Center for Creative Communications included a talk and workshop with local fans and students led by Donna.

CCC Gallery’s objectives with the talk and workshop this weekend were to explore Donna’s inspirations behind her magical wonderland and the ways Donna has built her independent brand while maintaining its focus on handmade quality and craftsmanship.

Take a look at some of the snapshots from the weekend’s talk and workshop – what fun!












Click here for more information about the exhibition and related events.

My Imaginary Wonderland at CCC Gallery in Japan

28 October 2015

This weekend saw the opening of ‘My Imaginary Wonderland,’ the Donna Wilson exhibition with CCC Gallery in Japan!

The installation showcases Donna’s favourite pieces from past and present, and demonstrates the range of Donna’s works in the past few years across several mediums, with an emphasis on her signature woolly pieces.

If you’re in Shizuoka, please stop by and say hello to Donna’s creations, big and small!

The Center for Creative Communications (CCC Gallery)
23rd October – 28th November 2015
4-16 Ote-machi; Aoi-ku, Shizuoka City 420-0857
Tel. 054-205-4750 Fax.054-293-4332
Monday through Saturday, 9:00 – 21:00邵イツ€

Access from Public Transport
It is about a 7 minute walk from JR Shizuoka Station.
It is about a 2 minute walk from Shin-Shizuoka Station.

Click here for more information about the exhibition and related events.











July Giveaway + Fashion and Textile Museum Talk with Donna

1 July 2014
It’s summertime at last — the sun is shining, the warm breeze is brushing against your skin…. and we are loving it! To celebrate the warm weather, this month’s giveaway item will be our On the Rocks Glass Jug – it’s just perfect for serving your favourite summer cocktail or a refreshing lemonade on a lazy summer afternoon.
We would love to hear your favourite recipe for a summer cocktail or a special lemonade. For your chance to win our Rock the Boat jug, please submit a your favourite recipe by leaving a comment on this blog post or by emailing press@donnawilson.com, and we’ll choose one lucky winner at the end of the month.
In other news, starting this autumn The Fashion and Textile Museum in London will have a very exciting exhibition on knitwear: 

20th Century Knitwear
Chanel to Westwood
19 Sept 2014 – 18 Jan 2015

Inspirational fashion knitwear from the 20th century. Highlights include 1920s Chanel jersey, 1930s woollen swimwear, 1970s Bill Gibb and conceptual garments from 1980s and 90s designers Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and Julien MacDonald. An exciting combination of famous names and visually exciting pieces, the exhibition charts the influence of art movements Pop, Punk and Deconstruction alongside new knitwear technologies and design innovation.

As part of the exhibition’s events programme, Donna will be doing a talk at the museum on Thursday 2nd October, discussing British knitwear, textile design, and contemporary craft.
Tickets are available HERE.
Sign up early before tickets sell out and you’ll have something to look forward to for when the weather cools down! 🙂
We hope you’re having a lovely summer!


Alastair G. Hendy Home Store in Hastings

21 February 2013
 A couple of weekends ago we visited Hastings, unfortunately it was too cold and wet to go to the sea side, but we did manage to visit this beautiful shop. I’d heard about it and wanted to visit for a while, and it didn’t dissapoint.   As we walked in from the cold, there was the smokey smell of burning coal, and it was like we’d just gone back in time.
The whole shop was styled so well, full of hardware goods in neat lines and piles.
As you wind your way through, past the glass jars, feather dusters and wooden brushes you get to a large stove at the back. This turns into a small 8 seater restaurant, where you literally sit in the kitchen.
 Here’s a big block of bread and jam just in case you need a nibble.

Even the lovely staff uniforms look like it is from the 1930’s.
I left with a metal sieve and a few bars of pure milt white soap – I loved it!

Here are their details:

A. G. Hendy Home Store
36 High Street, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3ER

Everything looks good in the sunshine

29 January 2013
 The winter sun was so bright on saturday morning, I took some pictures of my day. above Eli on his changing mat! with darling clementine tea towels on the wall for him to look at.
a vegetable shop on Bethnal green road the colours are glowing!
 a wall eith odd paint combination
 and a house that likes green! yum!