The Peak District makes a great loving partner. One way of looking at my relationship with the Peak District, may be that I am married to it. Well at least it feels a bit like that. A Ruby Anniversary... 40 years on. It all started at the age of 13 when I would be dropped off at the farm at the top of Winnats Pass with a tent, a geological hammer and some food for a few days. Armed with Geological Survey maps I would hunt out mine workings and try to find Blue John hydrothermal seams as well as [...]
We are delighted to announce that we will be launching the new Peak District Design exhibition of artwork as well as the Spring Product Ranges on March 28th 2019.
Peak District Design is opening its doors, officially, for the first time on... Thursday November 1st. 7pm - 10pm. All are welcome. Si Homfray has been busy, and now, is proud to show off the first products, as well as a few more that will come later, from Peak District Design. On the evening... There will be artworks, giftware, and the start of the home furnishings collections underway to browse and to buy, at a special price for the day, of course. 'It'll be great to see you, to catch up and to hear all your suggestions and feedback on [...]
For most of last year I was obsessed with the special places in the world that meant something to me. I was looking for places that may mean something similar to other people and how best to convey these sentiments and these places. After a great deal of trial and a herculean amount of time creating ideas, testing designs, chopping and mixing ideas, colours, textures and patterns I finally settled on the simplest of all the ideas, the concept of showing the ground relief as contours and then utilising this in a number of products. It was emotional, the places [...]
Grindleford was my home for 20 years... wow! I was a lucky fella. It's a place packed full of happy memories, great views, fresh air and above all a regular run up onto Froggatt and Curbar back along the White Edge and back down the woods, occasionally full of Bluebells. A very lucky man! I've been trying to find a piece of work that sums up my positive feelings and happy memories of this run for quite a while. Craig had been nagging me for work that works in two colours as we are so keen to start work on [...]
Peak District Design are proud to announce a date for the launch of their Exhibition of Peak District inspired art. 28th July 2018 Featuring Original Art, Prints, Giclée, Screen Prints, Clothing, Stationery, Giftware and Ceramics, we shall present unseen work from the last years projects. There will be plenty of new unseen work as well as work from the following existing ranges: • Contours • Idylls • I love the Peak • Sentiments and Sensibilities • Iconic and a new range titled: 'Wellbeing' will be launched.
I am torn between keeping private and sharing the most profound experiences of my life. I love Stanage, as I love life itself. It has been the place where I have had a great many of the most enduring experiences of my life. On one hand it is a very private place, albeit shared with some extraordinary people over the last 40 years. On the other hand I feel compelled to create work and a need to share the emotional space that comes from these happy memories and the great joy that it gifts me. I know that I am [...]
Inspired by the Peak Park’s 1998 report of Hay Meadows, I was determined to explore the beautiful shape and colour of the ever more disappearing Hay Meadow. Having loved so many days in the Peak District photographing the flowers’ detail, random array and searching for elusive colour combinations, I had many happy memories of peaceful solitude, bird song and nostalgic smells of grass meadows with only a camera for companion. I wanted to revisit that place not least of all as a ‘pick me up’. When a colleague at the park sent me the Hay Meadow report for an illustration [...]
The Heart of the Park is a graphical representation of a Sessile Oak. The image, taken from a Chatsworth Oak tree is built up of 1000’s of oak tree leaves and acorns icons. At its heart is a circular poem comprising a series of the twelve sentiments that describe the beauty of the Peak District National Park.