Category: Handmade

09
Nov

Chilly Weather: Hot Product Shots with Norse and Chilly Bottles

There are a number of ways to keep warm this winter, and we’ve recently had in two brands with their own unique takes on this…

Norse

The guys at Norse would have you grow a luxurious beard to warm your chin. They have the perfect products to help you turn from bum fluff turn into a beard buff.

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08
Jul

Flower Power with Iris & Bee

Iris & Bee is all about flowers.

Prints and paintings and we think they have some just gorgeous art.

They came across the all too familiar problem of how to digitise their art. It can be done at home of course, set up a little studio, try and get a shot precisely head on, or perhaps artistically create a background out of some cleverly folded sheets. This however, isn’t ideal. The consistency is never quite right, and the lighting will likely be off so the colours aren’t good representations.

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25
Jun

THE smARTest PROJECT

A brand new ethical art organisation based in London that instils more fairness, more originality and more diversity in the International Art scene.

Their artists are based in Haiti, meaning despite their obvious and undeniable talent they have a restricted access to the international art market. Thus the THE smARTest PROJECT was born, to stimulate equity for these artists gain them the rewards and exposure they deserve.

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21
Jun

Olivier Baby

Olivier Baby was set up in 2011 by Emma Davison, who was shortly after joined by her sister, Alice Smith. Emma is herself a passionate knitter and as a team they design and create all the samples themselves. These samples are then put through the most rigorous quality tests by their children.

They aim to reflect the fun and laughter of their own childhoods in their deigns, instilling a distinct sense of nostalgia in many of their designs. Their shapes and lines are classic, and paired with refreshing and comforting colours. Stylish traditional, timeless designs instilled with that element of fun that is so quintessential of childhood. Whether it’s a star on the elbows or a heart on the bottom there is a little something on each item to make you smile. Importantly, all their clothes are hard wearing, soft and comfortable. So the kids look great and feel great, nothing to stop them from having fun.

Find them at Olivier Baby

21
Jun

TAG – Fine Art

Our machines make digitising art an absolute doddle.

It is no surprise then that we get quite a lot of art coming through our doors.

TAG fine arts launched in 2006. They are based in the same building as us in Islington. They have a assortment of fantastic artist using various different mediums. From sculpture to huge prints. All of this need digitising which has previously been a huge problem for them.

However, over the last couple of years that we’ve been based in the BDC we have developed a great relationship with them and now every time they get a new piece in, they wander up the corridor and pop-in.

The above is a piece by Loraine Rutt who has been making maps from clay for over 25 years. It is a piece called ‘Segment: Land and Sea’ and is made up of 24 Porcelain globe segments.

Having us so near is immensely useful for them. But the main benefit from our studio is the machines. It simplifies and speeds up the entire process for them. Making it easier and more efficient than ever before.

Find them and TAG FINE ARTS

07
Jun

The Braided Rug

The Braided rug company is based in Aberdovey in Wales. Small factories have been making braided rugs in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains for the last 100 years. They imitate the rag rugs made by the early settlers on the east coast of America, and are a true design classics.

But more than that, they are beautiful to look at, and tremendously practical as well. The rugs they sell are the real thing, and they have uncompromising quality standards.

The yarns are spun, dyed into a rainbow of colours, and then woven into braids. These braids are then sewn by artisans (who often sign their work). This process isn’t quick, but the results are incredible.

They sent in a selection of accessories, coasters and table runners. These beautiful products come in a plethora of fabulous colours and designs that we just loved. Shooting these traditionally can be tedious. The braids allow for a small space between the weave, which when removing the background from the imagery is immensely time consuming. However, with our Styleshoot machines this problem is nullified. They automatically identify and remove the background, creating a neat cut-out PNG ready for use online or in catalogue.

22
May

Pyrus Shoot their newest collection at Ushoot Studios

We love having Ash come in with their fantastic ranges, he is enthusiastic, friendly and an extremely accomplished user of the vertical machine. So it is always a pleasure. It was his second visit to our studio recently and as last time he cracked on with a smile.

Ash and Lorraine met whilst studying at London College of fashion and then joined forces to establish Pyrus in 2005.

12 years on and Pyrus is doing very well with a really lovely selection of womenswear. The aim of their brand is easy wear modern classics. Clothes that won’t drop out of fashion next season, rather remain impervious to the swiftly changing courses of fashion fads.


Their designs are lovingly thought through, inspired by trips to everywhere from India to local art fairs and markets. Stocked internationally, across UK, Spain, France and even Japan, they now have a loyal following, and it is easy to see why.

Based in East London, UShoot was a great find for their product photography needs. The ability to control the shoot suits such a bespoke and unique brand very well. We very much look forward to seeing Ash next season with their newest ranges!

16
May

Selvedge

Selvedge has been using our services for a while now, and we really love receiving products from them. Their products range from dolls, to gorgeous scarves and throws. It is really nice to have customers like Selvedge, the products are amazing, and by working closely with them, we are able to give them exactly what they want.

There are many sides to every story and Selvedge is dedicated to finding and nurturing textiles from every angle life. All of us are inundated with textile sensation, from the moment we are taken and wrapped in our first blanket. It is a uniting aspect of all humanity and one that cannot be underrated.

It began as a small collection of textiles and designers. But has over the years grown into a haven of rarified textiles and esoteric treasures. Behind every item – whether a handmade candle or antique table linen is a story worth hearing.

The various nature of the items we needed to shoot for Selvedge was no problem with the machines. The versatility of the upright and horizontal together make what could otherwise have been a difficult and painful process quicker, and easier.

15
May

Royal Academy

The Royal Academy have been using our services for a while now. They need product shots for online store. Their shop has a range of giftware; jewellery, scarves, calendars and more. They also have a range of art catalogues and prints that need digitising. However, this poses a unique problem. Getting a high enough quality image of these can be difficult. Whilst the product itself is simple, the prints, can be large, the catalogues awkward.

The Royal Academy of Arts has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.

They have an extensive range of high-quality products from top designers and Royal Academicians. Often, but not exclusively inspired by the Royal Academy’s exhibitions, these items have been specially selected by the award-winning RA Merchandise team.

It is important that the digital representation resembles the actuality as closely as possible, meaning the image quality has to be very good.

The range of product, the required styling, along with adjusting lighting, and followed by extensive post-production would make this process long, and expensive with a traditional photography studio.

However, our machines can do it all. Our flatbed machine is especially excellent at digitising prints and fine artwork. At 111″ long and 85″ wide it is big enough to shoot all but the largest pieces, rendering a perfect cut out PNG every time in under 1 minute. Easy, time and cost efficient.

20
Apr

Kaneshka

With a new range of clothes from designer Kaminee Buttani, the Kaneska label continues to appeal to the tastes of discerning women from all walks of life. Matching style and affordability, all designs are either personally designed or handpicked by designer Kaminee.

With a truly exquisite range of clothing from kaftans, to stylish, elegant evening wear ad a wide range of warps, Kaneshka has a reputation for providing sumptuous and creative collections.

This season was no different. Luxurious and colourful designs made from high quality fabrics. We whizzed through their shoot all on mannequin.

All products are handmade and are available at their flagship store in Richmond upon Thames!

2 Union Court (First Floor, above Cards Galore), Sheen Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1AD

Find out more about Kaneshka, their ethos style and see what they have on offer HERE