Great Gift Ideas for £40 & Under!

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1. Bear Cushion Burnt Orange (£36.00) / 2. Robin & Redcurrant Cushion (£39.95) / 3. Bear Bookends (£34.95) / 4. Dotty Slim Jug (£24.50) / 5. Pantone Coffee Maker Red (£25.00) / 6. Gold Mug Set (£22.00) / 7. Cheese Bite Serving Board (£25.00) / 8. Poker Set (£39.95) / 9. Red British Tractor Toy (25.00) / 10. Lagoon Tableware Set (£21.95) / 11. Las Vegas Shotgun Wedding Scarf (£35.00) / 12. Blossom Salad Bowl (£21.95) / 13. Gold Crystallized Statement Earrings (£35.00) / 14. Trapezing Twins Print (£25.00) / 15. Red Furoshiki Scarf (£29.95) / 16. Terrazzo Drop Black Earrings (£21.95) / 17. Arc Furoshiki Scarf (£29.95) / 18. Popova Necklace (£35.00)

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Christmas all Wrapped Up! WIN £250 to Spend on Howkapow this week!

Here at Howkapow we believe Christmas is as much about giving as receiving. With that in mind we thought we’d spring a little five-day competition on you – your chance to WIN £250 to spend on our shop this festive season!

All you have to do to enter is to hop on our shop and tell us what Howkapow goodies you’d spend your £250 on, by filling in the form below. If you win the voucher you can spend it on anything on the shop that you want, it’s completely up to you!

Our competition is up and running and we’ll announce our winner on Monday Nov 24th. If you’re lucky you might have Christmas all wrapped up for you!

Howkapow x

This Competition is now closed. Rowan Mcintosh was the lucky winner. Well done Rowan!

Great Gift Ideas For £20 & Under!

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1. Portuguese Serving Jug (£18.95) / 2. Chess & Checkers Set (£19.95) / 3. Swallow Mobile (£10.95) / 4. Rita Earrings Black & Electric Blue (£20.00) / 5. The Tea Towel (£10.00) / 6. Whale Necklace (£20.00) / 7. Turquoise Notebook (£11.95) / 8. Tribal Burst Necklace (£19.95) / 9. Reversible Acorn Bonnet Chocolate (£10.00) / 10. Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Set (£14.95) / 11. Mini Facemaker Set (£19.95) / 12. Gold Crystalized Studs (£12.00) / 13. Be Bold Print (£20.00) / 14. Butcher Cuts Oven Glove (£14.00) / 15. Bubble Glass Lagoon Carafe (£14.95) / 16. Jansen Mug (£9.95) / 17. Hedgehog Cushion – Burnt Orange (£18.00) / 18. Bambino Cup Set Lagoon (£16.95) / 19. Howkapow £20 Gift Voucher / 20. Enamel Serving Tray (£19.95)

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Lorena Marañón

Born in 1988 in Holguin, Cuba Lorena Marañón is a textile artist with a love of colour and skill in craft that I find captivating. Currently living and working in Miami, Florida she began embroidering in 2009 by producing small and experimental pieces that became the foundation of a four year jewellery business.

I really wanted to get some of Lorena’s pieces on Howkapow, but their one-off nature and the fact they took (understandably) many weeks to create meant we couldn’t quite make this happen. Since then, her jewellery has taken a back seat and she now makes highly complex, meditative pieces as an abstract form of expression.

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When Lorena works, broken symmetry guides her intuition and she sews her surfaces in a seemingly haphazard but highly sensitive way. Very often, a final piece and its process are dictated by a her need to glamourise colour and pattern through miniature scales. Little abstract shapes, squares, optical illusions and floral motifs play work together in perfect harmony to create beautiful, one-off pieces.

Ultimately Lorena wants to explore and transmute ideas through needlework (and more recently, patchwork) and I think she’s doing an inspiring job. Her exuberant use of colour and open-mindedness to shape and scale are second to none. I’ll be following this up-and-coming star for many years to come…

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WIN Our Exclusive Las Vegas Shotgun Wedding Silk Scarf!

In our latest competition this week we’re giving you the chance to win our exclusive Las Vegas Shotgun Wedding Silk Scarf worth £35!

Designed exclusively for us by Edinburgh-based designer Karen Mabon, the scarf is inspired by everyone’s favourite place for a shotgun wedding: Las Vegas! There’s an Elvis and his runaway bride, a pink cadillac reference to Thelma and Louise and even a white tiger as a nod to Sigfried and Roy. The Scarf has been hugely popular with customers already, and even featured in ELLE Deco Sweden this month too.

All you have to do is hop onto Twitter and follow us and / or retweet our post to enter!

The competition is up and running and ends at midnight GMT Monday Oct 27th. The winner will be announced – where else? – on Twitter. Good luck, folks!

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All Knitwear

Yes folks, knitting can be super duper cool – just take a look at the fantastic work of ALL Knitwear. A knitwear label created by American designer, Annie Larson, her small collection of hand-made, made-to-order jumpers, hats, shorts and baby clothes is an ongoing study of tone and pattern realised in some out-there designs and colour combinations. There is a strong 80s vibe to many, with surf and new wave undertones. I wish Rog, Rolo and I could own them all!

Annie was born in 1983 (in Seoul) and grew up in rural Wisconsin. She attended the University of Minnesota and later went on to work for Target Corporation. She purchased her first knitting machine in 2009, taught herself how to knit and in 2010, ALL Knitwear was established in a Minneapolis storefront apartment. Annie moved the company to New York in 2011, settling into a studio in the Williamsburg neighbourhood of Brooklyn. Her clothes aren’t cheap – but for the innovation, colour and uniqueness each piece has, I think they’re worth every penny.

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For The Love Of… Measuring Cups!

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1. Geese Measuring Spoons by 590 / 2. Fruit Measuring Cups by Urban Outfitters / 3. Owl Measuring Cups by West Elm / 4. Whale Tail Measuring Cups by Anthro /  5. Beehive Measuring Cups by World Market / 6. Hedgehog Measuring Cups by Anthro / 7. Pear Measuring Cups by Rae Dunn / 8. Tea Measuring Cups by Anthro / 9. Spade Measuring Cups by Anthro

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Lucie Sheridan

“I have an alarm these days – I never know when it will do off – keeps me on my toes! Her name is Belle, our 1.5 year old.

“If it’s a working day for me I cannot get out of the house quick enough – I will have packed the panniers on the bike – ready to set off early to the studio dropping her off at nursery on the way. She has her breakfast and I eat some oats or toast at my studio. Coffee maker is on around 10.

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“I have a strict ‘list’ of achievable items for the day. These will often be desk bound for emailing or designing early on… and gradually I get more logistical or physical (screen printing) as the day goes on. That’s an ‘average’ day. Sometimes the day can be full on – short breaks – manically trying to complete one of the above!

“I work at Centrespace Studios in the centre of Bristol, there is always a like minded artist not far away if I want to take five – or head to Small Street Expresso for a flat white.

“For lunch St.Nicholas markets is on my doorstep and full of culinary delights from around the world, I pick which country I fancy on the day and pay with my Bristol Pounds of course! Sometimes I am that organized that I will bring in left overs from previous nights din dins.

“I leave my studio around 6pm – and cycle back to collect little’un from nursery. She is in bed pretty quick. Since its summer we have been having a beer in the garden most evenings! – encourages more of a creative thought-process, right?

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Howkapow’s Summer Photoshoots!

We had great fun this Summer shooting our pictures in the studio. We generally tend to shoot a large landscape photo for our homepage scroller on the Howkapow site, combined with a few alt shots for the product photos as well as a picture for our newsletter. It helps to be organised!

This Summer we launched our new Kids Category as well as a new Food Category and had a bumper Summer Sale - so we had a lot of new products to work with…

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The pieces above come from our Kids Category - and are all hand-made from British oak by designers, Hop & Peck. Siobhan our studio manager (and super duper illustrator and paper cut whizz!) came up with the idea of putting the toys in a play scene. She storyboarded it all, following that by cutting leaves and roads out of paper and then tweaking it all in Photoshop.

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In the above scroller we wanted to showcase our new Flensted Mobiles – all hand-made in Denmark. Siobhan made this purely from digital images in photoshop – with the help of her handy tablet and some imagination. I like the lightness of touch and simple playfulness of the graphic elements.

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Our new Food Category launched this summer with this capsule collection of condiments and oils from Makers and Merchants. As there was a lot of text and information on the packaging, we decided to go with a simple scroller – purely typographic with a few on-brand graphic elements (the dotted lines in orange and yellow) to mimic swirls of olive oil.

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For our Summer Sale scroller we wanted something simple and bold. After trying out a range of different designs we settled on a straight-forward, retro-inspired scroller loosely inspired by Summer sunshine. We simply arranged a selection of pieces of paper from our studio stash and added a sliver of ‘Howkapow blue’ to bring it more on brand. Boom!

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We introduced MillerGoodman’s Playshapes onto the shop when we launched our new Kids Category. Here we simply overlaid some text onto a strong image and picked up on some of the colours in the blocks in the header type to tie everything in.

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Teapigs & Jansen+Co Mug Competition!

All this week we’re giving away a set of our lovely orchid Jansen+Co Ceramic Mugs and a pack of Teapigs Teas on Twitter!

Our Mug Set is worth £27.50 and the mugs come in orchid, dusty purple, aubergine and cashmere pink shades. They are dishwasher and microwave safe and made from high quality ceramic.

The Teapigs set is their ‘Adventurous Cheeky’ range – consisting of a pack of Chilli Chai (real flakes of chilli with cardamon, cinnamon and ginger); Chocolate Flake (top notch teapigs tea with chocolate flakes); Popcorn Tea (a Japanese tea known as Genmaicha, this is green tea with toasted rice); Liquorice and Mint (pure liquorice root and whole peppermint leaves); Rooibos Creme Caramel (South African rooibos tea with chunks of caramel) and Yerba Mate tea from South America.

A runner-up will receive a pack of Teapigs Adventurous Cheeky teas too!

For your chance to win simply RT and / or follow us on Twitter! The competition runs for a week until September 2nd. Good luck! x