Meet the Maker - Robertson Cheney + tray/wall art Giveaway
A while ago i have shared with you a tutorial on how to make a wood wall art or a drinks tray you can find it here . That very same day i have received a message from Joseph - a man behind Robertson Cheney - a creative brand that specializes in making art accessorizes and furniture out if reclaimed wood . Giving me a few pointers with regards to self building a patterned table. It is worth mentioning here that there are not many small companies who openly share their secrets as to how things are made ,so naturally i clicked on the link in Joseph bio not thinking much of it "it be another pinterst rip off project" and so on .... Well! i do not drop my jaw to the floor often -and seeing Joseph designs made me swoon ! - If you think my wall art was good - you got to check Joseph designs ! Pronto!
Joseph and his sister Ella have set up their company in a picturesque village near Leicestershire. Joseph is being the creative force behind all wood creations ans Ella takes care of painting , photographing and shipping the items to the customers .
In am not sure if you can see this in the photo but my chosen tray ( that you can also win , but on that later ) - not only puts my work to shame ( big time !) but also shows a lot of skill , care and attention that goes to those creative products .
This post inst in any way pushed or sponsored in any way - it was written out of love for a great skill that this creative duo posses . Those of you who know me by now will know that there is no way id write a post that will praise a company or a product that i feel isn't good enough - i am not a POLITICIAN ;)
So id love you guys to meet the people behind Robertson Cheney - Over to you guys x
1. Can you tell our readers about yourself and your brand ?
We are woodwork artists based in Leicestershire, UK and make our art out of reclaimed wood. We are in our second year, which until February 2017 was just me, Joseph, until my sister Ella came on board to help. We make table tops, decorative serving trays and wall art amongst other items. Typically we specialise in Navajo, Aztec and geometric patterns but we love to play with other styles too. We get the wood from the local area and this can be old doors, windows and worktops as well as the occasional pallet.
2 .What piece are you most proud of , or one that has a significance to you
Selling anything that you’ve made is great! But I think the first table top I sold was very special, because up until that point it was a hobby.
3. Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in your design journey ?
Not being scared to experiment. It’s really easy to go onto social media and see what other makers are coming out with and to simply do the same thing. But when that happens everybody loses and the whole process is worth a lot less. It’s really special to be trusted to create something original for a client to have in their home.
4. What would be your tips for anyone thinking of starting their own business in design ?
Believe that what you do is of value and have enough confidence to go out there and do it. The hard thing for me was convincing myself and the people around me that this is what I do, It’s what I’m passionate about and that I’m here to stay.
5. Can you tell me about your greatest high in your career ?
There has been quite a few great projects recently, but the all time would be a large desk that we made for the tattoo artist Emily Blackheart to do all her design work on. Having such a talented and creative person recognise something in our work was very touching.
6 .What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
Without a doubt it is sending a beautiful table from the UK to Alaska to hear that it turned up damaged. Since then, we package everything in plywood cases and make sure that it can survive long journeys. Luckily the client was a very lovely person and we made it all right for her in the end.
7 . Who has impacted you most in your design journey and how?
Simply growing up in an environment where being creative was really valued and encouraged. Our whole family, particularly my Mum for giving us confidence and self belief. It’s a cliche, it’s not cool, but it’s the truth.
8. Who is your design or style icon ?
There’s no one person or institution. There’s just certain things that you see that can have a real impact on you, It could be a pattern on a tiled floor or a top that somebody is wearing.
9 What do you think has been your brands super power?
Recycling and reusing. Hopefully the work that we produce goes a little way towards proving that you can make beautiful art out of reclaimed materials.
10 Were you artistic as a child?
I was more the kid that raided the tool box and was trying to create some ambitious project in the back garden.
11. Since Style Squeeze is all about small spaces - how would you squeeze most of small square footage (your tips suggestions )?
I think it’s all about proportion when you haven’t got a lot of space. I think you can still have an amazing dining table, for example, but you may just need to be more creative with size and shape. we get a lot of custom projects making pieces that aren’t a standard size so they work within the space whilst still being a great statement.
12 .What do you do in your spare time?
We work really hard at the minute, so spare time is really a lot of chilling out and binge watching series on Netflix!
13 Do you put limitations on the work in terms of brave and bold or is there no fucks given?
As soon as you put limitations on what you do, you’ve restricted yourself and that can damage the integrity of what you’re putting out into the world. There is no colour or material (so long as it doesn’t damage the environment) that we won’t consider with a project.
Quick fire questions
14 - design or functionality -design
15 What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done? -Drink Absinthe. Also one of the funnest.
16. Which bad habits of other people drive you crazy? -Loud eating. Dancing up in my grill.
17. favourite dinosaur ;) -Denber the Last Dinosaur.
18. What was the worst job you have ever had-Working in a cardboard box factory when I was 17. Lasted two days.
19 . would you rather Kiss a jellyfish or step on a crab?-What is this nightmare?
20. Got any hidden talents ? ( what are they) -In another life I played music, toured Europe and was played on the radio a bit. We weren’t very good.
21. coffee or tea? -1 coffee in the morning followed by 32 teas throughout the rest of the day.
22. What is the one thing, you can’t live without? -Lunch.
23. In " Alternative universe if you could be any piece of furniture what would you be ? -A dog’s bed.
24. What was your worst decor faux -pass -I found some hideous brown paint and used it to paint a statement wall in my first house. The statement was “don’t use free paint that you’ve found”. .
25 .who would be your ideal client to work with -Anybody that believes in what we do.
What do you think has been your brands super power? -Since the last time it was asked it has now changed to delicately played air guitar to accomplish world peace. Thank you very much Bill and Ted for the idea.
Now -the fun part !
You can win this very own drinks tray (that can be used as a wall art also ) kindly donated by Robertson Cheney to be in the chance of winning please :
- see my latest Instagram post and in comments tag as many friends as you can
- follow Robertson Cheney on instagram
For extra 10 entries comment on this blog post how would you use your tray
competition will run till Sunday 19th of November and the winner will be picked at random and announced on my stories on Monday- Good luck everyone
To purchase reclaimed wood furniture and accessories please visit www.RobertsonCheney.com