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May 20, 2011  in my london, news

Found sale

I took a couple of hours out from making and writing yesterday as I had heard about the FOUND exhibition and sale and just had to go. And I’m so glad I did! It was full of the kinds of things I adore and I came home excited and invigorated. A bit of time out at something like this can sometimes be just what you need and I got lost in the beauty of everything here and found inspiration for the rest of my week.

FOUND – A Garage Sale is a one off charity sale of artworks, found objects, textiles, rugs, furniture and crafts to raise funds for the new education wing of Kettle’s Yard house and gallery in Cambridge – one of my favourite places to visit in England.

It’s no ordinary garage sale though! The sale is in The Brompton Garage on North Terrace in South Kensington and is chock-a-block with creativity and inspiring objects – just like Kettle’s Yard itself. Only here you can purchase all the items on show with new pieces arriving daily. Heaven!

The items are displayed beautifully and you can spend from just one pound for something little to hundreds for original artworks donated by well-known artists. And it all goes to support Kettle’s Yard.

Found sale

Paintings, prints, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, curios, pebbles, feathers – all beautiful in their own way and all mirroring the ethos of Kettle’s Yard.

Found sale

Found sale

Found sale

The black bowl with the lemon is by Sotis Filippides.

Found sale

I loved these ceramics by Carys Davies.

Organic, handspun wool from Kay Buxton.

Found sale

found sale

This pencil sculpture is by Shane Waltener.

Found sale

I adored this painting by Neal Jones.

Found sale

This artwork was so simple but I so LOVE it! It’s by Alex Calinescu.

Naturally I wasn’t able to leave without buying a few little things – feathers, a bunch of pine needles and a box of natural river chalk collected from the riverbank side – all absolute necessities for a city-dwelling stylist!!  I could have quite happily bought everything there though and filled my house if my budget had allowed.

My Found treasures

This wonderful sale, which is free to enter, is only on until this Sunday 22nd May, so if you live in or near London, do pop along this weekend or you will miss out.

If you want to make a longer day trip and see some of the best interiors shops and a bit of culture, then you can also pop into the lovely MintFew and FarSkandium, The Conran Shop and Caramel (exquisite children’s clothing) which are all virtually next door, then pop to the V&A which is only a 3 minute walk away – try lunch at the cafe there, it’s in the most amazing room.

If you want to find out more about Kettle’s Yard you can read my post about my trip there below.

FOUND is organised by members of the Kettle’s Yard Development Appeal Group and you can also follow Kettle’s Yard on Twitter.

P.S. Hi to Nicole, Joan and Daphne who I met and chatted with at FOUND yesterday, lovely ladies doing something wonderful. Thank you for letting me take these photos.

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  1. There are so many wonderful and inspiring places in London. I need to make a trip soon, haven,t been in ages. That sripey jug with dasies in it is lovely,

  2. elisa says:

    i’ll take one of everything please. looks like so many beautiful things, wow.

    what is the object on the far left of your treasures?


  3. Joan says:

    The long object in the Treasures shot is a bundle of Slash Pine needles, bundled together. This is a native Florida tree and is a marker of land that is high and dry, as it won’t grow in the swamplands. The needles are always in pairs and are wonderfully long, some as much as 30cm! Some of the bundles (still available) have tiny glistening drops of natural pine resin clinging – deliciously scented.

  4. decor8 Holly says:

    All of that art looks exactly like your hallway and the art that you collect. I think FOUND is 100% your aesthetic, you must have been in heaven. I’m glad you had fun Sania and walked away feeling inspired. Have a nice weekend!

  5. moa says:

    hi sania!
    do you remember me..?
    I love your new blog..!
    & have a lovely weekend –

    moa :0)

  6. Jane says:

    I went to Found but forgot to take a camera. Lovely to see the images here. Thanks

  7. Cassandra says:

    it was a fantastic show – although I made the mistake of going on the opening night – it was akin to a football frenzy. I do have happy birds eating from the lovely bird-feeder rings. Completely agree with you on Kettles Yard – if you’re ever in Cornwall try Barbara Hepworth’s studio – amazing aesthetic. All the best, Cassandra

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