• Steve The Stag



    Graham and Green know the importance of having a safe and secure surrounding to live in, with the number of young homeless people reaching unbelievable levels of 80,000 a year it was lovely to hear that they were working with Centre Point to raise money and support for the young adults who find themselves on the street.




    They selected a white stag head from their collection and asked artists and designers such as the lovely Charlotte Olympia, Barbara Hulanicki and Rob Ryan to customise it and we were lucky enough to be chosen too. A large box, sizeable enough to fit a person, arrived in the office and out came this beautiful white sculpture - our blank canvas had arrived!



    As you probably will have noticed from my blog entries and photographs I LOVE stripes, in fact I'd go so far to say I'm a bit obsessed. I have lots of pictures of me as a small child dressed in stripy tops so my fascination started at a young age. When I first laid eyes on the sculpture I just knew it had to be stripey. Being a bit of a stripe expert, I particularly love the iconic Breton stripe that was worn by Picasso, Dali and Audrey Hepburn.


    There is a certain colour associated with the Breton stripe and it's a deep, rich naval style blue, perfect for our stag. Getting the stripes to look straight on such a 3 dimensional object didn't come without its challenges but with the help of our talented intern Flo we got there in the end and I'm rather pleased with the outcome. Our stag, which we've decided to name Steve, will be reunited with its brothers and sisters at an auction on November 16, we hope you'll support the cause and place a bid or two for our stags head…which comes with a special Hillier wink!






  • Hillier Loves Pudsey


    BBC Children in Need has been around for almost a century and I have the fondest memories of staying up late and watching it as a child. Still being a big kid at heart I was overly excited to have been asked to customize an iconic Pudsey Bear, and immediately fuzzy felt and needlework classes came to mind.






    As an adult I still read fairytales and watch kids movies and my favourite creator is Tim Burton - I'm totally obsessed with his characters, especially from A Nightmare Before Christmas. I wanted Pudsey to feel like he had been patched together by a child's imagination, full of innocence, fun and fairytale dreams.




    Pudsey came together from a mixture of denim sourced from local charity shops, which Grace, our wonderful, intern washed with stones to give it a more vintage feel, and Liberty prints from a personal collection of fabrics I have. We work very closely with a talented sample maker called Anthony Vrahimis and he kindly constructed Pudsey's body for us. Grace then took over and cut patches from the fabric and sewed them together by hand with neon cottons using a traditional blanket stitch.





    This was an incredibly fun project and it was an honour to be involved with, please support the future of our children by watching Children in Need on November 18, and more importantly by donating generously.


    Katie's Pudsey will be exhibited in Liberty, London, from November 7-19. You can bid to buy the one-off Pudsey's created by Katie Hillier, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Henry Holland, Mulberry, Giles, E. Tautz, Liberty and PPQ here.





  • Go On, Have A Ball!


    In New York at the weekend, whilst we were snowbound, I had planned on making Halloween bunny masks with the girls - Tate, Hannah and Aiden. My inspiration for the days events was Truman Capote's infamous Black & White Ball. It has to have been the coolest party ever!






    Luckily, we managed to get supplies before we were unable to leave the house. I had so much fun, little girls are the best and these three are the biggest bunny fans in the whole world!



    For the masks we used:
    Black and white foam card for the mask
    Sparkly felt for the noses
    Pipe cleaners for the whiskers
    Black and white polka dot grosgrain ribbons to tie them on with


    Go on girls, have a ball!



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