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What is Curious Egg?

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This professional artist is a sculptor, painter, and a public and gallery artist who produces art for public places. She established Curious Egg in 2015 with her husband, where she curates living spaces by sourcing and commissioning for hard-to-find handcrafted products from fellow artists, designers and craftspeople across Scotland, the UK and Europe. Here, she offers bespoke sourcing services. When she can’t find an item, Lorraine goes to the extent of creating a product entirely. She made it possible for homeowners to personalise their homes, and has also got people talking about her craft in bringing art into the world of interiors. 

 

My favourite product is… If I pick one, then it’s the one that jumps to mind as having really special qualities - the Paradiso Madras Lace panel in black. It’s rare, authentic and is made using the last remaining weaving looms of this kind in the world right here in Scotland. People have such a difficult relationship with lace and it’s often pushed to the side as old fashioned, twee, or over the top, but if you see this panel hung in front of a window and how the light dances with the shadows of birds and tropical plants, you’ll see how exquisite, soft and luxurious it is - worlds apart from the harsh versions often seen in cheap clothing.

 

What’s the most interesting product you’ve come across? The one with the most interesting story is the textile artwork range by Inigo Scout, that came about through an emotional event in their lives. They are luxurious and functional and they serve a greater purpose, which I think is fantastic.

 

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We’re curious. How often do you guys travel?

We did a lot of travelling prior to setting up Curious Egg, including to India, Thailand, Indonesia, Norway, and a three and a half month trip round Europe as far as Slovakia where we met really interesting makers and designers. As a new company, a lot of our time and hard work has gone into building the business and telling people we are here! We haven’t been on long sourcing trips during this time but I’ve visited some of the best trade and craft fairs in Europe and made monthly visits to artist’s studios. We still have a lot of contacts who we met on our travels, who are based in hard to reach places so we are working on getting their products across to the UK as efficiently as possible.

 

Where’s next in your to-visit list?

We’d love to explore Northern Spain - an area we didn’t get to on our travels in Europe due to lack of time. The mountain villages have some of the most incredibly-crafted wares and many of these are in hidden workshops with no presence online.

 

How do we prevent ourselves from overbuying collectibles from our travels?

I suppose the thing to look at is if the object is something authentic and genuinely from the place you’ve visited. It’s far more meaningful and lasting if something truly has the essence of a place and its people, and isn’t just a tourist trinket made somewhere else and sold for inflated prices. Less can be more, buying something really unique that costs a little more may have more of a presence than lots of unrelated bits and pieces that are more generic. Only buy what you love because you'll be living with it.

Look out for more tips in styling your home in one of our future issues.

Also, don't forget to check out the feature on Sharil Faisal here