Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Hollie and hens
Savannah likes hens. We moved out to the country last summer and are very lucky to have a big garden. Now that the olive trees are a little bit more manageable and the veggie patch is yielding a steady supply of organic produce chickens are on the agenda (sounds like a remake of The Good Life...). Although the idea of fresh free-range eggs sounds tempting, I can't say I'm over-enthusiastic about cleaning coops, and then there's the issue of rodents...
Vintage chicken coops can look good in the home, as I recently discovered in a fabulous children's shop in Belgium called Lilli Mandarine.
Sundance, in the States, sell a whole range of stackable chicken coops, ideal for storage in children's bedrooms.
British designer and craftswoman Hollie Wright is also smitten with chickens. Hollie grew up in rural Oxfordshire and chickens played a central part in her daily life. Her art is influenced by allotments and the small holding lifestyle. Using reclaimed wood and fittings, Hollie creates quirky chicken-coop pieces, ranging from single wire chicken sculptures to functional and beautiful egg boxes and wall cupboards.
Hollie's work is available in several galleries in the UK, including The Gallery at Bevere.