Touchy! by geraldine kane

Who said concrete has to be boring? Today's pins are from Belfast-based Tactility Factor, who combine textiles and architecture to create beautiful and surprising results.

All photos from

Above left: Crystal Concrete 

Above right: Stitched Linen Concrete

Above left and right: James Street South, Belfast 


I know who I'll be calling when I finally get round to my Grand Designs project...


Welcome to our conversation! by geraldine kane

So, we are two sisters who have long been interested in all forms of Art and Design. One living in Tokyo and the other living in Belfast.

I'm Ger, founder of ISLE Jewellery, designer, painter, teacher, avid Pinner and tentative blogger. I'm the Tokyo-based sister. 

Soon to follow is Helen,  a talented crafter, fruit-and-veg-lover and bossy little task master! My little big sister keeps me artistically focused (I have a tendency to jump from idea to idea that I'm trying to rein in) and ensures I keep my standards high. Her scrunched-up-face-of-disapproval has been pushing me to push and refine my design work since my degree in Jewellery Design right up to now. Helen is helping to take care of ISLE HQ in Ireland, working with Irish craftspeople to ensure ISLE Jewellery is up to scratch (hopefully not employing the scrunched-up-face-of-disapproval too much!). 

Over the years we have been sending a constant stream of images, links and ideas to each other. We thought it might be nice to share these little gems we stumble upon with other people who might appreciate them too. Hopefully that's you! 

So, instead of using Line, Pinterest and other interactive channels to conduct our creative conversations, we're going to use this blog.

We'll just chat among ourselves, but feel free to drop us a line and join the conversation!