Ruby Cubes Studio News

  • Pop Up Shop - Mon 16th-Sat 21st October

    Pop Up Shop - Mon 16th-Sat 21st October

    I'm hosting a pop up shop this week at the fantastic MAP space on Magdalen Road Exeter. Mon-Fri 10-5:30 and Sat 10-4. Lots of the new work, books and kits are in the space. Pop in for a chat and to enjoy the work in person. 


    Jessica x

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  • From the archive - Striped basket circa 2021

    From the archive - Striped basket circa 2021

    A new series - from the archive. I've been working with rope for about 8 years now (that's a lot of rope!) and along the way I've made some truly weird and wonderful things. I was looking through the archive yesterday and thought it would be fun to share them with you.

    The first piece I've chosen to share from the Ruby Cubes archive is this super fun striped basket that to me looks like some kind of weird boot/vase. It definitely has "old woman who lived in shoe" vibes to me. 

    a black and white striped basket with two compartments is filled with furry grass stems and sits atop a wooden table with a white chipboard background

    Working with stripy rope presented a whole different set of challenges for me. The coloured rope is much less structural than my favourite unbleached cotton rope, which means the shapes are a little more fluid and it's possible to construct objects with a bit more give. I like the duality of this one having two compartments so you can display dried flowers on two different levels. 

    With the stripy rope I made a series of bags and bowls. I remember the bags all sold out but almost none of the baskets sold at all. I think the other colours (blue/yellow/red) had gorgeous seaside vibes which leant themselves to the summer bag beautifully. I think the baskets were a bit of a stretch. But that's okay because on this occasion the joy for me was totally in the experimentation.

    Would I work with stripy rope again? Absolutely. Such a fun process.

    If you are interested in working with rope and would like to learn more, you can click here. 

    Until the next archive dive....
    Jessica x


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  • Ropework as Sustainable Decor: Eco-Friendly Home Design Trends

    Ropework as Sustainable Decor: Eco-Friendly Home Design Trends

    Ropework as Sustainable Decor: Eco-Friendly Home Design Trends

    By Jessica Geach

    In the ever-evolving world of interior design, sustainability has become a dominant theme. As we seek ways to reduce our environmental footprint and live more harmoniously with nature, eco-friendly design trends are gaining momentum. One such trend that has captured the imagination of many is the use of ropework and natural fibers in homeware. In this article, we'll delve into how ropework aligns with eco-friendly design principles and why it's a sustainable decor choice for your home.

    The Resurgence of Ropework in Home Decor

    Ropework, which includes stitching, knotting, weaving, and other techniques using ropes and natural fibers, has a rich history that dates back centuries. Traditionally, it was used for practical purposes, like ship rigging and fishing nets. Over time, however, it has evolved into an art form and a means of creating stunning, handcrafted homeware items.

    The resurgence of ropework in home decor can be attributed to various factors, one of which is its inherent sustainability. Today, we're seeing an increasing number of homeowners and designers turning to ropes made from natural fibers like cotton, hemp, and jute. These materials are biodegradable and renewable, making them an eco-conscious choice.

    Sustainability at Its Core

    One of the primary reasons ropework aligns so well with eco-friendly design is its minimal environmental impact. Let's explore some key aspects that highlight the sustainability of ropework in home decor:

    1. Biodegradability

    Natural fibers used in ropework, such as cotton and hemp, are biodegradable, meaning they break down naturally over time, leaving no harmful residues in the environment. This contrasts sharply with synthetic materials like plastic, which can take centuries to decompose.

    1. Renewable Resources

    Cotton, hemp, and jute are all renewable resources. These plants can be grown without the use of harmful pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, reducing the overall ecological footprint.

    1. Low Energy Production

    Ropework typically requires minimal energy for production compared to many other manufacturing processes. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

    1. Artisan Craftsmanship

    Handcrafted ropework homeware often involves local artisans who use their skills to create unique pieces. Supporting artisanal production encourages sustainable livelihoods and helps preserve traditional craftsmanship.

    1. Longevity

    Many ropework homeware items are built to last. Their durability means they won't end up in landfills as quickly as mass-produced, disposable decor items.

    Ropework's Versatility in Eco-Friendly Design

    One of the remarkable features of ropework is its adaptability to various design styles, making it a versatile choice for eco-friendly home decor. Whether you're a fan of minimalist Scandinavian interiors, bohemian chic, or rustic farmhouse aesthetics, there's a ropework piece to suit your style. Here are some ways you can incorporate ropework into your sustainable design vision:

    1. Wall Hangings

    Ropework wall hangings add texture and character to your walls. They can serve as statement pieces or subtle accents, depending on your preferences.

    1. Plant Hangers

    Elevate your indoor plant game with natural fiber plant hangers. They're not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing.

    1. Table Centerpieces

    Ropework can be used to create stunning table centerpieces, from intricate table runners to unique placemats.

    1. Lighting Fixtures

    Ropework pendant lights or chandeliers can create a warm and inviting ambiance in any room.

    1. Furniture Accents

    Incorporate ropework into furniture designs, such as chair backs or headboards, to add a touch of eco-friendliness to your decor.

    In a world increasingly focused on sustainable living, the selection of decor materials carries significant importance. Ropework, distinguished by its utilization of natural fibers and artisanal craftsmanship, seamlessly aligns with prevailing eco-friendly design trends. It embodies fundamental principles like biodegradability, renewability, and a minimal environmental footprint.

    To aid you in your sustainable decor journey, I've assembled a complimentary resource containing all the necessary materials you will need to get you started. And if you seek guidance and expertise along the way, consider exploring my course, Artisan Ropework Homeware.

    By making ropework a central element in your home decor, you not only contribute to a more sustainable planet but also imbue your living spaces with the elegance of handcrafted, environmentally conscious design. Embrace the allure and sustainability of ropework within your home, and witness your living environment evolve into a sanctuary that seamlessly combines style with environmental responsibility.

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  • Presents with Provenance - 8th December - 12th December 2022

    Presents with Provenance - 8th December - 12th December 2022

    Kath Wood has an incredible curators eye and as such I am so pleased to have been chosen as one of her artists for the upcoming Presents with Provenance exhibition. This is a fantastic project which takes place in her home in Twickenham London UK. 

    You can link to the Art at Home website here for all the details about how to visit this unique exhibition: 

    Exhibition Details below:

    Presents with Provenance

    A showcase for the festive season
    Selected work for gifting by artists from across the UK 

    Opening at our Twickenham headquarters for 5 days:
    From Thursday December 8th until Monday December 12th Hours: 10am – 4pm and by appointment
    Late night shopping: Friday December 16th 4pm – 8pm
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