Hi, my name is Louise I recently started my work placement with Helen Morris at The Stencil Library. On the second day of my placement Helen took us on a little field trip to visit an amazing home accessories store called RE in Corbridge, near Stocksfield. This store is tucked away down one of the side streets, and what a find it is. When entering the store you are met with an array of fantastically put together displays, each depicting a different style in its own way.
What really caught my attention were the vintage blue and white plates re-fired with bold, coloured butterflies on them. I think this is a great way to modernise more traditional patterns and make them unique.
I felt inspired by these plates and would like to try making something similar myself. To do this I would choose a beautiful stencil and apply it onto a Willow Pattern plate. These blue and white patterned plates can often be found at car boot sales, antiques stores or even charity stores. Helen has lots of butterfly stencils. The vintage butterfly plates from RE can be bought mail order too, each one is different.