THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Dec13

Hiut Denim Jeans – As Good As Our Garden Tools

Lovely to see one of our favourite companies trending on the BBC today…. Hiut Denim Jeans.

Not only do they make brilliant jeans, but they have been a massive inspiration to us.

Their philosophy, to make the best jeans they can, not the most jeans they can, reminds us all the time that at Modern Mint, it is okay not to sell the same tools and products as the garden centres.

Because we don’t like those tools. We like these tools….

These tools are the ones that will last you, that are sharp and strong yet light, and will be something you love to use every single day in the garden.

The best tools, not the most popular tools.

Having coveted a pair of Hiut Denim jeans for awhile, we finally ordered one pair at the start of the year.

We waited while they were made.

Since they have arrived, back in March, we have worn them pretty much every single day. We did not wash them, as is the way of raw denim, for 9 months.

This is what they looked like after 9 months without water, each and every crease made by my frame and movements…

Hiut Denim jeans before washing

They looked ready for a wash, didn’t they?

But the benefits of the No Wash Club are strong, particularly that you will have a pair of jeans that are unique to you.

When I did wash them, in lukewarm water in the bathtub, turned inside out so that the true indigo only lightly bled…. they looked like this…

Hiut Denim Jeans after first wash

 

Really loved where they have faded. Where they are creased. It is like looking at my copper tools after so much use….

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So there you have it. A Welsh company making jeans is an inspiration for Modern Mint. Because they want to sell you something excellent, that will do you a great job. And last you a long time.

Sounds very much like the lovely items we have here on our shop!

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.