Frequently Asked Questions

What are the lampshades made from?

Each patterned lampshade is made from layered, stitched and hand-cut plant-fibre papers, including banana, mango, sugar cane and mulberry silk. These give a wonderful surface texture with the leaves, seed heads and petals further highlighted when the lamp is switched on.  They have a clear PVC backing which has been tested with the Lighting Association Laboratories and has passed the glow wire test.

The map shades are made from appliquéd vintage Ordnance Survey maps.  They too have a clear PVC backing.

Are the designs printed on?

No, the patterned shades are made using the technique of reverse appliqué whereby the design is stitched into the paper and revealed in its full glory when layers of paper are handcut away, using small embroidery scissors.

The map shades are made from original Ordnance Survey maps and not digital reproductions.

What lampshade shapes and sizes do you offer?

Half shades are available in two sizes – 25cm wide x 25cm high x 12.5cm deep and 36cm wide x 19cm high x 15.5cm deep.  They can be purchased with a hand-crafted lamp base or alone to be used on your own base.  They can also be used as wall lights.

Straight-sided drum lampshades are available with a diameter of 20cm, 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, 40cm, 45cm or 50cm and almost any height you choose, making them suitable for a table lamp, ceiling pendant, or floor lamp.

Can I order a shade that is personal to me?

Yes, I can make patterned lampshades to order in the colour and design of your choice. I’m happy to work from photographs or swatches of soft furnishings as reference to create a bespoke lampshade from stitched plant-fibre paper that is unique to you. Complete the enquiry form for a half-shade table lamp or drum shade or email me with your ideas.

If you would like a lampshade made from a vintage map that has a personal meaning, please complete the enquiry form for either a map table lamp or a map drum shade.

Can I have one of your designs in a different colour?

Yes, I have a large selection of papers in a variety of colours and is happy to make shades that complement your existing colour scheme.  If you need a close colour match you can send me swatches as reference.

What are lamps with half-shades designed for?

My signature half-shade is slim and backless allowing light to bounce off the wall behind. It is perfect as a table lamp for a hall console, corner table, bookshelf, mantlepiece and bedside table where space is limited.  It can also be used in a corner where light is thrown up both walls.  It is ideal for any location where the back of the lamp isn’t visible.

What is special about the lamp bases?

All my lamp bases are made by a local craftsmen who creates bespoke designs for my shades.

The flat circular bases are turned from ash or sycamore and have British-made fittings. They are available 10cm or 16cm high, 20cm or 23cm diameter and have either brass or chrome switched 60W fittings and UK plugs.

Colour and grain will vary, so each base is a one-off.

What bulbs can I use with my ArtShade?

The British-made lampholders fitted to Sarah’s bases are rated 60W.  You can use any incandescent 60W candle bulb you may have stockpiled or any low energy equivalent with a standard bayonet fitting.  All shades have a clear PVC backing.

I have a question that isn’t answered here.

Feel free to email Sarah and ask away!

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