Monday

Spring Series: The Natural World Part Three

We takes a closer look at the creative world and inspirations of Cristina Sabaiduc & Jo Holland and Aline Johnson.




Join us this week as we get a closer insight to some of this year’s designer-makers discovering some of their creative influences and processes. Beginning with the stimuli of…


How do the materials you work in communicate and connect to spring and an awareness of the seasons?

Does the natural world influence your work and creative processes and if so how?

Cristina Sabaiduc designs graphic and colourful scarves with photographic artist Jo Holland, to create stylish and unique statement pieces.

‘Drawing inspiration from some most unexpected sources of beauty—moulding beetroots, crystallized feathers, frozen detergent, Transylvanian salt mines or medieval stained glass windows— they are given new life when captured by Jo through her entirely analogue photographic process that utilises light and colour with positive paper in a dark room.’

‘The resulting original artworks are then developed into scarf and fabric prints to be digitally printed on high quality silk twill.’

‘The imagery created is inspired by the coexistence of natural and industrial elements in our environment. The juxtaposition of animate and manufactured elements has developed into an exploration of dualities—a visual commentary on relationship between the wearer of the scarf and the ephemeral nature of the world in which we live.  The rugged beauty of the landscape in Romania, Switzerland, and Canada, the countries where Cristina was raised, continue to influence her.’  


To see more work from Cristina Sabaiduc: www.cristinasabaiduc.com


Aline Johnson makes glass leaf canopy chandeliers, and is part of cockpit Arts in Holborn. Using candy-coloured glass pieces she draws inspiration from the vibrant palette of beach paraphernalia, seaside rock and windbreak patterns which translate with ease into fused glass.

‘I am very much inspired by nature walking my dogs most early mornings on Hampstead Heath in particular this time of year when the first rays of morning sun shimmer through the delicate spring green leaves and create a beautiful ethereal sequence of movement and light and colour. I try to capture that in using glass and lights.’

‘I also spend a lot of time on the Dorset coast, where I beach comb while my dogs swim all year around.’

‘Found objects like driftwood, ammonites and feathers are used extensively in my work, I make imprints of both in plaster and slump glass into this. I have used driftwood to make frames for chandeliers.’
To find out more about Aline's work: www.alinejohnson.co.uk

All the featured designer-makers in our Spring Series: The Natural World blog posts will be exhibiting at Handmade in Britain's up coming event at the Chelsea Old Town Hall. To find out more about the event, and book tickets head to: www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk


Tickets now on sale


Handmade in Britain 14:
Spring Edition
The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair
9th - 11th May 2014
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

Spring Edition is open:
Friday 9th: 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10th: 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11th: 11:00 - 18:00
Tickets are available online now at £5
Tickets on the door are £7/£5 conc.

Friday

Spring Series: The Natural World Part Two

An exploration of the work of marquetarian Ian Smith, sea glass and silver from Almost Perfect, and the vivid scarves of Taisir Gibreel.

Join us this week as we get a closer insight to some of this year’s designer-makers discovering some of their creative influences and processes. Beginning with the stimuli of…

How do the materials you work in communicate and connect to spring and an awareness of the seasons?

Does the natural world influence your work and creative processes and if so how?


Almost Perfect Jewellery is designed and created by artist Rose Cecil who is based in the picturesque Cornish village of Mousehole. Her interest in the human relationship with the organic world inspires her jewellery collections.

‘Surrounded by inspiration, I explore ideas, textures and themes related to nature, the seasons and in particular the sea. I named my company Almost Perfect to reflect the fact that in nature nothing is perfect and is often more beautiful and interesting than the mechanical symmetry of manufactured pieces.’



‘Making jewellery provides the opportunity to be creative with extraordinarily beautiful and interesting materials. I trained first as a painter and then as a sculptor at Camberwell College. I see jewellery as an extension of my work as a fine artist and my materials as a three dimensional palette. Form, shape, colour and feel determine the design of a piece. I find inspiration all around me, especially in Cornwall where I live.’

‘The starting point for a piece may be a found texture or simply the beauty of a string of pearls. Inspired by the coast, and landscape, I use its forms, shapes and colours to create my signature pieces in metals and semi-precious stones.’



To see more work from Almost Perfect go to: www.almostperfect.co.uk/

Ian Smith is a marqutarian who works using age-old traditional techniques from his studio in Manchester.


‘As a professional marquetarian, the materials I work in connect to spring and the seasons as I work in wood and of course the trees are wonderful examples of the way the different seasons develop. A lot of my work directly reflects the seasons and the choice of veneers is an example of that.'



‘The natural world influences my work directly as I use natural materials to create my pictures! All my veneers reflect life and growth and my creative processes are stimulated by what I see. I am constantly looking for good subjects for my work, either from my own observations or those of my collaborators. These starting points are often taken directly from nature, not just from spring but all seasons.’

‘The choice of veneers symbolises the warmth or coldness of the season being depicted. I particularly love winter scenes based on the work of the old Dutch masters as the veneers again perfectly reflect the tone and atmosphere they were aiming for.’

To find out more about Ian and his work go to: www.themarquetryshack.com

Taisir Gibreel's Colourful scarves combine pattern and bold colour to create unique prints taking inspiration from the landscapes of her Sudanese- British heritage.


‘Bold structural imagery drawn from urban Scotland against a backdrop of colours and shapes from the Highlands, provides her with a treasure trove of rich colours and wonderful organic shapes. An eclectic fusion of cultures’



‘The Scottish landscapes provide me with a treasure trove of rich colours and wonderful shapes. I believe by showcasing my Sudanese and British roots and drawing inspiration from the colours and shapes of the Scottish Highlands, I create distinctive and unique prints.'

‘The collections of pure silk and wool scarves are bewitching, bold and abstract designs and we produce them in the UK and Italy insuring quality, which is of the utmost importance. Stunning, luxurious silk shift dresses will also soon be joining my expanding collection!’

To find out more about Taisir Gibreel: www.taisirgibreel.co.uk



All the featured designer-makers in our Spring Series: The Natural World blog posts will be exhibiting at Handmade in Britain's up coming event at the Chelsea Old Town Hall. To find out more about the event, and book tickets head to: www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk


Tickets now on sale


Handmade in Britain 14:
Spring Edition
The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair
9th - 11th May 2014
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

Spring Edition is open:
Friday 9th: 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10th: 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11th: 11:00 - 18:00
Tickets are available online now at £5
Tickets on the door are £7/£5 conc.

Monday

Spring Series: The Natural World.

A closer look at the work of Barbara Wakefield, Katy B Prints and Emma Farquharson


To celebrate the arrival of spring, longer days and the coming-together of the beautiful work of our Spring Edition exhibitors at Chelsea Old Town Hall, we've been exploring spring, nature and the natural world’s influence in of some of this year’s finest work.

Join us this week as we get a closer insight to some of this year’s designer-makers discovering some of their creative influences and processes. Beginning with the stimuli of…

How do the materials you work in communicate and connect to spring and an awareness of the seasons?
Does the natural world influence your work and creative processes and if so how?


…in this post we’ll be taking a closer look at the vivid textiles work of Katy B Prints, Barbara Wakefield’s delicate ceramics and the geologically inspired jewellery of Emma Farquharson. 


Textiles designer Katy Broomfield draws on the fragility of the natural world in her bright and individually unique creations.


‘Winter to spring, spring to summer, summer to autumn, autumn to winter, my designs are influenced by the cyclical nature of the plants, trees and insects that inhabit my garden in Kent.’


‘Closely linked to the changes of the seasons, the cool greens, cobalt blues and dove greys of Winter, the lemon yellows, whites and pale pinks of Spring, the crisp bands of crimson, magenta, violet, golden yellows and fuchsia pink of Summer and the deep burnt oranges and umbers of Autumn are the constant source of inspiration for all my textiles and prints.’

‘The stark dead heads of Hydrangeas and Honesty in winter, to the graphic seed heads of autumn, are chosen by me to reflect their fragile beauty and structure. Arranging these organic forms onto hand dyed papers and overlaying them with vintage lace and patterned knitwear reminiscent of the 1920's and 30's, the image becomes permanently recorded through heat transfer, onto either soft warm fleece or floaty chiffon's, fixing a particular moment in time for eternity.’

To find out more about Katy B Prints: www.katybprints.co.uk


From her studio in South East London Barbara Wakefield crafts her work in bone china, porcelain and stoneware, drawing on the natural world for inspiration.


‘My work is greatly influenced by the natural world, and at the moment I am fascinated by birds, in particular Blackbirds.  Every year there is one nesting in the yard outside my ceramic studio, and it often scuttles around foraging for food in the tiny urban garden I have created by my doorway.’

‘It is wonderful how the coming of spring is heralded by the sound of ‘Birdsong’.  This is the inspiration behind my slipcast porcelain bowls, reflecting the season of spring with ‘Birdsong’ imagery shown through my drawings of birds and musical notation.’

‘Using a ceramic printing process I imprint this imagery onto the inner surface of the bowls and then use sweeping brush strokes of glaze to create a feeling of rhythm and flow. I also have a great interest in music and musical scores, and am researching into composers who use birdsong in their compositions, such as Olivier Messiaen and Beethoven.’

To find out more about Barbara Wakefield: www.barbarawakefield.co.uk


Emma Farquharson’s work in jewellery take inspiration from her time overseas and in the varied environments and landscapes she has lived in.


 "My formative years were spent in the Bahamas and subsequent time living in Egypt and New York has exposed me to a variety of cultural and aesthetic environments which have profoundly impacted on me.  In my work I enjoy the technical challenge of making, allowing the materials to direct and inform my designs, developing new ideas and ways of manipulating metal, inspired by the rhythmic patterns found in nature and echoed in the built environment.’
‘My signature ‘Spun’ collection focuses on the technique of coiling with wire, pressing and stretching to form work that is pared back yet complex and elegant.  Currently my work explores geometric shapes inspired by the geological rock matrix in which some gems are formed.'

 ‘By carving polyhedral shapes in wax and then casting in silver or gold, I then highlight some of the facets with accents of colour, from stones set against or into the textured and polished surfaces.’

To find out more about Emma Farquharson: www.emmaq.com or find her on facebook.

All the featured designer-makers in our Spring Series: The Natural World blog posts will be exhibiting at Handmade in Britain's up coming event at the Chelsea Old Town Hall. To find out more about the event, and book tickets head to: www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk


Tickets now on sale


Handmade in Britain 14:
Spring Edition
The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair
9th - 11th May 2014
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

Spring Edition is open:
Friday 9th: 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10th: 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11th: 11:00 - 18:00
Tickets are available online now at £5
Tickets on the door are £7/£5 conc.

Presenting: Spring Edition

To celebrate the coming of spring, longer days and the arrival of Handmade in Britain: Spring Edition
we have set a task to our fabulous Spring Edition Exhibitors to explore, putting into words and images, the effects of the seasons on their designs and processes.


     A sense of spring and attention to nature can be seen running through a number of this years contributors; from the  Scottish Highlands where Eileen Gatt produces her stunning frosty folklore inspired silverwear and jewellery, to the botanical precision of Charlotte Day's kaleidoscopic floral prints designed right here in London.


Are you a designer-maker? Tell us what YOU think... 

How do the materials you work in communicate and connect to spring and an awareness of the seasons?
  Does the natural world influence your work and creative processes and if so how?


tweet us with your responses @handmadebritain


You can find out more about this years event, getting tickets and this year's exhibitors here.

Click here to see more from Eileen Gatt and Charlotte Day


Tickets now on sale


Handmade in Britain 14:
Spring Edition
The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair
9th - 11th May 2014
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

Spring Edition is open:
Friday 9th: 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10th: 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11th: 11:00 - 18:00

 
Tickets are available online now at £5
Tickets on the door are £7/£5 conc.

Friday

More Designer-Makers at Handmade in Britain 13!

Interiors at Handmade in Britain 13

Offkut
This year, covetable interior pieces for your home represent both innovation and tradition, showcasing stunning variety in style, form and function.

Stuart Jenkins
This year, indulge in something utterly distinctive, from  reclaimed industrial lighting and furniture from Offkut to bold, contemporary colour from glass artist Aline Johnson, delicate and energetic ceramics from Ali Tomlin and striking textures in the metalwork of Stuart Jenkins.

More covetable interior pieces for your home include Annabel Perrin’s energetic textiles inspired by British architecture to the friendly faces and playful colour to be found in the work of ceramic artist Namiko Murakoshi and the complex organic textures in colossal pieces from Alex McCarthy
Eleanor Lakelin

Annabel Perrin
Discover traditional turning techniques masterfully matched with innovative finishes and contemporary form in the unmistakable woodwork of Eleanor Lakelin. To compliment your favourite space and showcase your treasures, the simple lines and elegant detailing in the furniture of Mark Newson are created to commission with sustainably grown wood.





Ceramics at Handmade in Britain 13
Gin Durham

Handmade in Britain 13 will showcase an exciting variety of ceramics from selected UK based makers, and features newcomers and established artists exhibiting work for purchase or commission.
Ingrid Saag

Discover a wealth of style and influence - from the energy and colour in jazz, blues and swing inspired vessels and wall pieces from Ingrid Saag and Welsh landscapes depicted in the porcelain forms of Richard Heeley.  Consider the tense, provocative narratives in Gin Durham’s toy-like figures and the colourful stories to be explored in the work of Michaela Gall, and smile in the company of Victoria Atkinson’s joyful, quirky sculpture.



Celebrating both innovation and tradition, the show presents stunning variety in process, form and function.

A full list of our exhibitors can be on our website: 

http://www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/chelsea-13/exhibitors/

Designer-Makers at Handmade in Britain 13

Polly Purl
Carole Waller
Fashion at Handmade in Britain 13

Discover stunning and unique fashion and accessories from big names and newcomers alike, featuring the ultimate opulence in textiles from Anne Selby, wearable drama in the artwork of Carole Waller and traditional techniques re-worked in contemporary ways from Leto & Ariadne, Sarah Beadsmoore and Polly Purl. Stunning sculptural shapes and clean lines are found in Jane Hopkinson's luxury leather handbags.




Mark Nuell

Caroline Lukehurst
Jewellery at Handmade in Britain 13

A fantastic variety of jewellery will be exhibited at Handmade in Britain 13, featuring fabulous and playful work from Caroline Lukehurst and Petra Bishai, lustrous rare gemstones from Mark Nuell, the beauty of colour from Lilly Hastedt and timeless elegance in the work of Catherine Mannheim. 

We celebrate innovation in Jasmin Rowlandson’s new collection of porcelain and precious metal clay pieces and Ornella Iannuzzi’s breathtakingly dramatic creations featuring pearls, diamonds and Ethiopian opals.

A full list of exhibitors can be found on our website:

http://www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/chelsea-13/exhibitors/


Handmade in Britain 13 at Chelsea Old Town Hall

Handmade in Britain returns to Chelsea Old Town Hall this November for the seventh edition of The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair!


8-10 November | Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
 

Handmade in Britain 13: The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair features over 100 UK based designer-makers in a unique shopping experience this Christmas season.

Showcasing makers who are renowned for their skill and for the exceptional quality of their work, the show is a special opportunity to purchase and commission bespoke, handmade pieces directly from the maker – just in time for Christmas.

A luxury shopping experience with a soul, every piece is unique, distinctive and handcrafted, offering the perfect antidote to the shopping centre and a welcome oasis for the high-street weary. This is a unique opportunity to meet the makers and discover the stories behind your chosen pieces, from inspiration to the finished work… to a place beneath the Christmas tree!

Experience a rich variety of contemporary craft and design in fashion and interiors from disciplines including ceramics, jewellery, glass, textiles, wood, metalwork and furniture, all under one roof on the King’s Road.

New for the seventh edition!

This year, we are very pleased to welcome Craft Northern Ireland who will present the work of 5 selected makers from a variety of disciplines, representing design-led contemporary craft of the region.

This year, we highlight the exceptional talent of 5 emerging makers in our New Graduate Showcase - a dedicated gallery celebrating the next generation of innovative design and dedicated craftsmanship.

Opening on Friday 8 November – Sunday 10 November at Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.

Tickets available on the door for £7 / £5 concession.


8-10 November | Chelsea Old Town Hall, London | Tickets £7 

Thursday

The Christmas Arcade at Somerset House



Here at Handmade in Britain, we are very happy to announce an exciting new event this Christmas, in collaboration with PopUpShopUp and Somerset House.

To mark the close of an iconic year for Britain and London, The Christmas Arcade at Somerset House is a contemporary and very British celebration of Christmas.
This year, visitors to the world famous ‘Skate’ ice rink at Somerset House will be treated to a dazzling showcase of beautiful British craft.  As if ice skating in the middle of London was not exciting enough, Handmade in Britain are about to make things really interesting!


Open to skaters and non–skaters day and night, The Christmas Arcade will feature pop-up shops showcasing specially selected products created and made in Britain, from startup creative enterprises and established British designer makers.  PopUpShopUp is working with Somerset House and Handmade in Britain to launch a highly creative and unique retail experience that promotes creative enterprise and supports the best of British designer makers.


Alongside exciting events and entertainment, expect Christmas gifts and accessories, textiles, decorations and toys, the best of British made foods, spirits and sweets and all manner of magical Christmas experiences. 

It all kicks off on Thursday 15th November and will run until 6th January 2013. Plenty of time to work up an appetite for all the exciting shopping possibilities!   

If you are a designer maker, this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your work:  More details on how to apply can be found here!










Friday


London: A Celebration: In May 2012 Handmade in Britain embarked on an entirely new project celebrating London. Taking the craft fair to a high footfall area and out of its usual hall setting meant the show could be accessed by people who would not normally visit contemporary craft fairs. And it was a roaring success! (despite the wet may weather)
The fair showcased 36 contemporary designers from disciplines including leather work, silver-smithing, textile design, ceramics, glass and jewellery - offering a rare opportunity to purchase and commission directly from designers at fantastic prices. With many items one one-off or limited edition it was the perfect antidote to the high street.
On the tree lined Riverside walkway, gallery@oxo is an open and airy space with entrances overlooking both the river and the courtyard. South Bank is a beautiful riverside stretch in the heart of London in the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, following the Thames from Lambeth to Blackfriars bridges. Located opposite the Houses of Parliament and within walking distance of Covent Garden, it's the perfect destination for a relaxing stroll and to stumble across something new.
Watch this space for a re-appearance next year ......



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London: A Celebration
The contemporary craft and design fair; celebrating London through design

gallery@oxo, Southbank
May 10 -13, 11am - 6pm
Open Daily, Admission Free

With London being voted the number one city to visit, beating New York and Rome for the first time in a long time we are keen to celebrate too. 

Handmade in Britain is pleased to present a unique selling exhibition showcasing some of the best British designer-makers, each celebrating London in their own unique way.

On the tree lined Riverside walkway, gallery@oxo is an open and airy space with entrances overlooking both the river and the courtyard. 
The show celebrates the British creativity so abundant in London. Each designer will commemorate the capital city inspired by its heritage, diversity, colour and creativity through a range of disciplines such as ceramics, jewellery, glass, textiles and many more.

You will have the opportunity to purchase and commission pieces made specifically to celebrate London in 2012 by both up & coming and established artists of Britain. The show will allow you to meet with the designers whilst supporting the skill and craftsmanship of Britain.

The show will run from Thurs – Sun 10-13th May 2012

On the tree lined Riverside walkway, gallery@oxo is an open and airy space with entrances overlooking both the river and the courtyard. South Bank is a beautiful riverside stretch in the heart of London in the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, following the Thames from Lambeth to Blackfriars bridges. Located opposite the Houses of Parliament and within walking distance of Covent Garden, it's the perfect destination for a relaxing stroll and to stumble across something new.
gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, SE1 9PH

The Theme:

Excited by our home becoming a focus for the world, with the national events of coming year, we were inspired to launch a show that celebrates the British creativity so abundant in London. Intimate and central, the show will allow you to get personal with some of Britain’s many talented designers while overlooking the River Thames. You will have the opportunity to purchase the latest handmade designer crafts from both new and established artists ...and best of all, you can visit us for FREE!

Handmade in Britain has created a show where buyers and exhibitors alike are sure to be inspired by quality, originality and Eco conscious ethos behind the works for sale. Featuring around 40 designers from various disciplines such as textiles, glass, jewellery, metalwork, ceramics and sculpture, these objects are not mass-produced, but personally crafted by the designer him or herself. The products they create are a result of their inspirations, influences and experiences. Each piece is handmade and reflects the interplay between designer and material to create a unique product of the highest quality.

In these days of mass produced objects where people have become strangers to the process of making, it is comforting to know that there are still craftspeople working by hand and creating wonderful, unique products.

Getting here:

Transport links:
By Tube: Embankment, Southwark, Waterloo, Blackfriars
By Bus: 1,4,26,59,68,76,168,171,172,176,188, 243, 341, 501, 521, X68 to Waterloo Bridge
45, 63, 100 to Blackfriars Bridge
381 to Stamford Street
RV1 along the riverside
By Train: Blackfriars, Charing Cross, Waterloo or Waterloo East
By Car: Car parks at Doon Street and Cornwall Road



London: A Celebration will be at gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank SE1 9PH from 10-13 May, 11am - 6pm Admission Free - Open Daily.

Follow us @handmadebritain #londonacelebration for updates and live tweets from the show

Saturday

Exhibitors @ London: A Celebration


Exhibitors @ London: Celebration

With just over a week to go before the show we hope to have shown you a glimpse of the huge range of jewellery, ceramics and textiles that will be available to purchase and commission at gallery@oxo in our previous blogs. Here you can meet some of the talented makers who will bring decorative objects and accessories to the show: 



Chris Edwards - Silverware


London always had a powerful attraction for Chris Edwards, as viewed from Belfast in the 60's it had a special allure, the place to aspire to, where creative energies challenged the classical and traditional.

Early impressions of London were drawn from bookplates and magazine illustrations such as those seen in Dickens's novels or vintage copies of the Illustrated London News. They portrayed a London steeped in history, redolent of the Georgian and Victorian eras illuminated by flickering candles or gas tapers. The illustrations by Hogarth, Gillray, Cruikshank and Phiz evoked scenes of contrasting fortunes: from hardship to excess, decadence to decay.

These contrasts are evident in Chris's recent work where he draws on his experience as a film production designer to create unique pieces that, whilst contemporary, are evocative of times past. His "melting" candle sconces become elements in constructions that incorporate glass, mirror and found objects. They come to life when the candles are lit, their light interacting with and animating the space around them inviting flights of the imagination.


Caroline Lukehurst


Caroline is inspired by the modern cities in which we live. She is intrigued by the way in which we interact with modern urban landscapes and the impact they have on us. She is fascinated by the way in which an everyday scene can be transformed by the seasons, growth and decay, or changing light which can re awaken our senses and elevate an everyday scene into something remarkable.

From her earliest childhood visits Caroline has always been inspired by London and tries to represent her vision of the capital in her work.
By using different colours of glass she accentuates the different moods of the city, the variations in  light from dawn to dusk and the changing seasons. Caroline incorporates her own photographic images within her handmade original pieces. Dishes with linear swathes of colour across a River Thames view. glass panels with autumnal shades of a London park or the milky blues and greys across the River Thames. Her free-standing wall panels capture iconic landmarks with a pencil sketch like quality.

Lucentia Design


Lucentia's sustainable design ethos embraces today's need for eco urban living. London: A Celebration sees the launch of their new collections inspired by the wealth and diversity of London. These beautifully unique interior accessories are designed exclusively for Lucentia from their innovative sheet materials of recycled, sustainable plastics and textiles. Fabric is selected and embedded within recycled plastic in styled colour palettes influenced by the British Art and Craft heritage. Their new collections reflect London's busy, vibrant life balanced with that of the space and calm found in its many greens and parks. All Lucentia products are totally practical for their long designed use; they are durable, heat resistant and easy to clean. Products range from table accessories to lighting; from one-offs to batch produced.

Melissa Simpson


Finding it almost impossible not to be inspired by the Olympics and the atmosphere in the culturally rich capital of London; Melissa has created a collection of bags, belts and purses to reflect the events of the coming year.
The new soft bags, belts and accessories are all trimmed with colourful leathers, taken from flags of different nations coming to the Olympics, with a sublime styled sporty look; they are still suitable for everyday use.

Melissa will also be showing her trademark structured bags edged in colour, which originated from the London underground tube lines.
Melissa's work is very much about the use of colour in leathers and paints on her beautifully crafted bags and leather good, emphasising the strong shapes.

Just Mosaics


Felicity Ball is a mosaic artist working from her studio in Bristol.  Her journey has been about finding her own way and individual style. Her mosaics have unusual depth, texture and colour. They combine the figurative and the abstract to create mosaics unlike any others.

London has inspired her to encapsulate impressions of the city in different and contemporary designs, reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of city life.  The unique 3D element of her work brings her mosaics to life and enhances any space.

The versatility of her unique take on mosaics continually drives her to create new images and challenging pieces. The variety of Felicity's work can be seen in her atmospheric scenes and her vibrant designs.  With an ever increasing palette, there is no limit to her portfolio. '

Jacki Sleator

Jacki studied Fashion & Design at Lisburn Institute, then specialised in tailoring. She began felt-making four years ago, creating individual fashion clothing and accessories. She has always been enchanted by the magic and mystery of felt-making and is continuously intrigued how fibres dynamically shape, contort, shrink, and texturise to bring to life a whole new fabric as they interact

Her use of hand-dyeing is simply another extension of this creative process with its unpredictable patterns and designs, exciting colour medleys, soft and subtle nuances or bold striking contrasts. The result, a one-off piece.

Similarly London is a dynamic, diverse and colourful cultural mix. It is ever changing, contorting and evolving yet remains exciting and pulsating with vivacity.  The River Thames is at the heart if its energy, as it silently wraps and contorts its way throughout. Who could fail to be inspired by such a city?


Anna P


London is one of the most dynamic cities in the world constantly changing yet retaining a sense of tradition. Anna and use some of this contradiction in her own collection using traditional materials, shapes and techniques but with a modern aesthetic reflecting her surroundings. London adopts cultures communities and tastes which it makes it's own and that is a great inspiration which  encourages creatives working in London to have a broad welcoming view to new ideas and trends without fear of judgement, this freedom is why so many creative people are 'Londoners'. Anna is privileged to be one of them.

Rachel Orme


London inspires Rachel through its diverse styles of architecture, mix of people, music, food and rich arts scene.
 "I have spent more than two decades living in this exciting city, I know that there is still so much more to explore and experience and that is what I love.
 Walking down a street for the first time or visiting a new area is so invigorating. Each pocket of London is so varied in terms of its different communities, each with its own identity, style and culture.
London offers and embraces freedom of expression- it never fails to inspire, challenge and stimulate. I can understand why the city has been and is home to so many creative people; the energy and constant evolution of the city is unique."

Adam Aaronson


Adam is a lifelong Londoner. In recent years, he has lived on the banks of the River Thames, taking daily delight in exploring riverside life and its urban expression and drawing inspiration from the panorama for his artworks.
In Adam's artwork, the urban landscape is viewed as a moment captured, a subjective experience of a view that is revered and loved. But those observing Adam's work seek their own landscapes and natural strata in those that have been created from the London skyline and waterscape. Adam's work depicts a serenity and open space amidst urban and industrialised living. The Thames often acts as a spacer between buildings and industry, a rare panorama along its banks.
The main body of work Adam is showing at Handmade in Britain is called 'Strata', a series of work exploring a long held fascination with layers; from layering found in the natural world of rock formation and glacial structures, to more complex sociological layering seen in aspects of everyday life. 'Strata' acts as an invitation to look beneath the surface, to avoid judging by appearances. When you are encouraged to take a closer look, you often find hidden treasure!


36 designer/makers of handmade crafts will be at London: a celebration with work available to purchase and commission. A unique shopping experience that allows you to discuss these beautiful products with the makers themselves.  

We look forward to seeing you at the show, open daily 11am-6pm,  10th - 13th May 2012 at gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf (nearest train/tube: Waterloo, Blackfriars, Southwark)

For the full list of exhibitors who will feature at our show visit www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/exhibitors
If you have any questions email us at admin@handmadeinbritain.co.uk, or tweet us @handmadebritain


Don't forget to add #LondonACelebration to any tweets on contemporary craft and the inspirations of London in the lead up to the show



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