Marcella Di Mare: Member of the Week

Bask Bindery

Before creating Bask Bindery, Marcella Di Mare worked as an advertising art director for 25 years. Bookbindery  is “equally creative and rewarding,” Di Mare says. Both professions required her to convey a story through design.

Bask Bindery offers journals, passport holders and ipad or phone cases; all in her abstract designs using a wide variety of materials from gold leaf, letterpress or wood cuts. Di Mare creates her own tools when necessary to attain the desired effect.

All the designs you will see on her website are unique. No two are alike. Customers enjoy her products and many of them explain how it feels like they “own a piece of artwork.”

Marcella Di Mare is also a volunteer at Bag where to helps make tactile story books for people with severe or profound learning disabilities.

Member of the Week: Nicola Hurst Designer Jewellery

Nicola Hurst’s career has been far from static.

After studying jewellery making at Middlesex Polytechnic, she moved back to Plymouth where she successfully opened her first gallery, Nicola Hurst Designer Jewellery, in 2006.

More success followed as she opened a second shop, in 2014, called NH2 in the Royal William Yard in Plymouth.

Hurst’s expresses how she loves to sit at her bench, in her Plymouth workshop , where she creates her jewellery.

Her style is simple, yet sophisticated as she works with clean lines and shapes, getting her inspiration from architecture and occasionally from nature.

Hurst’s abilities go beyond her store’s as she also conducts workshops. These workshops, whether it’s a wedding ring session or simply revamping old inherited jewellery, are a great way to add a personal touch to a piece of jewellery.

Member of the Week


Layla Chelache learnt the basics of knitting when she was just six years old from her Irish grandmother. She set up her company ‘Chelache’ after several years and various roles in the fashion industry. Dedicating all her time to her passion.

Her work reflects her love of colours, textures and sculptural forms. While her work is visually appealing there is also an ethos behind her knitwear, which adds a whole new dimension. Her disapproval of throwaway consumer culture and mass produced items is reflected in the high quality of her knitwear.

From her small knit laboratory in Hackney, Chelache uses a vintage hand operation knitting machines to create her unique textile pieces. This gives her the potential to play with the construction of the fabric and exploit its structural qualities.

To keep up with Chelache and her work check out her directory page

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Handmade in Britain Goes International!

Hannah Grace Ryan Jewellery
Great news! Handmade in Britain is going international! We're thrilled to announce that we will be taking thirteen eminent British designers to the south of France for the Vivre Côté Sud Fair in an exciting new collaboration between Handmade in Britain and the luxury French Interiors store Penates. The Vivre Côté Sud Fair showcases luxury design while capturing the spirit of the Mediterranean and takes place from the 5th to the 8th June in the charming Aix-en-Provence.

Emily-Kriste Wilcox
London Craft Week might be around the corner however our talented British designer-makers come from all corners of the UK and from a range of backgrounds. Such as Hannah Ryan who designs her bold jewellery pieces in her Glasgow workshop, Jane Crisp who makes bespoke furniture in Cambridgeshire or Emily-Kriste Wilcox, who creates ceramic vessels that exude calm and balance from her studio in Birmingham.  

Jane Crisp
Handmade in Britain prides itself in championing British craft & design. We chose our designer-makers because their work embodies luxury craft, It's accomplished, contemporary and innovative. This is an amazing opportunity not just for Handmade in Britain's talented makers but also for British design which will be reaching new international markets this Summer. For more information about the Vivre Côté Sud Fair or Handmade in Britain's other projects visit out website


Top picks at London Craft Week

London Craft Week, a brand new annual event that showcases exceptional craft, opens today and carries on until the 10th May. With important partners and organisations such as Arts Council England, Craft Council and the Mayor of London, London Craft Week is a major event on the craft calender. With dozens of events, workshops and demonstrations spread over London, we've chosen our top ones to watch out for. 

1. Cockpit Arts, an award winning social enterprise will be holding Spring Open Studios. Get a glimpse behind the scenes and meet 170 independent designers-makers in their element. You can even buy directly from them if you wish and entry is free! It starts on Friday 8th May 6 pm - 9 pm and carries on through Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 6 pm at Cockpit Yard, Holborn. The second series of Open Studios take place on the 15th - 17th May and takes place in Deptford.

2. Presented by Crafts Council, COLLECT brings some of the finest collectible craft from galleries across the world to London. Anyone who has a passion for international craft should check this one out! This is a great way to keep up to date with the latest trends and developments in the craft world. Advance tickets are £12 and can be bought online, tickets on the door are £17 for adults and £12 for concessions. COLLECT takes place in the Saatchi Gallery.

Begins Friday 8th May 12 - 6 pm / Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th 11 am - 6 pm / Monday 11th 11 am - 4 pm

3. The next open studio at London Craft Week is Made in Clerkenwell, meet the designer-makers in their work-spaces and buy directly from them too. The admission is £3 however under 16's go free! To celebrate the first annual London Craft Week, Made in Clerkenwell will also be holding demonstrations throughout the four days. These demonstrations will showcase specialist craft skills and are interactive, creative and free! 

Thursday 7th May 5-8 pm / Friday 8th May 12-8 pm / Saturday 9th & Sunday 10 May 12 - 5 pm     

4. What is Luxury? It's a Good question and the title of the new V&A and Crafts Council Exhibition that delves into how 'Luxury' is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural level. While it is a part of London Craft Week, the exhibition started on the 25th April and will carry on until the 27th September at the V&A Museum. Admission is free and opening hours are 10 am - 5:30 pm apart from Fridays when the V&A is open late and closes at 9:30 pm.  


Ellis Mhairi Cameron

The intricate jewellery designs from Handmade in Britain Member of the Week, Ellis Mhairi Cameron, are focused on the natural landscape’s ability to trigger memory and emotion.

Ellis documents the surroundings of her family environment in the rural West Coast of Scotland as it elicits vivid memories for the artist.

Through her research, Ellis has found that water holds a sense of duality. Water is a mediator between being and gone, encompassing many states of presence, “I comment on the notion of precious worth, by working exclusively in silver and ‘non-precious’ found stones from the beaches.”

Ellis creates her designs using processes such as casting and fusing to induce a sense of organic unpredictability.

Her most recent collection, Cairn, takes inspiration from the beaches of Tralee and Craigneuk, in Benderloch, Argyll.

To keep up with Ellis Mhairi Cameron and work check out her directory page.

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Written by Anne Marie McKenzie


Member of the Week

Tim Designs is Karen Johnson’s culmination of many years of interest and study in design and jewellery making.

Tim Designs’ sleek and structured jewellery is influenced by the art and ideals of the first half of the 20th Century, in particular the development of the Modernist Movement.

Each piece of jewellery is created based on the belief in the connectedness of people, places and things and that things mean more to people than their mere monetary value.

The jewellery is principally made of sterling silver with 18ct/24ct gold added, often accompanied by a black patina or black rhodium plating. The gold plating and coloured gem accents are used to achieve the desired finished effect.

To keep up with Tim Designs and their work check out directory their page.

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Written by Anne Marie McKenzie

Member of the Week

Life-long friends Andy Plant and Dan Morrison collaborated in 2012 with the focus of creating "common appliances as original sculpture”.

Since the beginning of their business all of their products have been designed, hand-engineered and finished by Morrison and Plant at the BLOTT WORKS workshop, using parts and materials sourced as locally as possible.

Dan and Andy’s backgrounds in fine arts and engineering have helped to guide them in the creation of their distinct and engaging kinetic sculptures.

BLOTT WORKS is always trying to over-engineer everything, to make all components bigger, tougher and more robust than they need to be. This evokes an air of indestructible vulnerability while ensuring the pieces will last a long time.

To keep up with BLOTT WORKS and their work check out directory their page.

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Written by Anne Marie McKenzie

Member of the Week

Mallon Foundry’s bronze sculptural work provides viewers with the fascinating opportunity to learn about the stories that inspire each piece.

The collection of sculptures start with Charlie Mallon, the metalworker, and his interest in the Celtic myths that permeate Irish history. 

These stories lead to designs that draw from symbols of Ireland's ancient past and initiated a collaboration with illustrator David Rooney.

All bronze used for their sculptures are cast in the foundry in Co Tyrone, the family home. Mallon uses the same lost wax process used by the Bronze Age craftsmen.
Each Mallon bronze embodies their past belief and life spirit.

The use of this ancient process is in keeping with the intention of the artist. Mallon hopes to connect us, through these bronze pieces, to the history of tradition and mythical storytelling that has themes which are still relevant.

To keep up with Mallon Foundry and their work check our their directory page.

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Written by Anne Marie McKenzie

Member of the Week

We are proud to have Jenny Balson as a Handmade in Britain member. Her jewellery designs remain interesting and eye-catching while maintaining a sophisticated look.
Jenny discovers light and shadow, interiors and exteriors and is drawn to forms that offer shelter, whether these be in nature or man made.
“I’m also attracted to surface patterns referring to those created either in nature or by design,” Jenny shares.
The stripes and grooves on rocks, the weaving of branches and remembered scenes or designs on fabric all inspire her work. She uses gold plates to define the marks and hidden spaces, sometimes applied so as to introduce a softly painted effect.
To keep up with Jenny and her work check out her directory.

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Written by Anne Marie McKenzie


Final few days to apply...

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to exhibit as part of the Handmade in Britain group stand at Vivre Côté Sud, France in June 2015. The deadline for all applications is
Saturday 31st January.

Handmade in Britain are offering the unique opportunity to apply to exhibit as part of a group stand at the Vivre Côté Sud Fair. Applications are now invited from designer–makers of contemporary craft, who produce their work in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We accept applications from most disciplines across fashion and interiors - please check the application pack for details.

This prestigious open-air event in Aix-en-Provence, a town rich in cultural and architectural heritage is the PERFECT opportunity for makers looking to explore international markets. With 23,000+ trade and retail visitors over four days, this is an opportunity NOT to be missed!

For more information and how to apply, please download our application pack here.


Call for Applications for Côté Sud 2015

Handmade in Britain are thrilled to announce a brand new international opportunity to exhibit as part of a group stand at Vivre Côté Sud, France in June 2015.

This prestigious open-air event in Aix-en-Provence, a town rich in cultural and architectural heritage is the perfect opportunity for makers looking to explore international markets. With 23,000+ trade and retail visitors over four days, this is an opportunity really not to be missed!

Applications are welcome from makers who produce their work in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland, and who work in the following disciplines: Fashion design & accessories, Interior design & accessories, glass, textiles, furniture, stationery, metalwork, ceramics, furniture, sculpture, woodwork, prints and etchings.

Apply online now:


Highlights from The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair

The 8th year of The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair celebrated exceptional craftsmanship with a vibrant mix of disciplines...

This year the Christmas season kicked off with a celebration of the very best of contemporary fine crafts in all disciplines across Fashion and Interiors in the biggest Handmade in Britain show to date. With innovative design alongside exceptional craftsmanship, visitors enjoyed an impressive variety of form, function and style from over 120 highly skilled designer-makers.

Success for Designer-Makers

This year Handmade in Britain 14 welcomed more makers than ever before, with over 120 exhibitors in Interiors and Fashion offering an exciting variety of work of absolute craftsmanship from Belfast to Edinburgh. Disciplines showcased included glass, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, fashion
accessories and home textiles.

Alongside established and well-known makers, we also invited visitors to meet designers at the very start of their career in the New Graduate Showcase, supported by Heart Home Magazine. The Showcase was an overwhelming success for these new designer-makers who presented creative, vibrant and inspiring work across a range of disciplines.

“Some wonderful creative talent”

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HMIB Christmas Gift Guide - For Him

Continuing our series of HMIB Christmas gift guides, we present our ‘For Him’ edition! Last week we offered up a few unique suggestions for those extra special festive presents in our ‘For Her’ selection (missed it? Check it out HERE) and now it’s time to pick something for the boys!
Men are notoriously tricky to buy for – there’s only so many times a pair of slippers and some aftershave will actually be appreciated… But the array or crafts and creations at Handmade in Britain are sure to provide the perfect present, something totally different from what he’s been given before. So step into a world of individually crafted luxury: an ideal Christmas treat for the discerning gentleman.

Bruce Aitken, Clockmaker   /   The Marquetry Shack   /   Mark Newson

The elemental construction of wood is something that truly has a timeless appeal. Infinite incarnations and truly unique patterning make wooden creations a thoughtful and individual gift. From bespoke furnishings to artisan clockmakers and exquisite marquetry – woodwork at HMIB is sure to offer something a little special.

CreatStudio   /   Stuart Jenkins
Make a statement with your Christmas gift giving, with fluid and bold creations showcasing the finest metalwork. Evoking a true sense of modernity – sculptures, fixtures and other metals hold a luxurious appeal and put a little bit of a twist on the sparkling Christmas tradition. One of the wise men gave the gift of gold after all – although we doubt it was crafted like this!

FuseModern   /   Lynn Foster   /   Laura Smith Glass
Unexpected elegance and unquestionable beauty overflows the glass creations on show at HMIB. Many of our designer/makers use traditional techniques – centuries old to craft their creations. Meaning that the gift of glass is something truly individual – contemporary in its appearance and traditional in its creation. Beat that Santa.

Something a bit Different…
Mallon Foundry   /   Daniel Latorre Cruz
For those people who are simply impossible to buy for, the only real solution is opting for something a little off the wall. Whereas on the high-street this may mean a pair of unloved novelty socks  - at HMIB this means an incredible creation from the finest craftsmen in the country – bound to be treasured for years to come.

To see all these incredible creations and more visit Handmade in Britain at Chelsea Old Town Hall from 14th – 16th November.
For more information on visiting – click HERE
To see a full list of our exhibitors – click HERE

So there we have it, our little guide to the perfect Christmas gifts. If you’re still stuck for ideas check out our Warwick Avenue based Christmas Pop-up shop! Christmas Shopping = easy as (mince) pie (sorry…). The only problem is, how on earth will you top these gifts next year?!

Until next time…
The HMIB Team