Thursday

HMIB Autumn Showcase

The last few days of summer are well and truly finished. Autumn leaves are beginning to carpet the pavements, nights are gaining a bitter chill and morning mists are settling themselves on the horizon. 

But once our summer lamentations have finally passed away – it’s hard not to enjoy the beauties of a British autumn: the crispness of the air, the vibrant splash of colour that falling leaves leave the ground. The days become sepia-tone as we drift into the familiarity of a chilly winter, despite the cold – there still can be found a warmth  in the colder months. The blazing oranges and rich coppers of the natural world come into their own, warm wooden hues become prominent as the mind wanders to toffee apples, sparklers and cosy autumn hearths.

Maybe then, it should come as no surprise that some of the designers from our fabulous Chelsea 2014 seem to have been inspired by the quiet majesty of a British autumn. From cosy textiles to bold woodwork and warm ceramics, here is our personal selection of fabulously autumnal designs from our exhibitors.


Intricate embroidery and warming, autumnal colours combine in the textiles of Elena Shamgunova:
Elena Shamgunova - Delightful Stitches
Inspiring images of spectacular misty sunrises and storm tossed autumn seas, the ceramics of Jane White seem to demonstrate the sometimes chaotic elements of autumn in their spectacular colours and forms.
Jane White Ceramics

Berry tones and forms combine in Jacqueline Clarke's exquisite jewellery, the natural world expressed as jewels through modern designs and pieces.
Jacqueline Clarke

A celebration of nature - images of forests, foxes, owls and much more on the homely textiles of Lisa Vaughan-Thomas.
Lisa Vaughan Thomas


Redolent of spiralling seed pods and scuttling insects, the jewellery of Sarah Parker-Eaton encapsulates the microscopic majesty of autumn: 
Sarah Parker-Eaton


To see their work in person, don’t forget to come along to the Handmade in Britain show at Chelsea Old Town Hall from the 14th to the 16th November 2014 – get your tickets HERE


Until next time...

The HMIB Team
xxx



Friday

HMIB Fashion Focus

True style is being lost in a sea of identical high-street outfits. The ubiquity of everyday dressing necessitates a creative rebellion. From exquisite handcrafted leather to delicate fine jewellery, over 100 designer-makers at Handmade in Britain will be exhibiting their unique wares. Big names and newcomers alike: offering the opportunity to truly stand out from the crowd. 

Indulge your pre-Christmas wardrobe cravings with luxury fashion and accessories, each piece handmade and individual. Designed and created with precision and passion.
Romandin Studios and John Todd
Renowned textile artist Carole Waller presents effortlessly wearable artworks in the form of her rich hand painted silk garments, and Nottingham’s Yakshi Malhotra showcases her collection of luxury knitwear and scarves, a decadently chic selection of cosy creations.

Jane Hopkinson Bags
Taisir Gibreel’s vibrant silk scarf collection is based on original hand drawings and celebrates colour, culture and diversity - the collection brims with individuality and bold style. And of course to hold your newfound luxury, Jane Hopkinson presents sculptural, clean lines and striking tones in her handmade leather handbags.
Emma Farquharson Jewellery and Katyb Prints
Architectural influences are present in Jewellery designer Sarah Herriot’s cutting edge, CAD designed pieces with silver, gold and rubber, while Beth Gilmour presents her award winning collection featuring bi-coloured stones, shaded gold and signature intricate leaf patterns. Delicate and unique, these intricately crafted jewels are top of our Christmas wish-list.

Beth Gilmour
The varied array of stunning fashion on display at Handmade in Britain is fostered by an atmosphere of passionate creativity. The exquisite creations lending the much sought after sense of elegance, individuality and excitement that make good styling fantastic. Eye-catching pieces destined not only to set you apart from the crowd, but also to add that certain mysterious allure to the possibilities of your wardrobe.

For a preview of exhibitors click HERE and to purchase your tickets for this unique event, click HERE.


Until next time...

The HMIB team 
xxx

Wednesday

Introducing our supporters...

We are very pleased to introduce our partners and supporters for
Handmade in Britain 14: The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair






Friday

Welcome to The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair

Join us this Winter at The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair, a celebration of British design and craftsmanship, and a unique luxury shopping experience for the festive season.


Handmade in Britain 14 features designer-makers showing the very best of contemporary British design and craft from all disciplines across fashion and interiors including glass, ceramics, millinery, textiles, jewellery, furniture and silver.

To see the full list of over 100 designer-makers, see our website here.

Everything exhibited is available for purchase or take the opportunity to commission directly from the artist - a unique chance to explore the inspirations and processes behind your favourite pieces.

For more information, including opening times and visitor info, see our Handmade in Britain 14 pages here


Venue

Chelsea Old Town Hall, London SW3 5EE

The historic and beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall has been the perfect backdrop to Handmade in Britain’s events since 2007.  

For more information on Chelsea Old Town Hall, please visit the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea website.  







Tickets on sale now!

Handmade in Britain 14
The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair
14th - 16th November 2014
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

Handmade in Britain 14 is open:
Friday 14th: 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday 15th: 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 16th: 11:00 - 18:00
Tickets are available online now at £7
Tickets on the door are £10/£7 conc.

For updates about Handmade in Britain 14: The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair follow #Chelsea14 and keep an eye on our blog for highlights and features.

Thursday

Presenting Handmade in Britain 14 at Chelsea Old Town Hall

Handmade in Britain returns to Chelsea Old Town Hall this November for the 8th year of The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair!



14th-16th November | Chelsea Old Town Hall, London



This Christmas season over 100 UK based designer-makers will showcase the best of contemporary fine crafts in all disciplines across fashion and Interiors over three days at the historic and beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall.

The show is an inspiring alternative to the high street and a unique opportunity to browse exceptional crafts, buy unique and handmade gifts or commission a bespoke piece of work.  This is a luxury shopping experience with added value, a very special chance to buy directly from the makers and discover the inspirations and processes behind the work of Britain’s most skilled craftspeople.


Handmade in Britain 14: The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair offers a unique opportunity to explore British contemporary crafts in a showcase of innovative design alongside exceptional craftsmanship presenting a rich variety of form, function and style…



Handmade in Britain 14
14th - 16th November 2014
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

Handmade in Britain 14 is open:
Friday 14th: 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday 15th: 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 16th: 11:00 - 18:00

Tickets are available online now at £7
Tickets on the door are £10/£7 conc.

Wednesday

Spring Edition 2014 : Highlights

With our first ever Spring Edition done and dusted and the November show already twinkling on the horizon, we cast a look back at our highlights of our first ever spring showcase


Over three days Spring Edition encapsulated the very best of British Design and craftsmanship, from contemporary ceramics and the ancient art of marquetry to our new graduate showcase highlighting the finest new millinery designers from around the UK. 

After a fantastic few days of design we have had the opportunity to reflect on some of the highlights from Spring Edition 2014 and achievements of some of our best exhibitors, for whom commissions are rolling in and are busy developing work for our November showcase.

But the work doesn't stop for the designer-makers, this week sees fine jeweler and Spring Edition favourite, Kristjan Eyjolffson, presenting his design for an Iris Thor pin for the Chelsea Flower Show Gala Preview- hand crafted by Kristjan especially from recycled silver and sustainably sourced precious stones, and serving as an example of just one of the many successes achieved by this years exhibitors, a delight to see them succeeding in and beyond Spring Edition! Congratulations Kristjan!

Helen Chatterton's map-print scarves 
The Sunday Times' own Katrina Burroughs picked out the industrial beauty of Offkut's reclaimed and reworked furniture and lighting, as a personal highlight, and got us thinking about our own... from the best of British glass, textiles and metalwork, this was no mean feat!

An undeniable standout, the jewellery work of Jed Green draws interest in its ability to disarm the viewer. Appearing like stone constellations, sturdy and robust, her glass bangles and brooches recalling constellations, are in fact feather-light structures both wearable and distinct in style.



















In our main hall we were lucky enough to have the presence of two of Scotland's very best jewellers and silver-smith's in the shared stand of Eileen Gatt and Gilly Langton, encapsulating both the essence of spring and the influences of their highland homes in their work.


The tranquil ceramics of Elizabeth Renton stood out amongst the crowds in their glazes of delicate greens and creams

In stark contrast the bold designs and bright printed silks of Taisir Gibreel brightened the Chelsea Old Town Hall with their geometric shapes and Sudanese influences


Spanning such a wide range of practices and disciplines Spring Edition captured not only a flavour of Spring, but brought together designers from all over the British Isles, gathered under the roof of the Chelsea Old Town Hall to celebrate craftsmanship and skill.

If you visited Spring Edition, why not share your thoughts, images and highlights with us via Twitter or Facebook? #SpringEdition


@handmadebritain
www.facebook.com/handmadeinbritain



Handmade in Britain 2014
The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair
14th - 16th November 2014 
Chelsea Old Town Hall London

Now in its 8th year, our annual winter event returns to Chelsea this November to showcase fine, contemporary work from 100 designer-makers.

Information regarding the show and tickets will be available in the autumn.

Friday

Spring Series: The Natural World Part Four



We are still getting responses from our Spring call out, exploring nature and the season of spring in the work and processes of some of this year's Spring Edition exhibitors. With the starting point 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?


 We explore the creative world of Kirstie Adams Ceramics...


Kirstie Adams hand throws her delicate but durable porcelain-wear from her studio in Kent, drawing inspiration from the sea.


'My blue rim tableware collection is reminiscent of the waves of the sea with a feeling of movement to the cobalt blue dipped glazing process.'


 'My hand thrown shapes are natural and flowing in feel, reflecting a sense of movement. No piece is exactly the same, as in nature no form is repeated, each is unique.'




'My new copper green rims are Spring like and fresh in feel. I will be showing the copper green rims in a new series of bowls for the Spring show' 


'I also use nature as a way of showing pieces through photography (photos by Matthew Booth Photography) shown in the vase collection and bowl collection photos -fruits and flowers complementing my bronze lustre rim collections of vases and bowls very well.'


'See my ceramics at stand 18 at Handmade in Britain Spring Edition!'


To find out more about Kirstie Adams Ceramics go to:
  www.kirstyadams.com
 www.facebook.com/kirstyadamsceramics
 @Kirsty_lawler


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

New Graduate Showcase: Spring Edition and Beyond

As part of our support of fresh talent, we offer  graduates the chance to exhibit their work in our New Graduate Showcase at selected events. We take a look at this year's New Graduate exhibitors and cast a look back with Anna Byers, who exhibited in 2013 and is back again as a fully-fledged exhibitor for Spring Edition 2014...


Emerging Milliners

At Handmade in Britain new graduate designer makers display their work in a dedicated gallery area for the duration of the exhibition. In addition, each designer maker is given the opportunity to attend a specialised workshop with Handmade in Britain’s Creative Director Piyush Suri, aimed at preparing the designer maker for the show and offering invaluable business advice to support their future careers.
The graduates selected to exhibit at this year's Handmade in Britain: Spring Edition have completed the Higher National Certificate or HND in Millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College within the last four years and are emerging designers in their own right. Showcasing a broad variety of skills and styles, our five emerging milliners encapsulate the very best in their field...


Beth Simpson – Lady Go Red (HNC Millinery 2010, HND Millinery 2012) 
Lady Go Red was founded in London in 2012 and is a forward looking headwear label with a firm belief in craft, process and tradition. Beth Simpson is the designer behind it. She has been a finalist in The Hat Magazine’s Designer of the Year for the past three years, twice exhibiting her work at the Who’s Next trade show in Paris.ladygored.wordpress.com

Martine Henry (HNC Millinery 2013)
Martine primarily likes to work with natural materials. She is interested in taking traditional craft techniques from outside millinery and using them to create her hats. During her time at Kensington and Chelsea she was awarded 2nd place in the Feltmakers’ Design Award. 


Sophie Beale (HNC Millinery 2011)
The creation of space and lightness are at the heart of Sophie Beale’s design aesthetic, over laid with synthesis of texture/depth, intricacy/simplicity, structure/fluidity, innovation/wearability. Winner of various awards and with experience working with a selection of iconic Milliners, her own brand is now sold internationally with a growing list of high profile clients. Bespoke commissions and collaborations available.

Iona Montgomery (HNC Millinery 2013)
London-based milliner Iona Montgomery specialises in ladies occasion wear, designing and making bespoke hats and headdresses as well as selling her unique ready-to-wear collections. ‘Sculptural femininity, Parisian sophistication’ is at the heart of Iona’s designs, representing ethereal luxury and delicate drama for the lady who wants to stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Mary Franck (HNC Millinery 2011)
Established in July 2011, Mary Franck is a young brand which won instant professional recognition. In July 2012, Mary was awarded second price in at Hat Designer of the Year, competing against a strong field of designers. This international competition, with entries from over 60 countries, is sponsored by The Hat Magazine and Premiere Classe. Mary practises from her East London studio, designing and making seasonal collection and working on private commissions.

Anna Byers


Anna Byer's was one of the finalists for the British Jeweller’s Association’s ‘Newcomer of the Year’ Award for 2013, having completed an MA in Jewellery Design at The Cass. Her statement jewellery is characterised by a bold, geometric style, influenced by her time spent living and working in Jerusalem, where she studied Hebrew, and worked in the studio of a jeweller.


Having exhibited as part of Handmade in Britain’s new graduate showcase in November 2013, her work features silver, gold vermeil and semi-precious stones, as well as perspex, stainless steel and black ruthenium plating.  


What was it about the Handmade show that drew you in as a Graduate?
'I always knew I wanted to exhibit at Handmade in Britain, because the standard of craftsmanship is so good, and there is always such beautiful work on show, that I think the show has gained an excellent reputation. Chelsea Town Hall is a beautiful setting, the location on the Kings Road attracts discerning and affluent customers, and the timing of that particular show, Handmade in Britain 13, in the run up to Christmas, was perfect!'
How did the workshops, mentoring and support provided help you to develop and learn, going into your first year as a new-graduate designer?
 'We all got together for coffee with Piyush, the show's director, a couple of months before the show, and we all had to bring examples of our work along. We discussed manufacturing processes and pricing structures, and how to get the most out of the exhibition. We learned some really useful things to help us launch our businesses. For me, the part about pricing was really interesting. Prior to that I had thought that I had it all figured out, but actually I learned some really useful things that influenced the way I now price my work.'

What about the Graduate Show that you were a part of last year did you find specifically helpful to your experience?
'I really enjoyed sharing the space with the four other graduate designers. We all got on really well, which made the experience really enjoyable, but I think we all learned from each other as well, as we spent four days together discussing the ins and outs of selling your work! I also really liked the size of the stand, and location that we were given. It was nice to be on the stage, we had a great view of the rest of the show. (And the rest of the show had a great view of us, which I think helped us quite a bit!)'

As you’re back again for Spring Edition, can you see improvements to your approach in the run-up to this year’s show in comparison to your first experience last year?  
'This time round, I have more of an idea of which pieces to bring! I always find it quite difficult deciding how many of each piece to make because it's hard to know what will sell. Last time, I ended up bringing one of everything. Now, I know which pieces I can expect to sell more of, so that has helped me prepare.  I also have some more ideas of how to set up my stand, and display my work, so I am feeling more prepared!'  

To find out more about Anna Byer's work head to: 

annabyers.com

www.facebook.com/AnnaByersJewellery

@Anna_J_Byers

To find out more about exhibiting in our November showcase as a new graduate, for membership and mentoring enquiries please email us at:

enquiries@handmadeinbritain.co.uk

Spring Edition is fast upon us! All the featured designer-makers in our blog posts will be exhibiting with us at Chelsea Old Town Hall. To find out more about the event, and book tickets head to: handmadeinbritain

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.

Thursday

Ethical Design with Elsa Cappelli

Seven years ago, London-based accessory designer-maker Elsa Cappelli set out to source ethically produced materials for her work. For some, this might mean natural/sustainably produced/fair trade materials. Elsa went a few steps further - going out to a village in a remote area of Uganda to teach local women how to make the plaited braids she needed from locally occurring plant fibres. 



Elsa’s hats and headpieces are hand made in Britain, blending historic craft techniques with contemporary forms. They range from flattering sculptural headpieces with shapes and textures inspired by African artefacts to more conventional forms with exquisite detailing. Her inspiration comes from the natural colours and textures recorded on her Ugandan trips, an ongoing source of fascination.

The artisans in Uganda produce the braids for the hats as income generation for themselves and for their families. Through coming together as a group and learning new skills, the women have grown in confidence and in stature in their community. Proceeds from the project have enabled the women to invest in goat breeding as an additional activity.
When I started this project, I had no idea how it would develop, I cannot believe how na├»ve I was. There have been so many challenges – communication not least! But the joys of working in this way and with these women more than compensate.”



As well as continuing to work in the medium of palm, Elsa has begun to use Ugandan barkcloth in her work. The production of this sustainable material is an important cultural craft in Uganda – Elsa is committed to finding contemporary applications for its use.

To contact Else Cappelli: info@elsacappelli.org.uk
Or to find out more head to : www.elsacappelli.org.uk

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

Wednesday

Glass Blowing with Elliot Walker

Today we’re going to be looking at the work of Elliot Walker, glass-blower and sculptor. Discovering some of the mysteries of glass-blowing, and getting a sneak-preview of some of the pieces Elliot has been working on ahead of our Spring Edition show!


How did you first get into glass blowing?

‘I started glass blowing about 4 and a half years ago, but in the beginning I wanted to learn glass casting, it appealed more to my temperament as glass blowing is usually quite an extroverted and collaborative activity, whereas I enjoy working by myself.’
‘However, once you start blowing glass it’s very addictive, and I got hooked very quickly!

For those of us who might not know, is there a way you could simply explain how glass blowing works?

‘It’s actually very simple to explain the basics, but there are so many subtleties and directions that you can choose to take during the process that once the basics are dealt with it can begin to seem incredibly complex to beginners.’
‘Essentially, glass becomes a very viscous liquid like honey when it is over 800 degrees C, and it can then be inflated from the inside. As the surface has some tension, it stretches and then solidifies into a bubble. This can then be reheated and inflated more. You can blow glass so thin that it will blow away in a light breeze, much thinner than a soap bubble; this is really great to see!’

What is it about working in the medium of glass that you particularly enjoy?

‘I only really enjoy the finished piece. The process itself is exciting and you get a real buzz from it, but it is also hot and uncomfortable, not to mention risky and expensive. I often think that if I could make my work sitting on a sofa or in a nice bright studio, or like a painter- I would, without a doubt!’

How does working in glass differ from other sculptural forms of expression?

‘It’s so different, from any other medium in that at first it’s quite hard to learn. For example, if I hand you a lump of clay and ask you to sculpt a dog say, you could probably have a stab at it and produce something similar. But If I gave you a gather of glass and ask the same of you, the glass would be a smoking puddle on the floor within 2 minutes. I can’t make dogs even now!’

‘But once your over that, it’s a great medium as it’s almost alive and your emotional mood can affect the outcome as much as your technique. If I'm angry when I start, or calm, the glass seems to pick up on this and reflects that back at me.’

What is the difference between Glass Sculpture and Art Glass?


‘Art Glass is a loose term that I really don't care for. It is basically glass that has been made to promote and emphasise the beauty of the material rather than made for any functional use. This mostly applies to blown glass vessels that have been coloured in various complicated ways. The majority of British studio glass would be classed as Art Glass by some. As to Glass Sculpture, it’s sculpture made from glass, and those making it would consider themselves sculptors first, and glass blowers second I expect.’

You talk of your work as having a conceptual or emotional focus, where do you draw these focuses from, in terms of your own work (as opposed to a commissioned piece) what inspires your creative processes?


‘I think that there is a split in my inspirations that is developing slowly as I produce more work. The first is to do with how subtle deformations of the body and its posture can affect me emotionally, in a similar way to watching contemporary dance. I've never been much interested in detail, more in sweeping gestures.  I'm also interested in how my emotions effect the sculpture I make, this is really not something that I focus on, but I always notice that my favourite pieces have been made when I am feeling a certain way.’

‘The other influence on my work is depictions of 'God' through the human form, this is currently developing in my work at a slow pace, but is always in the back of my mind and prominent in my research and drawings.’

Have you exhibited at Handmade in Britain before?


‘No, I don't exhibit at many shows, as I mainly sell through galleries. But I do enjoy talking to people about my work.’

Have you got any pieces that are being made especially for the event that we can hope to see?


‘Yes, I am making a winged figure for the show that will be a focal piece, as well as showcasing some of my favourite pieces I have made over the past year.’
 ‘Everything I will be exhibiting has been made in the past 8 months, and many are quite unusual pieces in the fact that they are one offs that have their own names.’

Are there any other exhibitors you are particularly looking forward to seeing at Spring Edition?


'I really like the current ceramics scene in Britain and so I'm sure there will be fantastic things for me to look at, if I can get someone to watch my stand for a bit!'

You can find out more about Elliots work at ewalkerglassart.co.ukand www.facebook.com/ewalkerglassart

All the featured designer-makers in our 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: 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.