Entries from October 29th, 2013

Selina Rose

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Its great to be commissioned by artists and makers you admire and Selina Rose is definitely one of those. If you haven’t seen her work before, Selina makes beautiful surfaces from felt and some incredible felt home ware products, including statement table runners, place mats and table centrepieces, one of which I own and has pride of place on my dining room table. The great thing about felt is its renewable & biodegradable and Selina designs and makes all of her products in the UK which I’m a huge fan of, plus shes incredibly nice and throughout this process I firmly believe I’ve made a friend. If you’d like to see more of Selina’s work have a look at her website or follow her on facebook.

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GNCCF who’s going?

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Who’s going to the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair? It open’s tonight, Thursday 10th October and is on until Sunday 14th October and is filled with some of the best makers from around the UK. Last month I had the total pleasure of meeting Jane Dzisiewski for Homes and Antiques. I spent a fab Friday photographing her incredibly special resin jewellery, Jane uses a unique technique which she’s developed and I was totally fascinated by the layers and layers of both resin and time which go into making each piece.

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There are lots of makers for every price point and taste and its a great way to buy something totally unique which you wouldn’t always see on the high street. So if your in or around Manchester make a special visit, I’m sure it’ll be amazing, I may even do a round trip myself! Opening Times and Directions

London Design Festival

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I was incredibly excited about London Design Festival this year, as for the first time I live just a short train ride away, and although I had grand plans to visit over the 3 days, life got in the way and I only managed a flying visit on Sunday. My plan was a 4 stop, west to east jont, to see some cool design and do some fun activities along the way, the more interactive the better! The first stop being Fortnum & Mason’s, odd choice I hear you say, but I’m a little bit addicted to letterpress and its¬†resurgence over the last few years. A Cockpit Arts based duo SORT were holding a letterpress workshop and we had the chance to make our own personalised notebook. I’m always up for a freebie and I do love the grandeur of F&M. It was a great choice for our first stop, there was no queue, the owners were really nice and told us how the machinery had been hand restored, their work was fun and quirky and although I still love @cherrypress and @Meticulous_Ink I do love that letterpress can be so different in each makers hands, by adjusting fonts and colour, space and imagery. I’m very happy with my new notebook emblazoned with my name emblazened on the front.

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Next up, the Endless Stairs at Tate Modern, I had seen a 3D visualisation of these in the press beforehand and as I’m always¬†mesmerised by the large scale installations at Tate Modern, I had to experience this. The structure is fantastic, almost an optical illusion, the view from the top isn’t too bad either and it looked like it could sit in the ground of Tate Modern quite easily for the next few years, if allowed.

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Next up was the Donna Wilson 10 year exhibition, a collection of everything she’s made and a preview of next seasons range. I love Donna’s animals, they have always reminded me of 3D woolen kids drawings and have the funniest stories attached to them. I’m also a big fan of Donna’s ethos too, even with her success, she has tried to maintain manufacture of her products in Britain. Her collections I’m sure will be the antiques of the future. I couldn’t resist the life size woolen animal photobooth!

Last up visiting the lovely Lizzy at Ceramics in the City, WOW what a place! If you haven’t been to the Geffrye Museum, its a little piece of paradise, free and with an incredible garden. Gefryye

Lizzy I’m glad to say was very happy, her first ceramics only exhibition and it was a success! Well done you! Ceramics in the City is a yearly event with over 50 ceramicists from around the country, I like to think the cream of the crop. There was a huge selection but another artist who stood out for me was a girl called Anna Collete Hunt. I had heard about her work recently and her installation ‘the swarm’, which sounded and by the looks of the images of her website was incredible. I can’t wait for her next big installation so I can see it in real life.

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