[Saturday Snapshot] ‘East London Design Show’

So we went along to the East London Design Show held at the Shoreditch Town Hall which not only gave us the opportunity to explore that part of London but gave us an excuse to check out more of London’s finest designer-makers and their work (possibly even some last-minute Christmas shopping!)…..and boy did they exceeded our expectations! Here’s a wee look at five fabulous designers we met that day who I must thank for letting me take photos of their fabulous work! :)  There’s some SERIOUS amount of work, detail and commitment behind a lot of their work and I must applaud them all for that!!

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Designer-makers that caught our attention:

Katy & June – if you have a thing for stationery, like i do, then you’re bound to feel like you’ve stepped into stationery heaven when you come across these beautifully designed stationery and gift products which have been carefully sourced (as they are all about quality!) all the way from Korea. Set up back in 2007, this lovely duo have been doing exceptionally well selling fun and practical products that include notebooks, cool sticky memo pads, cards, calendars, badges, gift wrap, decorations, totebags……you name it, they’ve got it! And they are all pretty darn reasonably priced too…so be warned, you may actually struggle to restrain yourself from buying EVERYTHING off them!  Nevertheless, do have a look at their online store and see what tickles your fancy! ;) ELDS_katy+june low res

Ros Shiers is a London-based illustrator (with an impressive portfolio of clients!) who creates some fantastic prints and homeware that incorporate inspirational quotes and lyrics using a mix of beautiful typology as well as her detailed hand-drawn illustrations which were my personal favourites. She had ones with a series ‘afternoon-tea’ delights, vintage cameras, perfume bottles, lipsticks etc. Being a keen photographer, I couldn’t resist buying a print of the vintage cameras which I’m now looking for a suitable frame to put into! So if you would like to check any of her work yourself, then visit her website or follow her facebook pageELDS_ros shiers low res

Noodoll – well where do I even begin with these lot?! Lets begin with a little about them before I start raving about how much I LOVE their stuff! (I was even impressed by their business card that was 10times the size of a standard one! :P) Created by designer YiYing Wang from Taiwan, Noodoll was born from what was once her Masters project at Central St. Martins that came about from wanting to fuse both eastern and western cultures into a truly unique medium…….and this she delivered ever so successfully! Not only has she made a lucrative business out of her cute, fun and charismatic characters, she is also an established author with a few published books…..not a bad CV, eh? So as for her products – well, they range from stationery and toys, to  gadget holders and books…and there really is plenty more!! She’s even collaborated with other like-minded designers and illustrators here in London to create her ‘Noodoll’s Friends’ range. So there you have it! You can see why I (like so many other folk) have fallen in love with these fun and fuzzy creatures! I highly recommend you checking out her website and if you fancy buying something you will be pleased to know that they deliver pretty much anywhere around the world or you can find them stocked at a few different places on this planet – click here to see whats nearest to you. If you would like to read a bit more about her here’s an interview featured in Life.style.etc or simply follow her on either facebook or twitter. Enjoy! ELDS_Noodoll low res

Snowden Flood is a interiors accessories designer (who by the way, now has a studio and shop at the OXO Tower in London) with a range of wonderful homeware products that depict rural scenes and urban landscapes not to mention the idea of souvenirs and keepsakes being the main source of inspiration. You may have seen some of her lovely products, mainly the fine bone china mugs, cups and plates with iconic london landmarks (the Battersea Station is a popular one i’ve been told!), stocked in places like Paperchase, British Museum in London and The Lighthouse Shop in Glasgow. So if you want to browse through some of her products visit her website, or follow her on facebook , twitter or even pop along to her new riverside shop if you’re in London! ELDS_snowdon flood lowres

Zeena Shah is a lovely, charming and talented textiles designer based in the East End of London who, after working in the fashion and interior design industries, decided to launch her brand ‘Zeena’ that specialise in hand-printed textiles and homeware. As you can see in the photos I took below, a lot of her products have a lovely warm, homely and Scandinavian folklore vibe to them. Her products range from cushion covers and home accessories to gift wrap and tape bearing a lot of her delightful designs! All her work are designed and handmade with love from her East London Studio (and home) where I’ve been told she holds workshops to encourage the art of making lovely things to all like-minded creative folk. Have a look at her stuff on her online store or follow all her antics on her blog. ELDS_Zeena Shah low resWell I hope that’s given you all a good glimpse into the world of awesome designer-makers. Enjoy browsing through their websites, blogs, what not and hopefully you’ll find something or two to spruce up your homes or even find some last-minute christmas pressies. xx

Weekend Encounters: ‘Made in Clerkenwell’

Last Friday we popped along to Craft Central to check out their biannual design show ‘Made in Clerkenwell’ where designers and makers showcased a lot of their bespoke and beautifully crafted designs….just in time for the Christmas shopping spree! Here’s a brief review on what we saw and the designers that caught our attention.

Designers that caught our attention:

Tobyboo is a textiles illustrator known for her ‘thread drawn illustrations’ that has been seen on many homeware products such as cushion covers, tea towels, ceramic teaware, children’s toys, and even cellotape! Her fabulous and unique products, namely her signature range called ‘Oranges & Lemons’, which I learnt from Tina (the lovely designer-maker behind all this fabulous stuff) are stocked at the Museum of London, Mary Portas shop in House of Frasers, Somerset House and online stores Not-on-the-HighStreet including her Etsy store. Im still stewing over what to buy from her – whether its the fabric figurines or her teaware. Anyway….do check her stuff out by which can be done by following her blog or her facebook page!

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Maxine Sutton is another textiles designer-maker who incorporates machine embroidery, screen printing, appliqué and needle-punch techniques into a variety of artwork and homeware products. She uses sustainable and ethical materials such as organic cotton and natural linen creating products that range from lampshades to cushion covers. I personally love the way she ties in gorgeous colours with abstract prints, perfect for a neutral backdrop! To find out more on her work visit her website or you can directly buy her products off her online shop.

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Emily Sidwell‘s jewellery was not only fun and highly whimsical (inspired by what is quintessentially English, vintage and eccentric) but after talking to her for some time (and what a delightful person to talk to!) I soon realised the extent of workmanship that went behind these beautiful pieces where no two pieces are the same! Working from her studio at home, she moulds the wax that makes each individual piece, by hand (a method called lost wax casting process) which is then sent off to be cast in silver or brass. This is then polished up or tarnished further by hand to form the final products that are simply unique!  I had my eye on a beautiful Robin brooch which I now regret not buying so I will keep my eyes peeled for more of her lovely bespoke jewellery such as her Alice in Wonderland collection which can be also purchased off her online store.

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Selina Rose (image 1 below) is an award-winning designer that specialises in bespoke felt surfaces and homeware. I loved the vibrancy in the colours and the intricately cut patterns of her products. Her felt cushions from the ‘Flutterby’ range (seen below) have been extremely popular and understandably why as they are so beautifully cut where the folded butterfly wings to reveal a contrasting felt lining behind and create the most stunning three-dimensional cushions I’ve seen! You can purchase her products through her online shop,follow her on Facebook, or even contact her for bespoke commissioned work. PS. I must say how much I loved her packaging too which was so elegantly designed!

Kate Clarke London (image 2 below) designs some of the most cool and contemporary hand screenprinted homeware that is most definitely ‘fresh, bold, and colourful with a retro twist’. To buy any of her awesome products (which are reasonably priced!) visit her online shop here or follow her on Facebook.

Ane Christensen  (image 3 below) and her metal sculptures are definitely eye-catching. Her ‘crumbling’ silver bowls from her ‘Negative’ Series was my favourite which explores the concept of negative spaces cut out of a surface. If you would like to know where to find her products, here’s a list of London shops and galleries that stock her, or alternatively, you can just drop her a line!

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Hope this has given you a good but brief insight to some of the designer-makers we saw that night. Unfortunately there are FAR too many we liked to mention in this one post so I may just feature a couple of others in a separate post!  For more visual treats however, please visit Craft Central’s photo album on their Facebook page. Enjoy!! xx