So as you all know, we had bought tickets for the ‘Handmade in Britain‘ craft and design fair which we attended this Saturday. It was held at the Chelsea Old Town Hall on Kings Road in the Royal Borough of Che…..and what a stunning building too in all its late Victorian glory! The vaulted ceilings, the oil paintings, the marble columns, mahogany panels and ornate chandeliers make this one impressive venue…and on this weekend it hosted Britain’s finest designers and crafters, many of who we had the pleasure to meet and chat with. So here’s a snapshot of day and a few designers that particularly caught our attention.
Clementine + Bloom are a mother-daughter team who have launched a series of beautifully crafted home ware, ranging from cushion and quilts to lampshades and tea towels, by putting together their skills and experience in textiles and screen printing. What caught my eye at the fair was their Entomology collection of cushion covers (in particular the orange cushion below) that combine a choice of stunning materials (mostly silk) with a remarkable eye for detail and delicate embroidery…..this duo team are one to watch!
Anya Keeley and her range of whimsical works of art are definitely worth checking out. She does a beautiful job in marrying intricate wire-work with a collage of images and text she collects from old books and magazines to produce some unique and quirky pieces of art – ranging from Christmas decorations to jewellery and sculptured creatures that feel as though they have popped out of Alice and Wonderland! Aren’t they fantastic!? I had to buy something and opted for the cute Christmas decoration in the shape of a pudding which I quickly photographed to show on here! :)
Other designers we came across and ones to check out are:
- Barbara Wiggins who is an established London-based designer (and sooo lovely in person!) that specialises in beautiful and unique leather products such as her statement satchels (I had my eye on her on a fabulous red one!) and journals adding a touch of personal and contemporary touch to the much-loved traditional items. You probably have seem some of her products at places like Harrods, National Gallery and Liberty. We bought a lovely leather-bound photo album which we hope to put our wedding photos in and are quite interested in buying a few more from her…….I’m even contemplating on whether to treat myself to that gorgeous red satchel someday depending on whether my bank balance permits me to do so! :P
- Colin Irvine of ‘Decorative Craftwork‘ was not only a charming gentleman but a woodwork extraordinaire that designs and produces (using traditional techniques from his studio in Camden) some of the most beautiful wooden furniture, cabinets and boxes I’ve seen! He does of course do commissioned work so if you have something in mind you can drop him a line or pop along to his workshop in Camden!
- Tabitha Frost – a young contemporary metalsmith who focuses on some unique tableware pieces influenced by industrial aesthetics – well worth checking out!
- Namiko Murakoshi of Namnam Ceramics is another young designer to follow who creates some of the cutest ceramic tableware, plant pots and sculptures that clearly has a touch of elegant japanese craftmanship.