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What I want: MADE London and one year blogiversary!

10.24.14

Yesterday was my one year blogiversary!

O.M.G.

I beat myself up a lot that I don’t post as often as I’d like, but looking back I’m incredibly proud of all the interviews I’ve conducted, the hours spent browsing incredible designer’s sites (it’s not that tough really) and the blog/coding related stuff I’ve taught myself along the way. I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go but that’s the nice thing about blogging, I can do it at my own pace 🙂 All this has been done whilst conducting a move overseas, and now more travelling. Cripes!

Rather amazingly, this little blog has brought me some incredible opportunities recently and I’m very excited to announce that I’ve been asked to guest edit the Designers/Makers blog. I really admire the work that Sophie does supporting creatives and am thrilled to be involved. ADDITIONALLY I am also the newly named Section Editor for The Holborn, a blog-soon-to-be-print-magazine who are all about traditional craftsmen. And alcoholic beverages. Lots and lots of ’em. I LOVE magazines so it’s truly a dream come true. I will be in charge of The Workshop, focusing on design and craft and I’m really excited to get stuck into the role. In fact, I’ve already started with a quick interview with Sophie from Designers/Makers. Worked out well that did, ha. So *yay* for Meet the Makers!

Anyhoo, enough of my harping on. Last year, I carried out my first ever interviews at MADE London 2013, chatting with Annabelle, Holly and Zoe (and where I discovered Emma too). Sadly I can’t make the fair this year, but these are the people that I would check out if I could. Are you going this weekend? Only a tenner and lots of great designers under one beautiful roof. Check it out here.

241014 What I want Meet the Makers MADE London // Navajo bobble hat & scarf // Hattie Kerrs Knitwear // £42 & £72 respectively // 100% pure merino wool is what you’re paying for here. Seems strange to be thinking about keeping warm when 25 degrees has started to feel chilly here.

// Blue oak notebook // Kiran Ravilious // £5 // Beautiful pattern from an original block print.

// Spyglass pendant // Amy Keeper Jewellery // £170 // Gah, another expensive one! But come on, how fun would this be to play with? And it’s made from sterling silver with 18ct gold plate, so no chance of it turning green which is what happens to most of my cheap jewellery.

You can find these three designers at MADE London, One Marylebone, London this weekend. Get on down there!

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What I want: independent shops

10.15.14

There are so many wonderful people and places that support designer-makers that it seems rude not to focus on some independent shops keepin’ it real. (I didn’t pull that off, did I? I’m not street in the slightest). Retailers such as The Pippa & Ike Show stock a super colourful selection of designers online; Nook Shop has both a web and real-life-presence in Stokey, London and Ink & Thread are based in Derby as well as online. I love that these shops all go out of their way to search for interesting, fun and creative items with stories to tell. Here’s a little round up of some of their finest wares, but I highly recommend taking some time to fully explore their offerings & discover a tonne of new designers.

141014 Pippa&Ike Nook Ink&Thread

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Interviews / Jewellery

Little Moose: Still not perspex-ing (part II)

10.11.14

Heidi-hi! Yesterday, Little Moose shared some lovely little gems about starting your own creative business. For anyone considering such a big leap, I urge you to catch up with part I & grab a cuppa for part deux. James talks about the difference a look-book can make (those professional photos really can make all the difference), what a ‘typical’ day looks like and having to be so SO much more than *just* a designer-maker.

Little Moose interview bird jewellery perspex

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Little Moose: perspex jewellery ain’t so perplexing (part I)

10.10.14

Having nosed my way into a number of designer-makers lives now, I thought I was getting a pretty good idea of what starting your own creative business entails. NEWSFLASH *I was wrong* (there’s a first time for everything). James Saunders from Little Moose, a handmade jewellery and online store, has blown everything I thought I knew wide open. Dramatic, much? His insight into the real challenges of running your own business – setting deadlines, taking time off – offer proper behind-the-scenes access, and should be shared. Catch the first part here – part 2 will be coming up tomorrow!

Little Moose interview James & Carrie

Carrie & James from Little Moose.

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What I want: Crafty Fox Market

09.30.14

This weekend marks the start of the Christmas markets (well, it does if you’re super organised) with the brilliant Crafty Fox Market in Brixton, London. I had a great time at the December ’13 market, interviewing Laura Gee and buying the BF a pressy from Postcard Prints (who were super chatty & lovely). Spread over 2 days with different vendors each day, workshops, tunes & tea, Crafty Fox is an event not to be missed! Plus, getting involved in the Chrissy shopping early is a good idea too, even if it is just presents for yourself. Here is what I love (click on the item description for links):

crafty fox market october 2014

 

// ‘A smooth sea…’ lino print // Paper Picnic // £35

// Flamingo soft toy // Made by Swimmer // £30

// Abstract wooden wall art // Lucie Ellen // £25

// Pastel enamel triangle necklace // Katy Fletcher Designs // £20

// Blue & silver hand screen-printed cushion // Bettzy // £33

// ‘Drinks are on me’ coaster set // Karin Akesson // £13

(Images all via site links)