Tag: british design

Handmade in Britain 2011

On the weekend I went along to the 2011 Handmade in Britain expo at London’s Chelsea Town Hall. I am ashamed to have only written it up now but time seems to have slipped away.

Organised by fashion and home accessories designer Piyush Suri, the fair started in 2007 with the aim of bringing together and promoting craftsmen from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There was a wonderful variety of crafts to explore including jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glassware, and paper sculptures – and the workmanship was second to none. With our purse strings firmly tightened, the only purchases made were from the lovely Namiko Murakoshi of NamNam ceramics, who I met at Artsmart and whose stall was irresistible with all its little faces:

 

 

Other designers that caught my eye:

Deryn Relph

 

Norman Yap Ceramics (also pictured at top)

Noa Ceramics

 

Lettie Belle

 

Rachel’s Wool

 

House & Home by Lisa Stickley

A while ago I did a post on London-based designer Lisa Stickley, whose quirky prints and scribbles always make me smile.

I read yesterday that she has done a diffusion line for Debenhams called House & Home. A little skeptical, I had a cursory snoop online and there are a few pieces that I think are great – little green ceramic houses for tea or general kitchen stuff, and wonky, chaotic little text prints on cushions and quilts. The rest is less striking but at £16 for a cushion and £5 for a bowl I guess you can’t really go far wrong.