For the first time, Brighton's Contemporary Craft Fair MADE hit London. The Venue One Marylebone, an old church on the edge of Regent's Park. Sponsored by the marvelous madebyhandonline.com it was a fantastic opportunity to see over 100 of the country's best designer makers together, spread over four floors in a great venue.
I had recently discovered the ceramics of Porte-bonheur de Wollie. Both jewellery and functional items that make me smile, so it was a pleasure to see them here. My one and only treat was the two piece doll brooch you see here at the bottom right, but I think I am going to put it in a little frame as a mini work of art. I loved the attention to detail of the printed bag, with ribbon and sticker, a proper little gift to myself.
If I had had more pennies to spend, then I would definitely have bought a tiny enamel plate by Buddug Wyn Humphreys. She was showing in the crypt as part of the Dialogue Collective. I have loved following the adventures of Buddug and Jesse and their fantastic little shop, and you should definitely take a peek at the creative exploits of this pair here. Living the dream!
The lovely plates, and also Welsh Love Spoons.
Also in the crypt, were Katrin Moye's ceramics. The colours of the glazes she uses really appeal to me (I suppose I am always using blue and green stones in my jewellery, so it's no wonder I like them) but I also love her use of pattern, and would be quite happy if Father Christmas delivered me one of these.
I also enjoyed seeing Helen Noake's jewellery as always - tiny figures and animals in resin set in silver. I would definitely wear some of Helen's bits (and I am a fussy thing!). Finally, I was amazed to see makers that had been at Farnham Maltings the weekend before like Henrietta Fernandez. How do they have time to make so much stock - do they ever sleep?
I am sure the organisers of MADELondon must be giving themselves a big pat on the back for such a successful event. Still no time for them to rest, MADE12 takes place at the end of November in Brighton - just think of the amzing Christmas shopping you could do!