Friday

Ellis Mhairi Cameron

The intricate jewellery designs from Handmade in Britain Member of the Week, Ellis Mhairi Cameron, are focused on the natural landscape’s ability to trigger memory and emotion.

Ellis documents the surroundings of her family environment in the rural West Coast of Scotland as it elicits vivid memories for the artist.

Through her research, Ellis has found that water holds a sense of duality. Water is a mediator between being and gone, encompassing many states of presence, “I comment on the notion of precious worth, by working exclusively in silver and ‘non-precious’ found stones from the beaches.”

Ellis creates her designs using processes such as casting and fusing to induce a sense of organic unpredictability.

Her most recent collection, Cairn, takes inspiration from the beaches of Tralee and Craigneuk, in Benderloch, Argyll.

To keep up with Ellis Mhairi Cameron and work check out her directory page.


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Written by Anne Marie McKenzie

Thursday


Member of the Week



Tim Designs is Karen Johnson’s culmination of many years of interest and study in design and jewellery making.


Tim Designs’ sleek and structured jewellery is influenced by the art and ideals of the first half of the 20th Century, in particular the development of the Modernist Movement.


Each piece of jewellery is created based on the belief in the connectedness of people, places and things and that things mean more to people than their mere monetary value.


The jewellery is principally made of sterling silver with 18ct/24ct gold added, often accompanied by a black patina or black rhodium plating. The gold plating and coloured gem accents are used to achieve the desired finished effect.


To keep up with Tim Designs and their work check out directory their page.


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Written by Anne Marie McKenzie


Member of the Week


Life-long friends Andy Plant and Dan Morrison collaborated in 2012 with the focus of creating "common appliances as original sculpture”.

Since the beginning of their business all of their products have been designed, hand-engineered and finished by Morrison and Plant at the BLOTT WORKS workshop, using parts and materials sourced as locally as possible.

Dan and Andy’s backgrounds in fine arts and engineering have helped to guide them in the creation of their distinct and engaging kinetic sculptures.

BLOTT WORKS is always trying to over-engineer everything, to make all components bigger, tougher and more robust than they need to be. This evokes an air of indestructible vulnerability while ensuring the pieces will last a long time.

To keep up with BLOTT WORKS and their work check out directory their page.

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Written by Anne Marie McKenzie


Member of the Week

Mallon Foundry’s bronze sculptural work provides viewers with the fascinating opportunity to learn about the stories that inspire each piece.

The collection of sculptures start with Charlie Mallon, the metalworker, and his interest in the Celtic myths that permeate Irish history. 

These stories lead to designs that draw from symbols of Ireland's ancient past and initiated a collaboration with illustrator David Rooney.

All bronze used for their sculptures are cast in the foundry in Co Tyrone, the family home. Mallon uses the same lost wax process used by the Bronze Age craftsmen.
Each Mallon bronze embodies their past belief and life spirit.

The use of this ancient process is in keeping with the intention of the artist. Mallon hopes to connect us, through these bronze pieces, to the history of tradition and mythical storytelling that has themes which are still relevant.

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Written by Anne Marie McKenzie


Member of the Week



We are proud to have Jenny Balson as a Handmade in Britain member. Her jewellery designs remain interesting and eye-catching while maintaining a sophisticated look.
Jenny discovers light and shadow, interiors and exteriors and is drawn to forms that offer shelter, whether these be in nature or man made.
“I’m also attracted to surface patterns referring to those created either in nature or by design,” Jenny shares.
The stripes and grooves on rocks, the weaving of branches and remembered scenes or designs on fabric all inspire her work. She uses gold plates to define the marks and hidden spaces, sometimes applied so as to introduce a softly painted effect.
To keep up with Jenny and her work check out her directory.

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Written by Anne Marie McKenzie

Wednesday

Final few days to apply...



Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to exhibit as part of the Handmade in Britain group stand at Vivre Côté Sud, France in June 2015. The deadline for all applications is
Saturday 31st January.

Handmade in Britain are offering the unique opportunity to apply to exhibit as part of a group stand at the Vivre Côté Sud Fair. Applications are now invited from designer–makers of contemporary craft, who produce their work in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We accept applications from most disciplines across fashion and interiors - please check the application pack for details.

This prestigious open-air event in Aix-en-Provence, a town rich in cultural and architectural heritage is the PERFECT opportunity for makers looking to explore international markets. With 23,000+ trade and retail visitors over four days, this is an opportunity NOT to be missed!

For more information and how to apply, please download our application pack here.

Thursday

Call for Applications for Côté Sud 2015




Handmade in Britain are thrilled to announce a brand new international opportunity to exhibit as part of a group stand at Vivre Côté Sud, France in June 2015.

This prestigious open-air event in Aix-en-Provence, a town rich in cultural and architectural heritage is the perfect opportunity for makers looking to explore international markets. With 23,000+ trade and retail visitors over four days, this is an opportunity really not to be missed!

Applications are welcome from makers who produce their work in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland, and who work in the following disciplines: Fashion design & accessories, Interior design & accessories, glass, textiles, furniture, stationery, metalwork, ceramics, furniture, sculpture, woodwork, prints and etchings.

Apply online now: http://www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/other-projects/cote-sud-2015/

Monday

Highlights from The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair

The 8th year of The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair celebrated exceptional craftsmanship with a vibrant mix of disciplines...

This year the Christmas season kicked off with a celebration of the very best of contemporary fine crafts in all disciplines across Fashion and Interiors in the biggest Handmade in Britain show to date. With innovative design alongside exceptional craftsmanship, visitors enjoyed an impressive variety of form, function and style from over 120 highly skilled designer-makers.



Success for Designer-Makers

This year Handmade in Britain 14 welcomed more makers than ever before, with over 120 exhibitors in Interiors and Fashion offering an exciting variety of work of absolute craftsmanship from Belfast to Edinburgh. Disciplines showcased included glass, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, fashion
accessories and home textiles.

Alongside established and well-known makers, we also invited visitors to meet designers at the very start of their career in the New Graduate Showcase, supported by Heart Home Magazine. The Showcase was an overwhelming success for these new designer-makers who presented creative, vibrant and inspiring work across a range of disciplines.










“Some wonderful creative talent”



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Tuesday

HMIB Christmas Gift Guide - For Him

Continuing our series of HMIB Christmas gift guides, we present our ‘For Him’ edition! Last week we offered up a few unique suggestions for those extra special festive presents in our ‘For Her’ selection (missed it? Check it out HERE) and now it’s time to pick something for the boys!
Men are notoriously tricky to buy for – there’s only so many times a pair of slippers and some aftershave will actually be appreciated… But the array or crafts and creations at Handmade in Britain are sure to provide the perfect present, something totally different from what he’s been given before. So step into a world of individually crafted luxury: an ideal Christmas treat for the discerning gentleman.

Woodwork
Bruce Aitken, Clockmaker   /   The Marquetry Shack   /   Mark Newson

The elemental construction of wood is something that truly has a timeless appeal. Infinite incarnations and truly unique patterning make wooden creations a thoughtful and individual gift. From bespoke furnishings to artisan clockmakers and exquisite marquetry – woodwork at HMIB is sure to offer something a little special.

Metal
CreatStudio   /   Stuart Jenkins
Make a statement with your Christmas gift giving, with fluid and bold creations showcasing the finest metalwork. Evoking a true sense of modernity – sculptures, fixtures and other metals hold a luxurious appeal and put a little bit of a twist on the sparkling Christmas tradition. One of the wise men gave the gift of gold after all – although we doubt it was crafted like this!

Glass
FuseModern   /   Lynn Foster   /   Laura Smith Glass
Unexpected elegance and unquestionable beauty overflows the glass creations on show at HMIB. Many of our designer/makers use traditional techniques – centuries old to craft their creations. Meaning that the gift of glass is something truly individual – contemporary in its appearance and traditional in its creation. Beat that Santa.

Something a bit Different…
Mallon Foundry   /   Daniel Latorre Cruz
For those people who are simply impossible to buy for, the only real solution is opting for something a little off the wall. Whereas on the high-street this may mean a pair of unloved novelty socks  - at HMIB this means an incredible creation from the finest craftsmen in the country – bound to be treasured for years to come.

To see all these incredible creations and more visit Handmade in Britain at Chelsea Old Town Hall from 14th – 16th November.
For more information on visiting – click HERE
To see a full list of our exhibitors – click HERE

So there we have it, our little guide to the perfect Christmas gifts. If you’re still stuck for ideas check out our Warwick Avenue based Christmas Pop-up shop! Christmas Shopping = easy as (mince) pie (sorry…). The only problem is, how on earth will you top these gifts next year?!

Until next time…
The HMIB Team
xxx

Friday

The HMIB Christmas Gift Guide - For Her

 It may only be November, but there’s no denying it anymore – Christmas is coming. Festive lights are beginning to adorn streets up and down the country, supermarket shelves are brimming with tentatively placed mince pies and plum puddings and the tv is suddenly full of perfume adverts, twinkling lights and the (probably overly optimistic) snow white Christmas dream. In the back of the nation's mind, we all know this can only mean one thing: we need to start the Christmas Shopping.
Julia Ann Davenport Jewellery
Fortunately for you though, here at Handmade in Britain we’re going to try make this all a little bit easier, and a lot less stressful with our wonderful Festive HMIB Gift Guides! Our Chelsea show this year will host over 100 of the finest designer/makers in the country gracing Chelsea Old Town Hall, bringing with them a wide array of exquisite, luxury and completely unique creations. There is no gift more special than something handmade and thoughtful; at Handmade in Britain you will be spoiled for choice with beautiful creations guaranteed to bring something special to your loved one’s Christmas gift.
Helen Michie Ceramics
Therefore, we are proud to present the HMIB ‘For Her’ gift guide! It’s all too easy to fall back on high-street standbys of toiletry gift sets or ornate boxes of chocolates as the Christmas pressure mounts, but here we are presenting a few luxury alternatives for the women in your lives – from intricate jewellery and sublime textiles all the way to something a little more experimental. This is just a small selection of the wonderful creations on offer at Handmade in Britain, and with such a variety on offer, consider your Christmas shopping sorted. Easy as that! 

Jewellery
Amanda Mansell   /   Fox Silver   /   Joana Cunha

It’s often said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. And to be honest, for a lot of us that isn’t far wrong. There’s nothing quite like the gift of jewellery at Christmas, and that’s made all the more special when the jewellery in question is a truly individual, handmade creation.

Textiles
Fleur Design   /   Katie Mawson
From delicate embroideries through to cosy and chic knitwear, there is something for every taste in the textile miscellany at Handmade in Britain. For those searching for the indefinable King's Road chic head for silk scarves and wraps, or take a glance at the range of cosy knits for outdoorsy types.

Ceramics
Help someone make their house that little bit more lovely with the gift of ceramics. Something a little bit different from the standard present fare, ceramics make for thoughtful and beautiful gifts.

Something a little different…
Alison Lowry   /   Sarah Morpeth   /   Deborah Timperly
If you’re searching for inspiration beyond the gift giving norms then Handmade in Britain is the place to go. From experimental glasswork to paper-cut creations, if you’re looking for a truly standout gift, there really is no other option!


Handmade in Britain is running from the 14th - 16th November at Chelsea Old Town Hall. 
For more information and tickets click HERE.
For a full list of the wonderful exhibitors (make your shopping list early!) click HERE

Until next time...
Happy shopping everyone!

The HMIB Team
xxx