Clerkenwell Design Week

Craft Editions visited Clerkenwell Design Week on 26th May 2016. The event is held throughout Clerkenwell, London and is a celebration of great design, craft and architecture, with many open studios and events over the 3 days. Of particular interest was our visit to Craft Central, which has over 700 designer-makers working in individual studios across two buildings. Here are 5 exhibitors from Clerkenwell Design Week that stood out to us for their handmade craftsmanship and design.

Ted Wood - The son of a classic boat builder, Ted Jefferis designs and makes contemporary wooden furniture that is beautifully hand crafted in his studio in West Sussex.  Ted is passionate about his craft and fastidious in his selection of wood – he only uses different varieties of sustainably grown British wood. Ted’s work is hand crafted to order and has won a number of awards. Find out more about Ted Wood here.

Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown - Tamsin is a potter and works in porcelain thrown on the wheel. Her work is hand painted and the decoration is an exploration of mark-making using embroidery, knitting, textiles and print as inspiration. Tamsin began making pots about 6 years ago and from our conversation is clearly hugely enthusiastic about her work. I was particularly drawn to her range of delicate porcelain spoons. Read more about Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown here.

Kate Jones - Kate is a knitwear designer and maker who knits using a domestic knitting machine. She enjoys creating intricately handcrafted luxury knitwear and has a private commission service making bespoke items. Kate described to me how she is now branching into homewares with a beautiful range of knitted cushions. Find out more about Kate Jones here.

Forest + Found - Forest + Found is a sustainable craft and design partnership set up by Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth in 2014. With a background in Fine Art, Max and Abigail work with traditional methods of craft to produce contemporary wooden objects and hand stitched textiles. The fabric used in the quilts made by Abigail is dyed using wood shavings from Max’s workshop. Find out more about Forest + Found here.

Sally McGill - Sally is an artist by training who has discovered a love of pottery. She makes a range of brightly coloured items including plates and bowls, which she decorates with patterns inspired by fractals - the geometry of natural shapes that are repeated at different scales. Sally and her daughter Olivia, also a ceramicist, share a studio at Craft Central. Find out more about Sally McGill here.

All images by Craft Editions.

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