MADE London

Craft Editions visited MADE London, held in the stunning surroundings of One Marylebone, London on 21st Oct 2016. MADE London is an annual contemporary craft and design fair with over 120 exhibitors across all categories including ceramics, wood, glass, textiles, basketry and more.  Here are 5 makers that stood out to us for their craftsmanship and design.

Ruth Glasheen – Ruth is an artist and basketmaker based in Brighton, who makes hand woven baskets, wall pieces, lampshades and fire screens. At MADE London Ruth’s range of lampshades were immediately striking, suspended from the ceiling in a range of different colours and sizes. Ruth hand dyes her materials and uses a variety of basketry techniques.  Find out more about Ruth Glasheen here.

Christine Meyer-Eaglestone – Christine has a background in fine art and after studying cabinet making now specialises in marquetry. From her workshop in Leeds where she is based, Christine creates unique pieces that she describes as “functional works of art”.  She draws inspiration from architecture and music. Christine’s marquetry boxes at MADE London caught our eye for their beauty and extraordinary attention to detail. Find out more about Christine Meyer-Eaglestone here.

Holly Berry – Holly trained as a fashion designer and now designs and makes contemporary woven products that “celebrate the heritage and tradition of woven textiles in the UK”. Her range includes blankets and cushions and is recognisable for its use of pattern and colour.  Holly, who grew up in the Sadddleworth hills, is based in London and as well as hand weaving she also works with a UK based weaving mill to produce small batches of some of her designs. Find out more about Holly Berry here.

Jenny Crisp – Jenny is based in Hereford and has been a professional basket maker and willow grower for 30 years. At MADE London Jenny brought a wide range of items which vividly demonstrated the beauty and skill of her craft. Her approach is innovative and moves beyond the old patterns and boundaries to make pieces for contemporary use. Jenny plants, harvests, creates, exhibits and teaches her craft through basket making courses and one-to-one tuition. Find out more about Jenny Crisp here.

Helen Foot – Helen, who trained at the Royal College of Art, weaves by hand from her studio in Shrewsbury to create a striking and diverse range of scarves. She draws inspiration from traditional handcrafts such as patchwork and cross-stitch, which she merges with contemporary geometric patterns and bold colour combinations.  Helen also collaborates with Iona Inglesby at Dot One and hand weaves scarves that are uniquely personalised, as the patterns are derived from each customer's DNA. Find out more about Helen Foot and Dot One here.

At MADE London a number of brands and makers previously featured on Craft Editions were also present; including Justine Allison, Justin Oh, Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown and Linda Bloomfield.

Find out more about the MADE London here.

All images by Craft Editions.

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