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Bust Craftacular: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

Didn't make it down to the Bust Craftacular? Worry not, for here's my round up of great finds... why not check in with your favourites online and make a unique Christmas purchase that way?

Written by Amelia Gregory

Georgia Bosson textiles

Last year I missed out on the Bust Craftacular, but this year I was able to whip around this buzzy annual event, held at the York Hall. I was very glad I made it, since this is a great place to discover new designers. My first find was these lovely hand screen printed textiles by Georgia Bosson, who is also working with upcycled felted fabrics for her new range of cushions. Bright and lovely! She’s only just launched her own business this year but I predict good things.

Haruko Miyauchi reindeer christmas card

I adored these hand cut reindeer cards by Haruko Miyauchi so much I bought two. £3.50 each: ridiculously underpriced and I told her so. Her first foray into selling designs!

Akiuc Design- bunny print

She was sharing a stand with her friend Aki Ueda Castellani, the lady behind Akiuc Design. Her animal prints are adorable (see also the pink horse in previous picture) – I just wish these ladies had a better online presence. So does my instagram feed.

Lydia Leith christmas lights coffee cup

Such fun; this Christmas lights coffee cup is by Lydia Leith – I wish Tim did not already have so many to choose from, or I would have swiped this up as a gift in double quick time.

Rosie Wonders prints

These lovely prints are by Rosie Wonders, who is currently hosting a pop up shop at Boxpark. Do make sure you visit for lots of pretty pretty things that would make ideal gifts for Christmas.

James Brown prints

If you prefer your artwork a bit bolder, how about these ace animal prints by James Brown, who goes by the moniker of James Prints on his social media feeds.

Jonna Saarinen mirrors

Scrumdiddlyumtious textiles by Jonna Saarinen and Kangan Arora were piled high on their table. This talented pair met on their degree course at Central Saint Martins and currently share a studio and a screen printing table in Brixton. Delicious.

Pygmy Cloud christmas decorations

Cute as. Christmas tree decorations by Pygmy Cloud were beautifully displayed on a stand that was bursting with plushies and other well designed goodies.

Tasha Brown lasercut heart with birds

Finally, these pretty laser cut birds in a heart are by recent Leeds surface design graduate Tasha Brown. I can’t wait to see how she develops her line, which is currently available on etsy.

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2 Responses to “Bust Craftacular: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013”

  1. James Brown says:

    Hi!
    Just to say, I don’t go by the moniker James Prints, I am very much James Brown. Its just getting the ‘James Brown’ twitter and instagram handle was not possible as you can imagine. Thanks for the mention.

  2. Karl says:

    “Hi Amy, your list is amazing and I am thinking of getting of those for my mom. Your list is creative. How did you come with these gift ideas? I also have my own gift idea list but its a bit different from yours. It’s more on tech accessories for designers. If you get curious, feel free to browse here:
    http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/design/gifts-for-web-designers/

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