This weekend I hot footed it down Brick Lane to the Truman Brewery for the 2013 London edition of the Renegade Craft Fair. It was a great chance to catch up with familiar faces as well an opportunity to discover new talent. Here’s my pick of the show: first up, this adorable frog king silver ring by La Parra Jewels, who works from her studio in Bedford.
These decorated ceramics are by Laura Lane, featuring geometric shapes and photos taken by her great grandfather.
It’s not the first time that I’ve been attracted to pastel ceramic jewels by Made by Me Me Me, a lovely alternative to real gems.
Rhian Mclaren has just started her business, producing hand screen printed geometric design cushions that are bang on trend.
This squirrel melamine coaster by Ketchup on Everything is part of a range that was inspired by illustrations in old children’s books: a lady after my own heart.
I was really bowled over by lovely designs from Scout Editions, a brother and sister design team. They have some really cool risograph prints including a range of bottle themed Christmas cards. Might have bought a tea towel…
I have been meaning to catch up with beaded jewellery designer Clara Francis for a few years now, and was so excited to see her stall brimming over with intricate work, all created from a workshop in her garden. Imagine the compliments you would get wearing this stunning beaded swan flower statement necklace: so unusual and special.
There seems to be a bit of a trend towards illustrators working with ceramic at the moment – I think I can see the appeal of daubing curious characters on top of tactile clay. This bulbous succulent plant pot is by Amy Worrall.
It’s always nice to run into James Ward, working under the name Jim Bob Art. He is constantly adding to his hand painted plate designs and I was especially taken by this new Badger DJ edition.
Helen Lang (Wetpaint) specialises in beautiful hand drawn ink designs and gorgeous bespoke typography. I think her designs look magnificent on big plump cushions.
Once upon a time illustrator Kaye Blegvad contributed to Amelia’s Magazine. Now she creates a delicate narrative jewellery range under the name Datter Industries, working between London and New York. I like her lost wax cast silver eyeball necklace: an unusual technique to see in the UK, and one which makes the most of her illustration skills (she’s another one who is producing illustrated ceramics as a bit of a sideline).
Such fun: these paper sculptures to make with the kids are by Pappet of Hungary.
These lovely textured suede bags in jewel colours are screen printed by hand on Brick Lane by ShopJill.
Telegramme Studio have just produced a beautiful new Christmas stationery range which I think will do very well. I must also confess that I bought their last Bat For Lashes gig poster, a print which I have adored for a long time…
Lastly: pretty pretty wooden wall birds by Anna Wiscombe.
With any luck you’ll be able to buy products from some of these wonderful designer makers on the new look Amelia’s Magazine Marketplace very soon. Can’t wait!
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