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Posts Tagged ‘craft’

Fine Craft Textiles with Japanese Flair: An interview with designer Nazanin Kamali

Furniture and Interiors designer Nazanin Kamali introduces her debut Textiles collection, discovered at Home London this year.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Furniture and Interiors designer Nazanin Kamali introduced her debut textiles collection at the Home London show in January - here she explains the reasons why she has turned to fine craft and what inspired the designs of her new range of cushions, embroideries and wallhangings.

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I recently discovered your debut textiles collection at Home London earlier this year - what was the reception like at this show?
It was the first time I had shown my textile designs so it was great to receive feedback on the range, particularly from bloggers and stylists who were very complimentary.

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Tent London 2014: Textiles and Surface Design

A review of the most exciting textiles and surface designs discovered at the 2014 edition of Tent London, held at the Truman Brewery.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Yes yes it’s been 6 months since the 2014 edition of Tent London but straight after the show I became ridiculously busy with my 10th anniversary Kickstarter project, That Which […]

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Top Drawer at Olympia, January 2015: Review

My pick of designers at Top Drawer this season, including Alfred & Wilde, Clara Francis and Ola Studio.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Top Drawer grows ever bigger each year, and this time around there was a new dedicated fashion section, as well as the Spotted zone curated by Charlotte Abrahams, designed to […]

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Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism – an interview with Betsy Greer

Author and craftivist Betsy Greer talks about her new publication: Craftivism. Get inspired!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Betsy Greer was first to dream up the Craftivism moniker to describe the art of craft created for change and now she has come up with a bumper book detailing […]

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Port Eliot Festival 2014 Review: Books, Food, Comedy, Craft & Fashion

From 24th-27th July the grounds of the stately home at Port Eliot in Cornwall once more played host to a wonderfully unusual and varied festival.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Port Eliot Festival by Maia Fjord. I’ve been meaning to take in Port Eliot festival for several years but it has always been just that little bit too far away. […]

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Pinterest Perfect! featuring Gemma Correll: A review of the new craft book by Walter Foster

Need to get the creative juices going? Then this book is beautifully put together and full of inspiration... with handy tips on how to get online and make the most of Pinterest too.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Last week another book plopped into my post box: this time one inspired by the cult of Pinterest, where many creatives share and collect ideas for crafty projects to make […]

Craft Your Own: How to make a Hanging Heart Decoration for Valentine’s Day

Stuck for a Valentine's Day gift? Here's how to make your own. Read on and learn how to craft your very own Hanging Heart Decoration, using a wire coat hanger, fabric or ribbon scraps, fine wire and a few beads or sequins. It's super easy, honest!

Written by Amelia Gregory

As part of my drive to get more crafty in 2014 I intend to bring you a selection of things to make and do at home, hopefully at least one […]

Best New Designs: Top Drawer and Craft London January 2014 Review

Great designs from the pre-eminent gift show, including wrapping paper, baby wear and jewellery.

Written by Amelia Gregory

It has been many years since I last attended the Top Drawer gift trade show at Earls Court, and the scope of what is now on offer is daunting to […]

Putting optical illusions on homeware: an interview with designer maker Dionne Sylvester

Meet Kent based fashion designer turned craftsperson Dionne Sylvester: traditional homeware will never be the same!

Written by Amelia Gregory

I first discovered the striking homeware of designer maker Dionne Sylvester at Spitalfields Market earlier this year, where they immediately caught my attention. Her colourful designs give traditional teacups, plates […]

New Designers 2013 Ceramics and Craft: The Best Graduate Designers

There were loads of interesting ceramics and crafts on show at New Designers one, including neon iron platters, animals aplenty and a skull encrusted teapot.

Written by Amelia Gregory

New Designers part one plays host to large number of crafts and ceramics graduates: here’s the ones that caught my eye, starting with the work of Charlotte Mary Pack of […]

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An Interview with Designer Laszlo Tompa

Laszlo Tompa didn't stop to wonder if making carved geometric lamps and puzzle boxes woodwork...

Written by Jessica Cook

The title of this post is a little misleading as Laszlo Tompa is more than just a Designer. Not just a Ceramist or a Craftsman, he is more like a […]

Pinned it! Made it! Pinterest Party Review: Create a Mexican Day of the Dead Flower Crown

Why not get your craft on at a Pinterest Party? The Pinned it! Made it! ladies are on hand to guide you through your crafting dreams, once a month at Hackney Downs Studios.

Written by Amelia Gregory

If like me, you are a Pinterest fan, you no doubt spend more happy hours avidly collecting crafting ideas than actually creating them. Which is why the concept of Pinterest […]

An interview with Japanese embroidery artist Kaoru Hirota of HIPOTA

A look at the adorable, miniature creations of embroidery artist Kaoru Hirota, the needle behind the brand HIPOTA

Written by Jessica Cook

It wasn’t that long ago that I watched The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), the Japanese, Studio Ghibli refresh of Mary Norton’s The Borrowers, and looking at Hipota‘s petite, crafted […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Top Ten Best Mugs by Illustrators and Designers

Wondering what to give for Christmas? The shops are full of mugs for a reason: they make great inexpensive gifts with character. And I've found the best designs for you online...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Beaver Mug by Lisa Jones. I *love* beavers so I was super excited to find this. No really, don’t laugh. Next up: my recommendations for mugs. Yes, a whole blog […]

New Designers 2012 Craft, Ceramic, Glass and Designer Maker Graduates: part two

Curious creatures, ceramic toys and an oversized scary devil banker are amongst some of my finds at this year's show.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Following on from my first look at the best designer makers at this year’s New Designers, here, in no particular order, are more interesting creations that I found. At Bath […]

New Designers 2012 Craft, Ceramic, Glass and Designer Maker Graduates: part one

A round up of some of the best designer makers from Hereford College of Arts, Nottingham Trent University, Central Saint Martins and more.

Written by Amelia Gregory

At Hereford College of Arts the standard of craft design was high as always, with some beautifully original designs. Sophie Walker‘s woodcarved sculptures opened to reveal small stash spaces. Collapsed […]

Free Range Graduate Shows 2012: Middlesex University Graphic Design Ba Hons Review

Middlesex graduate graphic designers were inspired by such diverse themes as social media, crafting and our obsession with cupcakes!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Special mention must go to the booklet which accompanied the graphic design show by Middlesex University graduates, part of a box set that was cleverly designed to emulate an old […]

London Art Fair 2012 Review: Part Two

Part two of this year's London Art Fair review details work from galleries such as Byard Art, Woolff, The Contemporary London, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Vigo Gallery and Bearspace.

Written by Amelia Gregory

You’ve read the first part of my London Art Fair 2012 round up, now catch up with the rest… starting with Elisabeth Lecourt of Byard Art in Cambridge who creates […]

London Art Fair 2012 Review: Part One

The London Art Fair is very much a mixed bag: loads of not very interesting art interspersed with some real gems... Read on to discover the best new talent and trends, from the likes of TAG Fine Arts, Danielle Arnaud, JaggedArt, Rebecca Hossak and Jealous Gallery.

Written by Amelia Gregory

London Art Fair 2012. Detail of Andrea Mastrovito‘s Gulliver’s Travels. You may remember from my previous blog that the launch of The Catlin Guide for the best graduate artists took […]

A Review of the Crafternoon Tea Club Christmash Spesh with Etsy 2011

Crafternoon Tea Club and Etsy put on a splendid DIY craft party with an ethical message – here are our highlights from the Bevenden Street event, held on Thursday 8th December 2011.

Written by Caitlin Sinclair

Illustration by Rebecca Strickson On the evening of 8th December, close to 50 people of all ages came together for something resembling a drop-in DIY craft party – the Crafternoon […]