We love a really good craft fair and Tutton & Young’s annual Made London has been a highlight in our calendar for some time now. In 2020 their response to the recent closure of galleries, shops and events has been exemplary – creating new monthly opportunities for makers to sell work in online events. Jon Tutton and Sarah Young have a great eye for exceptional handmade pieces and a real commitment to supporting makers, so Design-Nation is delighted to partner them this weekend for the November edition of Made Makers Online.
We’re presenting a “group” display of nine Design-Nation members in a special showcase of jewellery, tableware, decorative art and textiles for the home and to wear. And there are eleven more Design-Nation members elsewhere at Made Makers with their own virtual stands, bringing illustration, glass, ceramic tiles and leather accessories to the mix.
Made Makers kicks off at 7pm on Thursday 5th November with a lively programme of Show & Tells and Pecha Kucha events right through til Sunday evening. Look out for live contributions from Design-Nation members Carin Lindbergh, Eva Radulova of ERADU, Justine Allison, Mary MacGregor of BAKKA, Sasha Wardell and Samantha Sweet. Plus, we’ll be part of The New Normal, an online talk event on Friday evening that looks at the current situation for the craft sector – this is free but pre-registration is recommended.
On the DN “stand” are jewellers Atlantic Design Studio and Carin Lindbergh, based in Northern Ireland and Cornwall respectively and both inspired by the landscapes around them. Carin sources intriguing and unusual stones from all over the world to find the most inspiring gems to work with, each one a piece of nature’s art. Lou Gillett is the designer for Atlantic, creating distinctive sculptural and textured silver statement pieces. Elsewhere is Jane Sedgwick whose playful geometric pieces are created in hand-turned sycamore and Catriona MacKenzie’s hand-blown glass.
Other great wearable work comes from KathKath, BAKKA and Wolfram Lohr. KathKath are an award-winning design duo who enhance and enliven the wardrobes of stylish women with colourful and imaginative accessories and scarves – bold and extravagant imagery of flora, geometric patterns and abstract visions from digital realms. Mary MacGregor is based in the Shetlands and designs knitwear for BAKKA based on meticulous research into traditional patterns with a contemporary twist, while Wolfram Lohr makes beautifully crafted bags, belts and other accessories in sustainably sourced vegetable-dyed Italian leather.
If you’re looking for outstanding tableware with flair, investigate the ceramics of Caroline Couzens and ERADU. Caroline loves creating hand-thrown pieces that give joy with every use: stoneware, home accessories and limited edition batch-produced bone china too. Eva Radulova of ERADU is a designer-maker who enjoys working with porcelain, using slip-casting to create elegantly shaped tableware. New to our portfolio is Ash & Plumb, a woodworking studio that crafts sculptural forms and functional works with a focus on traditional wood-turning techniques and clean lines. Other impressive tableware comes from the studio of Samantha Sweet who creates glassware using a variety of techniques.
Great decorative items for the home can be found from Angie Parker, Jenny Chan and Jillian Riley. Angie is well-known for her colourful rugs and textiles, both hand- and mill-woven, the latest being a celebration of Bristol’s architecture. Jenny joined us earlier this year, a ceramic designer-maker who creates figurative sculptures that celebrate women, both as table-top and wall-hung pieces. Jillian is also a ceramicist, taking dark inspiration from old apothecary, poison & scientific bottles which are slip-cast in porcelain & parian clay before being decorated with illustrations, text and sculptural elements.
Justine Allison, Sasha Wardell and Piccolpasso also create beautiful works in ceramics. Justine and Sasha are known for their impressive skills in porcelain and bone china respectively, hand creating vessels with signature decorative finishes. Caroline Egleston’s Piccolpasso range comprises hand-decorated tiles, playing with colour and movement. Catriona MacKenzie launched her Frith Glassware with Design-Nation at MADE London in 2019 and this range goes from strength to strength, combining colour and mark-making.
Other decorative homeware includes the illustrative work of Anne McKenzie and Linescapes, and the singular designs of Blott Works. Anne brings calligraphic skills to her delicate floral panels, while Amelia Sanchez de la Blanca’s background in architecture is reflected in her work for Linescapes – prints and home accessories that celebrate famous buildings and cityscapes. Completing the selection is Dan Morrison’s Blott Works brand: Dan is an artist-engineer bringing inventiveness and an industrial ethic to lighting and kinetic sculptures.
MADE Makers Online launches at 7pm Thursday 5 November and runs til Sunday until 8 November. Join us and all the other exhibitors as it launches on the MADE Makers website.