Monthly Archives: October 2014
Made London has been and gone, and what an experience it was!
Thank you to everyone who came, I had so many great conversations that my voice was going by Sunday – I’m not used to talking so much! I had some great feedback on my work, from the colour, the display, the graphic style, with one visitor describing it enthusiastically as ‘structural yet natural’ which I like and may have to use in the future. A lot of people said it was very different which is a good thing to hear! I had interest from four galleries which is fantastic and I look forward to sharing the work I make for them. Many thanks to all my family and friends who came to support me, I had visitors from Somerset, Wiltshire and Sussex.
One of the best things about being at made London was being an exhibitor alongside so many (160+) others, many of whom are very established (famous?!). I had positive feedback from fellow exhibitors and this was a wonderful endorsement of what I am doing. I especially enjoyed being next to Alice Walton, Elaine Bolt and Mariko Sumioka. Here are some photos of the show:
And that’s it. Thank you Tutton and Young Ltd. for having me!
So set up for MADE London is less than two days away!! How did it get here so quickly?! This blog post shares some of my stand design preparations. Because MADE London is my first big show there have been lots of new experiences for me, from designing postcards and ordering vinyl lettering, to working out my display and how much stock I should have. Some of the decisions don’t have right answers as such so it will be a case of trying things out and learning on the job/at the show!
And that’s it for photos! Now it’s time to pack up everything ready to set up on Thursday. I’ll post photos to social media as I go and then write a blog here after the show. Please do come and say hello if you are visiting this weekend :-)
I don’t know if my love of all things craft comes from being a maker myself, my upbringing or is just an inherent passion, however one of the things about MADE London I am most excited about is seeing the work of other exhibitors. I have already spent a small fortune in my mind looking at the work on the website before I have had any sales myself! I have been a visitor to lots of craft shows and have a small, growing collection of contemporary craft which I treasure. I thought I would write about some of the craftspeople I am looking forward to seeing.
I really like the work of James and Tilla Waters – I own a pot that I bought at Origin a few years ago, I just saw it sitting there and had to have it! It was orange and grey so clearly my love of those two colours has been around awhile.
I love the work of Elaine Bolt. I love the gentle shiny greens and also the dark matt ‘naked’ clay pieces, the spoons and the larger vessels.
I am looking forward to seeing Mariko Sumioka’s new work. Mariko makes beautiful contemporary jewellery inspired by Japanese architecture – pieces are made with extraordinary attention to detail.
Another jeweller who’s work I really like is Hannah Bedford. Being a fan of dots and multiples I especially like Hannah’s granulated collection.
I am also looking forward to seeing the work of Claire Moynihan in person, having seen her amazing work featured on Colossal.
This is just a tiny, tiny selection of makers out of the 100+ exhibitors. There will be so much to see I really recommend a visit! You can get 2for1 tickets here :-)