One of my favourite places in London is Sir John Soane’s Museum, the home to one of the great English Architects who built and lived in the house until his death over 180 years ago. So I was very pleased when I saw that I could mix my passion for craft and architecture when visiting MADE London at One Marylebone which was designed by Soane himself.
MADE London is fast becoming one of the top selling events for designer makers in the UK. There’s always a great selection of crafters from all over the country showing their work and sharing their stories. It was the perfect place for me to while away a few hours discovering new crafters, sharing ideas and getting inspired.
MADE London is one of 3 visual arts events that are organised by Tutton & Young. Foundered by artist and print maker Sarah Young and her creative partner in crime Jon Tutton, Tutton & Young are about bringing artists and crafters directly to their audience. It’s about encouraging buyers to engage with the makers, learn about their craft and in the longer term, establishing relationships that might open the door to other opportunities for both the maker and the buyer.
With such a range of talent on show, it was difficult not to be overwhelmed! Although there was a steady stream of visitors, there was still time to talk to the makers about their work and to get an insight into their passions and inspirations. There are so many stories I would love to share, so I thought I would give you a snippet of a couple of makers who I had the pleasure of meeting.
As you may know, I’m a sucker for a splash of bright colour, so I was immediately drawn to the jewellery of Emma Calvert. Emma’s striking use of colour is hard to ignore. Taking a contemporary approach to traditional knotting techniques, Emma’s creations are truly eye-catching. Inspired by her adventures, Emma uses vibrant ribbon which she knots before manipulating it into various accessories that would be just as at home on the catwalk as they would be around my neck (that’s a Christmas hint if ever I saw one).
I have long been a fan of Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge, so was pleased to meet the talented Jill Shaddock , a ceramic artist who is part of the duo behind the gallery. Jill’s slip-cast ceramics are the perfection of understated beauty. The clever use of colour and her process of making come together to stunning effect. Jill’s display was also a lesson in craft curation!
I left, several hours later, brimming with energy and itching to get sharing the work of these amazing makers. With Christmas just round the corner, it was also the perfect place to tick a few people off the list.
If you missed it, there’s still time! MADE Brighton is taking place from the 19th-22nd November in the Corn Exchange at the Dome. Drop in and have a look, or better still, but it in the diary as a place to show your work next year.
You can also meet some amazing makers at Atelier 51 in Brighton which is the new home of Tutton & Young. They are having an open house to celebrate their new premises as part of Brighton’s Artists Open House 2015 Christmas Festival in the run up to Christmas.