And you can buy it from today until 30 June, at NumberNinetyFour, 94 Columbia Road, London E2 7QB. It’s be four very talented designer makers, Petra Bishai, Rose Ellen Cobb, Mabel Hasell and Daphne Krinos
Alas, one of the very few downsides of having a lovely full time job is that you don’t always get to stuff in the day. And this smashing event, which celebrates the awesome people who pass on craft skills, would have been a cracker. Ol’ Prince Charles is there, Allsopp’s hosting, and a smogasbord of lovely craft people and hanging out for the day.
Next year, I hope.
See all the winners at ccskills.org.uk/craftskillsawards
To celebrate COLLECT, the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at the Saatchi gallery, I was asked by the Craft Council to choose one of my favourite pieces from the show.
Who wouldn’t have gone for Bracelet ‘Koi’ by David Bielander, 2012? I love it because it’s beautiful AND functional (Dave, if you want to lend it to me next year for my wedding …)
To see the other objects chosen by the likes of the Design Museum and Ceramic Review, head to the COLLECT Pinterest board.
PHEW! (I’m a little bit involved y’see, having curated a section of it)
Here’s the deets.
• Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December, 11am – 5pm, The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton
• It’s FREE
• From the press release: “Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the high street, a unique shopping experience awaits. The Crafty Fox Market will be returning to the Dogstar, Brixton, on 8th & 9th December where a hand-picked cast of 80 UK designer makers will transform the old Victorian pub into a wonderland of Christmas shopping. Crafty Fox takes place on all three floors of the Dogstar, so when you’ve filled your stockings take a moment to explore. You can ‘make and do’ with craft writer Perri Lewis or screen print your own bag with the charming Mr Wingate. Other workshops include origami, knitting and card making. Or you could just sit back and relax with one of The Tea’s Knee’s cakes and a cuppa in the tea rooms while enjoying tunes from the Crafty Fox DJs.”
Wanna start your own craft group? Or even just bottle up enough courage to try out your local maker meeting? No worries, in Material World the founders of the UK’s biggest and best craft groups are here to advise.
Who? Deborah Daniel
Why? She’s founder of the East London Craft Guerrilla, an organisation who hosts events, writes blogs, curates shops and galleries and does all kinds of craft awesomeness in my neck of the woods, Walthamstow.
Where can I see more? craftguerrilla.com
Who? Louise Williams
Why? She’s the Crafty Pint extraordinaire, behind the lovely dual London events, Crafty Pint South (in Tooting) and Crafty Pint North (more often than not, in Crouch End). The group behind the events are a mixture of makers who want to promote local artisans and creatives and keep people shopping local.
Where can I see more? handmadeintooting.wordpress.com
Who? Nico Dawson
Why? Not only is she head events honcho for the Manchester Craft Mafia, she’s also the lady behind the Manchester craft night Lo-Fi. As well as all that, she makes trinkets and buttons under the guise of Ophelia Button.
Who? Francine Schokker
Why? Birmingham’s premier craft space, Creative Open Workshops (better – and more amusingly – known as COW) is an artist-run project that runs craft fairs, nights, events and more – and Francine is one of their star tutors.
Where can I see more? creativeopenworkshops.com
You’d expect nothing less from Momtaz, author of the Craft Cafe blog, founder of the Hackney Make Escape and now author of 101+ Things To Do With Glitter.
It was her book launch last night, and there were many glitter-based things to be made (including a frame for this lovely snap if me and fellow Knit The City crew member, Deadly Knitshade). Here are the snaps…