Category Archives: Masters of craft

Karen Nicol: words cannot describe how much I love her work

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The textile artist is showing at the Rebecca Hossack gallery from 7-30 November.

Here’s what the site has to say: “Karen Nicol‘s new exhibition is a Singerie, the French word for ‘monkey trick.’ Singerie is a genre that was first found in the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and made hugely popular in 18th Century French Rococo art, in which artists satirically depicted monkeys wearing fashionable dress.”

I’m heading to the private view tonight, and have interviewed her for Mollie Makes in the current issue

 

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Made In Chelsea meets designer-makers

Dreamy Star Hoops 18ct gold plated silver

Dreamy Star Ring 18ct Gold Plated Silver

Made In Chelsea star, Rosie Fortescue, and designer-jeweller Laura Graves, have teamed up to create this collection, which launches on 11 November.

 

 

 

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Three new books I’m excited about

 

 

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Why hello Kate Morris!

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Don’t you just love Kate Morris’ new knitwear designs?

This is what she says on her blog: “The source of inspiration for my first body of work comes from elements of art history looking at how gluttony and frivolousness are expressed through the placement of objects.”

Want.one.now.

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This is some finely crafted jewellery.

Wear-It-Out

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

QUICK, GO!

 

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RIP David Lister, the world’s leading expert on the history and culture of origami

Read his Guardian obituary and, like me, you’ll think “what a guy”.

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This afternoon I wish I was at the Craft Skills Awards.

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

 

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My COLLECT object of the day

 Bracelet 'Koi' by David Bielander

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.

 

 

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Martha Stewart, you cheeky mutha.

“Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse are being sued for hawking knock-off knives on the Home Shopping Network.” via Forbes.

 

 

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Wow. The Felt Mistress is so clever.

Had an email last week from Jonathan (the Felt Mistress’s illustrator partner in crime), about this recent job for Arla dairies in Sweden. The posters will  be displayed on milk dispensers (milkbars) in Swedish schools and lunch restaurants, and if you can read Swedish, you can read more here.

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