DesignJunction Highlights

I’m back up north after a busy and exciting few days in London for the Design Festival. It’s time to share some of my favourite things from my time at Design Junction…

1. The Design Event Stand

This was of course the main reason for my visit… to help man the Design Event stand, which showcased new products by 10 designers from the north, including me!

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our stand for a chat and to browse the work on display. I think you’ll agree the stand look fantastic, all thanks to the hard work of Design Event and Xsite Architecture. There will be another chance to see more of our work at the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art from 26th September until 22nd October.

2. Demonstrations

Whilst exploring DesignJunction, it was great to see so many demonstrations taking place. Waterford were cutting their cut-glass and Bert & May were creating tiles, using the winning design from their ‘Design-a-tile’ competition with RIBA. A few stands away from us Philippe Malouin were demonstrating their random pattern generator. Visitors could roll dices of geometric shapes and colours to determine which part of the pattern should be printed next.

3. Pop-Up Shops

There were plenty of Pop Up shops on the ground floor of DesignJunction and it’s safe to say I’ve added a few things to my Christmas list since! Friends and family take notice, I would like…

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A mirrored cup and patterned saucer by Richard Brendon

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Geometric Earrings by Tom Pigeon

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4. Lighting, lighting, lighting!

I was in total awe of the innovative lighting to be seen this year. Some that stood out in particular were:

Starry Light by Anagraphic. This handcrafted lamp illuminates the walls with different starry constellations, and can be customised to a specific date or location. What a perfect birthday or anniversary present this could make!!

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Foldability’s stand wasn’t too far way and her handmade lighting using traditional folding techniques kept catching my eye!

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The extravagant brass and fine crystal lighting by Martin Huxford also blew me away.

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The Anglepoise & Paul Smith collaboration was another favourite of mine; I think it would sit very nicely on my desk!

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Handmade in Britain – A Follow Up

Last week saw me travel down to London to exhibit my wares at Handmade in Britain, and what a great show it was! I was overwhelmed with the quality of craft and design on show and the number of visitors that kept coming through the doors. It was lovely to meet you all and thanks for taking the time to come over and say hello. For those of you who didn’t get to visit, I’ve included a few photos of my stand below.

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I’d also like to share some of my favourite stands from the show…

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Simona Kaunaite – Ceramics

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Louise Hibbert – Wooden Functional Pieces & Sculptures

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Maya Magal – Handmade Jewellery

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Kerry Hastings – Ceramic Vessels

I’m sure you’ll agree there’s some stunning work!

Top Picks from Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

As you know I exhibited at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair last weekend. I’ve visited the event many times over the last few years and I was particularly impressed with the quality and variety of stands this year.  I’d love to share some of my top picks with you…

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Williams Handmade – traditionally crafted fashion accessories

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Bryony Penman – contemporary ceramics

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Louise Hall – porcelain lighting and interior accessories

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Caroline Rees – architectural glass & papercuts

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Ella Robinson – mixed media artist

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Tea Green – contemporary handbags & accessories

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Charlotte Nash – textile crafts

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Maneggi – embellished ribbon jewellery

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Macojay – knitted interior and fashion accessories

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Katharina Klug – contemporary porcelain ceramics

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Ness Donnelly – stitched art

You can read more about my own experiences at the fair here.

The Independent Interiors Show

On Saturday I exhibited at the first ever Independent Interiors Show, which took place at the quirky 2022 venue in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It was a pleasure to be involved with the show, which featured some of the best independent designer-makers from the north. Being fairly new to the scene it was great to meet so many local creatives and interior enthusiasts! To top the day off a number of fab up-cycling and ceramic workshops took place and sent ripples of applause around the venue throughout the day!

The folks at Tim Simpson Photography were on hand to record the day’s events and here are some terrific shots of my stand courtesy of them!

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The event was a huge success and so it’s no surprise to hear that organisers Rachael and Victoria are already planning the next one!

More mementos of the day below …

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All images by Tim Simpson Photography