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We popped out to have a look at some of the London Design Festival 2015 things today – so much inspiration – and really lovely to see some of our friends showing at Tent London in Old Truman Brewery too!

Upstairs we found these lovely little screenprinted Huguenot houses by Sam Wingate.

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We fell in love with Sam’s houses! And the concept behind them…..Based on the buildings around Spitalfields they were originally part of an exhibition called “Pocket Worship”. As Sam explains:

“The illustrations are of buildings built by the Huguenot refugees, and used as places of worship. The buildings have been altered over time, being adapted by new settlers to Spitalfields. The pieces are small enough to fit into a pocket, and consider what refugees can take when fleeing persecution – religion and culture.”

Great to see his new series of sceenprints too – excited to see more of his new work now as he starts an illustration MA at the Royal College of Art.

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Great to see the always brilliant work of James Brown Prints next to Sam Wingate. We love his recent series of screenprints depicting all kinds of values and calculations – such as the Fibonacci Series and the Golden Section, The Tides, Human Skeleton and many more – and all with tons of information! And they look stunning too!

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We love glimpsing the work of Jonna Saarinen – always a beacon of bright bright colour!

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Downstairs at Tent there was a whole section dedicated to craft from Ireland – all so beautifully laid out – we loved this loom being demonstrated – and another beautiful finished rug below.

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It was great to pop in and catch the EtsyUk pop up exhibition also at Old Truman Brewery, called Four Corners of Craft.

We loved these bottles made from blown and found glass – all beautifully etched as well – stunning! They’re by Juli Bolanos-Durman.

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So much more to see than we could ever get into this post – also great to see The Pattern Guild at Tent with their lovely selection of goodies and Alfred & Wilde too!

Go and have a look! And then come up to the Crafty Fox Market at Kachette – and say hello to us – we’re there all weekend with our stall and jewellery workshop!

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There’s tons of free events arount the whole area as well – soooooooo much to see!! Check out the London Design Festival website!

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London Design Festival 2015

We’re really excited about being involved in **two lovely things** for London Design Festival!

We’re going to have our market stall and our drop-in workshop at the Crafty Fox Market event at Kachette near Old Street. There are loads of other lovely designers taking part all weekend and we can’t wait to hang out with them all day and see all the new stuff they’ve been making! Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September.

Click the poster below for a link to all the designers taking part:

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Come and have a go at making your own acrylic necklace or keychain in our drop-in workshop….there’s no need to book just grab a seat and have a go!

Here’s some of the previous workshop sessions from our Instagram page: #iamacrylicworkshop

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And **excitingly** Viktorija from And Smile will be painting 5 minute watercolour portraits for you on the day! We can’t wait to see her in action : )

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Also, to celebrate London Design Festival, we are offering **15% off everything in our online shop** for the week! Yay!

And we’ve teamed up with 6 other lovely accessories designer/makers who are also offering 15% off in their shops! (offer may only be on selected items in their shops – double check their social media for details!)

Use code WEARME at the checkout!

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The designers are: (starting top left and going clockwise round the image)

Benu Made

And Smile

Iris De La Torre

Anna Wiscombe

Us!

Scout Editions

Custom Made

Check out their lovely lovely stuff and Happy discounted Shopping!

Offer ends at the end of Sunday 27th September : )

And make sure you check out all the other brilliant events that are on for London Design Festival! #LDF15

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The Wool Kitchen

We were so thrilled to receive a commission request from the lovely Helen from The Wool Kitchen to make her a The Wool Kitchen (TWK) necklace, based on one of her balls of hand dyed wool!

Here’s the finished thing, modelled by Helen this morning! : )

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Here’s a close up:

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Helen sent us a photo of one of her bestselling yarns, to base our design on:

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And below is the preliminary paper mock-up we sent her with a little action shot of the tricky holes being cut with a hand saw (easier than on the mechanical fretsaw!).

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We love seeing photos on Helen’s Instagram account (thewoolkitchen) of her in her kitchen hand dying and making the balls from the skeins of freshly dyed wool…..we especially love it when she models one of our necklaces as she works! ; )

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And we were so excited to go and “touch the wool” in the flesh! when she had an open studio event as part of the E17 Art Trail a few months ago…here are some photos we took on a lovely sunny Saturday, of her wares for sale in her lovely garden:

wool kitchen open day*****You can also touch the wool and buy it!***** The Wool Kitchen has a stall as part of the Yarn in the City’s pop-up market place NEXT SATURDAY! 5th Sept. at Chelsea Old Town Hall.

If you are knitting mad this is the place to be next Saturday! You can buy tickets in advance for the fair for £8 – or it’s £10 on the door.

We’re pleased to see that The Wool Kitchen is in good company as two of our other favourite knitters are also selling there: Max’s World & Yellow Bear Wares : )

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Full details can be found here: Yarn in the City

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Image credits: The Wool Kitchen for her modelling shot and the two working studio shots and Yarn in the City for their vendor lists and advert photo.

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We Built This City & Battersea Power Station!

We Built This City by Camille Walala

The amazing We Built This City shop front by Camille Walala

We Built This City is a fab pop-up in Carnaby Street, specialising in London themed products from some amazing designers.

We Built This City, Carnaby Street

Downsatirs at We Built This City

You can also find our Battersea Power Station necklace and brooch stocked there too!

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Our Battersea Power Station brooch and necklace

Battersea Power Station seems to be a recurring theme in a lot of the products at We Built This City – not surprising as it’s such an iconic London building!

So we thought we’d do a little collection of some of the Battersea Power Station pieces you can find at We Built This City!

A Selection of Battersea Power Stations

Top Left: Battersea Rise print by SOLD

Top Right: London Skyline teapot by Cecily Vessey

Bottom Left: Battersea Power Station print by Cha Com Letras

Bottom Right: Battersea Power Station print by Will Clarke

 

We Built This City also has lots of non-Battersea themed stuff too!

Amazing things by amazing designers including Alice Tams, Hello DODO, Scout Editions, Garudio Studiage, Finest Imaginary, Lucie Sheridan, and Alfred & Wilde.

Swing down to Carnaby Street and take a look!

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Jewellery Workshops!

We have been enjoying running our ‘design it yourself’ hands-on jewellery making workshops so much!

Such a lovely lot of things have been made by such a lovely lot of people in the 6 months since we started doing these back in December 2014!

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These photos above are from our Instagram account – from our #iamacrylicworkshop hashtag – We love seeing people’s creations once they’ve got them home – and we try to get snaps of them being made as well!

We’re REALLY looking forward to our next one that is NEXT WEEK! with LOIS in Peckham on Monday evening – the 6th of July – Book **here** if you fancy a go!

We took some during and after shots at the most recent workshop we did with Knit With Attitude in Stoke Newington – such a lovely afternoon – thank you so much to the makers! (We didn’t get a photo of the unicorn – a tragedy! – if anyone took one, please email it to us!!)

We love this boat on a choppy sea! My photo hasn’t done the purple boat/neon orange sun colour offset proper justice – was a really beautiful combo!

boat necklace before and after

We think that Mister Fox looks so elegant against the stripey top!

fox before and after

Such a detailed Seahorse….some serious cutting out skills!

seahorsde before and after

These beautiful swallows, delivering a love-letter, caused the whole group to do a big audible gasp of delight and admiration when they were finished! Great planning and pretty accurate cutting skills! : )

swallow necklace before and after

So…..what would you make if the ‘acrylic jewellery world’ was your oyster?!

There are still a few spaces left on the next workshop with LOIS in Peckham – and so far we don’t have any booked in for the near future – so if you’re itching to have a go with the saw – we hope you can make it on the 6th of July!

 

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Collaborations!

Tonight we are guests on Folksy’s live twitter chat at 8pm called #folksyhour ….We can’t wait! We are chatting with Folksy alongside Leona from Lucky Dip Club and talking all about collaborating!

We have been lucky to have collaborated (along with 15 other Folksy designers) with Leona on an amazing Folksy x Lucky Dip Club box that launches on June 5th at 7am (these lucky dip boxes sell out fast – so set your alarms!)

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READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE:

What better way to celebrate all of this, than a quick blog about our crafty friends who have collaborated together – and some of the collaborations we’ve been a part of recently too!

First up – let’s have a quick peek at a lovely collaboration Lucky Dip Club did with Hollie Harris for her March “Birds of Paradise” box – Even though the box has long since sold out – they’re for sale still on Lucky Dip Club shop…Yay!….So cute!

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And here’s a photo Hollie took of them – alongside the cute zine that Leona includes in the box that’s about (among other things) the artists who she’s collaborated with – such a lovely extra thing to do!

We have been LOVING a recent collaboration between Toby I Like Cats and Little Birdy – such cute hand made cats by Little Birdy that have been decorated by Toby! This gorgeous photo is from Toby’s Instagram feed – something that always brightens up our day!

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Little Birdy is also one of the collaborators for the Folksy x Lucky Dip Club box!

Designosaur and Hello DODO have made one of the most brilliant collaborative pieces in the history of collaborative pieces! So much so that they’re shortlisted for a Mollie Makes magazine award for collaborations!

Meet George, the cameleon, that goes with anything!

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Have a look at this brilliant blog post from Designosaur that shows George being worn by loads of different customers on all sorts of different outfits!

Designosaur have just collaborated with Lucky Dip Club on the forthcoming “Dinosaur Disco” June box! And Hello DODO are one of the 15 designers for the Folksy x Lucky Dip Club box!

One of our favourite shops, Unlimited in Brighton, recently embarked on an amazing and quite simply mammoth collaboration!

The project is called ‘FOUR PLAY’ – a collaboration between their own design studio and a curated collective of 40 fantastic illustrators, artists and designers.

All 40 participants were given a FOUR letter word to illustrate in their own distinctive visual style using a fixed palette of FOUR spot colours. Unlimited design studio then incorporated their word into each artwork, creating a unique typographic response for each and an exciting collaborative final piece.

Here are some of the amazing results that are available as limited edition prints or packs of mini prints through their website or in the shop:

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SHOW by Virginie Morgand & Unlimited Studio. TELL by Kristian Jones & Unlimited Studio.

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LOVE by Tom Pigeon & Unlimited Studio. LIFE by Lucie Sheridan & Unlimited Studio.

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PLAY by Rhona Garvin & Unlimited Studio. AWAY by Lou Taylor & Unlimited Studio.

We have been lucky to have been involved in some great collaborative projects recently too!

It was a joy to design some awesome merchandise recently for the amazing musician Piney Gir to celebrate her new album “Mr Hyde’s Wild Ride”! Check out this amazing video!

Here are two of the designs we did – that she is currently selling at her gigs – one to go with her beautiful song “Purple Heart” and the other to represent one of her lyrics “and sometimes it rains in my heart”.

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Go and see her play!

And we can’t do a post about collaborating without mentioning the most wonderful collaborator of the moment: LOIS.

Helen Ward is the brains behind LOIS – once a bricks and mortar shop – now an awesome online shop and collaborating powerhouse!

She has teamed up with some lovely London designers and created some amazing exclusive designs – sometimes pairing designers and manufacturers together to create these exclusives – Check out the website for videos of the stuff actually being hand made – and to buy some of the beautiful products!

Here are just some of the exclusives, including our Lighthouse brooch, necklace and print!

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The print was printed by Peckham Print Studio – and Helen (LOIS) amazingly liased between the two of us to produce the most lovely print of our design!

We’ve loved her other collaborations – too many to include them all here – but here are a few faves:

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Jonna Saarinen hand-printed scarves exclusive to LOIS.

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Laurie Ellen copper and silver bracelet exclusive to LOIS.

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Pen & Gravy’s design for a coaster laser printed by Dot Laser – exclusive to LOIS.

WOW! What a lot of great collaborations! If you want to join the converstion tonight on Twitter – be sure to use the hashtag #folksyhour to ask questions and get involoved!

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Flower Brooch!

We were asked recently to make a flower brooch to be worn at a wedding in Greece, and we were really excited by the colour choices and inspiration……..

And here is the finished brooch – I am in love!:

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We were given these images for inspiration and asked to use green, yellows and pinks:

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We’ve also fallen a bit in love with Gertrude Made – beautiful hand-made dresses made by Cathi in Western Australia.

Here is the finished dress that the brooch will go with courtesy of @gertrudemade on Instagram:

gertrude made dress

It is stunning!

Here are the paper mock-ups that we sent as possible options for the brooch before we made it – with a hand and a Mountain Sunset brooch for scale!

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What a lovely fresh spring-like commission – thanks so much Laura! Have an amazing time at the wedding! : )

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