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.

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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!

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

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

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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! : )

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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:

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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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Artists’ Open Houses

It’s nearly time for Artists’ Open Houses Brighton & Hove 2015! We love this festival! I remember going when I was younger and loving going into people’s houses to see all the amazing stuff they’d made! And you can buy it! : )

It runs for the first 4 weekends in May!

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Here’s a round up of our trip around last years festival! What’s great about the festival is it is really different each year!

Here’s the beautiful brochure and some flyers we picked up last year…

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These are our favourite bits, but you’ll have to find your own favourites this year….as some of these houses aren’t even open this year!

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The welcome that some of the houses give is amazing! Some even have home-made cake and tea with a donation box : )

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Above is the best cake we had on our way round! – served on Mr Wingate Hatch plates – and Mr Wingate himself even washed up his own Hatch plates for us : ) This was in one of our favourite houses last year: AT Open House taking place on Hendon Street. Some of our brilliant designer friends were taking part in this amazing selection : ) Here are some snaps of the lovely work there:

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Some Dead Methods prints on view above right..and so much more work that I didn’t get a chance to note down who it was all by! Head on over to www.atopenhouse.co.uk for a full list of artists : )

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Our favourite screen-printing duo Hello DODO above. We didn’t manage to take a photo of their display, but the lovely Designosaur also had their brilliant jewellery for sale : )

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Loved seeing stuff in the setting of a house – Alice Pattulo prints on the left, up and down the stairs : )

We went to about 14 houses in total I think – mapped out using the online catalogue and kind of planned to be on the way between our top picks!

We loved the hand printed furniture in one of the houses by Zoe Murphy below:

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Another of our favourite houses was 13 Whichelo Place – beautiful ceramics and other works by Gill Parry, Rebecca Parry, Jane Abbott, & Ann Symes:

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Loved this little child’s drawing and shell collection in the bathroom – where other ceramic pieces were also on display:

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Another house with a lovely selection of designers was Peggy Poppleton’s shop. Head on over to their facebook page for details of their work and the other designers who were there last year!

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A couple of other artists in other houses, whose work we really enjoyed were Katie Brinsley‘s ceramic jugs with bird handles!  And Sylvie Howitt‘s papercuts on vintage maps – we didn’t get to take any photos but did take their business cards/postcards…..do take a peek at their websites!

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Thank you Artists’ Open Houses Brighton & Hove 2015! See you again in May!

 

 

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Business Card of the Week #9

Today we’d like to introduce you to, if you’ve not already met, Hannah Bass Contemporary Tapesty!

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She make the most beautiful tapesty kits of city maps, and we love them!

We first came across her work when she had a stall at the Crafty Fox Uncovered market last December. And then we met her at a recent Designers/Makers market at Spitalfields and had the chance to photograph her lovely goods!

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We’re looking forward to seeing more of her stuff at the London Renegade Craft Fair this weekend too!

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All these lovely tapestry kits are available on her website – And if stitching is not your thing then you can also buy the designs ready stitched!

Have a look!: www.hannahbass.com

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Pop-Up Jewellery Workshops!

As we look ahead to the Spring/Summer we’re really excited about several **pop-up jewellery making workshops** that we’ll be running:

We will be doing drop-in all day sessions (no ticket needed) pop-up workshops alongside our regular market stall at the following craft fairs:

Renegade Craft Fair 11th & 12th April (Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London)

BUST Summer Craftacular 17th May (York Hall, Bethnal Green, London)

Manmade Craft Fair 12th & 13th of June (Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London)

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It all started back in December last year when we ran our first ever jewellery workshop at  the amazing BUST Christmas Craftacular Craft Fair:

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We ran the workshop right next to our stall and lots of lovely people came along to have a go – I think about 20 people had a go in the end – it was a busy afternoon!

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We took along some templates and examples of some simple things that people might like to make:

sparkly workshop samples72A lot of people were keen to make their own designs too – and we loved seeing them come to life!

Looking at all the photos of all the different hands sawing and cleaning up their necklaces and keyrings is brilliant!:

making medleyIt was great how quickly everyone got the hang of sawing out their shapes – some hadn’t done anything like it since school – and were enjoying the nostalgia – and all of the designs came out so well!

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Thanks to J Miller for the photo of her wearing her J necklace (above) with our little piece of cheese! Nice colour combo! : )

Some attempted some quite ambitious projects! The Roller Skate and the Bunny were probably the most complicated designs and required some concentration on the saw!:

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Thanks to Jenni for the amazing photo of her wearing her roller skate necklace!

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We enjoyed seeing the younger kids that were really keen to have a go, but were just a bit too young to use the saw – their parents (or we) did the cutting out bit for them, and then they did so well at cleaning up the design they had created!

creative busstop makingThanks to Sian of Creative Bus Stop for this photo above of her daughter cleaning up a little sparkly cloud that Sian had cut out for her!

Thanks so much to everyone who came along and made it such a fun day! We’re looking forward to seeing what people make at the next one!

creative busstop signAnother photo from Creative Bus Stop of our workshop sign!

 

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Bridgwater!

Back in August 2014 we were asked if we could make the skyline of the town centre of Bridgwater into a necklace, similar to our Countryside Sunset design, for a leaving gift.

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Here’s the view we were trying to replicate in Bridgwater.

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Our initial sketch – bit dodgy – but you get the idea!!

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The finished necklace! We were really pleased with it – it was a bit more intricate than we usually attempt, so we were happy that we could cut it out!

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Here they are together so you can compare and contrast properly! A really enjoyable commission, thanks Alice!

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Museum der Dinge

Brendan ran the Berlin marathon in 2010 and I, along with some of our friends and family (Team Fan!) went along for the trip!

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Aside from Brendan running an amazing sub 3 hours time with a time of 2:58:35 – !! – the BEST thing that we did was go to the Museum der Dinge! The Museum of Things, in Kreuzberg.

Here are a selection of images of the amazing things that make up the collection! I photographed all of the more kitsch/everyday objects, but they also had design classics in the collection. (all on my terrible old phone! Sorry about the quality!)

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From the Museum der Dinge website: “The Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge (Werkbund Archive – Museum of Things) chronicles the product culture of the 20th and 21st centuries, a culture marked by mass production and industrial manufacturing.  At the core of our institution is the archive of the Deutsche Werkbund (DWB).  Founded in 1907, this group of German artists, designers, and manufacturers was one of the leading organizations pushing for a cultural utopia achieved through design and way-of-life reforms at the beginning of the 20th century.”

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A dream collection of Salt & Pepper shakers!!

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It was really interesting to see everyday household stuff too…..like a chronicle of design rather than necessarily a celebration of great design!

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Dolls house furniture!!

From the Museum der Dinge website: “As a museum concept, the Werkbunkarchiv – Museum der Dinge is perceived as a museological laboratory, with the aim of creating new experiences with and making observable the history of objects in the 20th century as it emanates from contemporary product culture.”

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Loved all of the home-wares! Especially the Art Deco cocktail glass!

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Love the Shell ships and box in the top photo – makes me think of the Shell Grotto – I did a post about our visit there too – have a look here!

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From the Museum der Dinge website: “Over approximately 500 square meters of exhibition space in a former factory building in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood, the museum’s collection is presented as an “open depot” of objects.  The permanent exhibition focuses on a meaningful presentation of groups of things that exemplify the design philosophy of the Deutsche Werkbund and demonstrate the development of materials, forms, functions, and usages of objects from the 20th century to the present.”

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They have an amazing thing on their website too where you can view lots of the objects here…….and you can adopt an object for a year too if you like!

And even if you don’t read German, you can still ogle the goods : )

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Hedgehogs!

Here’s a commission we did back in March 2013….it was a matching hedgehog charm bracelet and necklace set and we fell in love with the little hedgehog and made him available to buy in our shop!

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The finished charm bracelet!

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The original (and quite embarrassing) sketches! In the end our customer went for no.7!

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The original set!

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The little hedgehog necklace is available in our shop in this lovely caramel colour too : )

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