Designers / Makers Market, Old Spitalfields
The lovely people at Designers / Makers recently invited a few bloggers down to their Saturday market at Old Spitalfields. The collective of makers takes over roughly 60 stalls every third Saturday of the month. It’s a great place to pick up handmade home accessories, jewellery and ceramics at extremely affordable prices (most items are under £25).
After a tasty brunch courtesy of Crepe Affaire, we dived into the market to check out the wide variety of handmade items on sale. Here I met three regular stall holders, working in different media.
From her studio in London, Anna Wiscombe designs and makes wooden products for the home and some jewellery, using sustainably sourced wood. Birds are a recurring theme, inspired by her childhood spent in the Dorset countryside. I couldn’t resist picking up one of her characterful painted oak wall birds.
She also has a new range of pale wooden kitchen utensils, decorated with a delicate pattern on each handle which reminds me of childhood binker embroidery.
Ceramicist Julie Spurgeon of Material Pleasures hand makes quirky, crinkly-edged bone china cups and saucers in pastel shades. Their wavy edges and pleated detailing is reminiscent of cupcake liners. She also makes cute bone china sugar mice and hanging ornaments, such as these birds.
Lizzie Searle is a textile designer working with applique and free machine embroidery to produce colourful and cheerful textile items. These pretty peg bags and beach huts tea towels caught my eye. ”I love to create products that brighten your day” says Lizzie.
Designers / Makers also has an online shop, so if you can’t make it to the market, you can still pick up a unique handmade piece.
Designers / Makers market is on every third Saturday of the month, 11-5pm.
Karen Sear Shimali is a partner in interior textile company Stitch by Stitch. A textile designer by training, Karen worked for many years in sales and marketing in the designer furniture industry, and is passionate about textiles, furniture, ceramics and all manner of hand-crafted products. She writes a regular blog Stitch by Stitch, focusing on sustainable design, and the fusion of global artisan skills and contemporary design. You can follow her on Twitter @Stitch_byStitch. Read more posts by Karen Sear Shimali.
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