Buying "made by hand"
I find buying directly from the designer or maker very satisfying and one of the joys of exhibiting at great contemporary craft fairs is doing just that. I like to know the story behind the special pieces I buy for my family and my home, don't you?
I thought I'd share a very few of my favourites from Made By Hand Wales in Cardiff at the end of October.
My vintage lamp-stand is now proudly wearing a gorgeous lampshade by textile designer Katie Wallis, The design is called Fitzjohn Pollen and features a tiny bee.
Katie's website also features some stunning pin cushions mirrors and more.Take a closer look at Katie's work at Katie Wallis Print.
I can never resist ceramics. I say I need them as props for my Jewellery photography but truly I just love them. This delicate porcelain jug by Louise Hall is a case in point, it's so tactile I keep picking it up and holding it. If you follow this link to Louise Hall Ceramics there's a short film about her process.
These pouches by Alice Coppock of WovenbyAlice have so many uses. Mine is a make-up bag at the moment but it's so lovely it would make a fine clutch bag.
Wales seems to be full of brilliant textiles artists. Another favourite is Sian O'Doherty whose warm woollies are machine knitted. I covet one of her cosy blankets, too.
and there's more..........................