MADE MAKERS online is a celebration of creativity and artisan techniques. With the variety on offer, there’s something for every collector.
Here are a few makers who create cheerful and unique pieces – inspired by community, everyday mundanity and vintage materials with a twist.
I will launch a new group of my #onionsinisolation plates at MADE MAKERS, and hopefully cups as well. I work with clay using very simple techniques. I am currently making plates using a combination of wax resist, newspaper, slip. I limit myself to two or three glazes for the last firing.
I developed my onion plates during lockdown, which was featured in Sunday Times Home. The idea was that neighbours could pick up terracotta clay from my doorstep and take it home together with some tips on how to work with clay using kitchen utensils. There was a big response and the following week, the pots started to arrive back on my doorstep with thank you notes.
I am creating a range of one-off, limited edition Penguin Verse Jugs exclusively for MADE MAKERS. I create exquisite sculptures from vintage recycled materials in conjunction with stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers serve as both the inspiration and the media for the work, with the narrative suggesting the forms. Through this marriage of unlikely materials old papers are transformed into something truly unique, delicate and complex.
Most recently I have been collecting rarely used, heritage stitches and discovering how to translate the art of lost stitches onto paper, as these techniques are an important part of our creative heritage. I am giving new life to things that would otherwise go unused, unloved or thrown away. My current favourite piece is my new Paper Watering Can, created from stitched botanical illustrations.
I find inspiration in all the mundanity of life. Kitchen cupboards, supermarket aisles. My whole mission is to make the mundane marvellous. My favourite piece is still my original lobster, Larry. He was a true spark to making the leap into creating ornaments and is still the most show stopping piece.
I am an embroiderer, using hand and free hand machine techniques. Most pieces are made entirely through hand embroidery and hand stitching. My patches are made on my vintage Singer Sewing Machine, which is an Irish embroidery machine called Suzy. I think that lockdown has helped people to really appreciate what they want, be it through looking at art, or creating a space they love at home.
Keep an eye out for Rosamund Coady, Paper Jennifer, Kate Gwilliam, and 97 more brilliant makers during the show.
The MADE MAKERS galleries go live here, from 9am, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September.