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The power of objects: An interview with Ruth Singer

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Ruth Singer describes herself as an “explorer and investigator of objects, stories, places, materials and memories…fascinated by material culture, history and the power of objects in human lives and the importance of making and remembering.” Fragments are found, stitched into and embellished, creating new Precious Objects. In this interview, Ruth tells us about the influences behind her […]

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Simply Cheshire: A conversation with Dionne Swift & Tone von Krogh

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Simply Cheshire will be returning to Arley Hall and Gardens near Northwich for a second year, showcasing a selection of Cheshire’s talented, independent designers, makers and producers. We’ve often heard makers say that it can be hard exhibiting in a show’s first year, but the first Simply Cheshire was clearly a success because madebyhandonline makers Tone von […]

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A conversation with Sue Gregor: A new design, from leaf to contemporary jewellery.

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Sue Gregor’s vibrant collection of contemporary jewellery is instantly identifiable. She’s been making acrylic jewellery with wild flower designs since 2005 from her workshop in Bristol. Her distinctive style, exciting colour combinations and incredible attention to detail show a pure celebration of the natural world that inspires her work. Sue uses glass quality acrylic and […]

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Treasure hunting and treasure making with Claire Read of Little Burrow Designs!

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We recently attended the opening of the ‘Get Fresh’ exhibition at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and it was really fantastic. It showcases work by 15 new or emerging designer-makers from the south west of England, resulting in an exciting and strong mix of diverse approaches to materials and design. This is a great opportunity to […]

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Team Craft! An interview with Sarah James of Made By Hand Wales…

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Made By Hand Wales The Contemporary Craft Fair returns to Cardiff at the end of this month for its 3rd year. It will  showcase a selected group of 135 makers and artists, set in the beautiful surroundings of Cardiff’s City Hall. At madebyhandonline we are very proud to sponsor the event again and will be helping out during […]

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Craft and tech chime together in ‘BellHouse’

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Last night we went to the launch of a beautiful and exciting project called BellHouse – the first artistic collaboration between Kaleider, EUPORIAS and the Met Office. Kaleider is an organisation based in Exeter, Devon, which brings people together to design, promote and produce extraordinary live experiences. EUPORIAS is a four-year collaborative project exploring climate data, involving 24 partners from […]

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Craft says something…an interview with The GNCCF

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On Thursday evening the doors of the Old Granada Studios in Manchester will open for the preview of 2016’s The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. This exciting show is organised by Great Northern Events NW Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation set up in 2007 by Ann-Marie Franey and Angela Mann. Their aim is to champion high quality and cutting edge contemporary […]

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Welcome to our blog!

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Hello and welcome to our blog on our brand new website. Here we’ll share news and information about our makers and the craft events we attend – going behind the scenes so that you can find out more about our community. We’ll have lots of guest posts written by partner organisations and the makers we […]

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Maker’s Choice with jeweller Lynsey Walters

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From the archives… Here’s another of our favourite blog posts – a very privileged look at the personal collection of one of our makers. Edinburgh based jeweller Lynsey Walters works with beautiful merino wool felt, creating bold designs that are light and easy to wear and sing with colour! She describes her work as “an imaginary garden […]

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Why do you buy handmade?

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From the archives… We recently ran a competition with UKHandmade to show our support for their Buy Handmade Campaign. Although the winners were picked at random, we asked people to name 2 of their favourite pieces from our site and also to tell us why buying handmade is important – gathering opinion is so valuable […]

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