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“By creating jewellery, I start to problem solve.” An interview with Rachel Butlin.

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Rachel Butlin seeks to challenge the concepts of contemporary interactive and wearable jewellery, producing a range of high end, mixed material pieces. We represent makers with so many different styles and backgrounds on our website, so it’s always fascinating to learn more about them. In this interview we catch up with Rachel to find out […]

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Hello from Canada! Corrinne Eira Evans’ research trip. Part 1.

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Jeweller Corrinne Eira Evans and her partner, furniture maker Andrew Oliver, have sent us this lovely diary of their first few days in Canada. Corrinne has been planning this trip for some time. She’s always been fascinated by the imagery and history of the artwork of Native American cultures, as reflected in her own jewellery […]

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Canada’s Calling! A guest post and special offer by jeweller Corrinne Eira Evans.

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In this guest post, our jeweller Corrinne Eira Evans tells us about her exciting research trip to Canada. Her jewellery is inspired by Native American cultures, and the influences of their woven artefacts and symbols found across different art forms can clearly be seen in her work. Next month Corrinne will be fulfilling a dream […]

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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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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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CraftFinder’s interview with Katie – our madebyhandonline director.

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From the archives… The CraftFinder team interviewed our Director Katie for their ‘Meet the Collector’ series and we thought we’d share the interview with you here as well… …Meet Katie Honnor, co-founder and director of the online selling site and contemporary craft community madebyhandonline. With Katie being such a strong advocate for contemporary craft we […]

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A trip to Kigbeare Studios

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From the archives… A couple of weeks ago we had a really enjoyable visit to Kigbeare Studios and Gallery – home to three of our Makers, ceramicist Bethan Jones, jeweller Corrinne Eira Evans and furniture maker Andrew Oliver. It was before the Spring sun came out – a grey and damp Devon day, but still beautiful with bright green bursts of new […]

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Commissioning Contemporary Craft

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A post from the archives by madebyhandonline director Katie… At madebyhandonline we encourage customers to engage with the making process and commission our makers to create pieces of work with extra meaning and personal relevance. It creates a real attachment with the finished piece and a heightened appreciation for the skill involved. It’s also such […]

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Benches for York. An interview with Christian O’Reilly

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From the archives… Furniture maker Christian O’Reilly is now back in his workshop in Cornwall following a trip to York to deliver an order that’s been his main focus for the past 6 months. York Art Gallery have been undergoing extensive redevelopment over the last 2 years and Christian was commissioned to design and make their main […]

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Jennifer Collier’s work featured in Milan Design Week!

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From the archives… A few weeks ago we were approached by a multi disciplinary design studio from Germany in charge of designing an exhibition stand for furniture makers Walter Knoll. This wasn’t a stand like those we’re used to at the Craft Festival, or any of the other big UK craft events – this was […]

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Maker’s Choice with paper artist Alix Swan

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From the archives… In the 3rd of our Maker’s Choice blog series we have a look at the personal contemporary craft collection of paper artist Alix Swan. Alix draws upon rhymes, tales and stories, creating books, collages and brooches that trigger memories and personal associations. We were intrigued to find out what she chooses to buy, […]

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