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The Contemporary Craft Festival: A festival of fun, quality and inspiration!

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From the archives… We can’t believe that 2 weeks ago today we, along with 200 makers from all around the UK, were packing boxes, checking lists and heading to the beautiful riverside park of Bovey Tracey to set up for the Contemporary Craft Festival. There’s no event quite like it – for makers and visitors. Renowned […]

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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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The GNCCF and Unit Twelve: A guest blog by Hens Teeth

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Another popular post from the archives from Autumn 2014… We thoroughly enjoyed catching up with lots of people at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair last week, including lovely Viv of Hens Teeth. We’re really grateful to Viv for writing this guest post for us. She shares some of her pictures and thoughts about her visit to the […]

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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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Wabi sabi, seeds and gold: A guest blog by jeweller Belinda Norrington

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From the archives… Jeweller Belinda Norrington draws inspiration from her natural surroundings – the hedgerows, seashore and riverbank, as well as the stunning wathes of forms and colour from her own garden she tends for her cut flower business. Lots of artists and makers are inspired by the natural world, but it can be hard to articulate how […]

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Making Ground: a collaborative project from Annemarie O’Sullivan and Elaine Bolt

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“We believe that making is a fundamental human need. We want to take our making back to the source – the earth.” Making Ground is a collaborative project between one of our makers, basket maker Annemarie O’Sullivan, and ceramicist Elaine Bolt. We’ve been fans of their work for some time and were very excited to hear […]

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