MADE LONDON 2018 is open!
We’re now well and truly into show season and last night we enjoyed a fantastic opening evening at MADE LONDON in Marylebone. Showcasing some of the very best and most original makers of high quality contemporary craft and design, MADE LONDON is a must for makers and craft-buyers alike. As always, this is a beautifully curated show and the quality of work is exceptionally high.
The show is set in One Marylebone, which is a beautiful converted Sir John Soane church in central London, directly opposite the Great Portland Street tube and right by Regents Park. There are two floors, linked by sweeping staircases, both offering a dramatic, light and luxurious backdrop to the makers’ displays. Yesterday evening the aisles were bustling with visitors, from friends and family, to press and curators, all celebrating making and, importantly, a good amount of shopping was being enjoyed!
At madebyhandonline we’re really happy to be sponsors of the show again. It’s a show we never miss! We presented a maker award last night (more about this below) and some of our makers are exhibiting, so we’ve had lots of good catch-up chats with them and really enjoyed seeing their amazing displays.
We also caught up with Jon Tutton, one of the show organisers who can always be found greeting visitors and inspiring people to support his makers! We asked him a few questions about what it’s like organising the show….
We’re always so impressed by the style of your shows… they’re consistently inspirational and of a very high quality, yet have a wonderfully relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Tell us a bit about the Tutton & Young team working behind the scenes? Our ethos comes from the fact we’re makers and have experienced good and bad exhibitions in the past. I’m the organiser, Sarah Young heads design and artistic direction, Sam leads marketing, Melina is taking our social media to new levels and Maria is my assistant.
We know you’re often oversubscribed. How do you select makers for your shows? Our selection is based on whether we feel the makers have a passion for what they do and not necessarily what might be popular. The joy of the work shines through.
When I visit shows, I’m particularly drawn to ceramics and jewellery and I like buying textiles as gifts. Are you drawn to a particular type of work yourself? I’m drawn to sculptural work, be that jewellery, wooden objects or any other discipline. That’s what we look for when we select jewellery – as a sculptural object, something interesting with impact.
Tell us a bit about what visitors can expect to find here over the weekend. I think this is our strongest year. There’s a really good balance of work and some great new work. I’m really pleased that we have makers like Hope Springs Chairs here with their fresh look at the Windsor chair – they’re a great example of people we like to support. We have people doing and making what they like and enjoying themselves, and that’s what we like to show and encourage in our fairs.
We’re all set to enjoy the next three days here and really recommend a visit if you’re in the area. There are over 100 talented makers and this is a great opportunity to meet some of our madebyhandonline makers in person, including Cathy Newell Price, Kate Bajic, Dionne Swift, Justine Allison, Libby Ward, Jennifer Collier, Lisa Slinn, Helen Noakes, Wolfram Lohr, Sam Walker Ceramics and Virginia Graham.
And a very happy moment… we gave our Best in Show award to the brilliant Ken Eardley! We’ve been huge fans of his work for such a long time and are so pleased that he’ll be part of madebyhandonline very soon…
Here are the show opening times:
Friday 19th October: 10.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 20th: 10.30am – 5.30pm, Sunday 21st: 10.30am – 5pm.