15 December 2011

East London Design Show 2011

In the beginning of December, I took my mum along to the East London Design Show to support my friend Tina's jewellery stall.

It was held in Shoreditch Town Hall and offered a refreshing alternative Christmas shopping experience to the humdrum conformity of the high street. There were over one hundred of independent product, interior and jewellery designers all under one roof.

It was my first time attending and I was impressed with the quality and range of products available. It was like the best bits of Etsy or NotOnTheHighstreet.com on show but you were able to pick up the items and take a good look in person.

Here is are some links to my favourite sellers from the show whose business cards or leaflets I picked up:

1. Larios Jewellery & Design
This is my friend Tina's company and the reason for me to come to the show in the first place. This was her third time exhibiting there and was downstairs this year. She wrote a blog post about her experience which you can read here.

2. Rachel Black Milliner
This was one of the first stalls that caught my eye and I had a lovely conversation with the owner and maker. She suggested that I sell my Lovely Designs cards on Folksy and Culture Label. So far I have got myself my own shop on Folksy and sold my first Christmas card! It pays off to follow advice from more experienced people. Also I love her hats and fascinators and if I had reason to wear them, I would buy most of them!

3. Formation
Graphic prints and designs by Swedish artist Maria Holmer Dahlgren. Her 'London' and 'Alpha Britannia' were designed as a response to tacky souvenirs and cheap, throwaway design. I bought an Alpha Britannia tea towel in olive and turquoise which will look great framed and hung in the kitchen. It's far to cool to use and dirty up!

4. Tanja Ufer
My mum bought a gorgeous handmade ring and earrings from this designer. She spent ages at this stall and tried every ring on at least twice. The designs are so unusual and one of a kind.

5. Janie Lawson
After much umming and ahhing, my mum also bought one of these fascinator kits in cream and black. She had been toying with going on a fascinator course since she bought one from a sample sale by Attelier Millinery based near Carnaby Street. Now she can have a little taster before signing up to a course.

6. Kate Clarke
Unique range of hand screen-printed home ware products. Her fresh, bold and colourful designs have a contemporary feel with a retro twist.

7. Linnie Mclarty
She is one of the first licensees worldwide of certified Fairtrade, Fairmined 'Ecological' gold. Linnie also works in 100% recycled silver and uses ethically and responsibly sourced gemstones.

8. Muru
Both me and mum bought some cute little items from the reduced box. Muru is a UK based designer jewellery label that specialises in silver jewellery. Each sterling silver design is a limited edition masterpiece and comes beautifully presented in our luxury jewellery packaging.

9. Farah Qureshi
I had a really nice chat with the designer on this stand. I loved her contemporary ranges of jewellery in precious metals. She currently works from Craft Central in Clerkenwell.

10. Yume Jewellery
Mum and I were eyeing up the multi-banded Buttercup rings. They looked so nice on but I didn't have the spare cash to spend on myself at the time. Yume Martin grew up in Japan and now works from her small courtyard studio on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon. Her designs are largely inspired by nature; flowers, butterflies and dragonflies.

11. Noodoll
Noodoll is the creation of designer and author YiYing Wang. With a constantly expanding product range, from creative toys to practical stationery sets, Noodoll's playful designs are reaching a wider audience than ever before.

12. Snowden Flood
An interior accessories designer whose work celebrates urban and rural landscapes through an ongoing exploration of the theme of souvenirs and keepsakes.

13. Reiko Kaneko
She was born in Britain but spent her childhood in Japan, influencing her products. Her love of ceramics has led Reiko to specialise in ceramic design and supplies bone china designs based around her typically British fine bone china tableware and home accessories with a Japanese twist. 

14. Harriet Sanders
Handmade leather handbags made from ethically produced leathers. Each bag is individually handmade in England, offering true British fashion with a unique touch.

15. Malcolm Morris
Has been making jewellery for 37 years with a client list that reads like a who's who, including The Duchess of Gloucester, Joan Collins and Dawn French. He has also made jewellery for films like 'Shakespeare in love' and the 'Wedding Date' and has work in several National Museum Collections.

16. Peculiar Vintage
Her collections are eclectic, quirky and beautiful using charm motifs, high quality beads and gemstones, mixed metal, and personalised future-heirlooms handmade in silver and gold vermeil.

17. Space 1a
A husband and wife team producing functional yet quirky designs for the home, includes tea towels, cushions, tablemats, oven gloves and aprons all made with 100% Organic Cotton. 

18. Toothpic Nations
Theme-based online shop and platform that promotes and sells contemporary Asian design products. Our products are sourced from independent designers and design companies based in Asia as well as expatriate Asian designers based abroad. 

19. from caterpillar to butterfly
After battling and defeating cancer twice in the last seven years, Rebecca Watson came to notice that there were no specific cards available for friends and family wishing to offer support, inspiration, or maybe even just a smile to those fighting this horrible disease. Rebecca's cards spread awareness about cancer, maybe crack a smile, and above all else, help those who are fighting every day.

20. World Of Moose
Moose Allain is an artist, illustrator and Tweeter. He works mainly in pen and ink and sells his work as original drawings and as prints.

21. Katy and June
Started in the autumn of 2007, Katy and June Company Limited was founded to source the finest stationery and gift products from Korea and deliver them to the whole world!

22. Taylor Black
Handmade jewellery in London by British designer maker Philippa Black. Her jewellery is characterised by an English sensibility and its contemporary take on classic items such as solid perfume lockets.

23. Vic Lee - Prints of London
Each Londonerea is drawn & printed by hand by the artist VicLee on fine art paper made from 100% cotton. 

24. A Little Bit Of Art
Specialises in selling affordable printed artworks. Sourcing a diverse selection of artists, illustrators and printmakers who are using different mediums and techniques to create exciting imagery. 

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful blog! Thanks for including me! I must say most of the above designers are my favorites too! Glad you enjoyed the show!