19 October 2012

INSPIRED: LONDON book launch

I am so excited that the new book that I feature in, Inspired: London, A guide to handmade in London, and is soon be available to buy. I am going to the private launch next week and bringing my BFF, Philippa for moral support.

Inspired: London, A guide to handmade in London

The book Inspired: London has 150 handpicked designers (including little me!), such as an embroidery designer who helped create Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, to a designer who created bespoke and exclusive cushions for Harrods and Selfridges... Oooh! Can't wait to see their work and hopefully chat to the other designers!

The guide was created by Mary McDermott, who contacted me in the summer. She is the owner of We Make London, a series of regular craft events across the city, after she spotted a rise in the interest in handmade products in the UK.

Here is a quote from Mary about how the book came about:
“While the enthusiasm for handmade products has increased in the past few years, I also noticed that customers actually wanted to know more about the designers than you can with online shopping. They wanted to have a personal experience and to know that the products they buy have been lovingly made locally. So we decided to put together a book that would allow customers to actually meet up with the designer.”
The books will be generally available after 10th November. Here are the key dates and more information.

Spitalfields 10th and 11th November:
This is the big launch to the public. It will be sold at a launch price of £10.99 and won’t be available anywhere else until after this weekend. If you want to buy the book at this special price, head along to Spitalfields Market for a unique shopping experience.

12th November:
This is when it will be available online.

1st December Battersea Arts Centre and Spitalfields 22nd December:
The book will be sold at the normal price of £12.99 at these events, plus a few other events before Christmas.

Here are the handy links... 
... for the features and more about the designers, go to http://inspiredlondon.blogspot.co.uk/
... you can buy the book at http://wemakelondon.bigcartel.com/