MADE is one of the biggest and most respected designer/maker exhibitions in the country, so it is the ideal place to keep up to date with established and emerging talent; and also to buy great handmade gifts, when the high street is both dull in offerings and in shopping experience. Especially in the calm before the Christmas retail storm, you most certainly can feel the busyness when venturing further towards Oxford Circus, but in Marylebone, when my sis and I took a trip down there the other week, is was busy but rather pleasant.
If you like handmade jewellery, wearable textiles, leather goods, ceramics or ornamental glass, then you are almost certainly going to find a maker or two who tickles your fancy here.
I myself am always partial to a bit of textiles and tableware. The crockery collector in me is always on the look out; and I am always drawn to textiles to see what is ‘trending’ at the moment. I love to see a fresh approach in textiles as it is quite hard to set yourself apart in this massive field. There was a lot of fair isle flavour machine knitwear which was all lovely but some were less memorable that others in the sea of patterns. Janie Knitted Textiles won me over with her new lighting range, which has a retro-modern feel; and I loved Hattie Kerrs’ berets (below right) which I would have loved to have seen more of.
My good friend and very talented weaver chap Nick Ozanne of Leto & Ariadne fame was exhibiting there, so it was such a treat to see his stand (and him!). He always displays his work with a faded elegance using antique furniture and fresh flowers. I walked away with a big grin and a gorgeous set of lavender bundles! I love the masculine colour ways on such a feminine object!
My sis and I ended up in the depths of the converted church venue with a large slice of red velvet cake and two forks. All this looking at lovely things really does build up an appetite!
If you are able to get in to the next MADE exhibition I recommend it, the tickets are very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the exhibitors and the enjoyable shopping experience.
The next one is 21st – 23rd November in Brighton, head to the website for all the details. Enjoy! (Insert HUGE cake pic with my moustache purses!)