Thursday, 4 November 2010

Handmade in Britain @ Chelsea

I'll start off my first blog back with a quick recap of this years Handmade in Britain which saw an exciting amount of British talent on display, some great new designers too! Here is a small selection of my favs for those that missed it.

The one I get asked about the most are the pots by Namiko Murakoshi, she creates ceramics that put a smile on your face, these pot plants come in 'funny cute hairy babes' and 'ugly cute shisaa wards' see her full range at:

For those that thought paintings were just for walls check out Diane Goode and Carol Lakes work; both designer makers hand paint, yes you read that right, hand paint their cushion designs.  Carol creates seasonal botanical imagery on cushions, scarves , fashion and interiors. Below is  her beautiful hand painted 'autumn' cushion, for the full range see

Diane  creates almost print like hand painted and crafted cushions with imagery from famous London landmarks and scenery. All her cushions are made from silk and she uses pearlescent paints and glitter embellishments to create her imagery. I want one...but which one? Check out her collection at

For all you bag lovers Rosie Stallard’s pieces will have you wishing you had been at the show! Rosie creates bespoke leather accessories from bags to belts, each handmade from environmentally friendly Italian leather with fabric lining made from vintage scarves, which means no two will ever be the same.  But fear not, if you  missed her at Handmade visit to get your own handmade designer leather goods.

Talking of leather, you cant help but love Amma Gyan's Me range and her stunning handcrafted leather jewelery and accesories, my particular favorite is the autumn leaves molded leather necklace hand cut and dyed from vegetable tanned skins. The craftsmanship is amazing and this necklace would definitely be a showstopper! For more info email:

And not to forget the great furniture work of Richard Fairbrother and those coasters by Laura Felicity which were two of the most talked about pieces below:

*For some reason the pictures wont upload at the moment, I will try and fix this but in the mean time have a look at Richard's work on and Laura's at


  1. Some great talent there. I particularly love the pots, how much are they? It doesn't say on the website.

  2. those cushions do NOT look hand painted, how patient must they be. I really like the ones by Diane Goode, very modern yet there is still a retro vibe. Brilliant show all round x

  3. a shame the last pictures didnt go up. Thanks for this post moanskii a few of those pieces are ideal xmas gifts, il be getting the london cushions for sure and maybe some of those coasters, i had a look on the website and they look great.

    thanks again for the post.

  4. great to have you back. I missed this years show but will be at the bath one, is it in June again? Some truly brilliant work on show, cant believe that necklace is made of leather. the pots are the cutest and I love both of the cushion designs, i think I may be swayed to Carol Lake as we have just bought a large french antique sofa, may have to treat myself for christmas! xx

  5. Good to see work still being made in britain and being celebrated!