Handmade in Britain is offering complimentary tickets to all Gift Focus readers. Now in its eighth year, the annual winter Handmade in Britain: The Contemporary Crafts and Design Fair event returns to Chelsea this November to showcase fine, contemporary work from 100 designer-makers. Handmade in Britain begins the Christmas season at the historic and beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall.
Showcasing makers who are renowned for their skill and exceptional quality of work, the show is a special opportunity to purchase and commission bespoke, hand-made pieces directly from the maker, just in time for Christmas.
The show is an inspiring alternative to the high street and a one-of-a-kind opportunity to browse exceptional crafts, buy original and hand-made gifts or commission a bespoke piece of work.
On the luxury fashion and accessories side, renowned textile artist Carole Waller will present wearable art in rich, hand-painted silk garments, while Nottingham's Yakshi Malhotra will showcase her collection of luxury knitwear and scarves. Taisir Gibreel's vibrant scarf collection is based on original hand-drawings and celebrates colour, culture and diversity. Jane Hopkinson will be showing sculptural shapes, clean lines and striking tones with her hand-made leather handbags. Architectural influences are present in jewellery designer Sarah Herriot's cutting edge, CAD designed pieces with silver, gold and rubber. Beth Gilmour will be exhibiting her award-winning ranges featuring bi-coloured stones, shaded gold and signature intricate leaf patterns.
Among the home and gift ideas, Scotland's Sian Patterson creates ceramics as functional still life and will showcase a collection of work both familiar and distinctive, while Jonathan Rogers' glasswork presents an exploration of texture, pattern and a layering of colour in pieces that are modern, understated and elegant. Daniel Latorre-Cruz will show hand-made paper lighting rendered from recycled paper and tree fibres, and Sarah Grove will exhibit her textile-inspired bowls, jugs and vases from her collection of buttoned, patchwork and quilted ceramics. Mark Hanvey from Northern Ireland will offer woodwork of a finely detailed and delicate nature in functional and conceptual forms. Goldborough offers home textiles with a modern aesthetic created with environmentally sustainable materials.
Handmade in Britain exists to support, promote and celebrate designer-makers who create their work in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It increases accessibility and visibility, creates market opportunities and maintains high standards in the craft sector while providing a comprehensive support programme towards a bright future for British craft and design. Its work provides a platform for design and craft talent through both its own events and collaborations with other organisations, alongside a mentoring programme and membership scheme.
Simply visit www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk and enter the following code when registering for your ticket: GIFTHMIB14.
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Posted: 22 March 2019