Craft and Photography


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Crafts Council’s COLLECT is currently showing at the Saatchi Gallery on The Kings Road, London, from 11th -14th May. It’s the 4th year that it has been held at the Saatchi and this exhibition is a mecca for anyone interested in collecting … Continue reading

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Love, Lace and Architecture

This morning I’m  wishing I could just pop over to the other side of the world  – just for a browse around the Powerhouse Museum to see the Love Lace exhibition.

The Lace Study Centre  at the museum looks interesting – I love the short video of a  ‘political protest by a genteel lady’ of a beheading.

“LOVE LACE – Make Lace Not War” looks like it’s a fab exhibition –  showcasing over 130 laceworks from 134 artists from 20 different countries.

There are loads of photos and info on the website though, including videos and resources for teachers  – so if you can’t get to Sydney – make Sydney come to you!

For those of you who went to see the  Lost in Lace exhibition in Birmingham and still feel like you need a lace fix to get you through the day… take  a peek …

UK registered exhibitors in the Australian exhibition include:

Shane Waltener, Karen Nicol, Jo Scholar, Bozena Hanna Kaluga, Laura Anne Marsden, Helen Snell, Vivienne Martin, and a collaboration between Australian and British architects Mesne and Supermanoeuvre and Maria Biehn who hails from the US but now lives in UK  and also Wendy Ramshaw

If like me you love the red Wendy Ramshaw collars of petrified lace, shown on the exhibition site… you can see more of Wendy Ramshaw’s work in UK this year –  pop along to Somerset House ( March 28th – June 24th) for the Room of Dreams exhibition – or other touring venues later in the year  – Ruthin Craft Centre Wales, Harley Gallery Nottinghamshire, Dovecot Studios Edinburgh and mima in Middlesborough.

Handmade Christmas

Handmade Christmas pop up shop

ceramic brooches

gorgeous lampshades

lovely crocks!

Bobby the Owl brooch

handbound books and bunting

neon necklaces and bangles

The tail end of last week was spent in Brighton and London having a lovely time, but no time to blog! Whilst I was there I went to the lovely pop-up shop on Exmouth Market ( Farringdon- EC1) If you ‘ve not yet been to the shop…. you’re too late!

As is the nature of pop-up shops – they pop-up and then they go. You’ve got to catch them while you can.

I had a chat to Sarah, one of the shop organisers. She explained that they were hoping to have the shop for  a little longer but the landlord managed to get a permanent tenant  – so that’s great for the landlord , but not so hot for all you handmade junkies!

Never fear. The organisers of the the pop-up actually run stalls at Old Spitalfields Market (E1 6EW) 11AM – 5PM on the 3rd Saturday of each month, so I’m guessing that a lot of the fab makers that were showing their wares can probably be found down at Spitalfields all year round.

Check out  the designersmakers website for more information about what they get up to and how to join them.

There were lots of makers involved and I wish I had a bit more time to browse. My favourite bits in the shop were the pure wool blankets and scarves by Woodchild, the cute Bobby the owl brooch, the hand-bound books and the gorgeous lampshades. Another good thing about the particular site of this pop-up  was that Exmouth Market seemed quite a cool area. It looked like it was worth a browse around there anyway and we spotted that the Betsey Trotwood pub was just down the road ( an interesting pub where His Royal Papercut Majesty , Mr Rob Ryan, has been known to spin some toons!)

Power of Making


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The V&A and Crafts Council are celebrating the role of ‘making’ in our lives today, by showcasing a selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects using a wide range of materials and skills. Some objects have been made for medical … Continue reading

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A Thoroughly Postmodern Milly

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The wonderful Exhibition of  Postmodernism is currently showing at Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  The exhibition is running until 15th January.

The Postmoderism show takes you on a controversial trip through twenty years of film, art , architecture, design, photography and fashion from 1970-1990.

Feast in the crazy delights of twenty years of  inspiring style and downright exhibitionism. From Leigh Bowery, Boy George, Grace Jones, ID magazine’s iconic photographer of the 80’s and 90’s Nick Knight, work by Andy Warhol, Richard Longo and the like.

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The V&A website describes the exhibition as :

Of all movements in art and design history, postmodernism is perhaps the most controversial. This era defies definition, but it is a perfect subject for an exhibition. Postmodernism was an unstable mix of the theatrical and theoretical. It was visually thrilling, a multifaceted style that ranged from the colourful to the ruinous, the ludicrous to the luxurious.

What they all had in common was a drastic departure from modernism’s utopian visions, which had been based on clarity and simplicity. The modernists wanted to open a window onto a new world. Postmodernism, by contrast, was more like a broken mirror, a reflecting surface made of many fragments. Its key principles were complexity and contradiction. It was meant to resist authority, yet over the course of two decades, from about 1970 to 1990, it became enmeshed in the very circuits of money and influence that it had initially sought to dismantle.

Postmodernism shattered established ideas about style. It brought a radical freedom to art and design, through gestures that were often funny, sometimes confrontational and occasionally absurd. Most of all, postmodernism brought a new self-awareness about style itself.

Exhibition – Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 – Victoria and Albert Museum.


Don’t forget to hunt out the gorgeous “Woodchild” stand at Made 11 in beautiful Brighton next weekend .

  • Thursday 17th November 6.00pm – 8.30pm (ticket only)
  • Friday 18th November  11am – 7.30pm
  • Saturday 19th November  10am – 6.00pm
  • Sunday 20th November  10am – 5.00pm

Made 11 is a craft fair with loads to see, full of top class makers. Woodchild make cosy blankets of the highest quality for you or your little one to snuggle into – perfect for winter days out, or falling asleep with a story by the woodburner.

Hopefully, once the dust has settled for Woodchild  – post the Christmas mayhem many makers find themselves embroiled in – I want to bring you an interview with Heather Sproat, the designer behind Woodchild. Check out the Dappled Sky interviews in a few months time.

Check out who else is on show from a full list of this year’s exhibitors at Made 11 

Venue and ticket info: It takes place in the Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UG – just around the corner from the Royal Pavilion. Tickets are available on the door at £6 per person (children under 14 free) or in advance from the Dome Box Office at £5 per person. For your entry fee you will also get a  catalogue, listing all exhibitors and a beautiful cotton goody bag – subject to demand, so get there early!

Cold Mash

Clare and Andy have been super busy  in their printing shed down in London village . They’ve been printing up a load of special gear for Coldplay’s latest tour promoting the MyloXyloto album.

It’s not Little Mashers usual gig  – but what a great opportunity. Well flippin’ done guys  :)

Check out their usual line of work and what else they’ve been up to lately – see their website and blog.