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Manmade designs: 7 marvellous items crafted by guys

May 25, 2015

by Sarah Hewett handmade and vintage goods

Manmade is coming soon! Brought to you by Etsy, Crafty Fox Market and Mr Wingate on 12-13 June, it’s a new event to celebrate ‘men who make’. Join us for a marketplace, art exhibition, inspirational talks, live art, making workshops, bar, food, DJ, barber and general merriment to celebrate creative men! Save the date and get the full details here.

We asked Features Director of House & Garden magazine, David Nicholls, to browse the Manmade line up and choose his favourite Etsy items. He was spoilt for choice with handmade goods from 50 male makers, including: homeware, furniture, ceramics, woodwork, interior textiles, sculpture, art and printmaking, jewellery, accessories, toiletries, beard products and edible treats.

Here’s what took his fancy…

Pull some shapes

‘There’s something about the slightly wonky geometry of this design that I find appealing, particularly how the hand drawn lines around the edge create the illusion of an imperfect line.’

Bird is the word

‘I find it extraordinary that such a finely detailed three dimensional study of a bird can be achieved through a handmade process’.

Bowled over

‘I like the jagged edges of this lovely little trio, as well as their snow white colour and sense of translucency. Beautiful.’

Home, sweet home

‘A jolly little scene of a wooden cottage in an acrylic landscape – I have a few friends who I know would love to receive this charming little necklace as a gift. And what a great price’.

Hold your horses

‘This company has a cool modern take on traditional children’s wooden toys.’

Pure and simple

‘Although described as a ‘Midcentury’ desk, this isn’t just a pastiche design. It’s perfect in its simplicity, feels very current, and as you can see it works well with iconic designs of the 20th century while costing far less.’

Squeaky clean

‘I know it’s meant to be what’s on the inside that counts, but I’m a sucker for a bit of nice packaging. The production story of the soaps, as detailed on the Etsy site, is equally feel-good.’

If you’re inspired to make, you can open an Etsy shop and get started with 20 free listings! Enter the code: MANMADE here (new sellers only).

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