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Four Corners of Craft: Meet the makers from England

Aug 21, 2015

by Sarah Hewett

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The London Design Festival is the highlight of the UK design calendar, where the world gathers to celebrate great craft and design. This year, Etsy makes it’s mark with a selling exhibition of cross-disciplinary contemporary craft on 24-27th September 2015, in partnership with Crafts Council and Tent London. From Inverness to Sussex and Belfast to Cardigan, the Etsy community is a highly talented group of designer-makers, creating beautiful contemporary craft across all areas of the UK.

Selected from almost 1000 applications, we will unite 45 of these makers in an exhibition to represent craft from the four corners of our country… what ties it all together is the quality of making.

Going behind the scenes of the makers and designers exhibition at our Etsy Four Corners of Craft, in our last sneak peek post we revealed three of our Scottish sellers here. Next up, we travelled down south to visit three of our sellers living in England and suss out their studios…

Daisy Choi

Based in her Clerkenwell studio, award winning designer Daisy Choi handmakes her intricate and individually designed Day C London jewellery collection. Inspired by everyday objects, Daisy blends artistic expression with wearability, using gold and silver with precious gems including diamonds and pearls.

With a background in graphic design, it wasn’t until after working in Hong Kong and the UK for many years did she then devote her full attention to her jewellery design. Now her beautiful work has travelled around the world, being exhibited in prestigious galleries, museums and design fairs.

‘I first heard about Etsy from a customer who was from America around two years ago. I find it an amazing place for individual designer /maker to sell and buy the unique handmade goods from other side of the world and also can share the stories with other creative people online.’

See more of Daisy’s jewellery at her Etsy shop Day C London.

Haidée Drew

Haidée Drew is a designer with passion for interior accessories, educated at the Royal College of Art and with a background in contemporary craft, her designs focus on unique decorative styles with a modern edge.

Her collections of interior accessories have a visual dialogue with the past, it’s inspiration taken from historical collections to create functional design with a sense of nostalgia whilst retaining a strong contemporary aesthetic.

With each piece hand assembled and finished at Sugarhouse Studios in East London, the design process and materials are as equally important as aesthetic.

See more of Haidée’s interior accessories at her Etsy shop Haidee Drew Design Shop

Ikuko Iwamoto

Having studied ceramics in Japan, Etsy seller Ikuko came to London in 2001 to develop her skills further at the Royal College of Art. Using the slip-casting technique, her contemporary and tactile designs echo her research with the visually impaired during her time at the RCA. Inspired by the favoured pastime of tea drinking and the idea of a ‘bizarre tea ceremony’, her functional ceramics suggest the everyday but are, in fact, extraordinary.

In her own words, Ikuko describes her work as ‘the vehicle to make visible an invisible, microscopic world. A world of intricacy and detail, of mathematical pattern and organic chaos, of beauty and repulsion.’

See more of Ikuko’s ceramics in her Etsy shop IKUKOIwamoto.

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With a national reach, our prestigious lead partners include: London Design Festival, Tent London, Crafts Council, Contemporary Applied Arts, The Design Trust, Craft Scotland,Creative Scotland, Craft NI, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Helfa Gelf. What a line up! We’re also grateful for support from: Arts Council of Wales, Ruthin Craft Centre, The Makers’ Guild in Wales and many more incredible creative organisations around the UK.

Exhibition details

Free entrance.

Dates: Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th September 2015

Opening times: Thu-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm

Gallery: Shop 12, Dray Walk, Tent London, The Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QL (Follow directions to Tent London)

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