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Four Corners of Craft: Meet our Welsh makers

Sep 4, 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 with our Scottish and English sellers – next up, we travelled west to visit three of our sellers living in Wales…

 

Kirsty Patrick

With a beautiful nod to the Scandinavian and the mid-century styling trend, Welsh designer Kirsty is nestled within Cardiff’s vibrant Castle Arcade. Creating unique and individual lighting including her distinctive wooden shades, Kirsty’s clean and contemporary aesthetic is designed to ‘brighten your home and make you smile.’

‘My creative practice has stemmed from our homes and the spaces that we occupy.’

See more of Kirsty’s homewares in her Etsy shop byKirsty.

Benjamin Cramp

Benjamin Cramp is the man behind Jam Furniture Design, based in Cardigan. As sparks fly in his studio, his passion for working with wood tells a story. As the age-old timber is carried through his workshop doors, Benjamin looks to preserve that story.

Quite simply he tells us, ‘I consider each piece ensuring I keep the character that you just can’t recreate without time. I design components around the timber that frame it and celebrate it. Folded and powder coated metal is my complementary material of choice. The clean geometry of the metal contrasts against the mottled surfaces of the reclaimed timbers.’

‘Etsy has been pivotal for me setting up my business. The demographic is perfectly matched to my work and my customers love my products. I believe in quality. I’m proud of everything Jam stands for and everything I make.’

See more of Benjamin’s furniture in his Etsy shop JamFurnitureDesign.

Hannah Wardle

Surrounded by the whimsical woodland setting of her hometown Gwynedd, designer maker Hannah set on an adventure to recreate the beautiful scenery of her childhood by creating products that echo the ‘dappled sunlight on the woodland floor feel.’ Using renewable materials such as solid Welsh wood, Hannah’s intricately designed lights create a soft warm glow.

‘I really love woodland, I find it endlessly beautiful, all those multiple leaf shapes, layers and changing views through to sky and water beyond. The cosy glow created when combining wood and light reminds me of firelight.’

See more of Hannah’s lighter in her Etsy shop Door to the woods.

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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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