The supremely talented designer-makers who form Cockpit Arts are opening their doors for some ultra-special shopping at the end of November. A great place to kick start any Christmas shopping, come here too to be blown away by the talent: as well as ceramicists, stationers, home furnishing experts from textiles to lighting, there are also plenty of designers creating jewellery and clothing for adults and children.
If you can’t make it to their two London venues during these open studios (dates and details listed below) then do click on Culturelabel: the makers from Cockpit Arts have just started using this wonderful resource to sell their products online.
Here are some of my favourites for both Christmas, gifts and the home.
All the products above are designed, produced and created by members of Cockpit Arts.
Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios are taking place at their studios in Holborn 30 Nov – 2 Dec, and in Deptford from 7 – 9 December. See http://www.cockpitarts.com/shopping-events for detailed info.
(Background info: Cockpit Arts is a social enterprise that’s been helping artists and craftspeople develop their businesses since 1986. Culturelabel curate and collect art and artist-designed products, sourced from UK-based and international galleries, museum stores and more)
It’s impossible to move on the net just now for wonderful people crafting their way to Christmas and beyond….
….if, like me, you feel crafting is best left to the experts, but love the look and individuality of artist-made pieces, then don’t miss Made 2012 at Brighton’s Corn Exchange. Running from 22-25 November, 120 designers and producers showcase their skills, with jewellery, art, ceramics, textiles all on display and for sale. Come here to source unusual details and/or Christmas gifts (if you can bear to part with them). PS If you can’t get to Brighton but like the look of these products (there are many more on the Made website), then clicking on these images should take you to info on the artists and their own websites /contact details).
Ceramics by Katrin Moye
Stitched Collages by Elaine Hughes
Ceramics by Kate Evans
One of my favourite (and, yes, inexpensive) ways to fill walls with colour is to buy, frame and hang posters of current exhibitions from galleries: they capture a moment in time and invariably are detailed and eye-catching, or they wouldn’t hook the passer-by into attending….
So as well as the products on store at the event, artist Sarah Young is now selling high quality Giclee reproductions of her previous poster designs for Made, plus The Brighton Art Fair and the Palace Art Fair. Don’t they look striking in a group? (even with my limited page-layout skills…!)