We just love this tea-towel that we discovered when we were last out exploring Clerkenwell. Takako Copeland is one of the co-owners of Family Tree - a small design store in Exmouth Market that supports young local makers as well as stocking eco-friendly ware. This is her design and we think it would look good at any table.
Over the last few weeks, I have felt a deepening appreciation for the handmade - the inspired crafting of miniature tableau, whimsical creatures of a freed imagination, cards and letters, handmade ceramic sculptures exploring the everyday, hand-made brochures inspired by British garden birds. Some have been crafted anew; others remade through the use of vintage fabrics, founds objects - discovered, re-created, revealing at every stage, a new imprint that of the maker.
Handmade London takes me beyond my original idea of a London table and a website based on a series of walks dedicated to eat, drink, cook, ware. So from time to time, I will collate these finds as a part of London Food Essentials but in the meanwhile, I encourage you to visit the following:
Cornercopia, 65 Brixton Village Market, SW9 8PS. Tel 07919542233
Brixi, Unit 7 Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR Tel: 07919 162428
Circus, Unit 70, Brixton Village SW9 8PR Tel 07736 679676
Loop, 15 Camden Passage, N1 8EA, Tel 0207 288 1160
Etoile, 41 Cross Street, N1 2BB, Tel 020 7354 1396
Maud & Mabel, Hampstead Antique Emporium, 12 Heath Street NW3 6TE
Kirstin Stride, www.kirstinstride.com
Kaori Tatebayashi, www.kaoriceramics.tumblr.com/
I will continue to update this list but I recommend the beautiful blog, Makers Market, for inspirational handmade finds.