Made in Clerkenwell

Much has been made of this week’s Black Friday – supposedly the day most people start panicking their way into tackling the Christmas shopping.

Marby and Elm letterpress print
Marby and Elm letterpress print

Much has been made of this week’s Black Friday – supposedly the day most people start panicking their way into tackling the Christmas shopping.

Canny Craft Central has chosen this date to kick off their three day Made in Clerkenwell craft selling bonanza, which this year is to be spread across three buildings in the area.

Lee Borthwick, window piece.
Lee Borthwick, window piece.

The open studios event is organised in partnership with The Goldsmiths’ Centre, which opens its doors as an indoor design market for the first time this year. The other two venues are Craft Central’s own Victorian studio buildings.

Work by more than 150 designers will be on show in disciplines including homeware, print, furniture and jewellery design.

Love Bessie, tea towels
Love Bessie, tea towels

Turnbull Grey has created these rather Burrell-esque (in style rather than sentiment) prints:

Turnbull Grey, Hello Sunshine letterpress print.
Turnbull Grey, Hello Sunshine letterpress print.

While Takae Mizutani offers these cute breakfast table pieces:

Takae Mizutani, My egg and soldiers
Takae Mizutani, My egg and soldiers

Patriotic types need look no further than to Ali Miller’s Great Britain tea set designs:

Ali Miller, Great Britain tea set
Ali Miller, Great Britain tea set

And Michelle Mason’s London cushion:

Michelle Mason, London cushion
Michelle Mason, London cushion

Elsewhere, Lotta Cole has designed her own slick take on the traditional birdhouse:

Lotta Cole, birdhouse
Lotta Cole, birdhouse

Made in Clerkenwell takes place at 21 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R, 33-35 St John’s Square EC1M  & The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London EC1M from 29 November – 1 December

Maggie Smith, Willow Ware Coiled basket
Maggie Smith, Willow Ware Coiled basket

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