Hope you are well and enjoying the summer.
Apologies for less frequent posts, but I’m currently focusing on looking for a day job (I know, tough world!).
Last Thursday I had a pleasure to attend the official launch party for Fiera Magazine, an independent print magazine discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. The magazine is being set up by Katie Treggiden, well-known for her excellent blog Confession of a Design Geek, and mag Culture’s Jeremy Leslie.
The New Craftsmen was founded in December 2012, but their new shop has just been opened at the heart of London. The place is small but full of character; originally built in the 19th century as a workshop for leather breeches makers.
The New Craftsmen currently represents a network of over 75 makers working in textiles, silverware, furniture, ceramics, jewellery, glassware and so on.
I had a quick chat with one of co-founders Natalie Melton who confirmed that the shop itself showcases and sells only a selection pieces from British makers and any special commissions that potentially can attract buyers and collectors of bespoke work.
My favourite, however, were the woolen toys and all animal-related craft pieces. The bear reminded me of my childhood hero Miś Uszatek.
Have you been to The New Craftsmen before? What did you think?
Also, if you want to support Fiera magazine on Kickstarter, click here.
Have a good week.