The week before last was the London Design Festival, one of the busiest/most hectic weeks of the year for the product & furniture industry, as I said in my previous post – I definitely made the most of it. Anyway, on the second weekend of the festival was the South East Makers Club; a design trail and series of events, organised by B and a group of his super talented friends. It was their first year running it and from what I can tell they completely managed to pull it out of the bag! On the Saturday, there was a series of talks out in Lewisham, exhibitions in Brockly and then the launch party at the Fat Walrus in New Cross later on in the evening. It was a great – if slightly busy – weekend, we had so much fun, and it was perfectly rounded off on the Sunday with a pub quiz hosted by the South East London Journal and Tom Odell (owner of the O’Dell Store on Calvert Street in Shoredicth) with questions being provided by some of London’s design giants – we came fourth, better than last I guess.
Anyway, throughout the weekend at the Copeland Gallery, (next door to the 9’s just behind Bussey Building) in Peckham was the SE Makers Market, a selection of the South East’s designer makers selling some of their amazing pieces. It was a range of different stools, you had womenswear, next to print and textile designers, next to lighting designers – so quite the selection. I know this is slightly biased because she’s a good friend of mine and Benji’s – but one of my favourite stools was Louise Madzia’s; an Illustrator turned ceramicist, who produces these beautiful pots and planters – B and I already have a nice selection of these at home, my favourite being the Darth Vader. She has a neat little set up in her garden at home, where she fires her hand-coiled earthenware pots and then glazes each pot by hand before chucking them back in the Kiln. Louise always seems to portray and element of playfulness in her illustrations, be it her emoji inspired espresso cups, her Kim & Kanye print or her cheeky depiction of the female form. I really love her work and want absolutely everything, and so got a little carried away with the images – everyone loves a good pot right – anyway check out Louise’s website here, find her on instagram here, and make sure you get your orders in before Christmas!
Finally this last set of images are a few more of the SE Makers Market, fingers crossed they’ll be doing something similar closer to Christmas, but it was honestly a great weekend, it was so nice to see so many familiar faces and to be reminded just how creative the SEofL is!
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