Friday, 15 November 2013

Made and Found: a sale of handmade goods, Saturday 7th December


Sometimes a seemingly throwaway comment or suggestion can give birth to an idea. This one stemmed from a chat with Tracy. I was sitting in her kitchen eating cake one summer afternoon and we were talking about the things we made. I commented that her house would make a very lovely venue for a sale of our handmade things. She agreed. Five or six weeks ago we spoke on the phone. 'What about that sale then?' she said. The idea had simmered and rumbled in my head for some months. It was decided and the name popped into my head immediately: Made and Found.


Within a day or two I nipped round to Celia's house. She had made a little house from simple stitches, some embroidered trim and a wisp of wool. I was so thrilled to see it - of course - our sale was to be held in a house. We found some dried seedheads in the garden and stamped some letters onto paper. Then Celia made our flyer by combining the images we had made using some mind boggling Photoshop wizardry. I was agog.

Next I contacted some friends and within a few weeks we had a team of ten designer-makers, and one purveyor of very lovely cut flower seeds.



Then came the very important matter of cake and tea. Thankfully I remembered the delicious cakes that had been served up on the stage of St Augustine's church hall during the Selvedge Fairs that were held there. I took a deep breath and rang High Tea of Highgate. To my delight High Tea's director, Georgina Worthington, agreed to provide delicious baked treats and warming cuppas. The only dilemma was whether she should bring her collection of vintage china teacups.


I love the idea of beautiful things displayed in a real home. Celia's prints will be on the mantelpiece, Linda's bowls will be on the kitchen shelves, Lilli's mittens will be pegged to a curtainrail and Karen's sleeping bags will be draped on a sofa (for snuggling in if you fancy). I plan to convert a vintage sideboard into a tiny jewellery shop. Several of our designers will be making on the day so that you can see how their work is created.

If you're free on 7th December and would like to come along to our little sale then we'd be THRILLED to see you. We're a small, independent group of makers so every single mention on blogs, Facebook or Twitter is a huge help. We have our own Twitter feed, here. Here's the logo that Celia and I made if you fancy grabbing it.


Our makers are:

Linda Bloomfield: Her hand-thrown cake stands and mugs were featured on this season's Great British Bakeoff.
Celia Hart: Her nature-inspired prints are featured in the current issue of Country Living magazine
Karen Boatwright: a handknitted menagerie, handmade linen & floral sleeping bags and subtly beautiful paintings
Lilli Wicks: Contemporary knitwear with geometric and Fairisle designs (including a wonderful fox)
Claire Knight: Intricate paper cut designs depicting small moments
Val Curwen: Baskets and garden structures woven from hedgerow materials
Tracy Dowling: Homewares made using traditional quilting technques with a modern twist
HatchetandBear (EJ Osbourne): beautiful bowls & utensils for everyday adventures, made from foraged wood. She was recently featured in the Observer
SkeinQueen (Debora Orr): Maker and purveyor of luxury hand-dyed yarn, specialising in cashmere.
Higgledy Garden Cut flower seed collections, beautifully packaged and ready to pop in a stocking
Me

Hope to see you there!

30 comments:

saffa said...

Wishing you all lots of luck for your lovely handmade sale :) Have put a link in my blog, hope it helps to spread the word! looks like it will be a gorgeous day :) Safxxx

Amy at love made my home said...

Sounds as though it will be amazing, I hope it goes well and that you enjoy it and that it is successful. xx

Frances said...

Emma, with such a collection of fine creative folks' creations displayed in a perfect setting...your event is going to be a fabulous success.

How I do wish that I lived close enough to be there in person!

I also hope to see you when I next do get back to the UK. Next year I hope.

xo

Madelief said...
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Madelief said...

Your event makes me wish I lived closer by, so that I could come and have a look. You found some very interesting 'makers'! Good luck with the preparations.

Love the shawl you showed us in your last post. It's beautiful!!

Happy weekend,

Madelief x

Avery Schlacter said...

Thank you for this I've been looking for some good jewellery and I found this site www.oliveyew.com that has some great things!

driftwood said...

hope it is a truly wonderful day x

knitnrun4sanity said...

How very exciting. Sounds like it will be totally amazing :)

CJ said...

It looks amazing, you should all be very proud of what you have achieved. I do hope it all goes really well.

Jacqui Galloway said...

What a great idea. Hope it goes well.x

Toffeeapple said...

How I wish that I was able to get there, you will all have a wonderful time.

Ali said...

It makes me smile to see you guys moving onwards and upwards and outwards - sounds like a fantabulous event!

angharad handmade said...

How lovely - and a few familiar faces there! I'm sure it will all go brilliantly, just sorry I won't be able to come!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh how fun Emma! I sure wish I lived there -- I would love to attend!

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Caroline South said...

Wow that sounds so exciting, it's such a great idea! I hope it is successful for you all. xx

Monica said...

good luck girls!! Brilliant idea.

(I'll be in Italy otherwise...)

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Wishing it wasn't so far! Good luck all x

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

If only I was still living there! Can't make it unfortunately but more than happy to put the link on my blog xx

Joyce said...

Must try to be there and will try to get some the handmade items.

Photos are great. Very informative post indeed. Thanks a lot.

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The Coffee Lady said...

Oh, go ON then. Have a lovely time WITHOUT ME.

millefeuilles said...

Dear Emma,

It's been a while but I felt compelled to pop over to your lovely blog and leave you a comment. I often think about you and your exquisite creations.

Made and Found sounds like a wonderful idea: a home is indeed a perfect venue for these early winter days and I'm certain it will be a roaring success.

Stephanie

ps I'll be off to Cambridge 16-17th December to accompany my daughter for an interview. I'll be a little closer geographically to you.

Attic24 said...

Now this is when I wish wholeheartedly that teleporters were real. Or that London was just down the road from Yorkshire.
Will be there in spirit, have a fantastic day xxx

Valé said...

I would love coming but I live in France , too bad ! It seems so great !

knitnrun4sanity said...

Really hope that you all had a great day. you deserve a happy ending. xx

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Wow, it was all so lovely, could hardly tear myself away! And so fantastic to meet you at last, Ms copper mary-janes!! Your jewellery was just gorgeous, tactile, intriguing, delicate, everything I thought it would be. xxx

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Mikaela said...

I am wondering if this event was successful cause i seen those hand good was really made in simple but look nice which really caught my attention just like the jewelry that i seen in Finland which made me feel interested on buying even though it is every expensive.

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