Handmade in Britainby 159
I launched Selvedge with the vision of producing a magazine whose pages would inspire designers, makers and enthusiasts to make connections, conduct research and enrich there own experience. A platform through which a curated range of design and creative thought can be seen is, I believe, invaluable. I look forward to taking part in Handmade at Chelsea, below are just a few of the talented designers that I’m particularly excited to see at the show in November...
It’s rare that you find a designer using such simple techniques to such a high standard. Hugh Dunford Wood’s handmade block printed wallpaper provides endlessly pretty patterns to adorn your walls with. Similarly his use of colour takes both his cushions and wallpaper from crafty to delicious. Because Hugh block-prints the designs himself, each piece truly does have its own character. Cushions are hand-printed by Hugh onto organic Scottish linen. www.dunfordwood.co.uk
Hikaru Noguchi The Japanese designer Hikaru Noguchi’s knitted accesories are clearly related to traditional knit patterns and techniques, such as fairisle, Aran, embroidery and stripe. And yet her designs result in something that is very much her own. It is a pleasure to see pieces where, although the influences may be clear, the creative process is not. Noguchi’s design style is – refreshingly – unashamedly uplifting, with her use of vibrant colours. www.hikarunoguchi.com
Catherine Aitken’s bags are made from a range of heritage cloths including Harris Tweed, Fife Linens and Italian leathers. By combining a traditional duffel bag design with fabrics synonymous with quality, Aitken’s design process is simple but the results are original and expertly executed. Each piece is made by a much loved group of sewing ladies in Coatbridge, Scotland with patience and care. The perfect thing to keep you grounded in the big city. www.catherineaitken.com
– Selvedge founder Polly Leonard.