This post is a shameless celebration of SITSelect’s fabulous new initiative, Selected, a bi-monthly printed journal produced in celebration of makers, making and brilliant creative people who make our lives more beautiful and enjoyable.
People such as Sebastian Cox who makes very pleasing contemporary furniture from wood he coppices himself; glass artists Sally Fawkes and Richard Jackson, artist- weaver Jilly Edwards, designer maker Joseph Hartley, jeweller Mei-Ling de Buitlear, textile designers Amy Gair and Anna Gravelle, fabric and wallpaper makers Lewis and Wood, interior designers with a social conscience Nadia Oliver and Natasha Berri and collector of contemporary applied arts Charmian Adams.
Selected is available to buy via the website, http://www.sitselect.org/journal.html and the following shops and galleries:
Bookshop at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour; Contemporary Applied Arts; Lewis and Wood Showroom Chelsea Harbour; Pedlars; The New Craftsman
Craft Study Centre, Farnham; Devon Guild of Crafts, Bovey Tracey; Lewis & Wood, Woodchester; Stroud Bookshop; The Guild at 51, Cheltenham
Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale
Makers Guild of Wales, Cardiff; Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire
The Spring/Summer issue is already underway and sees us travelling from Stroud to Hamburg (and a few places in between) in search of truly creative and original makers, designers and thinkers. We will bring you bicycle creators and piano makers, prisoners who have found purpose through sewing, willow artists and textile designers who are pushing the boundaries of traditional craft, as well as pages of new talent and some rather special treats.
In the meantime, there is plenty to read in issue one, 10,000 Hours and we will be adding to your enjoyment with linked monthly features on-line. First up is a profile of innovative Manchester-based art/craft/design collective Makers Dozen.
We hope that you will get as much pleasure reading Selected as we did putting it together.