I have had a pretty craft heavy week and it’s all thanks to BUST Craftacular last Sunday. I left with a camera full of stall displays, new products and lots of crafty designer maker inspiration. It was a great line up, similar to last year in its curation with everything from soft kids toys to ceramic kitchen tiles on offer from a whole host of nice brands. I was happy to see lots of friendly faces but as always was after something new. Keeping my eye out for unusual materials, an interesting process and up for an chat about pretty much anything.
Sunday was beautiful and warm as I entered York Hall, Bethnal Green missing out on a goody bag by about 4 people sob 😦 Lots of people rushed quickly off to a workshop up either on the stage or off to one edge of the room: everything from bunting necklaces with Tatty Devine to painting plant pots with London Craft Club. I started my wander around the room in a pretty merry mood starting with:
FELT MEETS CLOTH
Abigail makes lovely little felt bits and pieces, often wearable and as beautiful as little pieces of textile art. Feltmaking has been on the rise and allows for infusions of fun colours with a soft touch.
Christian always does a stella display! I love his urban ceramics the perfect mix of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design. Some new colour ways and glazes were on offer along with a new mug shape that I am still trying to work out.
SUEDE & CO
It’s all about the pastels & metallic at the moment and Dee uses both! Mixing suede and leather to create tasty bags & accessories and now I discover baby items. I want a set of the cute bows, has anyone got an adorable child I can accessorise??
I have had dinosaur brain for a while now and Charlotte’s stall was like an 8 year olds dreamworld as well as my own. Her cute illustrative style runs across a range of stationary and in to bright leather jewellery. Glittery gold stegosaurus anyone?
These cute little squishy creations are made from wonderful fabrics and are all a little different with a real handmade touch. The glittery crowned bears were a particular favourite but there was a lot to choose from, wonderful brand I have only just seen this year.
These gave me some real Camden vibes anatomy curiosities made out of fabric, Beth did make hats but after some divine inspiration and some commissions she now is very much dealing in bones & organs. Fun right?
These little gems are crafted from clay then each hand painted and crafted in to jewellery. Jamie has a wonderful process and you can tell is really devoted to her craft with great results. These abstract chunky nuggets have made it on to my wish list.
I alway love a new piece from Suzie, her tomato design is etched in to my brain and instantly recognisable. I was drawn to the cute floral badges this time around and left with one in the end, I didn’t need much convincing. She has started creating her own clothing as well as having a Make your own espadrilles workshop coming up, busy lady.
Another illustrator to add to my rolodex with a retro colour pallet and lots of fun designs, she even has some biscuit prints. Would you risk it for a biscuit? Swear thats my catch phrase.
THe Arty CRAFTY PLACE
I have seen this wonderful Block Craft stall before but have never taken the plunge before. Their amazing selection of botanical themed blocks finally swayed me to get a starter pack and inspired a week of doodles and an eventual tote bag design. Thanks!
A few favourable mentions: Rose Pietsch is experimenting with an iridescent pearly new acrylic keep an eye out. Puptart has got some fun collaborations on the table check them out. Poppy Darling’s felt succulents are really well made and adorable, add to your wish list. Nathalie Moore does all things cats, as well as mini screen print postcards, find out more. Leila Swift has bracelets I wish my bank balance could afford, if you can why aren’t they on you wrist already. Hackney Potter part of the clay collective puts drainage holes in her plant pots!!
Lots of kid friendly pieces in my line up this time around and no I am not trying to tell you anything. It’s nice to introduce people to crafts from an early age getting the next generation of people interested in learning new skills and an appreciation for the handmade. I shall leave you with the handmade stuff rocks! club presidents Ruth and Brendan (there isn’t a club but there should be) from I am Acrylic who are adorable enough to make a little acrylic factory for their stall display. Thanks for the lovely Sunday BUST Craftacular see you again next time.