Sunday, 4 December 2016

Shop Independent: Five makers

Hello! I thought since it is coming close to Christmas I would share a few independent makers on the blog. These are people that I've come across online, bought from before and found from my visits to markets/fairs. I hope you enjoy what they have to offer and maybe find that perfect present you've been searching for!

Hilary Grant

I came across Hilary Grant when I visited The Hepworth Christmas Market in Wakefield last weekend. Made with high-grade lambswool yarn, their beautifully soft knitwear consists of hats, gloves, scarves and blankets in the most gorgeous colours. (I particularly fell in love with the red & blue and mustard & yellow combinations.) You can see them all by taking a look at their website. 

Annie Dornan Smith

Recent graduate Annie Dornan Smith creates illustrated, hand lettered stationery and homeware from her home studio in Nottingham. My favourite thing about her products has to be the expressive hand writing and the consideration for all of the small details including the lovely packaging. I'm especially loving the  addition of foil in her latest christmas cards! You can shop Annie's products on her website and keep up with her latest work and travels through Instagram.

The Printed Peanut

The Printed Peanut has always been a firm favourite of mine and someone I'm sure quite a lot of you have came across already. Louise Lockhart creates a range of playful products adorned with her whimsical illustrations and fun colourful style. From ceramics and lithograph prints, to party games and notebooks it's safe to say she has a lot of lovely things to browse and I find it very hard not to buy everything. 

Do a Little Dance

I found Do a Little Dance through twitter account @HandmadeHour and when I saw the little embroidered faces I absolutely fell in love! These purses are handmade in linen and cotton by using stitch, applique, felting and embroidery and can be personalised with the name of your choice on the back. Do a Little Dance also create embroidery hoop wall art with various quotes, but these were a definitive favourite mostly because of their piercing eyes and cute little noses.

Amber Hsu

I originally discovered the work of Amber Hsu at Thought Bubble in Leeds last year and made sure to buy a few of her works because I found them so beautiful and charming. For a little bit of context, Amber travels around different events and writes poems on the spot based on your chosen topic for a pound. Whilst she offers bespoke poems through her Etsy shop, you can also buy ready made poetry zines amongst a various range of illustrated prints.  I absolutely love the delicate, sentimental feel her products have; there is so much creativity and imagination in one tiny book!  You can find everything over on her Etsy shop. |

There are so many more small sellers out there it would be hard to post about every single one I love. Take the time to consider who you're buying from this Christmas; any purchase would help those independent businesses, even if it just a Christmas card or two. 

(Note: Images are used in celebration of the makers and I do not own any of them!)

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