Handmade Lights by Lam Quang and Kestrel Gates

Handmade Lights by Lam Quang and Kestrel Gates

I think an overriding sense of what we are striving to create here is a space where alternate ideas, concepts and ultimately products in our online shop can be shared and supported. So with this in mind, I became fond of the project of Lam Quang and Kestrel Gates this morning who run their own little independent venture dedicated to creating handmade lights and lamps for around the …

Sara Flynn Exhibition at Erskine, Hall & Coe

Sara Flynn Exhibition at Erskine, Hall & Coe

I thought we’d return with a little update on Erskine, Hall and Coe today as they run a great deal of exhibitions that are well worth making a trip to see. They introduced me previously to the work of Mexican artist Gustavo Perez, which I highlighted to a few of you here, and today I was pleased to come across an artist working a bit closer to home, Sara Flynn who’s based in Cork, Ireland. Her exhibition at Erskine closes on Thursday so I …

Series of Ceramics by Mary Kay Botkins

Series of Ceramics by Mary Kay Botkins

I thought I’d come through with a little ceramic work this afternoon to compliment what we’ve already curated so far this week. So once again I scoured around the various creative networks to see what I could come up with and I landed upon the page of Mary Kay Botkins, who I have to admit I’m not all that familiar with. Based in East Dundee, Iiinois Mary is a potter who creates some quite fascinating objects that are designed for function, yet take …

Short Film on Wire Sculptor Rodger Stevens

Short Film on Wire Sculptor Rodger Stevens

It feels great to return to an artist, creative or craftsman and offer them a little further coverage, given many of these independents are on quite a personal journey with their work, it’s interesting to see what makes each one tick. I thought today we’d revisit the work of New York based Rodger Stevens who Mark highlighted previously, with many of us enjoying seeing his quirky and playful wire sculptures. I’d certainly not come across …

Short Film on Sheldon Cooney

Short Film on Sheldon Cooney

Part of what we do here is keeping our noses to the ground and unearthing those creative independents that are tucked away in the lesser-known corners of the web. The creation of glass is a process that I’ve personally become more and more fascinated by over the years, although recently I’ve been struggling to find individuals working in the medium. Thankfully I was kindly pointed towards the brainchild of Elaine Sheldon and Dominic …

Ceramics by James and Tilla Waters

Ceramics by James and Tilla Waters

I thought I’d highlight a series of ceramics from a little closer to home today as I’ve brought across the work of husband and wife team James and Tilla Waters who run their own studio from an isolated farm in Mid Wales. Given we are fascinated by a minimal outlook when it comes to functional ware it was really refreshing to come across work that was both simplistic and decorative. This is a real hard balance to find for us as too much and it’s …

Selection of Imagery from Carlie Armstrong

Selection of Imagery from Carlie Armstrong

After highlighting Jennifer Causey and her Brooklyn Makers book the other day I came across another photographer that’s passionate about sharing some American creativity. Tonight I thought I’d give her work a showcase here because I’m a big fan of what she’s trying to do with her own project and felt it deserved a bit more attention. Much like Jennifer, Carlie Armstrong is in awe of the collective artisanal movement going on in her area and …

Mogu-Kagu Wood Furnishings & Design

Mogu-Kagu Wood Furnishings & Design

I hope you’ll excuse the influx of Japanese designers that have shown up on the blog lately, it wasn’t intentional. When you own quite a personal blog like ours you have to go with the flow and pick out what’s inspiring you at that moment in time, but it’s quite apparent that a lot of good work is coming from that side of the world. I’m constantly on the hunt for good designers that we can either showcase in the shop or feature on the blog …

Shaker-Style Oval Tea Boxes by Kobayashi Katsuhisa

Shaker-Style Oval Tea Boxes by Kobayashi Katsuhisa

I’m always on the look out for new and exciting shops that revolve around a concept like ours, I guess it’s just the same as finding people with similar inspirations. Usually these little places are quite hard to find online, as they’re ultimately not pushing towards a mass audience, but one that caught my attention a month or so back was an online shop titled Studio KotoKoto. It’s owned …

Reclaimed Wooden Furniture by Hugo Franca

Reclaimed Wooden Furniture by Hugo Franca

It’s not everyday that we’re lucky enough to come across works like we have here today from Brazilian artist and craftsman Hugo Franca, but boy does it make your morning when projects of this nature do come along. Hugo is responsible for the bespoke handmade furniture that you see before you, all of which he handcrafts from reclaimed wood as a means to preserve the beauty found in the natural environment, through both functional …