The Christmas Edit
A handpicked selection of craft works that would make ideal Christmas presents for all the family.
Forest & Found
Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge of Forest + Found are selling a number of paintings and wood turned vessels, with 10% of the proceeds of each sale donated to the Crafts Council’s Let’s Craft appeal. Every £10 donation to the appeal provides a child in need of support with an activity pack, to bring creativity and joy during a year of disruption to their education.
Weaving complements the grid-based images of Cornwall-based artist and designer Hannah Waldron. Her narrative-led designs are applied across a range of print textiles, and include patterns inspired by her QEST Scholarship trip to Japan. Browse a selection of bright and bold scarves, prints, wall hangings and cushions on her website shop.
At his forge in the Suffolk countryside Leszek crafts chef’s knives that are sure to become family heirlooms. He uses different steels and by welding them together, cutting and folding he creates beautiful patterns on the blades. Gift vouchers for knife-making workshops are also available for budding metalworkers.
Laura hand weavers one-of-a-kind textiles, ranging from scarves and rugs to sculptural pieces. She makes each piece on her modernised wooden floor loom using a variety of materials - wool, silk, horsehair and paper - hand-dyed to create subtle colours and textural effects.
Scottish jeweller and silversmith Megan crafts a beautiful range of silver jewellery. By exploring her materials and processes, she interprets her surrounding Scottish landscape through her textural surfaces on metal. Browse her website for earrings, necklaces, rings and more.
Beatrice specialises in modern woven textiles, accessories and interior products. Taking inspiration from West African textiles, The Bauhaus, traditional weave structures and more, she turns her sketches into jacquard weaves, playing with scale and repeat. Her merino wool hot water bottles covers and throws will keep you warm and cosy throughout the winter.
Scott has recently launched a new range of glassware – jugs, glasses, vases and more featuring a pattern of white lines called filigrana, invented by Venetian glassblowers on the island of Murano in the early 16th century. Each white stripe forms the body of the vessel, and was once a separate cane of glass that has been fused with other pieces to create a continuous surface.
Bookbinder Gillian produces photo albums, boxes and notebooks from her studio in Glasgow and her marbled journals are perfect for notes, diary writing and more. The portable, one-off books bind together handmade paper pages with hand-marbled paper covers and are sewn with a beautiful exposed spine pattern.
During lockdown Rachel was unable to continue painting decorative murals on site, and she began painting on to colour charts. The resulting images including a fish, pipe, eye, hat and more bring the chart alive and she is now selling prints of the finished product which would make a beautiful addition to any home.