1. I think It Must Be Nice To Be a Bird, run by Madeleine Belanger is currently my favourite jewellery designer (Ladybird Likes being a close second!).

    My boyfriend got me a lovely rabbit pendant last Christmas and I’m in awe of it.  My life is all about crafts, and I go to a lot of craft shops, galleries and shows and there’s always a lot of jewellery and sometimes things can seem a bit samey, still wonderful, but it’s rare I get really truly excited.  (I don’t mean to sound like a dick.  I do get excited, I do think a lot of the work I see is really well crafted, but I don’t think “I NEED TO BLOG ABOUT THIS MAKER!” often) But Madeleine’s work is really breathtaking.

    I love her style, tiny works of art.  And the drawings in each one are hand painted water colours, seriously.  Amazing.  So much amazing craftsmanship.  Her work is inspired by the Canadian landscape around her and it’s wildlife.

    My partner has said he knows what to get me for the next few Christmasses, and I may well be asking for a commission featuring my rabbit in =]

    Her blog is here: http://itmustbenicetobeabird.blogspot.com/

    And Etsy store is here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/iamabird

    All images from the artists Etsy.  And all available to buy!

  2. sampletwelve:

    “Informed by uncontrollable photography techniques, my practice mainly explores approaches to mark-making and surface design through chance, process and abstraction. I am interested in challenging perceptions of materiality and what is seen as ‘textile’.

    Throughout my final year at university, I have developed my own media of substrates using the likes of pva glue, silicones and plastics. this has enabled further investigations into tactility, tanglibility and aesthetics; and has allowed me to reinvent and redesign my own approach to sensory surface design.

    Studying on a craft course has taught me the importance of the handmade. Skilled, time-invested, high quality craftmanship is integral to my ethos as a designer. Consequently, i strive to achieve a constant high standard of work, and invest great a commitment into perfecting my practice.”

    -Helen Ritchey

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