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New Designers 2017: Part 1

Believe or not meeting new people is not easy for me. But when an event like New Designers takes place, you cannot help but getting out of your comfort zone to go and meet some crazy talented people.

Getting started

For me the fair started on Saturday with Charlene Lam and Henrietta Adams talk on Pop-Up stores.

Charlene shared some tips on promoting a pop-up event, (who would have guess that these days flyers still work!), and Henrietta talked from the makers perspective of timing and how to get people to the store.

hicharlene creative cleckernwell henri london pop-up shop

I went out of curiosity (and because a Pop-up is the ultimate small retail installation) and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the talk. And the Q&A at the end was very useful too, with Charlene and Henrietta no holding back and just answering all questions the best way they could

(Remember, it’s a store, it should be user friendly!)

People like people

After the talk, I made my way down to the Make it in Design stand. I kind of took one of the summer courses last year and had so much fun that I’ll be repeating again this summer. But I was curious about the people behind the screen and had a lovely chat with Holly and Vic about their not so little design community.

Images via Make it in Design Instagram

One of the things we talked about was how online courses and communities are great when you have a busy schedule in real life, so you can fit them whenever works best for you, but sometimes it can feel a little lonely.

After that I set out to explore the whole thing for the rest of the day. One of the things that grabbed my attention on my way in (when I was running late for the talk, thank you google maps) were Danielle Taylor paper houses.

(Images via Danielle Taylor Design)

Screen printed. When she told me that they were screen printed (and laser cut) I had to do a double take. She told me that she is developing self assemble kit. I started to follow her while we were still talking, just in case I forgot to do it later.

Some cute stuff

That from my point of view would have fitted better on the second part of the festival. Product design on wood and clay, from toys to pretty things for the house (from now on I shall pay more attention to the Sainsbury’s Home aisle!)

toys ceramic wood new designers 2017

Now that I see all the pictures together, this could have been called ‘Things that go on top of shelves‘?

Bold and Loud

Hayley Norcliffe textile patterns was inspired by actual textiles textures, whilst Kate Harvey obtained a similar effect using collage like letters. I just love hoe she used big, bold, colourful shapes to accentuate the background patterns

And of course I was impressed by Aeand nordic style prints (in case it doesn’t show, I am a big fan of the nordic aesthetics, it started in college when I discovered the work of Alvar Aalto)

How I love moodboards

Another favourite of mine: Moodboards- To be fair, they also had some great textiles, but as you know I cannot help myself around tiles… From Beth Nelis I really liked the soft colour palette and japanese inspiration. Jasmine Peacock moodboard takes me more to the current scandi trend of combining the geometrics with deep colours. And Hayle Hunter views on trends and styling are quite interesting.


Textured Textiles

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was a little bit of hand stitching happening. I have just recently discovered Sashiko embroidery, and I just love Jatoun Ying use of it. Daisy Jenkins tropical display catches your attention whatever you like it or not (loved the  papercut leaves), and once you come up close you can see that there is some serious handwork going on!. On the other hand, Hannah Middleton gets you just by the apparent simplicity of it (apparent because it is not easy to make it look easy)


‘Hands on’ approach

I did not spend too much time in the jewellery section (I don´t even wear earrings any more if is not a wedding or something like that), but I found this pieces from Isla Christie intriguing.

Luckily she was there and we had a little chat, and when she told me that the colour bits were made out of paper, I had to have a closer look!

Now she can assemble a piece pretty quickly (under a days time) but some designs can take up to six months to develop!

I was also draw to Sophie Orde pegboard (you so see the pattern here, with me and colour). I am currently on research mode for a desk display, and this has given me some ideas. And I see myself in the future getting something from Sally Cooke collection (have to finish some of the projects I have open before starting new ones!)


And that’s it! I would be making my way down to Angel again on Saturday for the talk about Copyright and to properly explore Part 2 (and I am tempted to take the big camera this time!)


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