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on the cover PhotographY: PHILIP SOWELS, styling: helena tracey and jen gardner, model: LEANNE MEGSON
The latest news from the world of handmade
Fill your life and home with crafted goodness
Handpicked crafty happenings
Our top picks of the most lovely buys for a hand-crafted, creative home
14 trends Three ways with the anatomy motifs trend, plus our top product picks
20 fawn hoop
54 painted stools
30 tea and a chat
58 woven rug
Screen printer Laura Spring reveals how she discovered her passion
Turn a hula hoop into a loom – genius!
An easy kawaii-inspired IKEA hack
62 star cushion A Scandi twist on the Moroccon classic
What we learnt at the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards – plus the winners!
67 pull-out papers exclusive!
41 shibori scarf
Grown-up florals by designer (and Handmade Awards judge) Lisa Levis
Learn a fresh take on the ancient Japanese shibori tie dye technique
Ellie Jarvis’s historic seaside cottage is inspired by its nautical surroundings
Stitch and appliqué a folk art-inspired woodland fawn in a hoop frame
36 handmade awards
48 HOME TOUR
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What a month! Our Handmade Awards day at The Proud Archivist in London on 11 June was such an inspiring day and you can read all about it on page 36. So much talent! Well done to all our winners and our shortlist. You can see more from all of the talented designer makers we met in upcoming issues of Mollie Makes, and start this issue, by trying Established Business finalist Amy Phipp of Super+Super’s shibori scarf on page 41. Straight after the awards, we were off to Blogtacular 2015, where Mollie production editor Jessica Bateman and I shared our tips for Finding your Voice and Cultivating your Creativity. It was a blast! We so enjoyed meeting so many fantastic bloggers. Read about our day there on page 13. As always, keep in touch and remember to tag your makes, #molliemakers!
Beautiful things to adore and make
76 collectOR Curating a cacti and succulent garden
Lara Watson Editor
77 felt cactus No time for watering? Make your own!
80 boho top Just add flares for that ’70s look
87 duffel bag An update on a wardrobe staple
90 moon and stars Lino print banner and string artwork
96 two-tone collar Swap necklaces for a statement collar
106 the back page project A day with Hester’s Handmade Home Subscribe at molliemakes.com
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This month we’re obsessing about...
Photograph: KAMI WEDDICK, MODEL: ALEX, MAKE UP AND HAIR: HELEN MCDONALD
All together now: heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes...
Hands combine with the doodle trend on this gorge blouse. www. mylittlebelleville.com
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All eyes are on this
leather-printed tote bag. www. urbanoutfitters.com 02
pendant is a-ok. www. benushop.etsy.com 03
furniture with a hand stencil and chalk paint. www.anniesloan.com 04
Thereâ€™s a touch of
mysticism about this watercolour print cushion. www.esther sandler.etsy.com 05
Fingers crossed we
get our hands on one of these ornaments. www. 08
Get this trend nailed
(sorry!) www.paulina paulinum.etsy.com 07
Weâ€™ll be slipping our
phone and keys in this metallic leather clutch. www.thegoodflock.com 08
Wear it on your
chest with a brass pin. www.casamalaspina. bigcartel.com
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If you go down to the woods…
Get stitching and appliquéing Kirsty Neale’s folksy fawn wall art for summertime kitsch
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PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS, STYLING: HELENA TRACEY, JEN GARDNER, FLORAL FABRICS: www.liberty.co.uk
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THIS MONTH WE’RE OBSESSING ABOUT...
DOODLES & SHAPES
Forget plaid or polka
– here’s our new fave fashion print. www. loelaloela.etsy.com 02
For a more subtle
take on the trend, try these hand-drawn chevron earrings. www.amillioncity
Break out of the traditional pattern and go freestyle...
You know we can’t
resist a good planter. www.leifshop.com 04
Say hello to your
new Netflix marathon snuggle buddy. www. arrohome.com 05
It’s like the pictures
we doodle while on the 07
phone... www.lamal conttenta.etsy.com
PHOTOGRAPH: JOANNA HENDERSON, STYLING: CHARLOTTE LOVE
PHOTOGRAPH: ALISA BOURKE
We love the 90s
feel of this simple monochrome cushion. www.depeapa.etsy.com 07
DIY doodle eggs
– one to try with the kids? www.alisaburke. blogspot.co.uk
We love the simplicity
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of these cut-out style prints. www.seventy
THREE WAYS WITH DOODLES
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INTRODUCING tea & a chat
‘My work never originates on the computer – I just draw, draw, draw!’
Describe your style in a few words. Deceptively simple, focused on texture, colour and colour relationships. My style is really about collections and repeat patterns.
tea and a chat with…
Sarah hamilton Obsessed with colour, texture and drawing, Sarah is a champion of all things creative who can’t stop making art and new friends Words: Lara Watson Photographs: Fiona Murray
You might know Sarah Hamilton for her textured, striking prints on paper, wood and mirrors. Or perhaps you’ve exchanged a fun joke with her on Twitter. Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to meet her in person, in which case you’ll know she’s a people person with infectious positivity. She’s also becoming known for her amazing home studio, a listed split-level mid-century terrace property in south London’s leafy Crystal Palace, where she holds an Open House every year, showing her own and others’ work.
What books and magazines are on your bedside table? The New Statesman, Earth and Heaven by Sue Gee, Plainsong by Kent Haruf, Flow magazine and Selvedge.
With a degree and MA in fine art, Sarah considers herself an “artist first and foremost,” but she’s so passionate about the creative community that her work also covers public speaking, charity work, campaigns and writing. Sarah is fascinated by how things work. She still uses a screenpress she made at college with a £3 piece of MDF, so she could experiment with printing on both wood and paper, and her home is peppered with vintage mechanical toys. We met at her place for a cupcake, a cuppa and a chat.
How does your creative process work? Everything starts in sketchbooks. I have many on the go at any one time. I just draw, draw, draw. It’s the most important part to me – birds, leaves, stones, pebbles. Everything has a reference. I have pebbles and flora scattered all over the shelves of my studio. My work is mostly nature and travel inspired, with lots of nods to the British countryside and seaside. I then take my drawings and papercut or scan them. I do a lot of digital printing as well as silk screenprinting, but my work never originates in the computer. So much of what I do is about edges and textures, and I find you just have to draw something to really find the edges, if that makes sense! I make screenprints from the cutouts or print them as giclée prints and silkscreen on top. The quality of my materials is really important to me – beautiful paper, gorgeously textured wood, mirrors. I love
the contrast of different surfaces and use the same inks and techniques on all of them. I think what I’m most proud of is that I’ve been able to develop a style that people recognise as mine. Where do you search for creative inspiration? Tavelling – Mexico, Corsica, South Africa, Eastern Europe, Egypt, Japan… The American outdoors and around Great Britain – I do so much sketching when I travel. I draw everywhere!
What was your big break as an artist? Straight after art school I organised lots of buyers meetings, and my first big orders came at the same time – for the Conran Shop and Paperchase. It was six weeks of me locked away, printing it all by myself in my old flat in Brixton. I then worked in a studio cooperative in Rotherhithe that sadly no longer exists but I made some great friends there and really valued their support and encouragement − it’s stayed with me right through my career. I landed a homewares collection with Heals, then
All inks are kept
in rainbow jam jars in a cupboard at
night and New
Year’s Eve are
are often cut into
spectacular to watch
paper pieces that
from the sofa,” she
Sarah then scans
says. The wallpaper
into the computer or
is by Mini Moderns.
uses for her prints.
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Tutti Frutti Add some zing to afternoon tea with Ayda Algin’s just-for-us neon and lace coasters
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How did you go about launching your own business? I studied graphic design at university, but after working in the theatre as a seamstress for five years I was beginning to feel a bit lost. I did a Cove Park residency (www. covepark.org) for six weeks in the middle of nowhere and I got back to basics. I came up with three designs based around British weather.
starting from scratch with…
Laura spring Screen print designer Laura Spring discovered the medium while searching for a career change. Here’s how she built her business
What started you down that road? It started with the idea of what you take with you in certain weather – I liked the idea of carrying a bag that matches the day. The first thing was a wet weather suitcase, then I made designs for sunshine and wind.
Words: judy darley Photographs: FIONA MURRAY
Laura Spring studied at Glasgow School of Art and Parsons School of Design in New York before dabbling in costume making for the theatre. After realising how much she missed designing, Laura took an evening class at Glasgow Print Studio and fell in love with the technique. She launched her self-named business in 2011 and has been creating dazzling screen printed products ever since, as well as commissions for the likes of National Trust For Scotland. Her inspirations have included meteorological symbols, wildlife and 30 MOLLIEMAKES.com 56
nature, transforming source ideas into abstract motifs in eye-catching shades. This style helped land a recent collaboration with House of Voltaire, the bi-annual shop run by Londonbased arts organisation Studio Voltaire (www.studiovoltaire.org). Many of her pieces are printed by hand, using traditional methods, waterbased inks and locally sourced fabrics. Laura also runs screen printing classes, sharing her passion in the relaxed environment of her Glasgow studios. We sat down to hear all about her story.
How did you get your products out into the world? Charlotte Abrahams invited me to show my work at Spotted, the area she curates at trade fair Top Drawer. So that was where I launched Laura Spring in autumn 2011. It was an amazing experience. Charlotte picks out 12 up-and-coming designers, so you’re all quite new to it and it’s a great way to experience your first trade show. I then took part in Spotted+, the spring edition, and exhibited at Pulse in 2012. How would you describe your style? Bold, graphic, colourful.
INTRODUCING tea & a chat
‘It’s important to support businesses that create jobs for local people.’
How did you go about launching your own business? I studied graphic design at university, but after working in the theatre as a seamstress for five years I was beginning to feel a bit lost. I did a Cove Park residency (www. covepark.org) for six weeks in the middle of nowhere and I got back to basics. I came up with three designs based around British weather. What started you down that road? It started with the idea of what you take
with you in certain weather – I liked the idea of carrying a bag that matches the day. The first thing was a wet weather suitcase, then I made designs for sunshine and wind. How did you get your products out into the world? Charlotte Abrahams invited me to show my work at Spotted, the area she curates at trade fair Top Drawer. So that was where I launched Laura Spring in autumn 2011. It was an amazing experience. Charlotte picks out 12 up-and-coming designers, so you’re
printing the Lush
knot wraps she
in offcuts of her
for the brand’s new
flagship store on
Some of Laura’s
barrel pouches and make up bags.
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Meet the mini-mes Grab the spray paints â€“ Debee Ruiz shows us how to transform plain IKEA stools into smiley seating spots
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Spin yourself a spiral rug with Anne Weilâ€™s fun hula hoop loom technique
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photographs: gemma huntingford http://gemmahuntingford.co.uk, styling: becky hoh-hale of eclectic eccentricity
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the moon & the stars Bring some galactic wonder indoors with a lino print moon hanging and constellation string art by Lucy Crick of Eclectic Eccentricity
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Fall back in love with that old dress or T-shirt by adding Lucia Cocconcelliâ€™s statement two-tone collar
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Photography: PHILIP SOWELS, STYLING: HELENA TRACEY, JEN GARDNER, Floral illustration: © www.istockphoto.com/LeeYenz
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