I had a lovely, sunny trip up to town last Thursday when I visited West Elm for Emily Quinton's book launch event. The school run prevented me from joining in the evening fun but it was nice to be there early and have a chance to chat with everyone. Emily had invited three of the designer/makers featured in her book to have pop up stalls at the event (so, yes I did shop a little...). Here's my haul...
Anyway, let's start with the book itself. I'd been looking forward to seeing it - Maker Spaces combines two of my favourite things - nosing around people's studios and nosing around people's homes.
It's certainly inspired me to get my act together with my house (which really isn't that bad at all, just rarely tidy and usually covered in toys) and to sort out the dire storage situation in my studio! Here are a few of my favourite pages.
It's one of those books that I suspect I'll end up just sitting and reading as if it were a novel - it's so so nice. In fact, I got home, started reading it and almost forgot to eat lunch.
I finally met Sarah Hamilton (who I've known online for years, but hadn't met in real life before). Here was her corner of the store...
I've long wanted to visit Sarah's stunning mid-century house, which she opens each year as part of Dulwich Artists Open Houses - I'm taking part this year, but not at her house, so I'll have to make do with the book for now. More to follow soon on the Open Houses event (or visit my news page).
I bought a little something from Sarah, but had to hide it in the first image as it's a birthday present for someone who (occasionally) reads this blog!
I somehow managed not to purchase this chap from Donna Wilson (but a jumper acquisition may be in the pipeline...).
And I bought a fabulous roll of ribbon made from vintage fabric scraps from Vicky Trainor - I haven't decided what I'm going to use it for yet but I have been staring at it a lot as it's just gorgeous.
So, I'm all for the idea of a book launch/market combo - we need more of these!