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REVIEW: Inspired:London by Kathryn Sharman of www.katgotthecream.blogspot.co.uk


We Make London’s first book, ‘Inspired: London – A guide to Handmade in London’, is a new and exciting title for anyone and everyone with a passion for and interest in buying handmade design. Of course, whilst the design talent showcased within its pages is London-based, you don’t have to live in London, or even the UK, to find it useful and interesting.


What ‘The Artists and Writer’s


Yearbook’ is to the literary world and the ‘Michelin Guide’ is to the restaurant scene, so ‘Inspired:London’ is to handmade. Think of it as a one stop source book of the best designer-makers that London has to offer. Not only does this book offer a visual reference point for the unique work of each of the 162


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cherry-picked designers featured, it also provides an indispensable tool whereby stylists,


journalists


and buyers - from capital-dwelling locals to international tourists – can connect with the designers and their work on a personal level.


‘Inspired:London’ is the brainchild of We Make London owner, Mary McDermott. Created in 2008 to enable talented people to make a living from designing and making, We Make London unites buyers with makers at fun-filled fairs and exciting events. Now in its fourth year, We Make London is one of the top organisers of events for the design- maker community in London.


Working to the same ethos, a book that showcases


London’s design talent was the obvious next step


for We Make London. Mary tells us, “We are always mesmerised by the beautiful work that designer- makers share at our events and we are extremely proud of the amazing diversity of talent and skill in our capital city. We have recreated that beauty in our book.”


The wealth of design included is wide - ranging from jewellery making, fashion and textiles


to illustration


and art. Prominent designers include Anna Wiscombe who produces a range of contemporary decorative and functional wooden products inspired by the natural environment, Justine Ellis and her beautiful screen prints, Sophie Long who contributed to Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress with her exquisite hand-embroidery, Catriona Chapman and her unique illustrations, and Sam Wingate who


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