I was lucky enough to win some tickets to The East London Design Show (ELDS) courtesy of The Design Trust so I trundled along to Shoreditch Town Hall in Old Street to take a look. It was partly to see if it would be a suitable show for my own work but also to do a little Christmas shopping.
ELDS is different from other shows I have exhibited at where the focus is designer maker made craft, it is focused on the design of work as a product and there was a wonderful variety of designs and objects to choose from. Of course I always look for jewellery and I was not disappointed but there were also, leather goods makers, shoe designers, printmakers, T-shirt designers, vintage style dress pattern makers, fashion designers and designers of home and interior wares.
The variety of exhibitors made it an excellent place to browse and chat to people truly passionate about what they do. The venue was spacious, pleasant and had that eons of polished brass feel about it that Victorian built public buildings often have, nice cafe provision too, although they didn’t take cards and I never remember to get cash out!
I had a good long look round and had a lovely time choosing Christmas presents for my family (which I won’t reveal here just in case they read this post!) and of course couldn’t resist a couple of treats to self.
First there was a ring by Anna Byers, whose geometric inspired jewellery really caught my eye as I do love repeated patterns and geometric forms. It was her subtle use of colour and movement that really made her work stand out. As I was trying on the ring she mentioned it was part of her MA project of course I couldn’t leave it behind then! I had to give it a loving home and we had a long chat about selling special pieces of work. It was a real honour to become it’s owner, thanks for selling it to me Anna.
Geometric Motion Ring by Anna Byers
The second piece I couldn’t leave with out was a chunky rabbit head ring by Me & Zena gold plated with green crystal eyes I have come to call him “Blingy Bunny” with plump little cheeks and perky ears he sits really happily on my finger.
Blingy Bunny Ring by Me & Zena
Do you know what? I really liked the fresh attitude of the East London Design Show and I think I may well make it one of my pre-Christmas shows next year.