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MAKER TO KNOW: The Things We Keep

Kay Wang is a designer-maker based in Brooklyn, New York. Handmade jewellery is her speciality, however it would be unfair to pigeonhole her as simply an accessories designer. Kay makes everything; from from linen kitchen towels and beautiful spoons to exceptional made-to-order jewellery, her creations are timeless, useful and beautiful. Since 2011, Kay has been at the helm of The Things We Keep, a minimalist jewellery and homeware business. Inspired by history, heirlooms and the precious treasures we collect during our lifetimes, the brand is a mix of architectural shapes, fairtrade and conflict-free materials and tactile finishes. Having worked in marketing for a fair…

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INTERVIEW: Cockpit Arts CEO Vanessa Swann

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have noticed that I’ve recently been dedicating a fair bit of air time to the discussion of why supporting independent businesses is important. At this time of year, I feel that buying direct from makers and shopping from independent stores and ventures can make a positive impact, not just on the quality and meaningfulness of the gifts we give and receive and our greater impact on the planet, but on the people that craft and sell them with passion and great attention to detail. I recently caught up with Vanessa Swann,…

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INTERVIEW: Weaver + Designer Lucy Davidson of Peas and Needles

Lucy Davidson is a blogger, designer, small business owner and weaver from Brighton. Influenced by her home town, its eclectic charity shops, the relationship between handmade and digital and her fiancee, also a creative, Lucy creates gorgeously tactile pieces for hanging and displaying that bridge the gap between art and craft. By merging a traditional discipline with trending contemporary aesthetics and modern design sense, Lucy strikes a wonderful balance that appeals to many other creatives. People come to her for one-of-a-kind, sustainably-made pieces with which to decorate their homes, and to learn the skills she has mastered in intimate workshops…