Guest Blogger: Brighton Makers

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

20 August 2014

In the first of a series of articles looking at makers around the country our first stop is the sunny seaside town of Brighton. Brighton’s craft scene feels like it is massive at the moment and as a person who likes to support local makers and independent shops I am most definitely spoilt for choice when it comes to showcasing the best of this Brighton bunch.

Hello Dodo


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Hello Dodo is a dream team made up of husband and wife Jam & Ali. They are a screen printing duo who design prints to make people smile. All of their work is bright and fun and guaranteed to brighten up any wall or mantelpiece.

Lou Taylor



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Lou Taylor is the master of papercutting. She uses paper and a sharp scalpel to create intricate papercuts that are full of colour. She has now launched a jewellery collection from her papercut designs and I am particularly fond of these spider plant earrings.



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Rockcakes is a one woman operation ran by Sarah Meredith. A professional jeweller who works with semi-precious metals, wood and acrylics. All items are handmade in her studio in Brighton. This brooch set is the perfect gift for any stationary lovers.

I like Cats


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If you like cats then you are in good hands with this guy. Maker Toby, who resides in Brighton makes handmade accessories, jewellery and illustrations for the cat lovers amongst us.

Faye Moorhouse



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Talking about animals I bring you the last but by no means least maker that I am going to share with you today. Meet Faye Moorhouse, an artist who loves all things strange and magical. Her custom wonky pet paintings are definitely my favourite.



She's Called Claire

Claire Culley is a blogger and one half of creative hub Super+Super. Her favourite crafts are printing and papercutting. Addicted to crisps. Big animal lover. Her first books, Printmaking and Embroidery, are out in October and will be available from

Follow the Herring

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

14 August 2014

With the largest beach-based fishing fleet, Hastings is not unaccustomed to boats. However, last Saturday there was something extra special about the blue sailing boat standing pride of place at The Stade... 




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The life-size knitted fishing boat was in my home town for just one weekend as the final part of an arts project called Follow the Herring. Stopping at 13 towns on the east coast of Scotland and England, the project is a co-production by The Customs House and Guild of Lillians theatre company. It is supported by a grant of £218,832 from the Arts Council's Strategic touring programme which encourages collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision. You can find out more about it here.

The boat was by no means the only attraction, the entire tent was packed to the yarny rafters with every aspect of fishing life: from piles of fish resplendent in sequins to the overalls worn on board. And over in one corner was a 'Wonders of the Deep' fish and chip van offering enough (knitted!) yumminess to suit all taste buds! 


A single starfish sitting pretty.


Even knitted, fish don't look too happy caught in a net..


Much cuter (and smaller!) than the pesky ones outside my window.


Those eyes! He was just begging to come home with me.


I don't think Capt Dave Purl would get much protection in these.


Shrimp anybody?

(Unfortunately, my grainy phone camera doesn't do the project justice, so why not head on over to their facebook page to see more.)

Along with the knitted boat exhibition, Follow the Herring included a theatre performance of 'Get Up and Tie Your Fingers': a story of the 19th century 'herring lassies' who followed the herring fishing fleets down the coast to meet the catch at each port of call. The tour echoed the women's journey, taking the tale back to the communities where it began and giving them the opportunity to create and participate in a piece of theatre alongside a professional production team. 

The amount of teamwork that went into this project is staggering. And although Hastings is renowned for it's weird and wonderful events, this is definitely up there with the best! (Even if I did have to dash off to the chippy afterwards..)

September Sneak Peeks!

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

7 August 2014

We're keeping our fingers tightly crossed here in at Making HQ for an Indian summer, so we've tried to encourage the weather with a beautiful boho-inspired issue! Every page is covered in jewel tones and late summer goodness, with a gorgeous quilted throw in Amy Butler's Hapi fabrics and a gorgeous set of velvet bolster cushions.

We don't often show you what happens behind the scenes, but we're just so darn proud of this issue we thought we would! 

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Emma laying out her enamelling project.

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Lisa, our stylist, working her magic!

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More magic being worked by Emma.

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"What on earth is that?!"

The September issue hits the shelves Thursday 14th August!

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