BENK + BO MAKERS MARKET 2018
Sunday 2nd of DecembeR 11AM TO 4PM
ALL DAY Benk + Bo CAFE IS OPEN SERVING SEASONAL TREAT. MARKET STYLE SCANDINAVIAN GOOD. HOT DRINKS AND MULLED WINE.
11:00 - 13:30 KNIFE-carving workshop with grain + knot (£35 / Buy ticket here)
13:00 - 15:00 LIFEDRAWING WITH SARAH CLIFF (£22 / buy ticket here)
MEET THE MAKERS
Founded her namesake jewellery brand in 2014 from her dining room table in moody Glasgow, Scotland. The designer, originally from Chile, now handcrafts each piece in her studio in East London.
Her ethos is about using sustainable and ethical materials without compromising on quality.
Each consciously formed piece of jewellery speaks to the brand's contemporary and minimal aesthetic while still feeling elegant and timeless.
With her intrinsic understanding of style and form, Paz Oh's designs bring a sense of fluidity and femininity to the everyday without compromising each wearer's uniqueness.
Her products are proudly made locally, in London. The small scale production is split across the our studio in South West London and specialist leather-workers at workshops in East London. Keeping production local minimises milage and supports the rich history of making in London.
The materials that make our products are chosen responsibly with the core values of respect for nature, environmental impact and longevity of use. We use the finest Italian vegetable-tanned cow hides, a byproduct of the food industry. The slow and careful tanning process uses natural tannins extracted from wood, bark, fruits and leaves. Vegetable-tanned leather is soft to touch, contains no toxic irritants, develops a rich patina with use and biodegrades.
Anna's design ethos is not trend lead; she blends functionality, clean lines and simplicity to create long lasting products of the highest standard.
Ellie Tsatsou (b.1987, Athens Greece) is an interdisciplinary artist, whose work explores wonder, notions of home & intuition, mainly through the use of digital & analogue photography, publishing, film, editing and writing. Her practice places emphasis on relationships between human & nature while forming a quest to discover & manifest creative living through every day action. Ellie has been mentored by photographers Nick Knight (London, 2011/12) & Ryan McGinley (New York, 2013/14), and is currently based in London. Since 2015, she has exhibited in Greece, Tunisia and the United Kingdom and her photographs as well as her publications are part of private collections in Washington DC, New York, London, Athens and Paris. In September 2018, she joined University of the Arts London as an Associate Lecturer on photography, non-narrative image making and editing.
Aeand studio produces small batch and limited edition products including homewares and art prints, as well as collaborative collections such as jewellery and ceramics. committed to continuously growing a product offering, that uses natural and sustainable materials as a core part of the design process, exploring surface design through various hand rendered processes. The aesthetic is an abstraction of alessandra’s personal interests, art, architecture, textiles, culture, travel.
Modernist Miniaturists celebrates the beauty and intrigue of the small format in contemporary art. Miniatures have an often-underestimated power to captivate. Despite their small size, they are often dense in their richness and encourage the viewer to look a little closer and engage more intimately with a piece of art – rather than pass it by from a distance. In a generation where we are bombarded with over-sized visual signs and signals, miniatures are a treasured reminder that size is not everything.
All artworks are available to view at Benk and Bo from 15 November - 1st February 2019. An array of framed artworks as well as unframed pieces by each artist are available.
Partnership Editions aims to make remarkable art affordable for all. The brainchild of Georgia Spray, who founded the business in 2017, Partnership Editions is a curated platform that unearths accessibly-priced original artworks by today’s most talented emerging artists –a springboard for anyone looking to start or enhance their art collection.
LIV AND DOM
Identical twins, ceramicists and illustrators, Liv and Dom are a creative duo based in Sussex. In 2015 they launched their brand, combining their individual artistic abilities and using their unique twin bond to strengthen their business relationship. Their functional sculptures, jewellery and prints are fun and quirky, each piece is a celebration of women through the female gaze.
Alyson’s story is one of cultivation, curation, and adventures across the globe in search of green inspiration. Born out of a desire to celebrate nature, yet remain firmly rooted in the urban jungle of London, her aim is to create indoor planting scenes and lush backdrops in city settings.
She founded her studio in 2013 and creates hand-crafted, verdant arrangements from her botanical workshop on Brick Lane. Prior to this, she worked as a designer and studied garden design at the Oxford College of Garden Design.
Her book Terrariums & Kokedama was published by Kyle Books in 2017.
EARL OF EAST
Earl of East originally started out as a creative outlet for founders Niko Dafkos and Paul Firmin, it has grown into an all-consuming project, overseen by a team of five like-minded, passionate individuals.
Earl of East is a multi-sensorial brand. In 2015 they launched a range of hand-poured, scented candles. Today, their line includes 7 signature scents in 3 sizes, Incense and chocolate, carried by over 130 stockists Worldwide.
Not content with working in isolation, they strive to collaborate with others. Their list of past and present partners feature ceramicists, chocolatiers, and leather makers.
They have worked with both artisans and global brands and we've taught the art of candle making across Europe.
Their mission is defined in 4 key elements: Curate, Create, Collaborate and Community.
AMY ISLES FREEMAN
’ Amy’s work is full of beguiling contradictions. It is incredibly joyful and yet carries an important message; it straddles the worlds of high art and functional design; it combines the stereotypically ‘male’ skill of woodturning with decorative art, more often seen as more ‘feminine’; it is both vulnerable and yet incredibly strong. It embodies all the things a modern woman can be – the perfect representation of its creator.’ - Katie Tregidden
Exploring themes of freedom, joy and lady love, Amy makes hand turned, hand painted wooden bowls between her studios in Brighton and Cornwall, as well as her new collection of hand painted clothing and cushions.
After graduating from a drawing degree at Falmouth Art School in 2014, Amy was keen to make work that held space, that could be touched and turned upside down. She fell into a group of makers in Cornwall, and jealousy burnt her fingers as she watched them make objects, things that existed. A friend taught her how to woodturn, and she began to paint her first small and clumsy bowls with colourful designs, eventually developing these into intricate illustrations adorning delicate bowls. Bringing her fine art background into the busy craft arena, Amy makes art that sits within in the realm of the everyday.
In the last year, Amy has moved into clothing and cushions, her bold, stylish lines making unique dungarees and t-shirts, brightening up wardrobes and sofas alike.
Genevieve Sweeney launched her eponymous knitwear brand in 2015.
Made exclusively in the UK, Genevieve Sweeney is writing a new chapter for the knitwear industry, marrying contemporary design with exceptional hand finishes. Indebted to the time-honoured techniques of artisan makers, the brand has reimagined the possibilities of knitwear.
Colour blocking, clean lines and unusual yarn blends define the Genevieve Sweeney aesthetic, while geometric hand intarsia jumpers have become a brand signature. This handcrafted technique threads a unique narrative through each individual piece. Complex jacquards and metallic accents sit amongst muted tones and natural fibres for timeless unisex pieces that defy seasonal trends.
Sarah Cliff / Joe Lillington / Bridie Cheeseman
Sarah is an illustrator/artist from wales now based in London. She gets inspiration from constant people watching.
Born in London and now based in Bristol, Joe graduated from Falmouth University in 2014. Since graduating he has mostly worked in non fiction, trying to bring stories from history and natural history to life with atmospheric narrative illustrations.
Bridie is an illustrator living on the beautiful south coast in Bournemouth. She enjoy bringing small narratives to life by drawing funny interactions between characters and hiding multiple scenarios in her illustrations for viewers to find. She gets very excited by the process of creating new worlds and characters that didn’t exist before, and she is inspired by stories, oddness, history and mystery.
Kana London was born fortuitously as a result of her training in sculpture & her background in fine art, eventually becoming a fully developed project in London in 2012.
Sculpting and an affinity for working with clay led her to wanting to apply the principles of her art work - the tactile, hand built aesthetics, the traces of her fingerprints and hands on the surface - into functional ceramics.
Her approach to work is experimental and playful, as she never follow a procedure, and invent new recipes daily. She works with a unique mixture of clays and mix her own glazes, often turning her back on traditional ceramic practice. Hand building, rather than turning on the wheel, further emphasizes the individuality of each piece.
All of her work is stoneware, food safe glazed, made from durable materials & suitable for use in the oven & dish washer (though, as with any precious ceramics, she would advise hand washing & to avoid frequent oven use).
A British menswear company that’s doing more with linen through creative designs, high quality fabrics and top quality British manufacturing.
Their signature shirts are made from a heavier Irish linen that's more opaque, more textured, and more versatile than typical shirting linen. They're designed to be worn all year round. Think of it as linen for London.
GRAIN + KNOT
The wooden goods at Grain & Knot are lovingly hand-crafted by Sophie in her home studio.Sophie graduated from the Manchester School of Art in 2009, and now lives and works in London. After graduating she always searched for new and exciting artistic outlets, and found a number of creative courses, to challenge herself and to get away from the constant glare of the computer screen.
In the Summer of 2013, Sophie attended a spoon carving and bushcraft workshop in woodland in the beautiful British countryside. Inspired by the techniques learnt, she returned home the very next day with an axe, much to her family's amusement. After giving some spoons away as gifts, friends and family urged her to pursue this avenue and to create a brand for her woodworking. A few cut fingers and splinters later Grain and Knot was born.
Loving spoon carving so much, Sophie would do it in any spare moment that she had. In the Spring of 2014 Sophie left her position in trend forecasting and took the opportunity to take Grain and Knot to the next level.
After completing the Prince's Trust Enterprise Scheme, Sophie is now working as a full time woodworker, and is fully supported by the Prince's Trust.
Grain and knot was born from a love of nature, exploration and the need for purpose in creation. It is beautifully tactile, fully functional wooden kitchenware, with each item made from reclaimed timber.
Havelock Studio was established in 2015 by designer / maker Jack Havelock Bailey.
Jack specialise in high quality furniture, products and objects rooted in concept and purpose. I believe that the enjoyment of life can be improved with simple, beautiful and functional design.
He graduated with Distinction from The Welsh School of Architecture in 2013 but his love of designing and making on smaller scales has pushed him to set up Havelock Studio.
Furniture, products and objects are just like buildings in the respect that they need to be meticulously designed, interrogated, considered and refined to produce an exceptional end result.
The processes of making and how this informs design fascinates him. He uses both traditional and modern manufacturing techniques as he believe it is important to embrace and develop manual crafts as well as the digital. He loves to work with any materials he can get his hands on but his expertise is with wood and concrete. He currently has a workshop in Kent where he hand make all his products.
Jack is also available for hire as a freelance architectural model maker - portfolio of work available on request.
Pompadour Press was created by designer + artist Joanne Kernan to provide luxury design stationery. Pairing age old established printing techniques with contemporary design and the finest papers milled in small batches, each card is a testament to the enduring love of correspondence and quality. Stocked in Liberty, Conran, Foyles, Tate and Oliver Bonas and many other independents.