Origin The London Craft Fair: Week 2

Origin, the London Craft Fair has entered its second week, with another 150 artisans showing their wares. This week the focus is on textiles, using felting, knitting, and weaving to create scarves, clothing and blankets. Adrienne Rogers hand knits blankets and throws from silk, chenille, linen and alpaca (pictured). Using a natural, muted palette drawn from nature; these unique pieces in soft creams and greys and rich nut brown colours are bold and elegant enough to drape over the sofa in the living room. Or delicate and cozy enough to cuddle under for t.v. Noriko Matsumoto’s scarves are 100% natural. They are woven from silk, wool and linen. They are hand dyed, using elder leaves, nettle and chestnut burrs as natural colour sources. The resulting colours are muted but rich shades of orange and yellow.

Keep & Share make lovingly knitted, whimsical clothing designed as an antidote to high street fashion. Because of their sustainable ethos, they have a borrow-before-you-buy policy (you can keep it and wear it for a week) to ensure satisfaction. Their clothes are funky with a vintage feel so that they can be kept for a long time, and are designed to fit all sizes, not just skinny women. As a change of pace, Claire Coles makes pictures and brooches and hats out of vintage wallpaper. She collects ends and left-over rolls and cuts shapes which are layered upon each other and then stitched. They are colourful and decorative and the flower pins look great on a jacket. Cleo Mussi makes mosaic wall sculptures from abandoned, and recycled china which she breaks and glues to make humorous figurative hangings. :: Origin

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