See new design talent at Top Drawer this January...
Following the success of Spotted by Charlotte Abrahams, we are delighted to announce that this exciting showcase is set to return – in an expanded format - for September 2013.
Spotted is designed to create an entry point for a whole new generation of exhibitors and this year’s show will feature up to 12 handpicked design based businesses who have never before been seen at a major UK trade fair.
‘Everyone featured within the Spotted area is chosen for the quality and originality of the things they make,’ Charlotte says. ‘There’s such a wealth of talent out there but many small companies and individual designer-makers simply can’t afford to break into the trade fair market. By removing these financial obstacles, Clarion Events is giving these exciting businesses the opportunity to introduce their work to an international audience – and giving that audience yet another reason not to miss Top Drawer.’
Spotted Plus is also hosted within Spotted, welcoming back to the show 6 designer-makers who have exhibited at Spotted in the past. These exhibitors are only allowed to exhibit in Spotted Plus once, so don't miss your chance to snap up the latest designs from these ex-Spotted stars!
In January Spotted Plus featured:
Fracas Cards bring a difference to the world of Greetings Cards. Each card is unique, handmade, and one of a kind. All the postage stamps are 100% authentic-some were taken off posted letters and others were never used. The cassette tapes, puzzle pieces, vintage keys, and abandoned board game pieces are all found objects from various locations around the world. They experiment with color and placement on their greeting cards. Many are typed on their 1963 Zephyr Deluxe typewriter.
Ali Miller presents a portfolio of some of her most recent work as well as pieces shown in past exhibitions. Her work is fundamentally an amalgamation of personal experiences, family history, religion and identity and also the relationship between the individual to the material.
Memory for Ali is a source of euphoric inspiration and, whilst her work might signify a nostalgic reminiscence of years past, it also carries with it the weight of pressures and experience of real life. It is the memories that Ali believes shapes her life and art, first and foremost.
She presents these to the viewer as an aesthetic composition enriched by the use of different textures, material and patterns: the artworks created are an expression of Ali’s design perspective and interest in family history - an unusual combination, but one that succeeds in creating artwork of remarkable intimacy and harmonious composition.
Tamasyn trained in printed textiles at Chelsea college of Art and the Royal College, experimenting with both fashion and interior print design.She has worked in Paris for high-end companies such as Louis Vuitton, and Sonia Rykiel, trend agencies Nelli Rodi, Promostyle, and WGSN and high street brand H&M as a women’s-wear print designer.In both high end and high street fashion Tamasyn felt frustrated with the amount of waste and lack of innovation. The fast paced and mass produced fashions available today leave little time for reflection and so she decided to set up a company that would strive to produce luxurious considered designs whilst upholding a responsibility to work in the most environmentally and socially responsible methods available.
Karin is a Swedish born illustrator who produces whimsical, nostalgic drawings and typographic prints of memorable movie quotes, flora and fauna and tiny birds. Her beautiful designs put emphasis on the sunny things in life.Karin’s designs have been greatly influenced by her Swedish heritage and love of sayings, expressions and memories.
Ros Shiers is a London based illustrator and interior enthusiast who creates beautiful prints and homewares that can adorn the most modest space with a loving note, beautifully executed lyric, inspiring quote or intricate drawing. Do you have a favourite song you would love to see Ros work her magic on?...Get in touch.
Ros has worked as a freelance illustrator since graduating with first class honours from Brighton University, with clients including Nokia, Ford, M&S, Stella McCartney, Quadrille and Hodder & Stoughton. Her products and prints have been featured in various publications including Elle Decoration, Easy Living, The Telegraph and The Independent.
Ros is also co-editor of blog 'The Bijoux Editrix' with her twin sister Joanna Shiers.
Sarah Ray's fun and whimsical illustrations offer something uniquely different. She produces a range of greeting's cards and screen prints that show an unusual take on life and it's idiosyncrasies, to make anyone smile. She will also be showing new additions to her NiceFace range; a beautiful and endearing selection of earrings, necklaces and screen prints.
Sarah illustrates from home in the UK, and produces her screen prints in a specialized print workshop. Everything she sources is from the UK and big effort is taken to ensure that her products are recycled and environmentally friendly.
About Charlotte Abrahams
Charlotte Abrahams is a freelance writer specialising in design and interiors. She writes regular features and columns for the national press, including Financial Times How to Spend It, Crafts Magazine, Guardian Weekend, Telegraph Magazine and Elle Decoration. She is also the author of ‘Wallpaper, the Ultimate Guide’.
Read more about Charlotte Abrahams at www.charlotteabrahams.com