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MADE CRAFT FAIR IN BLOOMSBURY

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This year the MADE Design and Craft Fair was held in the Mary Ward House Grade 1 listed building in Tavistock Place. Founded by the Victorian novelist Mary Augustus Ward and financed by the wealthy philanthropist Passmore Edwards, it was built in 1898 as a settlement for the wealthy to improve the education of the urban poor. It is now a conference centre.

There was a wealth of different crafts on display – woodwork, wirework, pottery,  jewellery, clothing and more. Unfortunately by the time you get to your 80s you have so many ‘things’ there is little incentive to buy and we just admired the beauty and craftsmanship of much of the work.

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We loved the beauty and varied wood grains of the Shaker boxes by Murray Markovitch and have fond memories of the Shaker shop in Marylebone High Street we used to visit when we lived just round the corner – unfortunately long since gone, like so many of the craft shops in the area.

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An eye-catching display of wired figures was just inside the door with this leaping winged figure ‘Wishful thinking’ by Linda Lewin, whose website also shows off her silver jewellery.

 

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Amazing striped plates, bowls and jars by the ceramic artist Jin Eui Kim which he says are inspired by visual phenomena. We wished our cupboards weren’t already overfull of the ‘things’ we have collected in 60 years of marriage,

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It was too early for us to have coffee and sandwiches or cake, but the food display in the café looked so elegant and appetising we were sorely tempted.

USEFUL STORE CARDS

My Waitrose and My John Lewis Store Cards
My Waitrose and My John Lewis Store Cards

The good thing about these cards is that they are free and you get rewards all the time unlike the John Lewis Credit card for which you have to spend £500 before you can redeem your points.

Besides getting some discounts you can get a free drink with the My Waitrose card and I’ve ben receiving monthly vouchers for a drink and pastry with my John Lewis card.

The Patisserie at Peter Jones
The Patisserie at Peter Jones

When Josh and I go to shopping in Kings Road or go to an exhibition at the Saatchi gallery we always finish up having a free tea and scone at Peter Jones in their restaurant on the 6th floor.

THE QUEEN’S GALLERY, BUCKINGHAM PALACE (2)

High Spirits
High Spirits

In which other country would you have the freedom to publish Thomas Rowlandson’s (1757-1827) scurrilous cartoons about the monarchy and members of the aristocracy?

Imagine the furore if you circulated prints showing the ruling elite in the toilet, looking stupid, caught in flagrante?
And not only was Thomas Rowlandson able to publish his work but was actively encouraged by King George IV.

Another excellent exhibition but be warned – if you visit it after the Dutch Paintings in the Time of Vermeer and try to read all the fabulous remarks you will need a refreshing cup of tea in the café downstairs.