The #coadg Bursary is back!

Three years ago I was starting up my freelance business. Early on I met with Katie Treggiden, founder of the blog Confessions of a Design Geek and she introduced me to so many talented designers and professionals in the design world. One of the best things to come from this connection was my involvement with her annual Bursary.

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For the forth consecutive year I'm proud to support alongside partners HOME London, Jo Ham, The Design Trust, West Elm, Seen PR, The Barbican, Mini Moderns, October Communications, Decorum, Press Loft and MOO. Check out what the winner receives here - it's really something!

I'll be offering the winner a full day's shoot in my London studio covering product and lifestyle photography. As an added bonus, I'll arrange for a stylist to help prepare and assist with the shoot so we can create some really special images.

Above: Some of the shots I took for previous winners Alicja Patanowska, Fanny Shorter and Jessica Hogarth.

To be eligible, you must…

  • be within your first three years of business
  • not have had a stand of your own at a Clarion show before
  • be available 15 – 19th January 2016

and your products must be…

  • design-led interiors or kitchenware products
  • designed and made in the United Kingdom
  • commercially viable and ready to wholesale

If that is you - Apply now!

A few highlights...

Out and about the summer, here's a sample from my location shoots near and far.

Presentations - free downloads

June has been a month of talks! I was invited to speak at several events include #Manmade with ETSY and Crafty Fox Market, Creative Hub (Fashion and Textile Museum) and New Designers Start Up Day with The Design Trust.

My presentations were slightly reworked for each, but the idea was to share examples of product photos and how to use them online - from your website to selling platforms and social media. You can download the pdfs at the following links:

Manmade Product Photos that Sell

Creative Hub: Visual Styling

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Sales. New Designers/Design Trust Start up Day

Many of my previous presentations with The Design Trust and New Creative Markets are available at Almost 25,000 views!

All images used in the above presentations are my own, unless otherwise credited. Designer/Makers and shops featured include Jessica Hogarth, Alfred and Wilde, Akin and Suri, Two Beans Cards, Hole in my Pocket, Jules Hogan. Folklore, In with The Old, Baines and Fricker, Alice Tams. Melody Rose, Ali Miller, One Must Dash, Jo Ham, Sue Pryke, Wild and Wood.

Manmade Talks

The Truman Brewery will be filled with talented chaps on 12/13 June this year! Manmade will be a special show for 'men who make'.

Mr Wingate. Photo: Yeshen Venema

I'll be taking photos on both days, but also speaking as part of the talks series. It's an excellent line up, which I'm proud to be a part of. I'll be putting together a presentation full of images from my work with designer/makers in the last two years.

Product Photos that Sell, Friday 12th June, 17.15 - 18.00

Yeshen Venema, 'The Designer/Maker's favourite photographer', will show you examples of great product photography, explain how they were created and show you how to use them to enhance your brand. Book Now - £5

What Makes Your Brand Different , Friday 12th June, 18.15 - 19.00

Keith and Mark from homeware label Mini-Moderns will discuss how an authentic brand story can be the key to success as an indepdent designer.  Launched in 2006, the design duo specialise in using applied pattern across a range of products. Their initial collection was snapped up by Heals and their brand continues to go from strength to strength, selling online and via stockists around the world. Book Now - £5

Crafted Masculinities: Unravelling the Self Made Man, Sat 13th June, 13.15 - 14.00

What is "masculinity"? Why is there more of it in a hammer than there is in a sewing machine? And, more importantly, why did so many people spend the early 2010s knitting artificial moustaches? In this talk Benjamin Gordon Wilson will explore the last 200 years of the handmade, the manmade, and men whilst also exploring the secret sexual language of fixie-bikes, model trains, and the ubiquitous "willy warmer". Book Now - £5

The World of Manbroidery, Saturday 13th June, 14.15 - 15.00

Join the Mr X Stitch, the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery, as he takes you on a journey through the world of men who stitch. From cross stitch to quilts to needle felting to machine embroidery, men are making their mark with a needle and thread in some pretty cool ways. This presentation will showcase amazing embroidered art from around the world with a focus on manbroiderers. If you thought needlecraft was just for old ladies – think again! Book Now - £5

Creative Journeys: Wilfrid Wood, Saturday 13th June, 15.15 - 16.00

Sculptor Wilfrid Wood will be talking about his time at tv programme Spitting Image, making heads out of paper mache, bodies out of polymer clay and his one and only sculpture made from wood. Book Now - £5

Studio garden

If I was not a photographer, I could well have become a landscape gardener.. there was a time in a previous London home that I spent hours every day creating containers and custom built window boxes, filling them with manner of herbs and flowers..

These days I'm shooting products and creating websites, but I still keep a little garden going.. the studio has two huge windows with large ledges and the kitchen (just off the studio) catches the evening light. Check out the recent upgrades.. they often find their way into the shoots! The other bonus is the view onto the stunning Spring blossom of Thornhill Square!

The view from the studio onto Thornhill Square.

The view from the studio onto Thornhill Square.

One of the studio window ledges features a new Acer

One of the studio window ledges features a new Acer

The kitchen window succulent display

The kitchen window succulent display

ETSY's Four Corners of Craft at LDF 2015

Now here's a wonderful opportunity!

Four Corners of Craft is a maker development and exhibition project supported by arts and craft organisations in all over the UK. The culmination is an exhibition of contemporary craft, in partnership with Tent London and the London Design Festival on 24-27th September 2015. 

I'll be out with my camera during April visiting some of the makers in their studios.

Julia Smith Ceramics

Julia Smith Ceramics

ETSY Four Corners of Craft

Apply for free!

Etsy are now calling for high quality contemporary craft of all disciplines including: Basketry, Ceramics, Fashion & Accessories, Furniture, Glass, Interior Products, Jewellery, Paper & Book Art, Printmaking, Silversmithing & Metalwork, Textiles, Woodwork.

Etsy invites both emerging and established designer makers based in the United Kingdom (in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales) to apply.

To be eligible to apply you must have an active Etsy shop. If you don’t currently sell on Etsy you can open a shop in order to apply.

Four Corners of Craft is a selling exhibitions and Etsy will sell your work on your behalf, processed via your Etsy shop (the usual 3.5% commission applies).

Deadline: midnight, on Tuesday 7 April.

Get involved on social by sing #MakingUK and mention @EtsyUK.

More information and to apply