It's been a little while since I popped myself down for HandmadeHour, being pulled away from that by a live streamed spoon carve, photographing a wedding and a week spent learning some joinery and table making (more on that later in the week). The latter in particular prompting a little bit of a break from social media too. Never particular planned, these sort of holidays from being online always prompt a bit of a realignment of how I am using those media, checking that there is still honesty in how I am posting. It occurred to me that the big geeky part of me wasn't being represented, feeling like a clash with the making and goodlife seeking aspects of things here. At the heart of wanting to start SingleMaltTeapot though was a hope to show that committing to one sort of cultural tribe isn't needed; so I'd like to find a balance and place for all these aspects. For now this has only appeared by live tweeting the escapades of some Star Trek:The Next Generation episodes through HandmadeHour but it is perhaps something I'd like to indulge a little from time to time. What do you guys like to geek out about?
Elsewhere in Teapot Tower is the smell of sourdough starter and proving loaves as Sam begins testing a multitude of recipes, tweaking and adjusting to find the right fit for the little colony of yeast growing away in a kilner jar in the kitchen. Those experiments will be appearing here soon too and I'm super excited to have Sam's voice added to the blog along with it, bringing another take on hybrid living to these pages.
For now here's a little round up from Wednesday's #HandmadeHour with my favourite finds from the weekly twitter event, which take place every Wednesday evening from 7:30-9:30pm GMT. This wonderful way to holler about and find some amazing new makers is run by @HandmadeHour and @HMNation
One of the first few tweets to come through on Wednesday evening was the wonderful work from Illustrating Rain. I'm utterly absorbed by the play of colour and shape in these pieces which create something quite mesmerising with an air of something living. With an importance placed on connecting viewer to artist that organic feel is perfect in creating art that also creates it's own connection with you. Next up is something super stylish and super comfy too if Sarah Capel has much to do with it. I'm permanently drawn to styles that have a strong graphic design quality, something I really love in Sarah's pieces. Much of her design is inspired by the interaction of brush on canvas and is wonderfully screen printed combining care and precision in a manner that is replicable to allow these exact creations.
A touch of super indulgent luxury next but a real thing of beauty in the patina and hues created by The Hand Dyed Shoe Company. There's time taken here and I think that's what I am really drawn to in something like this.
It is something I find in my spooning, knowing that there may be a quicker way to reach the end point but in taking that time a narrative is drawn from something organic and that is worth the investment of those hours, it leaves us with a story and a great reason to treasure what we are holding, or perhaps in this case, wearing.
More indulgence now, though this time in the part of me that goes n'awwww. Lily Clarke creates wonderfully whimsical characters caught a little out of their element and gives them a home on cards, notebooks and other accessories that are just full of charm.
I'm also fairly sure that all our problems could be solved by a badger in space. Black Rock Textiles has created a tiny little round bunny from felt.....and it's adorable. They also have super lovely textiles and home accessories that are super worthy of your attention but really, teeny, tiny, roll around bunny, if I had a mic I would be dropping it right about now.
One more crafty wonder for you. We Are Stardust bring together science and design in their cards with beautiful illustrations that have the feel of scientific journal images. Each has a wonderfully alternative take on the tried tropes of card messages. Not to sure how to say happy birthday? How about the hope of long lasting health in a lobsters potential for immortality? Winner.
Update - Just after posting Agnes, the creative force behind We Are Stardust got in touch and in addition to being thoroughly lovely mentioned that they are having something of a refurb at the moment and that the virtual store front might be a tad bare for now. They will be relaunching with a new line a little later in the year though with all news being announced on their twitter account and I'll probably give a heads up too.
Do you have a favourite maker or crafter? Let us know in the comments section then join us over on #HandmadeHour to shout about them, every Wednesday 7:30-9:30 GMT or use #MyTeapotMoment over on Instagram.