Without doubt one of the most wonderful aspects of working life since Simple Shape began is coming across new Makers - people whose work we love, people making things carefully and with absolutely skill. We are often asked how we 'find' our Makers. Well, some we have met in traditional ways, at trade fairs, but we have stumbled across others via less obvious routes - Instragram on a couple of occasions, by accident (once, so far), and by fortuitously living next door!
We have some brilliant pieces from 5 new Makers to add to the Simple Shape collection very soon so we thought we would tease you with things to come. Here below are a few highlights...
On one of the most beautiful days of summer so far we went to Herefordshire to collect a couple of new pieces. Baskets - yes we have found them! Sipping elderflower and strolling round a smallholding meeting the livestock and looking at the willow beds was one 'work-day' that it would be hard to beat.
The fastideous attention to detail never ceases to amaze and excite us. Our new stationery was hand delivered to us and came boxed and sealed with a beautiful wax stamp. When care is given at every level you are justified in your confidence in the quality of the product.
There are, inevitably, 'technical hitches' when you're making in small batches. But the 'fix it' approach means that problems become challenges to be solved. So when the box of handblown glassware arrived from Ireland, against the odds, it really was also an absolute delight to open it.
A door-step chat led to the addition of two of the most wonderful felt characters you have ever seen. The design aesthetic, meticulous skill and raw talent of our lovely neighbour Mimi Soan is evident. Just wait until you see Mr Badger and Mr Fox.