Meet the maker: Hatchet & Bear

Decorator's Notebook meets maker Hatchet & Bear

In our shop, we’re really proud to sell products that are made all over the world. The Decorator’s Notebook shop is a gentle, but deliberate, kick against high street shops that search only for the nearest, the easiest and the cheapest. Instead, we choose the most authentic, ethical and lovingly-made pieces to be part of… 

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Trying my hand at pottery at West Dean College

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I love ceramics and always enjoy having a go at new crafts, so when my friend Amy suggested we try our hand at pottery, I agreed straight away. We decided to make a weekend of it and signed up for the throwing pots taster day at the beautiful West Dean College near Chichester. After a… 

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My new favourite blog: Coffeeklatch

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I stumbled across this blog beauty quite by accident and it’s immediately become a firm favourite. Think Freunde von Freunden meets the Brooklyn Makers Project, then transport to Belgium, and you’re just about appreciating the creative loveliness that is Coffeeklatch. {Bart Kiggen / Coffeeklatch} I wouldn’t have necessarily had Belgium down as a creative hub… 

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The Makers Project: meet Brooklyn’s beautiful creatives

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I’m fascinated by photo projects and am always intrigued by the niche subjects people choose. Kinfolk magazine (my new obsession) led me to The Makers Project by Brooklyn-based photographer Jennifer Causey. Jennifer has made it her mission to capture the creative goings-on on her doorstep. From painters and florists to perfumers and distillers, she’s recorded… 

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Explore an artist’s studio in Istanbul

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I’ve posted before about my fascination with artists’ studios,  but I’ve never seen anything quite like this amazing live/work space belonging to Turkish painter and sculptor Melih Özuysal. {Ege Okal via Freunde von Freunden} What a fascinating space… looking at it you can imagine the smell of oil paint and turpentine mingling with orange zest,… 

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Explore an atmospheric factory conversion

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I seem to have developed a bit of a taste for warehouse and factory conversions recently. There’s just something about those huge windows, concrete floors and bare brick walls that speaks to my inner hipster who (very occasionally) tries to get out. This Australian coat hanger factory is particularly lovely – it’s owned by painter… 

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Creative spaces: artists in their studios

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A year or so ago I decided to try and re-awaken my artistic side by taking life drawing classes, and in preparation, spent some time studying Lucian Freud‘s paintings. I fell in love with his honest, evocative portraits, so was very sad to hear yesterday that he’d died this week at the grand old age… 

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