February 2015

Fashion Focus

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Inspired by the excitement of London Fashion week, this month we turn our attention to a selection of Cockpit makers who are all fashion forward thinking.

Petite Albion
Petite Albion create ethical handmade knitwear for children. All of their knits are hand-crafted in London using Alpaca and Merino, sustainably sourced from mills in Devon. Petite Albion love to knit and they love their local community. When founders Fanny Santini and Bronwen Campbell-Golding wanted to give something back, they decided to start teaching knitting workshops with charities in and around London. They aim to create a stronger community by encouraging people not only to knit, but to talk and exchange ideas, experiences, and skills.

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Founded by Mark Tallowin, Tallowin is a luxury leather goods company which creates handbags and wallets of the finest quality. Because Mark Tallowin, insists upon crafting every single item himself, from hide selection and hand cutting, through the incredibly time-consuming process of hand-stitching, each handbag can take up to a week to bring to life. Tallowin handbags are offered on a made-to-order basis, only available directly and are stamped with their individual issue number upon completion. Please contact directly for current waiting-list times, or for any other enquiries.

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Carréducker is known for their handmade shoes that combine traditional craft skills perfected over generations, with a distinct, contemporary aesthetic. Over a combined 30 years of specialist training, apprenticeship and professional experience Deborah Carré and James Ducker have acquired mastery of the crafts that together comprise the classic, world famous ‘West End’ bespoke shoe. This expertise means that they are well-placed to offer a consultation service to luxury and footwear companies, helping them improve the quality and fit of their footwear.

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January 2015

Cockpit’s colourful New Year picks


With the New Year well and truly underway and Spring not too far around the corner, we’re gearing up for some glorious sunshine not just outside but behind our studio doors at Cockpit Arts. With that in mind, we’ve taken a pick of some of the most colourful and creative pieces available to buy online.

Tamasyn Gambell
Add colour and warmth to your living space with Tamasyn Gambells’s vibrant homewares. Each item is made from rich linen which is hand screen-printed in London and Europe. Tamasyn’s beautifully brightly coloured products combine timeless design and luxury using eco-friendly methods.

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Jenny Llewellyn
Inspired by the luminous colours, shapes and movement of underwater life, Jenny Llewellyn creates colourful and tactile jewellery made from silicone that juxtapose precious with non-precious materials.

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Maria Hatling
The world of Maria Hatling is one where bold quirky drawings, colour and creativity rule. Her signature hand-drawn prints and patterns are easily recognizable and her quality of line has won her many followers eager to collect her work. Maria works across a range of different media including painting with acrylics on canvas, collage, textiles and silkscreen & giclee prints on paper.

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December 2014

Shop for bespoke Christmas decorations at Cockpit Open Studios

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Why not deck your house this Christmas with unique handmade gifts by visiting our Winter Open Studios shopping event in Deptford this weekend, Friday 5 – Sunday 7 December. And if you enter our FREE PRIZE DRAW you could win all the bespoke decorations (more than 40 in total!) on our Cockpit Christmas tree.  The Tate’s Merchandise Director Rosey Blackmore selects her particular favourites…

Kelvin J Birk
Star ‘illusion’ made out of brass tube and crushed precious and semi-precious stones. The piece is in keeping with Kelvin’s concept of using valuable stones in an unusual way.

Rosey says: “I was hoping to find something unexpected and this piece by Kelvin J Birk is so inventive. It is a refreshing interpretation of a traditional festive form. A star with a new twist and modernity. I love the way it works on the tree and the crushed gem stone finish. It’s perfect.”

Katharine Morling
Hand painted ceramic ‘Bubble Blower’ ornament derived from the artists’ installation ‘Garden’s Edge’.

Rosey says: “Katharine’s ‘Bubble Blower’ is wonderfully playful and looks lovely on the tree. The glass bubble is very pretty and captures the light.”

Alex Potter
An Appalachian Dulcimer is a fretted string instrument of the zither family, typically with three or four strings. This miniature version has been carved from walnut, with a poplar soundboard, hollynut saddle, ebony fret board and working tuning pegs.

Rosey says: “This miniature Appalachian Dulcimer by Alex Potter is exquisite. It conjures the spirit of Christmas with festive music.” 


November 2014

Nigel Coates Christmas Picks

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With a wealth of designer gifts available across two sites, you’ll be spoilt for choice at our Christmas Open Studios shopping extravaganza. To help get your wish list started, we asked leading designer, architect and original thinker Nigel Coates to select his Christmas picks…

Kelvin Birk (Holborn)
Freeform Rings 18ct gold men’s wedding ring and sterling silver ‘Freeform’ ring. Price: POA. To view more from the ‘London Gents Style’ gift category, click here

Golden Daze cushion. Part of the DreaMelody: Patterns in Play collection. This pattern was developed from the song ‘A Kind of Magic’ by Queen. Made from silk, wool, and metallised yarn. Price: £348. To view more from the ‘Luxe Winter Home’ gift category, click here

Josie Shenoy (Deptford)
‘Winter Squirrel’ Greeting Card. FSC certified board, gold foil on the front and back. Made in the UK. Price: £3. To view more from the ‘Stocking Fillers’ gift category, click here

To view Nigel’s selection for the Fashion Forward Femme, click here

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October 2014

Christmas is coming! Get ready to shop…


Our Christmas Open Studios will be bursting with even more gorgeous gifts this year. Save the dates: Holborn, 28-30 November and Deptford, 5-7 December. What will be on your Christmas wish list? How about these beauties from our flyer (clockwise spiral from top right):

#1 Petra Bishai, ‘Footprint I’ brooch, £820. Studio: Deptford 302

#2 Sara Gunn, Black Leather Skin Cuff with gold overlay, £395. Studio: Holborn E2F

#3 Elisabeth Hamlyn, Red and Charcoal Stripe Scarf, £100. Studio: Holborn E2J

#4 Jo Hayes Ward, Stratus Stack Ring, POA. Studio: Deptford 201

#5 sjm*, Blackbird brooch, £18. Studio: Holborn W3

#6 Karen Henriksen, ‘Samantha’ hat, £290. Studio: Holborn W7

#7 Abigail Brown, Hare, papier mâché sculpture, £315. Studio: Holborn E2R

#8 Jenny Llewellyn, Chromophobia Necklace, £715. Studio: Holborn E2F

#9 Timea Sido, Tangled Christmas Tree Tealight Holder, £15. Studio: Deptford 102

#10 Thornback & Peel, Stag linen union napkins, box of four, £40. Studio: Holborn W11

#11 Eleanor Lakelin, Small Carved Bowl, £245. Studio: Deptford 01 

#12 carréducker, bespoke men’s shoes, POA. Studio: Holborn E2G

#13 Jacqueline Cullen, Hand Carved Electro Formed Whitby Jet Drop Earrings, POA. Studio: Holborn E2K

#14 Maud Traon, Precious Metal Ring, POA. Studio: Deptford 106


August 2014

Cockpit’s Eco Luxury Buys



With this month’s Making It e-newsletter exploring environmentally friendly materials used by our makers, (out on the 19 August,) we have taken a pick of some of the most luxurious handcrafted ‘eco’ pieces available to buy online.

Tamasyn Gambell
Tamasyn’s bright and colourful designs are not only perfect for contemporary living, but also uphold her aim to make work in the most environmentally and socially responsible way possible. By using organic dyes and water based pigments in her studio, these hand printed lampshades (£85) are truly original products.

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Catarina Riccabona
A winner of the Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Award in 2012, Catarina uses ecologically sourced materials for her home wares and accessories which are inspired by tribal textiles. She uses wool and linen sourced from Europe and second hand yarns either donated or from old stocks to create luxurious new pieces. Each of Catarina’s hand woven throws, such as this one (£380) are individual and alternative colours and patterns can also be commissioned.

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Ute Decker
Ute’s sculptural jewellery is not only tactile and aesthetically beautiful but demonstrates her commitment to ethically sourced materials, working in Fairtrade gold, recycled silver and bio-resin. This arm sculpture, entitled Silk II (£2,300) is made from recycled sterling silver, showing Ute’s clean, minimalist style and makes a bold and complimentary statement to any outfit.

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July News 2014

 Bringing the outdoors inside this summer

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Finally the sun is out and ice-cream is on the menu! To celebrate summer, we have a selected three works by Cockpit Arts designer-makers, which will bring warmth inside this season, turning your home into your garden!

Suzanne Goodwin
Suzanne’s luminous, floral print, satin bed throw is ideal for delivering a splash of colour indoors. With her collections sold in Liberty and Heal’s, it is easy to see why people have fallen in love with Suzanne’s innovative ideas and highly distinctive digital print designs.

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Jo Heckett
Jo’s personalised ceramic bunting is a lovely way to celebrate this season in style and look great indoors and outside for those barbecue parties in the garden. Stamping her clay using found objects, makes Jo’s work even more unique.

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Fanny Shorter
Fanny’s bold, distinctive hand printed textiles were originally born out of her illustrations and are perfectly encapsulated in this Vine cushion with its bright and tropical style design.  Great for the home and garden this season!

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 June News 2014

Things are hotting up! Shop on our Summer Open Studios Flyer…


Our Summer Open Studios are on the way – Holborn from 6 – 8 June and Deptford from 13-15 June. Put the date in the diary and get a taste of what’s to come with these colourful and creative pieces featured on the flyer. Clockwise from the top:

#1 SaPetra, Ceramic Capsules, £65 each, Holborn E2E

#2 Laura Amstein, Structural Leather Bag, Cockpit Arts Alumni

#3 Katrin Spranger, Polyurethane Brooch, £460, Holborn E6

#4 Clara Breen, Paper Brooch & Earring Studs, £195 Brooch, £255 Studs, Holborn W10

#5 Eleanor Lakelin, Carved Natural Edged Vessel, £495, Deptford 01

We look forward to welcoming you to the Studios very soon!


May News 2014

Sarah Myerscough Selects: Conceptual Craft

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London gallerist Sarah Myerscough, has selected works for our Summer Open Studios showcases which highlight just some of the bold contemporary designs made at Cockpit Arts. In this, our last category, Sarah looks at Conceptual Craft, and has selected these three art-led pieces as they encapsulate extraordinary ideas and may even challenge some people’s perception of ‘craft’.

Nadia Anne Ricketts, (Deptford)
‘Pas de Deux’ – Sleeping Beauty – The Wedding. A woven art piece created from a digital reading of Tchaikovsky’s symphony, price £3,000
‘This piece is conceptually interesting. It has real musicality and rhythm.’

View Nadia’s collections

Mark Tallowin, (Deptford)
Tassel Sash. Oversized key fob, scaled up to human proportions; overtakes the object it began life augmenting, envelops it, and becomes a strange object in its own right, price £480
‘A light and humorous concept and beautiful craftsmanship.’

View Mark’s collections

Maya Selway, (Holborn)
Kishu Bowls. 3 dimensional drawings made in oxidized copper, price £1,030 for a set of three.
‘Pure elegant pieces with a strong, minimal form.’

View Maya’s collections


 Sarah Myerscough Selects: Wearable Art

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London gallerist Sarah Myerscough, has selected works for our Summer Open Studios showcases which highlight just some of the bold contemporary designs made at Cockpit Arts. Wearable Art is the second of our three categories and shows four wearable works that transcend the everyday and push creative boundaries. Read on to find out Sarah’s own thoughts on the works too.

Karen Henriksen, (Holborn)
Abstract parchment headpiece, price £650
Hand-cut & blocked parchment vellum pieces on wire headband.
‘I love the bold fluid form and working with parchment is so inventive.’

View Karen’s collections

Clara Breen, (Holborn)
Red Paper Brooch, price £195
Paper, oxidised sterling silver, stainless steel.
‘Clever use of simple materials in a striking fun piece of jewellery.’

View Clara’s collections

Tania Clarke Hall, (Holborn)
Freeform Necklace, price £110
Made in vegetable tanned leather it is worn as a long necklace draped around the neck or as a scarf.  It folds flat into its own card packaging.
‘Cleverly conceived and playful – I like the simplicity and find the way it is packaged pleasing.’

View Tania’s collections 

Mariko Sumioka, (Holborn)
Pray for Japan Brooch, price £450
Made in enamel on copper, oxidized silver, gold-plated silver, cotton cord & stainless steel pin.
‘Incredibly inventive and unique, this piece is interesting sculpturally, conceptually, culturally and texturally.’

View Mariko’s collections 


Sarah Myerscough Selects: Future Collectables

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London gallerist Sarah Myerscough, has selected works for our Summer Open Studios showcases which highlight just some of the bold contemporary designs made at Cockpit Arts.  These ‘Future Collectables’ demonstrate contemporary craft objects which are exquisitely crafted and distinctive enough to stand the test of time. Read on to find out Sarah’s own thoughts on the works too.

Ute Decker, (Holborn)
Articulation – Neck Sculpture, price in recycled sterling silver £1,200, recycled sterling silver & recycled gold £2,700 and recycled gold £8,900
A wall and body sculpture that can be worn in a myriad of configurations.
‘Subtle and sculptural aesthetic – an elegant and versatile form.’

View Ute’s collections

Eleanor Lakelin, (Deptford)
Burr-necked Gourd Form, price £595
Lathe-turned hollow form. Bleached and sandblasted Chestnut Burr.
‘Beautifully organic and sculptural – a definite future collectable.’

View Eleanor’s collections

Shaun Grace, (Deptford)
Sugar Pot and Tongs, price £800
Made in sterling silver.
‘A strong, simple sculptural piece and  beautifully crafted.’

View Shaun’s collections 


Spring shows & summer dates hot off the press!



Read all about the latest summer shows and events that our talented designer-makers are taking part in by reading our May e-newsletter. Perfect for serious collectors and craft enthusiasts alike, these shows highlight the best in contemporary craft to buy right now, at places such as COLLECT at Saatchi Gallery and of course our FREE Summer Open Studios here at Cockpit!

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April News 2014

Blossom and Bunnies? Easter must be here!

Spring is finally here and to celebrate, we have selected a few works by our designer-makers available to buy on CultureLabel. So to make your Easter weekend extra special this year, why not add a little Cockpit crafted magic.

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Camilla Meijer
Camilla‘s hand drawn prints and illustrations inspired by nature and organic forms are beautifully encapsulated on this Love Bunny cushion. Her bright, bold and detailed designs are ideal for Spring and Summer this year.

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Yen Jewellery
These aptly Spring named ‘Blossom’ earrings in silver and pearl encapsulate Yen‘s desire to create tactile jewellery which carries movement and the desire to be touched. These distinctive earrings will complement any outfit this season.

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Luna Lighting
Luna Lighting‘s porcelain tea light holders are a perfect way to update your room and with over 40 different designs to choose from, we felt that this bunny version would be the perfect way to add a little sparkle of light this Easter.

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March News 2014

Mother’s Day Inspiration


It can be hard to find truly special Mother’s Day gifts, so here at Cockpit we have compiled some ideas for handcrafted pieces which stand out for their originality and creative edge. For more gift ideas for Mums you can follow our Pinterest board too. Get ready for 30 March!

Katherine Morling
These ceramic mother and baby turtles (£300) by Katherine Morling are incredibly charming and exquisitely crafted. Katharine ingeniously creates decorative objects with clever twists and her work bridges the divide between art and ceramics. These turtles are made on request and take two weeks. She also has other editions which are ready to buy online.

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Boodi Blu Jewellery
Sarah Marafie combines fragments of  ‘found pottery’ with gemstones, pearls and gold, to create  bold yet delicate jewellery. Show your love with this heart necklace (£52), which is simultaneously nostalgic and contemporary. Perfect for the 30 March!

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Charlotte Day
Charlotte Day’s floral print cashmere scarves (£138  ) are the ultimate luxury gift for Mother’s Day. Part of her Plant Hunters collection, this scarf is inspired by her love of historical botanical images combined with her own decorative motifs.

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February News 2014

London Fashion Week, Cockpit collaborations & More!

 Latest collections from our designer-makers as LFW approaches!

February looks set to be one of the most exciting months in British fashion with London Fashion Week taking centre stage. In Newsletter #8 we’ve highlighted a selection of work by our designer-makers which gives just a taste of the diverse range of fashion talent crafting here at Cockpit, and gives you all the information you need to catch our designers at LFW.

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Love is in the air…

Love is in the air this month at Cockpit, and with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we have selected just a few great custom made gift ideas from our talented designer-makers.  Making something personal this Valentine’s Day is a great way to add an extra special touch to your gifts.

Thornback and Peel
Thornback and Peel are giving customers the chance to hand print their very own Valentine’s Day cards at their workshop evening events. Enjoy a glass of wine and 20% off in their Bloomsbury store too! Choosing from a range of quirky and original prints, these cards are the perfect way to send someone your love this year.

Read more here >

Laura Gravestock
Why not make jewellery a unique gift this year by making it personal? Laura Gravestock creates beautiful name necklaces, rings and bracelets in gold and silver. These delicate pieces are a great way to say those three words to someone this Valentine’s Day.

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SORT Design
Letterpress printers, SORT Design are teaming up for another year running with Fortnum and Mason for a one week, in store event, making personalised Valentine’s Day cards.  These cards are an excellent example of customising craft this Valentine’s.

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Gift Ideas
For more Valentine’s inspired gift ideas, take a look at Cockpit Arts Valentine’s Day Pinterest board to see lots more from our designer-makers!

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January News 2014

January Jewels

This month we are celebrating new works and collections from some of our talented jewellery designer-makers here at Cockpit Arts. Ruth Tomlinson, Maya Selway and Katrin Spranger have created breathtakingly beautiful new styles for the new year ahead.

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Picture 36562With her work recently being stocked in Liberty and an exhibition of work for Paris Fashion Week coming soon Ruth has firmly cemented herself as the go to jeweller for delicate and beautifully crafted pieces such as these new stud earrings.

View Ruth’s Collections here


Maya Selway

Untitled maya selway 2 (1)It’s a busy and exciting new year for our designer-maker Maya Selway, not only has she released a fabulous new collection of rings, two of which are above, but she will also be exhibiting at Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair in February and the Chosen Wedding Fair in April.

View more of Maya’s rings here


Katrin Spranger


Untitled katrin spranger 2These bold works by Katrin Spranger combine simplicity and elegance and look great as stand alone pieces or put together. ‘These pieces are from my collection “Best Before Wearables.” I used disposable plastic items (cable ties, bottles lids and screws) to emphasise the scarcity of future resources and the possibility of turning oil or plastic into precious jewellery material.’

Read more about Katrin’s influences here


November / December News 2013

Paul Smith Christmas Picks – Stocking Fillers


Paul Smith is Britain’s foremost designer. He is renowned for his creative aesthetic, which combines tradition and modernity. Emma Tyler, Paul Smith’s Head Buyer for Accessories has selected her favourite gifts by Cockpit designer-makers for a special showcase at the Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios.

Christmas curiosities, bespoke decorations and witty works make unusual and thoughtful gifts at affordable prices. These stocking fillers are perfect for adding a little sparkle and excitement this season.

Ruth Martin (Deptford), ‘Very Low-Fi Pod’, £5
“I love to get back to basics and this Very Low-Fi Pod is such a fun way to do it. This and the rest of Ruth’s collection of novelties have true Christmas spirit.”

View Ruth’s collections

Rentaro Nishimu (Holborn), snowflake decoration, £12
“What a lovely take on a traditional decoration. I like the drawings of how to put it together almost as much as the item itself.” 

View Rentaro’s collections

Josie Shenoy (Deptford), notebooks, £7.50 set of 2
“Josie has created the prettiest notebooks, cleverly using repeat print to create a charming pattern. Everyone likes a piece of stationery in their stocking and there are two for a lovely price!”

 View Josie’s collections


Paul Smith Christmas Picks – Luxe Winter Home


Paul Smith is Britain’s foremost designer. He is renowned for his creative aesthetic, which combines tradition and modernity. Emma Tyler, Paul Smith’s Head Buyer for Accessories has selected her favourite gifts by Cockpit designer-makers for a special showcase at the Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios.

This latest installment includes beautifully made ‘statement’ interior pieces featuring original prints and striking textures.

Maria Hatling (Deptford), ‘The Way I See the World’ print, £125
“Accessories made into a dynamic graphic pattern. The perfect gift for me.”

View Maria’s collections

Abigail Brown (Holborn), ‘American Flamingo’ textile sculpture, £700
“Abigail has crafted quirky birds with painstakingly exquisite detail and character. I have a soft spot for the flamingo which resides in our Paris store with a flock of others.”

View Abigail’s collections

Eleanor Lakelin (Deptford), sandblasted and scorched tableware, from £195
“Unique, autumnal, sculptural and striking!”

View Eleanor’s collections


Paul Smith Christmas Picks – London Gent Style


These selected works mix classic styles with a modern edge to create truly unique pieces.

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Discover classic gifts ‘for him’ with exquisite detailing and distinctive design twists.

Jo Heckett (Holborn), ‘Bicycle Wheel’ cufflinks in porcelain, £35
“The lightness of the material and the quirkiness of the subject matter make this an original combination for a cufflink.” 

View Jo’s collection

Nette (Holborn), ‘Patterson’ cherry red tablet case, £120
“Old school style, made chic and current. Lovely clean designs, beautifully crafted.”

View Nette’s collection

Row Pinto (Deptford), cashmere hot water-bottle and matching eye mask, £70
“I can’t resist Scottish cashmere. This is a classic gift using masculine colours and is a very nice price for such a luxury set.”

View Row’s collection


Paul Smith Christmas Picks – Fashion Forward Femme


Gorgeous gifts ‘for her’ with hand finished flair and a flash of winter glamour.

Karen Henriksen (Holborn), ‘Daphne’ grey wool cloche with faux fur, £185
“Karen designs beautifully shaped pieces, so her hats make you both look glamorous but feel comfortable.”

View Karen’s collections

 Laura Gravestock (Holborn), ‘Talon’ cocktail ring, £265
“The perfect Christmas cocktail ring, you can be elegant and a little dangerous at the same time.”

View Laura’s collections

Tania Clarke Hall (Holborn), ‘Stacking’ neckpiece, leather edge dyed, £360
“This is a strong graphic piece but using a soft natural material. Looks good on or off.”

View Tania’s collections

Paul Smith Christmas Picks – Out of the Ordinary

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‘Blow the budget’ statement jewellery or bespoke commissions, ‘art led’ work or investment accessories. Make grand gestures this Christmas with extraordinary gifts:

Beth Gilmour (Holborn) ‘Garland Drop’ earrings, POA
“The dramatic use of black onyx against the delicate gold leaves makes this classic drop style a really striking combination.”

View Beth’s collections

Charlotte Day (Deptford), printed scarves £130, prints £80.
“Beautiful quality botanical illustrations with the graphic surprise of a bulls head crowned in skulls.
A stunning gift!”

View Charlotte’s collections

Pinaki Studios (Deptford), ‘Edible Surfaces’, £120 per piece
“Combining quality chocolate with the texture and pattern of fabric. Genius!”

View Pinaki Studios collections

October News 2013

Looking for Christmas Gifts? Shop the Flyer!


Our festive Christmas Open Studios are on the way – Holborn from 29 November – 1 December and Deptford from 6-8 December. Put the date in the diary and get a taste of what’s to come with these gorgeous pieces featured on the flyer:

#1 Shona Marsh, Salt Dish, £300, Deptford 200
#2 Ute Decker, Curvature Wide sculptural cuff, £1800, Holborn E2G
#3 Rentaro Nishimura, Dove Mobile, £30, Holborn E3
#4 Jennifer Conroy, Intertwine Porcelain Sculpture, £420, Deptford 200
#5 sjm*, Porcelain Snowflake Decoration x3, £9, Holborn W3
#6 Emma Yeo, Luna Under Wing headpiece, £855, Deptford 208
#7 Shona Marsh, Salad Servers, £300, Deptford 200
#8 Laura Adburgham, Lilac and Indigo Circle Scarf, £198, Deptford 214
#9 Ian Scott Kettle, Green Bow Tie, £55, Holborn E2i

Backdrop: American Black Walnut courtesy of Toby Davies at Hunkydory Furniture contemporary, bespoke commissions. Holborn E1.

September News 2013

Prints Charming

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When it comes to hand printed designs on fabric and paper, Cockpit Arts designer-makers are best in show. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s London Design Festival.

Sitting pretty. Cushions by Tamasyn Gambell. Tamasyn is at Tent London.

Are you being served? Cards designed for Fortnum & Mason by SORT, The Society of Revisionist Typographers. SORT are at Fortnum & Mason

Something fishy. ‘Spectrum Fish’ by Fanny Shorter. Fanny is at Imprint.

London Design Festival, Fashion Week & More


We’re at the heart of the creative action in London this September!

September is a bumper month for creativity with the London Design Festival, London Fashion Week, week one of Goldsmiths’ Fair and much more. In Newsletter #4 we’ve cherry picked some of the best events featuring Cockpit Arts’ designer-makers to help you navigate your way through the design metropolis.

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July News

Gifts for a Royal Birth

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Keep it British, keep it hand-crafted when selecting gifts for a new baby. Search our online designer-maker directory for presents that are fit for a king.

Born with a silver spoon. Silver Christening spoons by Will Odell

Royal flush. My Little Family by Laura Long

Crowning glory. Royal baby commemorative hanky box by Thornback & Peel

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A Winning Combination

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Our delighted prize draw winners tell us how they put their Cockpit Arts vouchers towards new investment pieces by our designer-makers.

Cheryl, from North London, was over the moon to win this year’s Summer Open Studios prize draw, and is planning to splash out on a striking Emma Yeo head piece for a very special occasion. ‘I am a huge fan of Emma’s work,’ said Cheryl. ‘I’m going to get a head piece for my wedding next year, so I can put my £100 voucher towards the cost of that – perfect!’

Anne Beresford, who also won a £100 voucher, came along to our Summer Open Studios looking for something special. ‘I spent a long time looking at the Kelvin Birk pitchers which are lovely.  However, I was then caught off-guard by a one-off jacket by Justin Oh.  It fitted me as if it had been made for me, and I just couldn’t resist.  So my voucher has gone to a very good home.’

Anne, a film producer, plans to wear her jacket to the premier of her new film Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach at the end of September. ‘So it’s already getting plenty of ‘bookings’!’ she laughed.

Photo: Head piece by Emma Yeo

Bring the Sunshine In


It’s all happening on the home front as a raft of new illustration-led designer-makers arrive at Cockpit Arts to inject a fresh sense of style into the world of interiors.

Scandinavian drama: Described by Elle Decoration as a ‘Nordic Star’, Norwegian artist and designer Maria Hatling strikes a mid century modern note with her bold hand-drawn prints and patterns.

Shop Maria Hatling’s collections >

Telling talesJosie Shenoy‘s intricate hand-drawn illustrations are influenced by the natural world, storytelling and unexplored curiosities. She fuses traditional print methods with digital processes to create a range of desirable print and homewares.

Shop Josie Shenoy’s collections >

Flower power: Originally trained as a gardener with the Royal Horticultural Society, Charlotte Day‘s passion for plants now appears in print form on everything from textiles to teapots and etched windows to canvas tents.

Shop Charlotte Day’s collections >


June News

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Meet more marvelous makers at Deptford Open Studios 

The fun just keeps on coming! This weekend our Deptford studios take centre stage with a new line up of 60+ designer-makers. If you haven’t been before it’s an absolute must. Jump on a DLR, overground, boat or train – we’re just one stop away from London Bridge.  

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Beautiful work to buy at Open Studios

Thank you to the talented photographer and film-maker Sussie Ahlburg for creating this stunning film featuring work by Cockpit Arts designer-makers.  All pieces are available to buy at our Open Studios events 7-9 June (Holborn) and 14-16 June (Deptford).

Can’t view the film here? See Cockpit Arts from Sussie Ahlburg on Vimeo.

Shop the Flyer: Come to our Open Studios 7-9 June Holborn; 14-16 June Deptford

This summer, discover a new way of shopping and sow the seeds of sustainability. All the beautiful, hand-crafted products pictured in our flyer below can be bought from Cockpit Arts. Scroll down to find out who made them, and where… http://www.cockpitarts.com/shopping-events

Box 1: Tangled Web Mini bowl with gold lustre detailing, from £22, and Fragile Fragment Tiny Bowl, from £12. Both by Timea Sido, Deptford Studio 102; Rosette ribbon necklace. £37. Aelska, Holborn Studio E2P; Marsh tea towel. £11.50. Amanda Ross, Deptford Studio 104; Bone China Love/Peace Birds. £45 for a pair. Yoyo Ceramics, Holborn Studio E16; Flying Pig magnet. £4.95. Sian Zeng, Deptford Studio 112; Paint Tube and Brush. £125. Katharine Morling, Deptford 205.

Box 2: Knitted textured stripe purse. £10. Zoe Miller/Tangent Accessories, Holborn Studio E14.

Box 3: Bright Yellow Buttercup Note Cards. Set of six £6.50. Jen Rowland, Deptford Studio 305; The Promise Cuff in 18ct Gold Plated Silver. £POA. Laura Gravestock, Holborn Studio E3. Vim & Vigour hand-printed A5 notebook. £5. SORT, Holborn Studio W8; Large strata necklace, silver with 18ct vermeil  and labradorites. £550. Clara Breen, Holborn Studio W10; SpotMe badges. £10 for set of 3. Katie Barton, Holborn Studio E14; Parsley/Bay mug. £12.50. Amanda Ross, Deptford Studio 104; Earthenware Great Bustard Vase. £40. Lush, Deptford Studio 101.

Box 4: ‘Container ‘rings, fine silver and found paper. £165 each. Clara Breen, Holborn Studio W10; Fruit Spoon Rest/Tea Bag Tidy. £10 each. Yoyo Ceramics, Holborn Studio E16.

Box 5: Three lavender pockets. £24. Row Pinto, Deptford Studio 304.

Box 6: Cashmere eye mask lined with Liberty Tana Lawn fabric. £28. Row Pinto, Deptford Studio 304; Anatomical Hearts Print Pouch made from organic hand screen-printed cotton. £18. Fanny Shorter, Holborn Studio E2P.

Box 7: 3 glass leaves, usually part of a leaf cascade for stairwells or chandeliers. £20 each. Aline Johnson, Holborn Studio E2; Silver ‘boxcast’ ring with a cut peridot, 2 chrome diopsides, tourmaline chips and a green stone cluster. £560.00. Kelvin Birk, Holborn Studio E3; ‘Cat Guitar’ greetings card. £3. Naomi Ryder, Deptford Studio 305; ‘Big Beads’ necklace  of varisite, agate and lava with oxidised silver fixings. £240. Lucy Martin, Deptford Studio 310; Egg Saucer, based on the 60s/70s melamine version and with a space for a spoon and salt. £10. Yoyo Ceramics, Holborn Studio E16.

Box 8: ‘Wonderings’ brooch, silver, smokey quartz, peridot, pearls and antique glass. £1,800. Ruth Tomlinson, Holborn Studio W1; Tropical Printed Lavender Cushion. Sold as gift set of 3, £25. Suzanne Goodwin, Holborn Studio E2R; Ditto the Hamster made from linen mix. £18. Terri Leahy, Deptford Studio 209; Cotton Bee-Garden cushion. £35. Lush, Deptford Studio 101.

Box 9: Wedding Table Tile, made to order. £14 each. Jo Heckett, Holborn Studio E16; The Classic Bow Tie in teal. £65. Ian Scott Kettle, Holborn Studio E2i; 20cm Ice/Steel flower made from duchess satin. £79. Lorna Syson, Deptford Studio 307; Ottoman Blaue Blume ceramic/earthenware container, painted and glazed by hand. £55. Amber Khokar, Deptford Studio 312; Small moulded leather bag. Laura Amstein, Holborn Studio E2H; Blue Butterflies Cuff. Hand dyed aluminium cuff printed with original drawings of butterflies. £40. Sally Lees, Holborn Studio E2F; Sphere ring. £15. Rentaro Nishimura, Holborn Studio E3; ‘Birds in Shade’ padded hand-printed A6 notebook. £18. Julie Kouamo, Holborn Studio E2; Three white 100% cotton handkerchiefs hand-printed with sardines in a tin. £15.95. Thornback & Peel, Holborn Studio W11.

Box 10: ‘The Crays’ Winkers resort shoes in 100% Irish Linen with exclusive print by Thornback & Peel. £150. carreducker, Holborn Studio E2G.

Image styled by Melinda Ashton-Turner, photography Anders Gramer

Newsletter #2

Open Studios start today at 6pm and you’re invited…

The sun is shining and the creativity at Cockpit Arts is blooming! Come and join us at Open Studios for summer cocktails and late night shopping from 6-9pm this evening in Holborn or pop along on Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 6pm. Next weekend the fun continues with 60 more makers at our Deptford event. FREE ENTRY | Donations welcome

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Sustainable Craft Picks


For our showcases at Open Studios eco design expert Oliver Heath has selected designer-maker businesses at Cockpit Arts with sustainability at the heart of their practice. Selected designers across our two sites include: ‘The Sustainable Wood Turner’  Eleanor Lakelin, ‘The Mistresses of Up-Cycled Teasewear’ Holloway Smith Noir, ‘The Eco Textile Printer’ Tamasyn Gambell and ‘The Ethical Jeweller’ Ute Decker.

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May News

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Welcome to our NEW newsletter!

We are feeling rather excited… our Summer Open Studios are just around the corner and you’re invited. We only open to the public twice a year, so please bring your friends and come along to our ‘rare gem’ of an event. This year we are particularly celebrating sustainability and fabulous ‘Design Originals, Crafted for Life‘.

Adding to our cheery mood, we have this ‘new-look’ e-newsletter which we think looks pretty dapper. Read on for our latest news and enjoy!

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Design Originals, Crafted for Life

Visitors to our Open Studios are shopping for pieces that stand the test of time…

Hand-crafted collectables that last a lifetime – whether it’s a beautifully tailored coat or an exquisitely hand-forged silver vase – are becoming increasingly sought-after by today’s savvy shoppers. A recent luxury report by Ledbury Research quoted in Vogue found that consumers are ‘adopting a “less is more” mentality…focusing more on quality and good experiences.’ This is backed up by Cockpit’s own survey which looked at how visitors to our Open Studios shop (scroll down to read ‘Craft & Longevity at Cockpit’). Tired of the sugar-candy hit of mass-produced high-street buys, these shoppers are taking time to seek out products with a provenance and invest in quality design originals which they intend to keep for life.

One such shopper is Open Studios regular Anne Beresford, a film producer who lives round the corner from Cockpit’s Holborn studios. Anne has a few treasured pieces that she has collected from Cockpit designer-makers over the years, and told us why she finds them so satisfying: ‘I have a Justin Oh coat that is always admired wherever I go. And my Oyster card holder by him matches the lining of my coat! When people comment, I always say it came from round the corner. I am wearing earrings today that I bought from Maya, and I have one of the lovely silver bowls by Will Odell that I had as a birthday present. My husband is lucky enough to own a pair of carréducker shoes.’

‘All these are investment buys – whatever goes in my wardrobe has to earn its keep and stay there a long time. Everything I buy from Cockpit fits that brief.’

So why not come along to Open Studios to discover your own design original or ‘investment’ piece. Holborn: 7-9 June; Deptford 14-16 June

Pictured above, left to right:  Cracked Vase by Will Odell, Top by Justin Oh, Deerskin shoes by carreducker

 Craft & Longevity at Cockpit

Our Open Studios events are open to all and frequented by shoppers, stylists, design enthusiasts and craft collectors alike. This year we asked our shoppers to fill in a survey which highlighted a strong link between craft and longevity. When asked their reasons for buying craft, many factors were highlighted but an overwhelming 100% of shoppers stated that quality was important or very important. Over 95% felt that originality, style and supporting small independent businesses were also important or very important, 5% being unsure.

In relation to craft and longevity over 90% agreed:

  • That they had items by designer-makers which they intended to keep for life
  • They valued work by designer-makers over mass produced work and generally kept crafted items for longer than those that were mass produced
  • They would rather invest in one well-made ‘long lasting’ piece than several cheaper more ‘disposable’ pieces.

Buying for longevity is more sustainable, something that we will be celebrating at our Open Studios this year.

April News

Bridal Party

Celebrate your special day and let our designer-makers at Cockpit Arts help you create a totally unique wedding. With fine jewellery, millinery, stationery, wedding favours and gifts for guests and bridal party all under one roof, it couldn’t be easier. Browse our dedicated Wedding Directory online , then arrange an appointment to visit a designer-maker in their studio. Many of our designer-makers also have an online shop. Or for a real treat, why not book a Private Shopping Tour of Cockpit Arts Holborn for you and your bridal party.

Images from left to right: Personalised Bridesmaid by Laura Long; Diamond Cluster rings by YEN; Millinery by Judy Bentinck.

Summer Open Studios

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Our Summer Open Studios are on the way and you are all invited!

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March News

Easter Treats

Join Cockpit designer-makers for an Easter celebration and fill your home with beautiful hand-crafted designs that will last longer than your chocolate egg. Browse our Designer-Maker Directory online for more fresh ideas for your home.

Easter Bunny: Thornback & Peel Rabbit and Cabbage placemats make the perfect centre piece for your Easter table. Set of four melamine placemats, currently on sale £33.60.

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Egg-static: Why would you start your breakfast with anything less? Egg cup by Yoyo Ceramics, £10.

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Sitting pretty: A sure sign that Spring has arrived. Juneberry and Birds cushion by Lorna Syson, £44.

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Follow our ‘Springtime Zing’ Pinterest board for more inspiration.

Mum’s the word


Treat Mum this mother’s day with original, handcrafted gifts from Cockpit designers.

Arm candy: For something extra special, you can’t go wrong with this classic cream leather and silk tote by Teresa Georgallis. £175.

Mini magic: Inspired by the texture of cut glass, these beautiful Shan Valla vases will look stunning arranged with Mum’s favourite spring blooms. Available in 5 shapes in white. £14 each, £35 for a mixed trio, or a mixed set of five for £50.

Charming: Add a touch of understated elegance to any outfit with this ‘Majestic’ bracelet by Laura Gravestock. £99.

For more ideas, visit our online shop at CultureLabel


February News

Shop Yellow

Inject some springtime zing with yellow accessories for you and your home. Here are a few favourites from our CultureLabel shop. A Rosette Necklace (£37) in canary yellow by äelska adds rays of sunshine to any outfit. Teresa Georgallis’ shoulder bag in hand-woven yellow Jacquard offers minimalist chic. Promise Cocktail Rings (£255) by Laura Gravestock sparkle with zesty Lemon Quartz. Golden Oriole birds are usually spotted in May, a sure sign that spring has sprung. This fabric sculpture (pictured, £195) by Abigail Brown is as pretty as the real thing. Julie Kouamo’s ‘Birds on Tree’ cushion (£55) glows with the warmest of sunset hues – perfect to snuggle up and dream of spring.

For more ideas why not visit our Mellow Yellow Pinterest board.

Experimental Gems

We are delighted to welcome two new designer-makers to Cockpit Arts this month, both bringing experimental directions to jewellery design. Rentaro Nishimura is an innovative product designer specialising in fabricating 3D objects from 2D materials. His work includes an innovative self-assembly ring, laser-cut from a single acrylic sheet, inspired by the Queen of Hearts from ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Art led jeweller Katrin Spranger (work pictured) was educated in the traditional field of a goldsmith’s craftsmanship and this remains an important part of her practice. Today Katrin uses jewellery as a way to communicate stories and reflect on socio-critical themes. Her approach often leads to collaborations with fashion designers, photographers and film makers.

Feel the Love

Feeling foxy? This feathered eye mask handmade from vintage lace, upcycled leather, Swarovski and silk by Holloway Smith Noir may tickle your fancy. £60

Hugs & Kisses:  These delicate Written X O studs by Laura Gravestock make a pretty gift and are a pretty price too. £25

SpotMe! Pin a fun retro reflective badge with embroidered heart to your loved one and help them stay safe on their bike too. £10 for 3

For more inspiration and ideas you can also visit our Valentine’s Pinterest board.


January News

New Year Resolutions

Brighten up January with three colourful resolutions…

1. Keep note of exciting things to do and see, so you have help at hand to cheer up dull days. Books by Kethi Copeland (left), Julie Kouamo (centre) and Fanny Shorter (right) are perfect for jotting down inspiring ideas.

2. Banish grubby old tea towels from the kitchen and replace with fun and fanciful designs by Camilla Meijer, Thornback & Peel and Lush Designs. It just feels good.

3. Treat yourself! Weave some colour into your wardrobe with a bold accessory by äelska, Pinaki Studios or Constructive Studio.