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Makers Of East London

September 23, 2015
by the gentle author

Our friends at Hoxton Mini Press have just published MAKERS OF EAST LONDON written by Kate Treggiden, a survey of craftsmen and women working in the East End – and today we publish a gallery of portraits of the makers by Charlotte Schreiber selected from the book

Steve McEwan makes handbells at Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Andreas Hudelmayer makes violins, violas & cellos in Clerkenwell

Daniel Harris weaves tweed in Clapton

Nicola Tassie makes ceramics in Hoxton

Rob Court makes neon signs in Walthamstow

Sebastian Tarek makes shoes in Hoxton

Katherine May works with textiles in Homerton

Walter Berwick makes spectacles at Algha Works in Fish Island

Richard Ince makes umbrellas at James Ince & Son in Cambridge Heath

Naomi Paul crochets lamps in Cambridge Heath

Barn the Spoon carves spoons in Bethnal Green & Stepney

Ray Rawlings makes pointe shoes at Freed of London in Well St

Kyla McCallum makes origami lamps in Bow

Casting sculpture at AB Fine Art Foundry in Poplar

Casting sculpture at AB Fine Art Foundry in Poplar

Gareth Neal makes furniture in Dalston

Graham Bignell, Beatrice Bless & Richard Ardagh at New North Press in Hoxton

James Kennedy makes bicycles in De Beauvoir

Simon Day makes furniture in Dalston

Photographs copyright © Charlotte Schreiber

Click here to buy a copy of MAKERS OF EAST LONDON direct from Hoxton Mini Press

You may like to read more about these makers

Barn the Spoon, Spoon Carver

At The Algha Spectacle Works

At James Ince & Sons, Umbrella Makers

At the Whitechapel Bell Foundry

14 Responses leave one →
  1. Ellen in NEW England permalink
    September 23, 2015

    Holey moley, GA, being a maker of Things myself, this is one of my favorite posts ever! Just these little portraits inspire me. Maybe I could crochet an umbrella of leather scraps and spectacle wire??? 😉

  2. September 23, 2015

    How wonderful to see so many young and talented artisans living and working in the East End. Valerie

  3. Jose Cadaveira permalink
    September 23, 2015

    Beautiful photos, must get a copy!


  4. September 23, 2015

    Love these images, thanks so much for sharing Gentle A! Have been thinking for a while of doing a set of ilustrations of artists/makers at work- very inspiring!

  5. Annie G permalink
    September 23, 2015

    Very very pleasing indeed.

  6. Vivienne permalink
    September 23, 2015

    Lovely photos and it’s great to see the evolution of arts and crafts in London’s east end.

  7. armier permalink
    September 23, 2015

    God bless the Gentle Author.

    Why, oh why, oh why, ohio, won’t/doesn’t anyone else take an interest and shine a little light [or a giant spotlight] on more maker stories like these.

    Reminds me of a line by Primo Levi;
    ….the solemn, balanced weight of the hammer, the concentrated power of a blade…

  8. Denise permalink
    September 23, 2015

    It takes an outsider ; a visitor to stand steady and still and in thundering wonder at the grandeur and richness of your majestic city . London offers intoxicating rambles at every turn .
    And willingly .
    A glorious and unalterable truth : forevermore .

    The photographs are evocative images of originals of the species under a gentle light which has never once sliced at the eye .

    ” Here is London , giddy London …” Morrissey

    “This music crept by me upon the waters”
    And along the Strand, up Queen Victoria Street.
    O City City, I can sometimes hear
    Beside a public bar in Lower Thames Street,
    The pleasant whining of a mandoline
    And a clatter and a chatter from within
    Where fishmen lounge at noon: where the walls
    Of Magnus Martyr hold
    Inexplicable splendour of Ionian white and gold. ” T. S . Eliot

    A city still in construction and built by the will of working men and women over
    millenia .

    and ” Really I must buy a pencil .”

    Live long , Gentle Author

  9. September 23, 2015

    This post just makes me happy! Happy to see people doing what they love and creating. A good inspiration to start my day here across the pond.

  10. September 23, 2015

    I love these photographs! Such quiet joyfulness and peace in each.

    The framing of the images is wonderful, the lighting superb.

    My great-grandfather was a boot-maker in Bromley circa 1900. I wish I had such a photo of him making boots in the sunlight, instead of no image of him at all. These photos help me imagine him.

    Thank you!

  11. September 23, 2015

    Congratulations to all these people for keeping the world a better place to live in by their skill and craftsmanship. All power to their elbow!!

  12. ROBERT GREEN permalink
    September 23, 2015

    Nice to see so many inventive people doing their best to remain self sufficient and independent of corporate business, although I dare say I doubt it will be long before politicians think of a way to put a stop all this free thinking individualism.

  13. Deby (in Canada) permalink
    September 23, 2015

    Such a positive post…heartening to see so many talented and happy looking makers.
    The photographs are splendid.

  14. September 23, 2015

    How lovely to make a living from one’s own skill and creativity.

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