Introducing the 12 winners of our Spring Market competition. We received over 80 applications, and these were the designer/ makers that really caught our attention. They sold their products at our Spring Market on the Piazza on Thursday 1 March.
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Butterscotch & Beesting
Butterscotch & Beesting follows the adventures of two characters, Betty Butterscotch & Bumblewick Beesting who run the magical Butterstings Circus. All of Camilla’s products use storytelling and illustration, ranging from a circus sweet shop to magic potion kits. She has used the Library’s Business & IP Centre and came to our ‘Make it, Sell it’ event in November to gain advice on copyright. We loved the strong vision she has for her products and beautiful illustrations.
Cole of London
Sarah designs colourful mugs that are a contemporary take on an age old theme: featuring figures from history and illustration. She makes mugs featuring English monarchs, great writers and the wives of Henry VIII. Her mugs are made in Stoke-on-Trent and are now stocked by Liberty, the National Portrait Gallery and English Heritage. She has used the Business & IP Centre to learn about copyright and research the ceramics market.
A graduate of RCA, Haidee designs and produces hand-crafted interior accessories that are both playful and functional. Her ‘Tapa & Tapa’ range of tableware products make sculptural tessellations on your table top. She is now working on a new range of clocks that combine marble paper from 19thcentury book bindings with silhouettes of vintage pocket watches. Haidée was inspired by our ‘Magnificent Maps’ exhibition and her work is heavily influenced by images of19th century England, which she has researched on our website.
Holly uses science as a means of exploration for her stunning jewellery designs, from the inner workings of the human body to old scientific instruments. She uses a wide range of materials from precious and non-precious metals, rubber, glass and reindeer moss. Holly has used the Library’s Reading Rooms for research and attended our ‘Make it, Sell it’ event in November as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. We loved how she has incorporated magnifying glass lenses into her work.
Ketchup on Everything
Kay recently developed her own business and brand called Ketchup on Everything, building on her successful career as a designer for M&S. She produces hand silkscreen printed products from childhood memories of favourite toys and every day observations. Her work is fun, playful and catches the eye. Kay took part in our November ‘Make it, Sell it’ event where she got to meet lots of like-minded makers and designers.
Kethi uses lots of different techniques in her work, from illustration to screen-printing and laser-cut technology. Her range includes limited edition art prints to notebooks, hats and ‘make your own’ kits which are vibrant and bold. She has used our Business & IP Centre’s website, printed guides, talks and collections to help her to understand her market. We particularly liked her theme of “I will always love books”.
A graphic designer by trade, Phoebe specialises in silk screen printing on fine-bone china, made in Stoke-on-Trent. Her ranges include ‘Bone China’ which is inspired by 19th century medical engravings and ‘Roadkill’ which gently reminds you that the meat you’re about to eat on your plate was once a living animal. She has used the Library for inspiration through our exhibitions (including ‘Breaking the Rules’ on the European Avant Garde) and the Magna Carta in our Treasures Gallery.
Quaint Design Studio
Quaint design home furnishings and scarves in colourful patterns, helping people to feel happy and feel relaxed when they use them. We liked Sandy’s range of fabulous cat cushions and pillowcases. She used the British Library to find art history books for inspiration. She is also part of Central Saint Martin’s Innovation programme.
Martine is passionate about ethical cosmetics, and her skincare range contains no synthetic chemicals, fragrances or dyes and has not been tested on animals. She makes all her products locally in London and they are packaged beautifully. She has used our Business & IP Centre to attend workshops, networking events and research her market. At her stall you will be able to try-out some of her products first hand.
Xiang is inspired by fairy tales, curiosities, the unexpected and the changeable nature of fairytale stories, where frogs can suddenly become princes and princes can become frogs. She runs a London based print company that produces interior products, wallpaper and gifts. She used the Library’s collections to research her PhD on Little Red Riding Hood and fairy tales, which has influenced the development of her products. She was awarded the young talent of the year by Elle Decoration Hungary in 2011 and has exhibited at Stella McCartney’s showroom during Milan Design week.
Emma-Jayne Parkes, Viviane Jaeger
After graduating from the London College of Fashion, Emma-Jayne and Viviane set up leading design brand Squid London, a design company creating innovative products that interact with the elements. Their range includes umbrellas, shower curtains and rain capes. They now sell their designs internationally, including in well-respected art galleries and museums. They have used the British Library to attend workshops, advice sessions with our ‘Inventor in Residence’ and networking events.
Yinka is recycled furniture designer who specialises in redesigning discarded furniture by dismantling the original components and re-assembling them into new pieces ready for use. He is passionate about the unnecessary waste of modern consumer society and produces beautiful, sustainable and bold pieces in response.
He has used our Business & IP Centre to gain market research for his business plan, which helped him to gain funding from the Prince’s Trust.