April 13 2011
Selling galleries that celebrate all that is wonderful about the world of handmade goods are popping up all over the web these days, and a jolly good thing it is too in this age of the homogenous high street. Made by Hand Online is – at the time of writing, at least – the latest arrival. Launched by craft aficionados Katie Honnor and Sarah James (who also organises The Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey in Devon) as a way of bringing the best of Britain and Ireland’s craft products to a wider audience, Made by Hand features a carefully chosen mix of jewellers, ceramicists, furniture makers, and textile and fashion designers.
It’s a big site – each of three main departments is further divided into several subsections – and, as with all such things, shopping here requires patience and selectivity. However, wandering through “Jewellery”, “Fashion” and “Home and Garden”, via “Rings”, “Bags and Purses” and “Sculpture” is a very pleasant way to while away a spare half hour, and if you pick up any of the pieces listed below, you will also have a thing or two of lasting beauty to show for your time.
Ripple texture silver rings by Jan Hinchliffe McCutcheon (first picture, £49); bracelet in white and gold polythene by Rachel Darbourne (second picture, £48); Shipping Forecast canvas bag by Dr Bean’s Bags (£46.50); paper knife set with rack by Jennifer Collier (£70); and Boxing Hares in willow by Julieann Worrall Hood (£1,026 per pair).