There's an undeniable appeal in having unique, handcrafted pieces featured in brick-and-mortar establishments such as shops, galleries, and cafes. They provide a tangible space for the community to experience and appreciate the intricate details and artistry behind a maker's work.
Beyond the North London area, our members' works grace the shelves of stockists reaching far and wide, from the hills of Yorkshire to the rolling Sussex Downs.
Stocking in independent stores supports the local economy and the fostering of community, promoting the ethos of buying and supporting local talent.
In this blog, we are excited to spotlight and share some of these fantastic locations and celebrate the diverse range of establishments that champion and appreciate the unique, handmade treasures crafted by independent artists, designers and makers.
T&T is a fully independently owned and operated gift shop selling original, affordable and desirable homewares, prints and books right here in Muswell Hill. They were Rob of Romor Designs' first stockist and have his colourful hand-dyed shibori scarves and vintage kimono silk loop scarves on display.
Rob also has a selection of indigo dyed katagami stencilled tote bags on sale at the William Morris Society shop in Hammersmith and indigo homewares in the shop at the wonderful Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft in Sussex.
Picking a scent that you love is something that's best done in person and Crouch End Candles are in a number of local stockists enabling you to do just that.
Crouch End Candles are fully re-stocked in Period Home and Interiors at 155 Tottenham Lane and Rhoda at 25 Park Road, Crouch End. CEC business owner Jen runs workshops at Fridge of Plenty as well as having her candles in stock at this great urban farm shop. The Harmless Store at 79 Tottenham Lane, Crouch End is a refill drop off and collection point for Jen's refill candles.
You can also find Jen's range in at the Leafy Bean Cafe, Platform 1, Bowes Park Station, at The Fields urban farm shop at 10 Campdale Road, N7 and the new Broadworks Hive Curates at 56A and 57 Old Street, EC2.
Yorkshire loves a papershade! Ros of Papershades made a Halifax lampshade as a commission for the The Design Shop at Dean Clough in Halifax. She then got a commission to make a City of York Papershade for the Blossom Street Gallery in central York and her shades are also stocked at Studio Vault in Settle.
Ros regularly supplies the Bronte Museum at the Parsonage in Haworth with the Brontë Papershade which features the three literary sisters - Anne, Emily and Charlotte - surrounded by the town and moors which influenced their books. The Museum also sells the Papershade from their own website to ardent fans from around the world.
Michele of Wyckoff Smith Jewellery has an assortment of gemstone rings, textured wide cuffs and her most popular earring styles stocked at the Primavera Gallery, 10 King's Parade right in the heart of the university city of Cambridge. Primavera is an independent art gallery in a three-storey Grade II listed building facing King's College housing a wide range of British contemporary collections including paintings, ceramics, jewellery, glass, sculpture and textiles.
Selected millwoven scarves and snoods, handwoven scarf and silk sleep masks by Cecilia of By Cecil are stocked by New Brewery Arts gallery in Cirencester at Joy!. Joy! is the gallery's seasonal celebration bringing together a wealth of British talent from a wide variety of craft disciplines. The show is on until 24 December.
Jess Albert is one of Adorn the Common gallery's selected artists and currently has her White Plaster Resin Bugs piece on sale on their online gallery. The gallery has recently moved to Chalk Farm, London.
Back in Muswell Hill, you can find Hilary Sketches prints adorning the walls of popular local cafe Sable D'Or at 249 Muswell Hill Broadway.
If you're a gallery, shop, cafe, restaurant interested in showcasing the work of a local/independent artist, designer/maker do get in touch with Muswell Hill Creatives by emailing: