Thursday, 24 June 2010

Vintage scrapbooking

I’ve long been a fan of Jessie Chorley and Buddug’s beautiful handmade books, jewellery and stationery. Beginning life as a stall on Broadway Market, the creative best-friends since opened a tiny space called The Shop on Columbia Road in London’s East End - recently up-sizing to a "proper" boutique on the same street at number 146.  
Jessie takes fusty old books and re-vitalises them, adapting the body of the book by adding collage, embroidered threads, buttons and stitched pockets to create one-of-a-kind scrapbooks, travel journals or wedding guest books. You can buy one from about £30 or learn how to make them yourself at one of her workshops (which would make a nice creative hen idea too!).  
She’s recently launched a wedding service – offering handmade invites, stationery and favour boxes, all following the old-fashioned collage theme.  
Meanwhile fellow welsh designer Buddug creates whimsical jewellery, plates and tiles from enamel, all adorned with a handwritten script.

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