I’ve been busy organising and delivering work to a flurry of new amazing and quirky shops and galleries recently. One with a very special story is The Craft Gallery in Merton Abbey Mills, SW19, which I visited last week.
Abbey Mills is somewhere that naturally attracts creative types, having formerly been a textile works used by William Morris and Liberty & Co. The gallery itself is situated in the building that was the old Apprentice Shop, used by Liberty to train their apprentices. Each of the buildings in the complex had it’s own job when the mills was making beautiful textiles. While it’s very easy to get distracted by the occupants now (restaurants, shops, galleries, coffee shops, theatre) it’s worth stopping to read what each part was originally used for. Even wandering around completely oblivious to all this, however, the mills is still enjoyable for just being incredibly pretty, right on the river wandle.
The Craft Gallery is home to a diverse selection of locally made items such as cards, ceramics, glassware, jewellery and, of course, textiles plus craft making items, especially ones for those good with a needle and thread. (Sadly, I am not one of them) While I wanted to buy one of everything, as I often do with places like this, I managed to deliver more items than I left with. (Very proud!) I wasn’t, however, able to resist an adorable little pottery dog bowl by Margaret Haslam, handpainted with ‘for a very fine dog’ – a must for Socks!
A selection of Shutter Jewellery is now on show and for sale at The Craft Gallery including sterling silver drop earrings, stud earrings and necklaces as well as a selection of rhodium plated cufflink sets.
More info on The Craft Gallery here
More info on Merton Abbey Mills here
List of Shutter Jewellery stockists here