Recently we came across the awe inspiring Bellerby & Co Globemakers. The young company hand produce exquisite globes which retail internationally and are made to private commission. They have received worldwide recognition for their skill and mastery and have become unrivalled champions of their trade.
Upon finding that Bellerby & Co had taken part in Julian Love's Handmade London project we caught up with the photographer to discuss his project and to find out more about the artisans he has discovered.
Handmade London began when Julian photographed a friend making Mexican-hat-shaped-lamps. It was technically a new way of photographing for Julian and so he began looking for more London based producers to add to the portfolio.
"People are often surprised that these businesses exist in London and there's a real curiosity for what goes on behind the scenes, " explains Julian, who has produced the second edition of Handmade London in a postcard-collectors format, issuing new photographs to the books every few weeks over the course of three months.
"I wanted to create something that people would hold on to and enjoy adding to," said Julian. He continued, "Once the project started I soon found people would recommend other makers. There's a sense of everyone looking out for each other and wanting to help raise awareness. I was impressed with the skills I discovered and have an enormous amount of respect for the effort that goes into these businesses, as a small business owner myself I can appreciate the time it takes to learn these skills."
As well as Bellerby & Co Globemakers, Julian also photographed Kappacasein Dairy who are cheese-makers from Bermondsey and Maya Stanic who runs a glass studio along with many others. When asked how he feels now about British made products Julian reflected, "I was already leaning more towards hand crafted products and there are so many beautiful products being made here in London. It's great to see clusters of makers forming and witness them growing."
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