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PLACEText: Sari Uchida

As you walk up to the very end of Brick Lane in East London, Redchurch street cuts diagonally into it. It has its share of shady stores and galleries just as any other part of this area, but one which is definitely passers-by friendly is ‘Made by Hands.’ Unusual and eye-catching, the window displays (a Hello Kitty soft doll was used as an accessory when I visited,) it has a feel of a place you have never quite seen before.

Show window of “Made by Hands”

Made by Hands currently handle: Bena, Rachel Cattle, Prouvost and Father, Finger Pig and Old Skirt.

The theme of the store is that the products are made by hand; it is all about the making, designer and the identity.

Claudia. Her works in the process of production are lined up in the upper middle of the photo.

Claudia who runs the shop, says: Old Skirt may use the same pattern but they use different fabric because the materials are ‘found.’ They have never been the same. They use materials such as old curtains and bed linens… their source is somewhere they can buy by the bagful, but they won’t divulge this (the exact location) to me!

T-shirts with unique illustrations by Rachel Cattle

Rachel Cattle is a popular designer from a fine art background, creating T-shirts featuring illustrations of people’s faces. She has been in the shop since it opened and also creates printed wallpaper. Cattle will hold an exhibition of her works in the shop in June this year.

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