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Putney Pier Art Market – May Edition

Sunday 3rd May marked the first Putney Pier Art Market of the year. Organised by the Wandworth Council, this market is a regular one of mine for several reasons. Every first Sunday of the month, the creators of a fantastic ensemble of handmade goods, from sculpture, glass work, paintings, jewellery and textiles, descend to exhibit at this market. These creatives are all very passionate about their work, which is something you really don’t see at many of the other London markets. It is a great opportunity to meet the artists and talk with them about their inspiration and making methods before committing to something you would put on your wall, or gift to yourself or your friends and family. Throughout the last year, I have formed many friendships with these traders and artists, who would love your support! It is a very new market by London standards, so its so important to get the word out! As such, this year Ava Design will be sharing with you all month by month a few of the creatives on our blog, to whet your appetites and help us spread the word!


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I have had my stall next to Tammy a few times last year, and got to know her and her family quite well! Her beautiful daughter Teddy even helps me put my necklaces out when we are setting up in the mornings! My favourite piece of Tammy’s is a light sepia picture of a giraffe, who is looking over its shoulder. I can see I didn’t quite get it in the picture attached, but you can certainly find it on her website. I also love her picture wherein she has captured a bee wrapping itself around the stamen of a hollyhock, covered in pollen! What I love about Tammy’s photography is that her composition is spot on, she also has a fantastic eye for colour, and her final product is always polished and framed beautifully!

You can find out more about Tammy on her website:


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Matt and I were opposite each other for the very first market day back in 2014! I love his creations, in particular his Two As One sculptures, pictured. These sculptures are made out of Zimbabwean Fruit Opal, a stone that has so many beautiful colours mottled through it, and it was those colours that caught my eye. I also love that they have a combined texture of smooth and rough, like many of Matt’s other pieces, and that you can place them in a number of ways, like he has done, by laying one on its side. Another piece that I also love by Matt is titled Leading to a Better Solution, also pictured in the left. This sculpture is made with British stone, specifically Ancaster White Limestone.

If you want to hear more about Matt’s work, you can find him on his website: You can also like his page on Facebook.


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This show was actually Saints of Bohemia’s first at Putney! Based in Winchester, this creative duo make beautiful jewellery using recycled silver and turquoise. I absolutely loved their stuff, particularly the Orogenesis turquoise ring and the 9 points pendant. They had a gorgeous stall layout, using wooden plinths cut at various heights and turquoise disks. By far, it was the best jewellery stall I have seen for some time. It was lovely meeting super friendly Antonia and CJ, and I wish you both all the best with this exciting new venture!

If you want to see more of Saints of Bohemia’s gorgeous jewellery, their website is: You can also like their page on Facebook.


I hope you enjoyed my little blog, and we look forward to seeing you at the next Putney Pier Art Market on June 7th on the Putney embankment!

And here are a few pictures of our stall on the day…

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