I’m off to St Ives! Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for following my blog. See you in the New Year with some exciting news!
This Sunday I will be taking part in the last Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair of the year. Come along to Altrincham Grammar School for Boys from 10am to 5pm. I will have jewellery, collages, cards, and my bunting for lovely stocking fillers.
Dazzle has begun; this year I am exhibiting at both venues, Manchester Art Gallery which continues until 12th January 2014 and @OXO London, continuing until 5 January 2014.
My Paper Shop is now stocked up with bunting and collages. I am giving free post from now until the end of December when you enter Mailing List at the checkout. and you can sign up to my mailing list by visiting my website and signing up!
Studio 6 is open 7 days a week throughout December including Sundays from 11am to 5pm and late on Thursdays until 8pm; all at Manchester Craft & Design Centre in the Northern Quarter.
Other places to find my jewellery this December . . .
Aosdana Ltd. Isle of Iona, Argyll PA76 6SJ www.aosdanaiona.com
Bluecoat Display Centre The Bluecoat, College Lane Entrance, Liverpool L1 3BZ www.bluecoatdisplaycentre.com
Brass Monkeys 109 Portland Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 5DP www.brassmonkeys.org.uk
Contemporary Applied Arts 2 Percy Street, London W1T 1DD www.caa.org.uk
Flow Gallery 1-5 Needham Road, London W11 2RP www.flowgallery.co.uk
JaM (collages only) 81 High Street, Eton, Windsor SL4 6AF www.etonappliedarts.co.uk
The Scottish Gallery 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ www.scottish-gallery.co.uk
After lots of interest in my bunting at previous open studio events, and seeing lots of searches for it here on my blog, I decided to set up an online shop for you to browse and buy my bunting, it is now open! (You can also find a link on my blog page, at the top of the right margin, so its easy to find in the future). It is all made by hand, by me, from original treasures I have found on my hunts for interesting old papers. I’ve hand cut circles from annuals, music books, vintage maps, added ribbon and machine stitched them in lengths of around 3m, then added loops to the ends for easy hanging, these are secured with found vintage buttons. I have to admit I have kept one myself and love it as it cheers up an otherwise boring plain white wall above my bed! I hope you like them, here are a few currently available in the shop . . .
It is Dazzle time again! This year I will be exhibiting at both Manchester and London, it’s been a little while since I took part in London Dazzle so that’s very lovely! They are both in new sparkly venues, the Manchester show is at the beautiful Manchester Art Gallery, and I will be working there too again (and choosing jewellery for myself the minute we get the chance no doubt!). And London Dazzle is at OXO tower, amazing. London actually opened today, continuing until 5th January, and Manchester is opening on the 23rd November continuing until 11th January. I have a bench covered in bangle parts as I write this, waiting to be completed tomorrow and posted asap!
Well the Great Northern is over, I must say I am still alittle exhausted and still have heaps of catching up to do, so much is put aside when you’re doing a fair! But it was really great to be involved, and lovely to do a fair on the doorstep. Sales were good, comments were brilliant, it’s really a shame we can’t pay our bills with those comments, as boring as it sounds, we really do need them to become sales (I am sure some think creatives just get by happily, let me know how please!) I really enjoyed planning and then putting my stand together and seeing a full collection of jewellery and collages in a sympathetic context, I used pages from an old ledger book as a back drop, with lists of their shopping, debts and day trips from 1907. I think people really respond to my work when I am able to show the full story. It’s also really great to see some great work, some of my favourites being, Carla Edwards, Naomi Robinson, Julia Smith, Kaper and Julia Jowett (… there really were lots of gorgeous work!).
A new selection of jewellery has just arrived at Aosdana on the Isle of Iona, including my current favourite raindrop with tiny rain earrings!
Raindrops with tiny rain top earrings (fragment of old postcard with detail of teal stamp set in oxidised silver frame, under perspex to protect the paper then secured with gold tube rivets)
Line of colour necklace, one of my classic necklaces (oxidised silver looped chain holding a bundle of oxidised circles over an oval of old postcard, in an oxidised silver setting, protected with perspex + secured with a gold tube rivet, all along a line of garnets)
Double chatter pendant on chocolate brown cotton (oval of old postcard and circle of old linen map encased in an oxidised silver frame and secured with perspex sheet and gold rivets, clustered along with a bundle of circles, a holey oval and a loop of aquamarine beads)
Derelict studs named because the contrasting textures in the studs refer to various textures found in derelict once-loved homes, ribbed linear panel, textured ovals, ivy pattern strip, and holey oval, layered silver elements in black, gey and white matt finishes, secured with a gold tube rivet