28 Oct 2011

Work Update...

It's been a while since a blog post, so an update on what's going on at the moment...

I am currently trying to book into as many craft and vintage fairs as possible, in the run up to Christmas; since my last 'diary' blog post I have secured a table at 'Not The High Street' Festive Fair, which is taking place on Sunday 27th November, from 2-5pm. 
The fair is now in it's third year, and is being held in the village of Berkswell. The organiser of the event, Mel Smith says...

"The Reading Rooms will be transformed into a festive merrymaking emporium; brimming with fabulous stalls giving you bounteous opportunities to fill those christmas stockings! As per previous years Mum and Dad will be on hand to serve us up a slice of dainty, delectable and 'oh so delicious' cake and of course the best cup of tea for miles around!
Our focus this year is to bring you a selection of fabulous vintage and handmade stalls as well as some of our seasoned favourites....there will be bunting a plenty and a real feeling of festive disposition. 
Compendium games and fun activities for the kiddiwinks."

Funds raised from the event will be split between Grapevine, a local charity, and Woodfield School. 

I first met Mel Smith at the Makeshift fair, and have blogged about her company 'Happy go Loopy' before; Mel sells both vintage items, and handmade products which incorporate vintage goodies such as scented teacup candles ad vintage cake stands!! Mel also designs and makes her own greetings cards, and stationary items which I am sure will be on sale at this event. Take a look at her blog, and website looking out for the quirky and original SOS jars...a perfect stocking filler present for any friend or family member!

4 Oct 2011


I have finally set-up and finished my Linked In profile...

...just need to learn how to use it, and find some people to connect with now! It was recommended by a friend for being a really helpful tool for networking and making business connections, so hope to 'connect' with some people soon :)

Carbonmade Portfolio

At the moment, I am working on designing and making my website, but feel that while I am working on it (as I'm not sure how long it's going to take!!) I would make a 'carbonmade' online portfolio.

After meeting Angharad Chappell at the White Horse Vintage Sale the other day, I visited her online portfolio and found it to be a really simply, yet effective way of showing off her illustrations. I hope she doesn't mind me using the same program but it is SO easy to set-up!!

You are limited to the amount of projects and photos you can add to your portfolio for free, however for a stopgap whilst I design and make my website, I feel it is the perfect way to showcase some of my past projects. As my portfolio was taken from uni, I haven't got lots of photos of all my work, so it has inspired and nudged me into really starting to think about my next project.

I am hoping to do quite a bit of experimental work for the next project, looking at stitch and textiles as well as adding drawn line using ink and watercolours, as I have enjoyed working with all of these materials over the past year. The main subject of my next project is going to be florals, as well as still having the vintage inspiration from imagery, fashion and textiles, and objects found at vintage sales, car boot sales etc. Will post experiments and development soon...


Came across this lovely website a few months ago now, and keep meaning to blog about it, and share its loveliness!!!

Pinterest is a very simple, but exciting concept allowing users to create numerous mood-boards, filled with images from across the internet. Whenever browsing on any website, images can be taken and 'pinned' to one of your boards, which can all be tailored and named by you! By using the website, it also allows you to follow other people's pinboards, and vice versa allowing networks and friendships to be made.

I have included a few photos to show some of the mood-boards I have created/am working on developing and growing at the moment - I find that some of the images have really helped to inspire me to work on illustrations, and creating things!

3 Oct 2011

Things happen for a reason...

...I have always believed in fate, and that things are always meant to happen for a reason.

Friday night, I checked my email at 9pm and found that the organiser of The White Horse vintage sale, had emailed to ask if I wanted to have a stall at the event on Saturday! At first, I was in a bit of a panic and didn't think I was going to do the event, as I didn't have any help and wasn't sure how I would get all my stock to the location without a car!!

BUT, I decided to take the opportunity and packed everything into a suitcase and bin liner, and prepared myself to take the bus into town. Luckily on Saturday morning, my mum was able to come and help me out for the afternoon, so this helped a lot with the transportation of stock, and also keeping me from boredom when the fair was quiet!

Everything was set-up by 1pm ready for the sale to open; there was a steady flow of people through the door and I sold quite a few different creations from my stall. The best part of the afternoon though, was the lovely people I was able to meet by doing the event hence the title of this blog entry. If I hadn't been brave enough to take the leap, and do the event at such short notice, I would never have met...

Angharad Chappell who graduated six years ago, after completing the same degree course as me, at Birmingham City University. It was lovely to meet her, and we got chatting about our experiences at uni, and what we had been doing since we both graduated. Angharad was very positive about my work, and helped to boost my confidence in my range, which has helped to push me into updating my blog today, and also hopefully creating my Facebook Illustration page this week (at the moment, I don't have many good photos of my work, so need to work on taking some interesting but simple photos to help reflect my products).

I have included the link to Angharad's website, as I love her style of work; I have always been interested in fashion illustration, and have enjoyed working with watercolours in some of my previous projects so am loving her style of work. I love the mixture of fine details in some of the images, contrasted with the flowing lines and areas of colour created by the use of watercolours.

I also met some other lovely people, who I am hoping to see again at future events at the White Horse, as well as one of the organisers of an upcoming festival in Leamington called...
I have given them my details, as they are hoping to incorporate a vintage fair into the festival for one of the days, so hopefully I will be taking part in this event. As the festival doesn't take place until the end of next May, it gives me something to look forward to, and maybe even create a new range for!

So, all in all, I was very happy that I decided to take the vintage sale organiser up on her offer of taking part on Saturday, not only did I sell lots of my work, I also met some lovely people and got to spend the afternoon looking at everyone else's vintage loveliness!

Vintage and Craft Fairs

After taking part in Makeshift Birmingham, and the Old Milverton Village Show I was really excited and eager to get myself booked into some more shows around the area. Craft and vintage are two trends that have become so popular at the moment, and there seem to be different fairs taking place anywhere and everywhere, whether it be raising money for charities, or simply to help people browse and enjoy loveliness!

I thought I would create a calendar type blog entry, just to let you know about different events I am either attending or hoping to attend in the next few months, so...

Wednesday 12th October - Table Stall @ The Railway Tavern, Nuneaton - 12-5pm
Table Stall is an event for local businesses and people who make and sell products - therefore, there is going to be a wide variety of items on sale, including jewellery, cakes, candles, art and many more...

As well as several stalls selling their wares, the event will also have live music, a raffle with prizes donated from a wide variety of sources/businesses; the event will also be continuing into the evening for an 'after-party' with a live band, and some of the stalls staying on through the night to continue selling their products. Money raised from this event, will be going towards buying a specialist bike for Alfie, who has Downs Syndrome, so by attending the event not only will you be supporting local businesses and crafters, but also supporting a charity as well.

Saturday 5th November 2011 - The Affordable Vintage Sale @ The White Horse, Leamington Spa - 1-5pm

The White Horse in Leamington Spa has started holding vintage sales on the first Saturday of every month, after a break for the summer; the sales started this time last year and have always been very popular with both vintage traders and people searching for the perfect vintage bargain!
The White Horse is a lovely pub in Leamington, with the opportunity to sit either inside on the mismatched, comfy sofas and chairs or outside in the covered garden/patio area; the inside of the pub instantly has a cosy, warm feel to it as soon as you enter the main bar area, even when entering in the freezing cold winters we have here in England!

I feel the pub is the perfect location for the vintage sale, as it is full of quirky objects and art before the stallholders have even set up their wonderful stalls of vintage loveliness!! I have included the photos below (courtesy of The White Horse's Facebook page) showing some of the stallholders taking part in a previous vintage sale. Looking at these photos just makes me more excited to have a stall there at the next sale!

Sunday 11th December 2011 - Contemporary Craft Fair @ St.Johns Museum, Warwick - 12-4pm

Just in time for Christmas, I will be having a stall at this fair held at the museum in Warwick - I believe they have held these fairs before in previous years however I have not known about them before and am not sure about what to expect. 
As the museum is quite well-known in the town, I am hoping there should be quite a bit of advertising and some newspaper publicity to help let people know about the event, so that there is a reasonable amount of visitors to the fair. As the fair is a craft fair, there will be a variety of different traders at the event selling jewellery, greeting cards, embroidered items and many other handcrafted products, all ready in time for a bit of 'last-minute' christmas shopping for that perfect, one-off style present!

As of yet, these are the only fairs I am booked into, but will keep you updated on all other progress and any other fairs I might be attending.

FAKE Needs You!!!!!

Please read below for details of FAKE's pitch on crowdfunder, to see if you can help by investing money into the continuation of the magazine's publication...
A little about FAKE...
FAKE is an independent quarterly fashion and arts printed magazine.
We feature:
Innovative fashion | Beautiful prints and illustrations | Insightful photography | Exclusively commissioned artworks | Interesting articles | Independent venues and businesses | Emerging talent | Creative projects | Much more...
The principle of FAKE is to give a step up for creatives and a platform to showcase their work. We commission artists and illustrators; each issue features print exclusive artworks. We offer an opportunity for the contributors to challenge themselves creatively, resulting in a fresh portfolio piece. Our contributors work on a promotional basis; as well as promoting them through the medium of FAKE, we offer our continued support to each contributor, promoting via our blog and putting them forward for any relevant projects, work or anything else that may help them in their career and raising their profile.
How much do you need? and why?
Our main challenge has been finding sponsorship/funding. For a number of reasons we have been ineligible for funding and with many arts organisations having been shut down,we have unfortunately come to a dead end! The cost of the publication covers printing, all sales go back into the next issue's print run. With the boost from this Crowdfunder we would have the security of the next print run being larger, allowing us wider distribution which in turn will support the future expansion of FAKE. 
We set up the Crowdfunder with the intention for it to partly fund the print run of Issue Two, as Issue Two was released September 1st, we have now passed that milestone, thanks to a little advertising and a lot of hard work! The £400 will now be put towards Issue Three. 
Your investment and commitment to the magazine will give us a guaranteed income so we are able to continue promoting those in the creative industries who truly deserve it. FAKE will have some much needed security and a leg-up in surviving in the tough print industry. Support the future of FAKE and help us support up-and-coming creative talent; there are lots of goodies in return for donations!
The crowdfunder has been extended until the 13th October, so there is a still a few days for you to make a difference!

FAKE magazine feature

So, the first week of September I was eagerly awaiting the postman to visit my house to deliver my textile giftwrap designs, in print in FAKE Issue 2. Unfortunately, due to an error at the printers, I didn't receive my copy of the magazine until the second week of September but it was definitely worth the wait!

So, after turning the front cover, I was amazed to see my teacup print on the first page of the magazine!!! And, turning over the next page my saucers print featured alongside the contents page of the magazine. 
When first asked to contribute to the magazine, I was only going to be featuring the cake slice gift-wrap design which I was over the moon with! However after sending the designers some photos of my other pieces they decided to also include these as page breaks in the magazine so I was very happy.

This last photo shows my cake gift wrap design on the last page of the magazine, therefore making my designs the first thing people see when opening the magazine, and the last when they've finished reading it. 

I really love the magazine, both for its design and style, and also the articles featured; some of the photography in the magazine is very interesting and inspiring and the magazine as a whole has the feel of a high-end fashion/culture magazine such as oh comely, or Lula. 

Old Milverton Show...

I've been away from my blog for a few weeks now, as I have been busy either selling at, or visiting different craft and vintage fairs in the area, so thought I would share a few of my experiences with you. 

Unfortunately at the moment, I don't have any photos of the Old Milverton Show, but am hoping to get some off my Nan and Grandad who helped me on the day. 

The Old Milverton Show was very different to any of the other fairs I have either taken part in, or am going to take part in as it was the annual village show; therefore, not only were there craft stalls the field was full of traditional fete games, a raffle and tombola, a minibeast zoo and a large tent full of fruit, vegetables, flowers and home-cooking! The sun shone down on us all afternoon, although it was quite windy so I did have to keep rescuing things blown off my stall :)

I had a lot of positive feedback from people visiting my stall, and sold lots of my creations so a good day was had by all, and I can't wait to take part in the event next year :)

1 Oct 2011

I've been away...

... just thought I'd check on my blog, and didn't realise I hadn't posted in such a long time!!!

I've been very busy the past couple of months doing craft fairs, making things and also working a lot! Will post again in a couple of days with updates on things I've been doing, and possible future events and work developments!