A Festive Gift From…Claire Montgomery Design

Today we speak to Claire Montgomery Design, who is also our fair organiser. Find out more…

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

I am an illustrator and designer based in Brighton. I specialise in hand crafted collage illustrations, and create unique and often surreal work with a personal touch. I make a range of items including greeting cards, badges, cotton bags, pocket mirrors and most recently jewellery. I take part in many craft fairs across Brighton and recently had a stall at Covent Garden, London. I work in a design studio in the week full time and create my crafty creations in my spare time. I am also organsier of The Fairy Tale Fair, so busy busy!

What festive creations will you be selling at The Fairy Tale fair?

I will be selling a range of Christmas and greeting cards, many of which are hand glittered. I also will be selling my jewellery range, with the launch of some new winter designs including Daisy the Deer and Fay the Fox! My jewellery is all hand designed and then laser cut from acrylic, mirror or wood. Each piece is unique, and I sell a range of items including necklaces, earrings, charms, phone charms, brooches and more. I will also be selling laser cut, hand decorated tree decorations, badges, pocket mirrors, cotton bags, small Christmas Stockings, prints and more! Lots of gifts and stocking fillers to be found for all ages!

You took part in the last Fairy Tale Fair, did you enjoy it and did you find your creations popular with visitors?

I did (as well as organising it!). I had a great day at the last Fairy Tale Fair, it was great seeing all the other stall holders wonderful creations and lots of people turn up to make it a success. It made all the hard work worth it! I am excited about our new bigger venue and even more talented stall holders! I am also looking forward to trying some yummy cake (if I get a spare minute) and see all our workshops in action. I might even get my face painted! I hope lots of people have noticed our flyers, had one through their door, picked one up and come along on the day. This week is a lot of work on the build up to the fair, with thousands of flyers being delivered door to door, blog posts, an e-shot, final preparations etc but I just can’t wait to the day is here! IT’S GOING TO BE MAGICAL!

Will you be taking part in any other events over the Christmas period?

Yes, lots! In fact my next day off is Christmas Eve! After The Fairy Tale Fair on Saturday you can find me at:

  • Two Brighton Artists Open Houses for December- The Cake House, 37 Cleveland Road and Art @ 73 Stanmer Villas, Brighton. Both open from Sat Dec 1st, and each weekend until the 16th.
  • Makers Boutique, New Road, Brighton, Dec 1st, 11am-5pm.
  • Brighton Craftaganza- Sat 8th Dec, Fabrica Gallery, Duke Street, Brighton
  • Belle’s Christmas Market, The Brighton Centre, Central Brighton, Sat 15th Dec.
  • I will be sitting in on The Cake House Open House on Sunday 2nd Dec and Sunday 16th Dec.

Busy busy! But I enjoy the festive period and everyone buying handmade unique gifts for loved ones.

How can we find out more?

You can visit my blog for all the latest updates on my jewellery, fairs and more: www.clairemariemontgomery.wordpress.com

You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

Hope to see you at the Fairy Tale Fair on Saturday! Don’t miss the magic!


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The Fairy Tale Fair BrightonApril 12th, 2014
The Fairy Tale Fair has arrived in Brighton!
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