Our Fair is TODAY!!!

In case you haven’t heard The Fairy Tale Fair is today! Join us from 10.30am at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton.

Crafts, jewellery, vintage, face painting, workshops, kids fun, charity RSPCA Brighton raffle, vintage tearoom and more!!

Can’t wait to see lots of you today!

Need help finding us? Find out how here

Pinned-Post-Summer

Advertisements

One Week to Go!!!

Well time is flying quicker than the fairies and our fair is now just one week away!

This time next week our fair will be in full swing with over 35 craft, jewellery and vintage stalls, our craft workshop room (polymer clay jewellery making, sweetie butterflies, make a felted animal or gift a felt soap, beaded jewellery making and more), vintage tearoom, RSPCA charity raffle, face painting and much more!

So make sure you don’t miss out! We’ve plenty to keep the kids entertained so bring the whole family along. There is free parking and buses 5 and 5A Patcham stop just a minute away (ask for Patcham Clock Tower stop).

Hope to see you there!

fairy tale fair brighton

Say Hello To…MiniPatisserie

Today we welcome back MiniPatisserie who will again be running a polymer clay workshop for us. Find out more…

Hi, I’m Caroline of MiniPatisserie. I make jewellery with my own handmade charms.

il_570xN.233353034

I ran a craft workshop at the spring fairy tale fair which went really well. This time there will be an even wider range of bits and pieces to decorate, including pizza slices, cakes and animal shapes and also more things to make with them (jewellery, key-rings, bookmarks and phone charms).

il_570xN.56828079

 

There will my own handmade jewellery on sale as well. Photos of the creations from the last fair can be seen on my website www.minipatisserie.co.uk. See you in a few weeks!

il_570xN.63746806

il_570xN.233353070

Say Hello To… Annmarie Hughes

Today we meet a Fairy Tale Fair newcomer Annmarie Hughes. She will be running a wonderful glass workshop with demonstrations of making glass jewellery and more. Find out more about her fascinating skills…

“I enjoy playing mostly, that buzz of not knowing how it will turn out, the buzz when you imagine how something will be and then do your very best to create it.” –  Annmarie.

Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about what you create…

I’m Annmarie Hughes. I trained as an illustrator but found I was more fine art based. I use bold colour acrylic on canvas or stark black and white ink on canvas to create an ambience of either uplifting harmony or disturbing discord.

Picture 45

 

My work depends on mood and I use painting as a form of expression. I found a passion for craft in 2010 whilst using broken pieces of decorative glass my father had made before he died to create jewelery and pieces of objed’art. I then expanded into decorative ceramics using decals, decorative glass using decals, dicroic glass making, and glass painting. I now combine these areas to experiement and make lovely things.

How long have you been making your creations and how did you get into it?

I have been drawing and painting since I was 5yrs old. I came to Brighton to study illustration in 1999 and graduated in 2002. I started to experiment more with craft after my mother passed away and I could not bare to throw my fathers broken creations away so worked towards re-using them. I also bought a mini kiln in 2010 and started to use decals left from my mum and dads glass business to decorate ceramics. In the past few months I have been experimenting with dicroic glass which I enjoy immensely.

Picture 46

 

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy playing mostly, that buzz of not knowing how it will turn out, the buzz when you imagine how something will be and then do your very best to create it.

Picture 47

You will be taking part in a craft workshop at The Fairy Tale Fair- what will yours involve?

Demonstrations of Dicroic Glass making Glass jewelery making Decal application to ceramics Glass painting Kiln operation I will include fact sheets and there will be a workshop sign up sheet if anyone would like to take part in any workshops starting in September.

Picture 48

 

This will be your first Fairy Tale Fair- are you looking forward to taking part?

Absolutely cant wait, the effort organisers put into this show is amazing and I am honoured to be part of it.

How can we find out more about you?

www.annmariehughes.net

annie@annmariehughes.net uk.linkedin.com/pub/annmarie-hughes/12/346/592/

Picture 49

Say Hello To…Bets and Bobs

Today we meet a Fairy Tale Fair newcomer- Bets and Bobs. We are excited to welcome her and her unique, quirky creations. Find out what shes all about…

“I love nothing more than to see people smiling when they read my cards. Some of them are quite cheeky so there’s often an element of surprise!” – Emma, Bets and Bobs

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

I work in PR 4 days a week after taking the decision in January to go part time and focus on my creative ventures one day a week. I started making cards and gifts for friends and family and they always commented on how nice they were but I just thought they were being kind. It was amazing when I did my first market a couple of years ago and strangers bought my creations! It has given me a lot of confidence and I love meeting new people at fairs, markets and crafty get-togethers. I mostly produce greeting cards with stamps and stenciled, using typography to make people smile. I also make pictures using sheet music and decoupage that I love as they are all one of a kind. I also enjoy event styling so I have spent the last few summers making weddings look pretty too.

Picture 21

How would you describe your style?

Fun and quirky. I love nothing more than to see people smiling when they read my cards. Some of them are quite cheeky so there’s often an element of surprise!

Picture 16

How long have you been making your craft items?

I did my first market a year and a half ago and since then I have been doing as many as I can – I’m really excited to be joining the Fairy Tale fair in August, as it’s a great opportunity to meet other clever crafty Sussex folk!

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

It depends where I am selling. If I’m at fairs and people can see my work then the pictures always go down well and it’s always nice to be able to have a bespoke gift made. My cards always get a laugh though too!

Picture 19

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love talking to people that come and see my stall as it’s the best way to find out what makes your potential customers tick. It’s a massive help for the whole creative process too. I keep a little notebook with me to take note of any weird and wonderful things that pop into my head so I love it when I create a card based on my ramdom thoughts and observations and them somebody else appreciates the humour as much as I do!

Picture 20

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

I have been building up my fair and market presence recently, so it’s really interesting to see the different types of people that go to all the different events in Sussex. I’m working on having some of my pictures and cards at my first open house this Christmas – which is very exciting!

Picture 17

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

Once I have my website up to scratch I’m looking forward to putting some of my PR knowledge into practice and spreading the word about Bets & Bobs. My ultimate dream would be to have my own shop that sells my creations and other designer/makers in Brighton/ Sussex – it’s nice to be ambitious!

 

 Picture 18
Find out more: http://betsandbobs.bigcartel.com

Say Hello To… Karen Rao Felt Artist

Today we welcome back the lovely Karen Rao and her super and very popular felt making workshop! She took part in our Christmas and Spring fairs and the workshops saw those of all ages take part all day! Don’t miss it! Find out more about Karen…

“I really love showing people the wet felting process and seeing their fascination as their pile of wool transforms into a felted work of art.”– Karen Rao

Please introduce yourself and remind what you create…

I am a Felt Artist who creates hand felted wall art and accessories, from doggy eared hats to dainty corsages, felted pebbles to cheeky monkey wall art for kids. My source of inspiration is constantly evolving with new surprises always in store! Look out for my Summer Ice Lolly Collection!

Picture 12

How long have you been felt making and how did you get into it?

I created my first wall hanging five years ago. After stumbling across felt making at a children’s art day in The Brighton Museum, I was inspired. I needed a picture for my living room. I created one with my kids, then made another one and another …..
I take part in Craft Fairs and hold workshops at events, schools and privately, so hopefully I too, am helping to inspire all ages new to felt making.

Picture 14

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Felt is so versatile. This medium is perfect for creating the highly tactile and vivid coloured qualities that I love. Further texture can be created by blending plant and animal fibres during the wet felting stage and also after this by needle felting. I can create two dimensional and three dimensional art. The uses of felt are endless, it means I am constantly learning and experimenting …. and changing direction.

Picture 13

You will be taking part in a craft workshop at The Fairy Tale Fair- what will yours involve?

Mouthwatering Lolly Art! We will be wet felting our own Ice Lollies and Ice Cream Cones inspired by the Great British Summer! This involves using just wool, soap and water to create our very own works of art!

Picture 15

You took part in our Spring Fairy Tale Fair- did you enjoy it?

I really love showing people the wet felting process and seeing their fascination as their pile of wool transforms into a felted work of art. It’s also very relaxing and therapeutic – no rushing around at this table! At other fairs now people often come up and say they’ve taken part in one of my Fairy Tale Workshops!

Picture 16

How can we find out more about you?

my website: http://karenrao.com/

http://karenrao.etsy.com
https://www.facebook.com/karen.rao2
https://twitter.com/KarenFeltArtist

Picture 17

Say Hello To…Shark Alley

Today we say hello to Sarah of Shark Alley and her wonderful resin jewellery creations and cute otters! We look forward to welcoming her back to the Fairy Tale Fair. Find out more about her…

“I put a lot of care into each piece and make sure they are finished to a high standard.  I love selling to lovely customers too – the positive feedback makes it all worth while.” -Sarah, Shark Alley

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

I make jewellery from recycled materials, Japanese papers, resin and sterling silver. I really enjoy sewing too, so I also make purses decorated with original animal designs as well as some very popular hand-sewn otters!

I trained as an illustrator, but eventually grew tired of working digitally on things I didn’t enjoy.  I am so much happier working with my hands and creating beautiful things.

fox purse

How would you describe your style?

My style is inspired by colour, pattern and, most importantly, animals.  I have loved nature and natural forms since I was a child and they continue to fascinate and inspire me.  I also like a good graphic shape, so all of these ideas get thrown into the Shark Alley pot.

How long have you been making your craft items?

Since January 2010, but I have been crafting since childhood.

resin jewellery

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

It really depends on the event, but the little mixed-media hare brooches are very popular.  The leaping hare & star necklaces and the fox print (which appears on my purses as well as being available as a large print) are also big favourites.

rabbit hare brooch

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I have gone from being an under-confident, struggling illustrator to a happy designer-maker.  I have so many ideas to make and get out there! Once the initial designing and trial-runs are done, I love the making process the best.  I put a lot of care into each piece and make sure they are finished to a high standard.  I love selling to lovely customers too – the positive feedback makes it all worth while.

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

I take part in lots of different craft fairs and markets, mostly in London and the South.  If I can get to it easily on public transport with my heavy suitcase (‘The Beast’) then I’ll give it a go! I also exhibit in the Brighton Festival Open Houses.

fox illustration print

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I’d like to be able to devote myself purely to Shark Alley, get more media coverage and make my living entirely from it.  I’d also like to get into products that feature my designs, but that I don’t have to make entirely by hand.

You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

I enjoyed the day very much.  Claire had put in such an admirable amount of hard work and there were lots of lovely little touches to welcome stallholders on the day.

fox brooch hat

Find out More:

Web: www.sharkalley.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SharkAlley

Blog: http://sharkalleyjewellery.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shark_alley

Say Hello to Lubilou Ceramics

Today we speak to Lisa of Lubilou Ceramics, who we welcome back again along with her cute and quirky ceramic sheep! Find out more about her…

“I enjoy time out from daily life, excitement and anticipation when I open the kiln, making up the names and likes for the sheep and seeing other people smile…” – Lisa, Lubilou

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

Hello, i’m Lisa the maker behind Lubilou Ceramics. I play with clay and make sheep, chickens, harebbits (a cross between a rabbit and a hare) brooches and other things that take my fancy.

Picture 5

How would you describe your style?

Quirky, ceramic textured happiness.

How long have you been making your craft items?

I started to play with clay a few years back, I made a bull and he was very serious! I started Lubilou about 18 months ago and now have much more fun.

Picture 6

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

My hanging hearts and butterflies are pretty popular.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Time out from daily life, excitement and anticipation when I open the kiln, making up the names and likes for the sheep and seeing other people smile.

Picture 7

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

Yes, I take part in Makers Boutique and also in the exhibitions that they run at the Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery. This year I am taking part in Handmade with Love @Trinity an AppleDucks event.

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I’d still really like to be able to spend more time making and i’d love to get to a point where I have enough stock to do lots of different art & craft fairs and to keep my online shop full too.

Picture 8

You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?
I absolutely loved it. I was very impressed with the organisation, the fantastic atmosphere and the variety and standard of the sellers . I am very excited to be returning.
Picture 9

Find out more:

www.lubilou.com

www.facebook.com/lubilouceramic

www.twitter.com/lubilouceramics

www.folksy.com/shops/Lubilou

Say Hello To…Jelly Roos

Today we welcome back Jelly Roos and her cute and quirky creations! Find out more about her below…

“Nothing pleases me more than creating a unique personal item from scratch”– Natasha, Jelly Roos.

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

I’m a mum of three who loves creating, my children are my inspiration daily and my support with regular comments of ‘can you make one for me?!’ From a fairly formal art education at GCSE and Foundation level, my creativity has since taken a more organic path. Making things for my children, using my creativity in my jobs and now finally releasing some of the ideas filling up my head into the world of Jelly Roos.

Picture 672

I like to make beautiful, useful objects and this forms the bases of my designs. Nothing pleases me more than creating a unique personal item from scratch and so many of my items have individual details that I don’t reproduce.

Picture 669

How would you describe your style?

Unique, cute and colourful.

How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been working under the guise of Jelly Roos for about a year now.

jelly-roos

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

Its changing all the time, but blankets and book bugs are popular commissions.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love the design process from that spark of an idea, making a pattern and finally creating and adding those impulsive details. I enjoy that nothing is static and I can be making different items every day.

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

I’m trying out different fairs all around Sussex, I’ve exhibited at Brighton craft fair and others outside of Brighton. I will be in Seaford 24th-26th August.

Picture 670

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

To continue pleasing people with my creations and to broaden my online presence.

You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

It was such a good atmosphere with great fellow stall holders, lots of visitors through the doors and such brilliant organization.

Picture 671

View more: www.facebook.com/jelly.roos

Say Hello To…I Drew This

We are excited to welcome back a Fairy Tale Fair regular, Ilona Drew and her fabulous illustrated greeting cards! After recently exhibiting at Progresive Greetings live in London she has had great feedback and success on her designs, but she has still made time to fit out fair in! Find out more…

“I enjoy the  freedom to create what I want and then get amazing feedback.”– Ilona, I Drew This

i drew this greeting card

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

I design and illustrate greeting cards. I have now designed for the high street for 10 years and am currently concentrating on my card work although many other exciting projects in the pipe line.

How would you describe your style?

Uplifting and happy!

photo-29

How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been working on my cards for just over a year.

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

certain designs are coming up as most popular, my umami heart, little tweets balloons and my mischief dino boy!

i drew this greeting card

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

The freedom to create what I want and then get amazing feedback.

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

I have just got back from my first trade show PG Live in London which was a huge success.

happiness

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I have so many, to expand my card range and work on lots more exciting projects designing many other items/maybe a book. I have made whales in the past and there are some more of these on the way too.

You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

I have been lucky enough to have taken part in 3 Fairy Tale fairs now and I just love them, claire works her A** off doing tons of fab promoting and there is always a great buzz.

littletweets

Find out more about Ilona:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ilonadrewthis
Blog: www.ilonadrewthis.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ilonadrewthis

Say Hello To…Maygreen Fairies

Today we welcome back the lovely Maygreen Fairies, who also took part in our spring fair. Her creations couldn’t be more suited to our fairy tale theme so we can’t wait to see her wonderful fairy items again! If you missed her last time you can find out more about her…

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

I am a self taught Mixed Media & Altered Artist who enjoys creating whimsical art using vintage photos, materials and findings. I live in the Sussex Countryside with my husband and young twin boys.

My creations include Bottled & Caged Fairies and Mermaids, unique Greetings Cards, Luxury Gift Tags, Whimsical Bookmarks and Cute Fairy Magnets, Magical Jewellery pieces, Home décor items, Decorative Collages, and Altered Books.

Brooch Pin2

How would you describe your style?

In two words – Vintage Whimsy

How long have you been making your craft items?

I began creating whimsical Artist Trading Cards when my twin boys were babies, some seven years ago now, the rest of my creations evolved over those seven years to where I am now.

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

I have several popular items, but the pieces that get the most attention, particularly at Fairs I attend are my Fairy Jars, each Fairy is suspended inside the Jar on an invisible thread which means that the Fairies appear to flutter and move inside the Jar. I also offer a Bespoke Service where you can have a loved one bottled as a Fairy or Mermaid, these make lovely gifts and are also popular as Bridesmaids Gifts at Weddings.

Fairy Cage2

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love attending Fairs and having all my hard work on display, meeting people and chatting about my creations and seeing clients faces when they come across my Fairy Jars for the first time, or read one of my cheeky Fairy Cards, it’s great to make people smile through my Art.

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

For the past three years I have taken part in the Wealden Times Mid Winter & Mid Summer Fairs, I also attend the Kitsch & Stitch Vintage & Makers Fair in Cranbrook, The Pop-Up Vintage Fair in Hassocks & Lewes and have my Art on display in the village of Firle for Artwave, the Lewes Open House & Studio Event. In addition I have Open Studio Events that I run myself at The Little White Studio in Horam where I teach workshops with my Artist friend Karen.

Lavender Pillows

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I am currently working on a range of “Printed” Art Greetings Cards that I plan to promote to small Gift Boutique Shops and Art Galleries in the hope that they will stock and sell the Range. I am also hoping to sell some of my Bespoke Items, such as my Fairy Jars through Not On The High Street.

Greetings Cards 300dpi for Flyer

You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

I thoroughly enjoyed the Spring Fair earlier this year, it was a fantastic atmosphere, and a joy to be a part of a Fair that so aptly fits what I do.

Find out more:
www.maygreen-fairies.co.uk | www.maygreen-fairies.blogspot.com | www.facebook.com/maygreenfairies |
www.thelittlewhitestudio.blogspot.com

Summer Stall Holders Announced

Head over to our Stall holders page now to see our list of confirmed stall holders for the summer fair. Take a browse through their sites and wonderful creations! We can’t wait to welcome back our regular sellers and also lots of lovely new ones too!

View the page here >

Here is a taster of creations joining us on the 10th August…

Cheap Frills

Cheap Frills

FabFunky

FabFunky

Fairy Letters

Fairy Letters

Hello DODO

Hello DODO

Lottie Leo

Lottie Leo

Summer Fair Date Announced as Saturday 10th August!

We hope lots of you can make our unique whimsical craft fair! There will be over 35 craft stalls, a vintage tearoom, craft workshops, a raffle and much more!

Interested in applying for a stall? Applications will be sent out this weekend! Email us to be added to the list.

Look out for our summer stall holder blog posts appearing soon!

Our Listing in The Argus, Brighton

Who has seen us listed in the ‘Top 10 Events Not to Miss This Week’ in the Argus, Brighton’s biggest newspaper! We are very excited and honored to have our event listed out of all those happening in Sussex this weekend!

1 Day To Go!!!

The Fairy Tale Fair is tomorrow! How very exciting. We here it is meant to be nice and sunny as well- yay! Over the last 7 days we have been posting 7 reasons to visit us on Twitter and Facebook- we thought we’d list them on here as well!

Reason 7 to visit us on the 18th: We have fantastically talented stall holders, see their interviews throughout this blog!

Reason 6 to visit us on Sat- Something for the kids! Been everywhere and done everything in the summer hols? Pop along and keep them busy…with face painting, bead workshops, balloon modeling, cakes, handmade crafts, candy floss, a raffle and bubbles! A fab day for all the family!

 

Reason 5 to visit us this Sat- Yummy magical cakes and tea & coffee served on vintage china by Mayflower Events! Go on, TREAT YOURSELF!

 

Reason 4 to visit us this Sat- Handmade crafts by local stall holders! All hand crafted with love by local people from the Brighton area- please support them & their fab work!

 

Reason 3 to visit us this Sat- The rain can’t stop us! We hope the sun will be shining on Sat, but if not we are inside, so take shelter with us! And enjoy a nice bit of cake and tea while your there!

 

Reason 2 to visit us this Sat- Beautiful jewellery and accessories! Looking for something special? We have great affordable gifts with some wonderful and unique pieces!

 

Reason 1 to visit us this Sat- A great day out for all the family! There is something for all- crafts, cake, jewellery, workshops, face painting, beauty, candy floss and more! Don’t miss it!!!!

 

Hope thats enough reasons to persuade you to come along! We promise not to disappoint you! Open from 10.30am tomorrow- DO NOT MISS IT!

Previous Older Entries

Archives

The Countdown Has Begun!

The Fairy Tale Fair BrightonApril 12th, 2014
The Fairy Tale Fair has arrived in Brighton!
%d bloggers like this: