Bring out the Bunting!

We love our bunting here at The Fairy Tale Fair! We can’t wait to show off the beautiful bunting by bunting boutique, which will decorate our fair once again!

Bunting Boutique's bunting at our spring fair

Bunting Boutique’s bunting at our spring fair

Here are a few words from Sue, owner of Bunting Boutique:

“Down on the Sunny South Coast, tucked away on a side street a mere stones-throw from the beach resides Bunting Boutique, makers of the most exquisite handmade one-off pieces of bunting.

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In our Aladdins cave of a studio, surrounded by a myriad of fabrics, tools, nic-nacs and trinkets, we lovingly construct strand upon strand of bunting, the colour and fabric of every single piece carefully considered, every stitch laboured over.

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Our vintage ranges are little works of art in their own right, and with materials sourced from all four corners of the globe (well, Sussex anyway!) you can guarantee that every bundle is totally unique.

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By incorporating things like a crocheted doily, a gorgeous trim detail, or an area of hand embroidery, every piece has it’s own story, it’s own history, and we hope, a wonderful future!

If you’re looking for something specific, something more personal perhaps, then please click here to read more about the many bespoke services we can provide.

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We can hand embroider letters onto linen to create words or phrases of your choice, or we can design and make Bunting to your specification.

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You can choose the patterns, fabric and colour scheme of your choice to guarantee it fits perfectly wherever it ends up hanging.

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If you have a special piece of vintage linen which is sentimental to you and would like to see it transformed into a lovely garland, we will gladly help you to realise this. So head over to our Bespoke page for more details.

Bunting in action at our Spring fair

Bunting in action at our Spring fair

It’s no secret we really love what we do, and we love to create items that you’ll find inspiring and enhance and transform your home, bedroom, wedding venue, caravan or garden into a magical space.”

Find out more about Bunting Boutique here.

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Say Hello To…Flipper Clown

Need something to amuse the kids in the holidays? Well as well as the super stalls, workshops, cake and face painting we also have Flipper Clown joining us for some extra fun!

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“Flipper, Clowns, juggling, balloon artist…a mixture of fantasy and color, always ready to have a new adventure somewhere in the world is joining us in our fair…he will create funny sculptures only with the use of colored balloons…are you ready???”

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Find out more: www.facebook.com/FlipperClown

Say Hello to…Retro Violet

Today we welcome Emily, of Retro Violet, who makes the most beautiful vintage inspired jewellery. This is her first Fairy Tale Fair and we look forward to welcoming her!

“I’m really looking forward to the Fairytale Fair – I’ve heard so many good things about it from lots of diverse sources. It sounds like something different with craft workshops so everyone can get involved.”– Emily, Retro Violet

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

At University I studied Fine Art then went into Photography and Digital Design. I’m fascinated by the world in miniature and I’ve always wondered how I could turn my photos into jewellery. This gave me the idea to turn my digital collages into jewellery. I am keen to create something unique and make it affordable for everyone. I love images from different eras and digitally layer old postcards, textures and other ephemera to make my designs. I also have a penchant for France and all things French so this creeps in too!

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How would you describe your style?

My style is best described as modern vintage inspired, I guess!

How long have you been making your craft items?

I had the idea for Retro Violet in 2010 but only really started selling in Spring 2012.

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

I would say my best seller is the lovely little dove brooch.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Most of all I enjoy the design stage – it’s fun coming up with new ideas. I also love doing the stalls: meeting interesting and talented people and soaking up the atmosphere.

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

Yes. Pop Up Vintage, Hassocks / Vintage and Very Nice, Chichester / Big Brighton Fringe Fair / Johnny Loves June Vintage Fair, Shoreham-by-Sea / Floral Fringe Fair, Knepp Castle. I’m always looking for new fairs to try out.

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

I would love to expand my range to include textiles and cards. I’m a very creative person and would love to have more time to put into the business (currently I juggle it around a full-time job). I’ve also been taking part in the Etsy Mentor Month (the Brighton Sellers Team are fabulous!) This will hopefully boost my online sales – it’s been very worthwhile and have a brilliant mentor.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I’m really looking forward to the Fairytale Fair – I’ve heard so many good things about it from lots of diverse sources. It sounds like something different with craft workshops so everyone can get involved. I already have some cute things for little ones but I’m excited to create some fairy inspired items too.

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Link to website & social accounts:

Website: www.retroviolet.co.uk

Etsy: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RetroVioletDesign

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RetroViolet

Twitter: twitter.com/_RetroViolet

Say Hello To…Polka Dot Cloud

Today we welcome back George of Polka Dot Cloud. We love her quirky, colourful characters! Find out more…

“The Fairy Tale Fair was such a lovely experience, everyone is so friendly and what is particularly nice is that everyone share the same love and passion for craft and making, its simply a wonderful experience to share that with others…”– George, Polka Dot Cloud

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

My names George, I teach Fashion, textiles and costume during the day, and make magical characters in the evenings, Polka Dot Cloud was created from an accumulation of daydreams and make believe stories. The characters are quirky and celebrate their usual naive appearances. Made up from remnants of fabrics, I like to think of them supporting sustainability within the land of fabrics as well…

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How would you describe your style?

Quirky, odd, magical, whimsical, make-believe coming to life with a huge imagination.

How long have you been making your craft items?

About a year and a half properly now, I began when my little girl ruby was first born, but went into teaching so that kind of got slightly railroaded with paperwork! But now the dust has settled a bit, I’ve had more time to give my little make believe land the time and attention it deserves!

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

The lollipop heads are quite popular, Bunny and the peculiar creatures are very popular and Cecil and Cecilia the story telling cats {finger puppets} have grown to be very popular amongst mini people with huge imaginations!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love being able to create the ideas that op into my head, since my MA , my style of creativity always veered here and there and everything in everyday life intrigued and inspired me. But it has matured well and been fine-tuned. I find the most exhilarating elements for me, are sketching the idea, creating the character in 2D designs, and then bringing them to life. Pattern cutting as an absolute first love for me, so this is an aspect I really enjoy about my creative process.

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

I do local fetes and fairs at Ruby’s school, and Makers Boutique, I also do stalls at The Sallis Benny theatre in Brighton Uni and art Junky

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

Oooh I have so many plans, they are scribbled down in sketchbooks and notebooks scattered all over my house! My main plans for the future are to really grow Polka Dot cloud with lots of love and inspiration form everyday life, I have some big plans and developments that are being worked on at the moment in time for Autumn and Christmas, but they are still at prototype stage, so I won’t jinx myself just yet!

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

Yes I have and yes I certainly did! It was such a lovely experience, everyone is so friendly and what is particularly nice is that everyone share the same love and passion for craft and making, its simply a wonderful experience to share that with others. The face painting was incredible as well; my only regret was not having time to get my face painted!

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Find out more:

http://www.thewhimsicaldaydreamer.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Polka-Dot-Cloud/249474715173763

Say Hello To…Hello DODO

Today we welcome back a Fairy Tale Fair favorite! Ali and Jam of Hello DODO have taken part in every Fairy Tale Fair, and we are pleased they will be with us to celebrate our first Birthday! Find out more about their colourful screenprint creations…

“The Fairy Tale Fair is an absolute MUST SEE event! This will be our fourth time selling at the Fairy Tale Fair and it is one of the biggest dates in our diary. It really isn’t like your average craft fair!” – Ali & Jam, Hello DODO

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

Hello! We are Ali & Jam AKA hello DODO, the playful printmakers. We are a Brighton based couple with a love of fun, bright and clever graphic design full of animals, typography and puns (often all three!) We come up with our ideas and design them together, before eventually handprinting them on to posters, tote bags and now t-shirts too…all from our kitchen worktop :o)

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How would you describe your style?

Our style is definitely bright and fun with lots of clever little twists which you have to keep an eye out for! Our designs are perfect for bright homes, children’s bedrooms or nurseries or for anyone with a good sense of humour and a love of bold design. Often people pretend that they’re buying our designs for their kids but we know it’s really for them!

How long have you been making your craft items?

We have been making our designs since October 2011 and have grown considerably since then.

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

Our most popular screenprint to date is our ‘I Love A Nice Lion On A Sunday” which we’re just about to launch as a t-shirt for men and ladies too! But we also have a new design ‘Bear With Me…’ which is giving the Lion a good run for his money. People do love a good animal pun :o)

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I think the biggest enjoyment is sharing our ideas and hard work with other people, it’s so lovely when people really get what we do and appreciate it. We’re also incredibly proud to have taught ourselves to screenprint from scratch…it took a VERY long time to master the craft and we just really love it. Another thing we enjoy is that hello DODO is a complete collaboration between the two of us, so it’s kind of our baby.

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

Yes lots! In Brighton you can find us at Craftaganza and at the Maker’s Boutique exhibition in the Fishing Quarter Gallery on the seafront. We’re also going to be at Crafty Fox in Brixton in October and Handmade Christmas at the O2 in December! We have also taken part in AT Open House during December and May which is an incredible Artist’s Open House in Brighton.

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

We’re excited to be launching our t-shirts at the moment and have LOTS more planned. We also have a whole list of new designs waiting to be worked on and an exciting collaboration in the pipeline. Our plan is to keep growing hello DODO as big as we can and eventually quit the day job. We also do branding and design work through hello DODO so this is a part of the business we’d like to grow also. WE’RE EXCITED! 😀

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

The Fairy Tale Fair is an absolute MUST SEE event! This will be our fourth time selling at the Fairy Tale Fair and it is one of the biggest dates in our diary. It really isn’t like your average craft fair! Most families and visitors come to the fair and end up literally staying for the entire day! There is so much to see and get involved with and the cakes are AMAZING!

www.hellododoshop.etsy.com
www.hello-dodo.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/helloDODOshop
www.twitter.com/hellohelloDODO

Say Hello To… I Like Cats!

Today we are excited to welcome back Toby of I Like CATS with a big MEOOOOW! Find out more about his super cute and quirky cat creations!

“I love that I get to go to fairs like The Fairy Tale Fair and meet lots of lovely people – both crafters and other stall holders!”– Toby, I Like CATS.

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

My name is Toby and I like CATS. I make cute things for other people that like cats too! From knitted cat face brooches, hand drawn jewellery and handmade purses and pencil cases to illustrated greetings cards and other paper goods! My newest items are hand painted wooden brooches.

How would you describe your style?

Cute, fun, colourful and happy

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been making as I like CATS for just over a year now, but I’ve been a crafter since forever.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I get to look at lots of pictures of cats and not feel guilty about procrastinating. Plus I love that I get to go to fairs like The Fairy Tale Fair and meet lots of lovely people – both crafters and other stall holders!

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

I love doing fairs and have had stalls at a couple of local ones including Craftaganza. This year I am hoping to travel outside of Brighton for some, and perhaps take part in an Open House at some point too.

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

I’ve got lots more products in the pipe line which I can’t wait to get into production, I just have to sell some more things to be able to buy the materials!

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

This will be my third time at The Fairy Tale Fair and each one has been super fun with lots going on. I can’t wait to have more cake and I know I will come home having spent most of my profit at other stalls!

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Any other comments you wish to make:
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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
i-like-cats.co.uk


ilikeCATSshop.etsy.com


@TobyilikeCATS

facebook.com/ilikeCATSshop


instagram.com/meowtobycat

Say Hello To…Georgie Arts

Today we welcome back Fairy Tale Fair regular Georgie Arts. We look forward to having her and her colourful embroidered creations again…

“We’ve been at all the Fairy Tale fairs and love the happy, busy atmosphere. There’s always so much to see and do, high quality and interesting goods, nice people to meet and dreamy scrumptious cakes when we need an energy boost!” – Tina, Georgie Arts

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

Georgie Arts makes luxury embroidered gifts, cards and accessories.

How would you describe your style?

Our style is sumptuous, richly coloured, textured and embellished.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

Too long to remember- I’ve always been a crafter and embroiderer, but our range is constantly updated and developed with new items added and old favourites embellished in new ways. Travel, mood, seasons and materials can all trigger new designs which mean it’s always evolving and new to me.

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

Whilst the embroidered greetings cards are always great sellers, it’s difficult to say otherwise. Bags are popular in wedding and party seasons, notebooks for gifting and regular customers scout for new lines. We also bespoke a lot of orders, either inspired by existing pieces customers want personalized or entirely to a clients wishes.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

The luxury of being able to spend my days doing what I love and surrounded by lovely materials, colour and the prettiest of trimmings, beads and embellishments. Once a design has been trialed and material chosen I can lose myself for hours stitching away. What’s not to love?

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

We tend to flit around other fairs to meet new people and in the last year have been to Brighton Craft Fair, Belles Wedding Fair & Makers locally, but The Fairytale Fair is our favourite Brighton date and so we’re really pleased to be back.

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

We are still developing our beaded bridal range in conjunction with The Silver Hut which has provided the opportunity to develop a new range and new direction. We hope we’ll always be developing fresh ideas.

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

Yes, we’ve been at all the fairs and love the happy, busy atmosphere. There’s always so much to see and do, high quality and interesting goods, nice people to meet and dreamy scrumptious cakes when we need an energy boost!

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Any other comments you wish to make:

Only to say that we truly believe in fairies and feel certain it will be another magical day!

Find out more:
www.georgiearts.co.uk

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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Find out more about Ilona:

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

Say Hello To…Polka Dot Cloud

Today we talk to Georgie of Polka Dot Cloud, we love her quirky, colourful little creations!…

“I enjoy being able to translate my imagination into a keepsake for others to share…”– Georgie

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

I make an array of whimsical creatures from my imagination. They are quirky and inquisitive.

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How would you describe your style?

Quirky, colorful and delightful

How long have you been making your craft items?

I started back into crafts and my own mini business last February, I teach fashion and textiles along side this

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

The little lollipop heads are popular as is bunny from the Peculiar little things collection

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy being able to translate my imagination into a keepsake for others to share

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

I sell at Makers boutique and Craftaganza and the yard as well

What items and Mother’s day/ Easter gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

Cecile the Story telling Cat and a new collection of knitted bunnies!

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

Ooooh too many to list, I am a bit of a daydreamer, and have many ambitions for the future, I have fulfilled done of them, through my teaching by being able t share my skills and knowledge. But ideally I would love to run my own tea shop, selling my own home made cakes and toys by the sea….one day…

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Find out more:
thewhimsicaldaydreamer.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Polka-Dot-Cloud/

Say Hello To…Vera Jane

We first met Vera Jane at our last Fairy Tale Fair, and we are lucky enough to have them and their amazing teddies back again.

“I love finding beautiful fabrics, experimenting with new details, developing my style and skills.”– Lucy, Vera Jane

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

Hello there, I make one off items with attention to detail, using sweet and unique fabrics – These items currently include Home Wares, Teddy Bears and accessories.

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

There is always a lot of love for the Teddy Bears and last time at the Fairy Tale Fair, the headbands were quite popular!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love finding beautiful fabrics, experimenting with new details, developing my style and skills.

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

Vera Jane is currently exclusive to the Fairy Tale Fair!

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What items and Mother’s day/ Easter gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

My little one of a kind pouch bags and cushions make lovely gifts. The majority of them have sweet spring and Easter themes.

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You took part in the last Fairy Tale Fair, did you enjoy it?

Yes! We had a great time; it’s such a lovely event and a perfect setting for Vera Jane goodies.

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

I’m currently working on a website and various new collections. I’m also aiming towards stocking some retail outlets.

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Any other comments you wish to make: I look forward to seeing you all at the fair! 🙂

Find out more: www.facebook.com/verajanes

Buy Online: www.etsy.com/shop/verajanes

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Say Hello To…Trish Palmer

We first met Trish Palmer at our last Fairy Tale Fair, and we are lucky enough to have her back again.

“I use crafts to unwind but I still get a real sense of achievement when I finish an item from scratch and a friend or family member wants to take it home with them.”– Trish

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

I taught Textiles at the local secondary school for over 30 years and my love of embroidery and decoration dominates all my craft work. I work small and like my items to be practical but fun as well. It’s good to laugh so I try to incorporate some fun in my pieces.

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

I knitted some realistic looking cacti for the last Fairy Tale Fair and they were very popular. I think it was the fun element of expecting sharp prickles and finding soft mohair or angora wool instead.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I use it to unwind but I still get a real sense of achievement when I finish an item from scratch and a friend or family member wants to take it home with them.

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Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
Only the Fairy Fairs and this will be my second.

What items and Mother’s day/ Easter gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

For Mums – Patchwork pin cushions, Embroidered needle cases, Angora knitted brooches, Embroidered abstract fabric brooches, Book worms and Knitted cacti.
For Easter – Embroidered egg pin cushions, Easter fairy peg dolls, Easter felt animal brooches and hanging embroidered fabric decorations.

You took part in the last Fairy Tale Fair, did you enjoy it?

Oh yes! So many craft minded people in the same place at the same time with tea and cakes on hand. What is not too like?

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

I hope to continue making craft items that people like, expand and try new ideas – maybe learn how to crochet after 40 plus years of knitting!

Meet Trish this Saturday the 9th March from 10.30am at The Fairy Tale Fair, Patcham Methodist Church, Brighton.

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Say Hello To…Jelly Roos

Today we meet the cute and colourful Jelly Roos, who is another Fairy Tale Fair newbie we look forward to welcoming…

“I enjoy Taking the time to create something beautiful and individual for someone special…”– Natasha.

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

I have always enjoyed being creative, and studied an art foundation 14 yrs ago which really enabled me to look at art differently. But it’s since having my children that I have combined my artistic side with more useful designs. I started out making gifts and everyday items for my children and friends and am starting to develop this into a business creating gifts and keepsakes that can be used, loved and produce a smile. I make various items, some of my favorites being my Book Bugs and keep calm bags. Some like my blankets are commissioned but as I visit more fairs I’m creating a small stock of unique and useful items like Poop bugs and seasonal wears.

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How would you describe your style?

Cute and colourful

How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been creating in one way or another all my life but started designing and making Jelly Roos items about a year ago.

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

My blankets have been popular and my keep calm shopper bags.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Taking the time to create something beautiful and individual for someone special.

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

I have just started taking part in events but look forward to doing more.

What items and Mother’s day/ Easter gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

I’m planning a unique range of mothers day Book Bugs, keep calm bags, some cute easter fabric baskets/bags and some specially designed mobiles all perfect gifts for those special people.

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

I would love to be selling Jelly Roos items globally.
Find out more: www.facebook.com/jelly.roos | Buy Online Etsy.com/shop/JellyRoos

We look forward to welcoming Jelly Roos on Saturday 9th March!

Say Hello To…Hello DODO

We first met the lovely Hello DODO at our first Fairy Tale Fair, they came back for Christmas and we are lucky enough to have them back again for a third time!

“This will be our third Fairy Tale Fair and it is just MAGICAL! It really is the most amazing event full of fantastic talented designer makers, fun crafts you can get involved with and YUMMY cakes to be eaten…”– Hello DODO

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

Hello, we are Ali and Jam AKA hello DODO! We design and handprint our own range of bright and clever prints and tote bags…all from our little flat in Brighton! We also have our own range of fun greetings cards and digital prints. Our one aim is to make people smile! :o)

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

We have a few designs which are really popular but our ‘I Love A Nice Lion On A Sunday’ screenprint is definitely our best seller. It really appeals to folks of all ages!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

There’s so much that we enjoy but the main thing is seeing how an idea we’ve scrawled on a scrap of paper develops in to a proper design, eventually being burnt in to a silkscreen and handprinted and THEN seeing it make people smile when they see it! Everything about hello DODO is fun and playful, full of silly puns and simple yet clever design tricks. We LOVE printing things by hand. Although it can be very very (very) exasperating it’s also the most rewarding thing in the world when you get it right!

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

Yep we do loads! We sell at Craftaganza in Brighton, will soon be part of the Maker’s Boutique Exhibition at the Fishing Quarter Gallery on the seafront, we’ll be taking part in the incredible AT Open House in May and the infamous Crafty Fox Market in Brixton in March. There’s an ‘Upcoming Events’ page on our blog! :o)

What items and Mother’s day/ Easter gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

At The Fairy Tale Fair we’ll have our full range of screenprints, plus tote bags, mini handprinted relief prints (just £3!) and hopefully we’ll have brand new greetings cards to show you all too! We’ll have plenty of stock of our ‘My Mum’s Lovely’ card too with it’s sweet and clever typographic trick, perfect for Mother’s Day!

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You took part in the last Fairy Tale Fair, did you enjoy it?

YES! This will be our third Fairy Tale Fair and it is just MAGICAL! It really is the most amazing event full of fantastic talented designer makers, fun crafts you can get involved with and YUMMY cakes to be eaten. It’s the perfect event for all the family! Last time everyone was having so much fun that many people ended up spending most of the day hanging out at the fair :o)

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

Ooooh we have so many!! We have lots of brand new designs which we’re working on now plus ideas for brand new (and unexpected!) products which we’re really excited about! We’re also on a mission to find lots more fantastic shops to stock hello DODO products.

Any other comments you wish to make:
The Fairy Tale Fair is UNMISSABLE! Make sure you pop the date in your calendar! :o)

Find out more:
www.hellododoshop.etsy.com
www.hello-dodo.blogspot.com

Say Hello To…Karen Rao Felt Artist

Karen took part in a workshop at our last Fairy Tale Fair and we are lucky enough to have her back again, find out more…

Remind us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
I am a felt artist creating unique animal inspired wall art, cosy floppy eared hats, pretty floral corsages, felted pebbles and a host of other hand felted goodies!

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Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?
My Red Rose Brooches are popular throughout the year but my Husky Hats have been selling well. I have a range of hats inspired by the wonderful dogs I meet on my daily dog walks!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?
Felt is so versatile. It’s uses and techniques are endless. I use soft Merino Wool but add different wool fibres to create added texture and depth. I experiment with Alpaca, Camel and Yak wool, plant fibres but also manmade fibres. Recycled plastic bottle create the brightest white, curly soft fibres. My source of inspiration within nature is constantly changing and my work is forever evolving. I love passing on my knowledge about this fantastic medium in the form of workshops so that it can be can enjoyed by all ages.

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Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
I regularly take part in the monthly Makers Boutique and will be exhibiting with them at the Brighton Fishing Quarter through March to May. During the Artists Open Houses you can find my work at The Trojan House. After a successful workshop at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire, I will be holding another one at the Brighton Science Festival. I also hold felt making workshops in schools too!

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You will be providing a workshop for The Fairy Tale Fair- what will your workshop involve?
Keeping with the theme of Spring, I will be holding a ‘Felt a Spring Chicken’ Workshop. Here you can create a mini art in the form of a cute fluffy chick (or your favourite animal of course) I will be teaching the ancient wet felting technique using just wool, soap and water! Add a little rubbing and rolling to create your own hand felted work of art to take home. Suitable for all ages.

You took part in our Christmas Fairy Tale Fair- did you enjoy it?
I held a ‘Felt a Brighton Rock’ workshop where we hand felted pebbles. It was great to see people’s fascination with felt making and what you can do with it. Seeing all the wonderful stall holders with their unique work was inspiring too in a super venue with a really friendly atmosphere.

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
I am constantly working on new ideas. Even in a year the nature of my work has changed direction. I am experimenting with hand felting brimmed hats, so hopefully I’ll be able to work to commission soon. I love teaching too, so plenty of workshops to participate in would be fantastic!

Any other comments you wish to make:
I’m looking forward to seeing all the inspiring stall holders in a super venue with a really friendly atmosphere.

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Find out more about Karen’s lovely work: www.karenrao.com

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