A Festive Welcome Back to….. Ilona’s Kitschen

Remind us about about you and what you create?

I work part time as a teacher of Science in a pupil referral unit in the city and make polymer clay charms. I have now added some resin charms to my collection.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

I have some limited edition festive charms available, some resin Christmas decorations and some festive earrings. As it is the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who I will also have some Doctor Who pieces.

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

No. The Fairy Tale Fair is my craft fair of choice.

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

I love doing the Fairy tale Fair, the atmosphere is always great and I have met some lovely people.

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

I went part time this September, which allows me to spend more time making things. So far on my day off I have been making festive bits and pieces and I have to say it is a great way to spend a day. It would be lovely to do this full-time but at the moment I really enjoy teaching Science, especially in such a challenging environment.

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Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

Doctor Who Christmas special! Whoop!

Any other comments you wish to make:

I am really looking forward to the Fairy Tale Fair at Christmas. I had such a lovely time last year, met some really great people and enjoyed the festive atmosphere. See you there!

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
www.facebook.com/IlonasKitschen
Twitter: @ilona_dioxide

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The Flyers are Here!

The flyers for our Christmas fair are now released! They have a new look and we hope you like them! 5,000 of them will be across Brighton over the next couple of months! Please share everywhere you can!

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Christmas Date Announced!

Yes we know it is August but Christmas is just around the corner!! Lots of you have been asking about our Christmas date, so we have announced is as…(drumroll!…) SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2013!

Make sure you don’t miss the festive magic! Again we will be at the same venue, Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton.

Again there will be over 35 craft stalls, workshops, face painting, vintage tearoom and much more!

Save the date!!

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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

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Let them eat CAKE!! 5 days to go!!

Mayflower events and their super yummy cakes will be joining us once again to help celebrate our 1st Birthday! Just 5 days to go until our fair now and here is one of the top 5 reasons to visit…

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At each fair they have almost, if not completely, sell out as their yummy cakes and treats are always so popular, and look so pretty too.

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They will be running our vintage tearoom, serving tea, coffee, cake and other delicatable delights on beautiful vintage china. So you can sit and relax in between browsing the stalls and taking part in the craft workshops!

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Mayflower Events specialises in organising, styling and catering for tea parties and supplying beautiful vintage crockery, vintage china, cakes and catering for weddings, engagement parties, hen parties, stag parties, birthday parties and christenings in Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

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See photos of their yummy cakes at our previous fairs…

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mmmm…find out more about Mayflower Events here.

Say Hello To…Cat a Cake Creations

Today we say hello to Claire of Cat-a-Cake Creations, who is also our fair organsier! Claire creates whimsical themed laser cut jewellery, greeting cards and accessories which fit perfectly with the fairs theme…

“Visitors to our fair seem to stay for hours, looking at the wonderful crafts, eating yummy cake, listening to our vintage singers, helping their children take part in a workshop, getting their faces painted and much more- it really was a magical day!”– Claire

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

As well as organising this fair and working full time at a design studio, I also regularly sell at craft markets across Sussex. I sell a range of whimsical & animal themed laser cut jewellery, greetings cards, pocket mirrors, badges, cotton bags and more! All of my work is hand designed by myself. I started designing the laser cut jewellery just over a year ago and since then it has had great feedback and features!

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

My ‘Buddy the Cat’ necklace is always popular. He is based on my own pet Buddy the cat, who is a big fluffy black cat who likes lots of cuddles! The best thing about having him as a necklace is he can be any colour I want him to be! Other than Buddy then my earrings are always popular- at two pairs for £8 they are very good value and come in various cute animals, colours and all have silver plated findings and come in a little pouch to keep them warm! During the summer my ice cream necklaces from my new Carousel collection have also been popular- The Fairy Tale Fair will be my last fair of the summer months so get one quick before they melt!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy translating a design that starts in my head, to a sketch, then to a visual, then to a piece of jewellery, then selling it, seeing peoples reactions and hearing their feedback on it is always good. It’s a great feeling to see someone wearing a piece of your jewellery- its nice to know that it is appreciated. I recently sold an item from my Etsy shop to a lady in America, so Dot the Dalmatian necklace was wrapped up and sent off to sunny Florida- alright for some! I think Etsy is great to get your work known further afield and its a great feeling knowing a little item you had an idea about is now sitting as a lovely necklace in a house half way around the world! Dot the dalmatian will also be available at the fair!

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Do you take part in other craft events and exhibitions?

Yes, lots! As well as The Fairy Tale Fair I also take part in Brighton Craftaganza, Makers Boutique and two Artists Open Houses as part of Brighton Festival in May and December each year.

Excitingly my jewellery was also part of the catwalk collection at High Street Fashion Week in London in April this year which got great feedback and lots of features on fashion blogs. I also managed to speak to Charlotte Church at Brighton fashion week, and she wore my silver bird earrings for the event, which she was photographed in the Daily Mail the next day.

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I also have lots of events booked for Autumn and Christmas already- including Belle’s Vintage wedding fair- which will be my first wedding fair which I am very much looking forward to, Pop Up Vintage in Hassocks- again this will be my first vintage fair so looking forward to that too, and starting to book up for Christmas fairs too! Better get my festive hat on!

What items and summer creations will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

I will be selling pieces from my new Carousel collection- including ice creams, doughnuts, seagulls, cake, teddy bears, carousel horses and more- all hand designed and laser cut locally. As well as my usual favorites- Buddy the cat, Nigel the sausage dog, my earrings in various animals, badges, pocket mirrors and more! Lots of little bits for kids and nice gifts for presents or just a treat for yourself!

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

Yes I took part, and organised it!  It was great to see it all come together on the day and see the happy faces of the children and customers who visited! It takes a lot of work to get the crowd in we did- thousands of flyers through doors, adverts, lots of posts on this blog, keeping up with social accounts, sending emails, contacting press and much more- but I think it is all worth it in the end. Visitors seem to stay for hours, looking at the wonderful crafts, eating yummy cake, listening to our vintage singers, helping their children take part in a workshop, getting their faces painted and much more- it really was a magical day! I hope this Summer fair that marks our first Birthday will be just as magical, we have so much to offer and come such a long way in a year, so please don’t miss it!

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

I hope to continue to organise The Fairy Tale Fair, and help it grow. I have plans to make it bigger and expand, but I’d always like to keep its local roots as it has a real community feel! I’d also like to organise more events, such as charity events, weddings and other fairs/ markets across Sussex.

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I’d also like to continue to develop my design career and one day aim to have my own greeting card range and exhibit at a big trade show in London. I also have a keen interest in Children’s books. For my final project when I was at university I created a book of nursery rhymes- I’d like to continue to develop this and one day write my own children’s book too! Oh and I’d like to own a cute little cake and craft shop in Brighton by the seaside- everything would sparkle and be lovely!

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I am really looking forward to this Saturday the 10th August, and hope lots of you can visit our lovely fair on the day. We are open from 10.30am, and you can see full location details here. It’s a great day out for all the family and there really is something for everyone.

Find out more:
Web: www.catacakecreations.co.uk
Facebook : www.facebook.com/catacakecreations
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/CataCakeCreations

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.

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…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…Emily Makes

Today we warmly welcome a Fairy Tale Fair newcommer- Emily of Emily Makes, who will be providing a lovely sweetie butterfly workshop, as well as selling her creations. Find out more…
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Please introduce yourself and tell us about your work?
Hello! My name is Emily and my stall is called Emily makes! I create hand embroidered unique gifts, including framed pictures, hooped pictures, bunting, clothing, bags, aprons, bibs and more! My inspiration comes from my family, whether that be in the form of a quote from my mum, or my children’s favourite characters! My family trees are my most popular item at the moment and makegreat presents!
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How would you describe your style of work?
My work is completely unique and individual. Its a little bit quirky and kitsch, but wants to be pretty and elegant!
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You are providing a workshop stall at The Fairy Tale Fair- what can we find and make at your workshop?
At the workshop we will be making sweetie butterflies! A cute way to store your sweets, that can be completely decorated and personalised by you!
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Do you take part in other craft fairs or events? 
I can often be found at Sharnfold Farm in Eastbourne, where I regularly attend events and pop by at the weekends to have a stall!
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This is your first Fairy Tale Fair, are you looking forward to it? 
This is my first fairy tale fair and I’m very, very excited!
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How can we find out more about you?
If you would like to see more of my creations please visit my facebook page at www.facebook.com/emilymakes

The Lyons Teashops Lithographs: Art in a Time of Austerity

Towner, Eastbourne | 13 Jul – 22 Sep 13

We have a special post today about a lovely exhibition at the Towner Eastbourne, the contemporary art museum for South East England.

Towner’s summer exhibition presents the complete set of Lyons Teashops Lithographs – commissioned by catering giant J. Lyons & Co. in the post-war years, to combat a wartime decline in the interiors of their famous teashops. The exhibition features some of the most popular British artists of the day, including John Piper, Edward Bawden, David Gentleman, John Minton, William Scott, Duncan Grant, John Nash and L.S. Lowry. Step back in time to experience a Great British institution at a time when great art overcame austerity! Click here for more information.

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Image: Barnett Freedman, People, 1947
They will also be holding a special event this Saturday evening…

Corner House Club Night

Saturday 20 July 8.30pm – midnight

A Towner and Melting Vinyl vintage club night inspired by the Lyons tearooms of the 1940s and ‘50s – with entry to the Lyons exhibition. In association with Brighton’s Catalyst Club, and featuring The Wind Ups spinning tunes on vintage gramophone turntables. Get crafty with needlework, enjoy spoof theatre Briefs Encountered, step into the dress-up Corner House photobooth and swing and jive the night away to the finest sounds of the ‘40s and ‘50s! Dress in your wartime finest.

 

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… 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Find out more:

www.lubilou.com

www.facebook.com/lubilouceramic

www.twitter.com/lubilouceramics

www.folksy.com/shops/Lubilou

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