Say hello to… Woah there Pickle

As we near ever closer to the fair today we introduce to you another fairy tale fair newbie- Vicky of Woah there Pickle, and her fab lino cuts which we love! Find out all about them, and her of course…

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

My name is Vicky and I’m a printmaker based by the seaside in Brighton. I specialise in linocut prints and cards of bits and bobs like robots and dinosaurs, with an occasional bit of foiling thrown in because who doesn’t like something shiny!

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How long have you been making your craft items? 

I’ve been printmaking for about 4 years now and can’t get enough of it.

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell? 

Of course 🙂 My best selling prints are the Monster Hand and my rendition of Salvador Dali’s Lobster Phone. I have also got a range of different Christmas card designs including Elfis who is new for this year and going down a storm.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft? 

It’s magic! On the base of it, it could not be more simple. All you do is carve a design into lino, ink it up and print it to paper, but how ever long you’ve been doing it you still don’t know how its going to look when it’s printed so you are constantly surprised and then no two prints are exactly the same.

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

I sure do, I’ll be at Craftaganza, Art Junkie and Makers Boutique this Christmas. I’m also in the pop up exhibition at the Fishing Quarter Gallery in Brighton until the 21st Dec.

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

The studio that I work in has some amazing screen printing equipment so next year I’m hoping to get my grubby mitts on that and do some more printing on fabric.

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

Panto shouting ‘He’s Behind you!!!!’

Any other comments you wish to make:

I’m really excited to be selling at the Fairytale Fair this year, It’s going to make for a magical Christmas for sure!

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

Website: woahtherepickle.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Woahpickle

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Woahtherepickleprints

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Say hello to…Anna’s Drawing Room

Today we are excited to introduce Anna’s Drawing Room who we are excited to have at The Fairy Tale Fair on November 16th! A regular on the Brighton craft scene, yet this is her first Fairy Tale Fair, so we hope she has a magical day… find out all about her wonderful nature inspired drawings…

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

I draw and make prints and cards inspired by nature, usually featuring birds, bugs and plants.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have drawn and painted as long as I can remember, and the prints etc began 2 years ago.

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?

My best seller is the owl flying on a green background, and yes I will have Christmas cards and gifts for sale.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Watching as a line becomes an image on a page. Always learning something.

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

Yes, this year I exhibited with Maker’s Boutique on the seafront and Brunswick Town Art Fair. Events this autumn/winter include Brighton Craft Fair, We Made This Market, Bartie’s Boutique and Jessie Jumbles Marvellous Christmas Market.

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

I have a long way to go yet to achieve my ambitions. Who knows how long it will take but I am going in the right direction! I hope to make great progress in the next few years, and spend more time trying new techniques including fabric and pattern design.

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

Home, Love, Family, Food, Decorations!

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I am really looking forward to participating in my first Fairytale Fair. I came as a visitor in the summer and thought is was great.

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
annasdrawingroom.co.uk 

facebook.com/AnnasDrawingRoom

twitter.com/AnnasDrawing
pinterest.com/annasdrawing
etsy.com.shop/annasdrawingroom

1 day to go!! Reason 1 to visit: Our Stall Holders!!

Well the big day is almost upon us and just over 24 hours to go until we open our doors to all you lovely lot!

Reason 1 to visit: our super stall holders! You will find over 35 of them nestled in Patcham Methodist Church, Brighton. From jewellery, to greetings cards, prints, to vintage, ceramics to knitted creations, chocolates to soaps, bunting to face painting and much much more!

See our stall holders page for a full list of who will be joining us on the day.

We can’t wait to welcome back Fairy Tale Fair regulars and also so new faces too! They will all help make our 1st Birthday extra special!

Come along tomorrow and meet them all!

Amanda- Maygreen Fairies

Amanda- Maygreen Fairies

George- Polka Dot Cloud

George- Polka Dot Cloud

Ali & Jam Hello DODO`

Ali & Jam Hello DODO`

cheska- Mooshpie

cheska- Mooshpie

Calico & Cotton

Calico & Cotton

Ilona Drew This

Ilona Drew This

Irene Dobson

Irene Dobson

Natasha- Jelly Roos

Natasha- Jelly Roos

Karen Rao Felt Artist

Karen Rao Felt Artist

Say Hello To…Beetle Cherry

Today we introduce to you the second of our Spring stall holders- Claire of Beetle Cherry who is another Fairy Tale Fair newbie! Claire is well known across the Brighton craft scene, and she creates some of the most whimsical illustrations, that all have magical stories behind them. Lets go on an adventure with her now…

“I enjoy the freedom (of craft): all I need is a piece of paper, a pencil and my imagination and I’m away!”- Claire, Beetle Cherry

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

My name is Claire, and I live and work in my flat in Hove. I like to draw, paint and cut out pictures, which I then sell as art prints, cards and other things. I love animals and I’m always dreaming of going on adventures, all my illustrations are from some imaginary story I’ve made up.

How would you describe your style?

A bit whimsical but with a strong spirit of adventure; full of talking rabbits, partying insects and friendly dogs. All my illustrations are hand drawn and painted, mostly using watercolour and gouache paints. My work seems to have a wide audience, from young couples to parents buying for their children’s bedrooms. Anyone that likes the idea of going on an imaginary adventure I guess!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve always loved drawing and making, so in a way I’ve been doing this all my life. But it has always been very low key, I never studied art or anything.  I set up Beetle Cherry a bit more than a year ago when I got sick of my full time office job and wanted to make a go of doing something I love. So in terms of making things to sell, not very long.

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

My DIY Papercut pack is always really popular. I think people are often keen to try new crafts but don’t know where to start, and because papercutting doesn’t require lots of expensive equipment it’s a good place to start. I’m putting together some new designs for them at the moment too.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

The freedom: all I need is a piece of paper, a pencil and my imagination and I’m away!

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

I do other craft fairs in Brighton, and got quite a few already booked up for this year. I hope to branch out a bit this year and try craft fairs in other places, such as London.

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

I’ll be selling my illustrations, papercuts and cards, as well as a few pieces of jewellery, all very popular with mums! I’ll also have my DIY Papercut pack and a brand new colouring in book.

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

I hope to be able to continue making and selling my work, and also to take on more commissions which I love doing. My BIG dream is to write and illustrate a children’s picture book, I’m starting to come up with ideas at the moment!

We are very much looking forward to having Beetle Cherry at our next Fairy Tale Fair on Saturday 9th March. We are sure her magical illustrations will be very popular! Why not take a look at her website? It’s one of the best and most creative sites we’ve seen! Find out more: www.beetlecherry.com Do it- or the fairies will get you!

Say Hello To…Hello DODO

Say hello to…Hello DODO! We are very excited that the lovely Ali & Jam from Hello DODO are joining us for the fair, find out more about them below…

“It’s all this effort you put in that makes the end result so magical!” – Hello DODO

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
We are Ali & Jam, the playful printmakers! We met at uni in 2004 where Ali studied Design Photography and Jam studied Graphic Communication with Typography. After years of doing creative things separately we somehow both became fascinated by the screen printing process and decided to set up business together and to teach ourselves how to print. After much trial and error (!) hello DODO was born! We design and handprint colourful and clever posters, tote bags and have produced a range of our own greetings cards.

How would you describe your style?
Fun, colourful, silly but clever! We’re both HUGELY influenced by the late great Alan Fletcher and I think you can see this, particularly in our typographic pieces. Our one aim with hello DODO is to create work which makes people smile!

How long have you been making your craft items?
We’ve been trading now for about 10 months. Our range of designs has grown rapidly since then!

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?
Our best seller so far is probably our Animal Alphabet screen print. It’s well loved by both kids and big kids! It’s always fun to get folk at craft fairs trying to guess the animals, everyone gets stuck on different ones!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?
What we really love most about screen printing is that it’s such an old, traditional process. It can really have it’s ups and downs and everything takes a lot of time and effort! You need to coat a screen in light sensitive emulsion and burn the artwork on to the screen with an exposure unit before you can get to the printing part! It’s all this effort you put in though that makes the end result so magical! We also love working with such beautiful bright colours!

Do you take part in other craft events?
We’ve been taking part in the Maker’s Boutique at the Unitarian Church, Brighton. We hope to become involved in Artist’s Open Houses in Brighton too.

What products/ items will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?
At the Fairy Tale Fair we shall have our full range of lovely jubbly screen prints and tote bags, plus handmade stamp prints, greetings cards and badges. We might make something special just for the fair too!

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future?
We have HUGE ambitions for hello DODO! We are currently gearing up to approach our dream stockists which we’re VERY excited about. We also have plans to expand our product range to  handprinted housewares, clothing and jewellery!

Any other comments you wish to make:
We’re really happy and excited to be a part of The Fairy Tale Fair!

We can’t wait to see Hello DODO’s wonderful creations at the fair! If you can’t wait until then take a look at their sites below:

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