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

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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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A festive gift from…Georgie Arts

Today we welcome back Georgie Arts who makes the most beautiful embroidered textile art. She has made many fairy themed items especially for the fair including fairy wishes notebooks and toadstool sitter greetings! Find out more about her below…

“I’m really looking forward to the fairies getting me in the Christmas spirit and kicking off my seasonal celebrations in style.”- Tina, Georgie  Arts. 

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

I’m a textile artists primarily specialising in embroidery, so make scrumptious, textured goods encrusted in embroidery and beading and full of rich colour. If I can find a way to stitch on it I will.

What festive gifts and creations will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

I’ll be bringing my ever popular occasion bags and greetings cards along with a wide selection of affordable gifts just right for filling all your loved ones stockings. These will include sweet smelling fairy pomanders, little- but lavishly embroidered notebooks and albums, tiny treasure boxes, shadow boxes and much, much more.

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

Yes, we had a great day at the last fair, meeting customers old and new and really enjoyed the friendly fairy filled atmosphere. The fairy pomanders which made their debut at the last fair sold out and it was packed in the morning. I think everyone wanted to get the best of the gifts before they sold. I finally managed to shop myself in the afternoon and there was such a great range of goodies on offer it was hard not to splurge all the takings & leave with twice as much as I arrived with!

Will you be taking part in other events over the festive period (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

At the moment I’m not booked elsewhere as I’ve got orders to fill for special bespoke greetings and gifts which can be ordered through my website, but if I get cracking I might fit in another event. News will be on my website. But this is the main chance to snap up your ‘off the peg’ goodies.

Any other comments you wish to make:

I’m really looking forward to the fairies getting me in the Christmas spirit and kicking off my seasonal celebrations in style. Georgie Arts looks forward to seeing you there and hopes you all enjoy a beautiful fairyfull Christmas and a peaceful new year.

 

We look forward to welcoming Georgie Arts and her fairy creations on the day! Find out more on her website here: www.georgiearts.co.uk

Say Hello To…Handmade & Vintage

Say Hello to the wonderful Handmade & Vintage who take old vintage items and makes them into something beautiful and useful! We are excited to see Trudi at the fair, find out more about her below…

“I love collages, fifties colours, natural textures but mostly I’m obsessive about finding a new use for old things…”- Trudi, Handmade & Vintage

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

Handmade & Vintage takes old things and reworks them into something new and useful. Old postcards become lavender sachets, vintage textiles are made into hat-stands, tapestries become seats, old china turns into hair clips … you get the idea! I’m pretty certain that reusing and recycling handmade goods will make a home a happier place!

How would you describe your style?

I love collages, fifties colours, natural textures but mostly I’m obsessive about finding a new use for old things…

How long have you been making your craft items?

Making things to sell for about 2 years, making or transforming things in the house… years!

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

It depends on the time of year but just now the Christmas printed bunting is pretty busy as are the vintage china bits and bobs.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Rescuing things from drawers, giving them a new use and getting people to love them again.

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

Yes, mostly around Brighton and Sussex. I missed the last Fairytale Fair because I was on holiday so I’m really looking forward to being a part of this one. Apart from that, this December I’m part of the fab Open House at 4 Park View Terrace (Stanford Road) Brighton, BN1 5PW and I’ll be back at the Makers Boutique on December 1st. I’m also at Pop Up Vintage in Hassocks on the 17th November. There’s a whole list of fairs here. Mostly I sell on the Handmade & Vintage website.

What items and festive gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

Christmas decorations and small, made from vintage gifts

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

I’m keen to come up with a new use for a mountain of sixties plastic toys!

Find out more: www.handmadeandvintage.co.uk  |   Facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadeandvintage

Don’t miss Trudi and her beautiful items on the day!

Say Hello To…Patricia Palmer

In our latest interview we say hello to Patricia Palmer. Although Patricia has many years experience in textiles having taught it at Patcham High School, The Fairy Tale Fair is her first craft fair! She is a little nervous as to what people will make of her work but we know people will love her creations! Read on to find out more about her…

“I still get a real kick from pulling lots of little bits and pieces together and making something pretty but useable…”– Patricia Palmer

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

I taught Textile Art for many years at the local Secondary School and loved to incorporate hand and machine embroidery, beading, fabric printing, knitting and patchwork into my lessons whenever I could.

How would you describe your style?

I prefer to work small and use eye catching coloured fabrics, embroidery, beads and sequins. Everything I make has to have a practical use as well as looking glitzy or pretty or both!

How long have you been making your craft items?

Even after taking early retirement a couple of years ago the urge to sew continued so I started to make items for friends and as gifts. Then I visited the” Fairy Tale Fair” and here I am!

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

Not yet, but I hope too – possibly the Lady Gaga Peg Dolls or the Fabric Pin Badges or maybe the Knitted Cacti!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I still get a real kick from pulling lots of little bits and pieces together and making something pretty but useable – it’s so relaxing but rewarding at the same time. You can’t beat it!


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

No this is my first. I am a craft fair virgin.

What items and festive gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

Fabric Christmas Tree Decorations that drip with beads, sequins and golden threads, Children’s Fabric Animals Badges which are padded and embroidered with little faces, Crazy Peg Dollies which look like something between a fairy and Lady Gaga and Book Worms for their stockings, Embellished Needle Cases, Patchwork Pin Cushions and a large range of Knitted Cacti for the ladies and gents.


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

I hope people like my work as I would be happy to do more and share my skills with others.

Any other comments you wish to make:

I am looking forward to the Fair but also feel a little anxious as to how my work will be received – only time will tell!

Say Hello To…Georgie Arts

Today we say hello to…Georgie Arts, who makes wonderful embroidered textiles.

“There’s fairy dust in everything…!” – Georgie Arts

Find out more about her below…

What I make and do.
I make embroidered textiles, from framed and free hanging pieces and installations mostly to commission but also a wide variety of gifts and accessories ‘off the peg’.  I also make bridal tiaras, favours and embroidered stationery for all special events.

My style.
I’d describe my style as colourful, detailed and luxurious.  Hand and machine embroidery, beading and embellishment on mixed media and hand- made  and dyed fabric surfaces.

How long have I been making my craft?
I’ve stitching all my life, professionally since 1979 after my apprenticeship with the Royal School of Needlework, but in a more experimental and mixed media way for the last ten years or so.

Best seller?
It’s hard to say, customer choices ebb and flow. Perennial favourites are my bags and I’m constantly making bespoke embroidered cards for special occasions. But everything has it’s moment for which I’m grateful!

What I enjoy most about my craft.
It’s a wonderful thing to be constantly doing what I love most. Working with exquisite materials and colours,  constantly following new themes and finishes and meeting with other artists and creative minds makes my work a great pleasure.

Do I take part in other craft events?
I’ve had a few exhibitions, exhibited at Country Fairs and a few art and craft fairs,  but am mostly reached through my website and by word of mouth.  I sometimes get invited to talk about my work at embroiderers groups, craft  and ladies groups which is always very enjoyable.

Products I’ll be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair.
There will be plenty of sparkle  on the day, a few specials and a selection from my range including beautiful evening and occasion bags with my signature hand- made fabrics, little note/sketch books with gorgeous scrunchy and leaf strewn covers and richly coloured jewellery rolls.  You’ll find embroidered and silken greetings cards, little boxes just the right size to house a fairy or little treasure and a few sparkling tiaras and hair pieces from my bridal range.

Plans and ambitions for the future?
I’d like to get my work to a wider audience and so plan to work harder on my website and perhaps start a blog. To work with some of the great textile artists and embroiderers would be exciting and  I’d love to write a book. Someday I’ll find time between my stitching! Oh, and I’d like to have a larger studio someday with an organised place for everything before I drown in fabric and thread.

Other comments.
Since I started work on this event I’ve had a few problems with fairies getting into my studio. They’ve left shoes, hats and other possessions which have got caught up in my embroidery and there’s fairy dust in everything. So I’ll be bringing a selection of ‘Fairy lost property’ with me!

We can’t wait to see Georgie Arts creations! And the fairies can be sneaky leaving their fairy dust everywhere- they can’t wait to see all the hats and embroidery all sparkly!

See Georgie Arts website: www.georgiearts.co.uk 

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