Say hello to….Yellow Bear Wares

We look forward to welcoming Fairy Tale Fair newbie Claire of Yellow Bear Wares, who you will find in our workshop room. Find out more about her wonderful quirky vintage knitting needle jewellery….

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

Hello! my name is Claire, I design and make jewellery for my Etsy store Yellow Bear Wares. I’ve always been a maker but I am reasonably new to the world of ‘crafting to sell’ and so far I am really enjoying myself, I’m very excited to be a part of the Fairy Tale fair on November 16th.

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I create my jewellery using vintage and second hand plastic knitting needles. I design and make rings, bracelets, necklaces and I have just launched a new design of mine- knitting needle earrings!

They are the perfect gift to buy for a yarn lover, knitter, crochet fan, crafter or someone that appreciates the upcycled and quirky idea of jewellery made from knitting needles!

How long have you been making your craft items?

I started making knitting needle bracelets for friends and for myself a few years ago and then last year I decided to make some for my parents stall ‘One Bright Spark’ that they take to markets in the South West of England.

The process of making them for my parents enabled me to realise how much I missed the ‘hands on’ making part of my life as it had started to fade away what with work and life!

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I really enjoy the whole method, from rummaging through boot sales and charity shops to find my needles through to the challenge of experimenting and designing my items and having the final pieces ready to photograph and sell (or to add to my own jewellery box!). My Etsy shop has been open since February this year.

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

My rings have proved to be very popular at the few craft fairs I have done, I think it’s a combination of the bright and funky colours and the idea of it’s previous life as a crafting implement that excites people.

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At The Fairy Tale Fair on the 16th of November I will be adding a new line to my stall: ‘EXTREME KNITTING NEEDLES!’ These are giant wooden knitting needles which are 61cm long that have been hand-made by my father. I will be running workshops alongside my stall giving you a chance to try knitting with these monsters. I will also have pairs of the needles available for purchase if you like what you have experienced or if you want the perfect Christmas gift for the knitter in your life!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Designing and making! I love trying to think up new design ideas and literally noodleing about with my needles! When inspiration hits me I really enjoy trying to create the vision I have had, sometimes I am pleasantly surprised and it’s the mistakes that make the best results.

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

I have a few fairs lined up in the run up towards Christmas. I’m excited to be doing Craftaganza for a weekend (30th November/1st December), Art Junky at the Phoenix for the first time on December the 14th, and also ‘We Made This’ on December 21st for those late gift buyers! It’s my first year doing the Christmas run so I’m currently trying to figure out just how much stock I’ll need and focusing on creating a display for my new designs.

I’ve just had some very exciting news that I will be participating in an open house in May next year, this will be a completely new experience for me and I’m looking forward to it already!

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

I hope to develop and expand my Yellow Bear Wares activities, I’m thinking about opening an online Folksy store to help my UK sales base to grow. I have some new design ideas, which are a bit different to my current products but would fit the ‘knitting’ theme and I am hoping to get them out of my brain and into reality in the not too distant future!

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

Family, indulgence, loved ones, excitement, sparkle.

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/YellowBearWares

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

Blog: http://yellowbearwares.wordpress.com

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A Festive Welcome Back to… Karen Rao – Felt Artist

Today we are excited to welcome back Karen and her ever popular felt workshop! Make sure you don’t miss her in our workshop room!

Remind us about about you and what you create?

I am a Felt Artist who creates hand felted dog inspired hats and many other animals inspired by their wonderful colours, textures …. and ears! I create an array of hand felted goodies from floral corsages, felt wrapped pebbles and bold wall art!

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

No, we will be making special festive creations! My felt making workshop will involve “Felting a Christmas Bauble” Using a plastic ball as a base, we will wrap it in wool, add our festive character …. or pretty pink rabbits (or anti festive spiders or black cats) and rub with soap and water, then voila! We have created handmade felt. It’s always great fun, suitable for all ages. Maybe this time Mums and Dads, let the kids have a go!!!

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

This is my year for trying all sorts, so here goes:
Makers Boutique: 23 November, 7 and 21 December
Makers Boutique – Brighton Fishing Gallery: 26 October – 21 December
Brighton Craft Fair: 14 December
Brighton Open Houses: Cicada House Christmas Cracker (Fiveways)
Teresa Wincester and Friends (by Preston Park)
Magik (in North Laines)

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

It’s always such an enjoyable day, especially seeing everyones creations, but also having a quick catch up with all my Arty chums too!

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

Every now and then something surprising happens that takes me in a new direction. I find that exciting – not knowing what great things the future holds. I’m enjoying holding felt making workshops, I’m holding an after school club at the moment and one day I’ll hold regular adult classes ….

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

Cosy log fire with family

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

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

The Fairy Tale Fair Summer 2013!

Well the day has finally been and gone and what a magical day it was! Full of crafts, vintage tearoom, cakes, workshops and more! There were lots of you through the door once again and we heard some lovely comments about the fair and standard of stall holders.

We also held a charity raffle for the Brighton RSPCA, where our stall holders kindly donated handmade prizes to be won!  We raised £189 which has gone directly to the Patcham shelter to help the animals!

Some photos of the day follow and view them all on facebook here. Thanks to Kate Trevor for the photography. View her site here.

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Hello DODO

Ilona Drew

Ilona Drew

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I like CATS

Cat-a-Cake Creations

Cat-a-Cake Creations

Little Mouses

Little Mouses

Fairy Letters

Fairy Letters

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Mooshpie

Jelly Roos

Jelly Roos

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We raised £189!!

Check back tomorrow for details of our Christmas fair!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 days to go! Keep the Kids Amused!

Just 4 days to go!! Reason 4 to visit our fair…keep the kids amused!

Kids getting bored already during the summer holidays? Don’t know where to take them to keep them entertained?  Don’t want to pay an entrance fee? Then join us at The Fairy Tale Fair this Saturday!

As well as all the craft stalls there will also be face painting, craft workshops including beaded jewellery and sweetie butterflies, Flipper Clown who makes amazing balloon characters, lots of yummy cake and a special charity raffle with the RSPCA in attendance!

Join us from 10.30am – 4.30pm for a great day out for all the family! FREE parking also, and buses 5 and 5A Patcham stop less than a minute away.

Show me Shiny Things bead workshop

Show me Shiny Things bead workshop

Calico and Cotton

Calico and Cotton

Sparkles face painting

Sparkles face painting

Karen Rao- Felt workshop

Karen Rao- Felt workshop

Jelly Roos

Jelly Roos

Lottie Leo

Lottie Leo

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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

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

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Say Hello to…Show Me Shiny Things

Today we welcome back Fliss from Show Me Shiny Things, who will be in charge of a bead jewellery workshop for us- which was very popular at our spring fair! Find out more about her…
“I really loved the last fair, it was an excellent day.  The hall looked great with the decorations, live music playing and all the beautiful handmade goodies to buy.” – Fliss, Show Me Shiny Things
Please introduce yourself and remind what you create…
Hi, I’m Fliss, maker of show me shiny things – jewellery.  I use silver, glass and ceramic, in a range of beads and charms.   My jewellery is modern, bright and, well, shiny! I will be bringing to the fair necklaces, bracelets, earrings and safety pin style brooches.

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How long have you been making your creations and how did you get into it?
This is my first year of making jewellery, although I have enjoyed bead work since GCSE textiles.  Fortunately, my magpie collecting habits meant that I had quite a collection of beads when I started making bracelets in 2012.  A friend gave me a bracelet she had made and I thought I would have a go (so big thanks to her!)

What do you enjoy most about your craft?
The best thing about making jewellery is seeing people wearing and enjoying something that I have made.  Excellent feeling!  Also, it does give me an excuse to collect lots and lots of shiny things…!
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You will be taking part in a craft workshop at The Fairy Tale Fair- what will yours involve?
My workshop will be making wrap-around beaded bracelets.  I’ve added to my collection of beads since the last fair so there will be lots to select from.  I will have some of my bracelets there for ideas, although last time there was no shortage of creative designs!
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You took part in our Spring Fairy Tale Fair- did you enjoy it?
I really loved the last fair, it was an excellent day.  The hall looked great with the decorations, live music playing and all the beautiful handmade goodies to buy.  Not to mention the cakes..!  It was great fun holding the workshop and I’m really looking forward to doing it again this time.
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How can we find out more about you?

The best place to find me is on facebook: www.facebook.com/showmeshinythings

Anyone visiting Hove can also find some of my jewellery on sale in the lovely Sunshine Books, Art & Coffee cafe on Hove Street.

Say Hello To… Karen Rao Felt Artist

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

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

Please introduce yourself and remind what you create…

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

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

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

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

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

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

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

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

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

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How can we find out more about you?

my website: http://karenrao.com/

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

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The Fairy Tale Fair is TODAY!!!!

Well the day has finally arrived and the fair is indeed today! We hope lots of you can make it along for handmade crafts, mum’s day & Easter gifts, workshops, kids activities, our vintage tearoom and much more!

It’s a little gloomy outside, but don’t let that put you off! Our fair is entirely undercover, there is FREE parking and the bus stops just 30 seconds around the corner. You can keep warm and dry in our fair all day if you wish!

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  • Keep the kids amused in the workshop room and get their faces painted!
  • Find mum some beautiful mum’s day gifts, treat her at our vintage beauty stall.
  • Support our local makers and buy your gifts handmade this year- they make unique, one off persents and are made locally with lots of love.
  • Treat the whole family to cake and yummy items in our vintage tearoom, with teas and coffees served in vintage china too.
  • Take part in our raffle for your chance to win our amazing Easter hamper- full of cute, yummy and crafty delights!

We are open from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Find us in Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton. See full location details here. FREE parking, buses 5 or 5A Patcham- ask for the clock tower stop, and walk 30 seconds across the zebra crossing around the corner. They run every 10 mins. 

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Hope to see you today- ITS GOING TO BE MAGICAL!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

Say Hello To…Sugargalss

Today we introduce the super cute Sugarglass, who make the most adorable crocheted items. Lotus will also be conducting a crochet workshop, which is a great introduction to learn the basics of crochet.

“I enjoy the fact that I make a living out of creating something from nothing. Its very fulfilling as a human being…”– Lotus

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Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
We make hand crocheted accessories, like, cute animal face brooches, hats, scarves and snoods. We are currently adding amigurumi (the Japanese art of crocheted dolls) to our range.
In in the summer i also have a jewelry line with quirky necklaces, hand sewn bows and bow ties as well as bracelets and rings.

Our cutesy accessories are for both young and young at heart! If it doesn’t make you go awwww! its not a Sugarglass product!

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Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?
The animal face brooches is always a big seller, we currently do bunny, bear, monkey, elephant, chicken, chick and cthulhu (the mythical creature from the novels by H.P. Lovecraft) in all sorts of colours.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?
The fact that i can work in my pjs! And that i make a living out of creating something from nothing. its very fulfilling as a human being.

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Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
We partake in a lot of Anime, Manga and sci-fi conventions up and down the country.
The biggest one is MCM London Expo where there are 35,000 people through the doors over the weekend.

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You will be providing a workshop for The Fairy Tale Fair- what will your workshop involve?
We will be doing crochet workshops, from beginners to the advanced.
Helping with any questions and advice on where to get the right materials for making amigurumi (the japanese art of crocheted dolls)

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
Having quit the day job for this, I feel I am already quite blessed. However, being able to rely on more online sales would be great, so I could spend more time at home with my doggie (and Sugarglass mascot) Clover.

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View on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/sugarglass

Say Hello To…MiniPatisserie

Today we say hello to Caroline of MiniPatisserie who makes the most adorable polymer clay jewellery. She will be conducting a workshop where you can make your own creations from polymer clay and take home to bake yourself.

“I would like a miniature cake-themed jewellery craze to sweep the nation so I can get well on the way to making my first million. Other than that I’m really looking forward to running my first workshop at the Fairy Tale Fair.”– Caroline

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

I’m Caroline from MiniPatisserie and I have been making polymer clay jewellery to sell for the last couple of years, although I started making things for my sister’s Sylvanian families a couple of decades ago.

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

My miniature jars of marshamallows are very popular.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I like thinking up ideas of miniature cakes to make and watching kids pick their favourite.

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

I have had a stall at quite a few small festivals in Brighton and have been part of a couple of exhibitions. I have also sold my jewellery in shops in Lewes and Brighton.

You will be providing a workshop for The Fairy Tale Fair- what will your workshop involve?

People will get the chance to make their own polymer clay charms to attach to jewellery, which they can then take home to bake in their oven.

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

I would like a miniature cake-themed jewellery craze to sweep the nation so I can get well on the way to making my first million. Other than that I’m really looking forward to running my first workshop at the Fairy Tale Fair.

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Find out more:

www.minipatisserie.co.uk

We look forward to taking part in Caroline’s workshop on the 9th March!

Say Hello To…Show Me Shiny Things

Today we say hello to another Fairy Tale Fair newbie- Fliss of Show Me Shiny Things. Fliss will be taking part in one of our workshop stalls where you can make memory wire bracelets- perfect little personalised gifts for Mother’s day! She will also be selling her unique and colour mosaics! Find out more…

“There’s something very satisfying about smashing up tiles, and piecing them back together like a puzzle!”– Fliss.

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

I’m Fliss, I live & work in Hove, & regularly attend craft fairs. I make jewellery and especially like working with glass and ceramic beads. I’ve been focusing on making colourful memory wire bracelets & silver earrings in a range of styles. I also make mosaics using broken pieces of tile; I love ceramics and especially rustic colourful & patterned tiles. As well as my own designs, I love making custom pieces (such as pictures, house numbers, jewellery boxes)

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

I’ve made some little silver earrings using ceramic star shaped beads, with Chinese designs of flowers & leaves on them. These were popular Christmas presents!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

As my business name suggests, I’ve always been quite a magpie, so an excuse to collect shiny & colourful things is great in itself! Combining them to make jewellery other people enjoy wearing it a great feeling. & with the mosaics, there’s something very satisfying about smashing up tiles, and piecing them back together like a puzzle!

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

I’ve been to a few different craft fairs in Brighton. Crescent Studio, where I make my mosaics, has an Open House coming up in May.

You will be providing a workshop for The Fairy Tale Fair- what will your workshop involve?

I will be running a workshop making memory wire bracelets. Adults & children are welcome to come & make a bracelet, I’ll be on hand to help. A perfect little pressie for Mothers Day?! I will have a range of beads with me, in lots of colours and materials.

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

I’d like to have more time for my jewellery and mosaics, & ideally work a bit less & craft more! It would be great to get my mosaics into Brighton shops, and to get stuck into some large projects!

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Find out more: www.facebook.com/showmeshinythings
www.facebook.com/HowToMakeMosaics

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

Say Hello To…Karen Rao

Today we introduce Karen Rao, a unique and exciting felt artist. Much of Karen’s work is animal inspired and she is a regular at the Makers Boutique craft market and Brighton Artists Open Houses. Karen will also be conducting one of our workshop stalls where you can learn to felt a soap or Brighton rock! Find out more…

“My individual method of felt making results in highly colourful, stunningly tactile works of art that are rich in texture and depth!”- Karen Rao

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

I am a felt artist creating unique animal inspired wall art for kids, cosy handmade floppy eared felted hats and pretty floral jewellery. More recently my ‘Brighton Rocks’ have joined my felted goodies.

How would you describe your style?

Bright, dynamic and tactile. My individual method of felt making results in highly colourful, stunningly tactile works of art that are rich in texture and depth!

How long have you been making your craft items?

I stumbled across felt making about 4 years ago

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

Rose brooches always sell well, either dainty and discreet or large and vibrant. The fastening makes them a versatile accessory, worn as a hair piece or as a corsage.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Felt is such a versatile medium that I am constantly experimenting and branching off into new areas. There is a whole world of inspiring techniques that I have yet to explore!

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

I regularly attend the monthly Makers Boutique. I’ve taken part in Art Junky, The Brunswick Festival and Art Fair , The Brighton Mini Maker Faire and my work can be seen in Open Houses in the Fiveways and Dyke Road Trails.

You will be providing a workshop for The Fairy Tale Fair- what will your workshop involve?

I will be running a ‘Felted Soap Workshop’ where you will Create a gift using the wet felting technique to encase a soap in seamless Merino wool. This work of art is meant to be used as a scrub – you are still felting it as you use it! You can alternatively take part in the popular ‘Felt a Brighton Rock Workshop’.

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

Earlier this year I ran a couple of ‘Whole Class Workshops’ in schools where we made some stunning large scale wall hangings. This is a direction that I definitely would love to be more involved in. In the meantime I have taken the plunge and announced some dates for my own felt making workshops.

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I have found that people of all ages love to learn the ancient art of felt making and how they can make material using just wool, soap and water! I’m looking forward to inspiring more of you at my workshop at the Fairy Tale Fair

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6 Days to go…Reason 6 to visit our fair!

 Take Part in A Craft Workshop & Learn Something New!
 We have 7 different craft workshops to suit those of all ages, from toddlers to nannies! Why not make a beautiful piece of jewelley with Pagette, our jewellery maker. Choose from her wonderful beads and materials and make one of items handmade by yourself. Or how about gift felting a soap or Brighton rock with Karen Rao and learn her skill of felting. You can also make your own Christmas or greeting card with Vickie from Patcham Papercrafters and give to someone as an extra special keepsake card.
There will also be a Polymer clay workshop with Ilona who will show you how you can make beautiful cakes (and other items) out of the clay and take home to bake yourself! As well as this you can make your own tree decoration with SHISHOO and have fun cutting up and sticking bits of felt and materials to create your own unique characters and decorations. We also have Lindy Wells conducting a memory gift workshop where you can use vintage fabrics to sew (or glue!) a beautiful memory gift of your choice. And finally you can also get your very own letter from the fairies or elves, personalised to you, with added lucky stars and fairy dust! Magical!

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