It’s January, so it must be Top Drawer time again! It is the 3rd year for me and I am very happy to be going back to such an enjoyable and worth while event. It starts this Sunday, the 14th January, and goes on till the Tuesday, the 16th. My stand number is CR620, so please do come and say hello to me and my cushions! There will be a few new designs there, so always worth popping by 🙂
I am very excited to be exhibiting at the Compton Verney Textile Fair again this year. It was a great show last year and I sold a lovely load of cushions, so I’m back for, hopefully, more of the same! The photos above show my stand last year…..it was wonderful to be positioned in the ‘Naples 1600-1800’ gallery and surrounded by art for the day. Please do come and pay Compton Verney a visit; not only do you get the textile fair, but an entire art gallery situated in beautiful Warwickshire countryside.
Please see textile fair details below.
I was meant to post about this before the event…. but somehow time ran out and it never happened! However it was a wonderful event so I will mention a bit about it now. ‘October Interiors 2017’ was hosted by CABMFF and was held at Cheltenham Racecourse. It was the first time that I attended the event as an exhibitor, but having popped by during their April showcase at the same venue I felt it was well worth a go. I was not disappointed, it was really well attended and lots of new contacts were made…..it was all very heartwarming! It was also great to chat to the other exhibitors and get a better feel for the business, I’ve been doing this for 2 years now, but I feel that I have ever so much to learn still! I am now a step closer to getting my head around the whole sample book issue…..I will endeavour to work towards that goal 🙂
So a big thank you to everyone who attended and showed interest in my textiles and I intend to do it all again at the October show next year.
Photo by Inge Clemente
I was thrilled to be asked again to provide embroidered cushions for Mints latest Spring Show ‘Metacraft’ which opened last month and ran for the month of May. It featured pieces that combined craft with new technologies. Mint is a wonderful gallery with some really wacky and interesting pieces and I am very happy that they enjoy putting my flowery numbers along side their other exhibition pieces which are often really quite ‘out there’!
But not only is there a new stock of cushions in the shop, I noticed that one of my cushions that I had made for Mint last year had made its way into Junes issue of House and Garden. It was made for a wonderful project called ‘Inspired by the Fabric’, whereby I was given a piece of handwoven, indigo dyed fabric from Jordan, and I was asked to indeed be ‘inspired by the fabric’ and create 6 cushions. Please see an earlier post (Spring 2016) for more details if you are interested, but the cushion shown below in House and Garden was inspired by the selvedge of the fabric, which was very frayed.
Also shown below is a picture from LivingEtc, March 2017, which shows one of my embroidered cushions, obtained from Mint, lying on a bed in a rather wonderful bedroom….I was so excited to see that!
So yes, Mint really has done me proud!
I am currently gearing up for my next fair, which is to be ‘Best of Britannia’ . It is held at Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, London and it takes place from the 30th September till the 2nd October.
I’m very excited to be a part of it, and feel honoured that they found me and thought me appropriate for this fabulous celebration of British brands 🙂
Best of Britannia is where you will find unique British made products from over 150 brands. You will find clothing, footwear, accessories, jewellery, cycling, motoring, home furnishing, foods and much more…..sounds like quite an eclectic mix to me!!
And of course, look out for my cushions and myself on Stand 5! But just to mention, the first day, the 30th Sept is for trade and then the weekend days are retail to public.
Stand B64, come and say hello 🙂
I mentioned in an earlier post that I had been given some Jordanian fabric from Mint Gallery in Kensington with a view to designing and producing some cushions; as many as I could out of the fabric.
I deliberated a long time over this project! I did some samples with some similar weight linen, and pondered…… then the deadline loomed and I definitely had to get going on them! The only criteria I was really given was to let the selvedges be shown and to do a certain sized cushion, other than that it was pretty free as to what I could do.
My initial thoughts were to do something flowery, after all this is what Mint, and most people know me for. But my initial samples didn’t inspire me, so then I thought a little bit more geometrically, and this sparked my imagination more.
In the end I did two cushions that were frayed, two cushions that were frayed and embroidered and two that were embroidered. Inspiration for the fraying came from the two ends of the fabric that was given to me, they had frayed beautifully and these ends did end up in the designs. The embroidery designs developed from doing a little research into Middle Eastern embroidery, I also wanted it to look simple and contemporary. The embroidery was done by a couching method, whereby the thicker thread is put on the bobbin and then the design is worked form the back on a sewing machine.
In the end I thoroughly enjoyed the process of making these cushions. It was definitely a challenge and it took me somewhat out of my comfort zone, but that can only be a good thing, and the results are very beautiful I think…..though I say so myself!
The cushions are in Mint Gallery now as part of their latest exhibition ‘Spring Forms’, and Mint is always well worth a visit.
It’s been a month of signing up for fairs, and I’m so looking forward to my first one this summer – The Sprit of Summer fair. In association with House and Garden, it returns to Olympia, London, on the 22nd – 25th June, and I am delighted to be a part of it this year. Come and visit me at stand B64, and visit here for my page on the Spirit of Summer website.
I’ve also agreed to do Best of Britannia, which is a showcase for British design and product….but that’s not until late September/ early October, so more on that nearer the time. But it does look a really fun fair with an eclectic mix of British brands.
Lastly I’ve signed up for Top drawer again in January, but that’s next year, I’ll leave it at that for now!
I’ll hopefully have some Spirit of Summer tickets to give away shortly, so watch out for a little competition 🙂
It’s been a while since I wrote a post, so thought I would write a little update. The events went very well over the Autumn. The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair was great fun, and I had such a lot of wonderful comments about my work, and customers too! The Mint exhibition was fantastic as well with embroidered cushion sales, and a very enjoyable party. Such an honour to have been a part of both of these events, and such encouraging feedback too from visitors. Here is a photo taken at Mint gallery in Kensington of the exhibiton I took part in – Twisted Traditions (photograph taken by Inge Clemente).
It gave me great delight to be asked to feature as an ’emerging maker’ at this years Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester. They spotted me at New Designers, and are including me in their Emerging Talent section, which is just fantastic! The fair runs from the 9th – 11th October, and it looks very interesting with over 175 selected designer-makers; look here for the textile page.
Best I get on with the preparations…..