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Some dates for your diary

I have decided this year to make fairs more of a priority, and so with this in mind I have booked myself (and been excepted!) into 6 events this year. So here are the details:

27th – 30th June Handmade in Oxford, which is being held at the beautiful Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire.

22nd – 27th July The English Coral Experience exhibition held at Dore Abbey, Herefordshire.

17th August American Museum in Bath’s Textile Fair.

7th – 15th September h.Art; Herefordshire Art Week. I will we displaying my textiles at No 18 The Basement, Ross- on -Wye along with two weavers, Gaby Devitt and Rhian Wyman Design.

10th – 13th October Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester.

16th – 17th November Compton Verney’s Textile Fair, Warwickshire.

I will give you more details as each fair gets nearer……and the first one is approaching very quickly! Here is some more information about the event:

Handmade Oxford – The International Contemporary Arts Festival

This summer join thousands of art lovers at Handmade Oxford and celebrate art, craft, design, sculpture, artisan food and more at Handmade Oxford, at Waterperry Gardens, from 27th to 30th June 2019.

Handmade Oxford partners with the Ashmolean Museum and Waterperry Gardens, previously the home of internationally renowned Art in Action (1977-2016).

Please do come along! 🙂

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Magpie Pop Up Gallery

I am excited to be exhibiting at the next Magpie pop up exhibition that runs from the 14th – 17th June in Farnham, Surrey….and as the ‘about’ section on Magpie’s website explains what Magpie is all about so effectively I have added it here for you to get a taster……

‘Magpie is a pop-up gallery, curating original and contemporary art, craft and design, by new and established artists that is both covetable and affordable. Exhibitions are held just two or three times a year, ensuring that each collection is a fresh and exciting showcase of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, wood, leather, mosaics and glass. The gallery space is a light-filled, modern home and art work is exhibited in a way that is beautiful and inviting; encouraging visitors to imagine how a piece might look in their own home.
Magpie is run by Nina Jex who – like the magpie in folklore – has an eye for spotting desirable pieces. Nina comes from an artistic family and has always had a passion for visiting galleries and open studios; collecting things that are handmade, unusual and have a story to tell; and displaying them in ways that enhance their aesthetic beauty. Nina is a firm believer that art is not a luxury, but that having beautiful paintings and objects in your surroundings will elevate your everyday life.
Whether you are an experienced art-collector; someone looking for a painting or sculpture to complete your house or garden; would like to buy a piece of jewellery for a special present; or perhaps a handmade mug or bowl for yourself, do come to Magpie’s next exhibition and see what treasures take your eye!’

Well, I hope that that has wetted your appetite…please do come and have a look at the exhibition, and check out the Magpie website for more information. Looks like it’s going to be a good one! 🙂

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Top Drawer S/S 2018

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 🙂

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Compton Verney Textile Fair, 4th November

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… 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.

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October Interiors, Cheltenham Racecourse

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… 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.

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Mint Gallery has done me proud!

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!

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Best of Britannia

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.

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New cushions for Mint

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.

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Spirit of Summer, Best of Britannia and Top Drawer

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 🙂