Thursday, 30 June 2011

What's Hot!

My new Vintage Lace jewellery is featured in the latest edition of Craft and Design magazine! Rachael Chambers, contemporary craft editor, selected work for this feature at BCTF in Harrogate earlier this year

The jewellery featured is my Fiorenza earrings, made with old Irish crochet lace, extra fine silver wire, beads and a pearl drop.

Text by Rachael Chambers

Monday, 27 June 2011

The British Museum, London

A selection of my Vintage collection jewellery is now on sale at the British Museum in London! Including some vintage button bracelets, each one different.

You'll find it in the Grenville Room shop. I caught up with the buyer at Handmade in Britain in Bath last week and she told me it is in a glass cabinet next to a display of handmade mother of pearl boxes and some pearl jewellery. Hope I can see it when I go down to London in August, well actually, I suppose I hope it sells before then!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Beautiful Bath, lovely new makers and Handmade in Britain

The Assembly Rooms, Bath

Reflections in the Octagon

Chandelier above my stand in the Ballroom

The stunning ceilings in the Ballroom
More ceiling!

My stand - Handmade in Britain
The Assembly Rooms, Bath

A mix of Vintage button and Vintage Lace jewellery displayed in my old embroidery hoops
 I've just noticed how my display really coordinates with the colours of the ballroom!
Detail from my Vintage Lace collection display

New maker friends

I was opposite Deryn Relph whose work could not be more different from mine! Vibrant, bold colours, geometric retro patterns. Deryn knits fabulous lampshades, cushions and fabrics which she uses to upholster old chairs to creat something really stunning. Also a fellow fan of carrot cake and observer of "cake o'clock" !


I also met Emma of bagladee a twitter friend that I finally met in person. She makes lovely purses, cluthes and bags from lovely fabric. She had a lovely stand - you can see pictures of it here on her blog

Finally, the most important friend of the weekend, I stayed with Sarah Hardaker, a fellow embroidery graduate. We hadn't seen each other for quite a few years, but as is always the way with real friends, the time passed melted away and it was great to catch up over Sarah's lovely homecooked food and a glass or two of wine. Sarah runs her own fabric design and print business, and a post just about her will no doubt follow soon.
Sarah Hardaker - Vintage Paisley

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

The Art Market, Holmfirth

On Sunday I was lucky enough to take part in the lovely Art Market in Holmfirth. Lots of friendly makers, fantastic work - from jewellery to ceramics to home accessories to paintings and sculpture.The market took place in the indoor market hall right in the centre of Holmfirth. It was light and airy and decorated with lovely bunting, not your average market!

Upstairs at the Art Market - more downstairs!
 I made some good sales and had a chance to catch up with other makers I haven't seen for a while like Helen Ashworth of Rosie's Armoire who I met about 4 years ago at an event at the Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk. Great to see how her work has moved on. She uses vintage letters to handprint on fabric and then makes them into purses and cushions, as well as upcycling old things into new. I got a lovely "memory journal" from her. It's made from pages of an old book but lots of the pages are embellished in some way. A lovely present for a friend of mine. 
Memory book from Rosie's Armoire

Inside the book
The next market is next Sunday (12th June) with a different set of makers and artists, and it will happen again in November. See for the dates.

My stand at the Art Market