Tuesday, 20 September 2011

A real FEAST for the eyes!

Last Sunday MJMAN ( Mersey Jewellers and Metal Artists Network) set up a one day pop up exhibition called "Table for Eight" at the Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool as part of FEAST - the Hope Street Festival

A table was laid with food inspired jewellery....

Some made with food elements....like these made from pistachio shells by Linda Jones

 From peach stones and silver by Elaine Jenkins

Brooches from recycled food packaging and spoons decorated with wire

Made with fish shaped soy sauce containers by Anthony Wong

Porcelain Witchity grubs by Dot Rowe

Flowers for the table made with petit four wrappers by Linda Jones

Tea inspired jewellery made with dolls house miniature crockery and cutlery

"Is there any more?" brooch

"Time for tea?" pendant
Ring inspired by lemons by Barry Swerdlow
The photo I took of Barry's display didn't do the work justice so here's a close up

We also had our other collections on display

Many thanks to Tony, Elaine, Linda and Barry for setting up and manning the display on the day, all your hard work is appreciated! I was lucky to be just a visitor for a change, and got to enjoy the fantastic table they had so beautifully laid out for us...a real feast for the eyes!

Design Show Liverpool
Elaine Jenkins and I will be exhibting at the Liverpool Design Show, St Georges Hall,  in less than 3 weeks time!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Mersey Jewellers pop up exhibition

"Table for 8" exhibition - 1 day only !
Sunday 18th September 12-4pm come take a nose!

MJMAN - Merseyside Jewellers are serving a delicious smorgasbord of wearable contemporary jewellery designs inspired by food and fine dining at the Hope Street Hotel,
as part of Hope Street Festival - Feast Liverpool

Scroll down for a sneaky preview of some designs.
Other collections by the Mersey Jewellers will be on display too.

"Life's a peach" by Elaine Jenkins

Barry Swerdlow -made with naturally yellow Piquia Amerello wood

Spoons by Alison Bailey Smith

My contribution "Time for Tea" pendant - Judith Brown
"Is there any more?" brooch - by me
Linda Jones - made with pistachio cases
Linda Jones - made with pistachio cases

 Table for 8 on Facebook

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Wirksworth Arts Trail

Last weekend was spent in the lovely Derbyshire town of Wirksworth, taking part in the opening weekend of their annual Arts Festival. There was loads going on with artists and makers dotted around the town in homes, shops and other venues as part of an Arts Trail.

Work ranged from beautifully crafted objects like these giant ceramic and paper flowers

To more conceptual pieces like this shop window "Bland" supporting independent shops.

Do you like BLAND?

I have to say that whilst there was a wonderful atmosphere in the town, and a real sense of life and energy about that festival - sales weren't good. Times are hard for all, but if the energy created by artists and makers is to continue to bring life then sales need to be made!

Buy handmade and support British makers
 or live with the Bland!

Ok, campaigning over with! Back to the trail and my experience at Trail Venue 23 - Totley Antiques
Hosted by George and John of Totley Antiques on the main street, I was upstairs along with artist Louise Jannetta, who loves trees and paints and creates collagraphs. We also had one of those "it's a small world" moments, as we had exhibited in Buxton at past fairs in the Pavilion Gardens.

Totley Antiques from the lovely courtyard garden
The shop is an old tudor house, which means that it's quite "cosy", and I was "nestled" amongst antiques and paintings! I also had work in a cabinet too.

Good job I'm not claustrophobic!

Next weekend more of my work will be in another unusual venue. More on that in my next post!