Nov 30, 2011

Designer Feature Series: Meet Zoe Scutts




About Zoe Scutts:
I am a prolific designer and maker in a variety of media including ceramics, glass, wool and screen-printing.

The style of my work could be described as elegantly simple. I am at my happiest when creating and experimenting.

My formative career in graphic design along with a first-class degree has made me hungry for visual inspiration and fully aware of the importance of the value of quality in what I make.

I have two primary school aged children; so life is hectic to say the least.

Inspirations:
My mantra is simplicity, purity and honesty. I am inspired by textures and typography. My work’s strength is in its spatial awareness – the scale, the feel, the shape, the form…

Best Sellers:

This is my signature piece as it bridges all my inspirations in a medium that I love to work and experiment with.

We Make Christmas Pop Up Shopping Experience:
Elegant and simple festive porcelain Christmas decorations to adorn the tree or use to add that finishing touch to a present. Delicate stoneware bowls and dishes to make any table setting beautiful. Each and every item is individual and handmade by zoescutts.

You’re Sites:
T. 01622 737722 E. zoe@zoescutts.com
Follow me On Twitter/Facebook:

http://twitter.com/madebyzoescutts
 

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Designer Feature Series: Meet Main Monkey




About Main Monkey:

Mainmonkey makes clothing and artwork for small and big people. Mainmonkey likes to make! this includes dresses, hoodies, t-shirts, trousers and cushions. Mainmonkey also makes fabric wrapped badges and buttons. Mainmonkey likes drawing and makes cards and prints.


Inspirations:
Because Mainmonkey uses recycled materials or off- cuts each piece is a quirky original and unique. Mainmonkey’s prints are inspired by the animal kingdom. Raaa.


Best Sellers:


Mainmonkey Baby Hoodies are the best sellers in this winter, keeping the little ones cozy!!

We Make Christmas Pop Up Shopping Experience:


Buyers who venture over to Mainmonkey’s stall at the We Make Christmas Pop Up Shop can expect to see a range of original Mainmonkey Baby Hoodies, Baby Dresses, Baby Booties, Baby Suits and T-Shirts. And a vibrant selection of Buttons, Cushions and Badges. Animal inspired festive cards, prints, tags, bookmarks, paper . .  and Egg Warmers!


 
 



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@mainmonkey1


Nov 29, 2011

Designer Feature Series: Meet Folk Art Paper Cuts



About Folk Art Paper Cuts:

I am a papercutting artist working from home in Hertfordshire. I’ve been papercutting for just about 3 years now, having tried my hand at various other things over the years – from mosaics to polymer clay.  As soon as I started papercutting, I knew that I’d finally found the genre for me!  I sell originals, prints and cards online via Etsy and Folksy and also through fairs and pop-up shows.  All my papercuts are my own original hand-drawn designs and are cut with a craft knife from a single piece of paper. 

Inspirations:

My work is strongly influenced by American and European folk art and reflects themes of nature and rural life.  I only draw and cut what I would love to display in my own home.  Papercutting is seeing a bit of a resurgence at the moment, so I hope I’m just producing beautiful and decorative pieces that people enjoy looking at.

Best Sellers:

My best-selling piece is my “Life is Good” print.  I think people really like the sentiment of the message, together with all the tiny details in the papercut itself.

We Make Christmas Pop Up Shopping Experience:

At the Christmas Fair I’ll be selling originals, prints and cards.  My aim is to try and keep my original artwork affordable – especially in today’s financial climate. So hopefully there’ll be something for everyone!


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@FolkArtPapercut
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Designer Feature Series: Meet Edwyn UK




About EdwynUK:
My name is Louise and EdwynUK is my small company based in East London designing and producing quality hand made products for 'hound and home'. These include cushions, bags, draught excluders, doorstops and neckerchiefs to name but a few, but all with a dog theme! I use hand embroidery, appliqué and hand block-printing using lino cuts of dog faces that I carve myself. I love to use linens cottons and wools and particularly like combining colours and textures.
I trained in Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art and went on to work in architectural practices and then freelance for large retail ‘home’ departments. It was after the arrival of my Welsh Terrier Edwyn (named after my hero Edwyn Collins) that my world became more and more dog focused and I decided to combine both interests and offer something a little different for design conscious dog lovers.

Inspirations:
My personal inspirations, apart from the obvious love of dogs, are I think the big skies and country landscapes of my youth growing up in a small Lincolnshire market town which probably explains why I settled in East London with it’s vast expanses of marshland and forests and big skies – a combination of urban and outdoor living which I’m lucky to explore everyday walking my dog or pottering on the allotment. I love design, interesting buildings and spaces, things that have a sense of craftmanship and utility with a particularly ‘British’ sensibility. 

Best Sellers:


The tidy pouch, which I introduced earlier this year, is just one of my best sellers. It is a waterproof lined pouch that can clip on to the lead, belt or bag and are very practical for dog owners and parents alike!
The neckerchiefs are still a firm favourite with customers as are the dog print keyrings , it’s very hard to choose between them!

We Make Christmas Pop Up Shopping Experience:



Especially for Christmas we will have our red velvet backed Dog Christmas Decorations in the different breeds, some lovely bone squeaker toys for dogs, and a new EdwynUK toy bag. There will be neckerchiefs in some great new fabrics and our fun bone and ‘dog of arms’ pillows, doorstops, draught excluders and dog walk bags. 




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Nov 28, 2011

Designer Feature Series: Meet La Confiture



About La Confiture:
La Confiture is passionate about lovely lingerie, especially if it has been made by hand, all of our products have been handmade in our very small but extremely cosy studio by a team of dedicated lingerie lovers.
The team consists of me, my trusty sewing machine and my faithful dog companion Dexter the King Charles Cavalier.
My background is mainly Costume and Fashion with a little bit of Music and Production mixed in, I graduated from LCF in 2003 and have worked on various projects from pop videos and fashion shoots to theatre shows and television ever since.
I like making knickers best….

Inspirations:
It was our obsession with gorgeous knickers and the glamour of by gone eras that led to the creation of La Confiture. We have a passion for all things pretty, we love ribbons, lace, silk fabrics and vintage trims, our studio is fit to burst with our collection of pretty paraphernalia.

Best Sellers:

Our current best sellers are our signature frilly knickers packaged in a keepsake hand decorated jam jar.
We Make Christmas Pop Up Shopping Experience:

As much as we love making lingerie we couldn't resist making a few extra treats that would  make perfect stocking fillers. These include silk eye masks, lavender scented filled hearts, hand poured scented candles and silk hair accessories.
 
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@laconfiture

Designer Feature Series: Meet Felted Friends


About felted Friends:
I am a felt maker living in a small village near Snowdon in North Wales.  I first began making felt some years back with my children, constructing a variety of little items such as flowers and finger puppets. I derived a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction from the process of felt-making which I now channel into teaching, as well as selling felted animals on a small scale. Perhaps the most wonderful thing for me about working with felt is that each animal is entirely unique, with its own personality; and my children and I have great fun coming up with names for them! I work from scratch, making a wide variety of creatures, from cats and dogs to elephants and tortoises.

Inspirations:

I have always very much liked the idea of taking natural materials and creating from them something that is either visually appealing or of practical use. Felt is wonderful in this way, because it has such a diversity of uses. The raw material of felt, namely wool, is a lovely material to work with because it is completely natural, and comes in a fantastic range of textures and colors; browns, reds, creams and grays. I draw a great deal of inspiration simply from being out and about with my children and our two dogs; from walking on the hill behind our house and observing the colours of the landscape; from seeing animals in their natural environments and observing their movement and character.

Best Sellers:



The way in which I work means that no two items are ever quite the same. I find that each buyer is drawn to the character of a certain felt toy which appeals to them as an individual, and (luckily!) usually no two customers are particularly drawn to the same item.

We Make Christmas Pop Up Shopping Experience:



I will be selling a whole range of different animals, some of which I have just made for the first time, such as a (friendly) spider and a turtle.



Website:
I am just having a website put together, which I very much hope will be up and running by the time this fair happens.  If by any chance it is not please try again in a few weeks time at www.feltedfriends.co.uk