Tuesday 30 November 2010

Eco Design Fair

We had lots of fun at Bust last weekend and are looking forward to our next outing to the Eco Design Fair. We will be running our bunting making workshop there and are super excited about seeing everyone transform the amazing fabrics we have been collecting for the event.

Wednesday 24 November 2010

Bust Craftacular

Looking forward to joining my Seaside Sisters at the Bust Craftacular this Sunday. We will be setting up our igloo specially for the occasion, all shimmery and snowflakey!

And very excited to see my brooches featured in the Life.Style.Etc Bust Craftacular Preview!

Wednesday 17 November 2010

Making a mark

As part of our show at Sprout I held a textile design and printing workshop. We spent a lovely evening looking at vintage textiles and mid-century designers before designing and carving our own blocks. We used softcut blocks instead of lino as this is easier to cut and safer to use with children.

I had spent a while researching fabric inks that would work with softcut and transfer well to fabric. I had come across Permaset inks and wanted to try these as they are water based and non-toxic. They are intended for screen printing rather than relief or block prints, so I was worried they would not be sticky enough, but the nice people at Colormaker in Australia who manufacture Permaset inks very kindly gave me some advice and suggested using a sponge roller. And I'm pleased to say the Permaset inks worked a treat. It's been a while since I've done any printmaking and it was really satisfying, I've missed making work this way. One of the lovely things about our exhibition, apart from working with a lovely local artist, is having a bright airy space where the outside surrounds you and space for larger printing projects. Very different to sewing in my back room, and especially nice on these crisp glowing days we have been having.

Next week we will print our lino blocks and then make our fabric up into something fancy for the home, a cushion, a tea cosy or a bag!

Earlier in the week we had a special session of our ceramic painting workshop at Sprout for making little hand and foot prints. Lovely Cara gently took prints of babies and toddlers onto ceramic cups, plates, tiles and even xmas baubles. She then adds dedications and decorations and fires them at her studio. We will repeating this again on Saturday and Monday.

Sunday 14 November 2010

Indie Craft

The lovely people at Nude asked me to review Jo Waterhouse's new book, Indie Craft. This was such a treat, some of my favourite textile artists and makers are featured here.

To find out more about the book, you can pick up a copy of Nude here, which also features illustrator Gemma Correll who I have long admired since meeting her at Clutter City in Norwich. I am proud to say I have every copy of Nude magazine, it hits the spot in terms of writing about cultural happenings and I always look forward to the latest issue, so it is well worth taking out a subscription.

Friday 12 November 2010

cat heads, cat heads, roly poly cat heads!

These cheeky chap have been cheering up my sewing box and are enjoying their new home in Sprout. I like sewing the flirty eyes on them, and they all look so happy they cheer me up on the windiest wettest of days.
For some reasons when I'm sewing them I think of this song!

Thursday 11 November 2010

Come in, we're open

We set up our Handmade in Tooting show this weekend. We were feeling a a wee bit apprehensive about it and panicking about having enough stock and hours in the day to set up a show and have time for our loved ones, but now it is all up we feel very proud and quite bit excited about being shop girls for the next three weeks.
The first few days have been lots of fun, with people we know locally popping in for a browse and a chat, a cup of tea and a little bit of brooch making. It is so nice being able to work locally and share the things we enjoy doing with people living around us.

The space used to be a green grocers (hence it's new name, Sprout Arts!). It is lovely and bright and as well as playing shops I'm also looking forward to working in this lovely light uncluttered space during the day. We have set up a making table in the centre of the art space for our workshops and so anyone passing by can come and join in and spend a little time making and creating. If you are passing, do drop in and say hello.

Friday 5 November 2010

Fabric Nation on tour!

There are lots of craft events and workshops coming up over the next few months and it would be lovely to meet you if you can make it to one!

Handmade in Tooting exhibition
9 - 27 November
Sprout, 74 Moyser Road, Tooting SW16 6SQ Open Tues - Sat 11am to 6pm. Tooting Broadway Tube and then 333 or 57 bus; Brixton tube and 333 bus.
I'll be joining local illustrator Caragh Buxton for our Handmade in Tooting exhibition of vintage textile accessories, hand painted ceramics and prints in our local art space. We will be on hand everyday if you want to drop in and join in our textile, printing and pottery painting sessions or for a cup of tea and a chat. Details of all our workshops are here.

Brooch making workshop
Saturday 13th November
Sprout, 74 Moyser Road, Tooting SW16 6SQ Open Tues - Sat 11am to 6pm. Tooting Broadway Tube and then 333 or 57 bus; Brixton tube and 333 bus.
Drop-in workshop recycling vintage textiles into brooches and hair decorations. No experience is needed and Gillian will be bringing her collection of vintage fabrics and haberdashery for you to choose from. Prices start from £6. Open to all ages, children will need an adult to help with the sewing. All day Saturday.

Textile printing and sewing workshop
Tuesday 16 and 23 November
Sprout, 74 Moyser Road, Tooting SW16 6SQ Open Tues - Sat 11am to 6pm. Tooting Broadway Tube and then 333 or 57 bus; Brixton tube and 333 bus.
Two part workshop where you will print your own vintage inspired fabric and then make it into an apron, bag or purse. Gillian will be sharing her vintage fabric collection for inspiration and providing tutorials in lino printing and textiles. No previous experience is needed and all materials are provided. By the end of this two-part workshop you will have gained insight into textile design, created your own lino block for printing and will take home your own printed fabric made up into a usable item of your choice. A children's session runs from 3.30pm to 5pm and an adult session 7pm to 9pm. The cost of £25 per adult or £15 per child (accompanying adults are free and need to stay and help with the tricky bits!) includes two evening sessions, tuition and materials. To book a place and for more details, email me.

Sparkle Contemporary Craft and Gourmet Food fair
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 19, 20, 21 November
Landmark Arts, Ferry Road, Teddington TW11 9NN. Open Friday 6pm to 8.30pm and from 10am to 5pm all weekend. Regular trains from Waterloo to Teddington station and a short walk or bus ride or tune to Richmond and R68 bus.
Once again I have teamed up with the fabulous Mandy Treptow to bring you beautiful fused glass homewares and jewellery and vintage textile accessories. Together we are taking part in the Sparkle Contemporary Craft and Gourmet Food Fair at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington. We are amongst 60 designer makers who will offer jewellery, glass, textiles, ceramics, handknits and and other quality crafts as well as a separate area for scrumptious food stuff, all in a beautiful disused church. The gourmet food on offer is yummy, and there are lots of free tasting and sipping sessions! We also have free tickets for the Friday evening and two for one tickets for the weekend, Please email me if you would like one and I'll pop it in the post.

Handmade Christmas, drop in workshop
Saturday 27th November
Sprout, 74 Moyser Road, Tooting SW16 6SQ Open Tues - Sat 11am to 6pm. Tooting Bec Tube and then 333 or 57 bus; Brixton tube and 333 bus.
Caragh and I will be running a drop in workshop all day to help you make homemade christmas presents. All materials are provided including textiles and ceramic painting. Homemade cakes too! Prices start from £6. All ages welcome.

Bust Craftacular
Sunday 28th November
York Hall, 5-15 Old Ford Rd, London E2 9PJ . Open Sunday 12pm to 6pm. One minute from Bethnal Green tube station.
I'll be joining my Seaside Sisters for our annual outing to the marvelous and amazing craft spectacle that is the Bust Craftacular in the glorious setting of York Hall. We will be offering our colourful collection of upcycled vintage textiles homewares and accessories and print gocco cards and bunting from Fabric Nation, Handmade to Measure and Xtina Lamb alongside over 70 other fabulous designer makers.

Eco Design Fair and print gocco bunting workshop
Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th December
Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2UD. Open Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Another chance to take part in the Seaside Sisters' popular gocco printing and bunting workshop at the Eco Design Fair. We will be running our workshop all weekend to help you create beautiful bunting from our vintage textile collection and print gocco screen print stencils. Perfect for personalised xmas presents and unique christmas decorations. We will also have our Seaside sisters stall with lovely upcycled vintage textiles homewares and accessories and print gocco cards and bunting from Fabric Nation, Handmade to Measure and Xtina Lamb.

Look forward to seeing you!
Fabric Nation

Monday 1 November 2010

Birthday bunting

A friend asked me to make some bunting using up fabric left over from some curtains she had made.

This is a nice way to decorate a room, and I had fun matching my felts to the colours in the fabric and adding the birds. There is also enough to make a cushion, and perhaps a little line of singing birds! My brief was to make something that was not too busy for a small room. I think for a more fancy style, I'd like to make some more, cutting round the birds on the line to make this the top of the bunting so, with the help of a little interfacing, they are sitting in a row across the top of the bias binding. The fabric is by Sarah V Battle for almedahls. I really like her use of collage and printed ephemera such as computer print-outs in the birds.