This Easter I spent a week exploring Lisbon and came home feeling very inspired to create some new designs. I loved the buildings covered in Azulejos (ceramic patterned tiles), discovered lots of interesting independent design shops (Garbags, Mary Catfish) and visited many cafes and galleries.
Saturday 11th October – Sunday 26th October
Open daily from 10.30am throughout the festival at The Cut in Halesworth.
The year, the Festival invited members of the Suffolk Craft Society to exhibit some of our prints and textiles. There is a variety of beautiful work on display and for sale so it is definitely worth a visit. I produced a selection of screen printed silk wall hangings.
You can visit http://www.halesworthartsfestival.org.uk/ to find out more about the festival and the other exhibitors.
A selection of my hand dyed and screen printed scarves are now available to buy on Etsy. Every scarf is unique and would make the perfect present or even a treat for yourself to add a touch of glamour to any outfit. Although each scarf is a one off design, I am happy to make large quantities to order or make a certain scarf in a different colour or design variation. For example you might want a coordinating set for bridesmaids at a wedding. Please feel free to contact me with any requests!
Click the image above to be taken to my Etsy shop. More items coming soon!
Wildflower Favours offers eco-friendly wildflower seed wedding favours and is run by my Aunt in the beautiful Kent countryside. The unique company is passionate about wildflowers and how they help the environment by helping bees and butterflies to survive. A wedding is the perfect way to spread the word via invites, favours, save the dates etc. The seeds are perfect for UK wedding guests and UK gardens as they only supply seeds that are grown in the UK. The seeded paper is recycled and made under ethical conditions. They have a list of wildflowers with wedding connections so you can choose a particular seed if a certain flower link is important to you. They have some unique and unusual wedding favour and invite designs from traditional designs, themed designs and designs fitting with current trends so there really is something for everyone. Wildflower favours does not just offer favours and invitations, they have come up with fantastic ideas to make your wedding unique and personalised to you! You can order eco friendly plantable and recycled place setting names, table confetti, envelopes, labels, menus and much more! You can also find unique stationary sets, ribbons and seed bags and boxes. They are a very friendly company with excellent customer service and are very happy to accommodate any personal requests or changes to designs.
Visit http://www.wildflower-favours.co.uk/home.php to find out more!
Thinking about Wildflower Favours has inspired me to think about how my printed scarves could be used as wedding accessories. I think the printed silk and cotton would look beautiful tied around the bouquet of flowers held by the bride and bridesmaids or even as a table decoration. Bespoke scarves could be printed to match the colour scheme of the wedding and could be worn as sashes, as a shawl over the shoulders or in the hair. After the wedding the scarves could be kept to remind people of the happy and unique day.
I have picked some roses from my garden this afternoon to experiment how a vase of flowers would look amongst some of my scarves. I think the colours and patterns in my scarves really compliment and frame the flowers.
I did my first craft fair a few weeks ago at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds. I sold a some of my scarves, bags and headbands and enjoyed talking to people about my designs and processes. I am hoping to do more craft fairs over the next few months.
I went to London last weekend to meet the Kate and Eden, the directors of Look Like Love, a creative company that aims to support and nurture design graduates who after studying would like to produce and sell their own work. Look Like Love strive to support and promote designers as much as possible, whether through advertising, pop-up shops or on-line presence.
I showed Kate and Eden my collection of printed scarves, bags and headbands and I am very happy that they are going to be stocking a selection of my scarves and headbands from September when they re-launch their website. They will be doing a professional photo shoot with my items and I am excited to see how they will look!
Please follow the link below if you would like to see their blog post about my collection and find out more about the company. http://look-likelove.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/beneath-surface.html