Bearwood Handmade

Forget all the fuss over the return of James Bond and Skyfall, we have our own little return to announce….Bearwood Handmade is back. Bigger and better, if that’s possible. And just look at these gorgeous flyers. Erin has done it again and we love them. So put the dates in your diary. That’s right, two dates, two rooms, two flyers! See you there, or be a granny square!


is that the rotunda?

it’s been a while since I posted anything, but that doesn’t mean nothing’s happening!  As we gear up to our Handmade Bearwood Christmas fairs (24 November and 8 December, St Mary’s Church Hall), my head has been buzzing with ideas of what to make.

I have been longing to follow up on an idea I had months ago, and an article in Mollie Makes over the summer inspired me to have a go.  I had been sketching “cartoon”-ish versions of Birmingham landmarks – the rotunda, Selfridges, the New QE hospital, spaghetti junction – you get the idea.  I wanted to have a go at carving them onto lino and printing from them.  The Mollie Makes tutorial did exactly this with London icons, so I figured I’d better get my arse in gear before someone else did it up here.  So I took these original ideas and had a go.  The first rotunda carving shows they were a bit, ahem, primitive….

So at Mr S’s suggestion I tried to simplify them more, and, with the aid of some softer (easier to carve!) lino I produced something I was happier with.  I really like the finished results – the pink ones on paper show the new improved rotunda, and Selfridges.  The triptych on floral fabric includes spaghetti junction as well, and I am still trying to get my head around the new library as it’s all fine circles, rather than solid ones like Selfridges, which is difficult to do simply when you have as little control over the blade as I appear to! 

I have printed some onto baby vests (“Brummie baby”) and have ordered some plain white cotton tea towels, so will do some in a variety of colours, plus on some natural shopping totes.

What do you think?  Any suggestions for Bearwood landmarks we could immortalise in VERY SIMPLE(!) shapes?!