Another day, another round-up of stall holders who’ll be with us this Saturday for Bearwood Handmade Spring.
First up is Erica from Pear Tree and Stitch. She’ll be doing Bearwood Handmade for the first time, so be extra nice!
” All my creations have a retro feel, I love playing around with fabrics and embellishments. I do a lot of free motion embroidery and also use a small range of hand-cut lino prints in my work. I am inspired by all things vintage and retro and love up-cycling old vintage fabrics, but also love the great outdoors and British culture. This is a very new venture for me, only having started my blog and facebook page in January of this year. However I am determined to make this something great!”
We love Hazel Cooper’s original silver jewellery here at Crafty Muthas. Hazel is another local talent who had stalls with us last year in Bearwood and the Mailbox.
“Trained at The Birmingham School of Jewellery and Silversmithing, I work mostly in silver, making one off pieces of jewellery, sometimes set with stones or incorporating semi-precious gemstone beads. I find inspiration from the environment around me.”
Next up, two friends who are sharing a stall as well as their name.
“Rogue and Me represents two friends and artists: Marta with PersonaliZe Me and Ashley with Rogue Red. We sell a mixture of hand-painted ceramics and glass, handmade unique jewellery and more recently, home decor items, which are made using a decoupage technique. Marta uses every spare moment for her passion – decoupage. She makes one of a kind, shabby chic items including clocks, jewellery boxes and trays. Ashley is an Art School Graduate who makes quirky jewellery.”
A regular at Stirchley Market and CoCoMad, Elizabeth from Papier Trouvé is bringing her unique range of woven baskets to Bearwood. Yay!
“I make woven baskets, dishes and ornaments from recycled newspaper. The business is called Papier Trouvé, meaning ‘found paper’ – a combination of ‘Objet Trouvé’ (the style of art based on found objects) and ‘papier maché’, since I use a lot of old paper and a little bit of glue. I use a basket-weaving method that I taught myself, based on a dish I bought years ago in a market in Sydney, Australia. The woman at the stall showed me the basic method and, when I finally got around to having a go myself, I went on from there. Since I started, I’ve developed new techniques and I’m still learning. I love the seemingly limitless possibilities of the medium, and the fact that I can weave at my kitchen table without making too much mess!”
Finally, Bearwood Handmade regular Sarah, from Felti, returns with her beautifully tactile pieces.
“My felted work is inspired by the nature that surrounds us, the forms and textures translated into organic, sculptural pieces of lighting, quirky vessels and pods, and unique jewellery. Each piece starts by laying out fine layers of carded wool fibre. A soap solution wets the fibres and then the physical work begins. The fibres are rubbed and rolled until they’ve tangled and bonded to form the felted fabric. Additionally, each piece incorporates other wool fibres, fabrics or yarns for texture. In my latest work I’m experimenting with printing images and text onto silk, this is then nuno felted into the wool fibres.”
We’re getting really excited now. Can’t wait to meet up with the stall holders and welcome the public through the doors. Please do remember that we’re at a NEW VENUE – Bearwood Baptist Church, Rawlings Road, B66 4HA. But we’ll be open between 10am and 4pm as usual. Going to try and get one more blog post in before the big day – with the focus on handmade food! Yum!