With 20+ artists and makers at Bearwood Handmade in November we have more or less something for everyone. Here’s just a selection of some of the great stallholders coming to our first Christmas event this year. Keep watching for further updates – so much handmade goodness – there’s too much for just one post!
“At Frilly Industries we create quirky illustrative jewellery and accessories using our temperamental laser cutter (Bertha) and a range of other methods and materials. We spend every day in our beautifully light and peaceful Victorian studio set over two floors in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. On any given day you will find us debating the outcome of Wrestlemania or Project Runway, giggling over craft tutorials on Youtube, drawing up new designs on vintage tracing paper, fighting over who gets to control what music is played, and playing pass the parcel for puppy cuddles. We are inspired by people we work with, our latest fave films and TV shows and classic heritage myths, stories or anything else that sparks a round of ideas back and forth. We draw everything by hand before digitising so that Bertha can recreate our lines with her laser.“
Jill Kempson and Mary Rogers
“We will have a wide variety of hand knitted (with both commercial and hand-spun yarn), hand woven, felted and crochet items as well as a selection of hand-spun yarns. These will include a variety of hats, fingerless gloves, scarves, cowls, shawls, children and adults slippers (knitted and felted), felted bags/purses, children’s cardigans/jumpers.” Plus a spinning wheel demonstration!
Greeting cards, gift tags and wrap, art prints, bookmarks, coasters, tote bags – all letterpress printed. “Launched in 2011, Sarah & Maude began with a dream to combine my design background with a passion for all things handcrafted. My bright colourful designs are full of whimsy, laden with heart, and born out of a deep love for the art of traditional printmaking. All paper goods are designed and lovingly letterpress printed one at a time with the help of my antique print press, Maude.“
Christmas themed needle felted toys, sculptures, home decoration, key rings, DIY felting kit and accessories. “I have been doing needle felting since 2010. There are simple tools involved (needles and wool) but they are combined with my passion and patience. I am a freelance graphic designer, so I collect materials, sketch and use computer software to draw and inspire my needle felting creations. Soft woolly sculptures, toys, accessories etc. are very popular for all age groups, in particular children. The most satisfying thing about my needle felting is that whoever buys them are happy.“
Precious jewellery made from silver and gold. “My style is a fusion of aesthetic influences taken from nature, history and travel combined with the technical exploration of archaic metal forging and forming techniques. The original items that form the collections are individually crafted by hand using the wealth of my knowledge, style and techniques. The pieces are thoughtfully and intelligently designed, using beautiful materials made to the highest standards, aiming for the wearer to feel individual, elegant and sophisticated.“
Textiles, hand and machine sewn, knitting and crochet, needle felting. Mainly bags, with a few hair and baby accessories. Jewellery and models made from polymer clay, hand drawn and painted pendants, also made with wood and plastic and a few beads. All with a strong influence from nature and whimsical creatures. “I work mainly with wool and fabrics making bags and accessories but also like to make models and draw which is a new range I will be developing towards the end of the year. Nature and mythology have become my main influences for jewellery, while cats are still my main obsession.“
Bearwood Handmade November takes place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 19th November at Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Rawlings Rd and Bearwood Road, B66 4HA.