They just keep on coming! More stall holders who’ll be selling their beautiful wares at Bearwood Handmade next week.
“With an art and design background, I discovered jewellery making a few years ago. What was at first a mere hobby, making simple beaded necklaces and stretchy bracelets, has now turned into a full time passion with a particularly special place in my heart for genuine gemstones. I love the way gemstones can give a snapshot of nature in action and the variety of colour and form, giving every piece I make a unique quality. From my home studio in Smethwick, I have recently been working on more mixed-media based pieces created using yarns, metals and gemstones. My current projects include copper and brass bangles and collars with real leather, gemstones and pearls.“
Mia is the main character in the Mia Seasons Collection of illustrated children’s books by Bea Jay Evans. “A visit to Ireland was the impetus for my first illustrated children’s book. I decided to self publish; starting a new career in one’s later years does cut back on the time one can waste looking for a publisher! I work with a local artist, who does the most delightful illustrations, a local graphic artist who lays out the book and a local printer who delivers the end product. The first edition of ‘Mia Goes Riding’ was published in November 2015 and sold out. The first four Mia books reflect the four seasons: ‘Mia Goes Riding’, Autumn; ‘Mia Goes To The Seaside’, Summer; ‘Mia Goes Away For Christmas, Winter; the fourth book is in first draft and will be published in Spring 2017 and will be the Spring book. Target audience is young children, 4-9 years old, but even adults have enjoyed reading them!“
Jowybean Studios is run by Joshua Whitehouse, a 25 year old freelance illustrator, character designer and comic artist based in Bearwood. He’ll be selling custom made tea towels of Birmingham and Bearwood, A5 postcards, Christmas themed traditional canvases, as well as offering one off £5 caricatures.
“My artwork is inspired by Creation and Nature with its abundance of flora, fauna, organic shapes and natural patterns. The artistic traditions of India and the Far East also play a big part in my work and I like the idea of fusing eastern and western design together. I create a variety of artworks including prints, cards, mosaics, mixed media on wood pieces and jewellery. I have a background in textile design which constantly influences my work as I love to use bright colours, decorative patterns, different printing techniques, collage and embellishment to enhance the completed works.“
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.