Behold the loveliness of Bearwood Handmade Spring 2014

Just thought we’d give you a little taster of some of the lovely things you’ll find if you wander down to Bearwood Handmade this Spring. Next Saturday 5th April actually.

Eloise Lee is a first time Bearwood Handmade stall holder.

“I am a landscape photographer and book artist who fell in love with book binding whilst studying photography in Cornwall. I specialise in handmade coptic bound sketchbooks, notebooks and journals. I also make handmade felt which I originally learnt how to do at Glastonbury Festival. The felt is made using a wet felting technique and I use it to make a variety of products. I am inspired by my love for the outdoors, mountains and the sea and all my work is incredibly colourful.”

coptic bound book
Coptic bound book by Eloise Lee

Rebecca Vincent is another new, though much experienced, seller with us this time round.

“I run a micro business called Mommy Bears Soy Wax Melts & Candles. I hand make all the candles and melts in my kitchen. I use eco soy wax in my melts and candles as it is kind to the environment. This is very important to me. I love attending craft fairs as a trader as it gives me the opportunity to meet and talk to people. I sell mostly from my Facebook page but I love selling face to face at fairs.”

soy wax melts display by Mommy Bears Soy Melts
Soy wax melts display by Mommy Bears Soy Melts

 

Our good friend Collette Waudby was a roaring success at our Winter Bearwood and Mailbox fairs and so we had to welcome her back.

“After studying art & architecture at Art School in Hull I came to Birmingham to study BA (Hons) in Silversmithing & Jewellery. I set up my craft business in 1995 and continue to work from a studio in the Jewellery Quarter. I create a studio range & one off items using both traditional & ancient techniques. I am inspired by Mother Nature & her seasons & the beauty they offer so effortlessly. It is this I try to harness in my work.I have lived in Bearwood for fifteen years and feel passionate about its creative community.”

Collette Waudby silver butterfly necklace
Collette Waudby silver butterfly necklace

 

Local artist blacksmith Ian Moran is also joining us again.

“I am an Artist blacksmith, who designs manufactures and installs site specific, sculptural & functional, interior & exterior metalwork. Fundamentally for me Blacksmithing is the art of moving not removing material. I have been attempting to distill the ethos of my larger work into varied smaller domestic and household items, like hooks, brackets, candlesticks ornaments & objet.”

Metal hooks and ornaments by Ian Moran
Metal hooks and ornaments by Ian Moran

And rounding up this little taster is Kiran Johal, another talented jeweller from the ‘Wood.

“I am a self taught jewellery designer who makes jewellery from a range of materials including hand torch fired beads to laser cut wooden butterflies, incorporating a range of semi precious and glass beads. Most of my jewellery is hand wrapped using either copper or brass wire to create my signature look. I also make a small range of clutch bags from designer fabrics or vintage fabrics.”

Black and blue carved glass flower bead bracelet by Kiran Johal
Black and blue carved glass flower bead bracelet by Kiran Johal

So be sure to join us this Saturday 5th April at Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, B66 4HA, between 10am-4pm. Spring is here and the sun is shining. And Bearwood Handmade is going to be ACE!!!!

Jennie x

oh english weather…

ok, i don’t want to talk about the weather. i’m remaining firmly in my state of denial. instead of thinking about grey rain, let’s distract ourselves by looking at some bright cheerful accessories!

oh english weather...

 

i’ve been keeping myself busy with my new obsession… knots! and knotted cords! and bracelets! and wearing lots and lots of bracelets! aaaaall stacked high on your wrist. i love them. i’ve been making a bunch to sell on sunday at the picnic… i’ve also made some into necklaces

oh english weather...

i’ve tried to make them a more grown up version of friendship bracelets we all made when we were younger. i don’t know about you, but i’ve always thought they were so cool. i’ve never grown out of friendship bracelets. and they always just remind me of summertime.

oh english weather...

 

so! let’s all pretend that the sun will be shining on sunday as we gather at warley woods in bearwood for another wonderful picnic in the park! we’ll wear our wellies and many layers, sipping our flasks of hot tea and coffee… but that’s english summers for you… stiff upper lip and all that eh, old chaps?