Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The Spring Fayre 2011

The Spring Fayre was on Saturday and the Orpen Hall and John Lampon Hall were both filled with lovely work - thank you to all the stall holders who came along it was great to see you all!  Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event too - I hope that everyone enjoyed the fayre.
Here are some photos from the day...

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Meet the stallholders Spring 2011...

Hilary Hannan from Ragbags
I have been dressmaking all my life and started to make bags to try and use up the scraps of fabric left over. However once people get to know what I do I get given their remnants so my stash never actually decreases! I like the challenge of finding a way of using unusual fabrics and include patchwork and applique, and embellish with threads, ribbon and machine embroidery.

I shall be selling tote bags and handbags of various shapes and sizes, with some smaller items such as make-up bags, purses and brooches. I shall also have a few cushion covers and wall hangings. I get my inspiration from different sources, such as nature, art and from the fabric itself. I keep a scrapbook of images which I like to refer to when I'm working on something new.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Meet the stallholders Spring 2011...

Cyrillia Francis from Rose Glen
What will you be selling at the Spring Fayre?
I will be selling a range of women's clothing from skirts, tops dresses, etc, all handmade by me. Although I will not be able to carry every size, I am happy to take custom orders.
What are your favourite materials to use?
I love fabrics and being on Etsy and Artfire enables me to indulge in this passion. I don’t follow any particular fashion trend, and this is reflected in the clothes I create, I make clothes for women who celebrate their femininity, clothes that can be worn across all seasons. I love working with natural fabric, such as wool, silk, cotton and linen, but I use other fabric blends, if I like the feel and quality, I feel this is very important in construction of the clothes I create.
What inspires your creations?
Everything inspires me, I appreciate tradition and the history behind people. I love nature and how beautifully the different colours sit comfortable alongside each other. Before I start on a new project, I generally start with the fabric, as I said I love fabrics, and I am constantly buying, I have so much fabric, I could easily open my own fabric shop. I don’t always know what I am going to create with each piece. I often sit amongst my fabric and visualize someone I know or someone I met. How they would look, their personality and how I could make the fabric work for them. I believe this is very important because it makes my work personal with that individual touch.
Visit Cyrillia's shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/roseglen

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Meet the stallholders Spring 2011...

Jacqui Rowing
In the last few years I have developed an interest in painting on wood. Its texture complements my designs which are often inspired by East Anglian flora and fauna. I hand paint my own designs on wooden items of various sizes, finishing each with a varnish to preserve the work.
Producing art on Birchwood lace bobbins is a new interest. Getting the requisite detail of a fruit, flower, bird or feather onto such a tinysurface is a very challenging proposition. I sell bobbins individually, in pairs or sets of four, usually according to a theme. I am always open to new subject ideas and commissions.
All my work is hand painted. I never use transfers etc. It therefore follows that everthing I make is unique. Even if I were to try to produce two truly identical designs there would be subtle differences between them. Very subtle perhaps, but present nevertheless.
I am also bringing along a selection of small paintings that I have done inspired by the local countryside especially the wildlife.
This year I am using my chocolate skills and making a selection of homemade chocolate Easter goodies. Chocolate cars and boats with little marzipan models. Hand decorated eggs and chocolate baskets filled with a selection of eggs. All the eggs are made using the finest milk and white chocolate. There will also be smaller items for sale such as novelty chocolate lollipops.

Spring Posters!

You may have noticed these posters have been going up in West Bergholt and the surrounding area... it's only one week until the fayre now, hopefully it will be a lovely sunny day!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Meet the stallholders Spring 2011...

Hazel Cronin
After thirty years of floristry and preserving flowers I have finally found time in life to combine my love of painting water colours with my pressed flower art skills to create some unique pictures.
I will also have on the stand a collection of tapestry and patch work tote bags for sale. I have more recently been inspired to start sewing, the need to always have our shopping bags handy these days, the main inspiration behind them! Made with durable, attractive materials and strong handles for every day use , these bags won't end up in the recycling bin after one shopping trip.
A self taught potter, my husband Graham will be selling his hand thrown stoneware pottery too. After many years of professional potting, and then a break from it, he has returned to the wheel to enjoy making pottery as a hobby.