Saturday, 26 February 2011

Mad Market Hares (and other creatures)

March is shaping up to be a Mad Month with no less than THREE markets booked!

On Saturday 5th March I'll be setting up shop at Art Junky
Phoenix Gallery, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB  11am - 5pm!/event.php?eid=165745120138529

On the following Saturday, I'll be back at the Makers Boutique
St Nicholas Church, Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3BF  11am - 4.30 pm

And finally (after a weekend having a lie down), I'll be sampling a brand spanking new market event - excitingly slap bang in the centre of town - Craftaganza
Fabrica, 40, Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG   Saturday 26th March, 11am - 5pm.

Bearing in mind the need to replenish stocks, I couldn't resist the temptation any longer and paid a flying visit to the Tottenham Court Road branch of Paperchase which has an entire section devoted to the gorgeous handmade papers I use to decorate my jewellery.  I haven't bought any new paper for over a year and was getting pretty tired of the old batch, so I feel sure that this little lot will be a rich source of new inspiration and some hot new colour combos.

This is actually just a small selection - I nearly passed out at the till when the guy totted the whole lot up.  Oops.

So I'm going to be making more birds, hares and owls, thusly:

As clearly illustrated, my work space is total chaos, but I like working with everything close to hand, although it's often frustrating when my scissors or tweezers disappear under a sea of ripped up paper.  Annoyingly, the studio heating is kaput, so everything's taking longer to dry.  Might have to use the top of the tea urn instead.

Also, I'm desperately hoping my postcards will be ready in time, though officially not due 'til the 8th, apparently.  I'm giving MOO a try - they print small runs of designs and you can use multiple images, so you're not stuck with 423 postcards of the same thing five years later.  Here's a sneaky preview:

I've been using the jewellery in collages made from scanned paper and drawn elements to create images suitable for postcards. In lots of shows, especially the Open Houses, people like to come away with a little something, even if it's not the actual jewellery, so I came up with this idea to design cards that were more than just photos of the pieces themselves.

Some work better than others, but I'll be interested to see how they go.

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