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Victorian Christmas Fair, 8th December, Leftbank, Leeds

I’ve booked myself a stall at the Victorian Christmas Fair at Leftbank, Leeds!

Saturday 8th December, 12:00pm until 7:00pm

‘High Spirits’ choir will be singing, hot mulled cider will be mulling,

I’ve got a whole selection of fabric decorations to sell, along with some fun sausage dogs to exclude your draughts this winter.

Tartan draught excluder sausage dog

Trees for your tree!

Snowflake decoration

I have only just realised that all stall holders MUST BE IN VICTORIAN CLOTHING. Possibly a good excuse for me to buy a top hat.

Hopefully see you there!

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Making my Home Tweet Home rocket…

The ‘Home Tweet Home’ project was an interactive family art trail in Pudsey Park during October 2012, as part of ‘I Love West Leeds’ festival.

15 identical wooden bird boxes were painted, decorated, pulled apart and played with by artists from near and far. Luckily I was chosen as one of those artists!

I’m not sure when the idea to create a space rocket first hit me, but I really liked the idea of creating some kind of alien or space being for the interior…

I used paper to make a maquette of my space ship before creating it in a shiny charcoal wetsuit-like fabric, and then created a fabric astronaut bird to pilot it!

All materials save the astronaut’s helmet were up-cycled from scraps purchased from SCRAP in Leeds and the lovely metallic fabrics were salvaged from student change over in Hyde Park, Leeds.  (This is a locally famous period of time over the few weeks in June/July when students move from one property to another, and unfortunately cannot be bothered to recycle or charity shop a lot of their unwanted items so simply dump them all in the street.)

 
How I made my Home Tweet Home bird box, in pictures…

I really enjoyed making my bird box, however I think if I was to do a similar project again I would use a lot more colour within the rocket.  Other artists used colour to great affect.

 

Visit the Home Tweet Home page

I Love West Leeds Festival

 

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Headingley Cardigan Triangle ART DAY! 30th Sept 12am – 5pm

This time next week I will be displaying/selling work as part of Headingley Cardigan Triangle Art Day.  The art day is in it’s seventh year, and features 21 artists hosted by 17 houses and gardens in the area.

Some featured artists:

Diana Lamber


Christian and Lisa Bristow


Helen Entwhistle


Jonathan Hopper


Kate Evans



“This year’s Cardigan Triangle Art Day creates a whole new genre with its ‘Great Cardi Challenge’.  In between all the artists hosted in residents’ houses, you’ll discover a trail of cardigan connections you never knew existed. You may be lucky enough to spot a diamante-encrusted Cardigan Hurst or wicked knitwear from movie blockbuster, ‘The Devil Wears Cardis’. Vote for your favourite as you feed your artistic inspiration with home-made cakes at the Art Café, this year in the church of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Browse, buy or just enjoy prints, jewellery, illustrations, landscapes, portraits, photography, poetry and painting across a whole range of artists, including lots of new people and work to see.  You can also make your own art in activities run for the Art Day by Left Bank Leeds.”

I am anticipating this to be quite a cake orientated event which is pleasing.  Not just any old cake. Proper oh-crikey-I-need-to-hold-on-to-the-table-because-this-is-excellent cake.  See you there!

Facebook event page

Website

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LS6 Fair Success

Had a successful day at the LS6 Christmas Craft fair yesterday in the amazing setting of The Leftbank on Cardigan road. Although it was pretty chilly and I was a bit under the weather I managed to sell a load of stuff  (I’m going to have to make more cats) and got some really nice comments, so am hoping this fair gets put on again.  Never underestimate the power of cake – I made two loaves of bannana bread with peacans, honey and raisins to raise cash for table insurance and it all went within about an hour… I didnt get to eat any 😦

Next week is my last stall at the Hope House Christmas Market, hosted by MAP – a children’s arts and music charity. This event is going on from 3.00 in the afternoon til 9.00 AT NIGHT which is very important as it means I (and everyone else) GET A LIE IN and I can drink mulled wine throughout without feeling slightly guilty about it.

MAP
Hope House
65 Mabgate
Leeds
LS9 7DR

Here’s a map

I’ll try and see if I can work out some good travel info this week but it’s pretty straight forward to walk to.

Hopefully see you there!

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DECEMB’!!!

What the WHAT? It’s nearly the end of 2011 already. Which means I need to get Christmas presents sort out pretty sharpish. I’m hoping to pick up a few at the LS6 Craft Fair I have a stall at this Saturday taking place at The Left Bank in Hyde Park (Just down the road from the Co Op on Cardigan Rd) if you’re thinking of coming along, it’d FREE ENTRY! Woop

I would recommend combing this with a visit to the ReMade Christmas clothes swap which is on 12noon- 4pm, at 25 Back Kensington Terrace – I’m gutted I can’t go due to manning my stall at The Leftbank!

Despite being ill in bed today with a horrible cold I am pretty elated due to having started a new job this week with the Permaculture Association – YAY!  There are millions of reasons why I’m so excited about this, plenty of which are just down to the ace people I’m going to be working with, but I also feel like my interests in design for sustainability and textiles, growing carrots in hoovers and This Guy all seem to be so massively relevant.

I have also just turned 26 and I spent my birthday watching Frozen Planet and an amazing film from the fifties called THE KILLER SHREWS on a projector while eating curry. I would recommend THE KILLER SHREWS because it hilariously involves terrible puppetry twinned with whippets dressed in giant shrew costumes.

 

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Chapel Allerton Giant Puppet Parade Video!

Two years ago I was involved with community puppet building workshops in Chapel Allerton and helped build a giant clam puppet. The film of Chapel Allerton Parade (which I didnt know was even being made!) is here:

 

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ACHTUNG! SPECIAL MINCE PIE ACQUISITION INFORMATION!

Hi, here’s some dates to put in your diary if you fancy buying craft for Christmas, while eating some nice stuff.

Coming up this weekend is Otley Courthouse Designer Craft Fair on sunday 13th. It runs from 10 – 4 and features some sewing classes from “Sewyou” – I believe this involves creating festive bunting, like THIS:

The LS6 Christmas Craft Fair is taking place at The Leftbank on Saturday, December 3 · 11:00am – 6:00pm. Expect items such as unique jewellery, prints, clothing, ceramics, handmade cards, soaps etc. Here’s the facebook page, please give it a ‘like’ so word can be spread. If you’re not interested in Christmas but have never been to the Leftbank before, you should come along anyway because it’s a pretty brilliant building slap bang in the middle of Hyde Park and its uprising how many people have never been inside.

On 10th December MAP, an amazing music and arts charity for young children, are hosting a craft fair at  Hope House Gallery, Mabgate, Leeds. I’m going to be making a cake for the occasion. I’ll post more info nearer the time.

I am sure you will be in the position to acquire great armfuls of mince pies (or mice pies as I keep misspelling them) if you attend all or any of these events, so…I thought you ought to know. Plus I have stalls at them.

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