Thursday, 31 March 2011

Coming soon!!!

Landing on our shelves this saturday will be Ellie Bond's Beastie bunnies

Happy Birthday to us!!!!

We've been gracing St.james Street for nearly one whole year! To celebrate this occasion we'll be having a little birthday party at the shop on Sunday 17th April from 4pm - 7pm. Come along if your in the area and join in the fun x Here's our facebook event!/event.php?eid=192148070821201

New artist to join us

We have a loverlie new artist in the shop who set up last week, her name is Helen and this is her blog and a couple of pictures of her work in the shop.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Saffron Reichenbacker

Not only does Saffron make lovely things but she is also lovely herself. She helps out and volunteers her time at the shop. I just HAD to get her on the blog :)

Click here to visit her website and see some of her work below.

-when did you start making things?

Gosh, for as long as I can remember. My dad was an artist and my mum is incredibly creative, (although she would dispute it). It was always encouraged to make presents/cards for people rather than buy them. It became second nature to make things to keep myself occupied. As I reached my teens, I started to make intense little collage books and developed an interest in photography. I later went on to do a degree in Fine Art at Brighton University, becoming self employed as an artist/illustrator a few years after graduating. I sold prints for a couple of years but was hungry for more avenues. In 2007, my ‘Sailor Boy’ image was used by Nook Art for one of their tote bags. This spurred me on to invest in a professional badge maker. By far, the best purchase I’ve ever made! It opened up a world of making....badges, mirrors, magnets, even bottle openers!

-how did you find out about Handmade?

I did a few of the Handmade fairs at the Komedia, They were always filled with gorgeous things and great fun. When it became a shop I jumped at the chance to be involved. You can find me working in there most weeks.

-what do you find is the most inspiring thing in your life? (person, place, object, etc)

Wow there are just too many things! I’m obsessed with Weimar Berlin, Religious Iconography and early cinema but my all time inspiration is my grandmother. She’s an amazing woman who tells the most wonderful stories. She has always encouraged me to pursue my art and her house is absolutely filled with my creations.

-what is the song you just can't get out of your head right now?

Song in Blue by Les Paul & Mary Ford

-do you prefer to work alone or with others? Why?

I’ve always had pretty strong ideas of what I wanted to do creatively, so I prefer to work alone. That said, I’d be open to collaborations in the future!

-what was the best meal you've eaten in the last week?

Marmite Rice. Boyfriend speciality.

-what do you like to do in your spare time?

I spend pretty much all my time drawing, watching bizarre films, fussing cats and reading books on mad old silent film stars.

-is there a favourite piece of your work you would like to share?

‘Her Warm Embrace’ It’s piece about loss. Each little part of the picture has a personal meaning for me.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Joanna Corney

Hi everyone, to kick off the featured artists, I present to you Joanna Corney. She's been selling for the last couple months at Handmade and her stuff is absolutely fabulous! She sells a variety of items from cushions (pictured) to lovely little screen printed notebooks and cards and even screen printed buttons. Not pictured (but available in the shop along with everything else) are her Lamp Post tote bags for only £7! What a bargain! Pop into the shop to check her out! A perfect way to inject that certain Brighton je ne sais quois into your abode.

-when did you start making things?
I have wanted to be a designer maker for a while now, and after
graduating from textile design in July 2010 and having a well needed
break, I just had to get printing again as I absolutely love it! It
has only been in the last couple of months that I have started to
sell my products though.

-how did you find out about Handmade?
I was looking for a shop to put my products in around Brighton, but I
also wanted the shop to sell other local designers and artists work.
I came across Handmade on the internet and after visiting the shop
and seeing all the lovely products in there, I thought it would be
brilliant if I could be part of it.

-what do you find is the most inspiring thing in your life?
(person, place, object, etc)
Well it’s not really a thing, but I have had the opportunity to
travel around parts of Asia. This experience has inspired some of my
work and I really enjoy capturing the culture and uniqueness within
cities in my designs. It has also made me want to explore other parts
of the world to get inspiration and experience other ways of life.

-what is the song you just can't get out of your head right now?
Well at the moment it’s a tie between Two door cinema club, something
good can work and the cover of Bon Iver’s song skinny love by Birdy.

-do you prefer to work alone or with others? Why?
I have always preferred to work with friends around me as I think it
always helps to have other people’s opinions. I also think that other
people inspire and motivate you. In the future I would really like to
have a studio with other designer makers.

-what was the best meal you've eaten in the last week?
A butternut squash risotto and apple crumble with custard for
dessert! I had it last week at a friend’s house then made it again
last night as it was so good!

-what do you like to do in your spare time?
Well I am only printing and making in my spare time at the moment as
I work as well, but it’s my dream to be able to do it full time. But
another hobby of mine is tap dance, I danced when I was very young
for about 10 years and have only just taken it up again!

-is there a favourite piece of your work you would like to share?
Well my favourite piece of work is one of my wallpaper designs. I
haven’t been able to produce any to sell at the moment, so I only
have one trial roll but I am really pleased with it and can’t wait to
be able to print more to sell.