Upcycled Vintage Bag - Penny Brohn Cancer Care Raffle Prize

I'm running out of my hand made up-cycled bags as they proved popular over on Etsy.  I have decided not to pursue this product line (I'm going to concentrate on interiors) so to be in with a chance to win this one pop on over to the Christmas at The Orangery and enter the wonderful raffle in support of Penny Brohn Cancer Care
Hannah Redden - Upcycled Shopping Tote Bag


My Next Christmas Event - Christmas At The Orangery

Christmas At The Orangery  2014

I've recently signed up to exhibit in my first market in quiet some time (I wonder why that might be!!).  The event sounds quite exciting .. Christmas At The Orangery.

I'm looking forward to participate and meet some of the other exhibitors, especially this very talented lady .. Fiona Willis.  Her work really is an inspiration. 

''My prints start their life as wholly original works in pen, ink and watercolour. They are then scanned to produce a digital image from which the giclée prints are produced. However, the digital image is not manipulated in any way and is entirely representative of the original artwork. I've found this process to be the most effective way to reproduce the fine detail that characterises my work.''

I really like that Fiona works in an initially very traditional way.  Drawing by hand and not manipulating her work.  I think that we loose the essence of the image when we draw directly with a graphics tablet etc.  I also prefer to draw by hand, being honest with the medium you are using.
I think I may need to have a gander at her pitch at the event.


Competition Time

Calling all Creatives (Exhibitor Competition)

Christmas at the Orangery 2015 
Pretty Nostalgic Magazine
A competition open to creative people who 
make, sew, invent, design, build, draw, etc.


A product that is made with skill and creativity, and that would sell at a reasonable price. Your product can be made from any medium, and any type (eg edible, wearable, functional, visual, etc.) Please note that we will be looking for a product that shows great potential for an ongoing business and would be suitable for exhibiting at next year's Christmas at the Orangery. The competition is open to those aged 18 and over. Competition entry closes on Wednesday 10th December 2014 at midnight.

1. A free stand to exhibit at Christmas at the Orangery 2015
2. A business membership with Pretty Nostalgic Magazine
A number of applicants will be selected as finalists. The finalists will have their products displayed at Christmas at the Orangery 2014, for all visitors to see throughout the day. One winner will be picked and announced towards the end of the day.
1. Apply via the website Christmas at the Orangery
2. Pay a £5 administration fee to register and send your product image via email
3. All finalists will notified by email 
4. Finalist's products will be displayed on December 13th at Christmas at the Orangery 2014 
5. One winner will be chosen from the finalists and announced at the event


World Textile Day - 1st November 2014

The Spirit of the Cloth  1 Nov 2014 - Saltford, Bristol.  10 am - 5 pm. 

Can you believe it's almost November already?  It's also World Textile Day ...
''Every year we like to have a new, interesting and stimulating theme for World Textile Day. This helps to give the day a focus, both for us and for our enthusiastic visitors.  In 2014 our theme is The Spirit of the Cloth and our free exhibition of world textiles will take you on a journey of discovery.''

FREE admission to the exhibition of stitched, embroidered and woven textiles and artefacts from around the world.

Morning and afternoon lectures:

•11 am. Sacred and Spiritual Textiles of South West China with Chinese textiles expert and collector Martin Conlan.

•2 pm. Textiles of the Islamic World with world textiles expert, collector and author John Gillow.

•£2 per lecture, tickets at the door.
With these specialist world textile traders:

•Textile Traders
•The African Fabric Shop
•John Gillow
•Slow Loris Textiles - Martin Conlan
•Tukuru Textiles from South America
•Khayamiya Egyptian Appliqués
•Susan Briscoe Designs

Saltford Hall, Wedmore Rd, Saltford, Bristol, BS31 3BY

I unfortunately can't make this event but will definitely be searching the web for feedback and inspiration.  If you manage to make the event I'd love to hear your views...

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