Roll on Springtime

Once again the passing of time has caught me by surprise and the first few months of the year have gone by in a flash; the clocks go forward next weekend and the first lambs of the year have been spotted in the fields. Both of which I am very happy about because boy, has it been a long, hard winter. I found it a real struggle this year, and for the first time I really felt my age and became pre-occupied by the somewhat unappealing reality of growing older in a cold climate. Of course, lockdown no doubt contributed to my general state of mind, as I’m sure it did for many. So this year, more than any other, I am very much looking forward to springtime!

On the upside I am very fortunate to have been kept busy recently due to stockists (old and new) ordering my work; my heart goes out to all those small independent shops and galleries who have had their doors closed for three months now – it must be such a struggle to keep going, adapt their businesses, and stay positive…so I am very grateful to still be asked to supply them with my work.

Bothy brooches and bird brooches for Strom

Mountain and bothy pictures – an exclusive for The Modern Croft

I sometimes find customer enquiries (be it private or from galleries) can lead to new ideas and ways of working.. Some of my current staple designs have had their genesis in conversations with customers, which shows it’s always good to be open to suggestions and not get too precious about your work – you never know where it might lead you!

More on that later but for now, thanks for reading x

Super Market Virtual Christmas 2020

This weekend sees the launch of the UK’s first immersive virtual market experience, which I’m very excited to be a part of! Super Market Virtual opens to the public on Sunday November 22nd and ends on December 14th, with over 150 independent Scotland-based businesses taking part:

“‘Walk around’ and browse the individual stalls of over 150 independent Scottish brands across 10 categories, fill your basket, and then get it posted to your door for free. ​Each stall will have a personal voice message from the seller telling shoppers a bit about themselves and their brand – really bringing the marketplace to life and giving visitors a genuine ‘meet the maker’ experience.”

A unique way to shop online this Christmas and support small businesses this Christmas!

Tea Green Marketplace

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Super excited to be taking part in Tea Green Marketplace, the first of my online markets this winter! There’s an amazing array of Scotland-based makers, artists and designers lined up so it should be ace! Join us from 10am on Oct 31st & Nov 1st, either on Facebook or Instagram or head to www.teagreen.co.uk

☆ I’ll be offering 10% off all my work for the duration of the market so keep your eyes peeled this Saturday and Sunday 👀

Autumn Arrives

Well, the temperature has dipped somewhat and the nights are drawing in, which means only one thing – autumn has definitely arrived! Which normally I would not complain about, but…this year is, of course, different. On the upside we’ve had some incredible sunny days with visits to idyllic islands, days which remind you it’s good to be alive and living in a beautiful country. There’s also been a few fun commissions to work on and some new Rudy and the Rowan Tree items I’ve been enjoying making, all of which has kept me occupied and out of trouble. This has gone some way to distract from the fact that all but one of this year’s festive events I had in my calendar have been cancelled. Some have been replaced by virtual versions on social media but there’s honestly no substitute for meeting customers and connecting with fellow makers in the flesh. However, such is the world we find ourselves in and there’s no choice but to get on with it…it won’t be as much fun but it’s better than nothing, and as I keep reminding myself, things could be worse! So let’s concentrate on the fun stuff…

I’ve been revisiting my roots and screenprinting on plywood tablets (which I found a wee stash of when I was clearing out my workroom), keeping things simple with paper cut-outs of simple shapes and seeing where it takes me…

…and it’s been a lot of fun (nice to mix things up a bit – sometimes it’s the only way to motivate yourself). It’s also helping to keep the Folksy shop stocked up and ready for the Folksy Online Festive Market on December 5th & 6th (watch my ‘Shop’ page for details). I’ve also been making lots of little affordable brooches for stocking fillers as I know not everyone can spend money on larger pieces at the moment…

I’ll be posting updates on online fairs and events as they are confirmed so watch this space! In the meantime, thanks for reading x

Masks for Scotland

A super-quickie of a post to let you know that until May 5th 20% of sales from my Etsy and Folksy shops will be donated to Masks For Scotland – a dedicated fundraiser bringing PPE to those working in the front line of the community in Scotland during the fight against Coronavirus. 💙

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Image credit: Masks For Scotland

Stay safe and well! x

Festive Fairs 2019

Well, it’s nearing the end of October (in my last post I was bemoaning the fact it was nearing the end of July!) so I should quickly draw your attention to all the festive fairs I have coming up over the next 6 weeks or so.

First up we have Tea Green Events’ contemporary craft market at Bowhouse in St Monans – I’ll be there on Sunday 10th November:

 

 

The following weekend I’ll be back with Tea Green at Glasgow’s Kibble Palace for a full weekend of fun!

 

 

On Saturday November 23rd you can find me in Perth for Perthshire Creates Design Market at Civic Hall

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I’ll be staying in Perthshire for the Dunning Craft Fair at Dunning Village Hall on Sunday November 24th:

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On Saturday November 30th I’ll be back in Glasgow for Etsy Made Local at the Briggait

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The following day, December 1st, I’ll be at the Engine Works with Super Market Christmas 

 

 

And for my final fair of the season I will be back with Tea Green at Kibble Palace on December 7th & 8th.

Also, I’m very happy to have had a framed diorama accepted for the annual Edinburgh MacMillan Art Show raising funds for MacMillan Cancer Care,  which you can catch from 7th – 10th November at The Apex Waterloo

 

 

As always, you can check the shop page for dates and details.

I’ll be back soon with some pictures of what I’ve been making recently but until then I look forward to seeing you at a market soon!

Thanks for reading 🙂