We are back in the studio today after a wonderful weekend at Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace! The Handmade fair is bursting with wonderful workshops, delicious food, lots of wonderful stalls full of handmade products and has the most fantastic atmosphere. The Handmade Fair is a fantastic event showcasing British design and manufacturing, which is something that is very important to us here at IzziRainey. It was great meeting lots of our lovely customers, meeting lots of new stall holders and of course catching up with old ones too. We also had the pleasure of Kirstie coming to our stand to talk about our products and prints, it was lovely to meet her again.
Below is just a little snippet of our time at The Handmade Fair, if you did not make it this year then definitely pop it in the diary for next year.
We absolutely fell in love with these wonderful TillyBob Bunnies. Holly creates these beautiful handmade bunnies in a variety of colourful and different prints. We think these would make such a wonderful gift for a new baby and be one of those toys that children will have for a lifetime. Take a look at Holly's to see her wide range of handmade bunnies- https://tillybob-bunny.myshopify.com
Hello Marilu's stand really caught our eye over the weekend. Her range of quirky hand painted cactus planters, electric range of prints and handmade Christmas decorations were gorgeous and extremely eye catching. We fell in love with her work and even bought two of her prints. Take a look at her website to see her creative lifestyle brand- https://www.hellomarilu.com.
It was great to see Sam and Lottie from Lottie Day- another Norfolk company at the fair too. We love Lottie's illustrated screen prints which have been inspired by our home county of Norfolk. Lottie designs a range of gorgeous homewares- take a look at her website to see her full range- https://www.madebylottieday.com.
We were lucky enough to be opposite the lovely Beth and David from Walter and May. Walter and May is a fantastic selling platform for British designer makers. Beth handpicks beautiful handmade products ranging from gifts to homewares. She has a beautiful range of products- we are lucky enough to sell on her website too! Take a look at Walter and May's website- http://walterandmay.co.uk.
Charlotte Stockley's hand thrown quirky, porcelain tableware was fantastic. We loved the simplistic shapes that she used for her products, making it perfect porcelain for the everyday. Her illustrative designs on the pottery made her work really stand out; her stand looked lovely! http://www.charlottestockley.co.uk/index.html
All in all we had a really great weekend- it's a fantastic event that you should definitely try and get to next year if you can!
We are so looking forward to being back at Kirstie Allsopp's wonderful Handmade Fair in the gorgeous grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Kirstie's fair is full of wonderful workshops, delicious food stalls and of course two tents full of designer makers. The Handmade fair is a fair bursting with things to do and a wonderful ethos which is to champion British design and manufacturing- we just love it.
We have picked out a few stands that we love and think you should all make an effort to visit.
Ambermayde has a gorgeous range of machine knitted homewares and accessories. Amber is from Norfolk too and has just graduated from the Norwich University of the Arts. Amber's range of contemporary homewares and quirky accessories are definitely a must see. We love Amber's range of knitted necklaces, especially the pop of colour on each piece. Amber is next to us at the Handmade Fair so please pop by and see us both, on stand E55.
We were lucky enough to be next to the lovely Marie and Ali from Meminio at a fair in the Summer and we are so glad they will be at the Handmade Fair too. They have designed a gorgeous range of leather memory boxes to keep all those special keepsakes in. Take a look at their website to see their full range- you can also have them personalised too- we love them! https://meminio.com. They will be on stand E37.
Scattergood and Taylor design simplistic and stylish fair trade eco- smocks. They use natural and organic materials to create these gorgeous artisan aprons that you can wear in the winter and summer. We love the shapes of their smocks and the ideals behind the business. Make sure you go and see them on stand W127 at the fair or head to their website to see their full range https://www.scattergoodtaylor.com
Enamel Factory create colourful, hand-painted kiln-fired enamelware that’s hard wearing and designed to stand the test of time. Based in Kent they make plates, bowls and mugs perfect for camping or everyday use, to bespoke plaques and objects of art. We love they use of colour. Don't forget to pop and see them on stand E116.
As we said apart from lots of shopping to be done there is also some wonderful workshops going on given by experts. On Friday between 10-10.30 you can have a go at making your very own origami trinket box- we hope we get time out to do this one! Or spend your time learning how to decorate cupcakes with floral designs between 3-3.30 on Friday too!
We are so looking forward to the weekend and really hope to see lots of you there, it really is a fantastic fair, definitely not one to miss! For your last minute tickets head to https://www.thehandmadefair.com/hampton-court/.
We are excited to introduce the lovely Annabel who runs The Hen House and wonderful Egg Shed, near us in Norfolk! Thank you so much for joining us Annabel...
Please tell us a bit about The Hen House and The Egg Shed?
The Hen House is my Farm Cafe & Gift Shop. Enjoy great coffee and homemade cake in a shed on a working farm.The Egg Shed is our self service Egg Vending Shed where you can buy our fresh free range eggs straight from our farm.
Sounds just up our street. Where did the idea come from to start the cafe and shop? How long have you had the farm or has it always been in your family?
My family have been at Cavick House Farm since 1973 and there are still three generations of our family on the farm.
We started selling free range eggs from The Egg Shed 7 years ago. After a lot of interest I opened The Tea Shed, a self service honesty tea & cake Shed where you could make yourself a cuppa and enjoy with a piece of homemade cake. This really took off so after a year I decided to quit my job at an art gallery and opened up The Hen House.
I took a lot of inspiration from cafes and pop-up food businesses in North Norfolk & Cornwall and chose little painted sheds as seating areas.
Had you always dreamt of opening your own shop and cafe?
I definitely hadn't dreamt of owning a cafe or making coffee for a living as I originally trained as a fine artist, but I always like the idea of running my own business. The didn't anticipate how much people love coffee and cake!
The Egg Shed has its very own vending machine...you must be the first person to ever do that in Norfolk! It is such an amazing idea...is it going well?
Yes we have an egg vending machine and it's a first for Norfolk. They are specially made in Germany and supplied by a farmer in Scotland. It's proving incredibly popular. We were lucky to have the press pick up the story which made it to The Times and we got a mention on radio 2!
Wow that's amazing! What sort of products do you stock in your lovely shop- The Hen house?
As well as great coffee, homemade scones, cakes & biscuits I stock design led bits for your home as well as scented candles, artisan chocolate, enamelware, edible petals, cards & wrapping paper and of course IzziRainey cushions!
As you know all of our products are designed by Izzi and manufactured in the UK, is this something you feel passionate about? Do you stock a lot of other British designer makers?
I definitely feel strongly about sourcing and using local producers & designers where possible. As a farmers daughter I understand how important it is support local and U.K. Industry. As well as Izzy Rainey I stock stoneware from a potter in Bristol, postcards and prints by Amelia Bowman who's based in Wymondham, Chocolate Deli chocolate made in Wells-next-the-sea, Art Angels cards and warp printed in Norwich and The Printed Peanut soaps and shopping bags made in Yorkshire.
It is great that you stock lots of local designers. You have lots of wonderful products in store, where do you tend to source your products from?
I source stock from all over. Sometimes on recommendations, magazines, Instagram and trade fairs if I can find the time to go to one. I was a buyer for a gallery shop so luckily I had a little book of suppliers and designers.
What first drew your attention to IzziRainey products?
That was based on a recommendation from a good customer. I loved the designs and use of colour but I also liked the fact that she is a local farmers daughter too!
Thank you so much to Annabel. Please make sure you pop by and visit Cavick Farm if you ever get the chance...even it is just to see their fantastic egg vending machine. http://annabelseggshed.co.uk/the-hen-house
We are excited to announce the launch of our homewares in the prestigious high street store, John
Lewis. John Lewis has recently begun a new initiative to support British artisan makers called ‘Made Locally’, our products can now be found in the Norwich store as well as the online store. We are particularly excited to be now part of this initiative as it is giving a boost to independent British business. It is fantastic to be part of a new concept aimed to champion and support British designer makers and having our products in such a wonderful store. Please keep your eyes peeled next time you are in Norwich as you may spot our prints!
What a wonderful day we all had at Burnham Market Summer craft fair. Burnham Market is a gorgeous village about half an hour down the road from us in Norfolk. There is a beautiful green in the centre of the village that really is the most perfect spot for a local craft fair. The fair has been running for over 25 years now, showcasing local designer makers. It was such a shame we didn't get more time to leave our stand to see everyone else's work- but it was just too busy! However from what we saw, there was a wonderful selection of local and regional artists showing off their quality products, it was great to see so many stallholders we knew too. It was lovely being a part of a fair that champions British design and manufacturing and supports local designer makers. A big thank you must go to Izzi's Sister, Cecily, for getting up so early to help us set up and helped throughout the day- couldn't have done it without her. She also was selling her gorgeous hand designed animal patterned, greetings cards on the stand too- everyone loved them. To see Cecily's work take a look at her Instagram >>>https://www.instagram.com/cecilymayrose7199/?hl=en or buy them on our website >>>http://www.izzirainey.com/store/c60/Cecily_May_Rose_Cards.html
We were so pleased the sun shined for most of the day...even though it was very windy! However, we can't complain, we had a fantastic day and hope to take part in the event again next year as it really is such a fantastic local fair run by a small committee in the village. If you have never been to the event, you really should make the effort to go next year- we hope we will be there too!
We are very excited to announce the launch of our exclusively designed range of kitchenware for Holkham Hall, Norfolk. Working closely with Holkham Hall we have designed and created textile prints inspired by two of the animals strongly associated with the estate. Holkham's Belted Galloway cattle that roam the marshes and pasture land and the quirky pink footed geese that wonder through out the Hall's vast grounds. It has been a pleasure working alongside one of Norfolk's most iconic stately homes, drawing inspiration from the grand surroundings of the Hall to the expanse of the marshes.
Having grown up in Norfolk, we have visited Holkham many times with its stunning grounds, open marshland and beautiful beach. It was a great honour to be asked to design the kitchenware range for The Courtyard Shop based at the Hall. An opportunity to explore Holkham further was one which we grabbed with both hands. There was so much inspiration to be taken from the estate, it was difficult to know where to begin. After collecting lots of imagery from the various aspects of Holkham, the gardens, the marshland, the parkland and the architecture it was time to return to the studio.
'Once in the studio I began to draw from all the imagery and inspiration I had collected from my visits to Holkham, these drawings then evolved into handmade stamps which begin the basis for my print work. Once printing, I began to create designs using the combination of simple shapes and silhouettes to create repeat textile designs. Working closely with Holkham we decided upon the chosen designs, the pink footed goose and the Belted Galloway cattle. The animals were one of my favourite parts of visiting Holkham so I was especially pleased with the decision. ' - Izzi
The kitchenware range includes placemats, coasters, trays, chopping boards, oven gloves, oven gauntlets and hob covers and is available from The Courtyard Shop, Holkham Hall.
A little more information about Holkham's Belted Galloway cattle...
How many Belted Galloway cattle does Holkham have?
We have 28 cows plus calves.
How long has Holkham had Belted Galloway cattle?
We have had the Belted Galloway cattle for around four years now.
What made you chose this particular breed?
We chose the Belted Galloway as they are suited to grazing the very poor, rough ground of the marshes. They can stay out on the marshes until October/November, they are then brought back to the farm in Warham.
Do they live out all year round?
Yes, they are kept out all year round even through calving.
We spotted two different colours, do they come in any other colours?
Yes, they come in three different colours black, grey and red.
Holkham promotes farm to fork, where do you sell the beef?
The beef is sold on the menu at The Victoria Inn, Holkham Estate.
This week we have been in Leeds, visiting family and friends. We were so excited as we got the chance to go and visit our new stockist, Chirpy which is in Chapel Allerton, just outside Leeds City centre. Jo has the most wonderful range of contemporary and quirky gifts, gorgeous homewares and a wonderful selection of local art too. Chirpy also has lots of workshops that go on in the upstairs of the shop, including book binding, ceramics, life drawing and lots more...! What a great idea for Birthday parties and hen do's, have a look at their website to see what is going on this Summer. It is always so great to see our products in people's shops amongst so many different design makers work. If you get the chance to then definitely pop and see Jo in her gorgeous shop, you will be greeted with a big smile! http://www.chirpystore.co.uk
We are excited to announce the launch of our NEW oil cloth handbags in three of our most popular designs. The idea started as Izzi had one made for her Mum as her Mother's Day present; Sally absolutely loves her bag. She used it so much and people kept commenting on it, so it seemed we would have to have some more made...! They are a great size and perfect for everyday use, we have had them made in Black Dandelion, Red Dandelion and in our statement Highland cattle design. We hope you love them as much as we do. We are hoping to make a bigger size too, for your weekends away. They are available on our website http://www.izzirainey.com/store/c64/Bags_.html but we will also be selling them at Burnham Market craft fair on August 19th.
We had a wonderful weekend at Back to the Garden for North Norfolk Arts and Crafts Summer Fair. Back to the Garden is a lovely farm shop and cafe near Holt in Norfolk. It is beautiful converted old barn with stunning gardens- so a perfect venue for a summer fair. It was so nice being in the garden surrounded by the flowers, even despite a little rain- what more can you expect for a British Summer. North Norfolk arts and crafts is a wonderful group full of Norfolk artisan designer-makers. It is lovely being at a fair when all the other stallholders design and make all of their products and are all from Norfolk too.
Here are a few of our favourites from the fair...
Madeleine Spencer, is a Norfolk based jeweller working in gold and silver to make unique and handmade pieces. We love Maddie's work and really like her use of colour in certain pieces of her jewellery combined with her silver and gold work, the contrast is stunning. http://www.madeleinespencerjewellery.com
Karen Downing hand throws the most simplistic yet stunning porcelain all in white. Her stand looked absolutely beautiful at the fair with little pops of colour from her fresh wild flowers. https://www.karendowning.co
Witts Design were there with their striking range of country and coastal inspired, screenprinted homewares. Stephanie and her Mum, Michelle screen print all their fabric in their studio in Letheringsett, Norfolk. Their range of homewares are all handmade by themselves too. Definitely a lovely souvenir to take home from your holiday in Norfolk! https://www.wittsdesign.com
We had a really fantastic weekend and really enjoyed chatting to all the other stallholders, customers and being in the lovely grounds of Back to the Garden. We will be at North Norfolk Arts and Crafts Christmas event in Swanton Novers in November, so make sure to look out for that. We will be at Burnham Market craft fair next on the 19th of August so we hope to see you there.
We are really excited to introduce Kate who owns the gorgeous florist and gift shop Stems of Southwater in Horsham, which has just started stocking IzziRainey products.
Hi Kate! Tell us a bit about Stems of Southwater...
Stems of Southwater is an independent luxury florist situated in the heart of the Sussex countryside. We specialise in creating bespoke designs for all occasions using the highest quality seasonal flowers including textural references where possible. We also have large range of interiors and giftware featuring designers which you would not traditionally find on the high-street.
Where did the idea come from to start your own florist? Had you always dreamed of being a florist?
If I am honest I didn’t start out in life thinking I would be a florist. I studied for a degree in psychology and worked in the city for 5 years after graduating. It quickly became apparent to me that I missed the countryside and being able to be creative. I decided that I needed a new challenge in life and re-trained as a florist at a prestigious school in Knightsbridge and before opening my first shop in Brighton 3 years ago. After a year I took over Stems of Southwater and sold my business in Brighton to concentrate on consolidating my business nearer to home. I haven’t looked back since, and the business is going from strength to strength.
Wow- such a change in career. As you know all of our products are designed by Izzi and manufactured in the UK, is this something you feel passionate about? Do you stock a lot of other British designer makers?
I do feel strongly that it is important to support British designers, particularly with the economy the way it is at the moment and the effects of Brexit on the horizon. We try to buy British flowers where possible and by stocking local designers and artists it allows our product range to stand out from the rest of the high-street.
That is fantastic to hear! Why did you decide to have gift items as well as the florist?
Whilst our main business is floristry I felt that it was important to offer our customers a choice of gifts and homewares that compliment our flowers. We often sell flowers in containers as a complete gift allowing people to give something for now to enjoy, but also a gift which can be treasured in the future and re-used time and again. There is also nowhere in our immediate vicinity that offers this service so we wanted to fulfil that gap in the market.
It is a wonderful idea, and it looks so lovely too! Do you do a lot of weddings and big events etc with the floristry?
Weddings and events make up a large part of our business and throughout the summer months particularly we are busy most weekends helping to create unique designs for our clients. We specialise in offering a service where brides and groom’s can come to us with their ideas and vision and we work alongside them throughout the design process in order to make that a reality for their day. Flowers can add depth and purop
Sounds wonderful, must be so lovely making someones special day look so gorgeous. What first drew your attention to IzziRainey products?
We first saw the IzziRainey range on instagram and particularly liked the mixture of botanical and natural influences. I think the most popular print has been the Highland Cattle and I’m sure heading into the festive season they will be a top seller for stocking fillers and gifts.
Thank you so much Kate. If you are ever nearby, make sure you pop in! https://stemsofsouthwater.co.uk
Izzi and Lara
IzziRainey is a Norfolk company, based on a farm, designing and manufacturing high quality homeware and interior products within Norfolk and the UK.