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 a textile company, based on a farm in Norfolk, designing and manufacturing high quality homeware and interior products within Norfolk and the UK.