We had a wonderful day on Saturday at Norwich Maker's Market. Norwich Makers Market houses some absolutely fantastic designer makers from the area. There was such a mixture of different work, we loved it all. Ella organises about 4 makers markets throughout the year and she always manages to hand pick companies with beautiful work and definitely gets a lot of people coming to the fair too. We have just picked out a few of our favourites from Saturday that we wanted to share with you.
Sally Nencini designs and knits lambswool cushions, toys and blankets for the home. She also recycles and upholsters furniture with hand embroidered fabric or felted lambswool. We just fell in love with Sally's handmade Bunnies with their very own outfits on; we especially loved their fairisle jumpers. https://www.sallynencini.com
Ella Elizabeth has a quirky and contemporary range hand screen-printed textiles and digital printed stationery. We think Ella's new range of stickers are just fab, we especially love her cacti ones! https://www.ellaelizabeth.co.uk
We fell completely in love with Karen Woodcraft's intricate hand painted and handmade wood work scenes. Karen finds old bits of wood, stones, driftwood etc from the beaches near her home and creates these wonderful street scenes. She has done a beautiful range of Christmas scenes as well as others too. We think her work is just fantastic, we could have bought it all! https://www.facebook.com/Karen-woodcraft--352995701555532/
Mr.NorrisofNorwich was there with her quirky range of handmade cacti planters and embroidery loops. We love her new embroidery loops with beautiful hanging baskets of flowers in. You can now get your very own DIY embroidery kit from Mr.Norris too. https://www.facebook.com/mrnorrisofnorwich/ If you didn't manage to make it to this event, then definitely try next year as it is not one to miss.
We are back in the studio this week preparing for our bumper weekend of fairs. We will be at the wonderful Deepdale Christmas market from Friday- Sunday so try and catch us there if not we are at Gresham's Prep School Christmas fair on Saturday afternoon, Glebe School's Christmas Fair on Saturday between 10-6 and also we will be at our village fair in Hindolveston on Saturday evening between 6.30- 9 and all day Sunday too. Please try and come and see us at some point over the weekend, all come to all four it is up to you. We lots of wonderful Christmas gift ideas and also some of our Christmas goodies left too! Please take a look at our events page to see where you can find us over the next few weeks. https://www.izzirainey.com/izzirainey-events.html
What a fantastic few days we had at the Wealden Times Mid-Winter fair. The fair is full of some amazing designer makers, delicious food stalls and lots of things to see. It was great being back in Kent, it was lovely seeing some of our old friends, meeting new customers and getting to know some new stallholders too. Here are a few of the lovely stalls that were there...
Nick Hubbard is a jewellery company run by Nick's family. They have a gorgeous collection of contemporary silver jewellery in figurative designs- definitely take a look on their website. It was lovely to see them all again. http://www.nickhubbardjewellery.co.uk
Holly from Duck and Dog had such a fantastic selection of Christmas decorations, gorgeous homewares and lots of Christmas goodies! Holly's stand always looks amazing, it was so lovely to se her- and she kindly let us stay! http://www.duckanddog.co.uk
Halinka Fairies are the most beautiful handmade pieces of art. Halinka creates a stunning display of her stunning handmade fairies. The fairies are clothed with beautiful fabrics and have wonderfully expressive faces created with beads and sequins. Take a look at her website to see her stunning work. http://www.halinkasfairies.com
My Sweet Fairy's stand also stood out to us with their beautiful handmade decorations and tiny village scenes that are all handmade.
It is fantastic going to fairs when you see such amazing products and can talk to people about their work. The Wealden Times fairs are lovely and always have such a wide selection of things to buy. We would really recommend going next year if you didn't make it this year, we will see you there!
What a lovely weekend we had a North Norfolk Arts and Crafts Christmas fair. It was fantastic to be surrounded by so many wonderful designer makers who are all from Norfolk. The fair was so well attended and it was great to speak to so many customers and see lots of familiar faces too. We would definitely recommend coming to the fair next year if you didn't make it as it is full of wonderful one off handmade pieces.
Here are a few of our favourites from the fair.
Abbie Conway's beautiful handmade jewellery is contemporary and quirky, we love her use of colour and especially like her new range of 'Disco Diva' earrings which were a sell out. http://www.abbieconway.co.uk
It was great to see Leanne, from Birch Lea Soaperie. We absolutely love all her natural handmade soaps, and they all smell delicious, especially the peppermint and patchouli one. https://www.birchleasoaperie.co.uk
Mims Heritage have the most gorgeous collection of cashmere booties, gloves and clothing for children. Mims heritage garments and accessories are made from restructured boiled wool, individually handmade and finished, we wish they did them in adult sizes. http://www.mimsheritage.co.uk/home/4551341643
It really was a wonderful weekend and we are looking forward to next year already. We are back in the studio today and getting for the Wealden Times Mid Winter Fair, we hope to see you all there.
What a wonderful evening we had at John Lewis in Norwich Christmas Shopping event last night, promoting our products and the 'Made Locally' section of the store. Every year John Lewis hold shopping events for their loyalty card customers, where they have the opportunity to shop after hours, they get some fantastic discounts and of course food and drinks too! We were so pleased that they asked us to come along to promote our range in store and talk to people about our products and our story behind the brand. It was lovely meeting so many customers and talking to them. It is always lovely to know people are intrigued to learn about local companies and the 'story' behind our company too. It was great to meet so many of the shop staff, including the store manager, who all seemed so excited to have a local company in store too, which was lovely.
We will be at another event in John Lewis on December the 9th between 6-8, so if you are nearby please pop in.
We are really looking forward to next weekend at Swanton Novers village hall for North Norfolk Arts and Crafts Christmas Fair. North Norfolk Arts and Crafts is a group Norfolk artisan designer-makers, an organisation that supports and promotes artists, designers and craftspeople in East Anglia. Every year there are two fairs when you can come and see then work of these Norfolk 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. It is definitely a fair that we would recommend you come to as there is some absolutely amazing work.
Here are just a few of our 'Top Picks' of what you can see next weekend...
Karen Downing hand throws the most simplistic yet stunning porcelain all in white. We absolutely loved seeing Karen's work at the Summer event, her stand looked absolutely beautiful with little pops of colour from her fresh wild flowers. We are really looking forward to seeing her again next weekend too. https://www.karendowning.co
Abbie Conway will also be there exhibiting her contemporary and unique jewellery. Her work combines precious metals, silver, 18 carat gold, precious stones and plexiglass. We love the pop of colour that Abbie uses in some of her work. We may have to our Abbie Conway jewellery collection...http://www.abbieconway.co.uk
Holkham Forge are a collective of Artisan Blacksmiths based on the beautiful Holkham estate, creating bespoke metalwork. The forge always create a beautiful display at the fairs we have seen them at, so we are looking forward to seeing what they do along with their intricate and amazing work. http://www.holkhamforge.co.uk
We of course will be there too with lots of fantastic Christmas gift ideas, our Christmas collection and lots more...! We really hope to see lots of you there next weekend, the 11th and 12th of November between 10-4 each day at Swanton Covers village hall. https://www.facebook.com/northnorfolkartsandcrafts/
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