Monthly Archives: November 2014

Made Brighton 2014

Made Brighton was last weekend and it was a lovely show. There was a buzzing atmosphere in the beautiful Corn Exchange and a great mix of exhibitors and visitors. It was extra special for me because I studied, lived and worked in Brighton so I saw old friends, tutors and colleagues that I haven’t seen for years. My highlight was being awarded the madebyhandonline.com ‘Best in Show’ award, I was absolutely thrilled.

I had a lot of help over the weekend so I would like to thank Chris who drove me, my work and stand down to Brighton on the Thursday and then helped me set up. Also a very big thank you to Jen and Neil for putting me up all weekend, cooking me lovely food and then driving me and my stuff back to London on Sunday evening! Next year I have to have some refresher driving lessons (I haven’t driven for 8 years!) so I can get on the road myself (gulp).

I was on stand 3, surrounded by lovely makers, in particular Fay Jenkinson, Drew Markou, Kaz Robertson and Rose Sharp Jones. Over the course of a show you have all sorts of conversations with fellow exhibitors which is one of the best parts of exhibiting!

Photos:

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Made Brighton banners were all over the city :-)
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At this show I had a 2x1m stand which had 3 walls that I could really make my own.
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I used all three of my stands (I only used 2 at Made London).
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My award! Thank you madebyhandonline.com!
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Made Brighton exhibitors and visitors chatting away.
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Elaine Bolt ceramics was there to tempt me with her beautiful work. I bought a spoon this time!
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Colourful porcelain rings by Fay Jenkinson.
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Drew Markou’s jewellery and objects.
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Thank you Brighton!

Findings front cover

I got a wonderful shock when the latest issue of Findings came through the letterbox!

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Findings, Issue 59, Autumn 2014

 

Those are the Vivienne Westwood earrings I made earlier this year for the ACJ Icons exhibition. I had no idea they were going to be on there – a huge thanks to Findings editor Poppy Porter for using my work! You can see all three pieces I made for that exhibition here.

Blickfang Copenhagen

This weekend (15/16 Nov) I was in Copenhagen for my first international show – Blickfang. It was a brilliant experience! Jeanne Marell and I shared a stand and we flew out of London Heathrow at 9am on Friday morning. My husband Chris also came and it was great to have his support and an extra set of hands! On arrival we headed straight to the venue, Øksnehallen, and found our stand. We had considered various options for our display and in the end chose to order some tables and boxes from IKEA Gentofte, we thought they were arriving after 5pm but they turned up within10 minutes of our arrival which couldn’t have worked out better!

The exhibition opened at 10am on Saturday morning. It was an interesting experience exhibiting in another country – I was really lucky that almost everyone spoke English, so communication wasn’t too hard. I got some great feedback, and also missed some as people discussed it in Danish! Sunday was another full day – we didn’t have stools so were quite exhausted by the end! In the evenings we went out for lovely dinners and on Monday we had a late flight back so could be tourists for the day. It was a great weekend. Here are a few photos:

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Jeanne and I on our stand just after arriving.
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The timely IKEA delivery and Chris getting straight to work. The alternatives were things like bringing stands from the UK or hiring very costly furniture. The IKEA delivery worked really well this time, however, we can’t really do it every time we exhibit abroad! The tables went to some other exhibitors at the end of the show.
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Our completed stand…
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My side!
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And we are open! It was a fantastic venue, well organised with a friendly team and there were lots of great exhibitors. It was however a very quiet show, more visitors would have been good!
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Lovely venue! Øksnehallen.
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And after the show we got to do some exploring! There was lots of inspiration all over the place.
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Colourful paint.
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Street art.
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The canal – we went on a canal boat tour :-)
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Colourful buildings.

 

So that was Copenhagen, next up MADE BRIGHTON this Thursday! You can find some ticket offers here – do say hello if you are visiting :-)

November news

This is a little update on what I have been up to since MADE LONDON finished. Two new galleries will shortly be stocking my jewellery:

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This collection has gone to @ Work, 160 Brick Lane, London
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This collection has gone to Gill Wing Jewellery, Upper Street, Islington.

 

My jewellery has also travelled to other places this Christmas, to Amy Christie Gallery in Edinburgh, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Craft in the Bay in Cardiff:

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The Christmas Show at Craft in the Bay is now open and runs until January 11th – it was lovely to see an image of my necklace on the e-newsletter!

 

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I was also really delighted that Craft in the Bay used an image of one of my brooches to publicise the show in Crafts Magazine – this is a personal ambition to be in the magazine achieved!

 

This Friday I fly out to Copenhagen to take part in Blickfang. I have been busy making new work, planning my display, ordering large prints, practicing my pricing (I have to get used to working in Danish Krone) and registering with the tax department in Denmark! So much to organise for my first international show. I will be back next Monday, and then on Thursday of next week I go down to Brighton to set up for MADE BRIGHTON. Blog posts on these two shows will follow!