Thursday, 24 October 2013

Stitched Pictures

 Thought I'd share my latest project, thinking ahead to showing at the Selvedge Winter Fair next month. If you don't know already, Selvedge is a wonderful bi-monthly magazine all about textiles. From the artisan to fashion, contemporary and historical, if you love all things fabric, this is the magazine for you!

They have two fairs a year, spring and winter, and for the first time I'm going to be showing on 29-30th November at Chelsea Town Hall.  I'm giddy at the prospect as I've just been a visitor before.

So, in hope of gaining the interest of textile enthusiasts and finally using those vintage frames I've had for over a year, I've made some hand stitched pictures. They were a real labour of love as I enjoy combining hand stitching with vintage textiles to produce something really unique and one of a kind. Hunting through my boxes of vintage fabric scraps, out came some of my favourites I usually just look at, not wanting to cut them up. Vintage quilts, 1930s prints and some felt were used in the construction. 

My inspiration? Well, some drew from the elaborate frame itself, such as the 18th century lady. I also have a nerdy love of all things outer space related so of course the moon, stars and the sun came out to play! The printed bee fabric, a much loved piece of mine, naturally suggested a honeycomb background. Not much of a stretch there!

I love using Pinterest as a source of inspiration so I keep boards of images that inspire me and are drawn to for various reasons. Sometimes I look through them to spark an idea such as a vintage illustration and somewhere it comes out in a piece of work. Your work is always your own and captures your own personality and skill so are always original.

I will make some more in the future even if it's only for my own amusement as they were a joy to make. Hope they prove popular at Selvedge too!


Sunday, 6 October 2013

Crafty Fox Market at the Dogstar.

 Today I took part in the ever popular Crafty Fox Market in Brixton. I lived there during my 2nd year in London, back in the late 90s and though its changed a lot since then, it's always had a vibe of its own.

Crafty Fox has a loyal following beyond Brixton and especially amongst craft lovers and great promotion by the organisers Sinead and Stephan meant there was a queue even before the doors were opened! (They were rewarded with goodie bags for their dedication.) 

Live DJs, workshops and a pop up tea shop all contributed to the experience for shoppers and sellers. It was nice to see familiar fellow makers and some new ones and have a wee blether in between sales!

I managed to take a few photos quickly so not the best I'm afraid and also confess to a guilty purchase! 
Normally I follow a strict no buying restraint on myself but seen these cute little poodle brooches by "Love for Hetty and Dave" and well, they were meant to be!(pictured below)

I will be back at the Dogstar again for the Crafty Fox Christmas Market on Sunday 8th December. Maybe see you there?

Mock up of stall display at home.
Table display at the Dogstar.

Managed a few snapshots!
Guilty purchase but couldn't resist these brooches!

Stall banner.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

LOIS - a new indie shop in Peckham!

Good news for all South Londoners and lovers of nice things! A exciting new independent shop is opening on the 5th October at 42 Choumert Road, just off Peckham Rye. 

There are many, many fabulous designer makers stocked and I have pictured just a selection of them. Jewellery, bags, prints, ceramics, textiles and printed goodies are all there so you don't have to travel into the dreaded "West End" for a lovely gift or something special for yourself.

My soft toys, bunnies Timmy & Barnie and cats, Wayne & Vincent are available.
I Am Acrylic

Opening times:
Tuesday-Saturday 10-6
Sunday 10-5

For more info on who's stocked there, click LOIS 

Rachel Foxwell

Mister Peebles
Custom Made