Sunday, 11 November 2012

.....Selvedge winter fair 2012......

.....Oh my dear bloggy friends what a fantastic show indeed......

.....I don't know where to start......i think every textile artist that i love and admire was there, the crafts were breath taking....i wanted to buy everything but i told myself i was there to reignite my own creative juices and not to spend everybodies Christmas present money that i had put aside on myself......( hard ),so restraint was most definitely the order of the day............but oh so difficult not to get that credit card out i can tell you.........



.....Anyway moving onto the second bestest day of the year ( first one being the workshop with Julie Arkell ), i went with every intention of bringing you heaps and heaps of glorious photos of this wonderful event......but guess what......''Photo taking was not really allowed''....''OH B*gg*r''...........


.....But never fear.....i very very discreetly took a quicky snap from my phone from the stage overlooking the whole thing,, actually this wasn't the whole thing, it was actually huge but this was the main hall.......and also asked the permission of one or two stallholders if they would mind if i took a picture or two........


.....sorry there not very clear, as the small amount of pictures i did take i took on my phone....
 
......here's another.....
 
 
 
 
.......Off course the wonderful Julie Arkell was there and we stood and had a little chat about this and that , i asked her if she would mind if i took a picture on my phone of her wonderful stall  and she really didn't mind one bit...........what a lovely lady......
 
 
 
....again dear readers i am sorry for the poor quality of the pictures..though i was most lucky to get these.....
 
 
......right next to Julies stand was 'Samantha Bryan', who makes the most gorgeous aeronautical fairies........she was a lovely person to chat too and was only to happy to let me take a piccy of her creations......
 
 
.....oh so cute....
 
 
.......Whilst walking around in a trance i came across the very talented 'Jessie Chorley'....her beautiful hand made vintage brooches and journals and many other fabric textiles have always had a place in my heart......and i did ask her if she would mind if i took a photo or two of her stall...and she was quite happy for me to do that....i promised her i would do a link to her gorgeous blog and her even more gorgeous shop ( more on the shop later ).......
 
 
 

 
......Abigail Brown was there too with her beautiful hand made birds, i couldn't get a photo here so i have used a couple from her website.....
 
 
 
.....The incredible ''Sophie Digard''......her scarves and brooches were there to buy......but you needed a large bank account for these beauties (  pictures used from Pinterest, i hope nobody minds as i couldn't get photos of these either ).....
 
 
 
 
.....This little beauty that i have a picture of in my Pinterest site i had in my hand, and came oh so close to buying him.........but i didn't.......how good am i?.......or am i an idiot,,,hmmmm...
 
 
.....Embroidered bird by 'Apolline'......
 
 
.......Wonderful doll maker, who is in the new Nov/Dec issue of Selvedge......''Sarah Strachan''......
.....her dolls are so cute....
 
 
 
 
.....Lets see who else was there......i mean there were tons and tons of stall holders....so many i cant remember them all......
 
 
....Gudrun sjorden....
 
.....The black rabbit.....
 
 
.....So so many incredibly talented crafters, i think even Mr Pixie was impressed....
 
 
 
....So after leaving the show ( which i didn't want to, i wanted to stay all day ), we headed over to our favourite little part of London 'Spittlefields'.....i love Spittle fields, its such an alternative interesting part of London, with loads of vintage and unique one of shops......a top place for poets and authors to hang out, but there was one shop which i still hadn't been too,, this was ''J&B'' Jessie Chorley and Buddig's little nook shop......
 
 
.....And here it is.....
 
 
 
 
 
......Inside was an Aladdins cave of hand made bliss.....and i asked the lovely young lady in there if it would be ok to take a couple of pictures inside the shop to show my readers, and she said that it was just fine..........excellent..
 
 
 
 
....Buddug ( pronounced i think, Butthig ), is the other amazing artist who shares the same space as Jessie,  she makes lots of wonderful items out of enamel, please do click on this link to go and read all about the two of them, they are a truly talented pair.....
 
 
 
......I had such an inspiring day, and came away well and truly eager to get back into craft.........you see, i have had quite a drop in enthusiasm to create of late,, actually its been quite a while,, just haven't seem to be able of get the incentive to make, or even finish the half hundred weight of items all sitting about waiting for me to finish them off.......but now i think i may be able to get back to having a good sort out, i just needed a creative boost.......
 
......If anyone else went to the fair i would love to hear from you, what a great place to maybe meet some fellow bloggers at the next Selvedge fair......
 
.....Have a good week everyone.....
Pixie x
 
 
 
 
 
 

15 comments:

  1. how wonderful - i just love inspirational and creative folk like that- my heart skipped at your images...id seen some on hens blog too and its all swoonworthy ;0)x dear little bird looks right at home x

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  2. I've just realised I was holding my breath through this post, nearly passed out! What wonderful, wonderful delights! It's a shame they don't allow photos though, can you imagine how long the post would have been, I would definitely passed out then!!! :)

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  3. Lovely to read about this as I didn't go and really should have done. Glad you had a wonderful time. Next one's in March I believe. Karen x

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  4. So glad you had a lovely time...that little bed...oh my!! a teeny bit jealous..tee hee... would love to have gone,,, Id love to meet you there ...maybe next year?!
    hope you get your inspiration mojo back, your make such beautiful things x

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  5. Thank you for sharing your day from all the crafty folk who could not make it. hx

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  6. What a lucky lady you are to get the opertunity to see the fair. I love the selvedge mag but as I live in Ireland I didn't get the chance to go. I'm mad jealous!! Love your blog.

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  7. Oh pixie where to start?..... What a day you had..... You showed admirable restraint........ it must have been torture with all those amazing crafts! I was drooling over Julie arkells stall....... I have loved her gorgeous creations for ages and would just love to get up close and see them( need to invest one day...........)! Thank you for sharing all of this..... I'm going to go back and re read it all slowly and click the links! Happy Sunday evening xxxx

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  8. Oh my, oh my, Pixie!!! I can just imagine how bursting-full of creativity you must be after such a fabulous day. How inspiring. Can't wait to see your first "make" after all those ideas settle, sort themselves out, and then bubble to the surface : -)

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  9. Oh hon, what a wonderful post! I am so glad you snuck some piccies!! It looks utterly amazing. I am feeling completely motivated to start some sort of creative project today having just looked at all that gorgeousness! Miss 5 is home from school today with a bit of a tummy bug so the two of us are going to sit down together, me with hook, her with needle. She has started hand sewing little felt hearts with a ribbon on the top for all her friends to put on their Christmas trees. Owwwww - this mum couldn't be more pleased to have another crafty person in the house!!

    Have a fabulous week hon. And thank you again for all those gorgeous photos!! So jealous I live a million miles away from such fabulous opportunities.

    Leah
    xx

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  10. What a wonderful wonderful post! Thanks for sharing all of that. How often are these fairs? Maybe next time I can get the timing right.
    And no photos! That's mean. Don't they understand the world these days?

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  11. Oooh Pixie, I have always wanted to go to the Selvedge Fair but never managed to, each year I say, definitely next year and then here we are again. I do feel as if I visited with you, thanks for that. I think, as you say, there are some of my favourite artists there, all the work you managed to take images of was gorgeous, I loved it all. You certainly made the most of your visit. i saw Primmy and jessy Chorley at the Knitting and Stitching show a few years ago and was so intrigued by their work, a story of their life together. I bought a postcard of their dog which sadly had died, it is still on my pinboard. A visual feast indeed, can't wait to see how it has inspired you. Do not be hard on yourself, you have had a very tough year, hoping you and your family are well. Jayne x

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  12. I'm soooo happy that you were able to attend this event! I'm familiar with almost all the artists you mentioned from Selvedge mag. You made it out in much better shape than I would have! That necklace would have been easy to pack in my suitcase for the return home to the states, as would those cute little dollies in their bed. What a creativity boost the whole show must have been! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, Pixie. I'm feeling a nice surge of energy, and am a it happier with my loom. Have currently started a new shawl.... and am hoping to get a new hooked piece going as soon as I come up with a design.
    xo
    dulcy (with bunches of hugs right back to you!)

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  13. Pixie so much eyecandy in this post! I would love to live in that shop... hee hee.. That skirt me wants it! Makes me want to have a double life and live on that street. Hi Julie! lucky you :-) That giant hall looks amazing, I am sure there was much chattering and eyes searching all over.

    HUGS and nice to have you post on my blog, I am back! Yes big reveal coming up! hoho.

    Lorraine xx

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  14. Oh, what a fun post! so glad you got the photos to show us! I would have been in trouble with all those wonderful artists in one place. Our little foursome signed up for the Jessie Chorley workshop in France next summer..I would love to see her store!!! ...and what a cute photo of Julie!!! Glad she let you take a photo...any new things we should know about...? Wish I lived closer...

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