What an amazing start to the new year! I hope you all had superb Christmases and that you've begun the year with as much enthusiasm as I have? There's nothing quite like being a #maker and looking forward to every new #challenge.
As a quick overview, here's a gallery of some of the #projects that I've already worked on in the first three weeks of 2020:
The #angelwing #gates have been delivered and installed by the customers - can't wait to see them in situ;
the low #table is made from two different base elements to reflect the house in which it'll live - it has a cut-out #glass top to allow the family's two children to snuggle up close and get crafty;
the organic form #canopy has been #zinc coated and works to protect the #door over which it sits;
the thumb-print #Juliette #balcony was an idea that I had to help a mother see a part of her daughter, who lives overseas, every time she pulls up to her house
In other exciting news, I'm doing (so far), 4 #RoyalHorticul...
Can you believe it's that time of year again? I'm already two weeks through my 6-week weekend residence at #BlackthorpeBarn and it's going amazingly well!
As is usual at this time of year, I'm spending my weekends from 9th November through to 15th December at the magically #festive place that is Blackthorpe Barn, and I've brought lots of new products as well as old favourites with me.
As I've got one of my favourite events coming up this weekend, I thought I'd write a quick piece about the reasons for loading up the trailer and bringing my work to you.
Helmingham Hall is an incredible place and I can't wait to exhibit there on Sunday - this'll be the last chance for you to look around the gardens as they close up for the winter after that:
When I exhibit around the local area, whether it be Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex, I get to meet the most interesting people and to show them examples of my work. 2 years ago, when I exhibited at Helmingham Hall, I met an interesting architect who lived in an old, converted oast house that's now a small complex of apartments. Just recently, she's been in touch and commissioned me to create a balustrade for her ... can you believe I got to work indoors!?
I hope you're having a great summer? I can tell you, welding in 102 degrees Fahrenheit is not the most enjoyable experience!
I've managed to get out and about quite a lot recently which has been amazing - always great to meet people face-to-face and to share some of my creations across the region - if you've seen me at the Suffolk Show or Glemham Hall, just to name a couple of great places, you can't fail to have missed the spider - he looks great in lots of settings!
So, that brings me on to the subject of this blog post - my creations that their new homes:
When I'm commissioned to create something for a client, I like to visit the space where my creation will end up - it's important to me that I get a feel for the surroundings, and meet the clients in their own places. As well as lots of research into history and artistic styles, for example, I like to understand what it is my clients will expect from their final piece - whether it's a simple handrail to a complex creation that...
It's springtime and heading towards summer - the time of year when all of us makers gradually creep out of our workshops, having spent the winter working on stock to be offered up to the sun and the outside world, and emerge into the light!
Here's a round-up of where you can find me this year...
Halesworth Garden Market
Saturday 27th April
"Nurseries, plant specialists and artisans coming from across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex offering a huge range of plants, individually crafted garden pieces, vintage tools and lots more" - that's how they describe it, who am I to reword!?
The Essex Craft and Design Show
Friday 3rd - Monday 6th May
"Artists, designer makers and craftsmen will be showcasing and selling the very best in fine art, photography, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and many other contemporary crafts" - we certainly will!
Helmingham Hall Spring Plant Fair
Sunday May 26th
"Join us for our 2019 Plant Heritage Plant Fair & Artisan Market which is set to be bigger and better than...
So, today I'm at Framlingham market, bringing the joy of hornets and bullrushes and easy-to-take-home creations to last-minute Christmas shoppers. If you can make it down, I'd love to see you!
Blackthorpe Barn Christmas market was amazing - met so many interesting people and managed to spread my metal craft to a wider audience; I look forward to catching up with many of you in the new year. Hornets were a massive success (I've created and sold over 60 since 1st November... look for one in a garden near you!), as were my new arch creations.
This last week before the festive hols has been as crazy as ever orders have still been coming in and, with so many sales lately, my stock is depleted and I'm busy, busy making to fulfil orders that I have in... a good problem to have!
Keep your eyes peeled in January for new dates for your diary... I'm planning to get out and about to meet as many people as I can in 2019. Also, in January, you'll be able to order my items directly from my w...
Soooo, Summer's coming - maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but, having had a little taster of the sun, it feels as if it's just around the corner and I, for one, can't wait. Being a maker of many outdoor practical and whimsical creations, I absolutely prefer a bit of sunlight to showcase my work and demonstrate the things that could delight your home and garden. Here are a few ideas:
I've been out and about meeting lots of you at Halesworth, at Snape and in Framlingham this year already and am looking forward to a whole host of opportunities to bring my creations to you - take a look at my calendar and come visit - I'd love to meet you. Next one up for me at this time is the Essex Craft and Design Show; a 4-day outing at Hyde Hall in Essex - looking forward to that one. Following that, I'm exhibiting in a pub car park in Ipswich with That Sunday Market (watch this space!), and then at the spectacular Snape Maltings Vintage and Makers Market - always a great day full of fabulous creat...
I'm super excited at the moment as I'm not only creating lots of good stuff in the workshop (see my latest case study for my latest venture that I like to call 'the ugly family'), but I've had lots of opportunities to get out and meet people. There's nothing I like more than being out and about with my metalwork creations and chatting to people about what I do - if that results in a sale, it's a massive bonus.
Last weekend I was at Snape Maltings with Deben Events - despite the wind factor, all of us traders had a great day. Next up, I'm at this beauty on Ipswich Waterfront:
As you can see, it's in the heart of Ipswich, along the waterfront and there's a whole range of fantastic stalls as well as food galore. A kid-friendly zone, there' are sofas and places to play whilst you take it in turns to look around at our wares - definitely worth a visit.
Finally, now that we're on the run up to (I'm mentioning the 'C' word!) Christmas, I'm all set to bring my whimsical wares to Blackthorpe Barn....