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Had a great time visiting the Fairytale Fair, seeing some of the great makers I have seen before and some new ones.
So here below is a list of some of the great sellers who were there
Yellow Bear Wares
Tiny Treat Boutique
Louise Mulgrew Designs
The Big Forest
Crowns from Ashes
Jen Moules Designs
Stay True Stitches
Art of Fielding
I Like Cats
This weekend in Brighton was Showmaster's Film & Comic Con with star names like John Hurt, Carl Weathers, James Marsters, and George A Romero.
There were also lots of great sellers there, everything from vintage toys to T-shirts to jewellery to art work, so I am going to do a little list below of some of the great people I saw (BFCC is my short hand for the Brighton Film & Comic Con). Will be adding to this post when I have gone through a lot of the business cards / flyers / photos I took
Only discovered Jason Freeny, an artist/designer fairly recently (either someone sent me the link to his Lego anatomy figure, or I found it by luck) and discovered what amazing stuff he has done. I am such a big toy geek, so seeing how he specialise in designer toys made me check out his stuff. He also specialise in sculpture and computer generated imagery.
Jason created his first fictional anatomy illustration in 2000 with his depiction of the mythological "Incubus". His first anatomical digital illustration in 2007with "Pneumatic Anatomica" balloon animal anatomy and his first anatomical sculpt in 2010 with an anatomical Dunny.
Armed with a youthful, overactive imagination, Jason creates smart, intricate works that tickle the deviant intellect through a mix of hard graphics, detailed anatomy, pop iconography and wit.
Jason went full time as a working artist in 2010 and can now be found hunched over his work table developing works of candy colored madness. He set up Moist Production Studio
More great work by Jason
a monthly short indie film screening
A new short film night. Every month we will curate a screening of a series of short films submitted from artists all over the world, chosen by us. We will showcase around 20 films a month. The screenings will be the second yo last Tuesday every month at Patterns.
Submit your short film anytime and we will contact you if we want to use it for the months Brighton Film Club. We will be looking for themes in the submissions so if your film fits into one of the following themes, please put the month if your application. If it doesn't please submit your film anyway.
November - Winter - Deadline 11th Nov
December - Festive - Deadline 4th Dec
Janurary - New beginnings - Deadline 12th Jan
February - Love / Heart break - Deadline 9th Feb
For Short Films / Animation Submissions Click HERE
Why send the same Christmas card as everyone else, why not send something different, and you can also help support independent designers, shops and galleries
So I am going to post lots of great card designs, which can be bought of sites like Etsy, from craft fairs, galleries or independent shops.
So click on the card you like to take you through to the site which sells the cards
See the Go Funding Me Campagin by Judi Doodle Cat, who create body doodling events.
Go Funding Me is a crowdfunding site, which doesn't require you to have goals or deadlines.
See Judi Doodle Cat's Campagin below
Many of you will have heard of, if not experienced, the ludicrous mayhem and legendary silliness of The Playpen, and world-famous-in-Brighton Bodydoodling. Some of you will not. (There are vid links for you!)
I invented these things whilst playing, and with them and the people who stumble into them, I make art happenings that centre on play.
The art of play is one with which we all were born . Many of us have forgotten how, but play has not lost its power just because we are adults. Aimless play allows us to relax, reconnect, laugh with our whole bodies, experience our bodies as Art and without shame, revert to childhood innocence and in that place, often, remember that we are creative because we are Human, not because we have a talent.
Art is the birthright of our species.
I long to get the money together to fund the purchase of a Playbus - a vehicle capable of taking the Doodlecats on tour around this country. Spreading the love, the silliness, the fun and the GLITTER; breaking down barriers and providing an antidote to Austerity. The figure £25000 is a dream number, not unattainable I'm sure, but certainly we could do many things with less if we had to. In part the figure takes into account that
I believe in paid work, and I want to pay the artists who work with me. And I want what we offer to be free at the point of delivery.
I hope that if we can get the bus and the first tour funded, with your help, we will be in a position to apply for Arts Council funding to continue into the future.
If you believe that joy can save lives, like I do, please give generously. As silly as it all is, it is a truly transformative and healing thing too. It deserves to live, and it needs your help to grow.
Here are some photo from last nights Riddles in the Dark event at the Joker pub in Brighton
Mix of magic, performance art, cabaret, body art, fancy dress, and lots more . Very good night
Since I follow so many great creatives out there, I want to help support them and with Christmas coming up, what better idea is there than having the Bright Green Penguin's Guide to Christmas Gifts. I will be keeping this post update with more and more cool items. I am trying to find items, which will appeal to a variety of people, but all of them I think are cool.
So happy shopping! (and if you know anyone I should be featuring let me know)
Also this list is my part in trying to encourage the #justacard campaign, which is all about encouraging people to support local designers and shops. Click on the link below to find out more
The Christmas List
Will start off with Chocolate, as who wouldn't
2nd Dec is Giving Tuesday, this is a global campaign in response to the recent rise of Black Friday & Cyber Monday
It is all about promoting the act of giving, be it donating or volunteering your time, or helping to spread the word about how important giving is. I know from personal experience, over a decade ago something happened which made me realise events such as Christmas, the feeling you get from giving can out weigh the act of receiving a gift
I have supported this, which is why one of the reasons I set up to promote all the great people I know, who's aims are about giving back. Best example I can recommend is The Good Gym, a running group who combine getting fit with doing good deeds in the community
So today (29th Oct) is the last day to nominate a Giving Tuesday Ambassador for the UK, someone you think represents what giving is all about. This can be someone who gives a lot of their time volunteering or someone who has done amazing fundraising or someone you feel gives a lot to their community
See below for details how to nominate
Thanks to everyone who came along to last nights Brighton Bricks meet up
Good work was done on our logo idea, still a bit more tinkering & we should be done
This post is about two things, one to say this group is open to anyone who loves Lego & lives in the Brighton area. So feel free to spread the word about Brighton Bricks, come up with ideas about the groups directions. Ideas for events or ways to attract new members
So if you have ideas or suggestions about the following let me know:
- Future events
- Event location - still at Alcampo or if people have any other suggestions
- Events to be held evenings or weekends (or both)
- How often should we have meet ups
- Activities for future events
- Ways to attract new members
- Org or people we should connect with
- Other Lego groups we can do partnerships with
The second thing is about my future ambitions for this group. The main one is to register as an Lego User Group (LUG), so we can enjoy the benefits of support from the Lego Group. We can only do this after being an active group for 12 months
I'm planning from next year to see if I can set up a stall at one of the many craft fairs throughout Brighton, selling Lego Minifigures as well as stuff like Lego Crayons (I made them using the Lego ice cube moulds) and raising awareness of the group
My grand idea I would love to do is set up our own Lego exhibition at a venue in Brighton, where we can display models, have sellers etc. Of course this is a long way off but it is good to have something to aim form
So please feel free to post to the Facebook page or to our Twitter account if you have any ideas or can help us grow in any way
Time Out have their annual Love London Awards, which is all about celebrating great places to eat, shop, grab a coffee, etc. The voting is split into different neighbours and different categories in each of these areas. You can vote for one business in each category so plenty to vote for.
And one of the people I recommend voting for is Parkhall Business Centre, in the Dulwich / West Norwood area, so click on the link below and click vote for Parkhall (you have to register to vote)
And if you want to know why to vote for Parkhall Business Centre read on
Parkhall Business Centre is home to so many great businesses, and I will be listing some below, highlighting the many great products available online, the great workshops / courses which are run, and the popups which take place there
First one to start off with is
A British Brand with it's heart planted firmly in the great outdoors. Using striking silhouettes to bring a touch of fun to homewares and outdoor lifestyle accessories. You can buy online, and they are holding a sample sale at Parkhall on the 30th/31st. For details click HERE
Not only is the Volcano Coffee Works cafe in Parkhall, serving their incredible coffee, great food (including Rococo Chocolates, more on that later!), you can also buy their coffee beans there. Volcano who have their roastery at Parkhall produce a range of gourmet small batch specialty coffee. Sourcing the worlds finest coffees to design blends for espresso & exceptional seasonal coffees perfect for filer coffee. All the coffees are crafted using restored and tweaked vintage coffee roasters. Coffee is available to buy for the home, as well as wholesale and supplies cafes and coffee shops.
The online sibling of three award-winning family run London lifestyle stores, the dulwich trader, ed and tomlinsons. Rigby & Mac offer unique range of home decor, great selection of tableware, home accessories, lighting, kitchenware, mirrors and small furniture. Perfect place for gifts like below
Treat yourself to sewing workshops with Tilly and the Buttons, learn dress making in their bright and inspiring studio within Parkhall. Workshops are 6-8 Max, so you will meet like-minded people in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Tilly also offers online workshops on her website, where you can also purchase sewing patterns & her book
Now you have your art, you need it framing, and the best person to do this is Martin West, who is the official recommended framer of the Royal Academy of Arts, as well as offering a full served bespoke service to design and create the ideal picture frame to display your artwork,
Inspiring, practical photography workshops in their studio at Parkhall is what it is all about. Makelight is Emily Quentin, author of the book Maker Spaces. They offer both online and in person workshops, all about helping creatives improve their photography enabling them to communicate in a visual manner on social media mediums such as Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook & Etsy.
Fancy learning how to make jewellery, then check out Centrepunch, who offer everything from short courses to bespoke training, to mentoring and support for people wanting to get into the jewellery industry. All delivered from their workshop at Parkhall. Centrepunch also have several jewellery popups through the year at Parkhall, showing the excellent work done there.
Delicious Greek style frozen yoghurts currently available in strawberry & mango, and available from supermarkets such as Sainsburys, Waitrose, Ocado & Budgens. Claudi & Fin HQ is at Parkhall, and in fact the lollies were part of a recent #BeersAndLollies event there and went down very well
And a few more
Dulwich Vinters - An online wine retailer, as well having their own wine shop in East Dulwich http://www.dulwichvintners.co.uk
Louise Taylor Flowers - Florist www.louisetaylorflowers.co.uk
Bopster - Online retailer of video games, consoles and toys. www.bopster.eu
Vapefiend - The Vaporiser Specialists www.vapefiend.co.uk
Hello Geronimo - Button or Badge Collages & Prints available online or in stores www.hellogeronimo.com
Fancy Moon - Online fabric, sewing and haberdashery shop www.fancymoon.co.uk
Graphical Sign - Specialists in large format digital printing www.graphicalsign.co.uk
Sport Photo Gallery - Massive collection of sport photography, which can be purchased as prints, framed, canvas, acrylics. Everything from Rugby, Cricket, Golf, Football and many more www.sportphotogallery.com
Visited the Shoreham Farmers Market today. Lots of great food people there, and a few on the crafts side, well worth checking out. See photos below
Interested in learning jewellery in the Sussex area then check out Elizabeth Anne Norris, who teaches adults silver jewellery in her workshop in Shoreham.
Students work in silver or base metals learning traditional silversmithing and jewellery techniques. Students learn how to use hand tools, some electronic tools and a propane gas torch essential for metalwork. Tuition options are available for complete beginners and those who want to improve their skills. One to one or small group learning, in my experience, is the very best way to learn. Learn at your own pace in an enjoyable relaxed environment.
Click on the current class options below for more info:
1-2-1 Jewellery Tuition - private one to one tuition
Gold Ring Making Workshop - for one or two students
3 hour Silver Earring Making Workshop - for one or two students
3 hour Silver Bangle Making Workshop - for one or two students
NEW! 3 hour Silver Pendant Making Workshop - for one or two students
Check here for *!Special Offers!*
Please call for more information or to look around the workshop. You can also book your classes online.
M: 0777 339 4413 or click here for my contact page
Deadline for enteries for the Brighton Gin Art Prize is 10th October, so a few days left. So if you already got an entry time to finish off your masterpiece, otherwise collect one from Brush Gallery
For details just check out Brush Brighton Facebook page
For the last 6 months, celebrities, professional and amateur artists have been producing A5 size pieces of art for their Top Secret Art Project.
The project is ‘top secret’ in that the artists have signed the back of their work and who has produced which piece of art will not be revealed until after the online auction. There are over 250 pieces of art in all manner of styles and mediums including oils, watercolours, photographs and collages. David Cameron, Frank Skinner, Julian Clary, Alan Titchmarsh, Tony Robinson and Grayson Perry, plus other celebrities, have all produced a piece of art and we have some amazing pieces by professional and amateur artists, all using their artistic talent to raise money for Martlets Hospice and their patients.
Here are just some examples of the art but you can see it all displayed in a one day Exhibition which will take place at the Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton (near the Theatre Royal) on Sunday 11th October from 2.30pm – 6.00pm. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge and all are welcome. Come along and see this amazing exhibition and try to guess who painted which piece.
The art will be auctioned online on Ebay until 15th October and can be viewed here.
For further information or if you have any questions about this innovative and exciting project please email Elizabeth Baxter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 718785