Some of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook may have noticed a lot of dog sketches popping up on my feed lately.
I always get asked for dogs when I’m selling at shows – as animals are kind of my thing – so I thought it was finally time to rise to the challenge!
It’s the time of year for developing new work, so I’ve been busy getting together a collection of 10 dog breed drawings to make into new tile necklaces and brooches. Each one is a detailed pencil sketch on textured cream paper, which will be like a tiny works of art for you to wear once topped with resin and finished with their antique bronze effect chain or backs.
I thought maybe you’d like to have a look….
I’ve tried to choose popular breeds like Labradors, Jack Russels, Pugs, Collies and more, but unfortunately there are just too many dogs out there to do them all….I think the Boxer is my favourite
Who knows, I might get carried away and make them into cards or prints as well!
Spring is nearly upon us, the sun has begun to show his face, and Easter isn’t far away. For myBearHands that means it’s time to start prepping for the Summer Craft Fair season!
With that in mind, I thought I’d share some exciting events where you’ll be able to find myBearHand unique laser cut jewellery this year. I’m hoping to add to this list as more events announce their line-ups, but for now, here are some dates for your diary.
First up is The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey, Devon from the 5th to 7th June. Having grown up in the South West I love returning for events like this. This is well established in the Craft calendar, and a really great weekend. The standard of work is high with some extremely talented makers exhibiting, and the setting couldn’t be more lovely. Make a day of it, stop for lunch or an ice cream, take the kids to the activities tent, and listen to live music in the sunshine.
Hot on it’s heels, from the 13th – 14th June, will be the Easton Arts Trail in Bristol. This is a lovely event, when local Bristol artists open their homes and studios for a weekend to exhibit and sell their work. It gives the opportunity to meet local creative people, and also to get a sneak peek at their work spaces….and lets be honest….to nosey around in their houses a bit! Some lovely work can be found, and there’s always plenty of delicious home made cake to keep you going
Next up, moving on a month (phew, time to catch up with some making!) is The Big Art Show in Shrewsbury from the 3rd – 5th July. In it’s second year, this promises to be a fantastic event, with some beautiful and varied work on offer.
And lastly, for now, is the Exeter Craft Festival, from 17th – 18th July. Last year was my first time at this Craft Show, and I had a great weekend, so am really looking forward to returning. It really is a gorgeous setting, in the grounds of the historic Cathedral…not to mention that Exeter is my home town, so I get to combine it with some family and friends catch up time
Plenty to be getting on with for now, but fingers crossed I’ll have more craft events to share with you soon
Happy (belated) New Year!
Christmas is long gone, we’ve got through another January (phew!) and I’ve even heard tentative talk of Spring on people lips.
It’s been time for a spring clean and re-shuffle at Garage Studios. I picked up a few plants to lift the mood, got my beautiful new sketchbook out (a Christmas gift from my lovely boyfriend), and splurged on a snazzy new pencil case from PaperSmiths.
So with that done, what’s in store for myBearHands this year?
Having kicked off 2015 with CRAFT, a trade show run in collaboration with Top Drawer and Home in London I’ve been busily getting orders together for a lovely bunch of new stockists Until they’re actually posted out I’ll name no names, but there are a couple of exciting ones in there!
It’s also application season for shows through the year. So far myBearHands will be selling at The Contemporary Craft Festival and Easton Arts Trail, both in June, as well as Exeter Craft Festival in July. Hopefully there will be a few more to add to the list!
Lastly I thought I’d give you a preview into my plans for a new range to release in the Autumn. I’m just starting work on this so it’s till very much at the brainstorming stage, but I’m thinking English country garden, Chintz, leather and gold…..with a twist! A little mood board to kick things off….
So that’s plenty to be getting along with for now! Until next time, be brave in the rain and remember….Spring is coming
It’s been a long time since I posted here, I can only apologise!
I’ve been using my Facebook page a lot more recently to keep people up to date as it’s so easy to just pop a quick post up every day. Unfortunately that’s meant my poor Blog has been a bit neglected. So before Christmas and it’s inevitable madness arrives, I thought I’d just say a quick hello while I have time!
I’ve spent a lot of time recently developing my new ‘Monochrome’ range. Technically not monochrome (as my lovely Dad helpfully pointed out recently) as there IS colour involved, but they are based around a series of monochrome repeat patterns I designed as the starting point.
These had their first outing this weekend at Made by Hand Wales in Cardiff, and thankfully went down very well. They are so new in fact that I haven’t even taken proper photos of them yet, so this is just a quick pic to give an idea!
Whilst we’re on the topic of Made by Hand, I’d like to thank the team who put so much effort into the organisations and smooth running of the weekend. In particular Sarah James who oversaw the events first year in a new venue.
If you were there you will know that there was an amazing array of beautiful work, so hard to choose, but some favourites of mine were Samantha Bryan‘s wonderful fairies, beautiful leather bags from Williams Handmade, surreal animal/human art dolls from Annie Hutchinson, delicate porcelain from Justine Allison, bold structural jewellery from Chris Boland and crumpled white vessels by Eluned Glyn.
And now the real work begins….I’ll be selling in just under 3 weeks at Renegade Craft Fair in London at Brick Lane, and then returning for my second year at the wonderful Bath Christmas Market. Yikes!
So much to do in preparation so I’ll see you on the other side
There’s a bit of last minute excitement here at myBearHands HQ…..I will be selling at Shamabala Festival next weekend!
I was thrilled to be asked if I would join The Flashpack in their wonderful crazy face paint and festival-regalia tent this year.
Alongside the super talented face painting Flashpack will be a range of makers like myself selling colourful, wild and general festivaly loveliness!
Come and say hi, have a browse and get glammed up
As a jewellery designer and maker I spend a lot of time looking at and thinking about jewellery!
There are so many amazing jewellers out there, so to narrow it down I thought I’d share some of my favourite finds from the online handmade marketplace Etsy.
Its so hard to get noticed on a huge platform like Etsy, and equally in the creative world as a whole. There are tons of talented makers who I’m sure don’t get the recognition they deserve, so sharing each other’s work is just a little something we can do to help each other along!
Hope you like
Wow the summer has truly arrived! Barbecues and picnic blankets have been dug out from the back of the cupboard and my shorts have become my go-to wardrobe item every morning!
I absolutely love the change that comes with the British summer – suddenly everyone is outside and smiling, and the general atmosphere is one of relaxed, happy vibes. I know we Brits are known for moaning about the weather, but on the flip side, I don’t think any one can say we don’t make the most of it when the sun does shine!
With all these summer vibes, I’ve been getting creative with some new lines of charm necklaces to evoke that sunshine feeling whatever the weather. My retro Ice Lolly charms on silver plated chains are fun little pendants that will remind you of childhood holidays and sticky fingers😉
Want to re-live those carefree times, but with a grown up twist?! Why not try making these refreshing and delicious looking Pimms Ice Lollies:
Perfect for all those barbecues and picnics!
I’ve been working on all sorts of new ideas so will be sharing them with you bit by bit, in the mean time, you can check out what else I’ve been making in my Etsy shop :-)
Fingers crossed for more of this gorgeous weather….enjoy!