Jilly Bird has had a really busy weekend chasing around the lanes of Dorset and setting up shop by the sea in Bournemouth. We’ve had a ball and met some really lovely people on the way.
We’re here again next week so if you fancy meeting us or just have a mooch around some pretty amazing stalls then find us at:
Craft Coffee Cupcakes
18th November 2012
Overlooking Lower Gardens
11.00 – 4.30
Here’s Marty holding the fort while I talk…a lot!
The Hudsalva went down a storm with the boys!
We were also really pleased with how our fishy section looked. Fresh and Swedishy.
We also met the fabulous design duo from Swimmer who were just so much fun and very talented too!
A few years ago I came a cross a wonderful maker called Sarah Faber, aka Black Eyed Suzie. Her Tim Burton-esque dolls are beautifully made using paper and polymer clays which are hand painted and dressed in a Gothic-Victorian style that, I feel sure, even Miss Bonham -Carter would be pleased to have in her wardrobe. They seem to contain all the excitement that Sarah gets from making them. This great little movie from those lovely chaps at etsy show Sarah talking about her doll making processes and living the creative life.
In 1988 I met this lovely lady at the Business Design Centre in Islington where she was running a stall. We chatted together for some time and our conversation ended with an invitation to Julie’s for tea. I had to get back to Dorset and so had to decline the generous offer. Fast forward some 25 years and Julie is now one of the UK’s leading folk artists and has inspired both an old and new wave of makers both here in the UK and across Europe. I often wonder what we would have chatted about over tea or which biscuits Julie might have had on offer had I agreed to visit her home. Despite this I have met many people who have attended her workshops and without exception they have all agreed that she is a very special lady.
I am always delighted to know that kind and generous can be synonymous with successful and that quiet toiling is still held, by many, in great esteem.
To see more of Julies work try visiting The Loop who not only sell a few Arkell pieces but also host her workshops too.
Photography by the brilliant Rebecka Ryberg Skott