Last weekend I gave my friend Sarah a helping hand with her stall at the Liverpool Summer Arts Market in the Anglican Cathedral. Sarah has just started creating embroidered T-shirts with her illustrated designs and this was her debut selling them at a market. Her brand is called This Sweet Year and you can buy them on Asos Marketplace! We had such a fun day and the t-shirts were a success; everyone loved the designs and she sold so many! Very proud friend 🙂
I love this market because it gives makers a chance to showcase their creations to the public in beautiful surroundings. I'm thinking of having a stall next year to sell my own interiors bits and pieces! Open Culture, the market organisers also have a Winter Arts Market that takes place in December and this one is perfect to visit for Christmas gifts.
I took the opportunity to scout out the other stalls last week to see what I could find, so I thought I'd do a blog on my top discoveries! Here they are in no order of preference...
I Love Upcycle
We like geeky eclectic themes formed by art, science and education to make artifacts that embody a mixture of nostalgia and reverence. A piece of print or graphic or discarded form often provides the inspiration to try something new and special. Our work often includes reuse or upcycle and each piece is carefully hand-crafted and unique. No two pieces of our work will ever be exactly the same.
To start off with I thought I'd show you a designer that creates cool upcycled products, with National Upcycling Week starting tomorrow! David , the founder of I Love Upcycle is also an Architect. I was drawn over to his stall immediately with his vibrant and eye-catching designs. He explained to me that he created these beautiful skull artworks by moulding colourful crayons into a skull shape. He also had a lovely display of decoupaged pictures, upcycled, unique and quirky lighting and super hero letters on his stand.
Inspired by the fusion of traditional patterns and styles, her work combines the use of traditional handcrafted and digitally produced techniques and processes to create a range of diverse surface pattern designs for commercial and limited edition products. Alex explores in-depth with producing interesting surface qualities and textures through etch, relief/embossment, glazes and experimental screen-printing techniques that are applied to a variety of decorative wares, creating distinct pieces that have an emphasis on intricate detailing and composition.
Alex's designs were amazing! I love the surface design with an architectural pattern fused with intricate floral curves. The ceramic vases and crockery have a real contemporary yet oriental feel to them and the texture embossed into the surface made the designs unique. I would LOVE these in my kitchen interior!
Violet Campbell have such a lovely selection of colourful homeware items with a retro twist. I love mid-century style furniture and bright colours so it wasn't a surprise that I was fascinated by these beautiful designs.
I've been lucky enough to travel a lot and I think memories of our holidays, places we live and our loved ones means a lot to a person. Also I like to doodle and architecture fascinates me, so that's what my work revolves around.
I have a bit of an obsession with Architecture and doors myself and I love taking photo's of pretty doors that I discover when exploring new places. I really like the 'Secret door' drawing the most. Doors have such a symbolic meaning to me. It represents new beginnings, exploring and home. I have a love for travel and find it fascinating the different type of doors that you discover around the world.
Mike Rea Taxidermy
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