Monday, 17 June 2013

An Inspiring Visit to Brighton Craftganza

Good evening!

I have been an official Brightonian for a year now and only yesterday I finally went to visit the craft explosion that is Brighton Craftganza! Shame on me! It was just so blog-post worthy that I grabbed my boyfriends iPhone (my phone is in the cretaceous period) and took some shots of my favourite stalls. It is wonderful to know I am living in a town so full to the brim with artists :)

The first stall that stood out to me was Rockcakes Jewellery by Sarah Meredith who boasts a broad range of designs and spot on stall design. How tempting her pieces look on those cute shaped cushions!  There are a lot of kitch style jewellery designers about at the moment but there was just something fresh and wearable about her work.

Charming Jewellery by Rock Cakes aka Sarah Meredith

Then there was the printmakers! The work of Popcorny and Hello Dodo put a smile on our faces. Humourous, clever and clean they demonstrate local design at its best. Popcorny had that vintage poster feel that I adore, carefully selected colour palettes, great composition and lashings of fun. My favorite print had to be "No Random Note Whistling" but they were all irresistible. Her idea of printing a paper fortune teller (nostalga!) as promotional material was awesome, something we had fun with when we got home! Hello Dodo's work had those kind of hilarious puns that me and my boyfriend enjoy far too much. The sweet imagery and bright colours appealed to the child in me, prints such as "Bear With Me", "I Like A Lion On A Sunday" and "Brighton Up Your Day" were firm favorites.

Fun screenprints by Popcorny
Some bold 'n' beautiful prints by Hello Dodo

Lucy Alice Porter is an artist I found a while ago and remember for her elegantly simple patterned animals. The colours she chooses remind me of modern scandinavian design which is always a plus in my books. I just have to have one of these stunning cushions next time I have a few pennies spare :)

Lucy Alice Porter's fresh and delicate designs

Who ever said that the process could not be beautiful too? Not Joan Of Art, who specialises in quality art materials often up-cycled and customised. Looking at the stunning selection available on Saturday who could resist getting creative with these gorgeous bits 'n' bobs at their fingertips?

Art materials by Joan Of Art

I have for a long time been thinking about taking part in craft fairs after doing Cambridge Creative Fair two years ago. I wish I could have bought everything I saw yesterday but I came away with something far more valuable, INSPIRATION! So watch this space?

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