The Whimsical Creations of Lucy Ashworth

Friday, 8 June 2012

Jubilee Craft Fairs (Makers Boutique & Craftaganza)

Saturday 2nd June

The first Saturday of June.  It can only mean one thing.  
Makers Boutique Market!!!
The first day of the 4 day Jubilee Holiday started off bright and sunny but unfortunately it was short lived.  The only draw back to having a stall outside the Unitarian Church - having to quickly adapt to the changeable British weather.  A few of my Foxy Friends went flying in the wind on more than one occasion but being a British crafter, I stoically persevered with a smile on my face and a Foxy Friend on my arm. (The bitter shandy I had may have helped a little too...)

Customers kept asking me where my 'Jubilee Stock' was so after explaining that I didn't really want to spend a lot of time making stock that I might be stuck with for another 60 years ;) -  I made a few Jubilee Crown Brooches (sold them all!) and gave my Foxy Friend a snazzy new crown. It seemed to do the trick.
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Monday 4th June

The start of a very exhausting but rewarding couple of days at the Brighton Craftaganza Summer Fair in the Fabrica Gallery and I had my usual pitch :) I love being nestled between those two pillars.  It feels a little like my very own shop (keep dreaming Lucy...)

These handmade cards were also made especially for the Jubilee but I think they are perfect greeting cards for all year round. 'God Save The Fox'.

Grumpy Little TWO-FACE! I made a few of these guys again on the Sunday.  They are always a hit.  USP = They are great mood indicators.
Oh look, it's the Queen hanging out in the FREE WORKSHOP CORNER teaching a bit of crochet to the masses. How very generous Ma'am is with her precious time, especially on the Jubilee holiday ;-)

In all seriousness now - Craftaganza really went to town this month on it's organization, promotion and the brilliant addition of the Free Workshop Corner.  It was great to see kids & adults alike sitting down and trying their hand at crochet and needlework.  I saw the SuperSuperHQ girls teaching a bit of handkerchief tapestry on the Tuesday as well.


The Fabrica Gallery: What a great venue!!! Definitely one of my favourite Brighton Craft Events! & it was especially fun this year due to the toe tapping playlist selection courtesy of the fabulous Kirstin Stride It had everyone dancing behind their stalls even when the heavens opened on the Tuesday afternoon.
Me & the Little Things i Make looking unusually bashful... 
Possibly the best cushions EVER (but maybe not one's for your Gran's sofa ^.^)I HAVE to get one next time I see Deborah
*PHEW* Well that about summed up my Jubilee Holiday.  Twas very crafty indeed and I wouldn't have had it any other way :) A big thankU to all the crafty organizers and also to everyone that was out at the Foundry Street Party on the Monday evening - what a hoot! If only it could be Jubilee every year...

BFW2012 Fashionista-Fox Brooches

I was lucky enough to be approached by Carmen Jose to make something to put in the VIP Goody Bags at the Brighton Fashion Week 2012 shows.  I jumped at the chance and after a little deliberation I designed these Little Fashionista Fox Brooches.
I wanted to make something small that would not only represent my work but also look cool enough to wear at a fashion show.  I obviously also wanted to get my details out to as many people as possible :D  Each Fox Brooch was attached to a *bling* card with all my details on the reverse. The brooch & card then was packaged in a cute little brown envelope - like a special little fashion pressie!! ^.^

I had some great feedback and I have already had people contacting me off the back of BFW2012! Not only did I have so much fun designing and making them but I also got onto the guest list for the BFW2012 Launch@Create Studios, Brighton Frocks & the Zeitgeist Fashion Shows.  It was a real treat to see the creations of the best of Brighton designers.  

(Oh, and I 'got papped' & ended up in Latest7 Magazine! Haha!)