Cake eaten today: two
Cups of tea: 4
Stews attempted: 1
Emails sent: 20
Stress levels: a little higher than usual! Excitement level: high
Hello everyone who's been following the blog, or using our facebook page - this sunday 7th november it will be reetsweet at the corn exchange - an art, design and neo craft fair.
Entry is free and we'd love to see you there! Check out our recent posts to view some of the brilliant stallholders that will be there.......and the picture? It is random, that's my Mum & Dad a few (cough!) years ago, they look pretty and stylish and they are better looking than me so with such a friendly grin on their faces I thought it would be fun to invite you with that picture! Who could resist?!
Becki from reetsweet!
31 year old Jonathan Wilkinson creates startling yet comforting images of cityscapes. Many feature iconic buildings from his home town of Sheffield but for reetsweet Jonathan is creating some special Leeds based pieces for the show! His stunning clean style, with a rich sense of detail are wonderful pieces for any home.
Jonathan has a strong portfolio of work he has been building since 2006 when he took his art full time and launched his website 'we live here'. See him this coming sunday 7th november at the Leeds Corn Exchange from 11am til 4pm....!
Another beautiful attendee at reetsweet will be non other than Lianne Mellor creator of 'Mellorware'...designed and made in the UK the range of china Lianne produces has been created to evoke a nostalgic, story-telling, vintage inspired feeling, her works are something I can imagine fitting into almost any home and being cherished for a long time! Lianne Mellor's illustrations are derived from observations of British wildlife, mixed with a generous helping of imagination and a pinch of the bizarre. This quirky portfolio of illustrations, combined with the finest bone chine Stoke-on-Trent has on offer, results in a range of timeless tea ware with a contemporary feel.
The range of products on offer includes everything from sugar bowls and cream jugs, to cake stands and teapots. Allowing you to build your own unique tea set, and tell your own unique tale of British wildlife enjoying a good old fashioned tea party!
Come and see Lianne's stall at Reetsweet on Nov 7th at the Corn Exchange!
Velvet Noir will be making its first visit to Leeds at the Corn Exchange on November 7th and to celebrate this will be introducing some new and exciting additions to the collection... including ‘love is in the air’ themed pendants and rings, lightning – star – feather drop earrings and floral pendants inspired by the wonderful British countryside...
I'm a student in my last year at Leeds College of Art...
....Claire will be appearing at the reetsweet craft event on Nov 7th at the Leeds Corn Exchange.
Also appearing at Reetsweet: Mother Eagle AKA Katie Tume is having a reincarnation as an embroidery label, although you may know her work through the original focus of the little Leeds brand - handmade jewellery. Mother Eagle is in its 3rd year, and Katie will be selling lots of her charm-based silver and gold-plated necklaces and charm bracelets at the reetsweet event on 7th November. The boutique at Redbrick Mill - 'We are Devoted' is also the sole stockist of her work. Mother Eagle jewellery is inspired by several themes including folklore, mythology, dark fairy tales and pirates (everyone loves a pirate). Pretty much all Mother Pieces include semi precious stones and are completely hand made.
So what about the shift to needlework? It's been a passion of the designer's for a while, and the decision to shift her focus completely towards embroidered pieces and objects has happened really recently - so it's a reetsweet exclusive! You can follow her work at her blog http://madebymothereagle.wordpress.com, where you can also click through to Mother Eagle's facebook page, which features a lot more of her jewellery. Katie will be working on some of her embroidery pieces at the Reetsweet event, so come and check it out!
When Steph isn't illustrating things for people she can usually be found drinking lots of tea and crafting little lovely things out of felt and paper for people to enjoy. One day she would love a little shop selling only cute things. Steph has worked for clients such as Mother & Baby Magazine, Dentsu Agency, Goodbyn and Sainsbury's.
...Steph will be hosting a stall at reetsweet's art design and craft fair in Leeds on Nov 7th at the Corn Exchange...
Katie will be appearing at Reetsweet's art design and craft fair on nov 7th at the corn exchange in Leeds!
Tell us about how you got into this craft?
I first got into making jewellery in my early teens when I mostly worked with beading but then I more or less forgot about it when I went away to university. I got back into making things about five years ago after being a bit bored of what was available in the shops and wanting to be able to create something a bit different to wear. This progressed to me deciding to sell some of my pieces on-line and I’m now in the process of setting up my own website. I mainly focus on necklaces, earrings and bracelets but have also just started to play around with some cute little broaches and hairpins that will be available soon.
What keeps you motivated?
There are two things really, the idea of being able to create and wear something individual and different to what’s around in most shops and the pleasure that I get from having other people choose to wear my pieces as
well! I also just really enjoy browsing for new charms and lockets whether this is in antique shops or on-line and just getting inspired to make new pieces out of the things that I find.
Beky will be bringing her lovely stall to Leeds Corn Exchange with reetsweet Nov 7th...
Hi there all! I have been slacking off this week as I had a nasty bout of tonsilitus! But I'm back with a vengeance with two new peeps to introduce you to, beginning with the works of Elodie G... Tell us a bit about youself!!..
I started doing indie pop fanzines in the mid-90s when I lived in France. It was all about D.I.Y. at the time, not 'crafting'.
Some of my cartoonist friends started a fanzine, around the same time, in my city (Nice) and I joined in to write about music.
But it totally inspired me to start drawing my own cartoons!
I moved to England in 1997, on the day of Lady Di's funeral (and the pilot asked for a minute silence on the plane... So it's stuck in my mind forever).
I had a few years of Indie pop madness living with the legendary Shaun Alcock from The Real Losers and even shared a house with Mr James Green.
I started a band, joined another, did lots of fanzines, started making bags that I sold at gigs... I even met Daniel Johnston and Jad Fair slept in my bed!
One fine day, I moved to Sheffield, got married, started a comic called 'Chop chop' which was an anthology of people I knew in Sheffield who drew comics.
Another fine day, I gave birth to teeny twin girls and got the sewing machine out again and slowly got back into sewing and making little handmade comics again!
I get inspired by everyday things that make me smile, laugh or sometimes totally annoy me!
Mr James Green and I decided to start doing craft fair this year. We are thoroughly enjoying it and I am very much looking forward to Reet Sweet as I lived in Leeds for 5 years!Elodie G will be appearing at reetsweet on Nov 7th at the leeds corn exchange selling her fantastic zines, prints and doodles...I can't wait!
Reetsweet would like you to meet James Green, one our latest additions...
'I live in Sheffield with my wife and young son.
I create artwork using linocuts and copper-plate etchings. I am drawn towards simple graphic images, landscapes, animals, people and occasionally the ordinarily absurd. However you probably won't see any unicorns in my work.
Influences are people like cartoonist Chris Ware, artists Stanley Spencer, Max Beckmann and Francisco Goya, and film- makers Werner Herzog, Jan Svankmajer and Mike Leigh. I have been creating printed artwork for probably the last 7 years (although i've only recently been trying to sell them), and also occasionally produce artwork for record sleeves too. I studied fine-art at university, but these days probably see myself more as a crafts-person than an artist.
I've had one of my pieces ('Paris Buggy') shortlisted for the 2007 'International Small Print Exhibition', and was commissioned in 2008 by Paul Smith Menswear to design images for a range of t-shirts for sale in their Japanese stores. I'm a member of Sheffield craft-collective Craft Candy, and I sell mywork at various fairs/markets and also via my Folksy shop. I also am a musician and have a band called 'The Big Eyes Family Players' '