Jade Devall is a new reetsweet find, a Designer and Illustrator currently creating a lovely range of kitchenware, textiles and gift cards. Working from her studio in Staffordshire she brings you designs that are innovative and beautiful...
''All my life I have enjoyed the simple things like going for afternoon tea, riding my bike down to the park and cooking 'til my hearts content (or at least until I couldn’t eat anymore!). I like to gaze out of my studio window and draw objects which then become narratives. I love going to vintage shops, charity shops and flee markets which often are great source of inspiration.
My ranges of illustrations are quirky and imaginative and are all about the simple things in life that make me happy. I studied BA (HONS) Textile Design-Print at Birmingham University and whilst studying I sold vintage chinaware at fairs across the Midlands which gave me inspiration to go on and design my own chinaware and textiles. From all this I have now developed and designed a fully functional range which I hope you will enjoy and love.''
Jade will take centre stage at our next event the weekend of Oct 1st and 2nd - don't be late leeds!
Hello again! So, it's a little over a month until our next event - at the Leeds Corn Exchange on Oct 1st and 2nd - free entry as always!
We are very pleased to announce some new crafters for you, firstly we have....'KitschenSink'...
'The KitschenSink idea was born in 2004. After a brief stint in teacher training, Rowan found herself unemployed and in need of a new challenge. Window shopping in the boutiques of Lincoln, she was astounded by the prices of simply designed and badly made jewellery. Coupled with spending a lot of time selling old possessions on eBay in order to survive, she saw an opportunity. She made a bracelet from Lego she swiped whilst babysitting and listed it for 99p. The auction ended at £15. But it's only since 2007 that KitschenSink has taken things full throttle. After selling out at a craft fair, Rowan thought it was about time she sold online as well, and formalised things a little more…
…And here we are today. KitschenSink jewellery and accessories are the result of quality time with Grandma, a fascination of colourful branded toys, and a desire to re-purpose mass-produced materials into handmade, wearable fashion treats....'
Meet KitschenSink's Rowan at the next fair - her very first reetsweet!
I'm not really a huge fan of summer, the pressure of getting my pasty pins out in the sun and having to work when it's too hot all make me a bit resentful of the whole thing (though I'm sure it's ace if you are off work and it's sunny!) - but I love autumn! As we head into the middle of august, our next fair isn't until the beginning of oct but we have so many new artists and makers to show you, plus more cakey goodness from the marvellous tea dance co, that I couldn't resist a bit of an update. So, the dates for your diary - oct 1st and 2nd at Leeds Corn Exchange...and a sneaky peeky...
just a quick update from reetsweet as we come up to our 1st birthday! we have a few dates for your diary this autumn...
firstly, our regular fair at leeds corn exchange returns on oct 1st and 2nd, and in dec on sat 3rd and 4th...then for the first time we bring our fairs to the leeds university union on tues 8th Nov at the Riley Smith Hall!
secondly, and very excitingly - we have our first fair at our new venue in sheffield - reetsweet arrives in style on sunday 27th nov at the millenium gallery! all our events are free to attend, we are always bringing new talent through as well, so no fair will be the same and you will always see new and exciting works!
take care reetsweeters and watch this week as we give you the autumn stallholder previews!!
Thanks Leeds for hosting one of our best fairs yet! Check it all out here lots of new and established stallholders, and cake, and leeds pride on! We all had a great time! Special thanks to Lianne Mellor, James Green and everyone from Zinc White and to all the shoppers who came out despite the drizzle this morning - see you next in October on the 1st and 2nd x
Tomorrow and sunday, at Leeds Corn Exchange we bring you a cupcake fuelled extravaganza of uber cool crafts! We open from 10 am tomorrow, and 11am on sunday, and are running a competition to win work by some of our artists and makers...get down on it!
Hello, final preparations are underway for one of our biggest and best fairs yet this weekend in leeds at the corn exchange, saturday and sunday! Woo! Free entry as always, and over 20 stalls of unique indie crafts! One of our regulars Jil Smith of Jil made this has these amazing new textiles to entice you!
Two more reetsweeters to keep an eye out for - Julie Cunningham brings us her unique textile jewellery and scarves, she also has some amazing knitwear if you're thinking ahead for xmas and winter! Plus, Beky from The Vintage Jewellery Box returns with her lovely easy to wear pieces for every stylish girl!
We are open from 10am to 5pm sat, 11am to 4.30pm sunday at Leeds Corn Exchange...
Kayleigh O'mara returns with her awesome prints and little accessories, check out her blog!
Headingley Arts Trail - Call For Artists!...
Our friends over at The Bowery in Headingley Leeds - an amazing cafe, craft shop and craft learning centre are currently inviting local artists and designer makers to this year’s Headingley Arts Trail, a collective exhibition held between Headingley centre and West Park. The event will also be hosting a craft fair where stalls will be available for designer makers and artists to sell work from, a series of workshops will be taking place during the course of the event. This year we are also offering mentoring to new artists in specific areas such as textiles, ceramics and much more. The event takes place over the weekend of 12th and 13th November
You can apply online via Bowery website www.thebowery.org, the closing date for submissions is 5th August.