Fantastic Craft Market Weekend

Had a great weekend working at a local market. I have been so excited to try out new display ideas , and this weekend was perfect! Beautiful weather (miraculously) and fantastic company with the lovely Kay from https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruby-Robin-Boutique/160463837308134

Heres a few snaps of my new display props and ideas I tested out before hand…

Print Range of bear,fox, deer and owl.
Print Range of bear,fox, deer and owl.

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Gorgeous close up of my new owl happily perched on this rustic ladder display.

I just love the flowering Irish Hawthorne I picked out the garden.

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And some market snippets and close ups..

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Original felted illustration of a butterfly in a dramatic box frame

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Christmas Markets

Last post this year.

Thanks to all the organisers, stall holders and customers that made it such a succesful year.

Heres some of my favorite pictures from the markets

All these are now sold out. The notice boards flew!! will have to double the amount next year & plan to add a few different sizes too once my new workshop has been built.

These are  http://www.facebook.com/binalucas?fref=ts

I set up a mini stall for her as she was away. Such eye-catching, humourous & quirky pieces.

Next year..there will be lots more animals, products, web launches and hammering..so keep posted & thanks for following.

ABOUT ME

I would consider myself a textile artist, although I trained as a
painter, with a dash of print. I have teaching art for awhile now and
have seen needle felt & fabric been applied in all sorts of ways but
never in itself as a contemporary art form that I wanted myself. This
became my mission.

Simultaneously I started thinking of my characteristics and traits in
animalistic terms. I growl in the morning, love to have my ducks in a
row, and hide beneath my antlers constantly. Thus I stumbled on a body
of work that was both deeply personal, emotive but incredible
frivolous at the same time, after all, I illustrate ducks!

The eyes became my obsession, each eye takes approximately 300-400
needle punches in a 2-3 millimetre space. The eyes reflects my mood
despite any intention I may have. The rest is about finding the
balance between the layers of fibres and the fabric. The fibres are
built up in layers of colours. I like the loose textural and tactile
feel to this. You should want to pet it!

I usually sell my work online but mostly at craft markets. I want to
meet the people who re-home my animals, find out what attracts them
and ensure they go to a good home! Badgers are next, I’m not sure what
they reflect, I won’t until I have made a series of  them. People
suggest animals all the time, but that’s like wearing clothes that
don’t fit. I did a flamingo recently, just one. I was feeling
flamboyant and annoyed….oh boy does it show. He sold straight away
and I was asked for another, they’ll just have to wait until I’m in
that humor again.

If you are interested in purchasing my work, pop over to facebook. You can see the latest work & pm me directly.

Molly

Quirky Gifts this Christmas

advert fair2

 

An advert for some of mine & my friends products, that have a quirky & original feel.

All of us attend the Fair Alternative, Cork City.

 http://www.facebook.com/thefairalternative?fref=ts

here are the producers featured….

1. http://www.facebook.com/binalucas?fref=ts

2. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruby-Robin-Boutique/160463837308134?ref=ts&fref=ts

3.  http://www.facebook.com/haveeweanywool.sir?fref=ts

4.  http://www.facebook.com/Number5VintageAndAntiques?fref=ts

Christmas Craft Markets

Participated in a few lovely christmas markets recently.

they take some prep!!

These were from Ballymaloe… http://www.ballymaloe.ie/

Famous culinery house & cookery school.

Fantastic range of stuff & the quality througlout was staggering.

These were from The Celtic Ross in Roscarbery.

Think I did well on the merchandising, and definately felt I established an aestethic that complemented the work.

Love the fairy lights!!

The best buys were the e-reader clip on lights bought in the discount store to draw attention to the pieces, and the laptop cooler stands to raise up the flat pieces.

Pop Up Shops and Display

Ok so a little background may be required.

This blog was started as a distraction and a record of my fumblings with needle felting. It has changed and developed in the last few months into a few things,

what I’m interested in

what I’m making

and how I’m making it.

I have decided to start a little bit about displays I like in craft fairs and pop up shops.

I am fortunate enough to have sold the work I have made to date online and in ECO CHIC Dublin. I aspire to start fairs/fleas in June. I also dream of curating/organising some events/stalls or pop up shops with a range of artists. Cork, Ireland isn’t the most inspiration place for crafters, but it is a willing and enthusiastic city.

So I am opening this category as an invitation to other crafters, artists, to share ideas, and inspirations.

Here’s some of mine….

http://www.treehugger.com/style/eco-pop-up-shop-for-christmas.html

a bunch of crafters opened this place up in the UK. They opened for the christmas season. Amazing amount of effort was obviously put into displaya nd its an inspiration to stationary/permanant shops.

http://www.refoundonline.com/pop-up-shops/

This is Refound. Basically if Refound was a person I would have a total crush.

These guys have a brilliant website, itemising what they do and by whom. The are on facebook

http://www.facebook.com/theRefoundshop

and on there, you will see how they transform spaces that echo artistic and design sensibility that is jaw droppingly good taste.

I mentioned I have a crush right? ok, so it may be a love affair!!

http://www.facebook.com/MonPetitPoisDotCom

 Seriously gifted people out there!! this is MON PETIT POIS’s bike/shop

She is based in Dublin, and has a seriously good sense of humour.

Found this on pinterest

I just like how care has been taken with the display.

At fleas/markets it’s not often displayed with such attention to detail

MY IDEAS.

So I have a few ideas for my display in fleas/markets

I have a 70’s flamingo pink drawer like this, that i will wallpaper the inside, and put some of the notice boards into

I have a red oval hat box from the 60’s that will be for smaller products..(watch out in next few months..still in protype stage)

I own something simular to this(less christmassy)

I intend to paint it a fun colour and hang my business cards, images of work displayed in homes, and smaller products from it

ok so i prob wont get to this but I love the idea!!

I also must print shop name on table cloth, hang some bunting etc off it..

Thats it so far..I will add to this. as I go along. Hopefully I will able to then experiment develop and explore my mad ramblings aspirations and dreams to launch a Maker’s dream Business