Winter Marvels

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 11.10.28It’s this weekend! We’ll be posting a new artist everyday this week in the lead up to the Winter Arts Market so we are glad to start the week of with the  rather excellent Liverpool artist Michael Snowdon.

Michael’s work is a combination of graphic design and illustration, translated into screen printing and other craft based work. He has also produced album artwork for several notable Liverpool bands, including The Coral.

Michael Snowdon 1 From traditional illustration to pop culture doodles, Michael’s work is of a high quality with fine attention to detail and humour! Truly eye-catching and ideal for Christmas gifts.

www.themicrocosm.co.uk

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In case you missed it…

…we have our dates for this year’s Winter Arts Market.

So are you ready with a pen and your shiny new diary?

It’ll happen all over again on Sat 7 & Sun 8 December 2013.

You can expect more of the magic, beautiful crafts, christmassy feeling, food and festivities as last year, and perhaps maybe more…

See our pics below to whet your appetite!

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See you next time!

Phew! What a weekend!

We thought you might like to see some snaps from the Winter Arts Market – there are lots more to follow, but in the meantime we’d just like to say a big thank you to:

– the very talented artists, designers and makers who exhibited and sold their work

– the thousands of people that came along to enjoy and support creatives from across the region.

– the brilliant people behind the scenes who make St George’s Hall a truly magnificent venue

– the impressive mix of performing artists who moved and delighted audiences in the Crown Court Room programmed by the marvelous Mellowtone

– KECS Creative for the children’s magical antler workshop

– the roaming historical characters of Lormac Productions

– our tremendous helper Anna Cahill!

–  and all of our very supportive colleagues, friends and families.

Join us next year for the Winter Arts Market – 7 & 8 December 2013.

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KC and the Sunshine Brand

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Liverpool’s Katherine Caldwell produces beautiful organic pieces of children’s gift clothing, each featuring her own charming illustrations. The clothing is all organic and screen-printed onto tees, sleep-suits and bibs. Katherine will also have framed or unframed prints of her designs, as well as cards, at this year’s Winter Arts Market!

The illustrated characters in Katherine’s designs also come with stories about each of the characters, these are all printed inside each special gift box. All ready to give as the perfect gift!

In addition Katherine will be launching her unique Liver Bird designtees on her stall (see image below). Well worth checking out for anyone looking for a very special Mersey themed gift!

www.katherinecaldwell.co.uk

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Watercolour memories…

Liverpool artist Keith Francis Smith works mainly in watercolour, and has been described in Artist and Illustrators magazine as a ‘Master of Watercolour’. We concur! His paintings pack in a lot of detail, and are all architecturally correct. We love this one of our wonderful venue, St George’s Hall:

At this year’s Winter Arts Market (on Saturday only) you’ll be able to see many of his paintings of Liverpool buildings and parks, and you can be among the first to see his new work depicting the City of Chester. The paintings capture the beauty and elegance of both cities and are a real treat.

You can buy original watercolours and also limited edition prints which are always very popular and make for excellent gifts!

http://www.kfsmith.co.uk

Variety is the spice of life!

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Anna Cade produces a wonderful variety of products, all inspired by a love of craft and contemporary illustration. 

Her work shows a keen eye for detail and ranges from handmade screenprints and paintings to children’s clothing and other textiles. We adore her paintings on wood pictured above. Beautiful!

Using illustration and print as a process of exploring colour, pattern and textures, she works with a variety of mediums such as paper, wood and fabric. All this combines to produce a very unique range of work.

These inspired creations are also either limited editions or one off runs. So get down early to this year’s Winter Arts Market to avoid missing out!

http://anacade.wordpress.com/

I’m in a wide Open Space…

As far as we know she isn’t a fan of Mansun, but irregardless, we love the photography of Wirralite Marianthi Lainas (aka Open Space Images) so we’re really pleased to have her selling work on the Saturday 8th of the Winter Arts Market (but it’s on all weekend) this December in Liverpool. Hurrah!

Her portfolio of work includes some unique images of the iconic Liverpool waterfront and maritime events as well as popular views of the Sefton coastline and the Wirral peninsula. She uses digital camera equipment with a variety of lenses and photographic filters.

Here’s what she told us

“Although I like to make images of whatever catches my eye and enjoy the challenge of new and varied subjects, as time goes on, I find that most of my time is spent out in the landscape”

“Seascapes are my particular love and form the subject of most of my photographic images. The stunning views around the North West coast, with its fantastic skies and ever-changing light provide a constant source of inspiration for me.”

You’ll have seen her beautifully captured images published in travel guides and magazines, and now you can find them as limited edition prints, cards and notelet packs too.

Perfect presents in our opinion, if you can bear to part with them!

Find more of her gorgeous work in person at the Winter Arts Market or online at Open Space Images