Variety is the spice of life!

Anna Cade 1

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!

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The Woolly Frog

The Woolly Frog isn’t actually a woolIy frog, she’s a nice lady called Charmione Lloyd who doesn’t resemble a frog in the slightest. We‘re really pleased to have her selling her handmade creations (along with over 100 others!) on both days of this year’s Winter Arts Market, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy her work.

Knitted Silver Wire Ring by Charmione Lloyd

Knitted Silver Wire Ring by Charmione Lloyd

A skilled knitter Charmione makes her ever-popular snuggly knitted scarves and neck warmers, but also lends her skills to knitting with silver wire to create unique pieces of jewellery embellished with swarovski crystals or ceramic buttons.

Knitted Silver Wire Rings by Charmione Lloyd

Knitted Silver Wire Rings by Charmione Lloyd

She also makes a collections of headbands, clips and brooches using upcycled zips and feather headbands.

Charmione Lloyd Zipper Brooches

Charmione Lloyd Zipper Brooches

Her popular and unusual vintage brooch bridal bouquets are completely unique, and amazing to view in person, so don’t miss the opportunity – you won’t have seen anything like them elsewhere!  Have a look at the event page to find out what else is happening at the Winter Arts Market this weekend.

Charmione Lloyd Vintage Brooch Bouquet

Charmione Lloyd Vintage Brooch Bouquet

See more of Charmione’s work on her website at www.woollyfrog.com

 

Bird House Press

Rachel Jones - Shine

Rachel Jones - "We can't all be stars"

Bird House Press is the studio of local printmaker Rachel Jones. She makes bright and whimsical hand drawn illustrations and artworks, created using traditional printmaking methods including screen-printing, letterpress and lino cutting.

She’ll be selling her work as limited edition prints, tote bags and greetings cards at the Winter Arts Market in St George’s Hall this December.

“My first print, and still my most popular to date piece, was a simple paper stencil cut out, with three plump birds. I am always trying new print methods, and enjoy finding different ways to produce my work and always strive to have new work for all the art fairs I attend”

Rachel’s a Winter Arts Market regular having taken part at the very first one back in 2009, and she loves it! Here’s what she told us:

“The Winter Arts Market is a fabulous way to show case the creative talent that is available in Merseyside / North West, and has a wide range of artist makers, which in turn means hundreds, if not thousand of handmade products, all under one (immensely impressive) roof.”

“The great thing is that the public get to chat directly to the artists/makers who have spent their time creating the work – making it a more personal experience.  I love chatting to all the different people who stop by my stall, explaining how a print was created, discussing what the idea was for a particular design, or having a natter about anything and everything!  If people are interested in trying out screen-printing – I know to point them to the Bluecoat – where they are able to try something new – without having to go miles to do it!

The whole day is a great experience, for me its also a great way to get feedback about the work I have done, find out what people are looking for, get new ideas, and meet other artists. Last year was great, this year, I have been focusing more on my screen printing – and have lots of new designs, so hopefully – it will be even better”

Check out Rachel’s website to have a peek at more of her designs, and see them in person at her Winter Arts Market stall on the Saturday 3rd  (although the event runs for the whole weekend Sat 3 & Sun 4th December) between 10am-5pm. Entry is £1.50 for 120 stalls and under 16’s enter for free.

Bird House Press Website Screenshot

Bird House Press Website Screenshot

Rachel Jones “Cat with a Moustache”

Rachel Jones “Cat with a Moustache”

Competition Time!

Have you spotted a Winter Arts Market poster on your travels around Merseyside?

Snap it on your phone or camera and post it to our Facebook page or @_openculture on Twitter and we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win a £50 Winter Arts Market voucher or one of two £25 vouchers! Just think of all the wonderful handmade goodies you could buy!

You have until midnight on 29th November to send us your snaps!

Lawrence of Arabia*

* actually Merseyside

Now then, we’re feeling all snuggly and warm just thinking about Amy Lawrence’s knitted goodies which include snoods, necklaces and wrist warmers. You’ll be able to peruse her work at our annual Winter Arts Market at Liverpool St George’s Hall this December!

Amy Lawrence Knitted Snood

Amy Lawrence Knitted Snood

Amy creates all of these irresistibly cosy items on her manual industrial knitting machine at home (which is in *Liverpool not Arabia). She tells us “My machine is a very fine gauge so the fabric has a clean and neat look. The yarns I use are high quality wools, linens and cottons from Italy”

You can find Amy selling her work 10am – 5pm on Sunday 4th at the Winter Arts Market in St George’s Hall, Liverpool. Come along!

Amy Lawrence Knitted Necklace & Snood

Amy Lawrence Knitted Necklace & Snood

Amy Lawrence Knitwear

Amy Lawrence Knitwear

Over 4000 people attended the Winter Arts Market!

So it’s all over for another year. The Winter Arts Market has been and gone. We hope to do it all over again next December but in the meantime we’d love to hear what you thought. Were you one of the 4000+ people that came? Please tell us what was good, what was bad and what you’d like to see in future? Email us and tell us.

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Winter Arts Market at St George's Hall, 27th November 2010, Photography by Rhian Askins

Winter Arts Market at St George's Hall, 27th November 2010, Photography by Rhian Askins

A sea of arts and crafts at The Winter Arts Market 2010, Photography by Rhian Askins

A sea of arts and crafts at The Winter Arts Market 2010, Photography by Rhian Askins