Factory Floor Jewels

Axel Rods Neck Cuff - Kate Stewart Factory Floor Jewels

Liverpool’s Kate Stewart is the creator of Factory Floor Jewels – a range of distinctive urban jewellery. Working with objects discovered on the floors and in the bins of family & friends, trade suppliers & manufacturers, instrument technicians & luthiers; the jewellery has developed into a brand that is sold in prestigious galleries including the Hepworth Wakefield as well as online and at craft fairs.

Factory Floor Jewels by Kate StewartYou can see Kate’s range of unique accessories and jewellery in person at the Winter Arts Market at St George’s Hall Liverpool on 7 & 8 December 2013, from 10am – 5pm, along with work from over 200 more artists, designers and makers.

Kate also runs an online store where you can find more design-led items made in Liverpool by artists and designers – find it at www.made-here.co.uk

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Indigostitch

Indigostitch is a home-based craft business run by Tracey Nichols in Liverpool.

If you’re anything like us you’ll not be able to resist all her colourful textile creations tumbling out of vintage trunks and suitcases. Her upcycled lambswool brooches and accessories make perfect little gifts, and you will also find her ever-popular candy coloured matryoshka doll decorations and bags! Each piece is unique and of course handmade.

She’ll be selling her work in person at the forthcoming Winter Arts Market on both Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December this year and her stall is not one to be missed! At just £1.50 to enter you can browse work by over 120 artists and makers on each day. (Under 16’s go free!)

More sneak previews soon…

For the Geek in your Life

Geekcycled make gifts and goodies for the geeky at heart!

Find their stall at Liverpool’s Winter Arts Market this year on the 8 & 9th December at St George’s Hall and snap up their colourful creations. The majority of the items are produced using decoupage from pre-loved original comics and textbooks and the range includes homeware including plates and coasters, jewellery, cufflinks and more.

They tell us “All the images are handselected for their visual impact and to create a cohesive and visually appealing item. We pride ourselves on our innovative and unique style along with giving a quality gift product at a reasonable price along with a fun twist.”

Watch this space for more featured stallholders soon!

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

 

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!

Miss Sharples

Liverpool’s Cass Sharples will be selling her bright handmade items at the Winter Arts Market in St George’s Hall this year. Her work consists of a range of  individually handmade embroidered items, including soft figures, and little birds!

Cass Sharples Birds

Cass Sharples Birds

The items are made using a variety of fabric types as well as re-used colourful fabrics. They are beautifully embellished with snippets of fabric, threads, embroidery, beads and feathers and would make a wonderful and unique gift. You’ll find Cass on Saturday 3rd December (remember it’s two days this year!) exhibiting in the Elms, Reid or Cockerell rooms.

Cass Sharples Soft Figure

Cass Sharples Soft Figure

Cass Sharples Soft Figures

Cass Sharples Soft Figures

Champangels

Melanie Little - Champangel Nativity!

Melanie Little - Champangel Nativity!

Melanie Little makes recycled “Champangels”

Champangels are little dolls made from Champagne corks, lovingly hand painted. Their look is partly inspired by Matroyska dolls, with big pretty eyes, and rose bud lips. Champangels take the form of Christmas tree decorations, but also key rings, fridge magnets, or just free standing, so you can enjoy your Champangel all year round.

Melanie has also been commissioned many times to create sets of portrait Champangels, working from photographs, of her customer’s friends/family/pets etc.

These are so adorable you won’t be able to choose!

Melanie Little  - The Owl and the Pussycat

Melanie Little - The Owl and the Pussycat