Southampton Community Craft Fair – 22nd Sept 2012

Well its craft fair time again and the applications are rolling in, and so are requests to be featured on the blog! Today is however sneak peak day! So here’s a quick preview of some of the lovely stalls we’ll be having along. This time we’re also offering facepainting, glitter tattoos and some make and take activities for adults and children. So if you’ve ever fancied knowing more about making mosaics or encaustic art, now’s your chance to find out! And for the kids, a great opportunity to make your own jewellery too! We’re still getting applications in for stalls, so we hope to have at least 20 people along on the day selling everything from knitted goods to art.

We’ve also released dates for the next 2 fairs – 3rd Nov and 8th Dec 2o12, so if you can’t make this one, then please come along to one of the others! We’ll be taking bookings as soon this fair finishes for stallholders! And for customers, a great opportunity to buy really unique Christmas gifts, meaning you don’t run the risk of duplicating gifts too!

One of the key aims of our fair is also to improve the experience of both stallholders and customers, so we’ve made some changes this time including:

  • Targetted Marketing
  • Contacting major employers and asking them to advertise on their intranets
  • Changing the posters to be easier to read and translate into community languages
  • Volunteer training
  • Improved signage around the building
  • Creating a decicated cafe and foodhall area

Here’s the bit you’ve been waiting for: – The stall holders who have confirmed to date:

1. Time for Me  Workshops – Margo Price

Margo is a multitalented crafter and is offering the opportunity for you to make mosiac coasters!

2. Kazies Encaustic Art

Karen is another multitalented lady who makes cushions and jewellery. But her passion is encaustic art – painting with an iron and wax. Her pictures are amazing and I’m determined to join one of her local workshops soon so I can have a go!

3. Naginas Bakery

Nagina is 16 and makes cakes to die for!  Her stall went really well last time and we’re really pleased she’s coming back!




4. Vintage Linens  – Basics Bank

The Basics Bank is a local charity, that provides help in terms of food, clothing and furniture to those in need. Lynne has a real eye for vintage and picks out anything special so that she can sell it at our events to help raise funds, so her stall is well worth a visit and definitely worth supporting.



5. Bits and Bobs Crafts

This is my company and I’ll be there showcasing my designs, taking orders for commissions and promoting up coming courses and classes





6.  Cakes All Occaisions

Tracy makes some fantastic cupcakes and will have a wide selection for us to try and enjoy!

7. Taylormade Jewellery

Sam Taylor makes all her own jewellery creations, this is her first event with us and we’re really looking forward to seeing her makes!



8. Silk Dreaming

Cara Sandys is a talented local artist and produces amazing jewellery from leather and fabrics which she sells in galleries in both the UK and Australia




9. Gifts with Elegance

Julia Willis and her friends are a co-operative of local crafters who make a wide range of beautiful things, again this is her “debut” at our fair and we’re waiting to see what she makes – but having seen her table at other fairs, I can honestly say its going to be a priviledge having her along.

10. LN Designs

Leisha Norman is a talented local lady who creates beautiful homewares with a vintage feel by recycling, upcycling and reusing. Her facebook page is well worth a visit!





11. Edona Moore and Sarah Pullinger – Face painting and Glitter Tattoos

Edona is a glitter tatooist, beauty therapist and nail artist – and runs a family friendly salon on Hayling Island. She specialises in providing parties for little ladies using child friendly products. Sartah is a talented local facepainter and we’re looking forward to seeing more of her work!

We’re also having our henna tatooist plus our selection of asian snacks too! And I have 5 forms still to be returned so it should be a really good day.

This afternoon we’ve run a training session for the volunteers who are helping us on the day covering everything from health and safety to customer care, so hopefully the day will run smoothly and we’ll all enjoy ourselves.

The Prequels 3: Introducing Federica and Louisa

Yes another shameless plug for the Southampton Vintage and Artisan Craft Market! However the real aim, apart from getting you along to see an amazing pool of local talent,  is to showcase another pair of dedicated crafters who will be there this Saturday!

Louisa Slade – selling jewellery, vintage clothing and body oils

ImageHi, I’m  Louisa Slade. I’ve been making jewellery for 2 years now. My business started up when a few people asked me to make them a necklace for  friends birthdays and from there the word spread! More and more people became interested in purchasing a piece of jewellery that was custom made, and tailored to their needs and wants. 
My inspiration and passion is making jewellery that has meaning, whether as a personal gift for a loved one, or something designed and made to an individual’s exact specifications. My favourite things to make are wedding rings and personal gifts, as well as my ‘Heartstrings’ range which raises money for children in Africa.
I hope to gain exposure, experience and to meet a a broad range of people also inspired by the world of crafts by attending the Vintage and Artisan Craft Fair at 3AC
The best thing I’ve ever created is the tree that I cast in silver using a cuttlefish as the mould. It ended becoming the symbol for my logo, and it inspires me every day.
My name is Federica and I’m 26. Since I was a child I used to make small things with my sewing machine. Now I spread around the world my little creations like handbags, brooches, cases or purses.
I  love to let myself be inspired by printed fabrics and everything that arouses my curiosity.
I started 6 years ago and I’m very proud of my experience in sewing and embroidering.
I hope to meet a lot of new people and gorgeous crafters….and to drink a nice cup of tea as well, at the fair on Saturday.
I’ve chosen the photo’s for this feature because I want to give a little bitty of my creations.
The best thing I’ve ever created?….Good question…maybe when I’ve created 30 paws brooches for a dog club