We know Spring is just around the corner, somewhere! In anticipation of some better weather and the appearance of spring flowers we have picked out 10 of our favourite floral designs, all from some of the fabulous exhibitors who will be taking part in The Spring Into Summer Fair at La Mon Hotel and Country Club on Sunday 8th April.
The Spring Into Summer Fair takes place from 12 to 5pm on Sunday 8th April at La Mon Hotel & Country Club. Admission costs £2 for adults and children go free. And don't forget that everyone will be able to enter the free draw for the chance to Win Afternoon Tea for 2!
Today we are introducing the first in our new series of MEET THE MAKER posts and we are delighted to be introducing Simon Jay from Twisted Salvage! Simon has been exhibiting with us for a couple of years now and his hand built industrial furniture and lighting is very popular with followers of Frock Around The Clock. This week Julie managed to catch up with him during his hectic schedule to ask him a few questions about his unique, quirky and original designs, all created from salvaged materials.............
Simon, how did Twisted Salvage start?
I started Twisted Salvage in 2014 as a bit of a hobby to use up some bits of old stock and scrap that would otherwise be going to the dump. It turned out they were hugely popular so I decided to continue and its been continuing from strength to strength ever since. I started making lamps of my own design but now a big chunk of my work is commissions - people come to me with a brief or an idea and I do my best to make it happen.
How would you describe your business and the work you do?
I make quirky furniture and lighting from salvaged, recycled and unusual parts. I try to create a one-off piece of functional artwork, something that can be great focal talking point in your home. Some people call it found art, some people call it assemblage art, but the outcome is just the same.
Have you always been interested in using vintage items?
I have a background in buying and selling vintage, antiques and collectables and the interest first came from my grandfather who was a keen collector, verging on hoarder! Twisted salvage was an alternative branch of that which really appealed to me as I LOVE making things (that part I got from my dad!)
Do you have a favourite piece so far?
One of my main rules i work by is ‘if I don’t love it, then it won’t go on sale!’ that might sound a bit backward but I genuinely believe you can get a sense of the passion that has gone into making a piece or artwork, whatever it may be, and people can pick up on that! So if I don’t love it, I don’t finish it! That said, my favourite piece to date was actually a piece that now has pride of place in my parents conservatory. It's a space themed lamp made from old car and tool parts!
What influences your designs at the moment?
I love anything industrial whether it be old or new. I love engineering and I love to see how things work. that has always inspired my pieces.
What plans do you have for the future?
I hope to have continued success and my ultimate dream is to one day be able to do this as my full time job.
Simon and his Twisted Salvage creations will be appearing with Frock Around The Clock at the following events:
4th March - The Marvellous March Vintage & Handmade Fair
2nd April - The Spring Into Summer Vintage & Handmade Fair
9th September - The Splendid September Vintage & Handmade Fair
COMPETITION ALERT!! One lucky person will also soon be able to win the fantastic industrial pipe lamp shown below as part of our April Prize Package - more details on this will be coming soon!
Not long to go until our first event of the year, Stitch & Craft Fest at Crowne Plaza Belfast on Sunday 5th February. It will be the perfect opportunity to pick up a beautiful and unique Valentine gift for the special someone in your life, so inspired by hearts and roses we picked out just a few of our favourite things from some of the fabulous exhibitors who will be there on the day,
Images - clockwise from top left : Fiddlesticks Fabrics, Emily Loves Vintage, The Honeysuckle Bee and Me, Strombolitwo, Tiny Tower Vintage Interiors, Luminosity NI, Enthusing Crafts, Norma Jean Vintage, Little Woolly Sheep Fibre Art
We love this glorious sunrise view of Blackhead Lighthouse in County Antrim, captured by our friends at Tandem Photography. What a fabulous view for their first photograph of 2017 and we look forward to seeing much more from them when they appear at Stitch & Craft Fest on Sunday 5th February!
And carrying on with the sunshine theme, here are just a few more bright offerings from some of the other wonderful exhibitors who will also be taking part in our first event of 2017.
We are looking forward to getting our Christmas shopping off to a great start this Sunday at The Wonderful Winter Vintage & Handmade Fair! With 50 fabulous exhibitors taking part we are going to be spoilt for choice when it comes to unique and beautiful gifts. These are just a few of our favourite handmade finds this week from some of the sellers who will be there............
We were spoilt for choice this week when it came to choosing our favourite handmade finds! And as all these designer makers will be exhibiting at The Wonderful Winter Vintage & Handmade Fair at Malone House on Sunday 6th November it really will be the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping off to a great start!
We are currently drafting our Christmas shopping lists (yes we know we are early) but it's The Fall Into Winter Vintage & Handmade Fair this Sunday and we won't be able to resist all the handmade loveliness that will be on offer! These are just a few of our favourite finds from some of the great exhibitors who will be there..............
So Monday is here again and it's time to share our favourite vintage finds of the week. This little lot of lovely treasures spotted online are all from just a few of the great exhibitors who are taking part in The Fall Into Winter Vintage & Handmade Fair this Sunday 2nd October at Marine Court Bangor.
We are getting super excited about our next event TOTAL STITCH & CRAFT FEST which will be taking place this Sunday 11th September at Ramada Plaza Belfast. And we have been doing some online window shopping spotting some fabulous pieces from the great exhibitors who will be there! These are just a few of our favourites ...............
Wishing all our readers a happy Bank Holiday Monday! This week's favourite finds are a selection of lovely art & craft works by a few of the great artists and designers who will be exhibiting at our next event - Total Stitch & Craft Fest at Ramada Plaza Belfast on Sunday 11th September.