Meet the Maker - Emma Garner

Friday, September 19, 2014
Our Meet the Maker interview, today, comes from the very lovely Emma Garner. Over to you Emma! 

Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work? 
My name is Emma Garner and I create ‘print miniature’ jewellery. Each piece features one of my images encased under glass. I love to produce vintage styles but with a modern twist. I use antique­look settings along with quirky typography, images inspired by entomology or tiny reproductions of my larger illustrations. I then add a splash of colour with resin flower charms. 
Apart from creating things what else do you do? 
I began my career as an illustrator working with various publishing houses on projects including books, greeting cards and even decks of tarot cards. After having my children I took a slightly different direction, beginning to sell my prints online, starting a range of jewellery and eventually opening a shop called 7th Sea, which sells the work of many artists.

When did you know you were an artist/maker? 
I’ve always been an artist/maker. I don’t know what else I’d do in life if I couldn’t make things! I guess I realised that it was something I really wanted to pursue when I was a teenager. After arriving in Bristol as an art student years ago, I’ve been constantly surrounded by creativity. It felt like a natural thing to stay here where there are lots of opportunities and become part of the scene. 
What do you love most about working in your chosen discipline? 
What I most enjoy about making jewellery is that my designs are incorporated into people’s everyday lives. If someone chooses to buy one of my necklaces or a pair of earrings, then they’ll wear them or give them as a gift because they really like them. That makes me feel very happy and fulfilled! 

Where does your inspiration come from? 
I get my inspiration from many places... I might be walking down the street or through the park when something catches my eye and triggers an idea. Maybe I’ll see a certain combination of colours which I think work well so I’ll make a mental note. Sometimes I come across a phrase which makes me smile so I incorporate it into a design. I love typography so I can get very excited if I see an interesting hand­ lettered shop sign! I also dip into Pinterest occasionally. 
Describe your studio or workspace? 
My workspace is a room at home which tends to get very cluttered with family life sometimes encroaching. I find it hard to work in a messy environment so I’ll sneak off and take over the kitchen table for a while until I’m eventually forced to confront the tidying up situation in my studio. 

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be? 
I’d love to have a peek over Frida Kahlo’s shoulder at her studio... I imagine it would be a riot of colour and probably not too tidy either! 

How would you describe your creative process? 
The process can begin with a hand drawn image which is then turned into a digital reproduction. The design is then sealed under a dome of glass and I choose a setting which I think compliments it. There’s a lot of sticking, gluing and then the jewellery tools come out for the final stage of assembly. 
What handmade possession do you most cherish? 
I have lots of amazing handmade possessions made by creative friends over the years. It’s hard to pick a favourite but I’d probably have to say the most treasured item is my wedding dress which I keep hanging on a wall in our bedroom. It looks like something Charles Dickens’s Miss Haversham would be very proud of! 

What do you when you are stuck in a creative rut? 
If I’m ever having difficulty getting the creative juices flowing then I find that just walking away from it for a few days is the best thing to do. When I return I’m usually in a fresh frame of mind and can approach things from a new angle. 

Where would you like to be in ten years? 
In 10 years time I’d love to be collaborating on projects with other designers. It’d be great to be selling more work internationally and I’d absolutely love to produce a range of homewares one day. 

Thank you Emma, it's been a pleasure to read your interview. You can find Emma's delightful pieces in our Paper Scissors Stone shop. 

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The Affordable Art Fair comes to Bristol

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This weekend sees the annual Affordable Art Fair return to Bristol.  On the 19th - 21st September in it's usual home at the Brunel's Old Station, Temple Meads, the fair is a fantastic chance to browse, buy and enjoy contemporary art.  55 galleries from both the local area and nationwide will showcase a range of paintings, original prints, sculpture and photography.  With pieces priced between £40 to £4,000, there is something for everyone.

Many Bristol based artists will have their work exhibited there.  Artists including Charles Emerson, Tim Lane, Emma Dibben (who has had her beautiful illustrations in our Made in Britain shop - including the beetroots above) and Dorcas Casey.   

South West-based galleries at the fair include Lime Tree Gallery, See No Evil, Bristol Contemporary Art, Leonora Martin, Paragon Gallery, Churchgate Gallery, and Wychwood Art. 

We at MIB HQ love to visit the fair, it's a fantastic chance to see a broad range of contemporary artwork all under one roof.  For more information please visit their website.

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The Folksy workshop is coming to Bristol

Friday, September 12, 2014
Have you ever wanted to expand your business to a global scale or learn how to get your brand noticed? Well the team at Folksy might have the answers.

Next week, Folksy CEO James Boardwell and Head of Content Camilla Westergaard, will be in Bristol for a one-day workshop on the 18th September.  They are inviting local artists and makers to join them to learn how to create a micro-global business. 

The workshop is designed as a hands-on day, where you will learn the theory behind building a successful brand and understand how you can apply those ideas to your own creative business. It’s aimed at people who are either starting out or plan to start a business in design, craft or art.  Topics will include:  branding, business models, product decisions, storying your work, getting seen on and offline & social media.

For more information & tickets for the event, please head over to the Folksy blog
We will be there for part of the day too.... more on that next week.
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Come and join us on Pinterest

Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Oh yes! We have joined the 'pinning' movement, and we LOVE it!  
Hop over to our Made in Bristol boards and discover our beautiful shops, our artist's and makers, what's on in Bristol, and regular features such as Artist Toolbox and Meet the Maker.  

Also discover what the team at MIB HQ are coveting right now.  We have boards on - pretty homewares, our favourite illustrations, the great outdoors and our beautiful City of Bristol.


So head over and see what we are pinning, and follow our boards.  If you are also on Pinterest, please give us a shout out so we can find you too!
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September and that 'back to school' feeling

Friday, September 05, 2014
September will always give us that 'back to school feeling'.  Do you love to get yourselves organised with a new notebook and sharpened pencils too?  Whether you are starting a new term, a course in higher education or just fancy getting organised at work, our two shops will help you get kitted out.
Accordian tote bag by Stephanie Cole
Pouch by Laura Thompson
We stock a huge range of notebooks, pads, pencils, pencil cases, cards, bags and other stationery goodies, all lovingly handmade for you.
Rabbit notebook by Sky Siouki
Pencil case by Miesje Chafer
So, instead of pulling out a supermarket style notebook to jot down your 'to do' list - go for something stylish instead and wow your fellow students or colleagues. 

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Bristol

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Meet the Maker - Ruth Ander

Monday, September 01, 2014
Hello!  Today's Meet the Maker interview comes from local printmaker and designer, Ruth Ander. Ruth's work is inspired by local nature scenes, they are so beautiful we had to find out more.  We asked her about the processes behind each piece.
Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work? 
Hello, I'm Ruth Ander and l make hand pressed mono-prints on tissue and Japanese paper. Sometimes I just mount them and sometimes I make them into lampshades. 

Apart from creating things what else do you do? 
I'm a full time mum to a 2 year old, and as well as printmaking I tend my garden and allotment. I try to fit in the odd walk too. 
When did you know you were an artist/maker? 
I knew at school that I wanted to make things- and though I wasn't always the best in the art room, I just kept doing it because I loved it. I finally discovered printmaking at University studying illustration and I've been honing my unique technique ever since. 
What do you love most about working in your chosen discipline? 
I love to peel back the paper after I've pressed a print to see what the result is. Because you never work directly onto paper when you're printmaking (but through the medium of a 'plate') you never really know what you're going to get. You have to be very flexible and go with whatever image you have, which keeps you on your toes. 

Where does your inspiration come from? 
The inspiration for many of my prints comes from the coast around North Somerset and the accompanying weather (i.e. rain!), but I also love to make prints of natural forms such as bare trees, birds in flight, and flowers. I like to put them through my process and see what comes out the other side. 
Describe your studio or workspace? 
I have a small shared studio in a roof space in south Bristol. There's no real contact with the outside world up there, so it's like a (very messy!) sanctuary. My workspace mainly consists of a large table with perspex on top, where I roll out ink and take my prints, with rollers, paints and paper strewn about the place. Organised chaos. I usually arrive, put on Radio 6, make a cup of tea and assess what I made last time I was there. Then I get on and make something- time is precious when you have a little one. 
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Probably Winifred Nicholson - I would like to see how she managed to combine motherhood and making art. With a will of iron I suspect. 
How would you describe your creative process? 
I go out into nature to get inspiration, take lots of photos, then come back to the studio and try to figure out how to unpick an image into layers for a print. Once done that I work fairly quickly. I like to go with happy accidents. Making the lampshade is the relatively easy bit. 

What handmade possession do you most cherish? 
The little crocheted blanket my grandmother knitted for me and my twin sister when we were babies. It's literally made with love. 
What do you when you are stuck in a creative rut? 
Go to the coast and walk. It always inspires. 

Where would you like to be in ten years? 
Successfully combining life and art.

Thank you Ruth, your lampshades are beautiful!  You can discover Ruth's work for yourself by popping into our Made in Britain shop.
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Meet the Maker - Corinne Evans

Friday, August 29, 2014
Hello! Today's Meet the Maker interview is by local jewellery maker, Corinne Evans.  Corinne's delicate pieces are inspired by nature, we caught up with her last year to find out more about her inspirations....

Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work?
Hello! I'm Corinne Evans, a Bristol based jewellery artist who works primarily with precious metals. My designs are subtle, elegant, and inspired by natural intricate patterns and earthy colours.
What do you love most about working in your chosen discipline?
I have always wanted my art to be a means which I indirectly bring happiness to others. I feel that jewellery is the perfect medium to achieve this, as it is often given as a meaningful and cherished gift by a loved one. I feel overwhelmed with warmth and happiness at the thought of someone somewhere waking up on Christmas morning to a piece of my jewellery.  Additionally, I find the physical processes involved in making my pieces is very enjoyable, exciting and therapeutic. I love turning the raw materials into something I find beautiful. 
Describe your studio or workspace?
Small, messy and full of machines!

Which fellow Paper Scissors Stone artist would you collaborate with and why? 
Oooh it's a toss up between Jessica Quinn and Romina Berenice Canet. They are two of the mostly wonderfully bizarre, surreal and characterful artists I've ever had the pleasure to meet. I would like to make some surreal and quirky metal characters with them.

Which is your favourite local independent shop or eatery in Bristol & why?
Without a doubt, Cafe Maitreya in Easton. My mouth is salivating just thinking about that place. It's vegetarian heaven!
Thanks Corinne - we love Cafe Maitreya too! YUM! You can find Corinne's beautiful pieces in or Paper Scissors Stone shop.


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Meet the Maker - Lauren Rowden

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Hello! Today's Meet the Maker is by Lauren Rowden.  Lauren makes intricate contemporary jewellery under the brand name Ellie Air.  We had a chat recently about her inspiration and the creative process behind her pieces...
Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work? 
I'm Lauren, the designer and maker behind the brand Ellie Air. I've been creating jewellery since school, and since studying contemporary jewellery in Florence, Italy, I've fallen in love with designing and making. My work is very minimalist, it reflects my own taste in jewellery, with a timeless quality to it. 
Apart from creating things what else do you do? 
Jewellery seems to have become my life, and not in a bad way! Since moving my studio to London I've managed to immerse myself in part time positions in the jewellery world, from gallery sales to trend analysis. The rest of the time you'll probably find me with a book and a slice of pizza/a bar of chocolate! 
When did you know you were an artist/maker? 
I grew up in a big and creative family, and being the youngest I watched all my brothers and sisters fly the nest early on. I did very art-y subjects at school, went to university to do Fine Art, and realised it wasn't for me. I needed to be doing something, not learning it. I dropped out and got a job in a jewellers', and haven't stopped loving it; from the initial design idea to the finished product. 
What do you love most about working in your chosen discipline? 
Learning new things..I've done a lot of short courses over the course of time and love being able to learn something new and tricky, getting rid of old bad habits, and seeing how other people do things! 
Where does your inspiration come from? 
My brain is on over drive pretty much during all waking hours! The designs stem from the fact I have jewellery in my head all the time. I was recently talking with someone about how different people think in different ways, in pictures, words, colours, film reels, etc, and I realised I think in jewellery; things I've seen, ones I like, stones, new designs, old designs, you name it, it's in there! 
Describe your studio or workspace? 
Up until recently I worked from home, a bench tucked neatly into the apex roof, with tools spilling out everywhere, but now I work in a studio with two other creatives, so must keep my things in place! It's a big bright space and it's inspiring to be around imaginative and productive people all the time. 
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be? 
I've always admired Philip Treacy, the milliner, and would love to see inside his workshop when he started out. But realistically, I just love peering into other jewellers' studios, noseying at all their tools and materials, it's really quite fascinating! 
How would you describe your creative process? 
I work quite compulsively and don't draw much at all; I think of a concept and work with the metal until I have a finished design that I'm happy with. With one off projects I'll sit with the stone, or a basic idea until I've thought up something more concrete, and then I make it. Sometimes this doesn't work, but I'll end up teaching myself a new method in the process. 

What handmade possession do you most cherish? 
As you might have realised by now, I'm really into jewellery. I've always been surrounded by handmade jewellery in all my jobs, and sometimes it's just too hard to give in to temptation! My array might be pretty big but the amethyst and white gold ring that was made for me by the jeweller I first worked for when I left school is my favourite. 
What do you when you are stuck in a creative rut? 
I tend not to over do it at the work bench so don't often find myself in a rut, but I have found that the best way to get me out of a funk is to find a particular stone I want to set and thinking of the best way to set it. I end up getting quite excited about it and can't wait to get back to the studio! 
Where would you like to be in ten years? 
In a sustainable position to keep doing the thing I love!

Thank you Lauren, it has been fun spending the day in your studio and seeing you work!  You can find Lauren's minimalist jewellery in our Made in Britain shop.

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Meet the Maker - Bethan Buss

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Today we are delighted to introduce Bethan Buss aka Boodle, one of Paper Scissor Stones firm favourites. Over to you Beth... tell us everything!
Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work?
Hello, I am Beth from ‘Boodle’ – screen-printing and drawing are my passions, so I combine the two! Having studied Textile Design at Nottingham Trent, I have been designing and screen-printing ever since.

Apart from creating things what else do you do?
I enjoy long walks, picnics and generally being outside (when the weather’s nice!) If not, a cozy night in with friends and a few gin and tonics does the trick. 
What do you love most about working in your chosen discipline? 
I love carrying an idea through into product form and screen-printing is a very satisfying discipline as you can transform ideas into products fairly quickly. I still get excited when washing off the screen after exposure to discover my image 'burnt' into the screen.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I have always been a keen animal lover, using various animals as inspiration for my work. I like to make people smile with humanised interpretations of animals that people can relate to. I am a bit of a crazy cat lady at heart!
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
I have recently become a bit obsessed with Jane Ormes’ screen prints. She is local to Bristol but I really like the textures and layers in her work.  I would love to see the process she uses, as I think it would be very different to mine. I also love the illustrations of Julia Pott, and would love to see how she makes her animations.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My sister made me a lamp out of an old toaster for Christmas a few years ago - it’s amazing! Much better than the fake fur tea cozy she made me last year!
Which is your favourite local independent shop or eatery in Bristol & why?
I love wandering around independent shops run by artists such as Fig & Blaze. I find it very inspirational how so many artists are selling their work in Bristol, and always find it exciting discovering new local talent.  There are so many great local eateries such as No.1 Harbourside and The Thali Cafe and if you’re out for a special occasion, Bell’s Diner in Montpellier is amazing. I am a big foody, so I’m still trying to make my way through all that Bristol has to offer.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I guess after finishing university I didn’t want to stop designing and making, so I just carried on and I attended a short business course to try and make some money from it... I’m still working on that!
How would you describe your creative process?
I usually get an idea at random moments; while walking to the post office, or cooking dinner for example. I then try and hold onto the idea and whenever I have spare time I start doodling away, sometimes it takes a few goes and some development to get exactly what I want. I then apply this to the screen-printing process, and think of a product it would work best with.
What do you when you are stuck in a creative rut?
Exercise and a good bit of fresh air helps to get your brain going, so I try and go for a run or a quick bike ride. But sometimes you just have days when you can’t draw, so you just have to resign yourself to an admin day, which can sometimes be just as valuable.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I would like to have my own studio with printing equipment so I can potter about and experiment with ideas a bit more. I would love to do some design work for bigger companies and charities such as the RSPB or The National Trust, and being able to work on ‘Boodle’ full time with a few employees would be my dream. 

Thank you Beth for a really great interview.  You can find Bethan's wonderful work in our Paper Scissors Stone shop.
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Made in Bristol - My Work Experience

Monday, August 18, 2014
A few weeks ago Beth Kendall, daughter of one of our team artists (Jane Kendall,) worked in our shops as part of her work experience. Beth has written a little blog post about some of the beautiful things she spotted in our two treasure troves... over to you Beth!

During my work experience at Made in Bristol I found many gorgeous items created by the makers. The first items that really caught my eye, were these adorable paper weights (above) felted into the shape of badgers, created by Mirjami Designs. I loved their aesthetic and the delicacy of the stitching needed to sew it all together. These paperweights are very skilfully made and a really great idea. 
There were two items of Ellie Air's which I really love, the first being this beautiful necklace (above) which consists of a pale blue gem stone held by two silver rings. I really love this pendant because of the cut of the gem and the fact that there have been raw edges left at the end which gives it an earthy feel, and the way that it sits around your neck. 
The other product by Ellie Air was this really gorgeous necklace consisting of a raw stone of many different colours. I love this piece of jewellery because I find the stone awe inspiring, as I cannot contemplate what happened to it to make it like that, and I think it is amazing that you could wear something as old and incredible as that around your neck. 
One other product I found was this beautiful piece of jewellery by Rhea Clements. I love this necklace because to me the entangled embroidery thread looks almost brain like, and the glass body which surrounds it looks like a light bulb, which I really like as it makes me think of the necklace as symbolising great ideas. 
Another amazing item I discovered were these incredibly intricate buttons. These were created by Gabi Reith and are beautifully made with delicate designs. I really like the way that these buttons could be put onto anything made of fabric and completely transform and personalise it.  
The final items which I really liked were these necklaces by Kay Morgan. Although liking the necklaces was a big part of why I love this product, an even bigger part was that I loved the story behind them, and the way Kay started off because there were so many wasted circles of leather that she had to think of a use for them, and then that one good idea sparked off into a successful business. 
Thank you Beth! We loved having you with us in our shops and hope you enjoyed your experience too.  Your choices of products are delightful, as is your illustration of our Made in Britain shop window, how cool!

You can find all of the items shown above in our Paper Scissors Stone and Made in Britain shops.

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