Autumn showcase – dates for your diary!

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We have been very busy here at Eclectic Mix towers over the summer months!

Building on the success of our recent summer pop up event at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church in June we are ready to launch some autumn events. So grab your diary and make a note of what we have in store and get Autumn off to a great start!!

Firstly, we are kicking off in style at the brand new Cambridge Home & Garden ShowSaturday 9th September at the Guildhall, central Cambridge. If you love interiors,  looking for inspiration & ideas for a home design project or in need of expertise from  the best of local tradespeople, designers and makers then this show has plenty on offer to advise you on any type of home or garden project.

We are very excited to have bagged a stand at the show joining over 30 other independent  home & garden exhibitors to showcase 8 wonderful local artists some you may already know including:-

Clare Maria Wood known for her  vibrant cornish landscapes and recently awarded the  Daniel Smith Award by the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists (SEAW).  Iona Howard showcasing her gentle, undulating landscapes of the fens, Maria Merridan (print maker) creator of  nostalgic, monochrome prints of bird, hares and other wildlife. Sue Smith (local  illustrator) with her lovely  ‘pen and ink’ prints of local landmarks (see her work in the Cambridge Art Book). We also have our very own Mandy Knapp with her distinctive art prints to liven up your walls.  Add to this new artists Emma Malfroy (print maker) with her colourful works, showcased at Burwash Manor Artist Marque (Open Studios). Maureen Charles (glass maker) with her glorious glassworks and lovely artist/designer Veronica Ellis selling under the branded name of  Nature’s Grace (recently exhibited at Balzano’s deli and the Stir cafe, Cambridge). So come  visit  our  super colourful display of art products and throughout the day visitors can  ‘Meet the Artist’  to find out more about them and their artwork.

In addition we are very privileged and excited to have local Artist/Author Emma Bennett on our stand to promote her beautiful book ‘Cambridge Art Book’ (between 10 – 12pm). The book showcases the best of Cambridge through wonderful illustrations by 51 local artists/printmakers including our very own Sue Smith (p36 & 49) – so do come and meet Emma (and Sue) to talk about the book, their art and grab yourself a signed copy  available to buy from our stand at £14.99 (makes a lovely gift or coffee table accessory).   

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For more information of the show  please visit the Home & Garden website at https://camhomeshow.com/

 

 

 

September continues to be busy with a new ‘pop up’ venture at the lovely Michaelhouse Church/Cafe on Trinity Street on Saturdays 16th and 30th. Find us in their lobby with our table laden with   gorgeous creations by our lovely  makers including Elsie m Jewellery, Nancy Kimberley, Birgitte Bruun, Nature’s Grace and others   Make it a date to meet up, bag a lovely gift washed down with a scrumptious ‘cake and coffee’ or a light lunch all in lovely surroundings in the heart of Cambridge – what is there not to like!

Moving onto November sees us back again by popular demand at the lovely St Andrews St Baptist Church, St Andrew’s Street for our big Christmas pop up event  which just happens to coincide with Cambridge Art Fair at the Guildhall.  This time we will be spread over 2 days for  extra browsing time amongst an array of  lovely stalls laden with gorgeous handcrafted art, jewellery and homeware products so be sure to add the dates to your christmas shopping diary with a  ‘preview’ evening on Friday 10th between 5-8pm to get ahead of the crowd and throughout Saturday 11th  from 11am to 5pm. The Livingstone cafe will be offering 10% off food & drink during  our event. So another chance to bag yourself some lovely gifts and treats in the run up to Christmas.

Other events in November include the Stapleford Community School Craft Fair on the 19th a long established event, sees us joining in to celebrate their 30th year. Just south of the city, with free parking in the surrounding streets we will be joining with other local makers at this festive show, well known for its home baked cakes and warm welcome. Yum, yum who can resist!

Finually December sees us at Santander Bank, Regents Street yes that’s right inside the bank all day on Weds 6th Dec from 12 – 8pm for a table top event selling  beautiful handcrafted goodies by our lovely makers.  So that’s another date to put on your Christmas ‘to do list’ !

Continue to check our social media pages for more ‘pop ups’ being organised in the autumn months we could be popping up at a venue near to you!  This pop up shopping could get really quite addictive!

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Enjoying Easter Holidays

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Enjoying Easter Holidays

© Photo by Eva Eland

Whether you are looking for Easter eggs or listening to the St. John Passion, Easter is another mark in time that tells you spring is here and is here to stay for a while.  Let’s hope for some good weather the coming days so all Easter picknicks, egg hunts and first BBQ’s of the year can be enjoyed.

Did you know that eating eggs was originally not allowed by the church in the week leading up to Easter? That’s why people started decorating them instead, to give them to their children (BBC.co.uk, 2012).

Just like eggs, rabbits are a symbol of new life. This cute (and very affordable) lino cut print by Maria Meridian is inspired by the character ‘Fiver’ in Watership Down.

 

 

Petite Rabbit from Watership Down – Handmade lino print by Maria Merridan

 

We definitely get spring vibes with the Retro Bird Map plate by Andy McKenzie.

Bygone Days – Retro Bird Map plate by artist Andy McKenzie

 

Or what about decorating yourself instead of Easter eggs with these springlike earrings by Jackie Lucas from Cloudberry Design?

Cascading berry earrings by Jackie Lucas Cloudberry Design

 

Happy Easter Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Eclectic Mix at E-luminate festival

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This is Eclectic Mix at the night market of the E-luminate light festival

© E-Luminate Festival – blog post written by Eva Eland (Production Assistant for This Is Eclectic Mix and also an artist)

We are so excited that This is Eclectic Mix is going to be part of the Cambridge E-Luminate festival this year at their Night Market  (on Cambridge Market site) on Friday 10th of February from 6.30pm – 10 pm so come view our products and say hello.

We will be showcasing our range of handcrafted Cambridge products ‘made with love’ from our talented cohort of makers to convey the best of what This Is Eclectic Mix has to offer. So with Valentines just around the corner what better way to earn some extra brownie points than surprising your loved one with a very special gift from such a memorable occasion.

Makers we are representing on our stand include Maria Merridan – A Cambridgeshire Artist and printmaker who makes beautiful lino cut prints and these adorable little paper shadow puppets shown in the photo below. Available to purchase from our stand for a very affordable price of £1.50. Just a perfect little treat to keep the kids entertained whilst you browse the stalls or take a wander round the market or just watch the Guildhall light show.

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Birgitte Bruun – Silversmith

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Birgitte Bruun Silver bangles

Brigitte’s range of ‘scandi inspired’ contemporary silver jewellery is inspired from her own Scandivan roots. Like what you see then come to our stall to view her range and/or visit our webshop.

Ruth Schmid‘s unique bags at our stand are all made from sustainable materials, like the tote bags made from old banners of the Cambridge Science Festival- So Cambridge! Also made to order so, all of them are unique.

Look out for lovely images of their creations via our social media pages on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

The theme for the E-luminate light festival this year is PLAY. And for me as an artist  that is the perfect association of how I experience making art on a good day. It’s finding that place again where I can be curious about the world, be in a state of constant wonder and discovery, forgetting all about my surroundings and time and… PLAY. If I allow myself to have time for dedicated, messy and sometimes quite serious play I might actually surprise myself with happy accidents and unexpected outcomes.

The irony of all this is it takes quite some discipline to make the time for this to happen and quite a lot of determination not to give too much attention to all the disguises of fear coming to visit, like procrastination, self-doubt and (social media) distractions.

It might be an overused quote from Picasso but it’s such a perfect fit in this context:

 

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”

 

When are the times that you allow yourself to play and how does that feel?