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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Out & About: Cambridge Open Studios

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Eclectic Mix Team have been busy visiting Cambridge Open Studios this month. We saw Clare Maria Wood, who does amazing abstract landscapes of the Cornish landscape, Sasha Garrett showcasing her fascinating, quirky ‘fordite’ jewellery and Andy Mckenzie at Burwash Artist’s Marquee who was showcasing some new lines of coasters, mugs and prints. Also we met some other lovely artists including Emma Malfoy and Laura Chaplin at the Marquee, producing very professional and attractive work.

We are always on the lookout for makers using unusual materials, and it was at All Saints Craft Market where we came across a lovely jewellery company, ‘Little Troubles’ who make sustainable striking jewellery from coffee pod foil tops. How cool is that!

We were so pleased to be invited to the launch of Pam Wessen’s new ‘pop up’ shop on Mill Road, called Fantasia. Chock full of all things retro and vintage; if you are fan then get along to her outlet to have a good rummage. You may come away with something ‘old but new.’

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Artist in the Spotlight: Veronica Ellis from Nature’s Grace

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In the lead up to our Summer Pop-Up event on the 10th of June we asked our artists and makers with a few questions in order to gain an insight into their practices. Veronica Ellis from Nature’s Grace is the artist in the spotlight for this post. Veronica will be at our event so be sure to come down to see her lovely work for yourself!

Describe your work in three words:

designer – prints – gift-ware

A selection of Veronica's work
A selection of Veronica’s work

Why is ‘handmade’ so important to you?

It is important for me to touch and to make the things that have inspired me. There is a step before the making, that moment when an experience, a place, or a thought triggers the imagination. This is the time I pause and feel the experience which then flows through my hands as I make the object, create the image or write the words. When everything comes together, hand making is pure joy, and there is huge satisfaction in seeing a work completed.

 What will you be selling at our Eclectic Mix pop up event on 10th June?

I will be selling a range of my Nature’s Grace art prints and cards, along with designer gift-ware, including wood art, glass art, cushions, coasters and place mats. The range has been designed to transform homes with affordable stylish art. All the designs are original and created by me.

What’s the best part of making what you do? And the worst?

 The best part of making for me is the creative freedom to be inspired by anything and everything. Then there is the pleasure of seeing an image come to life. Often you begin with one thing and end with another. It is the little surprises and happy accidents that often create the best work. The worst thing for me is the freedom to be inspired by anything and everything! Yes, this both a blessing and a burden. So many ideas flow so quickly sometimes that I can’t keep up with the need to curate my work and make my products. So, I have become addicted to list making, and it keeps me on the straight and narrow…most days!

Where do you get your inspiration?

Inspiration is everywhere, but the thing that fires my imagination the most is nature. My two favourite things are trees and the sea, but everything from microscopic details to sweeping landscapes inspire me. The meaning of objects and stories are also important to me. I have a keen interest in art history and have spent years absorbing the works of my creative heroes. I see their influence coming out in my work, not always intentionally, but it is there.