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).   


For more information of the show  please visit the Home & Garden website at




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.’


Diary of an event – 3. The big day

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Summer pop-up Eclectic Mix Cambridge

Well, that all went rather well!

Saturday saw the doors being flung open for our one day Summer Pop-Up event at St Andrews Street Baptist Church. From a trickle of visitors to an absolute swarm, we so enjoyed welcoming everyone in.

We had two lovely bubbly helpers on the day, greeting everyone in with a friendly smile and offer of raffle tickets. Thanks so much to Rachel and Fran for being the fabulous first impression of our event. Our stall holders did us proud with beautiful displays of their handmade wares. Special mention goes to Sasha Garrett’s husband Richard who crafted a placard to signpost our event. He was our man on the street, herding visitors our way. What a guy!

One tries to imagine what the stall layout and look will be before an event, but we were overwhelmed with the quality of work and the effort everyone put in. We are so lucky to have such a brilliant group of makers.


Elsie m. jewellery
Elsie m. jewellery

To keep everyone refreshed and fuelled, our volunteers Iona and Rikki worked tirelessly serving delicious confections from Tom’s Cakes, with cool drinks to keep us hydrated. We picked a warm day for our event, and we were most comfortable in the cool of the church! Little did we know, we would provide a cool respite for visitors from the blazing sun of the Town & Country Show on Parker’s Piece.

Another star of our day was Steve the caretaker of St Andrews Street Baptist Church. That lovely man accommodated our every need and nothing was too much trouble. He and Eileen Hori who booked us in and advised us, were an absolute joy.

As a result of our event, enquiries and sales were made, and so were friends. Many of the sellers hadn’t met before, and new alliances and friendships have been forged. I’d say that was a pretty successful day.

Detola's lampshades
Detola’s lampshades



We are planning more events for autumn and before the festive period, so look out for more details in the coming weeks.

Artist in the Spotlight: Terry Chance

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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. Terry Chance is the artist in the spotlight for this event. You’ll find Terry’s delightful mosaic birds and garden features at our Pop-Up

How would you describe your work in three words:

Colourful, quirky, handcrafted


Why is ‘handmade’ so important to you?

Each piece I make has its own process, emotion and personality. I love the imperfection of what I make, the asymmetry and the surprises.


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

I will be selling some colourful mosaic birds for the garden along with some other mosaic pieces.

terry chance edited

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

I love everything about mosaics – colour, texture, creating; mosaics are like puzzles and each takes you through an internal process. Very therapeutic and I even like the messy stage of grouting.


 Where do you get your inspiration?

Creating makes you look at things differently so I find inspiration everywhere – textiles, colour, shape, nature, objects.






Artist in the Spotlight: Aurora Lombardo

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In the lead up to our Summer Pop-Up on the 10th of June, we asked our artists and makers a few questions in order to gain an insight into their practices. The artist and maker in the spotlight for this post is Aurora Lombardo – her pieces are timeless and elegant and are sure to add an Italian flair to the Pop-Up. This year Aurora was part of the Cambridge Creative Reactions event. This art and science related event has been associated with Pint of Science festival since 2015 . During the build up to Pint of Science, Aurora was one of around 50 local artists who created an artwork related to the scientific talks. She acutally used to be a biologist herself!

How would you describe your work in three words:

Colourful, vibrant, unique.

Aurora Lombardo Creative Reactions
“Inner Landscapes” necklace inspired by the way DNA is organised within the nucleus of the cells

Why is ‘handmade’ so important to you?

I make, buy and love handmade! Handmade products for me are more than just an object: it’s the time, the attention, the effort, the love that goes into making each piece of work that makes them so special. Making things by hand is such a basic human fulfilment! When you make something, you leave a part of yourself in it; similarly, when you buy something handmade, not only are you going home with an unique object, but also with a piece of personal history.

As a mum, I also believe that teaching children the importance of making things by hand and exposing them to a wide variety of arts and crafts activities is very important to stimulate their creativity and imagination. And this is in fact the ethos behind the work I do through The Jazzy Jewelz Studio.

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

A range of sterling silver, dichroic glass & ceramic jewellery and accessories. I will also have a table all set up for drop-in jewellery making sessions.  There will be a  full menu of beaded items to make, from bracelets & necklaces to bag charms and colourful beaded suncatchers.  I’ll explain the method, provide the tools and be on hand should anyone require any help. The projects are suitable for children aged five and up, and grownups can join in too!

Aurora Lombardo earrings

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

Dichroic glass is a fantastic medium to work with: there’s always something new to learn: this type of glass can be very temperamental, but persistence brings great rewards!

I also love experimenting with new materials and techniques, pushing them to the limit to see whether something new can be achieved. Although experiments aren’t always going to yield amazing results, for me this remains the most exciting part of my work as a jewellery maker!

The worst part is using a polishing motor to give a high shine finish to my silver pieces: I hate that machine with a passion: it is scary, messy and I end up looking like a chimney sweep after using it!

 Where do you get your inspiration?

Most of my creations stem from workshop experimentation rather than from detailed planned drawings. Inspiration seems to strike from all sorts of places: an architectural feature, the textures and colours of the natural world, a landscape element, but a couple of emerging themes for me at the moment are science and biology.


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.

Summer pop-up event 10th June in Cambridge

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Summer pop-up in Cambridge

Our Summer Pop-Up Arts & Crafts Event, 11-5pm.

We have a lovely venue for our event, the beautiful St. Andrew’s St. Baptist Church, St. Andrew’s Street, Cambridge.

A real celebration of Cambridge and East Anglian designers, working with textiles, jewellery, printmaking and more.

Our speciality is sourcing talented artisans and makers, working to the best standards, and we can’t wait to showcase their wares.

Alongside established makers we will be introducing a student area, run by Cecelia Wood and Lauren Wilson, students from the Cambridge School of Art.

We are also running some drop in workshops so you and your family can partake in some hands on making too!


Just a short walk from Cambridge train station, and on lots of bus routes, with the Town & Country Fair on at the same time, there’ll be plenty to see and do.

Some light refreshments will be available, plus the venue hosts the Livingstone Cafe, where they serve a variety of light bites and drinks, all reasonably priced.

So come and spend a few happy hours browsing our stalls, learning new skills and immersing yourself in Eclectic Mix creativity!

You can sign up for the event on Eventbrite page, or stay posted through Facebook.


Are you an artist or maker and are you interested in selling at our event? We have a few tables left. Contact us at or fill in the form below if you want more information.


Pop-up at St Andrews Baptist Church, Cambridge



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 (, 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!