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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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 info@eclecticmixcambridge.com or fill in the form below if you want more information.

 

Pop-up at St Andrews Baptist Church, Cambridge

 

 

Spring is in the air

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Spring is in the air

© Bex Burston from The Blue Design Shed

 

Night market at the E-luminate light festival

Do you notice the difference as well? The days are getting longer and some days you even feel like leaving your winter jacket home. Spring is slowly approaching…

Friday the 10th of February didn’t feel like that at all. It was actually snowing that day! We had a stall at the night market of the E-Luminate light festival. Did you go and see the buildings transformed by light projections? It was cold but we met some lovely people. Sue from Sue Smith Art was there to help us. She makes lovely illustrations of Cambridge and sells them as cards as well. We will soon be featuring her work in our webshop as well.  She was our best seller of the evening!

We are up and running, at the night market of the E-luminate light festival

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Monthly sellers meeting

We also had our first This is Eclecting Mix sellers meeting that week. It was great to get together and share information and experiences with each other. We had a presentation on product photography with a focus on how to do it yourself and withouth having to invest in a lot of equipment. Honor and Ronan from Avalon Jewellery were there as well, both on the night market and the sellers meeting. Ronan used to be a fashion photographer so he gave some great advice on photography as well. This is Eclectic Mix will organise sellers meetings every month and choose a different subject each time that is helpful for the artists and makers. Next time we will discuss social media.

Artist in the shed

If you head over to our Instagram account you can see some of the lovely jewellery Honor and Ronan make and other work by our sellers. We are also excited to start a series of blog posts here called Artist in the shed. Ronan and Honor will be the first one we visit. We are looking forward to get a look behind the scenes and find out more about their journey and to share this with you.

What questions would you like to ask to the artists and makers?

 

 

 

 

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

pendant necklace

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?