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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Artist in the Spotlight: Art Students

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With the pop-up event this Saturday fast approaching, we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to some of our art student sellers: Yulei Zhang, Kezia Hulse and Joana Pinto, all students at the Cambridge School of Art. They will be showcasing and selling their work at the pop-up, and here they will share a little bit about themselves and their work.

Where are you from?

Yulei: Wuhan, China

Kez: York, North Yorkshire

Joana: Porto, Portgual

What course are you studying?

Yulei: MA Children’s Book Illustration

Kez: BA Illustration

Joana: BA Illustration and Animation

How would you describe your work in a few words?

Yulei: Dreamlike, secret world, solitude

Yulei Zhang's image from The Attic story
Yulei Zhang’s image from The Attic story

Kez: Lively, Fresh, Humorous

Kez Hulse's Adventures of the Escaping Beard
Kez Hulse’s Adventures of the Escaping Beard

Joana: Playful and expressive

Joana Pinto's Cityscape of Porto City
Joana Pinto’s Cityscape of Porto City

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

Yulei: I will bring some postcards and a tiny concertina booklet, the images are selected from two of my recent picturebook projects, The Attic and The night story. The Attic tells a story about a girl who has an adventure in her dream. The Night Story comes from my experience of sketching in the pubs of Cambridge, the story deals with the subject of loneliness.

Yulei's products for the pop-up event
Yulei’s products for the pop-up event

Kez: I will be selling some limited edition screen prints which I printed for a final project; to illustrate T.S Eliot;s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. I will also be selling postcards which are a mixture of recent drawings and designs.

Kez Hulse's limited edition screen prints
Kez Hulse’s limited edition screen prints

Joana: I’ll be selling a collection of postcards inspired by Portuguese flora and caprine breeds, three prints and a collection of stickers. They all depict different animals, either explored in an aesthetically pleasing sense, particularly in the case of the prints, or simply created to display playful characters, especially with the stickers.

Joana Pinto' stickers on sale at the pop-up event
Joana Pinto’ stickers on sale at the pop-up event

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

Yulei: For me the most interesting part is to try different kind of techniques and mediums, to find the best way to telling the story. During this process I usually get a better understanding of what really interests me most. The worst part is having limited time.

Kez: The best part is drawing and scribbling ideas down and being able to create images that put forward ideas or messages. The worst part is when you want to draw but you don’t have any ideas!

Joana: The best part is definitely sketching, playing with shapes and trying to figure out what kind of character will come out of the end of the pencil. I don’t usually think before I draw so the result always comes with a bit of a surprise that makes drawing all the more fun. As to the worst, well, that’d have to be colouring. Not that I hate it but it’s the longest part of the process and I consider myself a rather eager person when drawing, I just can’t wait to see how an illustration will look once it’s finished!

Where do you see your work taking you in the future?

Yulei: Well, I’d like to try to some more challenging image narratives, like graphic novel.

Yulei's concertina story, on sale at the pop-up event
Yulei’s concertina story, on sale at the pop-up event

Kez: Possibly editorial illustration, creating images for magazine articles, or advertising or book covers. Or maybe designing sets for the theatre as I enjoy thinking about designs and ideas in 3D.

Joana: I definitely want to follow a career in animation, most likely at a small or medium sized British or American company, but I’d also love to create children’s books or even a graphic novel at some point. I’m pretty much open for anything that gives me the opportunity to tell a story.

To see more of their work, find them on social media:

Yulei: https://www.behance.net/mozyl

Kez: Instagram: Kez_Illustration/FB: KeziaHulseIllustration

Joana: fizzledlines.tumblr.com

Come and see their work for yourself this Saturday – find them in the new Eclectic Mix Student Art area!

Artist in the Spotlight: Charlotte Cotterill

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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. Charlotte Cotterill is an illustrator who recently graduated from the MA Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.  She will be selling her fun and quirky illustrations and prints at our pop-up, and we decided to put her in the spotlight for this post.

How would you describe your work in three words:

Illustrated, quirky, humorous

Charlotte Cotterill Illustrated Map of Cambridge
Illustrated Map of Cambridge by Charlotte Cotterill

Why is ‘handmade’ so important to you? 

Because handmade products are unique and I enjoy the process of creating things of my own design that people will enjoy looking at and having in their homes.

Charlotte Cotterill Lino cutting
Cutting the lino blocks to create original prints

 

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

Linocut prints (all printed using a traditional press or hand burnished), original watercolour illustrations, concertina books and illustrated maps.

Charlotte Cotterill
Charlotte Cotterill Linocut print

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

My favourite part of the process is when I am developing ideas and working in my sketchbook, whether it’s for a book, a character, or a one off illustration or linocut designs. I feel free in my sketchbook and have a lot of fun exploring all the possibilities.  The worst part of the process for me is formatting a designs to be digitally printed when its something like a greetings card as I much prefer the process of creating an image.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Things and people I see in my everyday life usually inspire me; this is especially true when I am working on a picture book idea but also applies to something like my map of Cambridge.

 Charlotte Cotterill prints on rack

Artist in the spotlight: Katie Farrell from Mabel Fox

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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. Katie Farrell from Mabel Fox is the artist in the spotlight for this post. Katie’s enchanting lino cuts are a treat – they will be available to buy at the Pop-Up event so come and see them for yourself.

 

Describe your work in three words:

Enchanting – Scandinavian – Art

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Why is ‘handmade’ so important to you?

I think that owning a handmade item means more than something mass produced, it feels more personal and special. Every one of my prints will be slightly different as they are all hand burnished, I think their imperfections add to their charm.

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

Hand burnished, limited edition, lino cut prints of woodland and garden creatures, either framed or unframed. I will also have small versions of these prints, framed in simple white frames, great gifts! There will be greetings cards, bags and cushions featuring my prints, plus aprons and tea towels.

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

When I make a print with a new linocut design for the first time, seeing it in different colours is so exciting. Then to see the reaction from the person the print is named after, that is priceless. The worst part is mounting and framing the prints, bit laborious but worth it in the end.

Where do you get your inspiration?

After designing a linocut print for my newest niece’s christening– Evelyn Bunny – I was inspired to design a print for each of my children, nieces and nephews, for example; Daniel Fox, Connor Wolf, Edward Squirrel and Charlie Mouse. My style is influenced by Scandinavian Folk art.

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Mandy Knapp at Creative Reactions

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Printmaker Mandy Knapp - Creative Reactions - Pint of Science

 

Printmaker Mandy Knapp was thrilled to be partnered with Dr Sander van der Linden for the Creative Reactions aspect of this years Pint of Science festival.

Every May, scientists and researchers are invited to deliver their talks at local pubs, which makes a lovely change from them just sharing the information with their colleagues in the lab or college. What an opportunity to tell the general public all about their research and passion!

Three years ago, Mandy Knapp and Karen Jinks set up the pilot for Creative Reactions, where artists were paired up with each of the speakers, and each artist made some work in response to their talk. It’s a fantastic opportunity for creatives to access science directly, and exciting for the scientists to collaborate and see how their work can be interpreted.

So this year Mandy has got the subject of Fake News to grapple with. Dr Sander will be using lots of medical metaphors in his talk, and Mandy has taken this on board with the work she has made. He talks about vaccinating the herd against Fake News, and Mandy has enjoyed exploring this concept, referencing Rene Magritte’s Treachery of Images. The resulting potent image features a pipette, which is a play on words, connecting to Magritte’s ‘ceci n’est pas une pipe.’ Her work called ‘The Treachery of Fake News’ will be for sale, along with some single dose vaccine cards.

You can book your free ticket here.

 

Printmaker Mandy Knapp - Creative Reactions - Pint of Science