Diary of an event – 2. Getting ready for the day

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Getting ready and decorating

As I write, our Summer Pop-Up Event is just a few days away. All very exciting, and an extremely busy time for Team Eclectic Mix!

We are super organised and have made lists. Lots and lots of lists.

Also, we have been making decorations for the venue, St Andrews St Baptist Church, which has involved tea. Lots and lots of tea.

Lorraine Hitt, Eva Eland and Cecelia Wood and me, Mandy, got around the table at Eclectic Mix HQ armed with tissue paper and wire, and we all thoroughly enjoyed making playful colourful decorations. Eileen Hori at the Baptist Church has been the most helpful host, and we really hope she likes the final look!

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For more formal meetings, the fabulous Cambridge Space has been a great venue for gathering our stallholders, making plans for how we see the event looking and feeling, and how we plan to get the word out. To have everyone sitting around the table sharing ideas about previous exhibitions has been super useful, as we all have hints and tips to share. There has been an overwhelming feeling of team spirit at these get togethers.

Local businesses and collaborations

A huge part of our show has been putting together all the marketing and promotional material, and we cannot thank Dario Fisher of Minuteman Press enough, for his unfailing professionalism, patience and advice. Thanks Dario, you really have been a star! We all agreed that the process is much better when you can visit your printer and speak directly with them, face to face.

Delia had a lovely guest spot on the radio last week, and she sounded great. A real natural. Leigh Chambers at Cambridge 105fm let us tell their listeners all about our event (you can listen here).  Plus we have been putting the word out on Local Secrets, Whats On, Mumsnet etc, so we hope lots of visitors will come! We think we might have picked a good date, as our event is on at the same time as The Town & Country Fair on Parker’s Piece.

To tempt people in, our loyal makers have offered raffle prizes, plus local businesses have given us goods and vouchers too. Proceeds from the raffle will go to two charities, Lifecraft and Azalea.

To date, we have received prizes/vouchers from the following businesses, and we are so grateful for their generosity.

Ark

Arts Picturehouse

Bridges Cafe

Callyco

Elem hair

Finn Jordan

Jacks

Navy Daisy

Michaelhouse Cafe

Salon 246

 

So even more reason to come on Saturday, to enjoy meeting our local artists and designers, get involved with the raffle, and if that wasn’t enough, there will be cake too!

For more updates on our event, do follow our social media platforms.

Also, we have been blogging about our lovely makers, so scroll down for some insight as to what you may find at our pop-up event, Saturday 10th June, 11-5pm, St Andrews Street Baptist Church, St Andrews Street, Cambridge.

Diary of an event – 1. The idea and rebranding

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The idea

Sometimes it’s really good to take a break away from what you do every day, to spend quality time with your family and reflect. I’m very lucky to have family living in a very vibrant part of the world, and I’ve just returned from an exciting and restorative trip to South Africa. It’s made me come back lusting for bigger and better things for Eclectic Mix Cambridge.

The Team

First things first, I gathered together my trusty team, all bringing their own skills and ideas for Eclectic Mix (and they really are an eclectic mix!). Eva Eland is our talented Creative Web Editor (and children’s book author and illustrator in her spare time). Mandy Knapp, lover of things to do with networking and engaging, both in person and on social media, plus she’s an avid printmaker. Lorraine Hitt, wonderful jeweller (really edgy designs) with the best visualisation skills in graphic design and interiors.
I know, how lucky am I!

Rebranding

So we got together and threw around some ideas for our branding, what style we wanted to evoke, colours, what font best represented us. I’m no time, Lorraine produced a series of logos, and we quickly fell upon the one we all loved. We hope you love it too!

Choosing the logo

Planning a bigger event

The next thing on the agenda was to plan a pop-up event, which was going to coincide with the Town and Country Fair, 10th June. We were so lucky to find St Andrews Street Baptist Church had availability, and Eileen Hori has bent over backwards to accommodate all our needs there. It’s a beautiful venue close to Parkers Piece, in a cool, calm and beautiful church.
You may have noticed that we’ve been very busy on social media, promoting the wonderful designers and artists who will be selling their wares at our show, plus some pretty flyers and posters dotted around Cambridge.

Working together

I think the success of any event is all down to how well the team work together,  their rapport, communication and the contribution each member makes, including their approach and attitude to tasks delegated. which matters most rather than the task itself. By acknowledging their input and value, a  positive outcome is much more likely and  I can certainly say that our Eclectic Mix team have worked very well together, putting in a lot of time and effort into the planning of this event  – so it’s a big thumbs up from me to our team.
It’s been so exciting to observe the idea for both the branding and event:  from the incubation of the idea to where it is right now in full flight, watching the momentum building. All the prep (including the late nights!) and all the other things one has to do which couldn’t have been done without a great team – so I thank  everyone who’s been involved: from  the Eclectic Mix team of creatives including our two lovely art student volunteers Cecelia and Lauren,  to others more on the periphery,  such as our lovely print man Dario at Minuteman Press on Victoria Road (who has been so patient), the manager Eileen Hori at the venue and my friend Leigh Chambers who has helped with our press releases and radio interviews.
And at the end of the day, it is all about our cohort of great sellers, both those we know and newbies, who have helped to promote the event. So thanks to everyone one of you, without your input we couldn’t put on the show.

 

 

 

New Student Volunteers: Cecelia Wood

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Eclectic Mix Cambridge is very happy to welcome Cecelia Wood and Lauren Wilson to their team. They are both illustration students at the Cambridge School of Art and will be volunteering in the run up to the summer pop-up. They are also organising the student area at the event.
They are both very talented illustrators with a passion for making and will tell a little bit about themselves in these blog posts.

About me – Cecelia Wood

So far my time at the Cambridge School of Art has been a whirlwind, filled with lots of work, but so much fun and the chance to learn so much! My work is inspired by nature, its patterns, colours, shapes and textures, and I’ve loved exploring screen printing as a medium to combine these things. I will have framed screen print collages for sale at the pop-up event (take a sneaky peek at the image here).

Framed abstract screen print collage
Framed abstract screen print collages
Cecelia Wood Nature in the City 3D collage
3D Collage

I love layering, and finding the balance in an image: between simplicity and complexity and between abstraction and representation. My favourite material must be paper; it comes in so many forms. The touch and smell of a lovely piece of handmade paper holds so many possibilities for a project!
My work has been moving towards incorporating 3D elements. Recently I had an exciting trip to London as my 3D collage was shortlisted for the Batsford Illustration Prize. At the pop-up event, I’ll be selling framed versions of 3D paper collages, based on my drawings done on location at Cambridge Botanic Garden (see images below).

 

 

 

 

 


Lauren Wilson and I are excited to be presenting a diverse range of our own and our peers’ handmade products in the student area, direct from the workshops of the Cambridge School of Art, all at affordable prices. It’s going to be a great opportunity to engage with the thriving arts scene in Cambridge – as well as a lovely arty afternoon out! Hope to see you there on 10th June!
For more images of my work please see my website: https://ceceliawood.myportfolio.com

The team behind This is Eclectic Mix

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Alice and Cindy

© Photo by Onur Pinar. Alice behind the counter of the Christmas pop-up shop on 11th of December, 2016.

As with any business it takes a lot of effort to get launched, a bit like a larger jumbo jet taking off. In 2016 we focused on start up to get Eclectic Mix off the ground and climbing. Our journey didn’t really got going until the autumn when I met Eva Eland, who is now a familiar part of the Eclectic Mix team, responsible for organising and managing content on our website . She is a post graduate student at Cambridge School of Art, doing a masters in Children’s Book Illustration. We met at the Pitch and Mix network group at CB2 Café at Norfolk St and a marriage of sorts began. 

Eva has been instrumental in moving our website from a slightly folksy themed look branded mainly in purple to our new clean and contemporary look. What a great job she has done.

Alongside side Eva, Alice Bampton was hired on temporary basis to upload products which was a massive help to me. Not being a ‘young’ thing I know my strengths do not lie in the ‘techie’ department. As a business owner it is crucial to know your strengths and know you can’t do everything: delegation is the name of the game here. It is sometimes worth paying out to get the results needed rather than wasting your valuable time in areas that those ‘in the know’ can do in their sleep! Another area where we need extra input is marketing and particularly social media engagement so Eclectic Mix now has Mandy Knapp (local artist and digital marketing consultant ) on board to help make some noise on various social media sites like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Some of you may know her as she is well known in creative circles and is involved with various art network groups and is the social media consultant for the up and coming E-Luminate Festival in February at which Eclectic Mix will be present as well, with a range of products from our artists and makers. The theme of this year is Play and that’s how a lot of the arts and design is born, with dedicated play. We are buzzing with ideas already to add a little extra fun and magic to this event. Are you coming?

In the next post we will tell you more about the artists and makers that we will represent  at the E-Luminate Festival at our stall on the 10th of February.