For A/W20 I have created a collection of decorated berets that combines my interests in fabric and design, regional textile history as well as the repurposing of fabrics. So for this blog post, I thought I would write a little about the design concept behind my new winter collection of wool felt berets that I finished with Lochcarron Scotland tartan handmade flowers and petersham bows.
With so many new ideas it is hard to stop! I have been trying to assemble collections of matching jewellery pieces!
The photo is me wearing Aurora inspired studs with a seascape resin pendant!
Let me inttoduce myself – Im Sarah Kay, an artist from the Shetland Islands. Which is the most northerly set off Islands belonging to the UK
I work from my studio located in Scalloway, Shetland which is open to visitors. It is situated next to my large hillside garden which is also open to visitors as part of Scotlands gardens, raising money for charity.
I am delighted to be part of The British craft house and thank you for looking at my shop! Please note it will be kept up to date and fully sticked with new items as they become available.
Here is a little info about me, what inspires me to be creative, and what I love to do. Beverley, the jewellery maker behind the brand, ‘Bevart designs’.
Wax melts are small, scented pieces of wax designed to be gently heated to
release their stunning fragrance. They’re like candles but without the
wick, you simply melt the wax using either an electric burner or a tea light heated burner
Buzzy Busy Bees, I could watch them all day in the garden, so industrious.
I thought I would show you a snippet of the reticulating process that I use in my jewellery making.
Well, what strange times we are living in at the moment. I was, like most people, at a bit of a loss and feeling very unnerved by the whole Covid 19 situation. I love doing Craft Fairs….love them. Love meeting the customers, the other traders (they always tend to be so friendly, helpful and supportive), talking to people about my work and hopefully selling some items and I had some lovely fairs booked for this year. Then covid 19 happened and everything was cancelled or postponed and I felt at a complete loss and so I started to think about what else I could do. If I’m honest I’d avoided On-line shops. I’d looked at Etsy but it seemed to be soooo big and I couldn’t work out how my items would ever be found amongst all the other seller’s work. Then I started to see The British Craft House pop up on Facebook and Instagram and I looked at the site and talked to Willow and Twigg who follow on Instagram who already sells on here. The support offered by TBCH is brilliant; Dottie, who set the site up, is a wealth of knowledge and the whole TBCH team are friendly and helpful. After a bit of umming and Aahing I decided now was the time to take the plunge and so here I am! HELLO! I’m Sue, I live in Lyme Regis, I love glass (my grandad and great grandad both worked with glass), I still get very excited about designing new stained glass items and I never tire of making stained glass. I love everything about it, each step of the process from design to polishing and I always get a little thrill when I see the finished product. Last Autumn I started to run my own stained glass workshops which I was terrified of at first but I now love them and really enjoy seeing people develop through the day from being scared of cutting glass to start with to going home with a beautiful finished product. The first item I added to my shop was the Rainbow Heart that you see here; I used that as I thought it was a real symbol of this current time we are living through. So I hope you like my work and I hope to keep on designing new and fresh products that you will enjoy looking at. I will write some more another time about the processes that go into making a stained glass piece and what inspires me to make what I do. So thank you for reading this, take care, stay safe and I hope to see you all very soon.
Today, Easter Monday I received a message via the other side beginning with E and ending in Y … from a lovely customer who, 2 years ago ordered some bespoke planters, they took some time to make, I never heard back so wasn’t sure she was happy or not, however I wasn’t fazed as in my experience most people forget to leave good feedback, rarely do they forget to leave feedback for a negative experience, many tell the world so I assumed all was good.
Fast forward 2 years, to a chilled Easter Monday, and this lovely lady, Sarah, messaged me simply to say, she tried to leave feedback but couldn’t see how to do it, the remainder of her message is below (I did ask permission to post)
“They look really fantastic, we look like we have a wildly expensive landscaped garden at a fraction of the cost!” “2 years in and these still look new. Thank you so much we are really pleased”
So there you have it, Sarah G 2 years on and still her planters look like new.
My journey in making a mixed media daffodil lapel pin