I've been so busy that I just haven't had time to show you all the lovely creatives that I came across at BCTF.
As mentioned in the previous post, the show was very friendly. I had linked with lots of Twitterers pre-show, in the hope that I would meet some of them. The plan worked well. Imagine a world of lots of individual creative people all tweeting and creating. Since I have joined twitter, I am never alone whilst I work, I can always pause, strike up a conversation, or comment on a image or video. It's a place to SHARE. When you need to source something and you're struggling, just ask the world and the world will answer you.
So here are my lovely twittering friends, in no particular order....
Mrs Blueberry (aka @Blueberryathome) who creates cushions, purses, and the most fabulous children's craft kits house in what only can be described as American Chinese Takeaway boxes. Here's Gerry the Giraffe to give you an idea...pure brilliance.
Stephanie Earl (aka @StephanieEarl) Unfortunately, because I was so busy at BCTF I didn't get to meet this lady, although I did see her work on passing. She works in porcelain and glass. When I look at her work its like she has taken some gorgeous textured floral or lace material dipped it into the glass or porcelain, waved a magic wand and 'Hey Presto' produced a gorgeous jug or bowl. Have a look at her cup and saucer, I wonder whether it would stand up to a cup of Darjeeling poured from a matching teapot. mmmm Divine.
Rachel Lucie (aka @rachellucie) evolves jewellery using sterling silver, semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls. Her work I would say is contemporary with a classic almost traditional take. Here's one of her pieces that is so clever... http://ow.ly/1ciRAP and if you are a pearl lover like myself you will appreciate its' beauty.
Another lady, I didn't meet at BCTF, but was told about her little ceramic birds is Makiko Hastings (aka makikohastings) She is a japanese artist that wanted to support her country in a creative way. So she makes little clay birds, sells them and the proceeds are sent back to Japan. I think she is surprised at the response she has received from the general public.
Helen Ose (aka @Helen_Ose) knits
jaunty lampshades that delicately play with light but giving you that homey feeling. I especially like the fact that she uses re-cycled linen which is spun in the UK.
Judith Brown (aka Judithjewels) using vintage haberdashery, eg hooks and eyes and connects them using silver and coloured wire to produce the most unusual jewellery pieces. You don't realize initially what you are looking at, some of the pieces seem to have a reference to a snippet of lace. I met Judith on a seminar run by Craft & Design magazine.
Kelly Marie McCrobie (aka @kmmcrobie) went to De Montfort like myself. She is inspired by wrought iron and lace and creates fabulous accessories and brooches.
Samantha Robinson who shared a stand with me at BCTF creates porcelain jewellery and vessels which incorporate a hint of stitch or a reference to a zip or press stud, stunning work. Yet to join twitter, so keen your eyes on the twitter line.
Jennifer Lockwood (aka@ jen_niffa88) is another ceramacist who creates fun folk style creations.
Rebecca Miles (aka rebeccamaryjane) I would describe as a traditional textile artist. You need to look at her website to see what I mean, please look at the broodges, they are my absolute favourite. She also provides workshops for adults and children.
Gail Myerscough (aka 7071design) works with felt to create the most sumptugous brooches. We had a few discussions at BCTF about our work and we discovered that we think in a very similar way sculpturally.