The past two months have sped by and we are now officially in the run up to Christmas! I have enjoyed chatting with all our new customers and have been slowly filling our shelves with beautiful products made by local artist and designers.
During September we took park in the first ever Bristol Arts Trail (https://bristolarttrail.com/) which was taking place all over the city from the 1st to the 3rd Sept.
‘The Bristol Arts Trail offers the opportunity for everyone living and working within a Bristol postcode to open their home, studio, shop or gallery to the public. In creating Bristol Art Trail we wish to support the creative community throughout the City and unite everyone in a single event from the center to the edges of Bristol.’
On the 29th Sept Macmillian Cancer Support were holding the worlds biggest Coffee Morning and I wanted to take part as its a charity very close to my heart. I baked two different types of cake and offered tea and coffee on the day and I am pleased to say that we managed to raise £50 for this worthy cause.
In September we were pleased to announce that two new local artists joined our shop …
Button and Brew – All products are currently made by Siân Marie in her home studio in South Bristol. The embroidery is designed on a computer and sewn using a digital embroidery machine using high quality thread onto 100% cotton fabric. The items are then completed by hand. The make-your-own kit instructions are written by Sian Marie, each pack is put together by hand using a variety of recycled materials, mainly from clothing, and hand dyed yarns.
Simone Potter Ceramics – Simone Potter lives in South Bristol and makes pottery at her studio located at In Bristol Studio in Barton Hill, Bristol. Most of her pieces are made on the wheel and designed for commissions for galleries, restaurants and private clients. She enjoys developing and designing new work, experimenting with different clay bodies and exploring the chemistry of glazes.
As the nights get darker and we move closer to celebrating bonfire night, people start to think about Christmas! As a result of this and still being relatively new to the neighbourhood we thought it would be a good idea to start opening late on Thursday nights. These extra couple of hours gives customers the perfect opportunity to come in for a quick browse on their way home from work to view all of our fabulous products.
So from now on we will be open from 10 till 7pm EVERY Thursday night from now until Christmas!
This month we featured in a write up by Studio Cotton and Bedminster BID who popped into the shop at the beginning of the month to find out what we were about.
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North Street has always been famous for its street art and being the ‘new shop on the block’ I felt I needed to comply by having my shutters painted. The only person who sprang to mind was Lucas Antics (https://www.lucas-antics.com/) and her amazing animals.
During October another 7 new artists joined our merry team, selling everything from cushions and crochet pots to ceramics, jewellery and other homewares.
Wisteria Workshop – Five years ago I started learning the craft of upholstery, combined the two and Wisteria Workshop Upholstery started.
I love trawling around markets, car-boots, and any second – hand shops looking for a fabric and chairs to transform.
At my workshop in Ashton I take commissions, make cushions and hold the odd class in basic Upholstery.
Chimps Tea Party – My crocheted plant cozies were designed as a way to add some bright colours and pom-poms to my house plants – I now want to put pom-poms on everything!
Seaurchin – Lisa works from her small home studio near Bristol Airport, taking inspiration from coral reefs, flowers, geology, moss and lichen. Most of the work is made of high-fired porcelain clay, which can be translucent when held up to the light. Wall sculptures and bowls are small-scale, delicate and decorative, often the creamy white of pure unglazed porcelain, or vibrantly coloured using stoneware glazes, underglaze or melted glass.
SC Knits – Her product collections and tonal palettes are inspired by the vibrant surroundings and textural surfaces of nature. With a distinctive bohemian style, her lively knitted textiles and innovative products demonstrate her passion for colour and surface texture.
Red Bird Makes – Red Bird Makes’ eclectic mix stems from her love of vintage and the simpler things in life. Find nostagic quirky porcelain charms alongside her more minimal and modern geometric brass and silver work.
So Spiffy – The tea towels are all designed by Sylv, then printed and returned to Sam who packages them in their spiffy punnets and dispatches them to their new homes. Their first products were a range of tea towels celebrating the joys of Devon. Nostalgia at its very best!! They continue to add new designs, while bringing in a range of other homewares.
Anna Lees – Anna Lees creates playful compositions by recycling images from discarded books and forgotten photographs. She is focused on the process of deconstructing and reconstructing found imagery to create rearranged realities, playful portraits and imagined landscapes.