Friday, March 27, 2015

Skywatch Friday 2015 #13 - Late Afternoon

Late Afternoon, Swieqi, Malta
© Erika Price 2015

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wordless Wednesday 2015 #12 - Frozen Crab Apples

Wordless Wednesday is a fun way to meet new bloggers. Just post a photo on your blog (words are optional, though I'm not too good at silence!) then add a link to your post in the Linky below. You can link up with other WW participants this week by clicking on one or more of the thumbnails and, in case you've missed any, click here to see some of my previous WW posts. If you have time please leave a comment as I love to hear from you. Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Calling UK Designer Makers!

Etsy are looking for UK makers of affordable, high quality contemporary craft to participate in the Four Corners of Craft exhibition at the London Design Festival later this year. The exhibition is being held in partnership with Tent London and the London Design Festival, as part of a maker development and exhibition initiative supported by creative organisations throughout the UK. It will run from 24th to 27th September 2015.

Major partners in the exhibition include The Crafts Council, Contemporary Applied Arts, Design Trust, Craft Scotland, Creative Scotland, Craft NI, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Helfa Gelf. Other supporting organisations include Arts Council of Wales, Ruthin Craft Centre, and The Makers' Guild in Wales.

According to Fiona Logue, Director of Craft Scotland, "Etsy is a supportive and accessible route to market and their work assists our makers in developing their businesses." All the participating designer makers will be chosen by Etsy, and will benefit from professional development training as well as being able to exhibit and sell their and work at the exhibition. Those chosen to exhibit will enjoy the following benefits to further their designer-making careers:

  • Selling opportunity: Selected pieces will be included in the exhibition at Tent London during London Design Festival. Etsy will curate and manage the exhibition.
  • Promotional opportunity: Etsy will lead a marketing campaign to promote the exhibition and associated makers, supported by the partner organisations involved.
  • Professional development: Accessible training from the Design Trust and signposting to local support services in the run up to the exhibition.

You must have an active Etsy shop to apply, but if you or someone you know fits the bill and doesn’t currently sell on Etsy, it's easy to open an Etsy Shop now, and they'll even give you 20 free listings to get you started! The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 7th and you can apply here

Applicants must have an active Etsy shop, and be UK based designer-makers aged over 18. Etsy are looking for people who both fit all the criteria, and whocdesign and make crafts in one of the following categories:
  • Basketry
  • Ceramics
  • Fashion & Accessories
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Interior Products
  • Jewellery
  • Paper and Book Art
  • Printmaking
  • Silversmithing and Metalwork
  • Textiles
  • Woodwork

I've chosen to illustrate this article with a selection of beautiful items designed and handcrafted across the UK - but I'd like to say good luck to everyone who applies!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Skywatch Friday 2015 #12 - Cloud Formation

Cloud Formation, Swieqi, Malta
© Erika Price 2015

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

In the Pink for Mothers Day

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How Many Roses?

Love Forever, from Harkness

Last week we explored rose colours and their meanings, and today we'll look at some more of the hidden symbols in roses to discover more about the hidden meaning behind those Mothers Day roses you sent or received today!!!

For example, rosebuds symbolize beauty, youth and innocence, while a fully open rose with two rosebuds behind it means you share a secret.

Rose leaves are a symbol of hope, and tea roses have a special meaning too! Sending someone tea roses is another way of saying to them: "I'll always remember you"

Friday, March 13, 2015

Skywatch Friday 2015 #11 - Clouds

Cotton Wool Clouds, Swieqi, Malta
© Erika Price 2015

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