Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Spring Fair 2013

So off I went to the Spring Fair trade show - armed with my heavily researched list of stands to visit, notepad and pen!  I stuck to just a couple of halls – for anyone not familiar with this event, it’s huge! Luckily for me there was a specialist jewellery fair on too next door – bonus!  

I was overwhelmed with all of the things on display! There was so much to look at - with something to see at every turn.  I quickly ticked off the must see stands from my list and then had a wander around the rest of the fair.  I was pleased to time things right and be able to see one of the catwalk shows – a specific accessory trends show.  I was interested to see how accessories would be presented on a catwalk as they are often there to support the main event not to be the stars of the show – I was very impressed and enjoyed seeing lots of beautiful things!  I was even more impressed that they finished the show with a selection of looks that featured pastel shades with a vintage edge, just what I’ve been working on myself!

Oh, and I also managed to listen to a Q & A session with Kirsty Allsopp -  I knew she was at the fair on that day but I didn't think I could make any of the things she featured in due to time - so when I walked around the corner and saw her chatting away I stayed to listen - and very interesting it was too! 

I left the fair with my head bursting with ideas and information, there was so much colour and inspiration everywhere!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Work in progress.........!

I’m well and truly in spring summer mode now! Some beautiful vintage pastel coloured glass beads arrived a while ago and I’ve been trying out some new designs for necklaces and bracelets...

I’ve also been doing a bit of drawing (see above) in preparation for some new stampbord pendants – still in early stages but I’ve made a start!

In between all of this (also looking after a baby/toddler – eek! and poorly husband) I managed to visit a trade show – Spring Fair at the NEC.  I’ve wanted to go for a few years but things have always been against me so this year I feel very lucky I was able to go (thanks Mum!) More of a review on that to come!