Monday, March 12, 2012

Illustration and Print Making Showcase – Crafty Fox Spring Market

In this instalment we showcase the illustrators and print makers who will be gracing the Dogstar at this year’s Crafty Fox Spring Market. This is always a heavily over-subscribed category with a wealth of amazing talent to choose from.

Saturday 24th March
    Crafty Fox regular Alice Potter is back with lots of new designs to tempt us. She has cleverly transferred her illustrations to a range of surfaces including textiles and ceramics. Look out for her new large summer shopper.
    There is no doubt that we have a love for foxes and who could resist this colourful dancing couple from Stacie Swift. Stacie is new to Crafty Fox and I can't wait to check out her animal focused range.
    Sophie Parker's beautiful work focuses on 'animals, friendship and contemplation'. Sophie is a cat lover which shines through in her product range.
    Local illustrator Mike Hall produces finely detailed work with a focus on the local area. We love his illustration of our home - The Dogstar.

Top Left: Alice Potter, Top Right: Stacie Swift, Bottom Left: Sophie Parker, Bottom Right: Mike Hall
    Next up is the bubbly Amy Hutchings with her Somerset satin printed art.  Amy confesses to enjoy getting dirty when printing her own designs and uses only traditional methods.
    Claire from Lil3birdy will present her beautiful range of cards and paper products.  She has recently extended her range to include homewares too! Her coaster sets are great value and we love them.

    Also look out for Helen from Wet Paint with more beautiful designs to tempt you. Her work includes beautiful colours and clean lines.
    Left: Amy Hutchings, Top: Lil3Birdy, Bottom: Wetpaint

French & Godbold produce a beautiful range of greetings cards illustrated by Michaela French - perfect for any occasion.
Brixton local Lucy is a book cover designer with a love for the printed word. This comes across clearly in her fantastic range of graphic prints. Her Brixton print shown below is sure to be popular.
Martha & Hepsie are sisters! Using a combination of Martha's quirky illustrative design and Hepsie's bright ideas, they have created a delightful range of gifts and cards.

Left: French & Godbold, Top: Lucy Loves This, Bottom: Martha & Hepsie
 Both Days (24th & 25th March) 

Jimbobart is also the creator of the amazing Crafty Fox artwork. He will have prints available for purchase alongside his ever popular range of illustrated plates and cups – his stall is always a roadblock so get there early to avoid disappointment. 

Claudia from Superfumi has created a versatile product range, utilising her colourful illustrations to produce everything from jewellery to coasters featuring all our favourite animals.  These make great gifts and are too cute!

Top: Jimbobart, Bottom: Superfumi
Sunday 25th March  

Locals may recognise this whimiscal view of Brockwell Park by 'Dreamy is Me'. Elena produces a beautiful range which is particularly popular with children. 

Pigeon Illustration are new to Crafty Fox - we look forward to checking out their fun range of cards and prints.

Will Clarke also joins us for the first time, showcasing his varied range of work including these shady looking dogs.

Continuing with the local theme, we welcome Sweet View - limited edition drawings of London by Jack Noel — one for each inner London borough. The familiar Lambeth 'view' is shown below
Top Left: Dreamy is Me, Top Right: Pigeon Illustration, Bottom Left: Will Clarke, Bottom Right: Sweet View

Continuing our Sunday roundup, we are delighted to have Bel's Art World at Crafty Fox.  Bel is a graduate of Central St Martins and she designs a varied range including stationary and brooches.
El Famoso are two brothers, Rich and Chris Fairhead. They list their influences as London, films, screen prints, old pubs, Johnny Cash, unicorns, robots, sailor tattoo's, tacky postcards, Russian fonts, skulls and anything hand drawn.  
A great stall for all bird lovers to check out, Birds in Hats is a very appropriate name for Alice's beautiful collection of birds wearing a variety of hats. Have fun choosing your favourite – we love the pigeon in a police helmet shown below!
Also look out for Mashka - Kerry, a fellow member of Brixton Makerhood, who produces a range of urban prints which 'explore and express the juxtaposition of nature and metropolis through the medium of print.'

    And now for something a little different - we welcome Black Cat Crafts to Crafty Fox with their collection of vintage letterpress printing blocks. Maybe you will be inspired to create your own prints!
    Vicky Scott describes her work as 'a light hearted look at the world through female eyes, often with a warm nostalgic view of the past fused with the present'. She creates handmade paper collages which are scanned into Photoshop before being printed onto high quality epson archival paper.
    Finally, we are delighted to welcome another new seller, 'Juan is Dead' to Crafty Fox. Creator Leah Reeves has an illustrative background and uses mosaic to create contemporary one-off pieces of art. Her love of the macabre is influenced by her Spanish ancestry and the Mexican celebration Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead.

Left: Black Cat Crafts, Top: Vicky Scott, Bottom: Juan is Dead

 Next showcase: Homewares
Apologies to anyone whose images got squished in the making of this blog -I'm still learning photoshop!

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