We’re hiring! Temporary sales assistant position…

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We’re looking for an awesome person to join our tiny team at our Edinburgh shop!

This is a temporary position starting asap until Christmas 2017. The position is for 2 days per week (approx 12 hours) and the starting rate of pay is £7.70 per hour. You should be able to work weekends regularly and some retail experience is preferred.

Hannah Zakari Naoshi Summer 2017 Window Display

The ideal candidate will be creative, passionate about indie design, and have a good understanding of Hannah Zakari and the designers and styles we stock. A cheerful and friendly personality is a must and you should be confident working alone.

We’re looking for someone to take on all aspects of the day-to-day running of the shop and key responsibilities will include:

opening and closing the shop including cashing up

greeting and helping customers

receiving deliveries and stock

cleaning and keeping stock replenished

picking and packing web orders and post office runs

uploading new stock to our website

blogging and involvement in other social media

Interested?! We would love you to pop into our shop with a CV and cover letter so we can meet you. If you can’t manage, please email your CV and cover letter to Rachael at hannahzakari@gmail.com with the heading ‘Job Application – your name’.

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Last day at HZ

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It’s my last day as a HZ shoppe girl. It’s been a lot of fun working here, not only because I was surrounded by amazing creative design but I was lucky enough to see how happy these designs make our lovely customers and visitors. The ladies of HZ Rachael and Aimee are also inspiring creative folk who were a joy to work with and get to know.

I’m getting all misty eyed and thinking back on my sweet and short time at HZ HQ, so here are a couple of fond memories.

  • The first time someone asked me if I was Hannah Zakari. Little did I know how often this question is asked but it’s always fun to explain the meaning behind the name to newbies.
  • Seeing Rachael prepare literally any order, the woman is one expert tissue paper technician.
  • The excitement when new pins arrived ensured Aimee and I would  justify to ourselves that we actually NEED more pins.
  • That one time a Irish man in London called HZ HQ to ask that instead of using our lovely touches if I could wrap his order ‘terribly, so my Girlfriend won’t know its from you guys’. It felt so wrong but sweet!
  • Sunny the dog, the friendliest pooch in Edinburgh who visits us with his mama every so often.
  • Meeting Naoshi and taking part in her workshop, so relaxing! Taking her to some dodgy comedy show during the Fringe.

I’ve been in Edinburgh for over 7 years so it feels scary to leave the city, it’s my adult home. Wish me luck and if you ever see a job opening at HZ go for it! It’s been my favourite retail job ever and I think a big part of that has to do with how lovely our customers are, you guys are the best!

 

 

 

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Peel Eezy’s Art Classroom at HZ

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Recently we invited pop up proposals for the use of the space upstairs at HZ, hoping to provide some much needed space and opportunities to creative folk in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival. One such proposal came from the dynamic duo that is Peel Eezy!

Peel Eezy is the collaborative practice of Gemma Crook and Mina Heydari-Waite, two artists based in Edinburgh city. They are interested in access to art institutions, artist run spaces and arts education. Together they have created a brand of future imaginary art institutions consisting of a collection of installations, art objects, performances, videos and printed matter.

Enter The Art Classroom, an alternative future conception of art production in collage, crayon and clay.

The classroom consists of a Still Life and Life Drawing Class, hosted by Peel Eezy performing as technician characters. With a fixed looped script our classroom technicians guide matriculated students through the process of creating new art objects “tied to the speculative exchange of money”.

Armed with baskets of sweet mandarins, Peel Eezy approached unsuspecting visitors to HZ, inviting them upstairs to take part in a life drawing class, unlike any other. For one thing, the life model was slowly rotating!

My personal favourite material from the classroom was this peculiar clay that turned into a soft but solid foam.

Visitors were invited to hang their work on the walls afterwards, creating a temporary exhibition space.

There was also a small shop and book stand, with previous works by Peel Eezy and zines by other artists interested in artistic pedagogy.

It was a blast having Peel Eezy here last weekend and if you’d like to keep an eye out for their future events, check out their Instagram !

 

 

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Naoshi’s Sunae Workshop at HZ Shoppe

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Let me give you the inside scoop on the Sunae workshop artist Naoshi led while she was visiting us at HZ Headquarters last Saturday!

Many of you are probably already aware of Naoshi’s amazingly bright and psychedelic art work since its often in our shop but what some of you might not realise is that she uses coloured sand for her creations. This method is called Sunae.

For the drop in workshop, visitors were able to pick one of Naoshi’s DIY sunae kits, featuring some of her cutest designs. Then Naoshi walked them through the process slowly, allowing them to choose whatever colours and combos they liked! Everyone enjoyed learning about Naoshi’s work and process since many of the participants were creative folk as well: artists, musicians, designers. So there was plenty to chat about!

Check out some of cute creations that were made!

It was an event with a couple of surprises. Members of the LA band Thumpasaurus were delighted to stumble across the workshop. The singer actually owns one of Naoshi’s tshirt designs- small world!

Thanks everyone for stopping by! I know Naoshi had a lot of fun getting to meet you all! Including Sunny the dog, our favourite canine customer of HZ.

Make sure to check out Marceline ‘s blog post on her experience in the workshop! Marceline is the creative mind behind Asking For Trouble.

Now don’t be too sad if you couldn’t make it on Saturday. With the help of one of Naoshi’s DIY kits, you too can recreate one of her special works at home! It comes with everything you’ll need and easy to follow instructions. We still have a couple available for £8.50 each in the HZ Shoppe. We have a feeling they’ll be all snapped up soon so come in and see us!

 

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A new zine!

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We were so excited to take delivery of our latest zine last week, our 5th time self publishing a compliation of interviews, tutorials and other fun stuff from our designers and friends!

hannah zakari hz zine 2017

This time we used exclusive images from our Naoshi window display on the front and back covers which looked amazing! Inside we interviewed Naoshi, along with old friends Meomi (creator of CBeebies Octonauts) and Sophie King who is doing a mini exhibition in the Hannah Zakari Shoppe over August.

Hannah Zakari zine 2017 intro page meomi quachi illustrations hannah zakari zine 2017 naoshi interview page Hannah Zakari zine 2017 sophie king embroidery interview page

Our pals, collaborators and inspirationists (it’s a word!) I Am Acrylic made us a very special fun holiday decision maker with all roads leading to Edinburgh (where else would you go?!).

hz zine 7 i am acrylic decision maker

The zine also featured illustrations and poetry from some of our favourite artists, but you’ll need to get your hands on one to see what they are! Here’s one last sneak peek…

hz zine 5 out of office aimee lockwood illustration

It’s always brilliant fun putting together a zine and getting to know our designers even better. I think this is a good one one, colourful, happy and interesting!

If you live outside Edinburgh and would like a copy of the zine, email us at hannahzakari@gmail.com using the title ‘HZ Zine 2017’ with your name and address and we’ll post one to you free of charge!

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Live and Sparkle!

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Cosmic Baby Cat Keyring £10

Just when you thought our shop couldn’t simply FIT any more delightfulness inside our doors, these cutie patooties arrived and found room. Sparkle Collective is owned and operated by Britt Saunders, a Toronto-based illustrator and designer. We’re proud to be her only current UK stockist!

She is inspired by cats, and fuelled by donuts.

I was pretty excited when her stock arrived, admittedly because we finally have a pin that’ll be perfect for dog lovers. Don’t get it twisted, felines are fine and dandy but where is the love for man’s best friend?  Isn’t it fab that Britt doesn’t forget about those of us who believe in:

Puppy Power £10

We’ve had these items in stock only a few days but already there’s a firm favourite:

Herbivore Bunny  £10

Maybe it’s something about the spring in his step or the fact that it’s a gentle way of sharing your plant based beliefs; either way they’re selling like (vegan) hot cakes.

These cute critters will find forever homes soon so if you’re interested pop in to us or check out our online store.

This isn’t all we have in store from Sparkle Collective but I’ll leave you with one last wee sweetie to sample:

Cotton Candy Cat £10

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Introducing COCOFOUR

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It’s always exciting when we receive new stock but theses not only delight the eyes but also smell beautiful!

COCOFOUR candles are presented in a glass amber jar with a pre-waxed cotton wick that helps you get the longest burn possible from your hand poured soy candle (burn time of 30-40 hours).

COCOFOUR is a British brand, created in 2014 by two friends with a shared love of candles. They struggled to find well made soy candles that were also contemporary and clean in design, so they set about making their own!

Why soy candles you ask? Well soy wax has many great benefits compared to traditional paraffin wax. Soy wax is derived from soy beans so it is a natural, renewable resource and burns cleaner than paraffin wax, which is made from crude oil and releases toxic carcinogens in to the air. As well as being much healthier for humans, pets and the environment, soy wax also burns slower and cooler, creating a longer burning candle. Lastly, soy candles hold more fragrance and have an excellent scent throw, meaning your COCOFOUR candle will smell amazing from beginning to end.

We currently stock 5 scents; Bergamot + Orange, Cedar + Jasmine, Coconut + Vanilla, Pomegranate + Amber and Sicilian Lime + Mandarin

All are in medium COCOFOUR jar size and £18

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Rent our studio – for free!

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Hidden upstairs from the HZ Shoppe, is a lovely bright studio! It’s a great space for a small workshop or pop-up shop and we’d love to welcome a like minded business to take advantage of it. With this in mind we’d like to offer a free days use to any business holding an event/pop-up shop with us over July and August.

If you’re interested in the space please email with details of what you’d like to use it for. We’re looking for like-minded businesses but are open to all ideas – a workshop, pop-up shop, exhibition space, you name it we’d love to hear about it.

In the past we’ve held exhibitions by Go Uchida, a talk by Leona from (then) Lucky Dip Club, and workshops from I Am Acrylic and Dazed Dorothy, all of which were well received and fully attended.

Now for some serious stuff –  you will need to provide all tables and equipment and advertise your own event, however we’re totally happy to blog about it and have flyers/posters in the shop. Any further days hire will be charged at £40 + VAT per day (discount for more than 3 consecutive days and more for longer term events), and the event must take place within our opening hours (you will be able to set up/take down the day before/after). We will hold a small deposit to secure your dates and to be returned after the space is vacated in the same condition as it was hired out. Please note that we will choose ideas that we feel fit best with the Hannah Zakari vibe.

Interested? Email me, Rachael, at hannahzakari@gmail.com with your idea and what you plan to do and when you’d like to do it, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

 

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Magic Is Real!

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Do you believe in magic? Bonbi Forest’s new collection just arrived here at HZ, and it’s got us convinced!

 

This lovely new collection serves as a constant reminder to never stop believing in the mystical side of life. Adorned with unicorns, stars and lightning bolts, the new pieces from Lee May Foster-Wilson’s Cornwall based jewellery line are truly enchanting!

We love the Magic Is Real pendant and Totally Magic pin:

Totally Magic Pin – £10

Magic Is Real Pendant – £20

Also in our Bonbi Forest delivery were some inspirational new pins:

The Time Is Now Pin – £8.50

Mama Bear Pin – £8

And more of the gorgeous lockets we’ve come to love from this range, perfect for tiny keepsakes and precious photos:

Creature of the Night Locket – £20

 

Spread Your Wings Locket – £20

We hope you like them as much as we do! Bonbi Forest’s jewellery is available in our Edinburgh shoppe or online on the webshoppe now.

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