Up Your Pin Game!

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Have you ever bought a new jacket purely because you’ve run out of space for lapel pins on the old one? Installed a cork board on your wall not for keeping track of paperwork, but for displaying the many enamel badges you’re not currently wearing? Spent your last tenner before payday on a cute new pin you just HAD to have, even if it meant eating instant noodles for dinner three days in a row?

If so, then you have joined the ranks of the Flair Addicts; and you’re in good company. These tiny wearable artworks have been becoming exponentially more popular over the last couple of years, and here at Hannah Zakari we’ve been gradually building our collection to keep up. I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that our selection has become pretty enviable!

We love enamel pins because they’re a great, affordable way to get hold of some quality work by our favourite indie designers. With so many different designs available, there really is something for everyone. Here’s a few suggestions to get your collection started:

Food Glorious Food

Gastronomes are sure to find something to love in our extensive collection of food inspired enamel pins! How about pinning a fried egg or cute fruit to your apron?

This cute Clementine enamel pin badge by Scout Editions wants to be your darling!


Wear this cute Avocato avocado cat pin by Pony People while you make your millennial toast

However you like your eggs, Naoshi’s fried egg girl is sure to appeal to your sunny side.

 

Send A Message

These bold pins featuring words of wisdom from some of our favourite designers are great gifts for opinionated friends.

One for writers by Rock Cakes: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword!

This motivational pin by Bonbi Forest will inspire courage.

Behold! Your feminist agenda on a pin, courtesy of Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes.

 

Cute Animals

We are unashamed fans of all things cute and cuddly here at Hannah Zakari, so animal themed pins feature heavily among our favourites!
This pristine poodle by Stay Home Club will smarten up your lapel.

Or if cats are more your thing, how about this adorable artistic kitty by Bel’s Art World?

This stunning origami deer brooch by Hug A Porcupine is sure to appeal to the wild at heart.

With such a diverse range of pins out there, your problem is less likely to be finding one you like than choosing between the many you want! Might be time to buy that new jacket…

All these pins and many more are available now on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe.

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Designer Interview – King Sophie’s World

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It’s designer interview time! This week we’re featuring Sophie King, a British textile artist and the feminist mastermind behind King Sophie’s World.

The colourful aesthetic and powerful message of King Sophie’s World really hits the spot at Hannah Zakari. Her meticulously hand embroidered pieces in bright sequins and thread are a labour of love from start to finish and we were thrilled that we could bring a selection of her work to the HZ Shoppe over the summer.

Emma spoke to Sophie about her work and practice…

How long have you been practising as an artist? How did you get started?

I started ‘King Sophie’s World’ in late 2011, I just started embroidering and haven’t stopped since.

 

If you were to explain your practice to someone who hasn’t seen your work before, how would you sum it up?

I hand embroider from start to finish statements and images on textiles. I explore the issues women face in modern life that undermine their self-esteem, self-confidence and well being.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

I wake up and I pack orders, go to the post office, then I check emails, which usually entails organising custom commissions and so on.

It’s usually about 4ish by this point, then I spend the rest of the day doing creative tasks, like embroidering orders, commissions and new pieces. I love listening to music whilst I work, I listen to all types of music but right now I have Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ on repeat.

 

Time seems to be an important part of your practice, from the medium you choose to work in, its historical significance and the experience of being a young woman. How do you relate to the women before you that have used embroidery as an art form?

In all honesty I relate more to women who have used textiles in a broader sense, as an art form. Like the designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who used embroidery with her fashion designs. Reading her autobiography was so affirming because it was like someone understood my aspirations in life for the first time.

 

What is your favourite item in your current collection and why?

I have really enjoyed embroidering on roses recently, just thoughts I’ve had in my head over the last few years. They’re more expressive and personal than anything I’ve made before. So it felt like more of a release.

Thanks to Sophie and Emma for the interview, first published in our 2017 Hannah Zakari zine (which is available to read in full here).

As well as the stunning original pieces displayed here and in our Edinburgh shoppe, Sophie King makes a range of inspirational iron on patches, button badges and stickers which have become immensely popular here at HZ!

Boys Are Mean Iron-On Patch

You’re Not A Bad Boy, You’re Just a Bad Person Button Badge

Your First Love Sticker

The King Sophie’s World range is spreading a positive message of self-love, feminism and determination and we love it. Check out the rest of this fantastic collection in the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

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Read our fifth Hannah Zakari zine!

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hannah zakari hz zine 2017

If you missed your chance to pick up one of our 2017 zines this summer, never fear; the entire thing is now available online right here! We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

The cover artwork for our zine is also now available in our online shop. These cute prints are based on original Sunae (Japanese sand art) illustrations by the wonderful Naoshi, and they’re a super fun and quirky way to add some colour to your walls! Choose from the rainy Daytime Skyline front cover or the sleepy Nighttime Skyline back cover:


Daytime Skyline A4 print by Naoshi 

Nighttime Skyline A4 print by Naoshi 

Work by Naoshi, King Sophie’s World, I Am Acrylic and many of the other artists and designers featured in our zine is available on the online shoppe now!

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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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