HZ Christmas Gift Guide – Quirky Charm

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If there’s one group of people that we absolutely love buying Christmas presents for, it’s this one. People who stand out from the crowd; who love bright colours, fun designs and who aren’t afraid to let their style make a statement. This is a gift guide for all the quirky people out there!

These people go their own way, and that sense of individualism makes them great fun to buy presents for. We hope that some of the suggestions below inspire you on your quest for quirk!

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Keep your keys safe the cute way with Don Fisher’s fun Herring keychain purse.

 

This cute Terrarium necklace by Finest Imaginary is perfect for plant lovers.

 

Soar high with Swank’s magnificent gold acrylic Pegasus necklace!

This sweet Lobster enamel pin by Scout Editions is the cutest crustacean in town.

 

 

The perfect gift for your fun loving girl friends, these Girl Gang earrings by Jennifer Loiselle will make you smile.

 

Or how about these luscious Lemon earrings by I Am Acrylic for someone who likes a bright pop of colour in their jewellery?

 

For something truly quirky, how about this original Sunae pineapple sand art piece by Naoshi?

 

Guaranteed to impress, this stunning statement Lido necklace by Lou Taylor will be loved by anyone with a bold sense of style.

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We like to think we do quirky style pretty well here at Hannah Zakari, so if there’s nothing on this list that piques your interest it’s definitely worth checking out the rest of our range in the HZ webshoppe!

 

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HZ Gift Guide – The Big One!

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Our second Hannah Zakari Christmas gift guide is all about the big one. The main gift you’ll buy this year, that extra special treat for someone who means the world to you. You want to get them something meaningful: something they’ll love, something they’ll cherish, something they’ll keep. It’s not always an easy thing to find, but once you’ve found it you’ll KNOW it’s perfect.

We think we’ve got a few things that fit the bill here at HZ. From delicate silver earrings to bold and beautiful statement necklaces, these pieces by our talented independent jewellery designers are the ideal way to show someone that you care this Christmas!

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I Heart Earrings by Upper Metal Class

 

Nova Necklace by We Dream In Colour

 

Little Galaxy Earrings by We Dream In Colour

 

 

Phase Earrings by Wolf and Moon

 

Protective Hand Ring by Datter

 

Nouveau Large Flower Necklace by Rosa Pietsch

You can see more of the stunning work by these designers online on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe now!

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HZ Gift Guide – Secret Santa

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December is nearly here, the festive songs are creeping their way onto our shoppe playlist, and our minds are turning to the season of twinkling decorations, good food and gift giving!

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Although we love Christmas, we know that Christmas shopping can be a daunting prospect. With seemingly endless choice and long lists of people to buy for, it’s hard to know where to start! It can also be a sometimes depressingly commercial experience, with a constant barrage of special offers on the High Street and the enticing lure of the online giants always present. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Choosing the right gifts for the people you care about can be a lot of fun, and shopping for them can be a great way to support small businesses and independent, talented creators. To help you on your way, we’re compiling some pieces by our favourite artists, jewellery makers and indie designers into a Hannah Zakari Christmas gift guide!

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To warm ourselves up, we’re starting off with a selection of small, cute gifts perfect as stocking fillers or for the office Secret Santa. At £10 or under, they’re a great way to get started on your gift buying adventure:

Cute yellow posies hand painted by Layla Amber! 

Another gorgeous pair of hand painted stud earrings, this time by Kate Rowland.

One Christmas treat that you won’t have to diet off in January, this cute enamel pin by Naoshi is a perfect stocking filler!

Iron on patches make great little gifts too, with the added bonus of being easy to slip into a Christmas card! This one by Mokuyobi is perfect for the chillier months.

Temporary tattoos are super popular right now, and we love these ones by Kate Broughton.

These lovely A6 notebooks are just right for creative types! We think the shiny gold pattern gives this one by Ola a particularly festive look.

I hope we’ve given you some ideas for those tricksy Secret Santas! If none of these are quite right, you can check out our full range of affordable earrings, pins, patches, tattoos and stationery on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe now.

We’ll be putting together a few more gift guides in the run up to Christmas, so keep an eye out for them and shop indie this December!

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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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