Introducing… Bel’s Art World!

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It’s always super exciting when we start stocking something new in the shoppe, and our new range of pins and patches by the wonderful Bel’s Art World is no exception!

Designed by East London based illustrator Belinda Chen, this adorable collection is brand new to HZ and features all our favourite things; cute cats, out of this world aliens and food loving bunnies 🐰 Here are just a few of my favourite pieces:

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Wear your art on your sleeve (or lapel) with Bel’s Kitty the Artist Enamel Pin – £7

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Or show the world how much you love your furry family by sporting this Cat Lady Iron On Patch – £7

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If cats aren’t your thing, how about a cute tofu-loving bunny? Bunny Tofu Iron On Patch – £7

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Continuing the theme of good health, Bel’s Art World celebrates these underrated but important (and very colourful!) critters too: Friendly Bacteria Iron On Patch – £7

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I love this spaced out alien and his super cool moon so much – and it GLOWS IN THE DARK! Moon Lounger Enamel Pin – £7

You can find our full range of Bel’s Art World products in the webshoppe and the Edinburgh shoppe now!

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Hannah Zakari Gift Guide – geek chic

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For our third guide to Christmas presents, we turn to the cool nerds, the happy geeks, the pop culture fans and clever clogs out there. The Hannah Zakari Shoppe has just the thing for the space cadets, gamers and niche tv fans in your life.

The wonderful Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes are a great place to start when you’re on the prowl for a present with a geeky angle. We love the Sword of Omens pin badge (sight beyond sight depending on the wearer), the cute Zelda inspired Heart Container pin, and the amazing little Virtual Pet pin (all the charm of a Tamagotchi, without the upkeep!).

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If you know someone with a bit of a space obsession (who doesn’t?), we’re a few different things in the Hannah Zakari Shoppe to stick in their Christmas stocking.

Mokuyobi Threads have a stellar range of pins and patches in the Shoppe, including the brilliant Space Mission iron-on patch. It’s amazing on a coat, bag, shirt or jumper, and strikes the perfect balance between retro and cool.

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If your favourite space-fan is into jewellery too, get them an out of this world piece from Eclectic Eccentricity, designed by Lucy – who gave up a career in astrophysics to pursue jewellery making!

The I Just Need Some Space, Man necklace is perfectly subtle, as a cool little ceramic spaceman hangs from a brass chain.

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Another gem from Eclectic Eccentricity is this outstanding Perfect Alignment Solar System necklace. The necklace features a set of vintage cabochons dating from the 1940s through to the 1980s, which were selected by Lucy for their similarities to the planets in our solar system.

Perfect Alignment Solar System necklace

Designer Kate Rowland makes a great range of brooches and earrings with a cult TV theme, and we particularly love the Game of Thrones inspired Winter is Coming brooch – ’tis the season…

Winter is Coming brooch

Finally, fans of kawaii will love this little Kawaii Food Meal Planner by Asking For Trouble – it’s just the thing for New Year’s Resolutions as well!

Kawaii Food Meal Planner

Browse these items and lots more on the Hannah Zakari online shop, or come and visit our Shoppe on Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, for even more Christmas gift ideas.

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Hannah Zakari Gift Guide – Creatives

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Our second Christmas gift guide is all about some of our favourite people here at the shoppe – creatives! The crafters, the artists, the designers. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them! Get them something this year that’ll appeal straight to their arty side; here are some ideas to get you started…

Kate Rowland‘s palette brooch is perfect for traditional painters and art lovers alike. It’s beautifully hand painted by the artist, so each one is unique – just like your artist friends! There are matching earrings too.

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Paint Palette Brooch – £11

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Paint Palette Earrings – £7

For people who are creative for a living, it can feel like they never stop. Whether they’re an illustrator, designer or writer, Robbie Porter‘s non-stop brooch (featuring a pencil in the shape of the infinity symbol) is testament to their enduring work ethic.

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Non-Stop Pin – £8

Because they’re working all the time, it’s a fairly safe bet that they burn through paper and notebooks at an amazing rate! So a brand new one is always going to be welcome, and Ola‘s designs are perfect. They feature a layflat binding, which means they’ll stay open flat while you’re working – making them great for use as sketchbooks.

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A5 Layflat Notebook in Yellow Curve – £11

Because you can never have too many notebooks, we’d also recommend Nikki Strange‘s beautiful collection. The A5 pages in The Daydreamers Notebook are lined, so they’re great for writers!

A5 Oriental Palms Notebook – £6

Creative people are well known for their sometimes eclectic fashion sense, and we love it. For anyone who embraces the quirky, the eccentric, the bold, this Wearing Whatever enamel pin by Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes is sure to be a hit.

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Wearing Whatever Enamel Pin – £8

And those lovers of bold style are bound to be drawn to some of our statement geometric necklaces, like this lovely design by One We Made Earlier.

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We hope that’s helped to inspire you on your quest for the perfect gift. More guides coming soon!

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Hannah Zakari Gift Guide – Nature Lovers

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Christmas shopping is hard work; sometimes you’re stuck for ideas, and sometimes you have SO MANY ideas that you just can’t narrow it down. Never fear though, because we’re here to help with a handy guide to buying for the difficult people in your life!

This guide is full of lovely stuff for your favourite nature lovers. People who live and breathe the great outdoors, and love to spend time amongst their favourite animals and plants. Hannah Zakari has them covered!

This super cute Woodland Hedgehog necklace by Hug A Porcupine is ideal for lovers of our own British wildlife:

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Woodland Hedgehog Necklace – £26

And speaking of British wildlife, Kate Broughton has a beautiful illustrated guide to native woodland creatures for their wall:

British Woodland Animals Print by Kate Broughton

British Woodland Animals Print – £35

If they prefer their flora and fauna more exotic, Finest Imaginary‘s Monstera Enamel Pin badge is sure to appeal – the monstera is native to tropical regions of the Americas (although you may have seen a few closer to home as well… its common name is the cheese plant!):

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Monstera Leaf Enamel Pin – £8

And featuring another exotic plant likely to be admired by nature lovers, these Bamboo Earrings by We Dream In Colour are beautiful:

Bamboo Earrings by We Dream In Colour

Bamboo Earrings  – £34

For people who love to get outside in the fresh air whatever the weather, staying warm is a must. Hilary Grant‘s range of lambswool knitwear designed in Orkney will keep them cosy:

Sanna Lambswool Circle Scarf by Hilary Grant

 Sanna Circle Scarf in Caspian and Navy – £82

An underrated critter, this moth necklace by The Aviary makes a great walking companion:

Brass Moth Necklace by The Aviary

Nature Girl Necklace – Moth – £21

We hope that gives you some ideas! Look out for more gift guides from the HZ Shoppe in the run up to Christmas.

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Designer Interviews – Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes

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We’re in awe of Sally Mcadam: as well as being a full time doctor, she manages to find time to make the beautiful jewellery and accessories in her Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes range! We’ve just received a delivery of new HOYFC pin badges, so Aimee interviewed Sally to find out more about the process and inspiration behind them.

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How long have you been designing jewellery and accessories? And what got you started?

I started making jewellery at university, initially just charm bracelets and necklaces using beads I bought from ebay. I began to get frustrated as I couldn’t make items look the way I wanted them to so I looked into other methods of jewellery making and came across laser cutting. I taught myself to use a vector program called Inkscape (which you can download for free!) and with a lot of trial and error and furious googling I made my first laser cut necklace. I was so excited about it that I continued to design and make increasingly complex pieces and I’ve now been making jewellery for around 10 years.

More recently, I decided to design some enamel pin badges as I felt the blocks of colour and clear lines would fit in well with my brand and give customers the opportunity to buy smaller and more affordable pieces from my online store. They have been a massive hit and I now sell more pin badges than anything else in my shop! I’ve also branched out into designing patches, tote bags, snapback caps, notebooks, stickers and even washi tape. I love drawing new things so I’ve always got new products popping up.

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As well as running HOYFC I have a full time job working as a doctor in a hospital. This means I don’t really have an “average” working day as I work a lot of long days, weekends and night shifts – I work hard to manage my time. If I’m working a normal 9-5 day I’ll get up and go to work at my day job and when I come home in the evening I’ll pack up my orders, answer my emails, work on new designs, make jewellery, do my accounts, etc. I usually go to the post office once a week looking like Santa with a giant bag of mail.

You draw a lot from pop culture, like television and gaming, for your work. What’s been the best thing you’ve seen or played lately?

I don’t have as much time as I would like to for gaming any more as I dedicate most of my spare time to HOYFC, but I did manage to watch Stranger Things on Netflix and it was incredible! I loved it so much that I designed a range of pins, patches, badges and stickers based around it and my customers seem to be enjoying them which is super great.

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Would you describe yourself as a bit of a geek?

I’d like to think I’m really cool, but in reality I probably am a bit of a geek. I’d rather stay in and watch sci fi films than go out dancing and I’d rather go roller skating than to the pub – I think this is reflected in some of my products, especially the “Too Tired To Party” pin badge and balloon packs I designed recently.

Do you have any favourite pieces in your collection right now?

I really like the rainbow screen printed t-shirts and tote bags I have in right now that say “I’m Not Sorry About Your Fragile Masculinity“. The sentiment rings true for most of my customers and the pastel coloured rainbow screen printing looks beautiful!

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Are there any other designers or artists who are inspiring you at the moment?

I’m in love with Big Bud Press’  new retro style collection and the awesome clothing range they’ve introduced recently. Designosaur have just brought out some amazing dinosaur socks and I have some major sock envy!

Do you have any advice for designers just starting out?

Organise your time, do your tax return as early as possible, (or even better, get an accountant to do it) and most importantly have fun!

What’s your favourite dinosaur?

I love a stegosaurus, I think they’re underrated. Team Steg!

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Our thanks to Sally for talking to us – you can buy our full Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes range on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe now!

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Designer Interviews – Robbie Porter

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Robbie Porter‘s unique brand of humorous, thoughtful illustration always brings a smile to our faces here in the shoppe. Here he talks to Aimee about his life as an illustrator, his inspirations, and his quest for the ultimate hangover cure!

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You describe your work as “ideas led” – what does that mean for you? And where do your ideas come from?

I hope it means that there is a somewhat thoughtful concept behind the illustrations. I’m usually trying to communicate something, whether it’s silly or serious my aim is to make work that’s both playful and meaningful.

In terms of where the ideas come from I don’t think there is a big secret really, I wish great ideas just popped into my head but usually it’s just about painful perseverance. Waiting for a great idea is the best way to get nothing done – or at least that’s my excuse for all the terrible work I’ve made over the years.

What does an average working day look like for you?

Sadly I’m not a morning person, I’ve developed quite a bad habit of watching a half hour comedy show every morning when I wake up, it’s the only way I can stop myself from falling back to sleep.

I’m usually at my desk by around 10ish, I’ll start by answering all the emails that I forgot about the day before and try to clear any boring stuff out of the way as quickly as possible. By midday I’d hope to be getting down to some drawing, that’s when I’ll start ignoring emails and just try to get my head down.

I used to work late into the night but recently I’ve tried to adhere to a more traditional routine, I’ll stop working around 6:30 to cook dinner, I love cooking and find it a great way to separate the day from the evening. Afterwards it’s time for movies & reading or friends & drinking.

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Do you listen to music while you work? What kind?

Definitely, sometimes I think that’s the main reason why I became an illustrator – I get to spend all my time in the company of my favourite musicians. When I have to concentrate I’ll listen to stuff like; Nils Frahm, Bon Iver, Fever Ray, Beach Boys… and when I’m done concentrating I’ll listen to something a bit more upbeat, I’m always partial to a bit of Kanye.

Also, like all illustrators, I listen to a lot of podcasts, recently I’ve been enjoying the Adam Buxton Podcast, I think he’s the person who most easily puts a smile on my face. I also listen to Radio 4 which deeply offends my teenage self, but because I work from home it’s nice to listen to talking as well as music sometimes.

Are there any other designers or illustrators you’d say you’ve been
particularly inspired by?

When I was really little I was completely obsessed with the comic Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson, I think I related to Calvin and how much he lived inside his own head, I got wrapped up in his world and found it so imaginative, smart & funny. When I got a bit older and my mum would drag me around art galleries I was always attracted to Surrealism and in particular Magritte, something about the simplicity and absurdity fascinated me. Later, when I was at art school and the idea of being an illustrator started percolating, I discovered the work of Craig Frazier, the way he conceptualises complex subjects into strong, simple images blew me away. I often remind myself of a quote by him that says “good illustration should go from the eye to the mind then the heart.”

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You moved from Scotland to London – how’s life in the city? Is there anything you miss about living up north?

I really love London, it’s the first place that’s felt like home other than Edinburgh. I think there’s a bit of a myth that London is an unfriendly & foreboding place but I find it incredibly sociable, open and fun. The only obvious problem is the cost of living.

The thing I miss most about Edinburgh is being able to walk anywhere in 30 minutes, it’s so rare for me to travel anywhere now without hopping on a bus or tube.

One of our favourite designs by you features a man walking a dinosaur – have you ever had any exotic pets?

Nothing exotic sadly, but a countless number of poor wee hamsters.

As well as designing cards and accessories, you’ve worked for some pretty prestigious clients as an illustrator. Which side of your business do you enjoy more, if either?

I really like both, and they sort of compliment one another. With client work the challenge is visually interpreting someone else’s words and sometimes the subject matter can be quite dry, it’s up to you to find a way of making it interesting or fun. The goal for me is to make something that not only fits the brief but also has some personality in it too. When designing products you have a lot more freedom in what you create and it’s easier to be experimental and silly. In the end though, both processes are about trying to make something personal that hopefully relates to an audience.

Do you have any tips for aspiring illustrators?

Make a lot of work. I really think that’s the most important thing.

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I’m doing some client work for Esquire, it’s about what to do before & after a boozy night to reduce the likelihood of a hangover – I have terrible hangovers so it’s nice to work on something that I could actually benefit from.

I’m also thinking about trying out some new products like wrapping paper, mugs and possibly plant pots – if I can figure out how to make them.

Thanks to Robbie for giving us this glimpse into his working life! His range of illustrated cards, pins and patches is available now on the Hannah Zakari Webshoppe.

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Go Uchida: Poetry and Design

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We love our  yearly visits from Japanese Poet and Designer Go Uchida, and this year we’re excited to host his new exhibition of poetry and artwork at the HZ Shoppe from October 23rd – 27th.

As always there will be a reading night and this will be on Thursday 27th from 6pm onwards (reading starts at 6.30). We hope you can join us for a relaxed evening of poetry and a wee dram of whisky.
poetryanddesign_omoteGo Uchida is based in Matsumoto, Japan. He studied law at university where he continued to teach himself graphic design and write poetry, eventually publishing his poetry collections and hold exhibitions and readings in Japan. He now travels to Scotland every year to experience the landscape and culture that inspire his art. You can see some of his design works on his website at http://oo53.com/category/design/.

This is the third time Go has held his exhibition with Hannah Zakari however, this is the first time he has brought his art/design work to Scotland.

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23rd—30th October 2016
at. Hannah Zakari
43 Candlemaker Row Edinburgh
Monday—Friday: 12noon—5.30pm
Saturday: 11am—5.30pm
Sunday: 12.30pm—5pm
 
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read new book “The Long Journey”
6.30pm–8pm Thu 27th October
doors open at 6pm / free entry / the new book is on sale
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“The Long Journey” is a new book of the collected poems written about the scenery and people of Scotland, Ireland and Sweden in 2014, 2015. The book design is truly unique and you can enjoy these poems in Japanese and English with beautiful photographs.
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Our Summer Meadow Window Display…

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Summer is here (at least, it was yesterday) and so is our latest summer meadow window display, I’m really excited to share the summery goodness with you!

I’d been thinking of the possibility of a wildflower meadow in our window for a while and on a run through Instagram one day saw that Brendan (from our favourite design duo, I Am Acrylic) had made some rather beautiful acrylic flowers for Ruth (the other half of the duo) and a plan started to form…

We love a designer collaboration at HZ and over the last couple of years we’ve worked with Lou Taylor, Laura Berger in addition to our in-house window efforts, so I approached I Am Acrylic with my idea and they said yes! What resulted was the most beautiful window filled with poppies and daisies and foxgloves and all the best summer meadow flowers, aren’t they beautiful?

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i am acrylic x hannah zakari window display 1The acrylic is positively luminous in the sun, everything is so bright and happy! Plus it makes great use of our swing shelves, on which we’ve currently displayed work from Lou Taylor, One+Eight, Stay Home Club, Kate Rowland, Finest Imaginary and (new to HZ!) Amy Victoria Marsh. And spot the little ladybirds which HZ girl Aimee made for us.

i am acrylic x hannah zakari window display 2So far we’ve had some brilliant positive feedback, both on our Instagram and from customers in the HZ Shoppe, it radiates such a happy vibe!

i am acrylic x hannah zakari window display 5We’ve interviewed I Am Acrylic in the past on this blog which you can still read, and just a few weeks ago they held a jewellery making workshoppe in our shoppe (I so hope we can do that again one day!), but we’d love it if you were to pop into the shop and take a look!

Rachael x

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Designer Interviews – Custom Made

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Custom Made’s eclectic range of jewellery is always a customer favourite in the HZ shoppe, so its designer Anna Butler was a natural choice for our next Designer Interview!

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Aimee talked to Anna about her process and her inspirations, and received some wise words for aspiring designers.

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How did you get Custom Made started, and do you have any advice for other people who want to start their own business?

I started Custom Made when I decided to leave my job as a Menswear Designer. I had always wanted to work for myself so decided to make the leap. I was lucky because I worked freelance as a designer for a couple of years also so I could balance that with growing the business.

There comes a time when you need to make the leap to just the business though if you want it to grow. I think that pretty much becomes apparent when the time comes. It did for me, and talking to pal that also run small businesses I think it’s pretty common. Advice? Well, you need to really believe in and have a passion for what you are making/selling. Believe me its bloody hard work. There will be times when you feel like giving up BUT you just have to keep on going. NEVER GIVE UP!

Also now there are so many good resources for info on selling, wholesale, making social media work. So much more information than when I started Custom Made. At the end of the day though working things out for yourself are very gratifying.

Oh and I cannot stress enough KEEP ON TOP OF YOUR ACCOUNTS. If you are discovering at the end of the year you haven’t made any money its too late to do anything about it. Know what’s gone into your bank account and out on a daily basis. As soon as I started doing that by business flourished.

Also cost your products correctly. Never ever be a busy fool.

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Can you tell us a bit about your manufacturing process?

All Custom Made products are made/assembled in the studio. I have an industrial sewing machine and overlocker. All our purses and clutches are designed, pattern cut, cut, made and finished in the studio. With the jewellery, lots of our items are constructed using laser cut acrylic and metals stampings. I design all the jewellery pieces, they are cut by a laser cutter and then assembled in the studio. I have just added a new big long assembly desk. It’s great to work at and my cat has her bed at one end so when I’m alone in the studio I still have company! Spending time making jewellery is a great way to spend the day.

How do you come up with ideas for new designs?

I always find this question really hard to answer as it’s different for each product and collection. With the laser cut acrylic jewellery I spend a lot of time making shapes in illustrator and playing with colour. As I said I use cut acrylic shapes and metal stampings. I usually print out sheets of shapes I have drawn and lay metal pieces over them. I am very inspired by colour and shape and spend lots of time playing with both.

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Are there any other designers or artists you find particularly inspiring?

I really love Scout Editions. Everything about their work is beautiful. Beautiful colours, and beautiful artwork and products.

Do you have a favourite item in the Custom Made collection?

My current favourite is the Curve Necklace. They are so simple but the contrasting colours in each makes them. They are also very satisfying to make! They have also been super popular so I’m very happy. I still, after all this time love that fact that I make products and people buy them and wear them. It still blows my mind and makes me happy.

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What does the future hold for you and Custom Made? Do you have any exciting plans lined up?

I’m always on the look out for exciting projects and events. There are a few things in the pipeline that I cant really talk about at the moment. But I just want to keep doing what I do and just keep making Custom Made better. Every day is a school day.

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Our thanks to Anna for sharing an insight into her beautiful designs!

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I Am Acrylic Jewellery Making WORKSHOPPE!

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I’m super excited to announce that the lovely Ruth and Brendan from I Am Acrylic are visiting our little shoppe to hold a jewellery making workshoppe on Saturday June 11th.

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The workshop is aimed at complete beginners or those with a little jewellery making experience who would like to learn how to work with acrylic – but we’ll have no lasers here, you will design, hand cut and assemble your very own piece of jewellery in a 2 and a half hour session.

Examples from previous workshoppe designs!

Examples from previous workshoppe designs!

By the end of the session you should have the knowledge confidence and skills to have a go in the comfort of your own home. All materials and tools are provided so you just need to bring yourself and plenty of ideas of what you’d like to make!

To book for the morning session *click here*.

To book for the afternoon session *click here*.

Once you have booked I Am Acrylic will be in touch with more info so you can think about your design beforehand!

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