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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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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(Temporary!) Shop Closure…

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Just a heads up to our customers that the HZ Shoppe will be closed next week from Sunday 2nd April until at least Thursday 6th April while we have a long overdue repaint and freshen up for spring!

We plan to reopen on Friday 7th April but we’ll update here and on Twitter if there are any delays.

Apologies for any inconvenience but you can still shop online and pick up or we’ll deliver asap!

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We’re Hiring!

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

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

The position is for 2-3 days per week (approx 12-18 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.

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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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.

Edinburgh
[exhibition]
23rd—30th October 2016
at. Hannah Zakari
43 Candlemaker Row Edinburgh
Monday—Friday: 12noon—5.30pm
Saturday: 11am—5.30pm
Sunday: 12.30pm—5pm
 
[reading]
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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New Book of the collected poems “The Long Journey”
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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?

i am acrylic x hannah zakari window display 4

 

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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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.

I AM Acrylic Workshoppe Poster

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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Designer Interviews – Laura Berger

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Laura Berger is definitely one of our most loved designers. Girls walk around the HZ Shoppe looking at the jewellery while their boyfriends stand and chuckle at the cards occasionally running up to them with a silly grin on their face to show what cheeky nugget of Laura’s imagination they’ve found!

In this latest of our designer interviews, Vicky talks to Laura about what makes her tick and if she really uses her bottom as a drum…

Laura Berger

Describe a typical day…

Most days I get up around 9 and coffee is first and foremost.  I like to drink a first cup sitting in my little meditation / plant space in my living room because there’s good sun in there if the sun is out and I associate that space with good feelings, so it feels like a nice start.  Then I usually plod through some tasks that coffee is helpful with, like emailing and such.  After that, for the last year or so it’s been anywhere between 10-15 hours working most days.  That could include painting, animating, designing paper goods, packaging paper goods, packaging online orders, ordering supplies, updating sites and social media, googling tech forums to try to fix something that’s broken, weeping gently, making little ceramics… a whole slew of options there. Painting and designing is really time consuming, but it’s also what I like the best of course, so the hours fly by when I’m working.  Lately I’m really into the George Michael station on Pandora.  I try to get some yoga or a walk snuck in there somewhere.  And a late dinner with my man pal or a friend sometimes.  I usually have an adult reward when I’m done working so I can delineate the end of my day — like a glass of wine or something — on my back porch if it’s warm enough.  I have a beautiful alley view.  So basically my day is structured around beverage enjoyment, I guess.  I do fun things too, I swear.  And I always take Sundays off.

Do you have any rituals to help you get inspired when facing a creative block?

The best way for me to clear a creative block is to put it all down and walk away and stop thinking about any of it.  Travel is the ultimate best way.  But even something as simple as going for a walk or just taking a shower can help.  Grasping and stress kills all ideas.  Stress is bad and dumb.  I get the most ideas when I’m doing something completely unrelated to working or something sort of meditative — like long-distance driving, or looking out a plane window, or just sitting and staring at the ceiling and not thinking.  If I let go, everything comes.  Easier said than done, of course.

Work In Progress Laura Berger

 

How much of your work is based on your real life … Have you actually used a butt to play the drums and thrown a pyjama party?

Ha!  um… who hasn’t? Right?  Well, I certainly hope we are all drumming some butts anyway.  They have excellent acoustics.

I mean I guess it’s all from my life in a sense — thoughts that pop up or maybe experiences I have had or want to have.  I really like to be ridiculous.  It is a very lucky thing that I found a person who will put up with my insanity.

Laura Berger Workspace

Do you have any advice for people wanting to start their own business in the creative world?

Make work obsessively because it’s all practice and it will help not only to improve technically, but I think making lots of work also helps to psychologically work through our experiences, influences, and ideas and really get clear on who we are.  Which then means our own voice can gain clarity and a personal style can start to develop and find its way.   I think if you’re being honest in your work — if you’re really being you —  people will connect with it because it will inherently be unique.  And we’re so fortunate right now with the ability to share our work with people all over the world via social media and the web, so of course you have to make sure to hustle that stuff a little too.

What has been your favourite adventure so far?

Our trip to Japan a couple of years ago was pretty awesome.  I love it there.  

You have such a great sense of humour in your work! Has it ever gotten you into trouble?

Thank you! And yes!  I always got in trouble in school for talking too much.  I was a pro prank phone caller among my friends, back in the prehistoric times before Caller ID was invented.  This is why this solitary work life is super challenging for me.  I’m a talker.

Work In Progress Laura Berger

If you were reincarnated, what do you think you’d come back as and why?

I hope I will come back as a small fluffy animal.  I don’t care what kind.  It just seems really nice to be small and fluffy and sleep a lot and get petted. And if I’m an animal then I don’t have to go through gym class again.  I was awful at it.

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Thank you so much to Laura and Vicky and stay tuned for more designer interviews coming soon!

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Designer Interviews – One We Made Earlier

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Next up in our new series of designer interviews are husband and wife duo Emma and Rob Orchardson of One We Made Earlier.

The couple design and create bold and beautiful statement jewellery with strong clean lines and a playful geometric theme. Their necklaces are striking art pieces and always gather lots of attention in the HZ shoppe.

Anna spoke to Emma from One We Made Earlier to find out more about the duo’s makings and inspirations behind the brand.

Teo Necklace

What inspired you to start your own jewellery brand?

In a way we didn’t really make the decision to start a jewellery brand at all – it was just the direction that our experimentation ended up taking!

Having worked independently in the worlds of fine art and design, my husband Rob and I decided to pull together our common interests and collaborate on a project. We started to experiment with some different materials and shapes and then after making our first few necklaces for friends and receiving some positive feedback and support, we decided to make more necklaces using our signature rope and various other interesting materials, initially wooden shapes and balls.

Can you describe One We Made Earlier for us?

One We Made Earlier produce contemporary accessories. We work with a wide range of design stores and boutiques both in the UK and much further afield.

We love combining unusual and unexpected materials such as corian – a material mainly used for kitchen worktops with cork or shiny resin balls to compose balanced and minimal designs which have impact when worn or even hung on the wall.

Ad Necklace in Yellow

What is it like working as a creative duo?

It is good – but life is a juggle!

I work in One We Made Earlier full-time whilst also looking after our two young children who are at primary school. Rob also continues his work making sculptures in the world of contemporary art alongside cutting shapes for necklaces in the studio! We recently moved into a very local studio together which has helped our work/life balance a lot!

We tend to work unconventional hours to get everything done – I work school hours and then again in the evening. Somehow it works, but it can be crazy if we have a lot of orders on!

What are your main inspirations?

Inspiration stems from many sources and is often influenced by exhibitions we are visiting, books we are reading, things we have noticed in daily life in London or places we have been. Some of our foundational sources of inspiration include Memphis use of colour and pattern, the boldness of Constructivist design, Bauhaus simplicity and futurist stage set designs.

Can you tell us a little about the design process behind the development of your collections?

Our design process is very playful and experimental. If we have found a new surface we like, Rob will cut it into various shapes and we will play around with different compositions of shapes until something works well for both of us. From one design, another often emerges organically.

Having worked with existing surfaces for a while such as corian, we are now interested in developing some of our own surfaces, casting and creating our own shapes for future collections.

Otto Necklace

What advice would you give someone interested in getting into the jewellery design business?

I guess it is easy to imagine you would be sitting at a bench making things all day every day. Of course there are many, many hours spent doing that (in our case cutting and sanding!) but there are so many other aspects to running a business to keep on top of in order to keep the business alive and build your brand.

Social media is key these days and also taking part in events where you can meet customers face to face, gather feedback on your work and see what else is happening in the design world around you.

Any collaborations with other creatives currently in the pipeline?

Potentially, yes…Watch this space!

And lastly, what’s next? What is your vision for the future of One We Made Earlier?

As I mentioned before, we are currently experimenting with making our own surfaces for new necklaces. We are also considering other product lines.

We will be taking part in Designjunction at London Design Festival again in September, so come and visit us there!

Thanks to both Anna and Emma from One We Made Earlier. It is fantastic to know more about what inspires our designers to make such beautiful jewellery!

Stay tuned for more designer interviews coming soon!

 

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