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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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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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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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The new girl’s top picks

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Hi everyone, I’m the new girl in the shop.

*waves at laptop irl*

So Rachael suggested that I should introduce myself and help you guys get to know me a bit better by sharing a few of my things at HZ headquarters.

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Without a doubt the first thing that I thought of when creating this list was the Bunny Tofu Iron On Patch by Bels Art World. As a vegan I couldn’t help but swoon. I’m seriously considering getting my hands on a denim jacket just so I can justify bringing this little critter everywhere with me. Or maybe I can also iron it onto a canvas bag?

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The next item involves a collaboration between two longtime faves: Stay Home Club and illustrator Julia Bereciartu. Julia’s relatable illustrations feel perfectly at home in this comfy and soft loose T-shirt. The Another Night in T-shirt is perfect for drinking in, frankly it’s compulsory. Although I must admit, I prefer the company of dogs to cats, and beer to wine.

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Next up on my list is this amazing swimmer necklace by Lou Taylor. It’s a statement necklace that would dress up any wardrobe choice but I imagine it going particularly well with a navy dress and orange nail polish. The ironic thing is I cannot swim!

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The final thing(s?) on my hit list are these wonderful seasonal fruit and veg UK postcards by Asking For Trouble. These postcards would never be allowed to fall off the fridge in my flat. Someone needs to post me these, I mean just look at those adorable radishes! Looking might I say, simply ‘radishing’ …

So apart from loving bad jokes, let me tell you more about myself. When I’m not in the shop drooling over everything, I’m an artist who works with moving image and collaborates with other artists and friends on creative workshops and projects. You can see a bit of what I do on my website, check it out here.

I have been a long time customer of Hannah Zaraki, since I first arrived in Edinburgh as a student. It’s a joy to wrap up all the lovely pieces for customers to take home and I hope to wrap something up for you very soon!

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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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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.

Space Mission Alpha patch

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:

Woodland Hedgehog Necklace by Hug A Porcupine

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.

rplumberWhat’s next on the horizon for you? Are you working on anything at the
moment?

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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