Competition Time! Day 4.

By

Competition closed – the winner is Katherine Brown! Yay!

Can you email me your address and I’ll get your goodies in the post next week 🙂

PS, keep your peepers peeled for another excellent competition next week to win lots of jewellery from HZ!

*****

It’s that time again folks, and today you can win lots of lovely things for your home!

This rather fabulous prize includes pieces from some of your favourite HZ designers – there’s a letterpress print from Gemma Correll, an Ashley G ‘Every Girl Is A Superhero Sometimes’ framed print (yup, framed!), a set of 3 Depeapa prints, some letter pressed vignettes from Yee Haw Designs, and last but by no means least, a gorgeous hand printed and made ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ cushion by Little Clouds. What’s even better is that, to date, all these items have only ever been available in our shoppe, so they’re pretty exclusive too!

To win this prize I want you to tell me about your favourite place in your home and why it’s your favourite. Feel free to post pictures and links.

Leave your replies in the comments and at the end of the competition, I’ll choose my favourite 5 entries and pick a winner at random from them.

The competition will close on Friday 20th January at 3 pm and the winner announced shortly after.

As always, I appreciate all your Retweets and shares on Facebook, so please help to spread the word about HZ and our wee giveaway!

Good luck!

Rachael x

PS just one more competition to go after this and we’ll be doing that next week!

Leave a comment

Competition Time! Day 3.

By

Competition closed! Thanks for all the amazing replies to this competition, it’s been really fun reading them all and since they were all so good I picked a winner at random…

And the winner is… Sami Lovegood!

Please email me with your address and I’ll get your prize in the post next week 🙂

*****

I am loving these competitions, especially all the jokes from yesterday, they were all truly awful which is just how I like my jokes so thank you to all who took part!

Today we have a crafty prize for you – a super stash of fabric and notions from my own supply…

This stash contains many different cotton fabrics as pictured above. Most are about fat quarter size, some bigger and some smaller. There are quite a few Japanese imports and prints from designers like Amy Butler and Alexander Henry. In addition to this stash, I’m also including some very pretty sewing notions – vintage buttons, wooden bag handles, a purse frame, buttons for covering, embroidery hoops etc etc… In all, this is a pretty good prize for someone who wants to start sewing/crafting but I think those of you who are already doing that sort of thing are going to love it too!

To win this prize, I want you to share your crafting tips and stories, things you’ve made and ideas for things you want to make. Feel free to link to your blogs and websites and promote your crafts.

At the end of the competition (tomorrow at 12), I’ll choose my favourite 5 entries and pick a winner at random from them.

As always, I appreciate all your Retweets and shares on Facebook, so please help to spread the word about HZ and our wee giveaway!

Good luck!

Rachael x

Leave a comment

Competition Time! Day 2.

By

Competition closed! The winner comes from our last entry by Rosie Blackwell-Sutton with her THREE cheese based jokes!

Rosie, email me with your details and I’ll get your prize in the post 🙂

*****

Well, yesterday was fun wasn’t it??! I’ve added the winner to the top of yesterdays post, so check and see if it was you!

Today the prize is a parcel of awesome accessories, I know you’re going to love this one! It’s packed with many goodies from some of our favourite designers including a Depeapa Tote Bag, a Showpony Purse, a The Small Object Sheriff Badge and Super Star Stamp Necklace (ink pad included!), a Little Odd Forest Acorn Brooch, Layla Amber Birdie Hair Slides and a very special lambswool Kitten Scarf which is usually only available to purchase in our ‘real life’ shoppe in Edinburgh! Here’s a picture of all those goodies…

Today you can enter by simply telling us your favourite joke!

You must leave your joke as a comment below to enter but I’ll give you an extra entry if you RETWEET us or SHARE this post on Facebook!

The competition closes at midday tomorrow, and the winner will be the person with the joke which makes us laugh the most! We’ll announce the winner at the top of this post and blog the details of tomorrow’s competition

Good luck,

Rachael x

Leave a comment

Competition Time! Day 1.

By

Competition closed and the winner is JUDIT!

I always wanted to find a letter in a bottle when I was little, but never did so maybe I can help someone else to find one! Judit – please email me with your address and I’ll get your prize on it’s merry way to you! http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/contact-us

*****

It’s all a bit quiet after the craziness of December and xmas, so since you’re not buying much I thought I’d give some stuff away instead.

For the next 5 days (working days, probably not on Saturday or Sunday) I’ll be having 5 different competitions to win different things each day. Today the prize is a bumper pack of stationery, but I also have an art and homewares prize, an accessories prize, a jewellery prize and a super crafty prize!

As I said, today you can win a bumper pack of stationery which will include the following items plus a few extra bits and bobs. Pictured below are writing sets by Naoshi and Cracked Designs, a notepad from Tea and Ceremony, a pack of Owl Cards and some Squirrel Recipe Cards from BoyGirlParty, a ‘My Thoughts Are Solid Gold’ Note set from The Small Object and a selection of greetings cards – wowsers!

How do you enter?

Tell me who you would write a letter to and what would it say?

You must leave a comment below to enter but I’ll give you an extra entry if you RETWEET us or SHARE this post on Facebook!

The competition closes at midday tomorrow, and we’ll choose our favourite answer (and let you know about tomorrow’s competition) soon after.

Good luck,

Rachael x

Leave a comment

By

To all of our customers who have supported HZ over this last year, we truly appreciate it so this is our way of saying a big ‘THANK YOU!’.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With love and thanks from Rachael and John at HZ x

Oh, PS, this is valid until January 4th!

Leave a comment

Petit Plat Interview

By

Petit Plat is one of my favourite HZ designers. I could look at her tiny work all day and wonder ‘just how does she do it?’. All Petit Plat jewellery is entirely handmade from scratch by designer Stephanie Kilgast, that includes each little strawberry, all the tiny kiwi fruits, the itty bitty berries, and all assembled into her beautiful miniature jewellery. As you can tell, I’m pretty awestruck by this!

Naturally then, Stephanie was one of the first people I pestered for an interview for our first zine which we published back in the summer, and here it is…

Name: Stephanie Kilgast (aka Petit Plat)
Age: 26
Location: Vannes (west of France, in the region of Brittany)

Can you tell us a bit about your background? Have you always been creative?
Yes. as a child when I was playing with dolls I did them furniture and food with what I could find. Later I did a lot of jewelry and little animals out of glass pearls, I went on with painting and I studied architecture, which is also rather creative. Now my passion lies in miniature food. But I also really want to make proper miniature furniture and dollhouse. Until now I’ve been working from scratch and it would look better with beautiful materials 🙂 I also want to paint again and try my hand on sculpting dolls.

When did you discover your talent for making minatures?
I discovered my passion for miniatures in summer 2007, while I was searching for a new hobby because I was bored…
At the time I was still a student and didn’t find a summer job so decided to go 7 weeks to my parents. Well after (only) 2 days I got terribly bored and googled like crazy for a new craft.
When I stumbled upon miniatures all my childhood ran back. Indeed as a child, I played a lot with Barbies and made some clay food out of regular sticky clay for them.

Are there any similarities or shared skills between your training as an architect and what you do now at Petit Plat?
Surprisingly a lot. Model making and sculpting in miniature require both the same level of patience and precision. Then I use photoshop all the time for my pictures, because my camera never gets the colors right. And in Architecture I used to work on photoshop all the time to process plans and 3D pics. Then architecture and minis seem to always come short when it comes to time. So being able to work under pressure is important as well. And both are a work of passion. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll be working in architecture some day.

Do you enjoy cooking real food and if so, is it as pretty as your miniatures?
I love eating and cooking but no it never looks really pretty 😀 but it’s tasty, and that’s what’s food all about. My mother always puts a lot of efforts in presentation of food, but I couldn’t care less. I’m happy to cook and prepare during hours but wasting 5 minutes to decorate a plate that I’m going to swallow done in 5 minutes no 😀
But I like colors and I like my meals to be filled with all kinds of food, so it’s often colorful. Never just plain rice and fish.

What item you have made are you most proud of?
That’s a difficult question, because what I prefer isn’t necessary what I’m the most proud of.
So I’d say I love my gingerbread houses, but I’m really proud of my cheese boards 😀
Oh well I’m pretty proud of my bread and macarons as well.

Can you tell us about your dolls/miniature house? Does it follow a theme? How long have you been working on it?
My doll’s house is based on a simple concept: having all the rooms dissembled so you can easily take 1 room and shoot pictures in it. That’s why I rather arrogantly named in “modular dollhouse”. It’s entirely made out of foam cardboard because it’s lightweight and easy to cut with a simple cutter.

Is it like your real house or is it something you aspire to?
Ha! I wish 😀 No it’s not the house I aspire to. I don’t like house, I prefer apartments in cities 😀

What would an average work day be like for you?
I wake up around 7-8 am, mainly because my BF gets up at that time to go to work. I start right away with answering emails and processing orders. Then I work until I get hungry which is usually around 9-10 when I take breakfast. I get back to work and usually (bad habit!) shower when I get hungry again, usually at 12h30-13h and then have lunch.
After lunch I tend to be a little lazy so I surf around, play or well just stare holes in the air 😀
I work until BF gets back home and (unless I really have tons to do) I stop working on the mini food and do something else.

When you’re not working you like to:
Swimming, visiting art exhibitions, reading, making mini furniture, baking, reading blogs, …

Where do you see yourself 3 years from now?
Soooo 29. Well with kids! Yikes! How time flies! I really want some kids, 3 or 4 would be nice – cute little kiddos shouting and rambling and making noise around, that sounds cool. Well that’s about it. The future will tell for the rest 🙂

Any other info you’d like to share?
I’m racking my brain off, but all I can think of is “I don’t have a driver’s licence” which really isn’t a very interesting info 😀

Thanks to Stephanie for letting me interview her. You can buy a selection of Petit Plat jewellery on Hannah Zakari or simply just gawk at it like I do!

Leave a comment

Margaux Lange Interview

By

Margaux Lange creates Barbie jewellery for grown ups, her work is exquisitely beautiful and in my experience, it provokes the most extreme reactions from customers which to me is a great thing!

Margaux is one of my all time favourite jewellery designers and I’m very happy to share this interview with you. We first published this interview last year, but used it again in the first issue of our zine and I thought it would be nice to introduce Margaux to some of our newer customers and readers. I hope you enjoy it…

Where do you live?
I recently moved from Brooklyn, NY to Beacon, NY which is a small city about 80 minutes north of New York City.

Can you tell us about your artistic background?
I’ve identified as an artist for as long as I can remember. I knew pretty early on in grade school that I wanted to go to college to study art. I received my BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

What does Barbie mean to you and why did you choose to work with her?
I used to be obsessed with Barbie as a kid and I would spend hours crafting precious details for her miniature world. Playing with Barbie dolls helped me to develop dexterity and strengthened my attention to detail, which coincidentally, happen to be skills imperative to jewelry making.

Barbie made her debut in my artwork in high school and then again in various incarnations throughout college (drawings, sculptures, etc) I became interested in incorporating found objects into my jewelry work. Because I had done other artworks with Barbie in the past, it felt natural to try to find a way to combine the doll with my jewelry. It was an unusual concept with a strong personal connection, so the idea felt right. The Plastic Body Series continued to grow from there.

Your work tends to provoke a reaction, what’s the most extreme reaction you’ve had and how did it make you feel/how did you deal with it?
Iʼve heard just about every possible reaction to my work by now. The range of response is a huge part of what drives me to continue with this series. I love that everyone brings his or her own baggage. Itʼs indicative of their own relationship with, or feelings about Barbie, and it also speaks to what people deem “wearable” in regards to jewelry. My goal has been to create art that a broad range of people can relate to and I believe Iʼve been successful with this.

I started a blog that pulls together some of the various comments about my work I’ve come across online. It’s called Creepy but Cool (the single most popular feedback phrase I hear). This blog was my way of coping with and sharing some of the responses. Whether positive or negative theyʼre always interesting to me.

Can you describe the environment you work in/your studio?
My studio is in a bedroom upstairs in our house. There are 5 main “stations” in my studio.
1. my jeweler’s bench, where all the silver fabrication magic happens
2. my layout table, where orders are assembled
3. my soldering station
4. my cutting and resin table, where all the Barbie faces get cut and pigmented resins
get tinted and mixed by hand
5. and my storage area where all the doll parts are kept in their labeled bins.

An average work day consists of?
An average work day at my home studio is usually split in two: one part computer work
and one part studio work. From 7:30am – 11am Iʼm at my computer dealing with emails
and all other work related computer tasks. After lunch I head to my studio to design and
fabricate jewelry, usually until around 6 or 7pm.

What do you listen to while you work?
Most of the time I listen to public radio or podcasts while I’m working. My favorite podcasts include: This American Life, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Real Time with Bill Maher and Studio 360.

Your worst/most embarrassing work based mistake?
An embarrassing moment in my career that comes to mind is when I unknowingly gave my necklace to a con artist. The short story goes like this… I agreed to loan a one-of-a- kind necklace to a guy who claimed his company was interested in borrowing the piece for a magazine shoot. Instead he ended up being a scam artist and had intended to sell my necklace. He defrauded lots of other artists as well and stole thousands of dollars worth of art goods.

I reported him to the police as did many other victims and luckily he was caught before my necklace had actually been sold. It was eventually returned to me. He was found guilty of “Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree” and sentenced to 5 years probation. As awful as it was at the time, I learned a lot from the experience. In retrospect, there were red flags I chose to ignore. I should have trusted my gut and not him. I am thankful there was a just and happy ending, and now that necklace sure does come with an interesting story!

Your favourite piece so far?
The Yes Neckpiece (above) is a favorite because it’s a very personal self-portrait. It commemorates my engagement to my (then) fiancé, now husband. It’s a Barbie and Ken encased in silver and 14k gold, embracing. The word “Yes” is written in gold wire script below them. The Barbie hand has a raw diamond and gold ring on her finger (my own engagement ring is made of raw diamonds and gold.) The Barbie also has some of my actual red hair framing her face. It was wonderful to make a piece with myself as the wearer in mind for once. I don’t actually own a lot of my own jewelry. This is one I will always treasure.

What is your proudest moment as an artist?
One of my proudest moments was my first art jewelry opening in New York City at Julie Artisans’ Gallery in the Spring of 2004. I felt fortunate to be represented by such an important Art jewelry gallery so soon out of college. I was also particularly proud of the collection I presented as it was a culmination of a few years worth of exploring working
with Barbie. My family and friends were all there to support me that night which was the
best feeling ever.

What do you do when you don’t work? Any hobbies?
When I’m not working I like to enjoy time with my hubby, spend time in nature, spend
time online, watch movies, read books, and be with family and friends. I collect hands
and rusty old washers (the small round variety with the hole in the middle, not washing
machines. haha) I actually find a good many of them on the ground when I’m out
walking around.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
I see myself working in a large, sun-drenched studio! My current workspace in our rental house is quite small. My husband and I are planning to buy a home within the next year so I’ve been doing a lot of daydreaming about my new, bigger, better studio set-up where I’ll have a properly installed exhaust system, plenty of storage for the Barbies, etc…

Other than that, I see myself continuing on, rockin’ it as a jewelry artist with perhaps an
assistant or two. I will likely continue on with the Plastic Body Series, however I plan to
start a different series of jewelry in addition to this work. So many ideas, so little time to
explore them!

Anything else you’d like to share?
There’s a quote that I cut out of a magazine when I was in high school which has hung on the wall of every studio space I’ve occupied since. It reads:
“For a very long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause almost
everybody accepts” (I have no idea who the quote comes from unfortunately)
What I prefer to read into this rather simplistic quote is… if what you enjoy doing or choose to pursue with your life seems weird or odd to others, it doesn’t matter. And often with enough time, people eventually come around and stop refusing and start paying attention.
So at the risk of sounding completely cheesy self-help slogan-ish… follow your dreams people! No matter how strange others may think they are. Oddballs with unique ideas make the world go round.

****

As a little girl (and as a not so little girl) I loved playing with my Barbie, she was an inspiration to my imagination and I could lose myself in her world. I love that the 2 designer interviews I’ve blogged today both cite Barbie as an inspiration too.

You can buy Margaux’s work on Hannah Zakari.

I hope you’ve enjoyed both interviews today, I’ll be blogging more zine articles over the xmas hols but you can still request a copy of issue 2 by emailing me your address. Issue 1 is no longer available in print I’m afraid, but we’ll have everything up here soon.

Rachael x

Leave a comment

Christmas is nearly here!

By

Not long to go now until this crazy madness they call Christmas is over!

I thought I’d share our beautiful Christmas window display, made and installed by Jonathan Chapman aka the wonderful paper cut artist Mr Yen. The only problem with this is that I wish he could come and make our window look pretty all the time!

Jonathan arrived at the shoppe with a portfolio case full of work, ready to work his magic in time for our very first shopping event that evening which was a great success and a brilliant opportunity to show off the window.

I was so, so pleased with it, I hope you like it too…

And inside the shop, my washi tape xmas tree!

I’ve got some special zine blog posts coming up over the xmas hols, and keep your peepers on this blog for info about our website sale…

Rachael x

Leave a comment

HZ in Mollie Makes

By

I was very happy to be contacted by Mollie Makes magazine about using one of our lookbook images in their pretty publication. Last week I had a lovely surprise when I received my copy in the post and the image took up a whole page! How sweet this is, I love the pink they’ve used around the edge to frame the picture.

Although I’d heard about Mollie Makes, I’d never had the chance to pick up the magazine, but I’m now hoping someone will get me a subscription for xmas (mum, I know you read this!) as it’s packed with crafty tutorials, beautiful workspace peeks and the prettiest images.

Here’s how Mollie Makes describes itself…
‘Mollie Makes is published thirteen times a year. We curate the best craft from around the world into a tactile, collectable and totally irresistible magazine.
We love to make – handmade is more than just a hobby for us, it’s in everything we do.
We can’t resist hunting down treasures in thrift stores, then customising, re-covering and embellishing our finds with our endless stash of ribbons, buttons, fabrics and felt.
We’re forever on the lookout for new inspiration. Whatever we do, we’re living and loving handmade.’

If it sounds like something you’d like, you can subscribe and stuff here… http://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/stitch-craft/mollie-makes-magazine-subscription/
and sign up for their newsletter here:
http://communicatoremail.com/IN/DCF/QcO05dfwZU2EFiVNraORx1/

Thanks Mollie Makes!

Leave a comment

HZ Zine Issue 2!

By

Over the summer we printed our first Hannah Zakari zine. We filled it with designer interviews, indie art and tutorials and it was pretty cool. Over the next few weeks I’ll be blogging all of the contents and linking you to many awesome designers and artists…

Today we picked up a sample copy of Zine Issue 2! Yep, we went the whole hog and decided to get it printed and everything – if you’ve ever tried to print, collate, staple and trim hundreds of booklets you will appreciate that we didn’t want to do it ourselves again.

Issue 2 will be a limited run of 250 copies and contains short stories, tutorials, art, etc. It’s edited by me and designed by Gill and I’m going to give you a few wee sneak peeks as to what you can expect inside and out…

We make the zine for free and everyone who contributes does so for free, but we hope that they get something out of it, be it visitors to their blog or new customers.

Issue 2 will be available from the 1st December (hence the advent style cover) and is on a first come first serve basis in our shop. If you are unable to come to the shop, we will post you one, just email us with your address and ‘I’d like a zine please’ as the email title. They are totally free.

I’m super pleased with it, can’t wait to get it out in the shoppe!

Rachael x

Leave a comment