‘Meet the Seller': Amalia from Linescapes

If you are looking for a gift for an architecture loving person, then stop your search right this second and make sure you are at the Christmas Brighton Craftaganza craft market on Sunday 30th November.  The detailed, high quality illustrative work by Linescapes will fill that Christmas stocking perfectly! 

Amalia CV

Please introduce yourself….

Hi, I’m Amalia, a free-lance designer with over 20 year experience in Spain, the UK and USA and the creative brain behind Linescapes. After training in Architecture and obtaining a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art, I recently gave up my free-lance job in architecture in order to dedicate my full attention to developing Linescapes into a successful brand.

Describe the products you currently make to sell

With the CAD software I used in my professional life, I create colourful illustrations of objects I find interesting like vintage cameras. I also enjoy creating abstract patterns inspired by architecture and detailed drawings of well-known buildings. The latter is my current focus and I intend to continue developing collections of buildings around the UK and further afield as well as taking commissions like a recent house portrait and a drawing of Sydney Opera House.

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Where and when do you design and make your products?

After moving to Brighton ten months ago, I refurbished my flat extensively in order to create a larger spare room that I could use as my studio. Originally my husband and I used to work together but as I started expanding the brand, he’s been forced to work in the main bedroom so I can make room for my paper trimmer, computer, materials, etc. (bless his heart…)

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How long have you been selling your wares and how did it begin?

I started painting furniture and boxes 25 years ago in Spain but got side tracked by my studies and my job. It was only three years ago that my husband encouraged me to start painting again which I did with a vengeance! In the meantime, I started creating the vintage camera collection which sold very well and since then the illustrations and stationery work has taken over the paintings as my main activity.

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What drew you to the Brighton area, if you are not a ‘native’?

I have wanted to move to Brighton for years now but it was only when I was made redundant last year and went free-lance that we decided to take the plunge and move. I love the architecture, the friendly people, creative atmosphere and general laid back attitude. I can’t imagine living anywhere else anymore!

Any other crafty disciplines you like to practice?

My hand painted products are still in the background but lately I have been too busy with my illustrations to dedicate to it the time I’d like to. I also make notebooks with beautiful materials for covers. All my work can bee seen on my website, www.linescapes.co.uk.

I’m planning to showcase all of my work when I open my flat during the Open House in December with 4 four other artists which is very exciting! Keep an eye on the Artists Open House website for details (www.aoh.org.uk)

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What inspires the things you make?

My eclectic style is inspired mainly by the aesthetics of the Mid Century and Bauhaus movements, beautiful product design, and an obsession with stationery (and Pinterest!). This, and my experience as an architect, has resulted in the strong sense of colour, shapes and graphics evident in my products.

Personal motto?

Follow your dream. Simple…. :o)

‘Meet the Seller': Jake McCombe Jewellery

If you’re looking for The Special Gift this Christmas, or even fancy treating yourself to something amazing, I think I know just the jeweller for you! Jake will he selling his amazing contemporary jewellery on both days (29th & 30th November) at the Christmas Brighton Craftaganza at Fabrica. 

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Please introduce yourself….

My name is Jake McCombe. I am a jewellery designer / maker base in Brighton. I set up Jake McCombe Jewellery a year ago.

Describe the products you currently make to sell

I design and make gold plated jewellery that is both classic looking and minimal in design. I also have a range of acrylic, wood and silver jewellery that takes inspiration from Japaneses traditional patterns. For Craftaganze November 2014 I will be selling a mixture of both ranges with some new piece made especially for the event.

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Where and when do you design and make your products?

I have ideas for jewellery designs at different times and places, I have a note book that I carry with me so I can write and sketch them down at any time, then enhance the ideas when I’m ready. I have a bench at home so most of my work is done there, very handy.

How long have you been selling your wares and how did it begin?

I studied jewellery design at Middlesex University then worked for established jewellery designers in London for a few years. I started to make my own jewellery to sell about three years ago, and I’ve had my own brand for just over a year.

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What drew you to the Brighton area, if you are not a ‘native’?

I’d always wanted to live in Brighton and finally the opportunity presented itself, since then I’ve made it my home. I love living by the see and find its a great creative hub.

What drew you to the Brighton area, if you are not a ‘native’?

I also run projects under the name SuperAwesomeProductions, we design and make art installations for festivals and event. The last pieces was a swing that had a glitter shower, lights and flowers attached that was hung from a tree near the main stage at ‘Secret Garden Party’ music festival.

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What inspires the things you make?

My work is inspired by many different things, recently I have been looking at technical diagrams from the 1950s of mathematical shapes and symbols, beautifully hand drawn and ordered.

Personal motto?

Push your ideas, strive for the best, go for it!

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Product Highlight: Laser Cut Wooden Baubles by Anna Beel Design

The first Product Highlight post on the run up to the 2014 Christmas Brighton Craftaganza craft market! Check out these stunning, unusual and affordable decorations by Anna Beel Design, available on both days (29th & 30Th November) of the market…

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Laser cut and hand finished wooden baubles made by Anna Beel Designs.
To form these delicate wooden baubles, 3mm ply is laser cut in a detailed repeat pattern which allows the wood to become bendy. They are then formed into baubles and held using hemp string in a variety of colours. Approx 10cm diameter. £5 each or £12 for a set of 3.

Application Period Closed. PLUS: New Poster Design!

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The application period for our Christmas 2014 event is now closed and we are currently wading through an unprecedented number of applications. Please bear with us whilst we get back to everyone. In the meantime, check out our epic Xmas poster design! Created, once again, but the phenomenally talented Silvia Sella.

Christmas 2014 Seller Application Period is OPEN!!!

We are now accepting applications to sell at this year’s Brighton Craftaganza Christmas market. It will be taking place on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th November at our usual awesome venue, Fabrica Gallery, in the heart of Brighton’s shopping area.

For full information, terms and conditions CLICK HERE.

Once you have read the information document, CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

The closing date for applications is Friday 17th October.

If you have any enquiries, please email us at craftaganza@gmail.com. PLEASE NOTE we are very busy organising this event and get a lot of emails at this time of year so PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION DOCUMENT FIRST as it may answer your questions. Thank you!

We look forward to receiving your application!

ONE WEEK ‘TIL APPLICATIONS TIME….

Yes indeed crafters, in one week’s time we will be accepting applications for the Brighton Craftaganza Christmas craft market. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th November. The application period will run from Friday 5th September for six weeks until Friday 17th October.

Visit back here next week for full details about the event and how to apply!

The Fairy Tale Fair, Patcham: Saturday 12th April!!!!

Whilst the Craftaganza Crew are currently taking a break before our Christmas 2014 event, there are plenty of other awesome craft/handmade events taking place in and around Brighton to whet your  whistle. One of the best is the family-friendly Fairy Tale Fair in Patcham, and there next event is on next Saturday 12th April.

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Launched in Summer 2012, The Fairy Tale Fair is back this Spring for an Easter special. The previous fairs were huge successes and have received rave reviews from local press, visitors & stall holders alike, with features on The Crafts Institute, The Argus, and many more design & craft sites.

Saturday the 12th April 2014 (10.30am – 4pm) will see Patcham Methodist Church (Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton) filled with over 35 craft & vintage stalls. These will include Easter gifts, prints, jewellery, handmade creations, a craft workshop room, vintage items, accessories, face painting and a vintage themed tearoom with lots of homemade Easter & Spring time treats by Rosehip Vintage Sussex! The day is designed to bring the community together and as a great day out for all ages.

The Fairy Tale Fair is the creation of Claire Montgomery. Claire is a Brighton based designer & illustrator who graduated in 2011. Since then she has gone on to work full time at Republique- a design studio in Hove, create her own greeting card range and most recently has launched her own laser cut jewellery range. You can find out more about Claire’s creations on her website.

Claire will be just one of the talented stall holders at The Fairy Tale Fair with unique gifts and lots to keep the kids entertained during the Easter holidays. Entry is FREE so bring along the whole family and all your friends! Please see their blog for interviews, updates, location and links to social accounts. Don’t miss out- it’s going to be magical!

You can read what others have said about the fair on the blog here.