Category: Craft Fair News

A different kind of focus for our Leeds craft fair…

I don’t know about you, but here at Reetsweet HQ we feel like at the moment in the world, there’s some seriously bad juju. People are hurting people, racism is rearing it’s ugly head, and everyone is arguing about Brexit still. Sad times. So we thought it might be nice to put on a different kind of fair this summer and do a little good…

We’ve teamed up with Natasha who runs the lovely Social Bar on Merrion St in Leeds city centre, to bring you a one-off charity edition of Reetsweet. All proceeds will be going to PAFRAS, and we’re not just curating a whole bunch of awesome makers, we’ve also got a summer fete going on, special cocktail deals, and a BBQ.

“I’ve known Becca at Reetsweet a while after she used to pull pints here, and we thought it was high time we teamed up and did something special together. Positive Action for Refugees is a cause very close to my heart and I think it’s important at the moment that people come together so what better way than a crafty summer fete?!”

If you’re free, come and join us for a chinwag, general cheer-up and some crafty fun on Sunday 31st July from 12pm…email socialbarleeds@gmail.com to book!

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Reetsweet Spring Fling 2016…

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So the dust has settled on another fair, and our big thanks go out to the peeps at Leeds Corn Exchange for hosting us, the makers who made the day so colourful (and talent-filled!) and all the lovely customers who came down to see us!

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This is my little market manager haul (above), but if you didn’t make it, here’s what you missed- just click the links to shop online (where available)…

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A mountain of love: Meet 'Red Paper House'

We still get incredibly excited about new makers we meet along the way putting together Reetsweet. Amy from ‘Red paper house’ had to be hunted down by us because we love her work so much we were desperate for her to appear!

Working using paper and wood, Amy creates touching, delicate, pretty work inspired by nature featuring woodland motifs and mountainous peaks. You’ll also find her photography work on display which features the great outdoors as well.

So make a date next Saturday and come see us at reetsweet designer maker fair at Leeds Corn Exchange?

I dream in pattern: Meet ‘Punto Belle’

If you had the chance to make your own print and design your dream pattern – would it be light and airy, small and pretty or bold and fun? ‘Punto Belle’ aka Lois would most certainly be described as the latter – bold, fun – with a little bit of aztec, crazy and beautiful all thrown in. Only 24, and with a degree in textile design Lois dreams of opening her own shop and designs beautifully handcrafted accessories out of her own patterned fabrics;

‘Since
I began Punto Belle I have dreamed about designing my own fabrics, as I
did study textile design at university I know that my skills of pattern
making couldn’t go to waste so, I cracked on and began designing. I
can’t tell you how much happier I am now I have my own fabrics, I
believe that this is a whole new chapter of Punto Belle and I believe
that good things will come from this decision. My first ever fabric
collection, called Go Geometric is just the start as I plan to release
new fabrics every season correlating with new colour trends and seasons
patterns. 
You can read all about Lois’ exploits and designs on her lovely blog here, or come and chat to her at reetsweet on Dec 7th.
 
 

China gurl: we heart ‘The Art Salon’

We all know that at reetsweet we love a splash of colour, a bit of humour, sillyness and fashion in our handmade – but you know what we also love? Sheer prettiness…The Art Salon specialises in one of a kind homewares – all with a high fashion, super pretty finish.

They’ve just opened at Redbrick Mill in Batley where ‘the work on display is inspired by a love of decorative art, objects and design. All objects and artworks are lovingly handmade by Rebecca Appleby with selected items exhibited by other designer-makers…’

The aim is to create a gallery-shop that showcases a varied and continually changing selection of original, unique pieces, and you can catch these pieces in Leeds city centre in the buzz of Christmas at reetsweet on Dec 7th. Hurrah!

Today’s confession: Reetsweet is a knitwear stalker.


 

A few years ago we set up reetsweet because my friends and I were sick of two things – 1) bad craft fairs aka ‘crap crafts’ full of stuff that wasn’t handmade and wasn’t even nice and 2) we wanted to meet other makers and bring handmade to the highstreet!

Around this time one of us bought our friend a scarf from Knit & Destroy and thus our mission to one day have Kandy come to reetsweet was born and this year she’s with us for the christmas show no less. OMG. Yes, we said OMG….you can expect crazy knitting and PERFECT GIFTS. Oh yeah.

Little cutie: Meet Yee Ting Yuit

At reetsweet we continue to be surprised and delighted by the work that is submitted to us and the joy it often brings: life can be tough but it’s these little things that add a smile to people’s days and that’s important.
The work of Yee Ting Yuit sums up this joy; it’s full of humour, colour and love and we’re proud to have her at the December event.
Yee graduated from Falmouth College of Arts and works full time freelance creating logos, design and website visuals and also has her own online shop. She loves tea, sushi and crochet. Our ideal kind of lady!

Oldies but goodies! Come meet Bec, Jill and Brionny at Reetsweet Dec

We have a few regulars at reetsweet who epitomise what the fairs are about: the original, the fun, the quirky and cool.

Bec Gilray, obsessive letterpress operative behind ‘Do you punctuate?’ will be back to sell at the Dev show with a new collection of Christmas paper goods, plus some old all-year/round favourites:

Plus we welcome back Jill Smith from ‘Jil made this’ who now hosts her work at the lovely ‘Handpicked Hall’ at the top of town, Jill was one of first reetsweeters to join our gang with her hand printed cushions and gifts:

And last but certainly not least, we can’t wait to see what Brionny from ‘Foxbunting’ has been beavering away making. Her iconic ‘crochetdermy’ heads have become part of reetsweet’s biggest hits and we always look forward to seeing her excellent fringe (nb: wish mine would stay that straight!):

Catch these beauts and more at reetsweet’s Dec 7th show in Leeds.

Sing to me: introducing Gemma from Melodies Jewellery

“As a practicing Jeweller and Interdisciplinary Artist, I find my work reflects many of my personal motivations. My range is inspired by a passion for music, a desire to re-use redundant materials, being able to hold something meaningful close to you, popular culture and a need for progression. I’ve developed my work to suit this ethos and now create a range of home-wares and gifts alongside my core jewellery.
These ranges are entirely made from neglected musical materials, instruments and other musical parafinelia.’ 
Gemma started her business in 2012 after years of making jewellery for fun and having graduated college with a BA (hons) in Interdisciplinary Art. Catch her at reetsweet on Dec 7th, or shop online at www.melodiesjewellery.com.

Pretty little thing: Meet Deborah Ballinger returning to reetsweet

Pretty stoked to have Deborah from @DBIllustrations on board for dec with pieces like this, perfect for gifts…we love her style, especially her new fake tattoos…ahh!

Deborah did
her degree at Norwich University of the Arts where she graduated with a
2:1 and a hunger to get creating.

Inspired
by history, culture, flora and fauna and traditions, Deborah uses these
themes and more to create beautifully dark, natural and traditonal
illustrations. Striving to keep many traditional and handmade elements
within her work, Deborah uses the process of collage to begin breathing
life into her pencil drawings before translating these onto textiles,
stationery, giftware and printed matter.