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.

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.


Introducing Magnetic Deluxe

One of the easiest things to buy those we love is a great piece of handmade jewellery. Something unique that captures their personality that’s been carefully made rather than mass produced always impresses.
For the Dec fair we are proud to be bringing Magnetic Deluxe to the corn exchange. 

Describing themselves as “…metal heads with a minimise to maximise design ethos, applied lovingly by hand to precious metals and jewels to create geometric shapes that are, wearable and make a statement. Items are designed with the wearer in mind, making comfortable and distinctive accessories you can wear everyday…”

All designs are made by hand in the UK by Laura-Jane Hemsley – a Leeds based jewellery designer producing contemporary, statement jewellery, hand made in small quantities in her studio.
Inspired by a love of angular shapes, symmetry and minimalism, Laura-Jane uses traditional silversmithing techniques, translucent acrylics and Swarovski Crystals to create her designs. Catch her at reetsweet on Dec 7th or find her online at: 
WEBSITE: www.magneticdeluxe.com
BLOG: www.magneticdeluxe.com/blog
TWITTER: @magneticdeluxe

Reet tweet: welcome back Nicola Hanrahan

Nicola Hanrahan has presented her beautiful and original work at reetsweet before; a Leeds art college graduate she produces lovely illustrations inspired by nature, with a hint of a sweet tooth.

She presents her work in a range of ways; from her lovely new seasonal cards, to luxurious cushions, definitely one to get your Xmas presents from at the fair! 

Get your knickers in a twist: meet Colie co

Here at reetsweet we love a bit if luxury: whether it’s tea with posher than usual biscuits or a piece of pretty silk – we all need some treats in life!

Colie co got in touch with us and will be coming to the next fair with their handmade knickers, pj shorts and other luxury, ethically made treats.
Colie Co is a brand that specialises in ethical but beautiful fashion all hand made in a studio in Yorkshire. All fabric is sourced locally or scraps that were going to be thrown away are used or they are made from old garments that have reached the end of their life. All buttons used are vintage or are re-used from old garments, and the sew in labels are even woven in the UK.

We’re very excited about meeting them at our next event, head to www.reetsweet.com for more info.

Can I knit it? Yes you can! : Meet Studio Aitch

I don’t know about you but at reetsweet HQ (also known as a chilly flat in Leeds) we are itching to put the heating on, but trying oh-so-hard to wait until the last moment. So knits is what we need, and Harriet from Studio Aitch will be back on Dec 7th at reetsweet with her utterly gorgeous pieces including her handhuggers which will keep us toasty, and her prints and brooches – which will warm your hearts instead. Hurrah! 

She’s a local gal, hailing from Sheffield and works from her home studio there. Here’s just a taste of what you can expect from this awesome maker:


The first of the gang… Mulberry Bush

The first of our December reetsweeters is a a very clean and sweet smelling lady; Rachel Beardsmore of ‘Mulberry Bush’ – a luxury soap company…

foray into soapmaking began earlier this year following a purchase of a
handmade soap bar for a friend as a birthday gift. I found myself
wondering how soap was produced, googled it and while searching I
stumbled across a “soap school” close to home with an introductory
course in how to make cold process soap only a matter of weeks away. I
thought it was fate and booked myself on it immediately, since then I’ve
been hooked!’

We love the chocolate easter-egg feel of these beautiful objects, they are full of personality and humour. The scents are intriguing and at christmas these are the perfect antidote to those difficult to buy for folk everyone knows! We welcome Rachel on board.

Well, how the devil have you been?

Hello folks!

We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer and enjoyed yourselves! We went to Beacon’s Festival, baked a lot of cake and started making our very own jewellery line – woop! But we’re back and here to please, with a new designer/maker event in Leeds at The Corn Exchange on Sat Dec 7th.

The perfect day to come to town all cosy in your mittens, have a piece of cake, a cuppa and buy some crafty treats for those you love! Hope to see you there…