I’m delighted to share that I’ll be exhibiting at this year’s Etsy Made Local in Glasgow which takes place at the Briggait on Sunday the 6th of December from 12 – 4pm. Over 10,000 people have registered their interest to attend the event and start their Christmas shopping so It’s set to be a fantastic day! The Glasgow Etsy Team have compiled a list of all the exhibitors over on their blog which I’ve reshared below. You can register your interest to attend on their Facebook event page and keep up to date with all the latest information on the event.
We are pleased to announce a full line up of our 60 excellent #GlasgowEtsy team sellers in no particular order for 2015’s #EtsyMadeLocal at the Briggait on the 6th December.
Claire creates works inspired by her general Scottishness and some of her favourite elements of Scottish culture mainly our funny quirks and sayings such as ‘Pure Braw’ and ‘Geeze a Winch’! She creates illustrated jewellery, greetings cards, art prints, tote bags and bunting all with her doodles on them and hopes to celebrate being a ‘Glasgow Girl’ in a quirky, fun and vibrant new way
Sarah-Jane Brand started designing and making Swedish bead baskets after falling in love with them at a fleamarket in Sweden. In 2014, her business HEJSAN GOODS was awarded the *Mollie Makes* Start-Up Business Award. She lives in Ayrshire with her husband and their three children.
Neil Slorance is a Glasgow based award winning illustrator. Best known for his work in comics for the book ‘Dungeon Fun’ and also his work the Doctor Who comics series he also has a wide range of quirky illustrations, prints and zines which make ideal gifts for all ages.
“FOAK, or First of a Kind is a range of bespoke textile pieces for the home using traditional textile methods in a contemporary manner, ‘traditional making for modern minds’ if you will. Inspiration is drawn from travel, folk culture and nature, with the moon being a prominent feature in the work of designer, Rachael Coghill. Expect pillows, quilts and wall hangings at our Made Local Event.’
Zoe Brennan is a Perth-based company that specialises in contemporary stationery. Working from my home studio, I make and create all designs by hand before they are sent down South (or Kent as the maps call it.) where they are printed by a small, family run, business. I love working with them as they have as much passion for each individual product as I do. I try to stay on the right side of cheeky, risque not raunchy. My mantra is if I wouldn’t show my mum, it ain’t getting done! The same things have always caught my attention, things that make me laugh and think, things that I can connect with. Sometimes it’s a phrase or a joke, other times it’s more visual.
I like to create products that engage, whether evoking a memory, personal connection or something just to make you chuckle. With over 100 designs and a growing product range Zoe Brennan is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face – even the grumpiest of people! I believe in keeping things local so all Zoe Brennan products are printed in the UK using FSC accredited paper.
Laura Spring, originally from Staffordshire, is a textile designer/maker living and working in Glasgow creating bold graphic print designs that are transformed through screen and digital print into fashion accessories, homeware and stationary. She is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art where she was awarded a BA in graphic design in 2002. With an enormous love for colour, print, pattern and process, Laura aims to create products and designs based around these ideals. Bold patterns mixed with bright colours transformed into beautifully crafted products underpin Laura’s work. Inspiration changes from collection to collection but past work has centred around the relationship between motif and function.
Laura is committed to supporting local manufacturing and ethical methods of production in the creation of her work. All trims, finishes and supplies are sourced within the UK where possible and when materials are required to be sourced from abroad, Laura ensures these items are fair-trade. As well as working on her own collections, Laura enjoys collaborating with other artists/designers and companies across various fields. She has worked with artists Laura Aldridge and Ciara Phillips to produce limited edition ranges of bags for House of Voltaire 2012 and 2014 respectively.
She has also produced limited editions for Lush Cosmetics, Belle & Sebastian, The National Trust for Scotland, Not Another Bill and is currently working on an exciting project called India Street, curated by Katy West. This took Laura and three other designers on a two-week research trip to India in February 2015 to develop designs and prototypes for the next phase of the project. This is due to launch at Tramway in Glasgow in June 2016. Laura has just returned from being a designer in residence at Arteles in Finland and launched her new interiors collection at Design Junction in September 2015.
Bonnie Bling was set up in 2012 following a slightly drunken conversation between two friends about the merits of old Scots Slang words being turned in to acrylic jewellery! Since then Mhairi Bling set up and grew the company using a crowd funding campaign as her ‘count toss’ moment to see if other people thought the idea was viable.
Three years later and Bonnie Bling is now all laser cut on their own in house laser machine and has been worn by lots of celebrities and garnered amazing press coverage. Each piece is designed by Mhairi who draws inspiration from her Scottish surroundings and popular culture. We have a small team of makers who help to assemble and finish each piece so you can be sure of a great quality piece of design all created here in Scotland.
The Canny Squirrel combines her passion for Harris Tweed and animals to create tweed cushions and accessories featuring felt embroidered animals. Each design is drawn and cut out of felt, then free motion embroidery is applied to add hair or feather details (a bit like drawing with a sewing machine).
There are no embroidery programmes used in the process, it is all done by eye. You can discover an ever-expanding menagerie of favourite animals sewn lovingly onto cushions, ipad/tablet cases and bags in the online shop or you can commission a custom order to have your own pet or favourite animal featured.
Botanica Home started 2 years ago with a passion and love for Terrariums and all things Botanical for the home. Designer and owner, Kirsty, is now using her interior design experience to develop Macrame and Textile designs for the home. Creating modern, natural and simple pieces.
Kirsty has recently completed a project for high street store, Warehouse, to dress over 20 of their UK and international stores with bespoke Macrame copper hoop hangings. Kirsty enjoys working on custom designs for the home, events and commercial properties.
14.House of Mud
15. Fuzzy Bee Paper
I have been hooked on mosaics for many years, especially with the recycling element. Whilst I am really stimulated by working towards a specific commission or exhibition theme, I also enjoy working on smaller and more affordable pieces
I am a passionate recycler, and love the use of mixed materials in creating a mosaic, and feel that it is an important part of my work to illustrate the reuse of materials. It is often the receipt of a broken plate or cup that stimulates a new thought process and resulting mosaic; the colour or the texture of the item have a part to play
Mother by day, designer by night.
I started my shop because I (all too slowly) realised that sewing cushions and making quilts, while helping scratch my creative itch, wasn’t where I truly felt I’d found my calling.
So, I had a look through my old sketchbooks, thought about what REALLY makes me happy/excited/inspired and realised it has always been music. OK, there are some films and artists in there but mainly it’s the passions of my teenage years. The lyrics that spoke to me, the bands that blew me away on stage and all the things that got me excited about life.
Eleanor creates delicate Silver & Gold Jewellery using traditional Silversmithing techniques. Inspired by the surrounding nature and small details in Architecture as seen on her travels around Europe. With over 20 years experience designing and making jewellery Eleanor now runs her own Gallery & Jewellery Studio in her hometown of Milngavie, the start of the West Highland Way !
Neon Magpie is a collection of hand illustrated cards and gifts. It was founded in January 2015 by Megan and Chris. The idea started with a concept for a book ‘A to Z of Unicorns’. This then led to a range of unicorn cards which all feature a character from the book.
Neon Magpie has now expanded and features lots of different ranges, with gifts to go alongside the cards.
Each product in the Neon Magpie range has been designed and hand illustrated by Megan and Chris. We then take these illustrations and digitally colour them so that they are ready to print.
All our cards are printed on recycled paper. We use a UK based company to produce our cards, who are supporters of The Woodland Trust project and use only carbon captured papers for the production of all our greetings cards. Every card you buy from us helps to fund the fantastic efforts of the woodland trust in protecting and creating our beautiful native woodlands.
Hello. I am Angelatiara, a designer of hand made custom toys/plushies. I can make almost anything you would like from scary aliens to cute kittens and wrestlers!
Let me know what design of doll you would like and i’ll get it made!
GLF Jewellery is an independent jewellery designer/maker based in Glasgow. A love of metal working techniques and a commitment to producing high quality work is what drives GLF Jewellery. Collections are inspired by the natural landscape; I am in awe of Scotland’s vast, varied and simply stunning scenery, I strive to incorporate this in my work. Pieces are predominantly made from precious metals and adorned with decorative metal techniques and carefully selected precious and semi precious stones. I hope you enjoy my work.
Peony and Thistle sells vintage, retro and hand-made treasures for you and your home. We search far and wide in nooks and crannies to bring you the most lovely treasures we can find. We turn unloved books, vinyl albums, maps and many other things into lovely new notebooks, envelopes and bunting for you to love and enjoy.
Rachel specialises in kiln-formed glass, utilising traditional techniques such as screen-printing with fired enamels, combining them with the modern innovation of water-jet cutting. She creates unique precision cut silhouette glass creatures, adorning them with varied designs in permanent enamel colours.
I love putting eclectic, unusual looks together through my finds. I spend a lot of time digging around markets, car boot sales, oh and the odd loft! I also write about some of my finds and forays in vintage at valadon1923.wordpress.com
Ingrid Petrie Design is a creative business specialising in fun, modern prints, with an emphasis on strong design. Run by designer Ingrid Petrie, who works from her home studio in Glasgow, Scotland, the business was established in late 2013 and has grown from strength to strength in this time, developing a contemporary, distinctive and unique style that has proved popular with all ages.
All prints are designed by Ingrid and produced either within the studio or locally, using high quality materials at all times. Here you will find prints for every room of your house, from fun kids decor to stylish wall art: all are designed with love and care and offer something just that little bit different. If you are looking for fresh, original design, whether for your own home or as a gift, you will find prints here to suit.
Many are monochrome kids prints, featuring quirky lettering, stars and animals that are full of character- perfect for a modern nursery or little one’s room. In addition to the kids prints, you will find gorgeous, striking quotes and bold imagery such as the cactus prints and floral designs, designed with a fresh, minimalist style to enhance a modern home decor.
47.By Mrs D
Discover luxury handmade Harris Tweed homeware, alongside Scottish alpaca fashion accessories from headbands and snoods to infinity scarves. by Mrs D offers both ready-made knitwear and knitting kits for you to knit your own by Mrs D design.
If you love being creative, the art of knitting is experiencing such a wonderful revival – why not join in? Mrs D would love you to pick up your needles and enjoy knitting your own by Mrs D design using one of our Scottish alpaca knitting kits.
Alternatively, treat yourself to by Mrs D beautifully soft Scottish alpaca yarn for your next knitting project. by Mrs D Luxury Scottish Alpaca Yarn is made from 100% Scottish alpaca fleece spun in Scotland at a specialist alpaca fibre processing mill. Alpaca yarn is a delight to knit with and our Chunky and Aran weights knit up very quickly – perfect for those who find themselves with limited knitting time.
All items are designed and handmade by Mrs D, a craft-loving mummy with a soft spot for luxury Scottish textiles.
Rhona McCallum is a jewellery designer maker from Glasgow, creating statement collections of contemporary jewellery inspired by the dramatic Scottish landscape. By forging sheets of sterling silver and 18ct gold over rough surfaces, she transfers texture to the surface of the metal, creating a natural and rugged finish. Looking primarily at layers of rock formations and rough, stone surfaces, Rhona builds up layers of finely forged silver and gold, creating precious collages that echo the landscape that inspired them.
Rhona graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2013 with an MA in Jewellery Design, and now works from a studio in the Briggait in central Glasgow. After a year long residency at the Glasgow School of Art, she was involved in the making of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Medals, led by designer Jonathan Boyd. In 2015, she was selected for the Craft Council’s Hothouse programme for emerging makers, and was selected for the Goldsmiths’ Fair Graduate Bursary Scheme. She was delighted to receive the Best New Design Award for Part 2 of Goldsmiths’ Fair 2015. Rhona regularly exhibits her work at fairs and in galleries in the UK and abroad.
TWA BURDS SOAPS was founded in the summer 2012 by two life long friends, Ashley and Linzi.
The combination of our skill sets has allowed us to create a superior product range that is both considered and beautiful.
Ashley is a qualified Aromatherapist and uses her skills to make beautiful essential oil blends to fragrance our products and her knowledge of ingredients and their properties to offer the best quality and most effective products.
Linzi trained as an artist and brings to the mix a creative twist to the design and packaging of TWA BURDS SOAPS. Linzi use of colour and fresh approach to soap making produces products so beautiful that you may be left unsure if your meant to eat it, hang it on the wall or simply, wash with it!
All of our product are cooked up in our workshop by hand and come with an extra sprinkling of love and laughter.
For years I squirrelled away fabric scraps with pretty patterns, paper and card which was too pristine simply to recycle, old photographs with glimpses into the past and transportation tickets which told a story. I began to make gifts, pictures, notebooks, letters and tags from these found objects and share them with friends. My letters and gifts crossed the world and I loved hearing from their recipients.
The internet came along, and we started to communicate over email, facebook, skype… but I never forgot my love of stationery, and it seems that a gift in person, or a letter in the mail has never gone out of style. So you find me here, today, making new and interesting things from the discarded, the rescued and the much-loved.
I make handmade jewellery and accessories and sometimes sell vintage finds. I’ve been making jewellery for a long time and and have been selling at craft fairs mostly in Glasgow but also in Edinburgh, Newcastle and York since 2005.
I originally started selling jewellery to stop it piling up in my house and feed my bead habit. What I make tends to reflect whatever’s in my head at the time, but constant themes are popular culture, especially film and TV, skulls and skeletons, the coast and countryside, folk art and charm jewellery.
My name is Alison and I work as Ipsokipso Ceramics from a shared studio in Glasgow.
My current influences are the folds and textures found in animal and plant surfaces and in textiles. These range from the soft and subtle to bold and dramatic and are incorporated in my ceramics both large and small.
Using hand building techniques, I add texture, pattern and colour as I work, creating functional and decorative ceramics each of which is individually designed and thus unique.
Maram Jewellery creates simple Sterling Silver jewellery inspired by her love of bright colours and anything that suggests the coast. From the textures of her hand stamped silver, to the seaglass inspired pieces and the traditional tools that she uses in a traditional ways to create modern pieces.
Her current hot buy are birthstone rings, and she regularly creates commissioned cluster sets of them that incorporate the birthstones of those closest to you, whether that be children, husbands , parents ..whoever you want to hold close.
Squinty Stuff was launched in 2009 when I decided to turn what had been a hobby into a business. I make jewellery, accessories and greetings cards by upcycling broken jewellery, old toys and other random bits – hence the name, ‘Squinty’, as everything is handmade and a bit eccentric!
I like unusual, quirky items combining colours and textures that might not normally be used together. Lots of the beads and other items that I use come from charity shops, end of line clearance sales, and donations from lovely people who are clearing out their cupboards and jewellery boxes, so as little as possible goes to waste.
I love the geeky side of life, especially Sci-Fi, fantasy, horror shows, books and films. Not forgetting computer games, unicorns, dragons, Superheroes (and Villains!)
I love to draw and my shop is full of fun retro styled cards, mirrors, stickers and badges that feature reproductions of my own quirky illustrations. I am obsessed with old movies, vintage kitsch and retro toys, many of which are featured in my work. I am a trained graphic designer and have studied animation, I currently work full time as a television designer at the BBC and am the Captain of the Glasgow Etsy Team.
I also have a vintage Etsy store here Trudys Store Vintage.