We know you’re looking forward to the first of our Swindon Suffragette Festival events on 10th June – the Women’s Art and Craft Sale – so we thought we’d share some information about our sellers. Here is part one, in alphabetical order:
I have been making mosaics for around 15 years, mainly working on larger pieces but I also like making smaller quirky items to sell at craft fairs. I enjoy making themed teapots which I can also personalise for people. I belong to an arts charity organisation Artsite where I rent my studio (in the Shoebox theatre building).
We produce our own exclusive range of retro-themed decoupage craft items. These include small items of furniture, bowls, pictures, sculptures, etc. Each one is handmade and therefore unique. Everything we make is lovingly crafted using 100% genuine and original items such as comics, stamps, maps, sheet music, games etc. We also have a range of children’s classic books.
Heartfelt by Lorraine
Since 2013 I have been using my love of craft work to make and sell beautiful, inexpensive crafts to raise funds for Angel’s Orphanage, Nepal. Every penny raised goes to this very worthy cause.
Julie Gough is a local illustrator. Her Illustrated Women in History project began in 2015 after the news broke of a Jack the Ripper museum in London which was due to open. The museum had been granted permission to open in order to celebrate women in history, and to have changed this to celebrate someone who brutally murdered women instead was outrageous. It made her think about how much she actually knew about women in history, and apart from a few names she knew very little. So she decided that it was important to learn about some of the women that have contributed to, and shaped our history and celebrate their achievements by illustrating them.
I have 15+ years experience in crochet and knitting and a few in sewing. I’ll be selling crocheted baby blankets and clothes along with small bags and other fabric goods, a lot of them in the suffragette colours of purple, white and green.
The Old Town Belles formed in 2012 as The Swindon WI and we celebrated our fifth birthday last year with a name change that better reflects who we are and our place in the town. The Women’s Institute has an emphasis on education for women and our meetings reflect this with a range of interesting talks as well as workshops that enable our members to try new skills or use an existing talent to teach the rest of the group. Last year we held our first Cream Tea and Craft Display to give our members the opportunity to showcase their wide range of crafting talents to the wider community. The items on our stall have all been handmade by our members and represent a range of crafts.
I am a Romanian-Canadian writer, poet and zine-maker living in Bristol. I write poetry and make zines with themes around feminism, body positivity, mental health and self care through the lens of identity and personhood.