Our sellers…part two

We know you’re looking forward to the first of our Swindon Suffragette Festival events – the Women’s Art and Craft Sale – so we thought we’d share some information about our sellers. Here is part two, in alphabetical order:

Skyblue Blankets

Colour inspiration for my first blanket, made for my granddaughter, came from Lower Shaw Farm where we would visit the Wednesday Cafe and feed the animals and sit on the big red tractor. Since then I have been inspired by sunsets, country walks and the Walled Garden at Lydiard House. Larger blankets fit a single bed while the baby blankets are buggy size. All blankets are made from Acrylic/Nylon or Acrylic yarn, machine washable at 30 degrees.

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Stitches for Titches

I have been crafting in some shape or form since I was young and Stitches For Titches has developed from that love of all things crafty and a need of an income following redundancy. Mostly I make items of children’s clothing, using natural fibres wherever possible. However, following an enquiry from an online customer last Christmas, I am also moving into making memory or remembrance items with materials supplied from the customer, either in the form of fabrics from favourite items of clothing (a great way of utilising all those outgrown baby clothes) or by transferring photographic images onto fabric which can then be incorporated into a patchwork quilt or cushion, for example. I currently have a stall on the first Saturday of each month at Cirencester’s Craft Market, as well as attending other local craft sales and sell online. I am also happy to take on other sewing commissions.

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Rebecca Sturgeon

I have always made artwork and successfully studied art at university, yet only now in my mid 30’s am I gaining the confidence to share my artwork in the public sphere. At the moment most of my work is textile based. I am enthusiastic about recycling and making use of reclaimed materials in my work; in recent years I have made numerous quilts from old clothes and offcuts of fabric which would otherwise have been thrown away. I am interested in different cultures and have been fortunate to meet people from various places, and have the chance to visit and get to know some other parts of the world. This provides me with unending inspiration plus opportunities to forage for materials! I am interested in learning about traditional societies through my artwork. At the moment I am particularly interested in exploring ideas about matrilineal heritage, including my own and that of my daughter. I am also keen on using words in my work. I’m interested in language in general, and I enjoy using other alphabets in my work as I find they can be beautiful and evocative.

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Swindon Suffragette

Dipping our toe into selling some small cards, badges, magnets and notebooks all proudly bearing Edith New’s image. Money raised goes back into supporting our current and future events which are all free to attend.

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Tikara’s Trinkets

I create handmade, individual pieces, using a range of materials and textile processes. Handmade dreamcatchers, created with crocheted doilies, coloured wools and glass beads- a perfect gift for any occasion. Quirky, twisted wire, and bead jewellery, for people who like to stand out from the crowd! Miniature, framed, cross stitches, inspired by superheroes and unicorns! Can also be made to order, with a name and design of choice. I enjoy combining traditional and contemporary textile processes, to create beautiful, one-off, items, for both the home and person.

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Marilyn Trew

I have been crafting for about 3 years; I enjoy recycling items for resale. People like my hand painted wooden fairy doors and fairies. My art is important to me as an outlet now I am retired. I mostly paint nature and local scenes and find it relaxing. I also enjoy helping other artists with Swindon Art Venues. Running two art groups at Stratton and Old Town keeps me busy!

Ruth Wintle

I sew and craft small one-off toys, bags and purses. I enjoy making earrings and necklaces; I also paint and decoupage crafts. Exhibiting my paintings and live painting is very enjoyable too. I aspire to improve my painting and drawing skills and will be exhibiting my work in September during the Swindon Open Studios.

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Witchy Crafty

I have been producing art and crochet items for many years now so many in fact that I need to sell some. If my items prove to be popular then I will look into selling more.
I’ve lived in Swindon and the Swindon area for over 30 years now. I have three children and am a reasonably active feminist.

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Author: Leah

Unapologetic feminist, wannabe time traveller, sometime suffragette, bookworm, mother, aspiring writer, proficient procrastinator - I wish I still had pink hair. https://www.ko-fi.com/leahbh

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