I have completely fallen in love with Instagram recently! It is such an accessible forum for discovering new artists and makers who are building small empires from their kitchen table and who have turned their hobby into a business. It is also an inspiring network of other crafters, independent retailers and small businesses to share information, ideas and feedback when it can be quite a lonesome and dizzying pursuit at times! Apart from all of these reasons, there are a LOT of stunning images out there and find myself spending many a wistful hour gazing at people's beautiful creations, arrangements, ponderings and wanderings.
This month there has been an Instagram 'hashtag' #marchmeetthemaker, to draw attention to the volume and diversity of creative businesses and crafters out there and to celebrate what they do. I have been so inspired by the number of jewellers, potters, weavers, textile artists, painters, photographers and fellow glass designers who manage to find time to pursue what they love when life can seem more hectic than ever.
Inspired by this, I thought I would draw attention to some of our wonderful makers and suppliers, many of whom share a similar story of building a creative business in between the school pick up, a full time job, caring for someone or studying. We have three new stockists we would like you to meet...
We have just started stocking work by Melody G, a 24 year old London-based artist who combines her love of textiles with her passion for jewellery. She designs patterns which she prints onto laser cut acrylic. Her pieces are colourful, bold and perfect for summer - plus she gives 5% of her profits to Living Goods Charity which supports women across the globe to set up their own businesses. We love these earrings and geometric necklace:
We have also been working with two sisters, Cheryl and Sharon, who run Broadlands Pottery in Gloucestershire. An amazing example of turning a hobby into a business, their range of ceramic decorations and homewares started in a home studio in 2012 and now sells all over the country, including here in Little Beach Boutique in sunny Brighton. We are stocking their range of personalised bunting which we can threaded into a name garland while you wait-
...as well as their range of character decorations, such as this adorable little unicorn...
And finally (for now at least) is Cherith Harrison, an illustrator based in Peebles, Scotland, who is fascinated by British wildlife and beautifully depicts their unique qualities and characteristics throughout her range of gifts and homeware. Her love of animals began when she rescued an injured wild rabbit as a seven year old child. Her incredible talent for capturing their beauty in her drawings led to her range of characters from the Chirpy Sparrow to the Fancy Fox being exhibited and sold all over the world today, including here in the North Laine.
Her products arrived this week and range from desk planners to mugs and tea towels - they will be added to the website soon!
Well, that is our March Meet the Maker, but there will be many more as we continue to research new designers to add to our collection here at Little Beach Boutique. Bye for now! x