Instagram round up – August

 

1 – Finishing off some necklaces for stockists

2 – Spending my afternoon on the knitting machine. It’s a good way to keep warm

3 – Working on ideas for Articulture

4 – Purses ready to be sent to stockists

5 – Making purses

6 – Working on new designs

7 – New member of the cactus family

8 – The yarn bomb bike and my loom flowers are still on display at The National Centre for Craft and Design

9 – Working on new designs

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Design Inspiration – Nicoletta Darita de la Brown

Embroidered plastic bags, various sizes.

“Embroidered corner-store grocery bags. Rescued from the gutter; blowing down the street like city tumbleweed. I reclaim and elevate what once was discarded by creating embellished art objects. Growing up in Brooklyn and Harlem I’d visit my block’s bodega daily, with pennies in hand, and leave with priceless treasures. More than just bags, they reflect a sense of pride for my neighborhood and are a symbol of my cultural identity.”

Guest Blogger – Ask Her Friends

Hello there! My name is Rowena and I am delighted that Rhea invited me to say a little bit about our new business, AskHerFriends, and how we’re helping people find great gift ideas – for your mum, friend, sister, wife, girlfriend…or even yourself!

There are some amazing businesses out there, really original designer-makers like Rhea (check out her new photography!) and we love what people like Handmade Nottingham or Crafty Fox are doing to bring these people to wider attention. So we’re always on the hunt to find the best of the best – lovingly hand-made and designed gifts for women; gift ideas with beautiful stories behind them.

But we thought – is that enough? Our founder, Ben, after his worm farm epiphany, always talks about gifts being a ‘symptom’ of how we relate to each other. After a few confused looks amongst his listeners (fortunately I’ve heard it a few times before now!) he goes on about how gifts are just one really obvious way in which we show the other person how much we care and cherish them. So more than anything, we’re trying to build this trusted destination where anyone who is in a gift-giving pickle can come for help – or even, because we work with such lovely sellers and bloggers, where anyone can come and read stories and browse a range of ideas, even if they’re just looking for a treat for themselves.

So, by focusing on the recipient, we’re more of a department store, with great and original kitchen-top creatives, but also with the best in designer luxury; from traditional ideas to more unusual experiences and day out, and even luxury holidays through our partners at Secret Escapes. And we won’t stop there – we’re bringing on board some great chefs and recipe bloggers, and who knows, we may even work with craft bloggers in the future, because who says the best gift has to be something you buy? That’s definitely what we believe.

We do have some nice bits of technology on our site, if we do say so ourselves, so if any of our visitors are lost in a gift-picking puzzle we can guide them with our Idea Map: a series of six questions to get to the nitty gritty of who they are buying for and what they are really likely to LOVE. This way, we hope to help anyone who’s ‘maybe not so sure’, a ‘bit undecided’, or ‘just really cautious’…to try something new when they are trying to find a gift. But technology can only ever be part of the answer – what we’re really excited about is bringing together a community of experts and entrepreneurs who are all trying to help people do something that little bit more special for the ones they love.

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And you know, it turns out, guys are even harder to buy for so AskHisFriends is coming next!

Hopefully you like the sound of what we’re trying to do … and as a thank you for reading this far, all friends and followers of Rhea Clements will receive £5 to spend at AskHerFriends, or £10 off if you are spending over £30; just simply enter the code RHEA (for £5 off) or CLEMENTS (for £10 off on orders over £30) in your basket at AskHerFriends.com before midnight on 30th September 2014.

And the best bit? This gift code is applicable on our entire collection, so you can even treat yourself or someone else to anything with us; even our favourite Rhea Clements pieces if you like!

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http://www.askherfriends.com/product/knitted-cotton-necklace/

And if you know of anyone who might like to sell their goodies with us, please ask them to get in touch on rowena@askherfriends.com. Hope to see you soon!

Terms & Conditions:

£5/£10 to spend at AskHerFriends.com. Simply enter codes RHEA or CLEMENTS in your basket before midnight on 30th September 2014. This offer cannot be applied to previously existing AskHerFriends orders. Offer can only be used once per customer or card-holder address. For full T&Cs, please see http://www.askherfriends.com/terms-and-conditions/

Playing with crochet

Since releasing my new crochet jewellery range I have become more and more interested in crochet and creating big statement pieces. So I have been having a play around with ideas and I would love to know what you think! I have been using cotton T shirt yarn to create pieces that are machine washable and easy to wear.

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This design is gives you a different look on each side due to the stitch

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After playing around with more chunky colourful pieces I have also looked at a smaller simpler design to go with the range.

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These designs are going to take some time to develop but I know I am going to have fun doing it!

Bird in Borrowed Feathers Summer Market

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I have been really busy these past few months working as Handmade Nottingham with Hannah and Georgia from Bird in Borrowed Feathers on our first market which happened last weekend. I have been interested in getting in to organising events for a while now so when Hannah and Georgia approached me to work with them I was over the moon! It was such a great experience and the event had a great response despite us having to deal with extreme heat and rain!

All images by Hannah Stevens

Setting up

We hosted our event at The Vintage Warehouse, Nottingham. It used to be a warehouse filled with vintage clothes but is now an events venue. It’s a great space with plenty of space and light.

Exhbitors

We had a great selection of handmade and vintage exhibitors and we even had different stall holders each day to keep the market fresh and interesting for people revisiting

Activities

We really wanted our event to be a weekend out for the whole family so as well as our great stalls we had a seleciton of fun workshops, some free and some with a small fee. We also had out own photobooth with props!

And here a few more photos just showing you all the pretty details

I had a great time organising this event with Hannah and Georgia and we are already talking about our next one! If you wanted to keep up to date make sure to sign up to out mailing lists.

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Product Photos

I have been battling with product photos for a while now and I am never happy with them! I am always drawn to clean lines and white background but felt just putting my work on a white background made them feel a bit lifeless. I wanted to create some simple photos that inject a bit of life and fun in to my colourful pieces while not distracting from the product.

I began by trying to play around with some props but really struggled to find something that worked. I spent hours scouring the internet for inspiration but most ideas I liked worked for pendants or small necklaces, my jewellery is quite bulky. I had some branches lying around the house so decided to look at painting them as a  starting point.

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I looked at painting branches one single colour as well as incorporating yarn by wrapping it around a white branch. I found this prop was just too distracting and just a bit weird. So I went back to the drawing board.

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As well as being drawn to texture I love the power of colour and how just using simple colour placement can really make a product stand out. I began to look at using card to create simple flashes of colour and to add some fun! I choose to use muted colours along with brights so show you can mix and match colours to create different looks. I really liked this idea but felt the spots were a little bit distracting especially when you have lots of images laid out on one page. So I continued to develop the idea in to something abit simpler.

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I really liked the clean and simple look of these photos and the use of colour to spot light the product. I wasn’t sure the use of two colours was too much so went on to look at just one flat colour.

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I thought the single colour worked better and really made the product pop so I combined the the spotlight idea and mounted it on a white background.

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I really like the cut out look and feel it gives a clean and fresh look and makes the product really standout. I also like how they look displayed together on one page. The use of colour really makes them look fun and yummy

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After finalising how to photograph my necklaces it was then time to do it with the rest of my products to create a cohesive look for my website.

I am happy with the look I have decided to go for and it has really given my website a facelift. I am sure in a a few weeks I will start to pick at them again like I do with everything I do! I would love to know what you think of them, do you think the idea works? Feel free to check out my website for my full range of work.