Christmas Events!

I notice a nice clean ‘1’ on my calendar today so I think now is the time for a Christmas Events round up.

This Saturday 5th of December, I am delighted that unifiedspace will be part of Dundee Contemporary Arts Christmas Market, ‘Crafted’ DCA

“This special event brings together over 30 specially selected makers from across Scotland presenting some of the best contemporary, independent jewellery, ceramics, textiles, illustration, print and homeware” #DCACrafted

The full range of unifiedspace linen ties are also available from the brilliant Dovecot Studios Shop – an inspiring venue where you can take in an exhibition, view rug and tapestry tufters at work  – and make sure to time your visit near lunch or coffee time as the cafe is great!

Fennel Tangle Linen Tie

Fennel Tangle Linen Tie

Or if you are shopping in Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal The Facility , stock all the ties, scarfs and mugs and have a whole host of independent brands on display on their up cycled shop fittings.

Eclipse Scarf

Eclipse Print on Silk

All products are stocked at Whosit & Whatsit , Newcastle- Upon -Tyne a real treasure trove of a shop selling items from independent designers from across Britain. Or if you are looking for a farm shop to do your Christmas shopping in, why not visit Cross Lanes Organic Farm in County Durham – a farm shop with a scrumptious restaurant housed in an award winning building complete with a grassy roof – needless to say they stock unifiedspace’s grassy range 🙂 as does the beautiful Daisy Cheynes in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge.

 

Grassy Tea towels Photo by Food To Glow

Grassy Tea towels Photo by Food To Glow

Grassy Mug

Grassy Mug

Or perhaps you are looking for a good excuse to visit the French Alps in December? If so, Montbeliard’s famous Christmas Market has invited Scotland to be its ‘guest of honour’ and I will be there next week with the fabulous Rushworth and her brilliant (and rather addictive) range of wool garments, designed and made in Scotland.

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My trusty Rushworth bobble hat will be going to the Alps with me

However, if you prefer shopping online, please feel free to pop by my etsy shop or visit the glamorous Wear Eponymous (this comes with a warning though… there are a lot of beautiful products on that site) and your shopping will be delivered to your door.

There are of course, I am very happy to say, many great independent shops springing up across the UK and they are fundamental in supporting independent designers and makers like myself. Thank you indies, your hard work is noticed and appreciated and you are making our towns and cities far more interesting to shop in again.

Do you have a favourite independent shop for Christmas shopping?

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Stormy Weather, Stop by at Etsy

With a Winter storm forecast here for tomorrow, I’ve turned all festive here at unifiedspace and I am unashamedly going to give my etsy shop a little plug…

Tjornin Mug

Tjornin Mug

Tjornin tea towel

Tjornin tea towel

cotton fennel bag

cotton fennel bag

Two tone tjornin mugs

Two tone tjornin mugs

funky apple cushion

funky apple cushion

urban tea towels

urban tea towels

Night Fennel silk scarf

Night Fennel silk scarf

Summer Fennel silk scarf

Summer Fennel silk scarf

…and there is plenty more on the shop and free shipping to uk addresses.

Meanwhile I’m off to listen to Eddi Reader’s beautiful new song I heard her sing here in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Saturday night, ‘Snowflakes in the Sun’.

What are your favourite festive tunes?

Christmas Shopping Event

Please join me and artists Michele Mathieson and Nikki Monaghan  for our 2013 Christmas Shopping Event.

Red Leaf Christmas Event

We will be at Red Leaf Studio, 6 Church Wynd, Bo’ness, West Lothian, this Sunday 1st of December from 12 – 4:30pm.

There will be a selection of affordable paintings, prints, homewares and accessories, not to mention home baking, tea and coffee. If you are in the area, it would be great to see you!

Stags on Red Mountain by Nikki Monaghan

‘Stags on Red Mountain’ by Nikki Monaghan

 

Connected, Globally, Locally and by the World’s Favourite Colour, Blue

I’ve been unplugged. Computer off, no blogging, no commenting, no texting. Effectively, I have been back in time. I’ve even tried to use cash rather than cards and it has been interesting. It was a conscious decision, a choice I made.

Why, you may well ask?

Unison pastel, hand rolled in Northumberland National Park

I was worried about the number of small shops closing down, shops who can’t compete with the internet. So I set myself a challenge of buying all my Christmas presents from a shop/fair/market/gallery rather than on line and only buying presents which are made in Britain. And guess what? Its easy and extremely enjoyable.

I love the internet, but its ease of use can sometimes let me forget what’s on my doorstep. I have some fantastic cyber friends – a journalist, Caitlin Broadside blog, Sandra, an artist  The Colour of Ideas, Elizabeth, a colour consultant EB Color Consultants, Betsy a jeweller betsy bensen jewellery , Claire, a poet and seamstress Make Me a Frock  all unbelievably talented people who genuinely inspire me whom I would never have met without the internet. However, I don’t want to forget about my friends around the block, none of which are bloggers – apart from Kellie at Food to Glow who writes a staggeringly informative and delicious food blog.

The internet also brings me work. I’ve just finished some photographic work for AGI magazine to illustrate an article on ultramarine written by art historian Alexandra Loske, an interesting academic who I connected with in cyberspace. I think I just want to make sure both worlds, cyber and tangible and more equally weighted.

And now to colour. I guess you know that the worlds favourite colour is blue?

It’s hardly a surprise considering three quarters of our planet is covered in sea and we look up to a seemingly endless blue sky (occasionally). From this perhaps we can deduce that we like familiarity. But familiarity is not what you get on the internet. For me, its the constantly new, unseen, unfamiliar images and snips of pristine information that draw my attention. That’s all good and I am quite sure we are all super- informed beings but I just want to make sure I don’t loose track of familiar things, local places, local friends, my micro world that needs supported more than the web machine which seems to generate its own immense energy. I needed to spend more time in the familiar world and its been a nice coincidence that I have been working with that wonderfully familiar colour blue.
I have also decided to take part in my first ever Craft Fair. I will have a stand at Market Tree Events Fair this Saturday 10th November in Cafe Camino just next to John Lewis. I am really looking forward to meeting the people who buy my designs as I never normally get the chance to meet them in person.
So here’s to staying connected in our parallel worlds, local and global both working successfully and all connected by the worlds favourite colour, blue.