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I have been researching art and craft markets in Liverpool to discover which would be the best to sell my work at.  I thought it might be useful to other artists and makers if I post what I have found so far here on my blog.  If anyone has any more information to add to this list, please comment below.  Buying from local art and craft markets means buying something you often can’t find on the high street, something unique and handmade with love.  Buying handmade from markets supports local talented makers.

Art market stall with handmade work

My stall at Capstan’s Bazaar art market, September 2012

Here is a list I have put together of upcoming market dates until the end of this year:

OCTOBER

Saturday 20th October 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Sunday 21st October 12 – 5pm, Capstan’s Bazaar, LEAF, Bold Street

Saturday 27th October 11am – 4pm, Art & Craft Fairs, The Old Police Station, Lark Lane

Saturday 27th October 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Sunday 28th October 10am – 5pm, Arts and Craft Fair and Little Pumpkins Halloween Fun Day,  Isla Gladstone Conservatory, StanleyPark, Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TD more info

NOVEMBER

Saturday 3rd November 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Sunday 4th November 10am – 4.30pm, Memory Lane Fairs: Cathedral Craft Fair, Liverpool Catholic Cathedral

Saturday 10th November 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Saturday 17th November 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Sunday 18th November 12 – 5pm, Capstan’s Bazaar, LEAF, Bold Street

Saturday 24th November 11am – 4pm, Art & Craft Fairs, The Old Police Station, Lark Lane

Saturday 24th November 11am – 4pm, Baltic Art & Craft Fair, Camp & Furnace, 67 Greenland Street, L1 0BY more info

Saturday 24th November 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Sunday 25th November 10am-7pm, The Great Liverpool Art Fair, The Royal Liver Building

DECEMBER

Saturday 1st December 11am – 5pm, 2D artmarkets at the Bluecoat, School Lane

Saturday 1st December 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Saturday 1st December, The Hope Street Christmas Fair, Blackburne House, Liverpool for more info call 07795 168834

Sunday 2nd December 10am – 4.30pm, Memory Lane Fairs: Cathedral Craft Fair, Liverpool Catholic Cathedral

Sunday 2nd December 12 – 5pm, Capstan’s Bazaar, LEAF, Bold Street

Saturday 8th December 10am – 3pm, Arts & Craft Christmas Fayre, St.Mary’s Market more info

Saturday 8th December 11am – 4pm, Art & Craft Fairs, The Old Police Station, Lark Lane

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December 10am – 5pm, Winter Wonder Fair, Blank Note designer handmade market, The Bluecoat, School Lane

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December 10am – 5pm, Open Culture Presents: Winter Arts Market, St Georges Hall

Saturday 8th December 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Regular Art & Craft Markets Info

  • Art & Craft Fairs at The Old Police Station, Lark Lane, L17 8UU | 4th Saturday of the month (same day as the Farmers’ Markets) | Check out calidadevents.co.uk for more details
  • Open Culture Presents: Winter Arts Market, St Georges Hall, L1 1JJ | 150 artists and makers (entry £1.50, under 15’s free) more info
  • 2D artmarkets at the Bluecoat, School Lane | Quarterly |  contact bluecoat2d-artmarket@live.co.uk for more details

If you have found this list helpful please let me know by commenting below.  If you would like me to add your market to this list or any future lists that I make, just send me a message.

I created a treasury of all my favourite rain themed items being sold on Etsy.  It’s a celebration of the rain at a time when this drizzly weather that has reigned supreme over our Spring time in England.  For some people it’s a pain and I can’t deny I’m looking forward to getting some sunshine when the sun does show it’s face (someday).  However to see things positively, water brings life and we are all made of it.  Get your wellies on.

Click here to view on Etsy: It’s raining, it’s pouring

collection of rain themed giftsUpdate

My creative posts on this blog have been a little sparse this past year as I’ve been busy working on my work based learning project which is due to be handed in soon.  My project is about how a gallery can better engage blind and visually impaired visitors in its exhibitions. The research I’ve done so far has been fascinating and I’ve particularly enjoyed learning about how the brain works and different ways of visualising things.

These last two rainy months I have been allowing myself a little time in the studio to get back into painting, working in acrylics on a number of small canvases.  This time spent in the studio I have enjoyed immensely and I’m reminded how much I love painting and the meditative experience it brings.  I often paint in the evening after a day working in the gallery and since the studio is empty so late I’ve been singing out loud too.  I’ll be posting soon with some images of work in progress.  Expect bright colourful work, I have been playing with fluorescent colours.

My colour cubes T-shirts have been selling well and have become my most popular item across my internet shops and offline sales too.  The next favourite is my blue footed booby greetings cards which have been flying to new places around the world. Both of these items can be found in my online Etsy and Folksy shops.

January 2012

I’m very chuffed to say that my Colour Cubes T-shirt has been included in Etsy’s Spring Lookbook for 2012.  I’ve had a good look through the whole book and there are some lovely fresh things to buy.

Here are some of my favourites:

I also enjoyed reading the artist/maker interviews at the back to get an insight into how the artists started out and what their studio spaces look like.  The digital version of this book can be seen here: http://issuu.com/etsy/docs/etsyspring2012

Front cover digital versionRainbow colour cubes T-shirts can be found in my Etsy shop here

I created my first treasury and it features some of my favourite rainbow coloured items on Etsy.  Click on the image below to be taken to the treasury page where you will be able to click on each of the items and explore each person’s shops.

1st October 2011

Photos from my market stall…

My stall at Make & Mend market

It was an unusually warm day on Saturday and the market was rather bright and felt a bit like a greenhouse at times, much better than being out in the wind and rain like some previous markets I’ve done (playing the game of chasing my postcards down the street with the wind). My new tote bags with hand painted and drawn Blue footed booby design ‘I’d rather be a booby than a tit’ received some laughs from market shoppers. I ran out of business cards with my MHTPA Wonderbands image so I’ll be getting some postcards printed and shall put aside some time to make some more head wear in the future. I was able to get some sewing done during the day and finished a rabbit in a hat brooch, with three more on their way.

New handpainted & drawn booby bags

In other news I have created a bigcartel shop to sell my prints from and later this month BALTIC shop will be displaying and stocking two of my prints.  Also I’m off to London on a research trip this weekend to see Mike Kelley’s ‘Exploded Fortress of Solitude’ at the Gagosian. I hope to squeeze in a peek of the UK’s first Renegade Craft Fair whilst I’m in London.

There are so many interesting cultural events happening in and around Newcastle over the next few months that I feel very lucky to live here more than ever.  There’s Design Event, International Print Biennale, Wunderbar festival and Lumiere to name a few.  Check out my Calendar page for my recommended events.

Snow topped mountain brooches: one each for sale in my Etsy and Folksy shops. When my friend told me she was going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro a while back I wanted to make something with this in mind.

Commissioned black and yellow cat brooches. Get in touch if you want to commission a brooch in any colour.

I’ve also added my new colour cubes cards to both of my shops.

In other news I’ve just been told that I have been accepted into an exhibition in August.  More details to follow about this.  I’m going to get some Giclée prints of my exhibited work to sell and I’ve not done this before so I’m quite excited.

2nd April 2011

I did my first stall selling my own work last Saturday as part of Make & Mend Market in the Grainger Market (Newcastle).

It was unexpected because there was a last minute cancellation and a spare stall.  Since I’ve just finished two sets of brooches and have been experimenting with printed designs I thought I’d go for it.  I packed it all up in my wheelie suitcase and set up shop!

I met some friendly and talented stall holders including Krista Puranen-Wilson (who runs the Make & Mend Markets) of Kota Designs, Laura Cartwright of NerdThatDraws, and Sharon Armstrong of Bessie Blue.

Not only did I meet some lovely folk and saw some old friends; I sold a mug, T-shirt, bag, plush toy, some magnets and lots of postcards.  My stall had its photo taken for The Crack Magazine so my stuff may be popping up in the next issue. During quiet times I did some embroidery and got this panda finished that was started 4 years ago!  A big thanks to Krista for organising these wonderful markets.

I hope to do more markets soon.  There are Make & Mend Markets at the Star & Shadow too so I’d love to take my stall there.  I’ve been investigating local markets to attend and try out and will be adding dates and info that I find to my new Dates page. I’m going market mad!

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