Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Bristol Vintage Fashion Fair

Easter Saturday saw me working at the Vintage Fashion Fair at the Paintworks, Bristol. It was a bitterly cold day with snow in the air. There were not as many traders there as normal because of it being Easter. We had a few customers but it was definitely a lot quieter than previous times. We had plenty of time to sit and ponder on life and wonder what it is about this business that keeps us getting up at 5 a.m. in the morning and driving hundreds of miles. The answer is of course that we are gluttons for punishment and also we enjoy it. There are so many interesting people crossing our paths and it is good to know that these old things that we love so much are going on to new keepers and new lives. Even the things that are wrecked and well past their sell by date have a use and are taken and transformed into beautiful and new creations by talented and inventive Textile artists, embroiderers and costume makers. This is turning recycling into an art form and long may it last.

Stroud Rag Market

On Saturday 15th I was at Stroud working at the Rag Market. This was the first time I had been there and it was a very interesting eclectic mix of all kinds of textiles, haberdashery and clothes most of which can be described as 'Vintage'.
We had travelled up the day before and were staying with friends near Stroud for the night before the Market. We made a detour to Tetbury to go to see a friend George who has a wonderful shop there called 'Artique'. In this shop there is everything Indian including rugs, textiles, carvings, furniture and jewellery. I bought some old printing blocks and two necklaces. I haven't done any printing yet as I have been too busy with work but the next quiet day I have I shall indulge myself with a 'play' day.
Tetbury is a very interesting place and I plan to go back some time and have a good look around.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Vintage Fashion Fair at Bath Assembly Rooms

On Sunday I was working at a Vintage Fashion Fair at Bath Assembly Rooms. A beautiful venue for a Fashion Fair. My stall was in the Ballroom with its wonderful chandeliers. There was plenty of space for everything and the day got away to a good start with plenty of selling to other dealers, some just buying and some buying and selling.
Alan and Miguel were there from France with their usual vast array of mouthwatering textiles and threads and trimmings. I bought some more of my beloved red and white ticking and a paisley shawl from him. The shawl is damaged and I am going to use it to make bags if I can bear to take the scissors to it.
The day turned out to be a success which was more than I had anticipated. This was my first Fair since coming back from holiday and I am now well and truly back into work mode. I am busy listing things on to Ebay and I have a customer coming up from Cornwall next week to have a look at the new linens Linda and I brought back from France last week. My next trip is to Stroud Rag Market on 14th March. I am looking forward to this as it will give me a chance to clear out my workroom cupboards of all the things I have gone off and will never use!!