Sunday, 9 December 2012

MADE 12

A few snapshots of my stand at Made 12 in Brighton... 

 







Thank You to everyone who visited and to all of the other fellow designers that kept me company over the 4 days! There were some fantastic designers this year and Im sure all the visitors came away with some truly beautiful and unique gifts to give away this Christmas. 

Next Event: More London Christmas Market  13th - 16th December 2012


Sunday, 4 November 2012

MADE Brighton Design & Craft Fair.

MADE is now only a few weeks away...



22nd - 25th November at the Corn Exchange, Brighton.

I will be on stand number 61 along with my full range of cards, gifts and accessories.
A great show to visit to purchase a diverse range of unique and handmade Christmas presents!

This week I will be making more stock and designing the stand. He are some images I have found to inspire me, I am hoping to create a un-clutted, light space taking inspiration from a bare, rustic, winter wildlife scene! I think I may find myself wrapped up and out foraging for branches....!






Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Spotted at TopDrawer








I am slowly but surely getting myself organised after a fantastic time at TopDrawer. It was a great opportunity to be amongst fellow designers all in one big creative boat. I really enjoyed chatting to the other designers about there experiences and exchanging advice!
'Spotted at TopDrawer' was the launch of my first complete product line and I was unsurprisingly nervous about the response, but all the hard work payed off and the overall reaction was positive. Ive come away from the experience with confidence, knowledge and most importantly an enthusiasm to continue! 

Thank You to all of the people who came to visit my stand and to all of the lovely stockists that have placed an order with me, I cant wait to see Lucy Alice products in the shops, it may sound corny but its always been a dream of mine so a big thank you to all the people who have helped make it happen!

Good Luck to all of the fellow Spotted crew, check them out here...they really are brilliant :) 
One Little Dicky Bird, Sarah Ray, Kate Farley, Busy Being, Ros ShiersAli MillerTamasyn Gambell

With an online shop and website being developed as I type, products will be available online come the end of October. I will also be at MADE Brighton in November and products will hopefully be on their way to a stockist near you!



Friday, 14 September 2012

Come and say Hello at TopDrawer!

Come and say Hello at TopDrawer, London, Earls Court, 16th-18th September!
as part of 
STAND SP10




Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Packaging Matters.

For me packaging can turn a lovely product into a beautiful product. It can shout out 'I've been made with care and love right down to the last detail.' I have been known to purchase an item simply because of the way it is branded and presented, keeping the packaging in a keepsake box. All this being said, it has made packaging my items a bit of a nightmare as I am so passionate and picky about its presentation! I also didn't want to distract from the product itself. Here are some examples of some simple yet inspirational packaging I found whilst compiling research for my new collection. 






Happy Packing!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Spotted at TopDrawer 2012

I have a stand as part of the Spotted area at this years Top Drawer trade show in London. I will be joining 12 other new exhibitors who have all been hand picked by the curator Charlotte Abrahams. Spotted gives independent designers makers a chance to exhibit at a large trade show and introduce their collections to an international market. 

Im really looking forward to meeting the other designers and launching my new products at a trade level however with still so much left to prepare and organise Im feeling very overwhelmed, lets just say this is going to be one big learning curve. My check list is in full swing, products are all confirmed, price list and order forms are ready to print. Having said that I still lots of things to tick off in the next following weeks, maybe a mini break down too, but having done a handful of fairs and shows before Im sure you will all agree with me that we I will never feel ready...!

Please come and say Hello! My stand is SP10 in the Spotted area.


Thursday, 14 June 2012

Ooo thats new...Spring/Summer Greetings Cards!

This is my new collection of greetings cards inspired by urban wildlife from around the United Kingdom. Characters included on the cards include A Hasty Hare and The Pacing Pheasant plus the limited edition Darling Daffodils card. The cards feature a fresh summery colour palette, geometric pattern inspired by old fashioned embroidery techniques and patterns found in both urban and rural areas. 

The cards will be available to buy at The Harley Gallery Craft Shop as part of the curated 'Creature Feature' exhibition beginning on June 20th.

Copyright@LucyAlicePorter2012

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

A sunny day at The Harley Gallery and Rufford Park.




This weekend I visited my Sister up in Nottinghamshire and hand delivered stock to The Harley Gallery for their next showcase 'Creature Feature' in conjunction with the solo exhibition 'Menagerie' by Susan Bryne. Susan creates fascinating ceramic animal sculptures full of pattern and print, inspired by childhood imagination and storytelling. I cant wait to visit the exhibition myself!


During the exhibition a selection of my work will be available to buy in the shop as part of the animal inspired showcase. Cushions, cards, brooches and home wares will be available from my wildlife inspired collection!

Press quote: ''Craft to make you feel like the cat that got the cream.  Enjoy some animal magic with this gaggle of glorious work, with jewellery sparkly enough for any magpie and handmade home wares to help you feather your nest'' 

The exhibition runs from 20th June - 12th August 2012. The gallery is situated in Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. Please visit the Harley Gallery website for more information: www.harleygallery.co.uk

Whilst at the gallery we had a look round the current exhibition 'Beastly Machines' by Johnny white. Johnny creates kinetic and interactive animal sculptures full of buttons to press, levers to pull and handles to turn. His sculptures are influenced by current affairs and and plays on words, all brought to life through humorous, whimsical creatures. These included a pig with wings, a bird on a bike and two bulls rowing a boat with little pulsing hearts! The sculptures really made us laugh, they really were brilliant and they had my 11 month year old Niece really belly laughing as she watched them move!  


We also visited the nearby Rufford Park, here are a few snapshots! It was such a lovely day!







Monday, 28 May 2012

Preparing for MADE 12.

I am very happy to have been accepted to MADE 12 Brighton's contemporary craft fair. MADE is a show I visit most years and it always simply seems to amount to a lovely inspiring day, refreshing both in term of the fresh Brighton air and the fantastic selection of creative talent available. (I also love the posters!)
MADE takes place on 22nd-25th November at Brighton's Corn Exchange. To wet our appetites for this years show, here is a few of my favourite designers from last year:



                                Katie Almond                                                              
                                                                                 Alison Hadden


So it may be 6 months away but I have a lot of organising to do! Lots of stock to make, new designs to finalise and a business plan that needs to be submitted so hoping funding can commence! Im excited already :)


For more information visit the MADE 12 website: http://www.brighton-made.co.uk/                           

Monday, 14 May 2012

Use your hoop!



I must admit I have a bit of an obsession with old sewing memorabilia including old wooden cotton, labels, buttons and especially embroidery hoops. Whenever i come across old wooden hoops in a charity shop i cant help but pick them up! i now have quite a collection and I was inspired to use some of the hoops as frames for my bird prints.I have also added some hand embroidered text of the birds song. I love the idea of taking something and giving it a new sense of purpose and I think the circular shape of the hoops look great clustered together on a wall to create a striking yet simple feature. If you have any old hoops that are gathering dust why not create some art with any old scraps of fabric that you love? 
I mustn't get to carried away though as I still need to leave some hoops free to complete all of my embroidery projects! 




Lucy Alice Bird Hoops will be available to buy online soon!

Friday, 11 May 2012

Makers Boutique.Brighton.April 2012

Hello again! I can't believe it is May already, everything has been very manic over here with a the move into my first home and still commuting between Sussex and Kent for work, Im hoping everything will settle down come June, I can start to get back into a routine and most importantly I can start making again in preparation for the website launch and Ch***tmas shows!! This year is going far to quick! I finally have Internet back so I thought I would share the images of my stall at The Makers Boutique on the 7th April:





Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Come and join me at the Makers Boutique Brighton!

I will be selling my wares along with many other talented Designer Makers at April's Makers Boutique in Brighton on Saturday the 7th. If you are in the area why not come along and treat yourself this Easter!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

How to take a good snap: Product Photography

I recently attended a course on product photography run by Makerhood and photographer Adrian Flower in Brixton. Before launching my website and business I am trying to learn as much as possible about every aspect! It was an insightful morning learning about the do's and don'ts of product photography, types of photography and making the best use of natural light. With more and more online selling platforms available to design makers it is invaluable that your photography promotes the ethos of your work, showing it is of good quality, styled beautifully and above all taken with great care. You don't need to spend a fortune on a professional photographer or equipment, All you need is a digital camera, tripod, natural light and some card and you are on your way to taking some great shots!

Im no expert but here are some points that I felt helpful and that I thought I would share with you all:

Get Inspired!

Search around sights such as Etsy and Not On The High Street for inspiration on good photography, look for clean lines, natural light and clear imagery. For sights such as these it is best to use a clean white background and take photos of your product from many different angles including close ups. Think about showing texture, delicate detail, scale and think about showing how the product can be worn or displayed.

My talented friend and paper manipulator Sarah Matthews demonstrates this really well:



To stand a good chance of getting your products into magazines in the form of a press pack it is important to research what type and style of photographs they usually feature. This could be lifestyle shots where the product is placed in a background that matches the ambience and mood of the product. For example a vintage teapot would be placed on a table with a pretty table cloth and delectably edible cupcakes but just remember not to detract from the object its self and to use props that are in context with the main product. In contrast publications such as newspapers may prefer cut out images where the product is placed on a white background (almost like it is floating!).



Look to magazines such as Mollie Makes for beautiful and inspiring lifestyle shots


I also really like the style of Olive Manna's photography and styling:


Natural Light.

Make the most of natural light and identify where the best light is coming in.

Set up an area like the one in this (really awful) picture using paper or foil to balance the light. Use a tripod to ensure that your pictures stay in focus, even the most steady hand can produce a slightly out of focus image. Tripods can be purchased quite cheaply, I even found a basic one in the pound shop!
Experiment with different colour paper, different surfaces, in-door/outdoor shots and different angles.

Editing Software

Adrian introduced us to a piece of software called Piccasa which is available to download for free from google (download it here)

Use editing software to crop images, add more light, straighten and even experiment with adding some artistic effects such as Lomography or cinemascope to add a bit of ambience to your photos! A few simple clicks can do wonders for your photos especially if you have had to take photos on a cloudy day.

Before
After
Top Tip: Use a small bit of blue tack to stand items up to enable you to shoot the product face on.

Lovely Links.


MakerHood : An online community for creatives living in the Brixton area.

Adrian Flower: Photographer

Mollie Makes: Magazine

Happy snapping!