The fresh signs of spring have arrived and it’s been all go here at Whinberry & Antler. At the end of February we packed up our home and the studio and moved from Somerset up to the hilly Stroud valley in Gloucestershire. We were sad to say farewell to Nunney, but are now very excited to discover more about Stroud and it’s creative community. Moving home and a business at the same time was not easy, but with the lovely help of family and friends we managed to get it all done in one week. Our new home even has a purpose built studio in the garden, so now I actually have a journey to work in the morning!
With lovely views out over open fields and lots of nice countryside for dog walks, I think that we shall be happy here for a long time to come. We even managed to spot a herd of deer whilst sat in bed drinking a Sunday morning cup of tea!
There wasn’t much time to settle in before I headed off to London for the Country Living Spring Fair 2015. It was great to be back at the show, I really enjoyed building and decorating the stand. Although I must say that at one point I was surrounded by many many cushions…
Meeting customers both old and new is the highlight of shows and fairs. Chatting with people from all over the country (and world!), I even met one of my very first customers from when I exhibited at the Country Living Spring Fair in 2012 (my first show ever) who came by to say hi and that she still really loves her custom made purple ribbon badger cushion. So much has happened in three years! I must say a big thank you to Natalie from Natajaq (www.natajaq.co.uk) for once again letting me take some of her beautiful handmade lamp bases, they certainly attracted a lot of attention.
I also met some other small business creatives, such as Rachel from Misty & Boo (mistyandboo.tictail.com). Her fun and colourful designs are screen printed onto fabrics to make very cute items for little ones!
I have had quite a few enquiries over the past week since the show from other designer makers who are thinking of taking a stand at a future Country Living Fair. My advice would be to visit first if you can (although I must say that I didn’t!) But if you can imagine your products being in the magazine, then it could be really great for you. There seemed to be a lot more original designer makers there this year than there have been in the past, which is fantastic. It is a great opportunity to get your brand and products out there, plus you’ll get great feedback from all the different people and traders that you’ll meet!
Well, I’d better travel back up the garden to carry on with some screen printing! I’ve set tomorrow aside to get drawing and being creative, I’d quite like to get into painting again, something that I haven’t really done since I was at college. And we’ll be back at the wonderful Frome Independent Market this Sunday for our first Frome market of the year, so if you’re in the area I can guarantee that it’ll be a great way to spend your Easter Sunday!
For now I’ll leave you with a quick little painting that I did a few weeks ago… not quite British wildlife, but I do love a polar bear. See you soon!