STALLHOLDER SHOWCASE: Shall We Sing a Song for You?

Shall We Sing A Song For You is a Sheffield based screen printing company who create football themed T shirts and prints. Their designs are eye catching and bold, featuring popular football chants from a vast array of clubs and leagues. Some classics include Chelsea’s ‘His Name is John Terry’, Manchester United’s ‘Take Me Home United Road’, Sheffield United’s ‘Greasy Chip Butty’ and Sheffield Wednesday’s ‘We Are Wednesday’, to name but a few.

All designs are hand printed from their studio in Sheffield, so indulge your inner football fan and support a local artist. They even take requests so if you have any chant suggestions or can’t find your team, get in touch and sing them a song.

STALLHOLDER SHOWCASE: Victoria Kershaw

Victoria Kershaw studied at Liverpool Hope University College where she completed a BA Design degree with a first class (Hons). She then went onto study for an MA at the Royal College of Art and graduated in 2004.

Kershaw produces functional tableware and combines silver with other materials such as concrete and rubber. She produces her work either in small batches or as one-off pieces and undertakes private commissions.

Amongst her designs are the unique ‘Sheffield Star’ silver chip forks (pictured) and ‘Tower of Tarts’ (also pictured), which explore how materials commonly perceived as low value can be incorporated in a unique way, giving them a quality and presence. By combining her techniques she has been able to produce delicate surface textures both in concrete and silver, which make the viewer want to take a closer look.

STALLHOLDER SHOWCASE: Imogen’s Imagination

Imogen’s Imagination is the creation of Sophie Cook and was first started in 2005. During its first year of business, Imogen’s Imagination stocked the alternative shop Ultravixen, where the burlesque themed designs received a great response. In the same year, Imogen’s Imagination was featured in Total Tattoo Magazine as part of an Ultravixen fashion spread. After a re-launch in 2008, Imogen’s Imagination has been expanded and now offers a wider range of bespoke headwear to suit any occation, including race days, nights out and weddings.

Sophie is currently studying millinary as an evening student at Leeds College of Art and Design and regularly attends fairs to promote her work

STALLHOLDER SHOWCASE: WE Live Here

We Live Here’s prints and products celebrate the buildings and scenes that define where we live. All illustration and design is created by We Live Here founder, Jonathan Wilkinson. Illustrations are original and created from scratch: nothing is traced or reproduced.

Inspired by constructivist graphic design, We Live Here’s pared-down diagrammatical style aims to represent as much detail as is possible in just two or three colours. More recent works take the style in a new direction by attempting to create a more hyperreal image that sits somewhere between illustration and photography.

Jonathan describes the We Live Here creative process as exploring what people love about where they live, and the chance to recreate urban vernacular with architectural precision.

STALLHOLDER SHOWCASE: Bar Soap

Manchester based soap making double-team. City lawyer Kate (the love) and freelance music journalist come musician Dan (the science) bring you BarSoap. Indulgent skincare for the decadent.

BarSoap create cocktail inspired soaps using the finest ingredients. Each soap is lovingly hand made using traditional methods. All of their bars are hand stamped with the BarSoap seal of approval and adorned with hand picked works of art of 19th Century Parisian Artist Jules Cheret for a delightful burlesque style which has a classical vintage feel. Bar Soap’s cold process soap is made using simple wholesome ingredients, the finest olive, coconut and essential oils for a decadent bathing experience. Cold process soap is a world away from the mass produced commercial soaps that suck the benefits of the naturally occurring glycerine out of their soap. With their soap the silky glycerine is retained leaving your skin feeling gorgeously moisturised, pampered and super soft.

STALLHOLDER SHOWCASE: Kate Thornton

Kate is a designer maker specialising in contemporary collage. Her interests in architecture, natural history, cartography and birds influence the subject matter and imagery present in her designs. The collages incorporate a variety of materials including antique maps, postcards and images from old books. These materials are combined with printed and coloured papers to create designs with a strong graphic aesthetic whilst retaining a very human and historical element.

STALLHOLDER SHOWCASE: Kettle of Fish

Kettle of Fish has a range of jewellery and homewares that are all designed and handmade by Karen Lydiat, a fine art graduate and incurable frequenter of charity shops. Karen recently moved from her hometown of Sheffield to a very different life in Yarm where she is currently working full time on Kettle of Fish to have the chance to experiment with new ranges and raise the company’s profile.

Kettle of Fish collections have a strong identity, a vintage feel and a precious quality that appeals to both men and women. The work is an extension of the stuff of her life and as such it has been quite easy to create a distinctive brand. Lots of the pieces are unique, combining striking images with found objects and upcycled elements. Each individual item is designed for both practical and decorative use and is intended to be something that you’d want to pick up and admire closely.

Inspiration comes from Karen’s garden, old engravings, museum cabinets, Observer books, Victorian scraps and from being a compulsive hoarder of lovely and unusual things. She particularly likes the natural forms of insects and they form recurring images in her work, giving a beauty from strength rather than prettiness.

STALLHOLDER SHOWCASE: Gillian Lee Smith

Gillian Lee Smith is a mixed media artist based in Nottingham. Her work varies from mixed media paintings to sculptural characters and textile adornments, all inspired by her fascination with dreams and memories and the art of storytelling. Baroque and Victorian periods are especially evident in her designs and her work often delves into the expression and characterisation of our human nature. Her character sculptures in particular are a nod towards her own imaginations, avid reading and childhood dreams. They are a way of seeking the perfect representation of our character. Each tells an original tale, with a single image that endeavors to embody a whole life story in an uncomplicated way.

 

STALLHOLDER SHOWCASE: Elodie G

Elodie Ginsbourg is an illustrator who makes little comic books,
prints and “all sorts of silly little things”.

She started doing indie pop fanzines and cartoons in the mid-90s, in
Nice, France.

“For me, being part of the fanzine scene was very much a political
thing. I totally adored the freedom of expression the small
independent press offered. People could just make their own little
magazine, talk about the music they liked, express political views
without censorship and totally be in control of the way it was all
packaged.”

She moved to England in 1997, started a band, joined another, did lots
of fanzines, illustrated some record sleeves, started making bags.
Then, after some breathing space to get married and have two little
girls, Elodie got back into making little handmade comics and drawing
illustrations!

“I get inspired by everyday things that make me smile, laugh or
sometimes totally annoy me! If I have to give names, I’ll definitely
say that people like Julie Doucet, John Porcellino or Lolmede make me
so so happy! And, of course, I get inspired by the funny things my
children say and do!

I don’t have a studio because I like drawing in different places. I
have a great attic where I do crafty things but because all I need is
paper, pencils, nibs, Indian ink I can draw anywhere, inside or
outside my house. I like doing more messy crafts in the dining room
because it’s already got fairly messy floorbards.”

STALLHOLDER SHOWCASE: Alsager Pottery

Anne Rodgers has been making pottery professionally since 1978, and there is a real and wonderful sense of tradition in all her work.

Alsager Pottery is based in Staffordshire, and uses traditional slipware patterns and methods, adapted for modern use. Their pottery is all hand thrown in a small family workshop, using local red clay.  Hand-thrown pottery decorated with coloured clay slips was made in English country potteries from the early 17th to the mid-19th century, when styles changed as a result of the industrial revolution. Staffordshire was one of the main centres of slipware manufacture and old Staffordshire slipware has its own distinctive character.

Alsager’s range of slipware includes beautifully patterned plates, door plates and commemorative plates (for example for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, or any other special occasions), as well as historical ‘owl jugs’ (inspired by the 18th Century ‘Fitzwilliam jug’ in Cambridge museum), and traditional slipware cradles.  These were traditionally made as christening gifts for babies or as marriage gifts, symbolising fertility, for newly-wed couples. Many were made in Staffordshire in the 17th and 18th centuries.