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[7 Jun 2015 | 44 Comments]
Win a pair of craft books by Super+Super

Hot on the heels of their publishing debut with Printmaking and Embroidery, Brighton crafters Super+Super have released another pair of books with original projects on Crochet and Paper Cutting. And we have one of each to give away!

The Super+Super series, created by Claire Culley and Amy Phipps, centres on the idea of crafting with friends, with tutorials to help creatives of all levels inject originality into their wardrobe, home décor and gifting repertoire.

Crochet and Paper Cutting each contain 20 illustrated tutorials showing readers how to create items such as tablet and phone cases, a wine holder, birthday cake toppers, bunting and garlands and much more using widely-available materials.

Our favourites are the colourful crochet necklace, stool cover and vintage fruit bag. And the paper masks are bound to go down a treat at weddings or any event where there’s an opportunity for photobooth fun.

Each project is fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions, a list of all the tools you’ll need and techniques that are described in detail.

Find out how to win now…

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[9 Nov 2014 | No Comment]
Super + Super – printed apron tutorial

This simple Midcentury inspired printed apron tutorial, from Brighton craft duo Super+Super’s debut book Printmaking, is a winner for Christmas. Pair up presents with the apple print tea towel.

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[26 Oct 2014 | One Comment]
Super + Super – printed tea towel tutorial

Never ones to do things by halves, entrepreneuring craft duo Super+Super have released not one but two craft books as their publishing debut. And the girls have agreed to let us publish our two favourite tutorials.

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[15 Nov 2013 | No Comment]
Crafty Magazine – Brighton Rocks

Brighton’s thriving craft community is closely knitted to the vintage scene, so it was a joy to celebrate our city’s familiar cast of crafty creatives in a feature for the current issue of Crafty Magazine.

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[21 Oct 2013 | No Comment]
Style Heroes – Modernist dolls house

Husband and wife design duo, Baines & Fricker designed this miniature Modernist delight for thier daughter after “struggling to find a structure that wasn’t gender specific”.

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[19 Oct 2013 | 2 Comments]
Top tips for starting out on Etsy

The Brighton Etsy Sellers’ Team has just launched a new blog. Here, team leader Toby Oliver Dean, of Etsy shop I like CATS, offers his top five tips to anyone thinking of opening a shop on the platform.

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[28 Jun 2013 | No Comment]
Crafty Creatives – Wolf & Moon

Hannah Davis’ Perspex Wolf & Moon art deco-inspired statement jewellery adds contemporary cool to the hot topic 1920s trend. Here she tells us about her work and passions.

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[21 Apr 2013 | No Comment]
Crafty Creatives – Bella Does Brighton

When we spotted Diane Chandler’s up-cycled dolls’ head cactus planters at the Johnny Loves June Vintage & Handmade Fair in Shoreham, we had to find out more…

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[2 Apr 2013 | No Comment]
Crafty Creatives – Betty Shek

Betty Shek creates unique jewellery and accessories from found objects and fuzzy felt and is among the local designer-makers currently selling at the Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery.

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[26 Mar 2013 | One Comment]
Crafty Creatives – Handmade & Vintage

Trudi Davies’ vintage fabric creations invoke a nostalgia of childhood, holidays and general joyful occasions. Here she lets us in on her inspiration and obsessions…

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[17 Feb 2013 | No Comment]
Vintage flowers delivered to your door

Brighton entrepreneur Sarah Shaw has launched a flower delivery service – Brightbunch – based on the organic veg box. VB readers can get their fourth bunch free with code VB4FREE.

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[18 Jan 2013 | No Comment]
Crafty creatives – Oh Someday

Kate Holden, designer behind Oh Someday jewellery, shares her inspiration: “I started making jewellery because I found that I couldn’t find affordable, handmade jewellery in designs that I liked.”

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[8 Jan 2013 | No Comment]
Haberdashery swap at Super + Super

Building on the success of their monthly clothes swaps, Brighton’s busiest workshop space Super+Super is hosting a haberdashery swap on 18 January to get those creative juices flowing for the year ahead.

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[12 Dec 2012 | No Comment]
Christmas cards – take five

We love hunting down hand-made and printed cards on offer through craft sites such as Etsy and at fairs and makers’ open houses. Here we take a look at five of our 2012 favourites.

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[18 Nov 2012 | No Comment]
Christmas shopping at Artists’ Open Houses

This year Brighton is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Artists Open Houses Christmas festival over the first three weekends of December (1/2, 8/9 and 15/16).

Marking the start of the festive season, AOH offers a chance to buy unique pieces from the best local artists and makers at 54 venues, many of whom look to the styles of the past for inspiration or use vintage materials to create new works of art. Here, Helen Cann champions vintage-inspired talents from three different types of media.

Fashion & textiles

Fashion and textiles always play an important part in the vintage lovers’ open house experience. Barbara Jones’ is showing clothes and homeware in colourful 1950s style inspired fabrics at her house at 99 Ditchling Rise. Flirty frocks are beautifully retro. Quilts are made from genuine vintage fabrics, all handmade and totally unique. And homewares such as cushions and zip bags come in playful patterns and make gift buying decisions easy.

Paper-based art

Paper-based 2D work shows up strongly in the Artists Open Houses this Christmas. Mid-century styles influence Lou Taylor’s striking papercuts, showing at the AT Open House, 42 Hendon St. Bold colours and geometric cuts reference ’50s synchronised swimming routines, classic cinema scenes and the elegance of ’30s fashion magazine covers.