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Penny Lindop Designs at Spring Fair Birmingham 2016[/caption] January and February are tough, but exciting, months in the gift industry, following on so closely from Christmas. We go to 2 trade shows during this time, and tomorrow is the day I set off for the International Spring Fair at the NEC Birmingham. Despite the hard work, I love the shows and love meeting so many interesting retailers and designers. People travel so far to attend the shows, either as exhibitor or visitor, and the storie..
I don't get much chance to look around at the shows that I attend as these days I'm on my own. But in my short little wander this is some of what caught my eye this year at the Royal Norfolk Show - some of it is mighty big A fab display from the oh so posh Breckland Orchard  - their Posh Pop is so refreshing during a long show   Tomatoes, on a grand scale: And a chopping board on a grand scale. This is one of the amazing food safe boards from Paul Williams - made from Norfolk timber ..
Hi, it’s Emma from Taiwan again!   Today, I thought I’d look back at what I was expecting when I came to Taiwan, and what I’ve actually experienced. When you say the word Taiwan, maybe you think mass production, electronics and plastic toys – I did! But I’ve been so surprised in what I’ve found on my little explores and adventures around the island.   When mum and my sister Nicola visited a few weeks ago, we took a trip to Yingge, a small but renowned ceramic township. Here there was an ar..
At the shows I'm often asked "What's it made out of?" Well, I use sheep's fleece, but in very small quantities, so this year I thought I'd take some fleece along with me. A splash of colour in the corners, I thought.  I cut a large sack to size and then loosely stitched some of my dyed sheep's fleece to it. I'm not a great stitcher, so this was a tad tedious for me The first dyed fleece stitched to the sack: This shows my beautiful stitching!:   As I stitched on more blocks of f..
I love helping out at these bigger retail shows – there’s so many new people to meet, and so many new beautiful products to look at. In previous years, I have been known to slip away from the stand for an hour and get my Christmas shopping done early (very organised!).    But living out here in Taiwan means I had to miss it this year – I was very sad!   In case you missed our stand, here is how it looked this spring: Note the splash of colour down the corner - Mum stitched (yes, she ..
As you may know, Penny has just returned from a very busy, but equally fun, two weeks in London doing the Christmas shows. Not only does she enjoy meeting some of our lovely customers, she also loves taking a look around the shows and meeting some other brilliant exhibitors.  First up was The Country Living Magazine's Christmas Fair, where she sought out Jenny Burt, who hand makes gorgeous little wooden decorations and signs and has also launched her first book on woodworking. A very talented l..
It was our first time exhibiting the RHS Flower show at Tatton Park, and indeed our first visit to this part of the country. We took loads of photos and wanted to share some of the things that caught our eye over the week we were there. We had a heat wave and torrential rain; we had quiet times and incredibly busy times; we were in awe of all the huge amount of work of the dedicated gardeners and designers who put on such an amazing show; and we were amused by much of the humour.  Here are our..
My, that was quite a scorching hot Great Yorkshire show this year - a complete contrast to the wash out of last year! I was on my own this year for the show so I was very pleased to get this little message sent from Emma who is still overseas: Here is how we looked for this year's show, where we decided to have a much bigger stand than usual: They had to take my nameboard away to redo it as the letters were peeling, and this is what they brought back - we decided quirky was ok!   Op..
A lovely day out at the Focus on Imaging Show yesterday ended with a half hour masterclass on product photography with photographer Karl Taylor - thought I might pick up some tips for my own products. The product here is a bottle of whiskey, placed on a glossy acrylic sheet.     Preparing the Equipment The background light   The whiskey on the acrylic sheet with the background light   The main light is behind the wh..
An unexpected discovery today was finding the Kaeru project at the Hamer Hall Arts Centre in Melbourne. It's a collaborative work involving a Japanese artist in residence (Hiroshi Fuji), Melbourne's Slow Art Collective and the people of Melbourne. A transient exhibition about renewal, transformation, sustainability and collaborative art. If it hadn't been so wet I may well have sat in this tyre for a while, next to the little green frog...... If this interests you you can fin..

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