Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Show Something Else Exhibition 2014


Following the success of the 2011 exhibition, Show Something, we presented the sequel; Show Something Else! Our exhibition in June featured the work of a range of people from a variety of disciplines including illustrators, photographers, makers, designers and artists. They're all people we've worked with, studied with, lived with or just randomly met! I co-curated this exhibition with Dave - the other half of Pygmy Cloud and illustrator who produces work under the moniker Hatch.


Artwork by Hatch
We put the exhibition together this year as part of the E17 Art Trail, which is a community lead arts festival featuring an array of open houses, pop up events, exhibitions and performances in north east London. 


Instead of hiring a public venue such as a gallery or cafe, we chose to open up our house to the public. We preferred the casual nature of hosting the exhibition in our home and felt it was a good setting to show off ours and our friend’s work, which quite often doesn’t get a chance to be displayed to the public. I think Paula Van Hagen sums it up well on the E17 Art Trail website when she says “Artists’ Open Houses stand at the heart of the Art Trail and are an enduring and evocative expression of all that is so rewarding about living in a creative community.”

Artwork by Eleanor Percival
We had 17 people showing in total. We asked lots of our artist friends to participate, hoping to get a few pieces to put up - we didn’t anticipate how enthusiastic everyone would be about it! We were given a lot more pieces than we expected, so we spent a fair few hours wandering up and down the flat carrying piles of prints playing artwork Tetris...

Left artwork by Victoria Siddle
Left by Melissa Choong | Right by Oliver King

“Being asked to be involved with the exhibition was such an honour. It is amazing to be involved with other people when you spend lots of time at the desk on your own. It makes you feel more like part of a community.

The work on the walls shows off so many different skills that it is inspiring to meet the people behind them and be a part of that.

Mister Peebles drew the Walthamstoat for the show. He is a lesser known breed residing primarily in the Walthamstow area. Characterised by their habit of wearing printed textiles and bow ties. He seemed a fitting addition to an exhibit on the E17 art trail.

He was made using watercolour pencils and felt pen not so far from his native marshes.”

Artwork by Mister Peebles
Andsmile says:

“I am a big fan of Wes Anderson and adore Bill Murray, no surprise I felt obliged to draw Steve Zissou! Little girls with flowers were inspired by trip to back home and long tea drinking sessions with my mum and longings for spring. I’ve met some crazy squirrels on a walk through Hyde Park and I’ve been following them since, to their walks to friend Fox house and camping trips, I enjoy their company and they seem not to mind me drawing them. :) 

Show Something is the loveliest show I’ve been to recently. A collection of beautiful artwork exhibited on the walls of a super cute home of the Pygmy Cloud duo. There is photography, neatly organised stationery, animals wearing William Morris print shirts, pop culture reference artwork, black and white super detailed graphics and soft grumpy bears. What not to love?!”

Artwork by Andsmile

More information about the artists can be found here: cargocollective.com/showsomething.

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Dave aka Hatch creating our sign
Top row Nathan Scott | Bottom row Pygmy Cloud


Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Spring Crafty Fox Market 2014

This month we traded at Crafty Fox Market in Peckham's Bussey Building. It was lots of fun as always! It's always great to meet our customers and make friends with our fellow traders. Here are a few snaps from the Peckham market followed by a few at the Brixton market:


Peckham:


 


Brixton:






Top Tips for Selling at Markets

If you are thinking about having a stall at a craft fair or market, check out the Pygmy Cloud blog post for Crafty Fox Market 'Top Tips for Selling at Markets'. We spoke to some of our favourite designer makers and regular Crafty Foxes and asked them to share their advice for making the most of a day of market trading. Check out the guest blog post here:

Top Tips for Selling at Markets

Monday, 31 March 2014

Instagram Round Up: March 2014

Here is what we got up to in March 2014:



Our highlights were:
- Putting our new House Felt Coaster set's on the market
- Being featured in Mollie Makes magazine
- Dave and Diana's three year anniversary!
- Exploring the amazing neon world of God's Own Junk Yard followed by discovering the Wild Card Brewery over the road
- Opening our Society 6 shop











Wednesday, 19 March 2014

How to make DIY cork mountain coasters

A simple little cork mountain coaster tutorial:


DIY cork coasters


Materials:
- 3mm cork
- paint brush
- white acrylic paint
- X-Acto knife
- metal safety rule

Instructions:
1. Using the safety rule and X-Acto knife, cut the cork into a triangle shape.
2. Paint outline of the snowy mountain peak
3. Fill in the snowy top and add dots for falling snow or a smiley face!


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Spring time Giveaway

To celebrate the changing of seasons we are holding a giveaway!


Rain & Cloud coaster giveaway
For your chance to win one of our lovely Rain & Cloud felt coaster sets enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway