Sunday, 9 December 2012

Christmas Fair Goodies

Seeing as its less than a week before our Christmas Fair on the 15th Dec, in the Trinity Centre, I thought I would post about some of the sellers who will be joining us this time and their lovely wares.
We'll have a huge 35 sellers at this event and this time we'll be in the church itself so there'll be loads of space. Yay!

The products on offer will be wide and varied and we've been trying hard to make sure that there won't be too much of one type of product. Here is a small selection

Whim Wham Ceramics - traditionally styled ceramics lovingly crafted in a in a Tyne & Wear studio.

Man About Town - stylish and unusual bags and belts for the discerning gentleman, created with recycled bicycle tyres using traditional leather-work techniques.

Bill Quay Fabric Workshop - Beautiful limited edition textiles created in house using block and lino printing methods.  

Sponge and Sugar - tasty cup cakes, cake pops and occasion cakes made in Northumberland with organic and Fairtrade ingredients.

Love Textiles - textile art for the home, using applique, embroidery and collage, inspired by the North East coast line.

Pangaea - Eye-catching men's ties and accessories made with ethically sourced fabrics.

Gabby's Bazaar - Pretty vintage and retro inspired jewellery.

So they're just a few of the items we'll have in our fair on the 15th Dec. Hope you can make it along!

Monday, 5 November 2012

A Christmas Shopping Alternative

Drum roll please...................
On Saturday the 15th December MiN are having a Christmas Fair at the Trinity Centre on Gosforth High Street, Newcastle, NE3 4AG. We'll be there from 10am - 4pm and this time we'll have the church hall as our venue, so it will be a lovely big space on the ground floor.

There are 35 wonderful stall holders offering a wide variety of hand-crafted goodies in time for some last minute Christmas shopping. Here are just a few of the makers and artists who will be joining us this time:

* Fun, contemporary cross-stitch accessories and homewares from the awesome Miso Funky -

* Man About Town will be offering innovative & stylish men's belts and cases from recycled bicycle tyres -

* Quirky, vintage inspired jewellery from Gabby's Bazaar -

* Stunning limited edition printed textiles from Bill Quay Fabric Workshop -

* Gorgeous etchings and art prints by illustrator Deborah Snell of illustration collective Set of Drawers -

* Beautifully handcrafted stoneware and ceramics from Muddy Fingers Pottery -

In addition to all the stalls we're also hoping to have a little raffle where you can win yourself some ace handmade goodies.
Also the Trinity centre cafe will be open so you can warm up with a hot drink and some tasty food.

Any money generated from stall places goes towards Made in Newcastle's funds towards our future shop space, from where we aim to showcase the work of local independent business and creative entreprenuers. 
Entry is free, so please drop by and escape the high street madness while helping to support regional traders.

We have set up a Facebook event
here and we would be very grateful if tou could help us spread the word by inviting your friends. Hope to see you soon.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

A MiNnie Summer Market Showcase

The MiN Summer Market on the 11th August is getting ever closer and it all promises to be very exciting indeed.

There will be 30 - 35 wonderful stalls with a diverse range of handmade and locally designed products to tantalise your eye holes.

Aside from a huge variety of local designers and artists we'll also have our kids craft corner where you can bring your little'uns and they can get creative with the folks of MiN and make something to take home with them. To add to this we also now have a children's book author who will be stopping by to do some readings from her wonderful books.  So all in all it'll be the perfect spot to spark your child's imagination and get their creative juices flowing - hey it could be good for the big kids too!
To give you an idea of what gorgeous things you'll be able to find here is a sneak preview of some of the crafts people selling at the event:

Laura Parkin
Stunning hand woven textiles from a Northumberland based a textile designer graduate.

Karina's bags
Gorgeous leather bags and purses from established designer-maker Karina Hesketh.

Candy Queen Store
Fabulous and super cute, customisable kid's clothing.

French Oven
Delicious artisan breads, cakes and pastries from the Grainger Market based bakers.

Finely crafted, bound notebooks, journals and boxes made by local maker Margaret Finch.

Laura Cartwright
Colourful and contemporary illustration prints, cards and decorations.

Surf and Silver
Naturally striking, salvaged coastal sea glass jewellery from maker Emma Harbottle.

BUBU Design
Quirky and charming toys and dolls from illustrator and designer-maker Agata Ryniewicz.

Money generated from this market will go towards future MiN events to aid our long term aspiration of having a permanent retail/gallery space, so we hope you'll come along for a tea or coffee and help us to continue to support local creative talent and business.
We are fully booked for stalls now but you can still apply to be on the reserve list if you contact with a couple of sample images of your work.
We're looking forward to seeing you all there. 

Friday, 6 July 2012

Made In Newcastle invite you to their Summer Market!

Made In Newcastle Summer Market, Sat 11th Aug, 10am - 4pm.

Trinity Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 4AG

There will be 30+ stalls offering handmade food, art, homewares, jewellery, accessories and loads more.
We'll also have a free 'Kids Craft Corner' where children can get creative on the doodle wall, make a badge or a sticker or even learn to knit.

Here is a sneak peak of some of the makers and artists who will have goodies on offer:
Yellobole, handmade books (
Surf and Silver Jewellery (
Subtle Clothing (
Britt's Little Paper Shop (
Lucy's Happy Place (
Finger Print Jewellery ( )

The venue which has a café, is located in the heart of the bustling and prosperous Gosforth High street. The hall is easily accessed by stairs or a lift and travel links and parking are good.

Money from the event will go towards future MiN events and our long term goal of finding a new shop/gallery space.

There are still a few stall spaces left so applications are invited from makers, designers and artists. Items on sale must be handmade (not bought in) and the maker should be based in the North East. A pitch is priced at £20 and tables and chairs will be provided.
If you wish to find out more please email

If you would like to book a stall please include photos of your product or a link to some photos of your items online.

We hope you will be able to pop in for a cuppa and say hi.

We've created a Facebook event: Go ahead and invite all your friends, the more the merrier.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Jubilee Jubilation

Well with only a week to go the whole of the UK seems to have gone all Red, White and Blue
Our talented creative types here at Made in Newcastle have also been busy making and designing some beautiful Jubilee inspired items just for you. 

First up for your delectation is this truly stunning range of products from The Spotted Sparrow, which includes a whole host of wonderful greetings cards, invitations and my personal favorite, the gorgeous framed birth announcement, a perfect christening gift.

If you have a summer wedding why not dress to impress with this wonderful hat from Ashleigh.Pip.

Now you have the hat your going to need some fabulous footwear and a simply stunning bag. These fantastic up-cycled, one of a kind items from BoBu Couture will certainly turn heads. 

Time to add those finishing touches with some Jubilee inspired necklaces from G's Bazaar. The delicate key and crown pendant adds just a hint of royal flair and I'm sure there is going to be more than one or two tea parties over this long weekend, so how about this little porcelain teapot.

To finish off your outfit just add this chunky bracelet from Nancy Pants. Nancy Pants has also been adding the royal touch to some of her fantastic homewears.

If your looking for a Union Jack inspired gift then look no further then the brilliant cosmetic bags and phone cases from Boho Raspberry.  

If you would prefer something for your home then why not check out our good friend from Made in Newcastle, now Made in the Highlands

Hope you all have a joyous jubilee long weekend, why not drop us a line and let us know what crafty things you have made to celebrate, we really love to see what you have been creating. 

Much Love from MiN   

Monday, 14 May 2012

Works Well with Others

You've had the daily conversation with the cat, tidied up the house and now you're catching up on your blog reading. If you fancy a change in pace how about swapping your cat chat for a coffee break, your house tidy for a quick inspiration session with fresh minds on the topic and your daily blog read for a sneaky peak over a co-workers shoulder at their latest project. Maybe you'll even find someone to collaborate with on your own latest project.

Made In Newcastle
Setting up the shop way back when, it's teamwork! - photo by Paul Thompson

Newcastle, as I pointed out last post, is full of social things to do if you're a creative type. So what about actually getting some work done? That can be done in good company too and what better way to meet a strong and supportive group of friends, with their own connections, resources and skills. It'll only be a matter of time before you're sharing skills, organising to swap resources and getting to know your brand new connections.

Co-working days? I don't know, they sound corporate and expensive...
Rest assured, they're not, a good selection of them are completely free. Some happen in a pub or cafe, no office cubicles for you.

Here are a few of the co-working days that I've learned about recently. I'm sure there are many more, so feel free to add your own by commenting on this post.

Space 2 Create
Space 2 Create meets weekly at the Settle Down Cafe, Wednesdays 6pm-8pm. All creative types are welcome and encouraged to take part in skill shares, participate in creative events and happenings and indeed organise their own using the combined support and skills of the group.
Space 2 Create is taking a small break for the summer, as most of it's members are involved in festival season workshops, however the Facebook group stays open all year round and is a great platform for sharing ideas and plans on.

Maker Space Newcastle
Described as a "communal garden shed full of mad inventors", the Maker Space is based in The Cottage, located round the back of the Star and Shadow Cinema. Maker Space is the ideal place for you if you've ever taken apart your old console or wondered how to get that Commodore64 in the loft working again. You can come along to one of their drop in sessions between 6pm and 8pm every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month for free to find out what it's all about. There is a small monthly membership fee of £10 which pays for all the things you might use at Maker Space (wifi, consumables, buying new equipment etc.), which is explained fully on on their Join Us page.

Newcastle Jelly
"A casual co-working event for freelancers, homeworkers, small/micro business owners or anyone who wants to work somewhere different alongside others". I had a chat on Twitter with @NewcastleJelly and it sounds like the kind of event where you could get a great mixture of creatives and makers. I imagine Bar Loco (their venue) being filled with designers, knitters, illustrators, writers and more. Jelly is a relatively new event so there's no expectations and the group is very welcoming to new people. I'll be at the next one myself, you can book tickets (free, it's just so they have the right amount of spaces) on their Eventbrite page. Newcastle Jelly is every other Tuesday, from 10.30 until 5.30, you don't have to stay all day and it's free.

Okay, maybe you want something a bit more office based? How about these then?

Toffee Factory Sunset

The Toffee Factory
One of the newest additions to the Ouseburn area, the Toffee Factory is full of offices, communal spaces and meeting rooms that can be accessed as part of the shared office space for only £10 a day. So if you're not ready for a permanent space yet but might fancy one in the future "these high quality workstations allow you to get a foothold at the heart of the North East’s newest creative industries community". You'll be sharing the building with some fantastic creative businesses and agencies, small and big. You can contact their team for more info on the shared office space, they're lovely people.

Newcastle Business Village
Flexible desk space for freelancers, homeworkers and self-employed folks. With access to wifi, scanner, photocopier, fax and meeting spaces while you work. Newcastle Business Village also offers advice and support to help build your business, with options for a flexible membership scheme or £10 plus VAT per a day to use the space.

Other events that might be of interest to creative minded people:

The Late Shows - Happening on Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th May. "The Late Shows is a free culture crawl around Newcastle and Gateshead with many popular venues normally closed in the evening opening their doors after hours on a Friday and Saturday night." Some of the highlights for me will be Northern Print, The Biscuit Factory and oh who am I kidding? I want to do it all. Two nights had better be enough.

Global Sustainability Jam - "One weekend in October, creative, passionate people will meet, form teams & get to work in an energetic, global, face-to-face event. They'll have fun creating brand-new real-world designs, projects and initiatives which might make a difference."

The Big Draw - I've heard there will be a Big Draw in Newcastle this year. The Big Draw is held in October in cities across the country,  with the aim to raise the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. "The Big Draw is now a month-long festival of over 1500 events organised by national and regional museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, schools and community centres across the UK." Start sharpening your pencils now!

If you're organising a creative event or know of one we would be interested in, please pass on the details. MiN is always excited to know new people and get involved in new things. See you next update. 

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Getting Out!

I'm self employed and work from home (like many of the MiN gang), that means that I spend most of working day alone. There are certainly perks, I don't have to tailor my music to others tastes and only have to make one cup of tea when I go to the kitchen. In this situation it's easy to feel cut off from the creative community and as a result lose inspiration, motivation and patience with your work.

Made in Newcastle, 'History & that' launch
Made in Newcastle Art & That Launch - photo by Mike D

You are not the only creative person in town. There are many social events for the creative community in Newcastle, they cater for all sorts of creative folk, photographers, illustrators, designers, knitters, crafters and more. Here are a few of the groups, regular social events and creative hang-outs that happen in Newcastle:

Design Interest - If you're reading this there's a good chance that you appreciate good design. Every month or so Design Interest gets together to talk design with regulars and guests doing quick presentations on a design related topic. The group is a great place to share your latest project with friends and receive useful critique.


Newcastle Photo Walk - Regular meets organised either on the Flickr group or on Twitter using the #npwalk tag. A great chance to get the camera (or phone) out and take some good photos of absolutely anything you like. The walks usually begin and end in a cafe or pub so there's lots of socialising to be had.

Paper Jam Comics Collective - The stereotype of the comics fan is a 30-something year old basement dweller with bad bathing habits. The Paper Jam Comics Collective throw all of those stereotypes out of the window, proving once and for all that comics are for everyone. The collective meets in Travelling Man on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, talks, draws and generally has a laugh. We'll ignore the fact that the meets happen in the basement.

Dr Sketchy's Newcastle - Usually held on a Sunday afternoon in our fair city. Life drawing with a difference. Have a drink, get out your art supplies and get ready to be thoroughly entertained. Life drawing meets burlesque and cabaret, giving you a chance to draw people in the most wonderful costumes and out of them too.

Tyneside Knitting Club - Get yourself set up in the Tyneside Cinema with a glass of wine, some knitting and great company, what more could you ask for?

Newcastle Improv - Meeting at the Mixer in Jesmond for relaxed improv classes on a regular basis. This is a great confidence boost for anybody who might be worried about public speaking but also a great way to meet some friends and have a laugh.

Tyne Twestival - It's been all quiet on the Tyne Twestival front recently. With Twitter being so mainstream now the last event was huge, the Twestival has gradually given way to more regular and small Tweet-Ups organised by groups of friends. If you're on Twitter why not give us a follow (we're @min_tweets) and we'll see about organising our own Tweet-Up.

The Geekest Drink - Spent the staring at a computer screen? Need a drink in an good pub with excellent company? In their own words "There's loads of brilliant networking events for us techies in the north-east ... That's not what we're about - we just want to get a bunch of geeks around a table. Think making friends, not contacts."

Maybe you haven't found what you're looking for? Arrange something, invite some people, let us know. I'd love to come along.
Have I missed off your favourite creative social event? I'm sorry, leave a comment letting us know the good times we're missing.

I'll be posting about co-working spaces and events next week. If you have any suggestions for what to include please get in touch.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

World Book Night Monday April 23rd

Last year Made in Newcastle were very proud to be a part of World Book Night. We had a fantastic day at our Grainger Street shop, with our makers creating items themed especially for the occasion. From bookmarks to canvas prints, we had a plethora off all things literary for our customers to enjoy. All washed down with tea and cake (from our good friends at Pet Lamb Patisserie

With tomorrow being World Book Night 2012, we thought we would show you just some of the things our makers have been creating on a literature theme.    

First up are two beautiful pieces for you and your home inspired by Alice in Wonderland from Nancy Pants.

Another piece taking inspiration both from Wonderland and the wider literary world, are these stunning necklaces by Gabby's Bazaar.

For all you budding authors out there, you never know when inspiration might strike you, so how about this gorgeous note book from Brittany Coxon.

Or if your more like me and can't remember anything unless it's on a list! Then brighten up your handbag with this great little notebook from Lucy's Happy Place. 

In need of a greeting card for a book worm friend or loved one? Then they will just adore this personalised vintage library card from The Spotted Sparrow.

All this talk of books has reminded me of two brilliant little projects that I really want to share with you. In fact the two marry together quite nicely. About two years ago a young man by the name of Luke walked into Made in Newcastle 1 (On Nun Street) and presented myself and my colleague with a bundle of books... bit odd we thought.. but all became clear, as he went on to explain that he was part of an initiative called Book Crossing.

The ethos behind the scheme is that you breath new life into once loved works, with the simple aim of connecting people through books. The idea is that instead of just letting your old favorites collect dust, you "Release" them into the wild to be found and loved by another reader. Be that giving it to someone you know, or leaving it somewhere for someone to find. Book Crossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity number, so as the book passes from reader to reader, it's journey can be tracked through the Book Crossing web site. There are currently 8995,204 book traveling through 132 countries. It's free to join and I have to admit I got a geeky thrill when I "caught" my first wild release whist on a day out in Wylam! 

With the increase in popularity of e-books and Kindles I was inspired to read about another "real" book loving scheme called the Little Free Library. Two years ago Todd Bol from Madison Wisconsin wanted to honor the passing of his late mother, a former teacher and book lover. So Bol built a miniature model of a library, filled it with books for anyone to take and placed it outside his home. From that simple idea hundreds of similar Little Free Librarys have popped up on lawns and in community spaces all across the globe.

Little Free Library website has some great examples of library's people have built, from simple crates to lavish log cabins. 

World Book Night 2012 is on Monday 23rd and Newcastle Library will have author Adele Parks reading from her latest book "About Last Night" and local actors "Spectrum Arts" will be performing "Shakespeares Greatest Hits"

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Record Store Day April 21st

One of the first "independent" shops that I remember frequenting when I was young was my local record store, a tiny dark and often mysterious shop, full to the brim with vinyl and music memorabilia. A place where you can ask about the obscure bands you like and not be ridiculed. Or be informed of bands you've never heard of and even in some cases, find new friends to go and see these amazing bands with. Over the years these stores saw a demise due to the popularity of bigger high street brands and the increase in digital formats. But in recent years these gems of independent businesses have seen a revival. To this end "Record Store Day" was created, to celebrate the unique culture of record stores and it is the perfect excuse for music fans to come out and support their favourite artists and enjoy a day celebrating music with like minded people. 

So this got me thinking about the "music" inspired items that our talented Made in Newcastle makers have been creating.

I just adore this beautiful necklace with a real, working Swan harmonica from Gabby's Bazaar, decorated with an antique silver heart charm, a coral pink rose cabochon and two Swarovski crystals.

Serendipity Central makes these unique one of a kind bowls out of unloved vinyl that has come to the end of it's musical lives. She spend many hours tracking down these little gems, looking for the quirky, unique, retro and kitsch! 

How about a cute little card to let someone know your thinking about them? Then this Just a Little Note Card from Jo Sullivan is simply perfect.

I've saved the best till last, as a huge indie kid I absolutely love these fanatic cards from The Spotted Sparrow. Joy Division, The Smith and even a bit of 80's cheese... what more could you want! 

Record Store Day is celebrating it's 5th anniversary this year. Participating record stores in Newcastle include JG Windows,Reflex, RPM Music, and That's Entertainment. 

Rock is dead!... Long live paper and scissors 

Monday, 2 April 2012

Show some Bunny you love them this Easter

Woo hoo!! Easter is nearly here which means spring sunshine, egg hunts, chocolate, hot cross buns and spending time with loved ones.

So show some Bunny you care with some lovely crafty goodies from the creative makers at Made in Newcastle.

First up is a myriad of cuties from Gabby's Bazaar that have arrived specially for Easter!
Gabby's lovely decorations are made from salt dough, hand painted with acrylic paint and then varnished to protect their coating.

They are perfect for hanging on Easter trees, to decorate your home, or they can even be used to decorate an Easter gift!

These happy little cards from Lucy's Happy Place are a great way to wish friends and family a Happy Easter.
A fantastic way to spread some Easter cheer with cards that will almost certainly get a smile.

Spring is here, Easter is on its way. These happy little chicks from Brittany Coxon are guaranteed to delight.
Hand cut cute little chicks, which have hatched specially for Easter!

How about something vivid and colourful that screams Spring? These bright and vibrant cards from Serendipity Central will add a splash of colour to any recipients mantelpiece.
In true Serendipity Central style many of the cards have a 3D element to give that added textural dimension. All cards are one of a kind, so why not send something beautiful and unique.

If your looking for a gift that will last long after the last scraps of chocolate eggs have been demolished, the how about this A4 size print of Lucy's very cute and colourful "Bunny Balloon" Illustration?
The illustration is printed onto high quality textured fine art paper, which brings out the vivid colours and details in the image and gives it a tactile quality. It's ideal for brightening up a work space, bedroom or nursery and makes a fantastic present. Great for kids and big kids alike.

Right ... I'm off to make some Hot Cross Buns!

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