For three days only, come and explore our festive boutique in the busy thoroughfare of Leather Lane. Show your support to young designer makers of the future, by purchasing a unique ‘one off’ Christmas gift or treat!
Launch Party - 1st December 5.30pm - 8pm, FREE ENTRY
Meet the young designers and volunteers at our launch celebration and community exhibition.
Enjoy light refreshments, performances, children's animation screenings and interactive arts workshops.
Elisha Francis Jewellery will be at Fairfields Halls this weekend
A Christmas Extravaganza! at Fairfield Halls & Ashcroft Theatre
Fairfield Halls will be expanding the 2010 Christmas Fair to two days on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November.
The craft fair will open at 10am and close at 6pm each day .
In addition to the craft fair itself there will be outside attractions including a Skating Rink and Ferris Wheel and inside Santa’s Grotto, Carol Singers, Dancers, Musicians and much, much more. The event as usual is free entry for customers.
After my visit to the Horniman's visit yesterday I was left wanting more... so I googled African Art in London and found out that the British museum has an African Gallery. So I got up early and made my way down to Russell Square and luckily I bumped into my dear friend Lorraine Dublin from the Adee Phelan salon in Covent Garden and we hopped on the 188 bus together.
We are planning on doing a shoot together very soon and I am hoping that I can design and make this African collection in time. I was telling her about the elaborate hair designs seen in the masks and sculptures and she said that it would be a very good idea to base the shoot on an African theme.
She left me in Holborn and I got off a couple of stops later and walked up Great Russel Street to the museum. The grand entrance with the marvelous pillars got me so excited, I loved the lines and got my camera out and started snapping away- line project for uni sorted!
The African gallery was so amazing it had twice as much pieces on display then the Horniman's museum and so many interesting things caught my eye. One in particular was the Throne of Weapons which is made from decommissioned weapons collected since the end of Mozambique's civil war in 1992. I thought it was such a powerful symbol of progress and hope for the future of Africa as well as being a wonderful example of contemporary artwork.
I found so many patterns and textures that I know will be the great beginning of my African jewellery collection.
Today I went to the Horniman's Museum in Forest Hill London to have a look at the African Gallery. I took some time to do a few sketches and photos of the pieces on exhibit. I was totally inspired by the bold and dramatic masks, I love all the detail and also watch a video of an African sculptor making a piece out of bronze, I watched him make his own oven out in the open to heat the metal. It made me realize that talent cannot be limited by resources. The talented ones use the available resources wisely.
I love this photo of me by Trevor Fogah-Griffiths, it was taken last Saturday at a photo shoot based on a 1930s theme coordinated by stylist Christelle Kedi at Sixpence & Tanners Design Furniture Showroom in East London.
We were waiting for the models to finish hair and make-up and Trevor said he wanted to try something out and this is the results- amazing, I only wish there was three of me I could make sooooo much more jewellery lol!
Free stalls at Merton Abbey Mills- what's the catch?
I woke up at 6.30am and got ready for a day at Merton Abbey Mills Market. My mother-in-law offered to come with me and help me set up so I drove to her house and picked her up for 8am. We arrived at the market just before 9am and there was quite a lot of other traders selling paintings, jewellery, clothes, handmade cards and lots more.
I thought it was going to be a good day. We set up my stand for the day and I was really please with how it looked my own mini shop for the day. I texted a few of my friends that lived locally and invited them down and sat back and waited for the customers to start flowing in. I waited and waited and waited- no one was coming lol! I guess that was the catch!
It was just the other traders wondering around checking out each others stalls, killing time.
One of my friends came down in the afternoon and gave me my one and only sale of the day- hooray:)
On the positive side I did have great company, my mother-in law stayed with me the whole day, my father-in law, husband, his aunt and cousin all came down and we had a lovely day in the sun.
The Thames Festival was great! My brother helped me set up on Saturday Morning and my temporary Elisha Francis Jewellery Boutique looked great! My stall was near the Tate Modern museum amongst the craft village that was set up especially for the festival. My Made With Love bracelets went down a treat and I was so pleased that O bought my materials with me on the second day as I could make them as they sold and also kept me busy as I was there from 10am to 10 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Needless to say I am very tired from the many months of making and the two days of selling. But it was a great weekend and I'm looking forward to setting up a stall at Greenwich Festival very soon.
Today I had a jewellery making workshop and the people who took part were blind or partially sighted. I was quite nervous about taking the class but I am so pleased that I did it. The people were so friendly and lovely and they made some beautiful pieces of jewellery.
There was one guy who was totally blind and he made a wonderful wooden necklace in perfect sequence and he was soooo funny. A real joy to teach:)
I went to the V&A Museum yesterday and found the amazing Room 93!
I have been to the museum so many times but I never make it upstairs after viewing all the wonderful pieces on the ground floor.
But at a Wire Jewellery class that I attended last week at City Lit College, I was told that I had to visit Room 93. Intrigued I went as soon as I could and I was simply blown away, I made my way around the room which host over 3000 pieces from jewels by Cartier to animals by Faberge.
The diamond tiaras were my favourite they sparkled like stars in the moonlight light in the dark room. I will definitely be back for another jewellery fix very soon.
If you love jewellery and haven't been GO NOW lol!