What happened in April, what’s on in May!

April’s Make Do and Mend Day! was on one of those surprise weekends when the sun actually shines and everyone comes out to play! For those of us who’ve been at Green Park on the second Sunday of each month since last October, it was the first market when we didn’t have to wear thermals – the venue may be undercover but that doesn’t mean it’s warm when the sun don’t shine. From the moment we officially opened at 10am there was a steady stream of eager visitors shopping, browsing, getting involved in workshops, laughing, eating, chatting – happy days.


This month we were lucky enough to have the Happy Inkers with us, three Bath Spa Uni Art students who regularly work with Julian House UK, teaching their clients how to screenprint. On Sunday they were running free screenprinting for children which seemed to be an instant hit and ran a printwork exhibition in the foyer, raising money for Julian House. They also showed adults and kids how to print cotton bags for £5 a time, something which appeared on quite a few blogs afterwards. Have a look at some beautiful pictures of their stall here.

We were also really excited about our student stall of the month, run by the Night Knitters, who had a fabulously creative display of teacup birdfeeders, covered notebooks, knitted mug cosies and the like. These three ladies drew a crowd, thanks to their quirky, original pieces and have a big future ahead of them. I think the key to their success was that their stall looked attractive but not over-fussy, with a few choice props (vintage typewriter and sewing machine) and products placed at different heights to make it look inviting enough to want to go and have a rummage through. This kind of display looks thrown-together enough not to make customers scared to come and touch and feel, but doesn’t look scruffy or uncared for – it’s an art. Of course this technique is not necessarily appropriate for every kind of stall, but I think it is successful for vintage and handmade sellers with smaller, varied pieces. What do you think?

Our student stall of the month, The Night Knitters

Naturally, the rest of our sellers are of a very high standard too and we are delighted to have a great number of artists and skilled artisans among us, in addition to inspired home crafters, who never cease to come up with unusual, thought-provoking, pretty and practical ideas. Have a look out for original designs and illustrations on lampshades, aprons, bags, cards and so on – we really are the place to pick up something unique that you know has been created with love and skill and with a large amount of time spent on it too, much of it that never gets repaid financially.

There are a couple of other highlights I should also mention. The first was the workshop run by The Big Mend’s Scrapiana, a much-celebrated textile blogger and workshop tutor who holds free, monthly get-togethers in Bath and Bradford-on-Avon for people wanting to come and mend things and swap skills – darning, sewing on buttons, repairing zips, whatever. You don’t have to be a great sewer to get involved – it’s a bit like knit-and-natter but for needlework. I was so pleased that people came to the market especially to find it and now I hear many of them are going to join the monthly meet-ups. That is what the Bath Artisan Market is about – meeting people and sharing skills, experience and ideas, as well as shopping. And we want to create a fun, friendly, inspirational atmosphere too.

The Big Mend workshop table
The Big Mend workshop table

Secondly, we were delighted to have Jen Gale with us who is spending the whole year without buying anything new. She is writing a blog about her experience – My Make Do and Mend Year – but is also starting an “Upcycle Exchange” which we are talking to her about being a regular feature of the market as it involves recycling and affordability.  Take her any of your unwanted craft materials for her to sell on – the twist is that her customers twill hen pay what they want. So if you come to the market and get inspired, mosey over to the pizza place near the Green Park Brasserie – she’s just beside it – and have a little look through her treasures.

Upcycle Exchange
Upcycle Exchange

And so, with April over, it’s time to focus on May, where we are focussing on flowers and all things planty. We’ve teamed up with Bath in Bloom who will be running gardening demos, teaching kids to plant, giving garden advice and judging a kids’ garden-in-a-seedtray competition. Find all details here. We’re asking all stallholders to bring flowers and wear them too to turn the heart of the city into a floral paradise. So if you’re coming along, why not join in and wear some too. Look forward to seeing you there!







Our first free stall for students – introducing The Night Knitters! April 14th 2013

Every month we give one stall away to students and this month it’s the turn of the fabulous Night Knitters – Fiona, Alice and Amy from the Bath School of Art and Design. Here’s a little bit about them in their own words.

Come and see our first free student stall and support a new business
Come and see our first free student stall and support a new business
While we’re not busy doing uni work, we’re rummaging through charity shops, and are always on the hunt for ideas and inspiration for our online shop, ‘Night Knitters’. We are self taught knitters (the name ‘Night Knitters’ came from teaching ourselves to knit one evening) but also sew, print and photograph, all of which help our shop to grow.

We are lucky enough to be studying at Bath School of Art and Design, and find the antique shops, music venues, and small, independent art galleries around Bath and Bristol so exciting, and keeps our ideas fresh and original.
They keep coming up with original ideas
They keep coming up with original ideas
We sell homemade goodies, including covered notebooks, earrings, mug jumpers, cafetiere cosies, knitted bunting and lots more. 
Covered Notebooks by Night Knitters
Covered Notebooks by Night Knitters
Amy has inventive and original ideas when it comes to illustration and image making, and has developed a distinctive style through her Graphic Communication course. 

Fiona is our leading lady when it comes to knitting. She studies Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors and is always inventing new ideas for Night Knitters.

Alice studies Fine Art and Textiles, which gives her a range of mediums to work with.

Buttons by Alice
Buttons by Alice
Our online shop address is www.folksy.com/shops/nightknitters , we can also be found on facebook,www.facebook.com/nightknitters and on twitter @nightknitters

Make Do and Mend Day! Sunday April 14th at Green Park Station, Bath

We’re delighted to announce that our April market is dedicated to all things textile and DIY in a crafty sense, as well as having our usual array of brilliant artisans, vintage sellers and artists and of course our delicious gourmet food stalls!

Our April 14th market has a Make Do and Mend twist- The Big B... on Twitpic

This month we are also joined by Bath Spa Uni students, the Happy Inkers, who teach screenprinting in their spare time and who are currently working with Julian House clients. They are running free workshops for children all day, plus showing adults how to print their own tote bag for just £5 (bag included).

We are also running a clothes swap to raise money for Julian House. Bring your pre-loved items along and they will be checked over for quality. If they are in a good condition they will go on a rail and you can choose the same number of items that others have donated.

However, if your items are a bit on the well-worn side you can always take them over to The Big Mend sewing collective, who’ll be at the market on the 14th April with plenty of mending advice. They’ll even have all their kit with them so you can do some there and then with expert help.

So – to summarise, this is what is happening!


The Big Bath Clothes Swap – ALL DAY 

Lots of lovely clothes in your wardrobe that you don’t wear anymore? Bring them along in a good condition (ironed and cleaned preferably) to our Big Bath Clothes Swap on April 14th on the main market square at Green Park Station. Our lovely assistant will check them over and if she thinks them good enough to pass on to someone, she’ll give you one ticket per item that you can use to swap there and then for the same number of items left by others. Or you can save your tickets and come back later – although the tickets are only valid on that day. So come, on, bring your unwanted threads – they are someone else’s treasure – and find some gems of your own.

£5 to participate with 50% going to Julian House (and the other half to our assistant and for the rail hire). If you would like more information please email bathartisanmarket@gmail.com

FREE mending advice in our pop-up workshop

Bring along your mending to Bath’s sewing collective The Big Mend for on-the-spot advice and skills. This group usually meet once a month both in Bath and Bradford on Avon and are absolutely free to join. Go to www.scrapiana.com for more details. But come and talk to them about what they do on the 14th

FREE screenprinting for kids

Free workshops for little ones ALL DAY by Bath Spa Uni art students the Happy Inkers. Little ones can learn to screenprint on paper or notebooks for free. Or they can print a cotton bag (£5 per bag – see below)

Print your own bag for adults

The Happy Inkers will also be showing adults and children how to print their own tote bags. You will receive a cotton bag like the one pictured and be able to use a selection of pre-cut stencils and also pencils, scissors and paper for people to draw and cut their own. The Happy Inkers will also have a screen with an exposed pattern on it, for those who want to print super-quickly!  – ALL DAY – £5 per bag.

The Happy Inkers will show you how to print your own bag like this one on April 14th
The Happy Inkers will show you how to print your own bag like this one on April 14th


FREE print exhibition in aid of Julian House

Come see & buy work by Julian House clients & Bath Spa Uni print students. Curated by the Happy Inkers.