Ben and Fi O’Brien are a husband and wife design team who are joining us on Sunday August 11th at our Bath Folk Festival special. Here’s a little bit about them – and their colourful, bespoke design bags and purses- in their own words.
Please tell us a little bit about yourselves and your work.
We are Ben an illlustrator and Fi a designer/maker who live in Frome, Somerset. We’ve been working together for 7 years now – we’re both very inspired by places and colour! We will be selling our fabulous handmade fabric products including Beach Totes, Shopping Totes, Backpacks, Make-up Bags, Pencil cases and cushions! All made with colourific patterned textiles designed and made by us and printed in the UK! Up to now we have mostly been selling online.
What are you looking forward to most at Bath Artisan Market?
This will be our first stall but we have visited the market and were really inspired by the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We were sold with the reggae playing on the speakers! As a seller, it is super important to us that things are organised well run and well promoted and the Bath Artisan comes up trumps on all accounts. We are really looking forward to having regular stalls at the fair becoming part of the community!
Glass is always a popular medium to work in but our artists always manage to produce very different designs. Amanda Foster who lives in nearby Wiltshire sells with us every month on the main market square – here she talks about her work as Glorious Glass Creations, a business she created two years ago.
Hello Amanda, please describe what you make and tell us what inspires you.
I make and sell recycled and kiln formed glass homeware. Everything inspires me – glass is all around us – you just need ‘glass vision’ to see all the possibilities! I no longer look as what is in a bottle, I just look at the colour and shape of the bottle and how quickly can it be emptied…
What do you like about the Bath Artisan Market?
I am a regular – I love the vibe, the street food, the other talented artisan makers, the networking and the friendliness so the customers get the whole ‘meet the makers’ point of B.A.M. I would highly recommend B.A.M to makers and sellers AND the vital ingredient – appreciative customers! I’m there every month for the rest of the year.
We’ve not even been going a year but are already honoured to have several traders who have been with us since the very first market in October 2012. We’ve seen them grow as we have – just like our lovely dressmaker and designer, Amy Laws from Bath who you will find in the main market square. She’s becoming well-known for her ice-cream screenprint pattern and 1950’s style dress designs and her label is called There’s Only One Amy Laws. Here’s a little bit about her, in her own words.
Hi Amy, for those who don’t know you yet, can you describe your work and your inspiration?
I sell handmade and hand screenprinted womens’ and girls’ clothing. My designs have a vintage cut, from a bold colour palette and a printed motif around the hemlines that will hopefully make people smile.
Amy’s famous for her ice-cream screenprint
My grandma taught me to sew at a very young age and I grew up sewing in my spare time making clothing just for myself. It was after making my friend’s wedding dress that I realised I could make clothing for other people so I enrolled for a BTEC in Pattern Cutting, studying in the evenings whilst working full time.
Amy screenprints her fabric at home in Bath
I started my clothing line after quitting my job and moving from London to Bath. I now work part-time in a cafe to pay the rent and have been developing my brand over the last year selling at local markets like The Bath Artisan Market and online.
Tell us about your experiences at the Bath Artisan Market.
I love it! I’m a regular trader and have sold there every month since it started. There’s such a huge range of stalls and you can speak face to face with the person who has made each product. Every month there is different entertainment put on and there is a lovely, bustling, friendly atmosphere to the whole day. There’s also an amazing selection of food stalls! I’ll next be there on Sunday August 11th for the Bath Folk Festival special.
We’re linking up with Bath Folk Festival for our August market – free live music all day plus stalls