Meet the stallholders #6: Beautiful Bath by Kate McDonnell

Kate McDonnell is the owner of ‘Beautiful Bath’ who will be joining us on Sunday August 11th at our Bath Folk Festival Special. Here, Kate tells us a little more about how the business began and about her eye-catching designs.

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Kate McDonnell is Beautiful Bath

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.

I was first inspired by my husband Gideon Kibblewhite whilst he writing the second edition of ‘The Naked Guide to Bath’ and was coming out with wonderful quotes about the city as he worked. I was one of the photographers for the book and we decided to write ‘Beautiful Bath: A souvenir in words and images’ together. I designed it and took the photographs and he collated the quotes and wrote the introduction.

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Kate took the photographs for this book written by her husband

I’ve lived in and near Bath for just over thirty years, currently on the northern slopes with an amazing panoramic view of the whole of the centre of town and the Abbey and love the architecture and landscape. I’ve created ‘The Bath Typographic’ map inspired by the street names and the secret names the locals call things. One of my favorites is Bog Island.

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Kate’s ‘Typographic Map’ of Bath

I’ve recently bought a badge machine and am busily designing and making funny Bath badges. ‘Gurt Lush’ is the most popular closely followed by a rather arrogant seagull! I’m thrilled to have recently sold 18 designs to the Bath Tourist Information Centre.

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What are you looking forward to most at Bath Artisan Market?

Every time I do a market people come up with great ideas for badges, so I’m looking forward to that. As this is my second market, I’m excited to meet new customers and get to know my fellow stallholders.

For more information about ‘Beautiful Bath’ follow @beautifulbath, log onto www.beautiful-bath.co.uk or visit their Facebook page.

Meet the stallholders #5: Ben the Illustrator Collection

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.

We want one of these! From Ben the Illustrator Collection
We want one of these! From Ben the Illustrator Collection

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.

Original purses from Ben the Illustrator Collection
Original purses from Ben the Illustrator Collection

 

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!

Bespoke backpack from Ben the Illustrator
Bespoke backpack from Ben the Illustrator

For more info about Ben the Illustrator Collection follow @benillustrator & @filobrien on Twitter, visit their Facebook page, see their website www.bentheillustrator.com

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Meet the stallholders #4: Glass artist, Amanda Foster

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…

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Amanda Foster’s original candleholders made from recycled glass bottles
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.

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A unique little glass plaque by Amanda Foster
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 To find out more about Amanda’s work go to www.gloriousglasscreations.co.uk or like her on Facebook (search Glorious Glass Creations).

 

 

 

 

Meet the stallholders #3: Amy Laws, Bath-based dressmaker and designer

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.
The gorgeous Amy Laws at The Bath Artisan Market

The gorgeous Amy Laws at The Bath Artisan Market

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 in bath for her ice-cream screenprint
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
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.

I have so far had my clothing featured in Pretty Nostalgic and in Mollie Makes magazines.

Amy's work featured in this issue of Mollie Makes

Amy's work has most recently been in the fabulous designer-maker bible, Mollie Makes

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
We’re linking up with Bath Folk Festival for our August market – free live music all day plus stalls

Sunflower print dress by Amy Laws

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For more information about Amy follow her on Twitter @onlyoneamylaws, like her on Facebook  or visit her website  www.theresonlyoneamylaws.co.uk.