Our neighbouring artists and crafters…Tubular, Karen Trotter and Aisydaisy

We are welcoming back to Inverkeithing a group of North Queensferry artists and crafters who were part of a lively and interesting table at our previous event last December. They will be joining us on May 2nd for the Spring Into Summer Art and Craft Fair at Inverkeithing Civic Centre, 11am-5pm.

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Tubular creates a series of amazing items such as jewellery, toys and housewares, all made from recycled inner tubes!

Karen Trotter will be displaying her lovely art prints and fascinating artefacts made from upcycled beach finds.

Aisydaisy make handmade felt gifts – “We like making things…all sorts of things, really…we have no shortage of ideas, and we don’t like idle fingers.”

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Serenity – exploring creativity

Next in our line-up of artists and crafters for Spring Into Summer on May 2nd….. Serenity makes a variety of unique items, handmade books, candle holders, jewellery, handmade clocks, lamps and plaster plaques. IAI are delighted to welcome Serenity at our Art & Craft Fair on Saturday May 2nd, 11am-5pm.

Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, KY11 1PA

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“My inspiration comes from nature and from finding ways to recycle discarded items. My passions are creating and helping others explore their own creativity, by teaching new skills and unexpected uses of ordinary materials. I have a background as a trained silversmith and am a fine art graduate.”

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Tartan Hearts = made with love in Fife

We are pleased to welcome Tartan Hearts back to our next event on Saturday 2nd May in Inverkeithing, as they stole everyone’s heart at our art and craft fair last December. Tartan Hearts certainly has something to suit all tastes and budgets. From genuine gemstone to novelty jewellery, home decorations and bejewelled scarves – it’s well worth coming along to take a peek!

Spring Into Summer Arts & Craft Fair, Saturday May 2nd, 11am-5pm, Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1PA

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Requests for custom made pieces or reworking of existing jewellery are always welcome.

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The Colourful World of Tom Bishop-de-Main

IAI welcomes back another favourite artist from our Art and Craft Fair last year. Tom Bishop-de-Main’s paintings were much appreciated by the public and we’ll be delighted to see some of his new work for the Bloomin’ Marvellous Spring Into Summer event on May 2nd, 11am -5pm, at Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, KY11 1PA11am-5pm.

Tom tells us he’s been working on a new collection with the title ‘The Humour of Art’. We can’t wait!

Here are some examples of recent works by Tom.

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Filo di Lana – Bloomin’ Marvellous Crocheting!

Filo di Lana Crochet is re-joining us at Inverkeithing Civic Centre on May 2nd for the ‘Spring Into Summer’ Art and Craft Fair. Gorgeous handmade crocheted items include slippers for children and adults, scarves, hats, hair clips and slides, jute bags, placemats and dressing table mats.

Saturday May 2nd, 11am – 5pm, Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, KY11 1PA

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Filo di Lana is also currently experimenting with making small purses and ornaments, so some might possibly be for sale on the day!

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Swing Into Summer Tea Dance – Tickets & Reservations

Tickets for the dance can be purchased for £8 each from Millbrae Cafe, 58 High Street, Inverkeithing. Tickets will also be available from the Inverkeithing Arts Initiative table during the Inverkeithing Information Day on Saturday 25th April 10am-5pm, Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street EH

Or reserve tickets – click here 

Swing Into Summer Tea Dance – led by Benita and Her Jazzmen – Friday 1st May 7.30pm, Masonic Hall, 17 Hope Street, Inverkeithing.

My Cherry Pie – copper enamel & silver jewellery

We are delighted to be welcoming My Cherry Pie to Inverkeithing on May 2nd for the ‘Spring Into Summer’ Art and Craft Fair. Come along to the fair and fall in love with this beautiful jewellery…

Saturday May 2nd, 11am – 5pm, Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, KY11 1PA.

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“I produce a collection of colourful and textured jewellery using techniques such as kiln fired enamel, copper, etching, repousse, stone setting and metal patinas.

I have a BH(Hons) woven textile degree from the Scottish College of Textiles but have developed my silversmithing and jewellery designs over the last 10 years whilst bringing up my family. I enjoy working with semi precious gemstones and Czech glass beads to compliment the copper and sterling silver.

I make rings, earrings, bangles, pendants, and welcome commissions.

I am also working on a new collection of ring and trinket dishes using enamel and ceramic transfers.”

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Lainy Allison – colourist artist, writer and photographer

The next artist in our line-up for the ‘Spring Into Summer’ Art & Craft Fair on May 2nd in Inverkeithing is Lainy Allison. We are welcoming Lainy back to Inverkeithing as she also joined us for our event in December 2014, where her work was greatly admired.

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Lainy is a highly versatile artist. As she expresses it, she:

“….explores a range of materials and tools from sculpture, painting, textile design to writing. Her work and images are extracted from an array of influences, history, culture, architecture, family, light, fire, water, organic and synthetic. With gesture, drawing out, layering, material and process, revelatory of each other, the making of the art is part of the content. Her art practice does not just become an image but a creation.” 

Her work is exhibited in galleries and non-profit art spaces and has numerous collectors of her work. Lainy is a co-founder of CAD (Contemporary Arts in Dunfermline).

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Earthen Images – including the famous ‘Methil Moggies’

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe fourth maker on our list of Bloomin’ Marvellous creative folk we’ll be welcoming to the ‘Spring Into Summer’ Art & Craft Fair on Saturday 2nd May in Inverkeithing is Earthen Images. Check out their website for images of their fun and delightful pottery animals, including dogs, highland cattle, pigs and sheep, and their most famous creation – the adorable ‘Methil Moggies’, as well as house signs and scenic plaques. Items are hand-crafted from stoneware clay and fired to high temperatures. This vitrifies the clay, making it frost proof and so suitable for indoor or outdoor use. MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Benita Baugh and her Jazzmen

We are thrilled to be welcoming Benita Baugh and her Jazzmen to Inverkeithing for IAI’s ‘Swing Into Summer’ event on May 1st (7.30pm at the Masonic Hall).

Benita Baugh is a singer who specialises in jazz, blues, swing and standards. She loves singing risqué blues numbers from way back when, and making people smile. Benita will be joined by Sean Hughes (drums), David Graham (piano), John Vance (bass), and Bill Marshal (clarinet). The band has been brought together especially for this evening, but Benita and Sean are well known local favourites from their work with the Inverkeithing Community Big Band.

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‘Swing Into Summer’An Evening of Music and Dancing with Benita and her Jazzmen. Friday May 1st at 7.30pm-10.30pm, Inverkeithing Masonic Hall, 17 Hope Street KY11 1AU, just past the High Street.

For ages 18 plus, tickets: £8 each – includes tea/cake; venue bar also available.

Tickets are available from the Millbrae Cafe, 58 High Street, Inverkeithing KY11 1NN, or reserve on our website.