Festive Makers Market 2015 – The Photographs

Some photographs taken at the fabulous Festive Makers Market we hosted in December 2015 at the Civic Centre in Inverkeithing. The very talented Iwan Thomas kindly volunteered to take these great shots of the day for us. Iwan and his partner Sue Walker are the creators of Matty and Vee Vintage,  a gorgeous 1970s Arial Sprite vintage caravan which they have lovingly restored and now has a new lease of life as a travelling photo booth! Matty and Vee Vintage are available for a wide variety of events and celebrations.

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A sample of some of the beautiful, wild and wonderful items on show and for sale at the Festive Makers Market.

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Children’s Storytellers Kate and Rowan in full flow to their appreciative audience in the Inverkeithing Civic Centre Cafe.




Festive Makers Market 12th December – Thank You!

A great big thank you to everyone who visited our Festive Makers Market in Inverkeithing Civic Centre on Saturday 12th December. We hope you had lots of fun and enjoyed looking around at all of the beautiful art and crafts which filled the hall. Lots of unique hand made gifts will certainly be opened with much enjoyment this Christmas! We heard lots of compliments on the amazingly high standard of the work on show, and we totally agree. There was also a lot of conversations going on, between visitors and makers, and between the makers themselves, with some fascinating collaborations being discussed for the future!

IMG_1394Thank you to all the lovely artists and makers: Tom Bishop-de-Main, Lainy Allison, My Cherry Pie, Maria Hickman, Craig and Caren Gilbert, The Barbary Wood, Pots by Val Burns, Glass Act, Seacycle, Bigbyrd Design, Joyce’s Jewellery, Boxofrix, Black Rock Textiles, Norman Bews Landscape Photography, Elaine Bews, Tubular, Karen Trotter, aisydaisy, Filo di Lana, Cook’s Craft and Martine Greig. And thank you all for your beautiful raffle prizes – the winners will all be thrilled to win an original work of art!

IMG_1397Thanks also to Kate Walker the storyteller, and her apprentice Rowan Morrison, who engaged the children with so much wonder, laughter and magic, and worked so hard all afternoon. We can’t believe how much you put into your stories, rhymes and sangs, and your presence was very much appreciated. We do hope to collaborate with you both again in offering children and adults alike access to the magic of storytelling.

Thanks also to The Scottish Book Trust for generously supplying us with lots of wonderful childrens’ books to give away to wee visitors, and to the Inverkeithing Library Service for having a stall filled with free book-related goodies and information about library services.

Thanks to the Inverkeithing Food Group for collaborating with us once again with your festive foodie activities and helping to provide a day of fun activities in Inverkeithing – helping to show off our town to visitors and residents alike. Also, because you open up the beautiful medieval Friary to be used and enjoyed, it reminds everyone of its value for our community as a meeting space and as a heritage building to be treasured.

And a very big thank you to our volunteers: Andrew, Adam, Sandy, Megan, Ollie, Isaac and Rosie for helping out with refreshments, the IAI information stall, the IAI art stall, and the children’s crafting activities. Thanks to Iwan of Matty and Vee Vintage for volunteering to take photographs of the day, and to Karen for selling Art Raffle tickets all week at The Millbrae Cafe – we couldn’t do it without you all!

We’ll be posting the photographs taken by Iwan Thomas soon so watch this space!

The Inverkeithing Festive Makers Market is Nearly Here!

posterFrom gorgeous and fun wee things for the kids’ Christmas stockings, to an artistic centre-piece for the home, you’ll find an amazing array of gifts under one roof at the INVERKEITHING FESTIVE MAKERS MARKET, Saturday 12th December 2015 11AM – 4.30PM at the Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, KY11 1PA. All of the work on sale is hand-created with love, care and dedication. A very special way to celebrate the Festive Season with Inverkeithing Arts Initiative!

Unfortunately three makers have had to drop out of the market this time (those dreaded winter bugs!), so I’m afraid we won’t be seeing Tartan Hearts, The Alchemist’s Forge or Ann’s Doodles. I know this is a big disappointment for their fans, and for those of you who were hoping to buy gifts for their loved ones from these fantastic makers. We’ve created links on their names to their Facebook pages or websites where you can contact them and have a wee chat.

But I’m sure you’ll agree we’ve got a fantastic line-up of makers, and with Kate Walker of Chatterbox Stories providing ‘Winter Tales’ storytelling to the wee ones from 1-4PM, we think we’re all going to find it easy to get into that spirit of mystery and magic!

Lainy Allison – Multi Talented Mixed Media

Mixed-media artist Lainy Allison will be joining Inverkeithing Arts Initiative for the FESTIVE MAKERS MARKET this Saturday 12th December, 11AM – 4.30PM, Queen Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1PA.

Lainy is the final artist in our line-up of makers who will be displaying and selling their beautiful work this Saturday in Inverkeithing, a fitting end to the list as both she and her work are so lovely! Lainy is proficient in a wide range of mixed media techniques and her work is much sought after and loved by admiring collectors. Her work and images are extracted from an array of influences, history, culture, architecture, family and nature.

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Tom Bishop-de-Main – Man of Many Colours

“Tom Bishop-de-Main, born in the East End of London two years before the end of the war. Working from the tender age of 7 on a horse drawn bread cart. Tom has seen a colourful life from market worker, fairground attendant, rag and bone man to the Merchant Navy.” (from Tom’s website)

Painter Tom Bishop-de-Main’s eventful life inspires him to create these wonderfully colourful and vivid paintings. He can claim to be a true renaissance man as he is also a musician and writer, having written children’s books, television, radio scripts and poetry. Tom’s work is regularly exhibited and sold at the Glen Gates outdoor art market in Dunfermline.

We are looking forward to welcoming and getting festive with Tom at the INVERKEITHING FESTIVE MAKERS MARKET, 11AM – 4.30PM, Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, KY11 1PA.

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Bigbyrd Design – Quirky Repurposed Materials

bigbyrd cufflinksFrom the fertile imagination of Bigbyrd Design comes an array of wonderful items made from repurposed materials, such as electronic parts, circuit boards, computer keyboards and wood. Creations include jewellery, clocks and toys, and the results are fun, unique and make fantastically quirky gifts!

Paul is visiting the Makers Market from The Lothians, so we are very pleased that he is able to come to Fife and take part in the INVERKEITHING FESTIVE MAKERS MARKET on Saturday 12th December, 11AM – 4.30PM, Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, KY11 1PA.

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My Cherry Pie – Enamel & Copper – Delicious Colour


My Cherry Pie’s copper etched and enamel jewellery and homewares is mouthwateringly gorgeous, with lovely colours and finishes. The jewellery range includes mixed metal pendants and necklaces, sterling silver and gemstone rings and bracelets and the homewares features copper enamel trinket dishes. Gail has also been branching out her range with wheel thrown ceramic pots and mugs – all using the characteristic My Cherry Pie styling, colour and pattern combination.

My Cherry Pie are coming down the coast from Kinghorn to Inverkeithing this Saturday 12th December to take part in the INVERKEITHING FESTIVE MAKERS MARKET, 11AM – 4.30PM, Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, KY11 1PA

Seacycle – History of the Fife Coast

_20151010_125344“After years of collecting pottery shards, coloured sea-glass, washed up slate and shells, I thought I would try my hand at making something out of it so that other people can have a little piece of history of the Fife Coast.”

Seacycle will be coming down the coast from the East Neuk to Inverkeithing for the INVERKEITHING FESTIVE MAKERS MARKET to show and sell her delightful decorative mosaics and carved sea slates – all with a fascinating history! See Faith on Saturday 12th December, 11AM – 4.30PM, Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, KY11 1PA.

There was always an abundance of sea china around the Kirkcaldy area, probably a result of the past history of many pottery works which sadly no longer exist. The earliest history of pottery recorded was about 1610. By the end of the 19th century there were four main potteries, Fife, Kirkcaldy, Rosslyn and Sinclairtown from around 1837-1932. They used a variety of techniques that made functional and decorative ceramics including hand-painting and sponge printing. Lots of the pieces I have found date back over 150 years verified by the finishing.”

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Martine Greig – Lovely Ceramic Elephants

Martine started painting more than 20 years ago. Eight years ago she started a pottery course at the Kirkcaldy Art Club and from then on ceramic tools have slowly taken over from paint brushes. Her hand-built elephants each have their own unique character and vary in size, shape and appearance. She’s not completely pushed her paints to the side though. Little mixed media paintings get made into notebooks, and lino prints are made into gift tags, cards and notebooks. All very lovely. Form an orderly queue now!

Martine notebook1Martine will have a table at our forthcoming INVERKEITHING FESTIVE MAKERS MARKET, on Saturday 12th December 11AM 4.30PM at the Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, KY11 1PA.

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Black Rock Textiles – Beautifully Tactile

“Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms. Every day nature leaves lasting images that we try to capture in our work, From the beach, to the woods and even in your back garden, inspiration is everywhere.”

PICT_20150110_121744Black Rock Textiles will be at the INVERKEITHING FESTIVE MAKERS MARKET this Saturday 12th December 2015, 11AM – 4.30PM. Lovingly knitted for home, fashion, gifts and accessories, made from 100% lambswool which is spun in Scotland. The result is a collection of beautifully tactile items, whether to help you stay cosy at home, or to make a quirky fashion statement while out and about.

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