Bigbyrd Designs – the art of repurposing

From the fertile imagination of Bigbyrd Designs comes an array of wonderful items created from repurposed materials, including old electronic parts such as circuit boards and computer keyboards. From jewellery to clocks, the results are fun, unique and very appealing!

Bigbyrd Designs will have a stall at Inverkeithing Arts Initiative’s forthcoming Art & Craft Market, The ART:JAM, being held on Saturday 12th September 2015, 11am-4.30pm at Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1PA

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Earthen Images – moggies from Methil

The huge delight with which people took to the ‘Methil Moggies’ at IAI’s last Art & Craft Market pays tribute to the imagination and skill of their creators, Earthen Images. A lovely gift to buy for a loved one to show how much you appreciate them.

Established in Fife in 1990, all items created by Earthen Images are handmade in stoneware clay, and are suitable for inside or outside display because the clay is vitrified during the firing process. All of the hand painting is done in a red iron oxide, except the small fat cat that is painted in a copper oxide. Because every one is hand made and painted, each one is bespoke.

Have a look on their website at www.earthen-images.com.

These friendly creatures will be joined by their pals again on Saturday 12th September 11am-4.30pm at our ART:JAM

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Filo di Lana – cosy and colourful

Filo di Lana hand-crochets items such scarves, hats, slippers, children’s and babies wear, as well as bags and purses, all in the most delicious colours. A delight to look at and wear – with their distinctly vintage feel.

Filo di Lana will be joining us at the ART:JAM on Saturday 12th September 11am-4.30pm, so visitors can stock up on those lovely items for wearing on long Autumn walks and cosy evenings…

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Seacycle – ” an abundance of sea china”

Seacycle will be joining IAI for our third Art & Craft Market in Inverkeithing on 12th September, displaying and selling decorated plaques made with lovingly selected sea pottery, and hand-carved Celtic and sea-inspired designs on washed up slates.

“What started as a fascination for things that I found when beach combing like pottery shards, coloured sea-glass, washed-up slate and shells became a full-blown hobby – often coming home with my pockets full of treasures.

After years of collecting 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.”

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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.

The Alchemist’s Forge

The Alchemist’s Forge creates stunning hand-forged silver jewellery using semi-precious and precious stones, finding inspiration in the Scottish landscape, its creatures and organic forms – “the bonnie lands of the north”.

Examples of this lovely and original work will be available to purchase at the ART:JAM Art & Craft Market on 12th September at Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street.

Alchemist’s Forge has a studio right here in Inverkeithing, on Preston Crescent, which overlooks the Ballast Bank Park and out to the Firth of Forth. A Beautiful setting worthy of the beautiful items created within.

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Jenny Stewart – delightful art prints and greeting cards

Jenny Stewart is a local amateur artist whose charming and fresh creations make ideal gifts as well as treats for yourself. Her work is peopled with various delightful ‘furry friends’ including a highland coo, a Scottish ram, deer, puffins, mice and even pandas! She also makes lovely tableaus of children playing, as well as taking commissions for portraits, pet portraits and baby gifts. Her work will be for sale at our Spring Into Summer Art and Craft Fair on Saturday May 2nd,11am-5pm.

Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, KY11 1PA

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Jenny will also be showing off prints from her new collection ‘A Cat for all Seasons’!

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Susan McGill Designs

Susan McGill is a successful Scottish Ceramic artist who creates distinctive black and white pieces and includes words on them from well known Scottish song, poetry and sayings. At the Inverkeithing Arts Initiative Art & Craft Market on Saturday 13th December she will mostly be displaying and selling her product range which takes her unique look and transfers them onto beautiful gifts and homewards.

This range includes: trays, silk scarves, cards, prints & tea towels.

See more images of Susan’s work on her website

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