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Meet The Maker – Maia And The Wild Flower – Immys Woodcraft – Zac and Bella

With this years Etsy Made Local slowly creeping through the autumnal season we thought it would be a great idea for you all to get to know a little more insider knowledge about the incredible sellers and crafters taking part in our craft fair this year.

 

This week we are looking at everything from resin jewellery, woodturning to seasonally appropriate Childrenswear. So let us kick it off with the lovely and very talented Jane Lenahan of Maia and the Wild Flower.

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Based in Cardiff Jane makes intricate resin based home décor and Jewellery, using a variety of techniques her craft is inspired by all things nature she mentions the following;

“Nature has to be my main inspiration. I love being able to use all of the colours, shapes and textures that nature has to offer…It began with my daughter bringing me flowers, and the exciting part is I have no idea where this will take me next.”

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I’m mum to a little girl called Maia, and she is the reason I started working with flowers and resin. I wanted to find a way to keep the many many many flowers she would pick for me. I love to create miniature worlds and gardens inside the resin, it constantly excites me! When I’m not elbow deep in resin I also love to try different craft projects and cozy up to watch a film.

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What skill and techniques do you need to create your products? 

Anyone can work with resin, it’s just about learning how to use it, and having a good eye for detail definitely helps when I’m creating something.

What is your favourite part of EML?

Meeting my fellow etsy sellers. It’s amazing to have so many lovely people around you who share a big love of handmade.

Our Favorite make has to be her lovely resin cast clock – Here’s hoping there will be plenty more great finds this year.

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When shes not relaxing on the sofa, in her Pj’s cwtching up with a warm cuppa and the trusty chocolate supply nearby you can find her over on her  Instagram or  Facebook

 

 

 

 

Where to find these beauties: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MaiaAndTheWildFlower

 

Immys Woodcraft

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Our second maker is the talented Imants Grindulis of Immy’s Woodcraft. Taking the traditional craftmanship of woodturning to a higher modern platform Imants products boast his skills and knowledge of the trade.

 

Tell us a little about yourself and your business 

I’m a former Civil Engineer who has retired into woodcrafting. It started as an interest, developed into making things for people and then into a mini business that makes unique items/gifts for sale at Craft markets, selected shops and direct commission. I’ve started teaching woodturning and working with some “pupils” to set up workshops. As for the future – that will be opportunity led.

Creating a vast array of products ranging from Lamps, rollerball pens to the tactile bowls or more traditional wedding goblets Immys Woodcraft started off simply from a pure passion of the chosen craft and the desire to push its boundaries and limitations of the available techniques.

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“I started with a general interest in wood working that developed when I took early retirement and a passion for the craft that seems to grow as I do more, teach others how to turn and work out how to make new ideas / challenges. I’m always looking to work with other crafters and organisations that appreciate artisans I’ll always try to take opportunities that come along.”

What skill and techniques do you need to create your products? 

For woodturning there is the obvious turning skills/techniques, I sometimes need to make tools for a special job or get a wood that is best suited for the project in hand – and visa versa – I sometimes get a piece of wood from a client and its a question of how to use it to best advantage.

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What most inspires your creativity?

I’m Immy’s woodcraft so unsurprisingly I get a kick from trying new wood species, product designs and working out how to make something new. I love working with woods/materials that have a story/heritage that adds to the item I’ve made.

One of our favorite makes has to be this stunning Knitters Bowl, the ideal gift for all those knitters and crochet crafters out there.

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The way I can get ideas/challenges and joint working with other crafters When Imant finally gets a little time away from the turning table and workshop he can be found relaxing in his garden getting a few peaceful moments before inspiration strikes once again.

You can find his work both on his Etsy and website

 

 

Zac and Bella

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We are delighted to introduce you to the very creative and talented Hayley of Zac and Bella, If you haven’t already got a trolly full of her stunning kidswear then we apologise in advance for the number of perfect gifts you are about to buy for your little ones.

“I’m Hayley, mum to Zac & Bella and owner of Zac & Bella! I studied fashion design at London college of fashion and graduated in 2001. Formed in 2016, Zac & Bella is a handmade children’s clothing accessories brand for babies and children age Newborn to 12 years. All products are designed and made by me, in Barry, South Wales. As a mum of 2 I understand the need for practicality within clothing, therefore, all items are machine washable and fastenings are made to be as easy as possible. Fun prints, colourful and quirky are a signature as well as plenty of organic, super soft fabrics. Zac & Bella was awarded the ‘new on the scene’ award at the business growth awards South Wales in 2017 and became a winner of former dragons den businessman Theo Paphitis’ small business Sunday competition in May 2017.”image 1ready

Hayley modestly states the skills and techniques needed for her craft are fashion design, pattern cutting, and sewing but we are convinced she must be filled with magic and the best imagination to create these adorable outfits and collections.

 

During 2016 whilst on maternity leave with her second child Hayley sat back down at the sewing table and began her journey with Zac and Bella.

Where did it all begin and where do you see yourself going? 

hatsreadyAfter making a few children’s clothing items I realised I could potentially turn it into a business, which I did. Zac & Bella now trades on Etsy, NuMonday, my own website and is also stocked in Annie & Lolo based in Barry. I’d love Zac & Bella to become a national brand, well known for quality, practical and fun clothing. Employing others who were in a similar position to myself after having children is a dream of mine. The flexibility to be with my children along with doing a job I enjoy was so important to me and I’d love to give that opportunity to others.

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What most inspires your creativity?

My 2 children, nature and beautiful fabrics.

I think we can all agree this busy Mumma-bear of two has got some serious talent behind her, we can’t get enough of her Rudolph Romper the perfect outfit for any little one for this time of year.

What is your favourite part of EML?

I love coming face to face with customers, the feedback and comments really do make a difference. I also love meeting other makers as well as shopping their products!

Hayley spends her much valued down time chillig on the sofa with a good glass of wine, but you can also find her here on Facebook and Instagram

Why not make your wishlist early this year and find your favourite items on her Etsy page.

 

 

Don’t forget you can join in on all the fun with us on 2nd of December at Tramshed, Cardiff. But for know why not follow us on Facebook and Instagram for some more behind the scenes action.

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