Last weekend Leeds Corn Exchange was host to the annual Showcase Spectacular.
Pretty Nice went along to speak to the creative talent showing off their stuff, as well as finding a few indie treasures for Christmas.
The Owlery – Made in Sheffield
Benjamin Partridge from The Owlery was at the fair to showcase his vast range of lovely handmade crafts and cards.
Most of The Owlery products are printed by hand using lino cuts which Benjamin designs and carves out himself. These currently have woodland flavour, but Benjamin was keen to show us his new seahorse, mouse and penguin stamps he will soon be working with (see below).
We especially liked his custom printed needle books – a handy and chic accessories for any avid crafter.
Jil Made This – Made in Leeds
Jil’s whimsical doodles and drawings feature on everything from postcards to her pretty plushies.
We took a shining to the portrait of the majestic Ron Swanson, which according to Jil was the surprise hit of the fair. He’s a simple man. He likes pretty, dark-haired women, and breakfast food.
Pommfoolery – Made in Brighton
Although not northern natives, we had to give a small mention to these amazing pompom posies.
Made by Sarah and Claire from Pommfoolery, these wooly flowers make for a colourful centrepiece to any crafter’s home. The best thing is they will never wilt!
Yee Ting Kuit – Made in Manchester
& Caroline Pratt – Made in Leeds
Yee from Yeebo and Caroline from Bubble & Tweet had lovely selection of their drawings and designs on offer.
Whilst Yee’s style is a mixture of kawaii and cute creatures, Caroline produces bright and retro screen prints.
Both are featured in this years marine themed postcard set from Girls Who Draw.
One Ten Zero Seven – Made in Leeds
Sophie from One Ten Seven Zero makes an amazing collection of quirky jewellery with a northern twist. Her “ey up” necklace is reyt up our street.
Sophie also has a great blog too! Read it here.
What Kate Loves – Made in Yorkshire
We absolutely love this new collection by Kate Thorburn. Trained in ceramic design, Kate previously had a life as a card designer. This is her first range as an independent artist.
Taking inspiration from the Yorkshire countryside, her ceramics feature lovely British flora and fauna in flourishes of blue ink.
Kate’s recently launched range is now available to buy from the Royal Stafford online shop.
That Socks – Made in Yorkshire
Who knew odd socks could be so fashionable? Launched last year, Joseph Seager from That Socks has gained a name for himself starting this new trend.
We really love the bold colours and down right zany quality of the range. Literally the best stocking filler we can think of this Christmas…
Loubijoux – Made in Leeds
Sarah Pearson from Loubijoux has been making gorgeous jewellery since 2009. Her range combines vintage charms with modern components to produce delicate and pretty necklaces and rings. Each of Sarah’s designs are hand produced in her small studio in Yorkshire.
John Pearson & James David Murphy – Made in Leeds
Illustrators John Pearson and James David Murphy were both at the fair to show their amazing art, along with completing two murals behind them.
We particularly took a liking to James-David’s northern skylines of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester & Newcastle. We were disappointed to not see one of Sheffield, but he reassured us it would be in the works soon.
John’s illustrations feature pretty much everybody with a hint of cool and cultural respectability about them. This ranges from Woody Allen to Bill Murray, Humphrey Bogart to James Gandolfini. We especially like his homage to Twin Peaks. As Agent Dan Cooper would say, it’s damn fine.
Hayley Louise Crann – Made in Leeds
An alumni of the Leeds College of Art, Hayley Louise Crann produces wonderfully detailed sketches of plants and animals. She then combines her sketches to produce eye catching patterns which feature on many of her products.
Not only available in stationary and prints, you can now decorate your home tip to toe in Hayley’s designs at Snuggle.com.
Carley Chiu – Made in Hull
We love Carley Chiu’s imaginative and unique jewellery range. Featuring everything from three eyed foxes to bolar hat wearing bulldogs, her designs are out of this world.
Her work is also featured on a range of greeting cards and prints, all available from her online shop.
Timid Elk – Made in Wakefield
Rebecca Hoy of Timid Elk was originally trained in ceramics but has since took to working with paper.
Her amazing geometric lampshades are made solely of everyday ephemera such as train tickets and maps.
Check out a gallery of her work here.