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shoptalk : European Kids on Etsy @ ByHand, Turin, Italy

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So yes, a collection of my ladies have gone off to a fabulous fair in Italy. Actually they're already there and no doubt the stall is being set up as I type this here... eeek! This is my first event outside of the UK and the fair in question is Byhand located in Turin, Italy. I know, so exciting right!? Especially when you see the gorgeous venue, home of the Circolo dei lettori.

"Byhand is a temporary shop that merges fashion, design and art. The event presents unique opportunity for designers, stylists, artists, artisan boutiques, design studios, Italian and international ateliers, to showcase their latest collections and sell them directly to the public. Byhand is a place for people passionate about research, warm atmospheres and hot design. It's a meeting place for people in search of material poetry."

European Kids on Etsy @ ByHand, Turin, Italy | Emma Lamb
European Kids on Etsy, shops attending ByHand: robedellarobi, emma lamb (that's me!), domatoma, petitacosa, Mouton Cerise, yellOkids & mapano.

In a collaborative effort I'm taking part along with a select group of incredibly talented ladies from the European Kids Team on Etsy. Over the last few weeks seven of us have been plotting & planning and crocheting & stitching as much as we possibly could to have everything ready for today. We're all so excited and filled with anticipation for this three day event. I have to say it feels a wee bit odd not being there to represent my own work, I'm all geared up and excited but with nothing to do! Of course I have complete faith in the lovely Alessandra, from Mapano, who will be hosting the fair for us. No, I'm not jealous in the slightest... okay, maybe just a wee bit!

"Why byhand? It is all about hands which leave unique and inimitable signs. Hands that touch, interact, change. Hands that create objects intended for use, not just consumption.
Self-production | limited editions. In recent years, in a market crowded by industrial giants, self-production has become an informed choice, a way of life, a philosophy. Dotted around there are exemplary cases of design, creativity and craftsmanship which explore alternative avenues in order to create and emerge. Fresh, innovative and alternative this avant-garde contaminates and regenerates contemporary design through poetic processes and a 'slow' approach to work characterised by passion. The results are objects of desire, products not goods, creations rich in non-industrial charm. Garments, accessories, home design, limited editions, one-offs, brands and collections created by designers that work on a small-scale with human values at their core, which results in heartfelt, sophisticated designs."


I have high hopes for this weekend as the ethos behind the ByHand fairs couldn't be more in tune with ours as designer makers. They have four years of experience running these fairs in Turin too, which suggests that the lovely people there hold similar values and appreciate the beauty of handmade.

So exciting! Even writing about it just now has me all jittery with pre-fair nerves! I need a calming cuppa and a wee nip of chocolate...

Emma, X

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local talent : Dough Re Mi at The Market

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Fresh breads, scones, croissants and cinnamon swirls by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Oh my do I have such a fabulous Friday afternoon treat for you lovelies. Prepare yourself, there may be some drooling as a result of this post... you have been warned! Last, but by no means least, of my favourites from The Market last weekend was the mouth-wateringly delicious stall held by Dough Re Mi...


As soon as I walked into St Columba's hall last Saturday morning I was greeted by the wonderful smell of some fabulous fresh baked goods. A wonderful assortment of fresh crusty breads, scones, cinnamon swirls and possibly the best croissants Kirsty and I had ever tasted, so yummy!

Not only that, but there were cupcakes too. Oh my, the cupcakes......

Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Now this was a stall I had real trouble walking away from. Seriously! Not just because I wanted to sample each and every one but because they were just so darn photogenic with all their swirly icing and cute wee decorations. You name it everything from flowers, gorillas, elephants, poodles, chihuahuas, bears turtles, seahorses, dolphins, etc, etc. So cute!

Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Of course I couldn't leave empty handed, especially since it was my Man's birthday a couple of days later and of course he needed a birthday cake... *ahem* ... or six! They tasted just as delicious as they look and next time I'll be bagging at least six of the chocolaty ones all for myself. Ha!

Delightful cup cakes by Dough Re Mi at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Dough Re Mi also have a lovely wee shop right here in the city where the lovely Inbal herself would be happy to greet you. They also cater for weddings and birthday parties, check out the adorable website for all the info you'll need.

Well I do hope you have enjoyed my wee rundown of some of my favourites from The Market last weekend!? And I hope that if you weren't able to make it along this time that you are now eagerly awaiting the date for the next event so that you may bookmark your calendars for a fabulous day of handmade goodness!? I do hope so and I shall look forward to seeing you there... :)

Emma, x

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local talent : Mina Braun & Catherine Anne Hiley at The Market

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Minna Braun and Catherine Anne Hiley, at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Hip, hip hooray... it's Friday, yay!

Another favourite stall from Saturday's Market that I could have spent browsing over all day was that of printmakers and illustrators Minna Braun and Catherine Anne Hiley. Their table was filled with such wonderfully curious illustrations, cards and wee books all about quirky characters and cute creatures.


While I was completely taken by all of Mina's work I was particularly smitten with her limited edition Endangered Species colouring book, which was produced in collaboration with her collective WE MADE THESE...

Endangered Species colouring book by Mina Braun and the collective WE MADE THESE, at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Endangered Species colouring book by Mina Braun and the collective WE MADE THESE, at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Endangered Species colouring book by Mina Braun and the collective WE MADE THESE, at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Staying on the curious wee book theme I was also fascinated with Catherine's collection of tiny books, most of which are screen printed and hand bound. My favourite being 'time to clean up' which is such a visual delight... !

In The Silks art book by Catherine Anne Hiley at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Catherine Anne Hiley at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Time To Clean UP art book by Catherine Anne Hiley at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Time To Clean UP art book by Catherine Anne Hiley at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Through these pictures I have only captured the merest snippet of Mina and Catherine's wonderful work so I highly recommend a wee peek at each of their websites, shops, blogs etc to find our more about them... :)

Emma, x

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local talent : Rag Rose at The Market

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Lovely Ruth, of Rag Rose, the talented hands that crafted all of these gorgeous fabric roses - at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

There are going to be no surprises here when you see that one of my very favourite tables from Saturday's market was that of Rag Rose. Not only is lovely Ruth one of the sweetest ladies ever, but her fabric flowers are a pure joy too. The colour at her table was just amazing, so vibrant and fun and playful.
Honestly, I had to tear myself away from photographing her lovelies otherwise I could have spent all day admiring them! Take a wee peek at these pics and you'll see what I'm talking about...


Beautiful fabric blooms by Rag Rose at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Beautiful fabric blooms by Rag Rose at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Beautiful fabric blooms by Rag Rose at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Beautiful fabric blooms by Rag Rose at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Aren't they gorgeous!? Do check out Ruth's website too where you can find out more about her work and the stunning wedding commissions she has worked on.

I have another two posts celebrating yet more incredible talent from The Market, which I will post tomorrow since I have a hankering to spend the rest of today in my wee studio... the sun is streaming in through the window and it is in need of a thorough tidy up!

Byeeee!!!
Emma, x

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local talent : Rosie Walters, Louise Smurthwaite & Verity Keniger at The Market

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** Edited to credit the jewellery in this post to the talented maker Verity Keniger, aka Pollen. My sincerest apologies to lovely Verity for my mistake! **

Good morning... !

More pictures from The Market today and first up are the three lovely ladies on the wee stall next door to us on Saturday - Rosie Walters, Louise Smurthwaite and Verity Keniger. I've borrowed an image from each of these lovely ladies websites since my photographs of their prints were obscured by sunny reflections. Anyhoo, off we go...

Reach by Rosie Walters | Emma Lamb

Tiny hand painted house brooches by Rosie Walters at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Tiny hand painted house brooches by Rosie Walters at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Above: Rosie Walters is an incredibly talented artist whose intricate drawings always draw me in for a closer look. I absolutely adore her tiny hand painted houses brooches, so beautiful and such impressive work... :)

Below: I also love Louise Smurthwaite's playfully simple screen print designs which are absolutely perfect for her handmade notebooks and note cards.

Buses by Louise Smurthwaite | Emma Lamb
Notebooks and cards by Louise Smurthwaite at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Below: Verity Keniger, her gorgeous 'Turn Up the Colour' print and very pretty jewellery pieces. I was completely smitten by her wonderfully playful use of colour in all of her work.

Turn Up the Colour by Verity Keniger at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb
Playful jewellery pieces by Verity Keniger at The Market, April 28th 2012 | Emma Lamb

Do stay tuned for more posts later today, I have a few more artists to introduce you to that I know you are going to love... :)

Emma, x

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