Bizart’s 2nd Fair in Great Malvern – 05.05.12

We would like to say a HUGEMUNGOUS thank you to everyone who took part in our May Bank Holiday fair, whether you were a vendor or a shopper, we thank you!

With it only being our second event, we were pleased with the outcome and again, we have learnt A LOT! We have already begun our plans for our next event (probably around September… but yet to be confirmed). We’d like to thank those who have given us feedback & advice for our future shows, we have taken it all on board – watch this space!

If you are interested in becoming a vendor with us, please get in touch via email at and we will be in touch with you soon 🙂

In the meantime, have a mooch through our photos from the 5th May 2012…

Vendor Profile: Rachel Pritchard

Rachel Pritchard is an accomplished ceramic artist, whose work has appeared at West Malvern Art Fest and Artisans at Hay , amongst others.

Drawing on years of training and practice as a ceramicist, Rachel creates a range of beautiful and useful objects using classic earthenware techniques.

Vendor profile: Fondant Fancies

Bizart is very pleased to welcome Fondant Fancies to our second event. As a local independent coffee shop, and occasional venue for Bizart administrative meetings, it has quickly found a place in the local community, and in our tastebuds.


Owned and run by Laura Bradshaw and her partner James, Fondant Fancies was born of their desire to create a comfortable and relaxing environment where people would not feel rushed or hurried over their coffee, cake, lunch or supper. All their cakes, scones, jams and chutneys are home-made, and indeed, all ingredients are locally sourced where possible, coming together to be hand made in their site in Malvern’s Courtyard, which is also home to Bizart sponsors Nik Nak Noo, and just along Belle Vue Terrace from our other sponsor, Iapetus.

Vendor Profile: Lily Mays

Lily Mays is the creative outlet of Claire Mullan, who, having completed a BA in decorative arts at Nottingham Trent University in 2002 and now teaches textiles. Having also become a mother, Claire decided to put her sewing skills to practical use, and now offers an original range of baby comforters which combine textured fabrics, and
beautiful ribbons which come in their own unique gift box.


As well as being a full time mummy, Claire enjoys working with a wide range of fabrics to produce different types of textile products for the home. These include tea cosies, bunting made to order, egg cosies, door stops, draft excluders, gift cards, cosies for baby bottles and currently, ribbon taggie comforters.


Vendor profile: John and Mamiko

John and Mamiko are the couple behind A Japanese Style Wedding and Japanese Garden Lanterns, amongst other things. Inspired by Mamiko’s native Japan, by its style, aesthetics and culture, they create a whole host of delicate and unusual items, from hair accessories and jewellery to art prints, stationery and carved wooden lanterns.

ImageHaving started their business to help others create their perfect Japanese-style wedding after their own was much admired, John and Mamiko have developed a wealth of experience in events and exhibitions, fabrics & Japanese costume, origami, Japanese art & calligraphy, Japanese food, and Japanese culture & tradition.


The objects they sell are made by them to suit individual clients’ needs, and this enables them to customise each every event, and to vary their stock as their creativity demands. More information can be found at their website, or come and speak to them at the Bizart May Fair!

Vendor profile: Jackie Pickup

Jackie Pickup has been making soft toys for many years, for family and friends. Over time, these have included everything from traditional teddies and rag dolls to Winnie the Pooh bears and horses.

More recently Jackie’s work has expanded to include card-making. Having initially developed her skills through following tutorials in magazines, her work now draws on many of her own ideas and inspirations, resulting in uniquely stylish cards. She uses a wide variety of different materials and techniques in order to create the card and effect she has in mind.

Vendor profile: Dimond Photos

Dimond Photos is the creative enterprise of Rachel Lilly, who you may already know as a founder member of the Bizart organisational team, so it is fair to say that without her skills and passion for the arts in all forms, we wouldn’t be here in the first place!
Indeed, that passion for creative work is perhaps the one constant in her plans for a career – as a teenager, she decided at various points to be an artist with a pet chimpanzee, an animator, and an illustrator. It wasn’t until she undertook an Art Foundation course at Herefordshire Art College that she picked up a camera to take research shots as the basis of design work that she began to reconsider her plans to draw and use mixed media in her work, developing instead skills which allow her to paint with light through photography. Having spent the last month of her college course growing increasingly obsessed with her camera, she was thrilled to be offered an unconditional place on the second-best photography course in the UK at the time:Photography in the Arts at Swansea Metropolitan University.
She graduated from her BA (Hons) in 2007, and has since worked in almost all aspects of photography, from weddings and portraiture to product photography and giftware. Her most recent adventures have focussed on creating unique, whimsical and stylish images for use in her own giftware range, which is already stocked in Austin & Co of Malvern, and by The Coaster Company. Her gift-card range was launched at the first Bizart fair in February, and she is constantly adding new lines and developing new ideas. More information, and further examples of Rachel’s work, can be seen on her website.
At a Mother's Day shoot in Malvern

Vendor Profile: Jenny Milner

Jenny Milner has been crafting all her life, in one form or another, and since her retirement, has finally found the time to develop her skills and learn many more. She is an enthusiastic card maker, textile artist, jeweller and decorator, and enjoys the experience of working with different people, and in a wide variety of media.

Jenny’s work is regularly displayed at the Malvern Hills Gallery, where she has been a guild member for about 5 years. Her work at Bizart will include watches and handbags.

Vendor profile: Jo Turner

Jo Turner of A Crafty Moment is a self-taught jeweller specialising in exquisite beadwork. Each piece is a unique work of art – never to be repeated, so if you see something you like, snap it up! Jo loves craft fairs, because they give her the opportunity to meet and speak to people about the inspirations for her designs, and how they are made. Every customer is as unique as her jewellery, and they all inspire her to create new pieces.

Jo draws inspiration from all the world around her – nature in all its forms, colours and textures is often a springboard for new designs, although the finished item may have developed into something very different from the initial idea.

Jo enjoys a huge range of other crafts, including card-making, polymer clay and painting, but she always returns to beads and jewellery, as she’s enthralled by the tremendous variety of beads available, and loves that special moment when you put on a sparkly necklace or earrings and they make you smile. That feeling is what she aims to create for every customer.

For more information about Jo and her work, visit her website and blog.

Vendor profile: Jodie Edwards

Jodie Edwards completed her BA in Embroidery at Manchester School of Art in 2011, and has since returned to her roots in Malvern, where she is developing her fine art practice alongside her interest in and love for traditional crafts and textiles. As a textile artist, Jodie has developed a growing interest in traditional crafts and a love of fabrics themselves, and now creates a beautiful selection of soft furnishings, purses and accessories.


Using simple designs and subtle colour schemes, Jodie creates high quality and affordable products which can be perfect as gifts, or as a special treat for yourself! Drawing on her skills in embroidery, crochet, and patchwork, she combines traditional technique with a quirky modern aesthetic to create products which are beautifully simple, but with a unique twist.


Alongside these elements of her work as designer-maker, Jodie will be exhibiting some of her drawings and embroideries as a fine artist at the Bizart event.


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