Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Meet the Maker - PennyDog Accessories

Kerry of PennyDog Accessories is our first 'Meet the Maker' feature for the Cambridge fair.
Kerry makes jewellery which incorporates resin and recycled materials which results in a very unique look. She uses everything from fabric scraps to polymer clay, bubble wrap and cake toppers.
"I was doing a few bookings as an events photographer at university balls and I wanted to offer something different to the prints on sale, I looked into making photographic jewellery. I completely accidently stumbled upon resin as a way of coating the images and it took over! Now I photograph (and sell) other things incased in resin," says Kerry.

The other very special thing about Kerry's work is that £1 from every sale is donated to the Retired Greyhound Trust. The name PennyDog comes from her very own dog who was adopted by Kerry via the Retired Greyhound Trust. "Penny needed a lot of medical care and the trust paid for it all. This is a small way of thanking them and helping other dogs in the future," says Kerry.

Kerry sells her work at several locations including Etsy and Folksy and also via her own website

You can also come and see Kerry's work at the Handmade fair in April - she will also be signing copies of her book 'Create Your Own Resin Jewellery' which will be available to buy on her stall.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Send us Your Stuff!

At the last Oxford fair we collected goodie bags chock full with gorgeous handmade promotional items, business cards, vouchers and other goodness. These were given out to the first 200 people visiting the fair and were extremely well received!

We will be doing the same for all the Handm@de fairs and we have begun collecting for the Cambridge fair (as well as the Winchester and Oxford fairs too) and we are asking for your items!

Whether you are an exhibitor or not we would like to receive your goodies. It can be a few small samples of your work, business cards, money off vouchers, postcards, pin badges - anything that shows of your handmade work! We do stress that quality is more important than quantity.

There is more information on what to send in the Flickr group, please do read the announcement carefully, we want to make sure all the promotional items make it into our bags so it is important they are carefully packaged, sent on time and sent to the right person! Katie of Twinklyspangle organised our bags last time, and being a sucker for punishment, she will be co-ordinating this once more!

Tuesday, 13 January 2009


Just to let you know that the Handmade Fairs website has been set up, it features information for all future Handm@de fairs, including the Cambridge fair in April

This blog will soon be featuring seller interviews and also showcasing the work of our talented exhibitors!