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Lytham Arts Festival

Saturday 4 – 11 July 2015

jewelart celtic style pearl earrings
seaside theme

The Lytham Arts Festival brings art into the heart of Lytham and in 2015 over 70 artists will exhibit, perform and entertain from over thirty venues in the town (text from the Lytham Arts Festival website).

  • this years theme is ‘seaside’

I’m looking forward to being part of this years festival and have been partnered with Stringers Homelife, next door to Booths.

jewelart seaside theme jewellery

During the festival 4-11 July, I will have a small window display of selected seaside theme jewellery pieces and on the festival weekends I will be there with a bigger display of my work, demonstrating and doing tasters.

jewelart demos and tasters


wirework demos: 11-1pm

Saturdays 4 and 11 July
watch me making pearl and shell brooches using twisting and wrapping techniques to create gorgeous unique brooch designs

Sunday 5 July
watch me making celtic style pearl and shell earrings using a jig to create wire shapes, as well as other wire manipulation techniques to attach a pearl drop and earring hooks.

beaded tasters: 2-4pm (on the half hour)

Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Saturday 11 July
come along and have a go creating a pair of your own bespoke shell beaded earrings using tigertail thread and plated ear hooks. Its a really easy, fun activity and your earrings will only take you 15-20 minutes to create. Its a free to take part and suitable for adults and children (from 6 years old with adult supervision).

For more info on Stringers Homelife
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beaded cord bracelet
beaded cord bracelet workshop

As part of the Festival I’m also doing a jewellery making workshop at Crafty4Art in Lytham


jewellery making workshop: 2-4pm
(limited spaces / booking required via Liz at Crafty4Art)

Thursday 9 July
make your own bespoke beaded cord bracelet with shell beads and button fastener.

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Lytham makes a great day out, there is a great variety of independent shops, lovely coastal walks and cafes.

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Lytham Life and Style

jewelart shell earrings
jewelart ‘seaside theme’ shell earrings, in the background is a ceramic piece from Gallery at Brockholes


Other things to do:
On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July, the Gallery at Brockholes are having their launch weekend. Ideal if you are travelling over to Lytham and want to combine it with a visit there.

Gallery at Brockholes is run by the Art & Craft Guild of Lancashire, made up of a wide range of the finest local artists, designers and makers. A great selection of ceramics, textiles, jewellery, glass, art, photography, furniture and turned wood. There are 4 themed exhibitions each year featuring different guest artists from the area.

For more info on the Gallery at Brockholes
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Platform Gallery Craft Open Exhibition 2015

The Platform Gallery Craft Annual Open Exhibition has a selection of textiles, pottery, wood, furniture, metalwork, glass, print-work and jewellery from makers across the North-West.

Platform Gallery
Platform Gallery

A maximum of 3 pieces can be entered by each maker for the exhibition. All of my 3 pieces that I entered, were selected and they are currently on display there; a Venus copper and pale pink fused glass pendant on copper chain, rose coloured medieval 2 bead earrings and copper flower earrings.

The Craft Open exhibition runs until 4th July

Clitheroe is a great place to visit for a day out. Its a pretty market town, with lovely shops, cafes, galleries, a castle and museum.

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jewelart designs April 2015

After hibernating during the Winter, Spring has helped to rekindle my creativity and I’ve enjoyed being lost in time, making new jewellery pieces. I’ve tinkered with some of my designs, experimenting using different colours, beads and buttons.

Am chuffed to bits, with these new pieces, its been so good to get back to making and spending time being creative. But, the downside is that I’ve not had much time left over for my computer work, there are many tasks on my ‘to do’ list for May!

These pieces are currently all for sale at the events I’m doing and similar pieces will be for sale online (from June).

Love to hear what you think of my new designs, please leave me a comment, either here or on facebook. Samantha x

creative wirework class

There was a great creative vibe at my embellished hair accessories and beaded flower wirework class at the weekend.
After teaching basic bead embellished designs, we progressed onto using buttons, flower beads, diamonte and then beaded flower designs in the afternoon. Everyone made something different – lovely and unique – experimenting more  with their beads and buttons as their skills progressed during the day.

A super creative wirework class!
April-October 2015 group and bespoke classes at my Lancashire studio, and a new classes website from summer 2015… more classes info


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