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Elizabeth Pawle

Today’s post focuses on another of our very talented local artists:  illustrator Elizabeth Pawle.  Loveone first met Elizabeth a couple of years ago at one of the I Make Fun Stuff Street Markets, and we have been selling her items ever since.

Loveone adores the simplicity of Elizabeth’s designs and that the fact they are so different to anything else. Our customers love her work too and Cathy is smitten by her Elizabeth Pawle dog brooch (so much so that she wears it everyday!).

So today we thought it was time to find out more about this very talented local illustrator and printmaker and share it with you:

 

 

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Hello Elizabeth, Please can you tell us a bit about yourself and your work?

I used to be a magazine journalist working mainly in interiors but I’ve loved drawing and painting since I was a child. After I had my son in 2011, I gave up work to look after him but I found my hands idle! I started drawing again on a small scale – I filled sketchbooks with lots of little creatures – and began turning my drawings into brooches. All of my shrink plastic brooches and necklaces are still drawn and cut by hand. I began working with wood last year – I love the contrast between the natural grain and the colours I lean towards using (mint greens, turquoise, bright yellow) and I love tiny details so drawing and painting on such a small scale is great!

 

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What materials do you work with?

When painting I tend to use gouache alongside charcoal and my line work is always done in dip pen and ink – I can’t find any modern pen that gives such a good line! Gouache is such a versatile medium and the colours it gives are perfect for my work, which is simple and almost always against white.

 

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from all over. I live in the countryside so I see a lot of animals (which I’ve always loved) and I also spend a lot of time outdoors in the woods and by the sea. Before I had a baby I travelled a lot and I think travel is a great inspiration to many artists, myself included.

 

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What do you want people to think when they see your work?

People tell me my paintings are quite calm and that they make them smile. As for my animal brooches, I think they just make people happy! And a lot of people buy certain brooches (the grizzly bear, the dog, the sea otter) because they remind them of someone they know (usually their husband!).

 

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Thank you so much to Elizabeth for being today’s interviewee!

Loveone currently has in stock various Elizabeth Pawle brooches, little wooden bowls and small prints. Prices for Elizabeth Pawle items start at £10.

xx

 

 

Do you have a passion for Vintage?

In November 2012 Loveone and Betty Blue Hat produced the first Vintage Shopping Map of Ipswich. The map has a wealth of treasures waiting to be discovered including books, records, homeware, fashion and food.

 

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Loveone has always championed the quirky and eclectic and has dabbled with vintage and retro products for a while now. Most notably by joining forces with I Make Fun Stuff and bringing the Vintage and Craft Markets to our Street and recently to the Town Hall. For the last 18 months Betty Blue Hat Vintage has been in residence upstairs at Loveone, offering a great range of homeware and kitchenalia.

 

Loveone was involved in a similar project about 3 years earlier with a map to promote independent business in the town. It proved a very successful way of linking the small business community in view of the pressures now facing retail.

 

The Vintage map came about as it was becoming more and more obvious to Jessica Bradley (Betty Blue Hat) and Loveone’s owner Cathy that there were a number of great little businesses popping up within the town, offering products and services that were either vintage or retro inspired. Many of them are our neighbours on St Peters Street but some you really need to search for…hence the map was born.

 

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Photo thanks to Alex Potter Photography

 

So we suggest invite a friend and make a day of it (just like Cathy and Jess are doing above!) Start at either end of the town with your map in hand.

There are 3 refreshment stops on the way:

Arlingtons – a café with a french Twist housed in the original Ipswich Museum

Snobs Coffee – an independent pop up in Galleryone of the Town Hall

The Tea Boutique on St Nicholas Street for a traditional afternoon tea.

For the best vintage fashion head to Fairweather Vintage which also offers an In House Tailoring service.

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Wander down St Peter’s street and you will find some of Loveone’s neighbours including:

Claude Cox – rare and vintage books,

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Myrtle and Mint – beautiful florist inspired by English country gardens

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And Mauds Attic  – if you like a good old browse, this really is a treasure trove of delight!

 

One of Cathy’s favourite stops on the map is Out of Time Records on Fore Street. It has been serving the world with vinyl and cds for 25 years, making it the perfect place to replace or revisit your vinyl memories.

 

This map has proved as successful as the earlier maps and has been a great way of getting the local business community to pull together.

It will be reprinted very soon with some new editions including a new independent coffee shop and a vintage hairdresser.

The maps are available from all the shops on the map, The Town Hall and the Tourist Information Centre.

We will be walking the map in May to celebrate National Walking Month so watch this space for further reports and news.

Keep walking and keep shopping!

xx

 

 

Sunday 17th March Indoor Market

This Sunday in collaboration with I Make Fun Stuff we will be bringing an Indoor Market to the Town Hall in Ipswich. To say we are excited is an understatement!

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Do not miss this – with over 50 stalls from the regions talented artists and designers. It will be shopping heaven!

Entry is free and stalls will be there from 10am – 4pm.

The very exciting and unusual thing is – we have divided the market into two. There will be a Vintage Market selling anything Vintage from clothes, homeware, accessories and artwork which can be found in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall. Plus a craft market which will be full of lovely and unusual crafts – this will be in the Great Hall of the Corn Exchange. There will be so much to see – make sure you allow plenty of time :-)

 

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To give you a sneak preview – here are some of the great names which you can expect to find:

Betty Blue Hat – vintage retro furniture and homeware

Eclectic Eccentricity – EE go offline by bringing their online jewellery boutique specialising in vintage jewellery to the market

Anna Burbidge – Textile Designer/Illustrator creating prints for fashion and interiors

Holly Trill – illustrations, jewellery and stationery

Lovertron- unique, handmade statement jewellery, textiles and accessories

House of Handmade – vintage fashion accessories

Fairweather Vintage – local vintage shop!

Polly’s Textiles – hand printed and handmade accessories and homewares

Plus many many more fantastic names. Some will be favourites from our St Peter’s Street Markets and others will be showcasing for the first time.

 

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As usual with our markets – you can guarantee everything will be ‘Handmade and Timeless’. So if you like a bit of quirk and are looking for a fun day out come across to the Town Hall. Come rain or shine we will be there and happy indoors!

 

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The indoor market is part of the ‘Access all arts events’ being held monthly at the Town Hall. This means there will be lots of other activities happening on the day such as; poetry readings, art exhibitions and a business music workshop.

You will also find Jenny Wrens Yarns, who will be holding a Big Blanket Sew up Day in aid of Breakthrough for Breast Cancer. All are welcome to join in.

This indoor market promises to be a great start to the year. Watch this space for info later in the year about the St Peter’s Street outdoor market.

 

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xx p.s Check out Sam Barker’s photographic exhibition @ Galleryone in the Town Hall from tomorrow. More to follow on Sam in a future Blog.

Our House

For today’s Blog, we thought we’d talk about the place that Loveone calls home: 21 St Peter’s Street.

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Loveone lives in a 16th century timber framed building, probably dating from the time of Thomas Wolsey. Like us the building is a bit quirky! It wasn’t purpose built or an empty box for us simply to put our mark to. Instead the floor boards creak, the walls aren’t straight and allegedly we have a ghost living in the cellar! The belief is it started out as a butchers or was part of the Abbey (now St Peter’s Church). We know this because in May 2010, Cathy put her foot through the floor and the builder repairing it found animal bones in the earth under the floor :-/

Over its many years of life – it has pretty much been everything : an antiques shop, bakery, hairdressers, florist – whatever you name it has probably been. But for the last 6 years it has been our lovely home and we couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. Cathy loves that the building has such a sense of History, although she does admit the wonky walls were a bit frustrating when she first moved in and couldn’t get anything to hang to them. However it is a skill she has now well mastered!

 

So now you know our history, it is time for a quick tour of our House:

The front of the shop is very much our gift zone. Customers can come in and quickly find something to suit any occasion or person.

The middle of the shop is our local artisan area. But sssshhh just to let you into a secret – due to popular demand, it will also soon be where customers can find our new homeware area. We are soooo very excited about the return of homeware to Loveone and will keep you updated on timings.

At the back of the shop, you will find Jenny Wren’s Yarns. They have a wonderful selection of knitting and crochet yarns, plus patterns, needles, buttons and other accessories.

BBH Upstairs is home to Betty Blue Hat. There you will find a vast array of Vintage Furniture, crockery, glassware, lampstands and many other types of retro Homeware. If you can’t find what you are looking for – they will even track it down for you!

 

So that is our lovely house, but we just want to say a few words about the street. Like us, the other buildings in the street all have a story to tell. Come and have a walk round St Peter’s street and St Nicholas street (in the area known as the Saints)– there are lots of really beautiful old buildings and you will find lots of other interesting independent traders which are artisan led. St Peter’s Street is also home to regular vintage and craft markets which Loveone run in collaboration with I Make Fun Stuff. Promoting the Saints, is something which Cathy and Loveone are very passionate about and so watch this space for further Blogs.

 

 

xx p.s. have you checked out the latest edition of Vanilla Magazine? If not, then come in and get your free copy. Inside you will find some extra Loveone Valentines Gifts suggestions!

 

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  • 24/05 Clothes Swish @ Galleryone
  • 19/05 Access all Arts @ Town Hall
  • 23/06 - St Peter's Street Summer Market
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