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Lamplighter Festival 2014

Monday, December 8th, 2014

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owl lantern in the Lamplighter Festival in Todmorden

The Lamplighter Festival brightened up our evening dog walk here in Todmorden on Saturday.

Lanterns canalside at Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival 2014

 We took a camera along and hope our snaps capture the atmosphere.

Fish lantern at Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival 2014

Todmorden sits in in a steep-sided valley so you could stand above the town and watch the parade as it meandered through the streets which was very pretty.

Globe lantern at the Todmorden Lamplighter Festival 2014

We then moved in for a closer look at the creations and their operators, listen to the drummers and view the more stationary installations.

Lanterns in the shape of houses and Stoodley Pike at Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival

The festival seems to combine quite an ancient tradition with a futuristic feel too – a bit Blade Runner!

Jellyfish lanterns at the Todmorden Lamplighter Festival 2014

It’s only the festival’s second year, but we think it’s got real potential for a long term future. It’s perfect for a dark winter evening and seems to suit the winding streets and old stone buildings of Todmorden.

Fire performer at Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival 2014

Both kids & adults were having fun. In addition to the parade, there were various food stalls and the local bars were doing a roaring trade.

Moon and star lanterns at Todmorden Lamplighter Festival 2014

Let’s hope it goes from strength to strength!

Site Pizzeria

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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Site Pizzeria in Todmorden on its opening night

We have a wonderful new addition to Todmorden’s culinary & social scene.

Site Pizzeria in Todmorden on its opening night

Following a few soft launches & dry runs, Site Pizzeria officially opened for business on Friday evening.

Site Pizzeria in Todmorden on its opening night

We had an early timeslot booked, which gave us the opportunity to take photographs of the restaurant – pristine & untouched.

Site Pizzeria in Todmorden on its opening night

The décor is perfectly judged – paintwork in shades of grey & cream, industrial touches, an eclectic mix of seating with striking contemporary artwork. There’s a small courtyard at the back, the tables shaded by three beautiful umbrella-shaped plane trees. It will be the perfect place to eat on a hot, sunny day. Winter dining will be a warm, cosy experience too – with a real fire, atmospheric lighting and orange glow from the pizza oven.

Site Pizzeria in Todmorden on its opening night

We pass the building most days on the way to town centre shops or our antiques centre space – or walking the dog of course. We’ve seen it miraculously transform from a long-disused shop with bedsits above to this wonderful place…

shop-front of Site Pizzeria in Todmorden

…and much of the hard graft done by owners Natalie & Olly themselves. Every time we passed they were digging, sawing, lifting, or hammering. They’ve done a remarkable job.

Site Pizzeria wood-burning stove

And so on to the food – the freshly-made, traditional wood-fired oven pizzas which we love.

Site Pizzeria wood-fired pizza oven

Takeaways or supermarket offerings just can’t replicate the delicious flavours & texture of an authentic pizza.

Site Pizzeria olive and anchovy pizza

We had some delicious olives & spiced nuts as an appetiser – followed by two of the best pizzas we’d ever eaten – all washed down with a lovely bottle of crisp, dry rose wine. Perfect!

Adelle at Site Pizzeria in Todmorden on its opening night

It’s congratulations to Natalie & Olly on what they’ve achieved so far. We wish them every success with their future business and hope to see them there on a regular basis!!

Site Pizzeria food menu

Update: We’ve taken a photo of the Site Pizzeria menu in case you want a preview before you visit! :-) Click on the image for a magnified view.

Tour de Yorkshire

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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Sky blue vintage VW campervan at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

Along with half the population of Yorkshire, we watched the Tour de France at the weekend.

people in cycling gear at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

Armed with picnic & camera we hiked to Cragg Vale on Sunday – the longest continual incline in the country… and now also the world record holder for continuous stretch of bunting.

racing bikes against a fence in Cragg Vale

We thought we’d share a few images with you. The cyclists are the focus of the day of course, but these pictures capture the crowds, decorations and atmosphere which were as much a part of the event.

Adelle and Fudge at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

Well, it’s not everyday you see three giant rabbits winding their way across the moors.

Giant Miffy figures atop cars at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

Everyone had their spot – some people jostled for a position at the roadside – others took a more laid back approach.

Man sitting wearing a hat at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

There were a fair number of camper vans in evidence, but most people arrived on foot or by bicycle.

Parasol and bikes against the fence in Cragg Vale

Some people were there to cheer on favourites, others just to support the whole peloton on its epic journey.

Yates flag at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

The sun shone and there was much cheering & laughter in this normally remote & quiet spot.

Pylons and a St George's flag in Cragg Vale in Cragg Vale

We’re already looking forward to watching again next time round (and there surely will be a next time)… or following it round France in our camper van when we’ve saved enough money.

TV helicopter filming at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

It was great fun watching it later on TV too – all those familiar villages & roads transformed into something very different for a few hours.  A truly memorable day!

Home is in the North 2014

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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Natalie Laura Ellen bee illustrated paper and mug

We spent a very enjoyable few hours at the Home is in the North event on Saturday.

exterior view of Halle St Peter's

It was held at Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats, Manchester – another great choice of venue by The Social Butterfly‘s Rachel Adams, the show’s organiser.

Ancoats billboard

Ancoats is an interesting part of Manchester – the steady process of regeneration is ongoing. There are some wonderful buildings – unspoilt, Victorian gems – brick terraces, old pubs, churches and former industrial sites.

view of the ceiling of Halle St Peter's

Hallé St Peter’s is one such building with it’s magnificent sense of space & light.

interior view of Halle St Peter's showing Heather Linnett's upholstered items in the foreground

It really came to life with all the amazing homewares on display – and exhibitors were the perfect mix of familiar faces and new talent.

coffee sack upholstered seat of one of Heather Linnett's chairs

Heather Linnitt aka Eclectic Chair is someone whose work we highlighted at last year’s Independent Interiors Show. We love her soft furnishings & upholstery work – using coffee sacks, vintage and retro fabrics. The Stig Lindberg-style fabric chair was a stunner – and we’d happily give house room to the Papua New Guinea coffee sack sofa too!

Heather Linnett's armchair upholstered in retro Sanderson fabric

We also saw the mosaic art of Amanda McCrann at that same event last year. Her stall was very eye-catching once more. The artwork is available in the form of original pieces or alternatively, prints & stationery incorporating her distinctive designs.

Amanda McCrann's 'Kiss' mosaic

Annabel Perrin was also there this weekend.

Annabel Perrin's patterned tea towels

Her fabric designs are a real joy – full of life, colour & vintage charm.

Annabel Perrin's patterned fabric

Anthony Hughes‘ work was new to us. We had a nice chat with him about the influence of industrial architecture & detailing on his work – finding beauty in the mundane & neglected… and our shared love of a good pylon!

Anthony Hughes' pylon fabric cushion

His range of stationery, wallpaper & fabric uses the photographs & artwork he produces at his Leeds base.

selection of Anthony Hughes' fabric cushions and wallpaper

The cotton fabric is made in Edinburgh & cushions feather-filled – temptation was rising!

Anthony Hughes' ductile print cushion

Blooming Balconies was a very friendly & approachable team – and their display provided a real blast of colour in the hall.

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They design a range of containers & tubs, some with clever fittings for railings & drainpipes. Their stall looked perfect next to a sunny window.

Blooming Balconies' stall

There was no lack of colour on Charlotte Nash‘s display either.

Charlotte Nash's colourful light flex with Plumen bulb

Her work incorporates braiding, crochet, paper-cut & collage. She had some very striking mirrors, artwork & lighting on view. She’s fresh out of university, so we hope her future is as bright as her creations!

part of Charlotte Nash's display

Grey Moose Designs only had a small display, but their vintage industrial lights grabbed your attention from all over the large church space.

Grey Moose's industrial lamp display

Skill, imagination & high quality craftsmanship were clear to see on Richard’s recycled & re-purposed lighting.

Grey Moose's industrial lamp display

He could no doubt do a great job on the vintage spotlight we picked up recently.

detail from Grey Moose's Bullfinch industrial lamp

One of our favourite exhibitors on the day was Kate Bufton.

Kate Bufton's Harry Potter book transformation under a glass dome

She manipulates the shape & form of old books to produce her artwork – framed pictures and these stunning glass domes.

Kate Bufton's framed butterfly book transformation

Katherine Lees also had a very photogenic display. Her exquisite, hand-decorated ceramics in the form of old bottles & keys to form vessels & jewellery were getting lots of attention.

Katherine Lees' ceramic display

It was very hard to walk away from the orange & grey quilt produced by Lisa Watson and pictured below. She incorporates traditional Harris Tweed & sumptuous velvet fabrics into her creations. Gorgeous!

Lisa Watson's handmade velvet and Harris Tweed heirloom quilts

We were very taken by Natalie Laura Ellen‘s stall.

Natalie Laura Ellen's bee illustrated wares

Her gorgeous range of stationery, fabric & ceramics was superbly displayed using vintage crates, drawers & step ladders.

Natalie Laura Ellen's buttons

Lovely attention to detail with handmade labels & signage too.

Natalie Laura Ellen's cards

The Northern Letters display always grabs your attention.

Northern Letters' price list

This time it was the bold, monochrome, graphic quality of pieces that made the display stand out.

Northern Letters' display

We loved this table produced by Oh, Bother. It’s made from recycled wooden palettes. They had all kinds of interesting, quirky pieces to buy.

Oh Bother's display

Rachel Britch is another recent graduate – her lighting surprised us when we touched it. We thought it was soft & fluffy from a distance, but it actually had a stiff, bristly feel.

Rachel Britch's lamp display

Rachel Johns is a near-neighbour from the Calder Valley – Hebden Bridge to be precise. She uses ink & thread – producing much of her artwork with a big stick. Yes, that’s a big stick. It’s very distinctive – whimsical & playful.

Rachel Johns' artwork display

There were practical workshops taking place throughout the day…

sewing workshop at Home is in the North event in Ancoats, Manchester

…with sewing machines whirring and paintbrushes twitching.

Swoon Worthy painting workshop at Home is in the North event in Ancoats, Manchester

We’ll end with the What I Always Wanted display.

Mr Right and appliqué dog cushions

They had the perfect cushions for Justin & Fudge. In addition to their ready to buy products, handmade fabric items can be custom made to capture favourite buildings, street scenes, people or pets.

detail from What I Always Wanted's display

This has been quite a lengthy post and we’ve only mentioned about half the exhibitors! Keep an eye out for the next event – whether you’re a potential exhibitor or customer. Hopefully we’ve given a flavour of this well run & well attended show. We have a camper van fund that we’re trying really hard to build up, otherwise we would have left Home is in the North with a car packed with goodies. Tripod light, eight cushions, large quilt, table, glass dome, some tea towels, two pictures, box of stationery, set of mugs, three flower tubs – and a sofa!

Independent Interiors Show

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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Overhead projection of designer/makers at the Independent Interiors Show, 2022NQ, Manchester

We went along to the inaugural Independent Interiors Show this Saturday and judging by this event, it certainly won’t be the last. Rachel and Victoria of The Social Butterfly who organised the event will be very pleased with the huge success of the day.

Entranceway to 2022NQ, Manchester

It was held at 2022NQ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The choice of venue and quality of exhibitors were excellent.

view of the Independent Interiors Show, 2022NQ, Manchester

A wide variety of independent designer/makers & shops were present. Their stands looked great set against the industrial fabric of the building and Justin really enjoyed photographing them. Here’s a run-down of those present.

Eclectic Chair at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Eclectic Chair – upholstery & cushions using vintage fabrics.

Scandi Nord at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

ScandiNord - Scandinavian lighting and neon installations.

Jamie B Edwards at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Jamie B. Edwards - distinctive contemporary artwork.

Caslon & Co at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Caslon & Co - vintage inspired textiles using antique wooden printing blocks.

Jorja Wilkinson at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Jorja Wilkinson Design – contemporary and quirky fabrics and interior products.

Elisabeth Jane Winstanley at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Elizabeth Jane Winstanley - acrylic, wood and metal sculpture & design.

Liz Foster at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Liz Foster Design – handmade appliqué cushions.

Helaina Sharpley at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Helaina Sharpley – exquisite sculptural wire work.

Northern Letters at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Northern Letters – prints, posters & tiles using vintage fonts sourced from Northern quarter signage.

Lisa Watson at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Lisa Watson – sumptuous quilts & throws.

Hannah Nunn at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Hannah Nunn – paper cut lighting and a brand new wallpaper range.

Amanda McCrann at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Amanda McCrann - contemporary mosaicist & artist.

Annabel Perrin at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Annabel Perrin – surface pattern design & homewares.

Lisa Southern at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Lisa Southern – contemporary furniture.

Flitty Bird at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Flitty Bird – decorative homewares & furniture.

Memo Illustration at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Memo – hand printed products including stationery, coasters, tote bags etc.

Claire Murray at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Claire Murray Designs – hand crafted surface pattern for wallpaper & textiles.

Lomas and Lomas at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Lomas & Lomas – handmade light shades, cushions & artwork.

May Wild at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

May Wild – ceramics.

Inspirit at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Inspirit – bespoke industrial furniture & shelving.

Demonstration by Sian Astley of Morgeous

There was also an up-cycling demo run by Sian Astley of Morgeous and a big screen situated in the atmospheric café/bar area showcasing each of the exhibitors. Nice coffee there too!

We highly recommend this show – it’s already in our diary for next year! Justin took tons of photographs, so here’s a slide show of further shots if you fancy a leisurely browse.