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Our Yuletide market is nearly upon us featuring a treasure trove of DIY handmade goods by our fine city’s best makers, artists, illustrators, printers and bakers.

Over 30 stalls, DJs, Scandanavian bakes from Mountain Bakery and vegan goods from Deerly Beloved Bakery. The NAC cafe will also be serving their famous pop-up veggie burgers and a tasty selection of local ales, spiced cider, coffee and teas.

PLUS those fine folk at Print to the People will be hosting a drop-in card printing workshop alongside their stall which will be jam-packed with screen printed goodies and buckets full of gorgeous festive printed wrapping paper.

Come and shop local this Christmas at NAC!

Poster designed by the talented designer/artist and CC stall holder Kellee Rich www.kellerich.com

 

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Our Post Winter Market is this Saturday 15th March featuring over 30 stalls and live music from Wooden Arms, Emily Winng and Broads.

See you there….

 

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Yuletide Weekend

We are planning a Winter Christmas bonanza over the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December. With over 30 diy art / print / craft stalls, live music and festive food and drink.

Music from Wooden Arms, Birds of Hell, Mari Joyce, Woodland Creatures and more tbc.

Drop in paper-cut workshop on Sat 14th with Su Owen 12-3pm. Design your own mini paper-cut xmas decoration.

11am – 4pm: Free Entry

Applications are now closed.

 

Clutter City Xmas 2013 WEB

Autumnal Market Saturday 28 September

Our Autumnal event is upon us.  We’re excited! Make sure you pop down and say hi. We’re open from 11am – 5pm (extended hour).
Our beautiful new poster has been designed by the talented Kate Seaward aka i like pens.  Check her out here and at the market.

 

Clutter City Autumn 2013 WEB

Joel Benjamin – Interview
Illustrator

Hello Joel.  So you’re a local boy born and raised on the plains of Suffolk. Tell us a bit yourself and what you do?

My name is Joel Benjamin and I currently reside in Norwich.
Well for the last 5 or 6 years I’ve worked part time as a freelance illustrator. I like to draw things largely from observation, be it nature or people etc, sometimes with a bit of imagination added in. During my high school years I was an avid skateboarder which I think influences a lot of my work now. I listen to a lot of music and read plenty of comics too. In recent years I’ve made work for skateboards, clothing brands and magazines. When I don’t have any commissioned work on the go I really like to make zines.

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When did your first real passion for illustrating start and what kind of art influenced your early work?

I couldn’t pin point when being passionate about drawing started for me, but after trying my hand at fine art and graphic design I decided that illustration was the path for me. As a kid I read comics a lot and they were probably the biggest influence on how I like to draw.

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Do you remember your first piece of published work and if so who and what was it for?

My first published work was in a London newspaper called The Epoch Times. It was for the sports column and I had to draw an American football manager whom I had never heard of before. Nonetheless it came out quite well.

I read you have just released a design for Milk Skateboards.  How did that come about?

My good friends at Smash Skates (www.smashskates.com) in Beccles know quite a few people in the skateboarding industry and through them I got in contact with the owner of Milk. I’m really pleased to be working for a skateboard brand; it’s a bit of a dream job for me. We’ve only released one design so far but there’s plenty more to come!

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What projects are you currently working on?

More skateboard designs and a new commission for a Pets magazine. I get to draw dogs! All is good.

Wolves seem to be a running theme through your work, what is it about the image of the wolf that catches your imagination?

I just really like Wolves, it’s as simple as that really. I have a bit of a thing for wild dogs like Wolves and Foxes, I think it’s exciting having them live alongside us in our little cosy and convenient lives.

Do you have a favourite piece of work that you have created?

I’m really pleased with my latest zine; ‘Shoe Portraits’. It came out really well and I got to include lots of my friends in the making of it.

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What are you doing when you’re not creating? 

I like to go skateboarding or ride my bike sometimes. But just hanging out with friends is my favourite.

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What are your work goals for the future?

Definitely make more T-shirts and zines, those are my favourite things to create. I’ve got my eye on working more in fashion illustration and possibly comics too, everyone tells me I should make a graphic novel but I’m not sold on the idea just yet.

Do you follow have any blogs you would like to share with us readers?

My only blog is – joelbenjaminillustration.tumblr.com
I follow www.booooooom.com and www.ffffound.com religiously so would recommend them to anyone with an appetite for new visuals daily.

What’s the local illustrating scene like and any local recommendations?

I think it’s quite good, there’s plenty of creative types around the city if you only know where to find them. Things seem to turn out well when we get together to plan a drawing club or pop up shop.

My favourite local artists are Laura Manfre, Petit Mal illustration, Anthony Zinonos, Suzanne Antonelli and Gemma Correll.

Where can we find you, see more or buy your work?

www.joelbenjamin.co.uk
www.joelbenjaminillustration.tumblr.com
www.instagram.com/_joelbenjamin_

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Okay, last question, do you have any tips or inspiring words for other budding illustrators out there?

Draw a LOT, read lots of books, listen to lots of music.

Thanks Joel

Joel Benjamin illustrated our latest Spring Market poster and will  be having a stall at our next event on Saturday 20 April. Come and say hi!

Clutter City Spring 2013

 

Su Owen – Interview
Paper Cuts and Illustrations

Norwich based paper-cut artist extraordinaire Su Owen designs original text based paper-cut artwork as well as beautiful hand-cut paper lanterns and shadow puppets.  She recently designed our latest poster and will be setting up shop at Clutter City on Sat 8 December.
We caught up with Su to find out a bit more about her and her work…

Can you give us a brief intro to who you are and what you do?
I am a Surface Pattern Designer. I am from Bolton originally but have been in Norwich for over 20 yrs now. At present I am illustrating and doing paper-cuts. I run paper-cut workshops for adults at Norwich Arts Centre.

Workshop details for next year can be found on the Norwich Arts Centre website here.

Where and what did you study and where did it lead you?
I first studied at Bolton Art College and then Dewsbury & Batley College of Art. I did my degree in (92) at Staffordshire Uni in Surface Pattern. I did some freelance work for a bit, some in London and some from home for stationary, wrapping paper etc. Then I made gifts for contemporary art galleries which suited me as I had two kids by then (97). I did that until my teacher training in 2000, then I taught until 2010 and that’s when I decided to set up a cafe in Norwich. I enjoyed all the creative aspects of setting it up but just didn’t fully grasp how hard sustaining such a venture could be especially in todays economic climate so moved on from this in March 2012. I miss the acoustic music nights we ran but started designing again straight away which has led me to opening up an etsy shop and producing artwork to sell.

How did your studies influence your style?
I still love textiles (it’s my first love) I love pattern and would jump at the chance at getting into that industry but like all the arts it’s very competitive

What are you doing when you’re not creating?
I like reading, going to exhibitions especially in different countries when possible. I also enjoy DIY, my house is an ongoing project.

What  are you working on at the moment?

I am aiming to produce more large one-off/bespoke pieces in addition to smaller pieces like the paper lanterns and shadow puppets.  I have enjoyed making the paper lanterns as they do look pretty when lit up.

What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?
I am returning to teaching next February after a couple of years break as I miss the interaction with young adults (the age range I teach) I hope to carry on designing and making either for other people or for personal satisfaction. I am looking forward to working in textiles again.

Who do you admire out there in the illustrative / arts or crafts world?
I recently got a book by the illustrator Olaf Hajek, his work is so vibrant and stunning – it makes me want to paint again. I enjoy the limitations of working with just one colour when I cut paper but sometimes miss working with colours and layers.

Do you have any favourite blogs you like to keep an eye on?
I keep coming across blogs all the time and find them quite addictive. There is one called ‘Discover Paper’ and a blog by the paper-cut artist Elsa Mora. Pinterest can also be addictive but I find it a really useful resource and I keep all the things that inspire me there.

So where can we find out more or buy your work?
My website www.suowendesign.com and etsy shop

Lastly what are your tips or inspiring words for other crafters / designers out there?
If you enjoy it keep doing it. Inspiration can be found in the most mundane things…. and….

Thanks Su!

 

 

Clutter City – Winter Yuletide Market
Saturday 8 December : 11am- 4pm
FREE

Music from Tiger MC’s + Alto 45 + Andrew Rayner (Magoo)

Clutter City is back with a winter wonderland of DIY makers, designers, artists and illustrators selling their handmade goods ready for Christmas. Described as ‘the quirky Christmas market’, Clutter City is the place to go for those unusual gifts from a wide range of carefully chosen vendors. This month’s Clutter City will feature over 30 stalls, live music, workshops, warm spicy cider, roasted chestnuts and other treats to get you in the festive spirit.

Clutter City is the market for creative independent crafters, artists and collectives to sell their work and focuses on original and unique items including clothes, illustrations, jewellery, badges, sewn items, paper goods, prints, zines and more. Inspired by the DIY handmade culture Clutter City aims to bring the best of local talent to your doorstep.

There will be a range of wares for men on offer too, including screen-printed t-shirts, leather belts, accessories, prints and illustrations.

Festive treats, cakes and sweets will be brought to you by Mountain Bakery and there will be a vegan option from the Deerly Beloved Bakery.

The bar will host live music from 1pm featuring Tiger MCs who have just released their new album ‘Swimming Studies’, Alto 45 who have recently done a 6 Music session with Marc Riley plus a solo set from Andrew Rayner ( Magoo).

Also look out for our wrapping paper printing workshop upstairs with Pins and Needles and the much loved Lucky Dip featuring handmade goodies donated by the stallholders.

Best of all it’s all free, so come down and support your local crafters and musicians, whilst bagging yourself some unusual gifts.

Our poster below was designed by paper-cut artist and illustrator Su Owen.  There is an interview with her to follow soon….

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Clutter City Autumn Market

So the beginning of this month we hosted our Autumn Market on a crisp, sunny Autumn day.  Thanks to everyone who popped down to say hello and thanks to all the vendors for creating such a great atmosphere as always.  Here is NAC in all its sunny and blue skies glory…

It was a bustling start for us and people just about managed to manoeuvre around our stall packed foyer and auditorium. We had over 30 vendors squeezed into the foyer and auditorium plus an owl mask workshop and live music in the cafe bar from Milly Hirst + Shane O’linski and Terence Falkenstein from Death Rides A Goat.

Some of our foyer vendors included Crafty Little Herberts with illustrated and handmade goodies for children from various designers.  We loved their t-shirts and prints.

Another new vendor featured bicycle prints, accessories and cards from LoveBike….

 

…and Little Swift was back with her lovely faux leather jewellery designs.

 

A regular of ours , Cute and Curious featured Japanese and steam punk jewellery and accessories.  They’re always a popular one at Clutter City.

We had the folks from the DisColouring Book down with their innovative colloboration featuring original artwork from some of the best artists found on Facebook. Check them out!

 

Farrell and Holmes were with us selling their goods including these little fabric gnome badge sets and paper hangings.  Thanks to F&H for the Clutter City blog feature, you can read it on their website here.

Heading into the auditorium we had great silver pieces from Ebrill and Seed…. like this….

And we liked these map lampshades from illustrator Emily Rose Brown….

We have to show a little something from Miss Sasha Preston who has been our most loyal and regular vendor over the past 4 years. She makes curious vintage animal toys sitting in painted beds with handmade crochet blankets. They are vintage inspired toys that transport you to days gone by. Her clouds have been one of her most popular designs and there are certainly a few of these hanging around in Norwich homes including ours. She’s keeping herself suitably tucked away from websites and internet shops though so if you want to get in touch with her drop us an e-mail.

Eco Snack Wraps came down for their first market with us selling these great little eco snack bags made from lots of great oil cloth fabrics.

Another of our favourites are these gorgeous crochet blankets and apple warmers from Gran Plumley.

There are some amazing printers and illustrators in Norwich and these guys are amongst them.  The Mesh Collective are a group of printers based at Stew Studios and members include Richard Horne, Jo Stafford, and John Scarratt as seen in the pics.  If you want to try your hand at screen printing Stew offer all the facilities and membership. To find out more take a peek here

 

We also ran a little workshop for kids (and adults) making owl masks.  The results were pretty good…

And lastly we had our usual live music in the cafe bar in the afternoon with the lovely Milly Hirst. She really is good and one to watch. She recently played  Norwich Sound and Vision at the Bicycle Shop. Look out for her at future events. Thanks for playing Milly and also a big thanks to Shane for filling a last minute gap and also to Terence Falkenstein for headlining.

 

 

Sorry we didn’t get to feature all of our vendors, it would take way too long but thanks to you all!

Here’s to our next event on Saturday 8 December. Put it in your diaries folks.  It’s going to be a winter wonderland of crafts/prints/illustrations and a great place to get unusual one-off gifts. See you there.

CC Team

 

Renegade Craft Fair 2012!

On Sunday 16 September a three hour train and bus journey took us to the heart of Brick Lane for the second annual Renegade Craft Fair in London at the Old Truman Brewery. This is the mother of all craft fairs so well worth the journey to meet the organisers and vendors.

We first discovered Renegade four years ago whilst researching the market place for indie-craft events and found Clutter City shared the same DIY ethos in promoting contemporary artists, crafters and designers. RCF first started in Austin and rapidly grew to include events in Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles so we were pretty excited to hear they would be venturing across the sea to the UK. They featured their first showcase last year which we couldn’t attend but there was no way we were letting this one slip by….


We received a very warm welcome from Madelon and Sarah below before we headed into the vast space which housed just under 100 stalls under its steel and glass roof. It was hot under that glass but had great lighting and lovely white brick walls to show off the work.

We did a quick once round to have a personal look and then a second round to introduce ourselves and meet some of the vendors. First stop was UK print artist Sean Mort and kooky handmade dolls by The Cat in the Shoe.


We moved onto Custom Made and got to meet Anna whom we have exchanged e-mails with a few times and hope to get her down to CC one of these days. I really love her items especially these wooden brooches and Geometry Friends collection.


We loved this guy too, Bob Motown. My favourite print of the day, and I wished I had bought it now, is the coloured cyclist behind him. Born and raised in Hollywood, CA, he now resides in London. Check out his website to see more of his work.


On a different note we spied the beautifully crafted and nature inspired framed paper-cuts and cards by Rosie and the Boys.


These detailed embroideries were hilarious by Stephanie Tillman from What Party. Check out the bin-raiding raccoons!


We were also impressed with range of goodies from Hello Dodo from prints to badges and cards to a mini cardboard circus.


One of our favourite jewellery stalls were the delicate and dark designs by Datter Industries. They’re really beautiful pieces and worth saving your pennies for!


Another display of fine jewellery was showcased by Me Me Me. The glaze porcelain fox face on their website is lovely and I was persuaded to part with my hard earned cash on a green, diamond shaped brooch. You can see an upside down red one below!


Talking of ceramics, another favourite were these brilliant plates (and this giant cardboard bear as seen above) by Jimbobart. I would very much like to serve biscuits or macaroons on one of these plates.


And these talented folk were there too, Skull and Heart, featuring work by Drew Millward who also recently did the artwork for the Tribes tour poster which were on sale when they played at Norwich Arts Centre this year. I got a freebie while working but regretfully offered to give it to my 13 year old niece.


And finally our last pick of the Renegade Craft vendors of London 2012 is circus inspired whimsical accessories by Butterscotch and Beestings


… and acrylic pieces by I Am Acrylic. Even though they were Borrower size they still stood out amongst the vendors.

Thanks Renegade!

 

Thanks for all the applications for our October Market. We’re busy collating them all at Clutter City headquarters. In the meantime here is the Autumn poster… spread the word!