Thursday, November 10, 2016

Women's Exhibition - and our chosen charity is ...

Alongside the work of the Friends of Angel's Orphanage supporting the 21 orphaned or abandoned children under their shelter, the charity also creates projects to empower women, to increase their skills base and to give them independence so that they can support themselves and their children.
In April 2015 nearly 9,000 people were killed and 22,000 injured when an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 7.8 hit Nepal.
Eight million people were affected and many remain homeless a year on in what has been described as 'a country of tarpaulins, tents and tin roofed shacks'.
We are supporting the Friends of Angel's Orphanage at the Women's Exhibition and Craft Sale. Please visit their stall and if you have some spare coins, please drop them in the collecting boxes.
Thank you.

The Book project and the women it helps.

Himalayan Adventure Girls is a non-profit organisation with the unique purpose of encouraging young Nepale women to participate in the outdoors industry as guides and instructors. Tourism has become one of the most important forms of income generation in Nepal and yet women in general continue to play little part. Since its founding in 2008 Himalyan Adventure Girls has sought to provide professional training and to create opportunities for Nepale women to gain meaningful employment in the outdoors industry...

Maiti Nepal has become a home to women and girls--whether married or not--who have been exploited, neglected or their rights grossly violated by family and society...

Earthquake Nepal is a collection of more than 50 stories from people and organisations who experienced the earthquakes of Nepal 2015. Money raised will go towards helping rebuild schools in rural areas.

Rosa Matheson and three of the boys from Angel's Orphanage.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Skyblue Blankets

Women's Exhibition and Craft Sale takes place this Saturday, November 12 at the Christ Church Community Centre, November 12, 1-4pm.
Our final seller (unless we've mis-counted or forgotten anyone!) is Skyblue Blankets who said:
Colour inspiration for my first blanket, made for my granddaughter, came from Lower Shaw Farm where we would visit the Wednesday Cafe and feed the animals and sit on the big red tractor. Since then I have been inspired by sunsets, country walks and the Walled Garden at Lydiard House. Larger blankets fit a single bed while the baby blankets are buggy size. All blankets are made from Acrylic/Nylon or Acrylic yarn, machine washable at 30 degrees.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Kennet Decorative Fine Arts Society

Women's Exhibition and Craft Sale next Saturday, November 12 at the Christ Church Community Centre 1-4pm.

Members of the Kennet Decorative Fine Arts Society will also be exhibiting and selling at our craft sale, they are part of a national registered charity for anyone interested in art.
They told us: You do not need to know anything about the arts to enjoy our varied programme of talks from Lord Byron to pub signs!
The original society was started by Patricia Fay in 1965 and became a national Registered Charity ‘NADFAS’ in 1972. As well as talks, visits and days of special interest we also volunteer to help heritage areas, locally that is St Mary’s Lydiard and The Merchant’s House Marlborough. We also support young people in art.
We meet at The Ellendune Centre, Wroughton on the third Monday of the month, September to June; December is the second Monday. Refreshments are available from 10am, talks start at 11am.
More information on our website: or call our Membership Secretary, Judi Ferries on 01793 840790.

 St Mary's Church, Lydiard Park.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Dona Bradley

We are on countdown to the Women's Exhibition and Craft Sale, now just six days away. Meet
our 18th seller Dona Bradley with her cards featuring hand-drawn landmark views of Swindon celebrating the 175th anniversary of the town. Printed without colour detail so it can be coloured by either the sender or recipient.
Dona also takes commissions to commemorate events such as a graduation, a wedding, moving into a new home or another big event in life: a hand-drawn architectural portrait of the building where it happened. Dona creates the drawing by hand from photographs or sketches, colours the drawing digitally for a modern finish and adds a beautiful hand-watercoloured sky. You can then add personal elements, including text of your choice and a photograph of you, your family or your friends.
See her website for more information:

Women's Exhibition and Craft Sale Saturday November 12 1-4pm Christ Church Community Centre, Old Town.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Friend's of Angel's Orphanage

With just a week to go until the Women's Exhibition and Craft Sale here is our 17th stall holder, the ‘Friend’s of Angel’s Orphanage’ who said:
Our products are handmade in Nepal by women. We buy from the women to help them stay economically viable and we sell them to make money for our 21 children. This way it is a win/win for us all including people who buy them as beautiful handmade items and help women and children across the world.
Please see the website or search on facebook to find out more about the orphanage and the work being done to support them.

Come and see all our fantastic sellers at Christ Church Community Centre, Swindon next week November 12, 1 - 4 pm.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Two more sellers at the Women's Exhibition

Two more sellers joining the Women's Exhibition and Craft Sale on November 12 are Emily May Designs and Carter Collectables.
Emily says: I'm an artist with a BA Degree in illustration from Bath Spa University. I love to paint with rich colours and vibrancy whereas my illustrations are more delicate using a fine tipped pen line. If you want to buy Emily’s cards online check out her folksy store here:

Carter Collectables produce their own exclusive range of retro-themed decoupage craft items. These include small items of furniture, bowls, pictures, sculptures, boxes etc. Each one is handmade and therefore unique. Everything is lovingly crafted using 100% genuine and original materials such as comics, sheet music, stamps, games, dress patterns, maps etc.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Swindon Society

For more information about the Women's Exhibition and Craft Sale visit the Swindon Suffragette facebook page.
The Swindon Society will also have a stall at our sale, with a display of old photographs of Swindon and an opportunity to meet some of the team and ask them questions about Swindon’s history.
From its very beginnings the Society has attempted to record the social history of the area as shown by the camera since the 1850's. The collection contains photographic material on many subjects including the GWR Swindon, Swindon Tramway system, Wilts & Berks Canal, Swindon in both World Wars, school groups, areas of the town including Old Town, Gorse Hill, Rodbourne, surrounding villages and much more. The collection now numbers 15,000 plus images and is used to illustrate presentations to local groups.
For more information see the website or search facebook.

The Swindon Society in action!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Tikara's Trinkets

Seller number 14 is Tikara’s Trinkets selling miniature, framed, cross stitches; wire and bead jewellery; and dreamcatchers.
Tikara says: I create handmade, individual pieces, using a range of materials and textile processes. Handmade dreamcatchers, created with crocheted doilies, coloured wools and glass beads- a perfect gift for any occasion. Quirky, twisted wire, and bead jewellery, for people who like to stand out from the crowd! Miniature, framed, cross stitches, inspired by superheroes and unicorns! Can also be made to order, with a name and design of choice. I enjoy combining traditional and contemporary textile processes, to create beautiful, one-off, items, for both the home and person.
For more information see her facebook page:

Meet Tikara at the Women's Exhibition and Craft Sale November 12 1-4pm Christ Church Community Centre.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Gill Thomas

For more information about the Women's Exhibition and Craft Sale visit the Swindon Suffragette facebook page.
Lucky number thirteen is Gill Thomas Art with original art featuring contemporary botanicals and animals – both humorous and pet portraits; greetings cards and prints. Gill told us:
I started painting properly about 11 years ago when I joined an evening class to learn how to paint watercolours. One evening the tutor gave me a picture of an anemone to paint and suddenly the flood gates opened - botanical art became my passion! Since then I've attended lots of courses with professional artists and practised, practised, practised. My preferred media are watercolours and acrylics, on paper, on canvas and on vellum which is very special.
My take on the subject is modern and a little bit different which you'll see if you look at the examples in the website I have recently undertaken pet portraits and these are a delight – I know that I’ve captured them accurately when they look back at me!