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Inspiration – Trends I loved from Life Instyle Sydney

Last Friday I popped to Life Instyle Sydney, an amazing trade that showcases products and brands on the cooler side of style and design.

Oh so much want! As I was walking around I did notice a few trends emerging, and I thought I’d share.

Splotches and painterly patterns.

Geometric shapes and patterns are still in, but there seems to be a push for a more organic take. Milk and Sugar

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Typography, especially:

hand designed lettering  – AHD Paper

 and papercut – Amelia Lane Paper

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Gold/copper/metallic

I’m seeing this trending everywhere at the moment, and it’s awesome. Really hoping to incorporate this into some of my ceramics soon. Blacklist

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Splotchy AND gold – Constance Roe

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Yay, animals!

Animals were everywhere; and why not, they’re awesome. I think the below may have been one of my most favorite products there. Nordic House

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Giveaway time!

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It’s giveaway time! This month you could win yourself this playful spotty necklace, fresh out of the kiln and new to things by bea this week!

To ‘be in it to win it’ simply visit my facebook AND/OR instagram page, share the WIN THIS post with your followers, then email me with the subject line “I want this” to bea@beabellingham.com. Let me know why you want this playful spotty necklace and the best/cutest/funniest answer, as judged by me will win. Flattery and hilarity will get you anywhere, folks!

This competition is open to ANYONE ANYWHERE, and includes shipping.

GOOD LUUUCK!!! xx

Studio tips – Little shape cutters

imageThese cutters are so nifty for when you’re trying to get lots of the same little shape. I use mine for porcelain, but you could easily use this for polymer clay, or even teeny tiny cookies.

 

 

 

 

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You’ll need:

  • a cheapy tealight with a metal holder.
  • Scissors
  • sticky tape
  1. Cut a strip from the metal holder, try to keep your line as straight as you can. Be careful as it can be sharp.
  2. Tape your strip into a circle, covering the join completely. Try to align the edge you didn’t cut – this will keep your cutter straight.
  3. Shape into your shape :)

Helpful tips

  • For porcelain, roll a slab and let it dry slightly. This will help removing your shapes.
  • Don’t cut all the way through, instead, go 3/4 through and push the cut shape out from below later. As the shape’s are so small they can be tricky to get out of the cutter.
  • Use a wet finger to round off your shapes.

Keep an eye out – these are all coming to things by bea next month and I can’t wait to show you all the colours available!

New work – February

It’s been a amazing start to the year – really feeling those creative vibes!

Here’s just a selection of the new items added to the things by bea store this week. Don’t forget you can follow me on facebook or instagram to see new items coming together before they’re even available for sale.

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Inspiration – my new favourite fabric store

I stumbled across M is for Make completely by accident when looking though google images – but I’m so glad I did! Just have a look at their selection of fabrics. Apologies if, like me, you now loose 1/2 a day looking at fabulous fabrics.

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Left to right, top to bottom.

 

BROOKLYN BRIDGE GLARE

I’m seeing a smock top in my near future…

CENTRAL PARK FOG

If Tove Jansson made fabric.

RIDING DIARY BURST

He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me…

CABINS MUSTARD BARK

Reminds me of the villages in Nepal

GEMS IN WHITE

Now this is bling that I can do.

BIG BIRDS IN BLACK

A gorgeous print – Dragstar made my most favourite dress from this.

SNAP VOILE

Delightful geometric doodles.

POLKA DOT DAISY NAVY

They’re like sunny eggs!

PILVI IN MINT

Oh so Skando!