Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

The perfect place to do your Christmas shopping this December! Find me at Tobacco Factory Market the second Sunday of each month. With around 40 food & craft stalls, it’s a thriving community market on every Sunday featuring a fabulous range of local produce, prepared, harvested, cooked, baked, designed and made in Bristol.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

Sky Siouki is making a monthly appearance throughout 2019 at Tobacco Factory Sunday Market! Find me there the second Sunday of each month. With around 40 food & craft stalls, it’s a thriving community market on every Sunday featuring a fabulous range of local produce, prepared, harvested, cooked, baked, designed and made in Bristol.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

Sky Siouki is making a monthly appearance throughout 2019 at Tobacco Factory Sunday Market! Find me there the second Sunday of each month. With around 40 food & craft stalls, it’s a thriving community market on every Sunday featuring a fabulous range of local produce, prepared, harvested, cooked, baked, designed and made in Bristol.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

Sky Siouki is making a monthly appearance throughout 2019 at Tobacco Factory Sunday Market! Find me there the second Sunday of each month. With around 40 food & craft stalls, it’s a thriving community market on every Sunday featuring a fabulous range of local produce, prepared, harvested, cooked, baked, designed and made in Bristol.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

Sky Siouki is making a monthly appearance throughout 2019 at Tobacco Factory Sunday Market! Find me there the second Sunday of each month. With around 40 food & craft stalls, it’s a thriving community market on every Sunday featuring a fabulous range of local produce, prepared, harvested, cooked, baked, designed and made in Bristol.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

Sky Siouki is making a monthly appearance throughout 2019 at Tobacco Factory Sunday Market! Find me there the second Sunday of each month. With around 40 food & craft stalls, it’s a thriving community market on every Sunday featuring a fabulous range of local produce, prepared, harvested, cooked, baked, designed and made in Bristol.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

Sky Siouki is making a monthly appearance throughout 2019 at Tobacco Factory Sunday Market! Find me there the second Sunday of each month. With around 40 food & craft stalls, it’s a thriving community market on every Sunday featuring a fabulous range of local produce, prepared, harvested, cooked, baked, designed and made in Bristol.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

Sky Siouki is making a monthly appearance throughout 2019 at Tobacco Factory Sunday Market! Find me there the second Sunday of each month. With around 40 food & craft stalls, it’s a thriving community market on every Sunday featuring a fabulous range of local produce, prepared, harvested, cooked, baked, designed and made in Bristol.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

Sky Siouki is making a monthly appearance throughout 2019 at Tobacco Factory Sunday Market! Find me there the second Sunday of each month. With around 40 food & craft stalls, it’s a thriving community market on every Sunday featuring a fabulous range of local produce, prepared, harvested, cooked, baked, designed and made in Bristol.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

Sky Siouki is making a monthly appearance throughout 2019 at Tobacco Factory Sunday Market! Find me there the second Sunday of each month. With around 40 food & craft stalls, it’s a thriving community market on every Sunday featuring a fabulous range of local produce, prepared, harvested, cooked, baked, designed and made in Bristol.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

Sky Siouki is making a monthly appearance once again for 2019 at Tobacco Factory Sunday Market! Find me there the second Sunday of each month. With around 40 food & craft stalls, it’s a thriving community market on every Sunday featuring a fabulous range of local produce, prepared, harvested, cooked, baked, designed and made in Bristol.

DELA Exhibition

You can now find a little bit of Sky Siouki artwork in Bristol restaurant, Dela, on Mivart Street in Easton. Dela is a gorgeous open and spacious restaurant offering a varied and unusual seasonal menu of Swedish inspired food for brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. The exhibition runs until March 12th.

Dela Exhibition Sky Siouki Artwork

I have three pieces of artwork on show across the main back wall of the dining area. A framed print of Bright Haze, framed print of Cormorant and original painting Shore Song. All are available to buy although not directly through the restaurant, so shoot me an email at sky@skysiouki.com if you’d like to buy one following the exhibition.

I do also have an ample selection of unframed giclée prints and greeting cards available to buy straight from the restaurant in the small shop space next to the bar. Find a browser full of my prints to your right when you walk in and a varied selection of cards by myself and other lovely Bristol designers on the shelves above.

DELA Exhibition Launch

Sky Siouki will be exhibiting a small selection of artwork in the Scandi style Bristol restaurant, Dela from January 29th – March 12th. The restaurant is on Mivart Street in Easton and offers a delicious and unique menu inspired by Scandinavian cuisine.

It’s a beautiful light filled space and there is also a small shop of locally made goods in the entrance next to the bar where you will be able to buy Sky Siouki cards and prints.

NOVEMBER Pinterest Board of the Month

 

This month’s Pinterest Board of the Month is in the spirit of supporting local and will hopefully inspire some Christmas gift ideas for you!

I have chosen Studio Cotton‘s Bristol Made Gifts & Products board for November which features lots of Bristol Etsy Team members’ and Bristol Girl Bosses followers’ unique and wonderful handmade creations, many of which you can also find in our Winter Pop-Up Shop!

In case you didn’t know, Studio Cotton is an amazing Bristol based marketing agency and huge advocate of Bristol’s handmade scene which we are all very thankful for. The main lady behind it all being Aime who created this entire Bristol Etsy Team website and has helped us to run the pop-up shop just out of the goodness of her lovely heart.

So head on over to her gorgeous collaborative Pinterest board of beautiful locally Bristol made gifts to help you shop this Christmas season!

 

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Featured above:

top left – Chimps Tea Party , top right – Stitching Me Softly

bottom left – Adrian’s Haunted House , bottom right – Black Cactus Co

 

Exhibiting New Artwork

 

Over the recent few months I have begun exhibiting original artworks in several galleries in the UK which has been a very exciting new venture for me. It’s still something I am getting used to and feels considerably more scary than selling products since there’s so much more value and emotion involved in my paintings.

This is me at the private view of ACE Arts‘ British Wildlife Open Exhibition which has been on throughout October. In partnership with Somerset Wildlife Trust, this new open exhibition aims to raise awareness of the wildlife around us and was a fantastic and very varied show to go and see. I had two pieces selected called Gold Hop and Spring Tide. It felt a real honour to be selected and I now also stock my cards and kitchenware range in the gallery shop downstairs. The exhibition is on for a few more days until November 3rd so do try to see it before it ends if you are close to Somerton.

 

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I am also currently exhibiting several new original paintings as well as lots of framed prints in my usual haunt, The Malago restaurant, in Bristol together with Oil & Oak. The exhibition is called Landskien and is on until January 6th so perfect if you’d like to buy someone some art this Christmas. The exhibition is inspired by the beauty of nature with Landskien meaning the braiding of horizon lines on a hazy day.

 

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If you’re a bit further afield than Bristol, there may still be a gallery near you exhibiting some of my artwork currently. I also have some paintings exhibited with Obsidian Art in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, The Golden Sheaf Gallery in Narberth, Wales and Carron Pottery & Gallery up in Strathcarron, Scotland. If there is a piece you are interested in that you have seen me share on Instagram or my website please do email me to find out where it’s available from.

Sky x

 

NOW IN THE SHOP – New Limited Edition Prints

 

Very excited to announce I have eight new limited edition giclée prints now available in my online shop. They are all editions of 50 and reproductions of a selection of new original paintings I have recently produced this year. They are printed in a range of sizes and include four 30cm square, two A3 and two 42cm square, all signed, named and numbered by hand of course. I have included images of three of them below but the full new range can all be viewed in my online shop here.

 

Bright Haze - Limited Edition Giclee Print
Bright Haze

 

Sundown - Limited Edition Giclee Print
Sundown

 

It’s been incredibly exciting for me to find myself on the path to establishing myself as a painter and artist as well as a designer of products. Sky Siouki is fast becoming an artist pseudonym rather than simply a brand name for me. I hope to continue producing new paintings as the year goes on and exhibiting them in more and more galleries too. This will also mean more limited edition prints to come, although I have chosen to select my favourite paintings rather than to produce prints of every single one.

 

Swoop - Limited Edition Giclee Print
Swoop

 

I would love to hear which are your favourites and if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see me do next? See the full collection of Sky Siouki limited edition prints right here.

 

Summer Exhibition at Grain Barge

 

Yesterday I had the pleasure of hanging some of my framed prints in the beautiful Bristol venue, Grain Barge. It’s the first solo exhibition I have put on for a little while so it was exciting to hang some of my newer designs for 2018 together with some older ones. The venue is a barge converted into a restaurant and bar as you may be able to guess from the name! Run by the same team as Tobacco Factory on North Street, they boast a gorgeous locally sourced menu and amazing views across Bristol marina which can be enjoyed from the glass walled bar area as well as the top deck!

 

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The venue makes for an ideal setting for my work as it is very light filled and full of rustic charm since the interior is largely made up of reclaimed materials. Love having a natural wooden wall as a backdrop to the main grid of work shown above rather than the usual white walls I’m used to in gallery spaces.

 

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All artwork exhibited in there is available for sale and includes nine of my giclée print designs all framed and ready to go straight on your own walls at home! If you always find it a struggle to get prints framed after buying them, this is the perfect opportunity to save yourself the hassle. The exhibition is on until August 14th so why not grab a pint in the sun, and maybe some dinner too, and have a good nosey at the show!

 

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DIARY OF AN ARTIST: Keeping It Real

 

Today I wanted to share something a little different on the blog. I’m a huge advocate of always being honest in life and just generally keeping it real. So last Sunday I shared something on my Instagram story that provoked an incredibly warm and positive response from the designer-maker community around me that I never expected to get. The post that’s prompted me to write this blog entry is the image below about a bad market day I’d had that day. In fact, although it was the first time I’d ever sold nothing, it wasn’t the first bad market I’d done for sure and I’m sure there will be more bad market days to come too. But the response I had from people showing such surprise that I might not have sold anything made me think how being honest like that has so much more value than even I realised.

 

 

I’ve heard many fellow designer-makers say to me recently how social media can be a real struggle for them sometimes and how hard it becomes not to constantly compare yourself. To see how hard everyone else appears to be working and think ‘I’m not as good as them’ or ‘I should be doing what they’re doing’, etc. As much we all love to see a snapshot into each-other’s worlds and find inspiration from one another, there is unfortunately also an uglier side to Instagram and social media and I really hate to hear that it gets people down the way it does sometimes.

Sharing that very simple truth that day really made me realise how much we all need to hear about the bad days as much as the good! I’m not saying we should begin complaining about all the shit that goes on in life every single day, but sometimes maybe it’s ok and actually a really good thing to show each-other that we’re not perfect and that bad stuff happens to us all no matter how hard we try.

That market was an especially bad one for me but actually, I’d also had a pretty poor market only the weekend before that, and before that I’d had a very disappointing day only a month ago. Between those bad days I’d also had great days though and in fact the evening that I’d posted my truthful story, I received a large online order which really helped to lift my spirits and turned the day completely on it’s head!

I have to admit though, I do find myself thinking whenever I share a post on social media that I mustn’t make my business look unsuccessful or appear unprofessional by complaining so I consciously try to only share the positives. But last Sunday made me realise that whilst we are all probably thinking that way, we all believe that everybody else in the world is doing better than us and everyone else’s life is peachy perfect! And my gosh of course NOBODY’S life is peachy perfect but we all somehow find ourselves comparing and believing it. SO I wanted to write this post if anything just to put some awareness out there and to encourage anyone reading this to be honest… To not feel afraid to share the truth if you’ve had a tough day… and to know that we all have bad days even if we act like we don’t. SO BE REAL ALWAYS!

Sky x

 

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NEW Limited Edition Giclee Prints

 

You may already be aware that I’ve been working hard on creating a lot more original artwork to sell this year. Since my open edition range of prints are all created by merging my wildlife illustrations over my abstract paintings digitally in Photoshop, I previously didn’t have the ability to show or sell ‘originals’ of the prints. So having been asked about original paintings a lot recently I have begun creating new artworks with my illustrations applied to the paintings directly using transfers. This has been so enjoyable and I’ve had such a wonderful response to these artworks! Lots of opportunities to sell the originals with galleries have opened up for me too and so I hope to continue producing lots more new artwork like this – taking Sky Siouki into a new and exciting direction of an artist based brand just as much as design based.

 

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I have decided to release limited editions of 50 of each of my original paintings since I believe it’s important to make art accessible to all. You can now find in my online shop a section for Open Editions and Limited Editions. The limited editions being mainly all prints derived from my original paintings as opposed to digitally composed designs as my open editions are. Head over to the new section now to see the latest set of paintings I have released as prints named Moorland, Drift, Spring Tide and Harvest Sun.

 

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There are also a couple of new open edition prints added to the collection, named Cormorant and Goshawk. The Goshawk design was a special design done for the Bristol Girl Bosses ‘Muse’ exhibition and the Cormorant was designed as a tribute to Bristol’s Harbourside.

 

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I am currently working on a new collection of water bird illustrations, with the intention of eventually launching four new designs across my full product range. These will be added to my current Waterbirds collection, splitting them into a British and an Exotic series.

Follow me on Instagram to see the drawings and artwork progress. I like to post little progress updates in my stories!

Sky x

 

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DIARY OF AN ARTIST: Exhibiting at British Craft Trade Fair 2018

 

Earlier this month I exhibited at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate for the first time. It was my second ever trade show after exhibiting at Top Drawer in September 2017 and quite a different show in contrast. As a designer-maker I know it can be really hard to know what these shows are like before attending them and to choose what is best for your brand. Hopefully this post may give a little bit of useful insight into what this show was like for anyone interested in exhibiting there.

Me on my stand at BCTF 2018
Me on my stand at BCTF 2018

 

Much like it was at Top Drawer, everyone was given the day before the show opened to set-up their stand which was the Saturday between 9am-6pm. However, unlike Top Drawer, the walls are not so solid so it is not possible to screw or nail anything into them, only to stick things to them and use hooks to suspend things from the tops. This meant I had to think a little more creatively about how to display my heavy stone coasters and placemats. In the end I prepared a shelf panel that could be hung from the wall which actually made set up much simpler on the day and I quite liked the appearance of. Hanging framed artwork on the other hand was really tricky as everything wobbled about and I managed to break one frame in the process. I used zipper hooks suspended on nylon cables which were difficult to keep in place being so lightweight so a lot of sticky fixers and gaffa tape ended up getting used behind the scenes. It worked in the end but took a lot of time and I ended up finishing at 6:15pm.

My Stand at British Craft Trade Fair 2018
My Stand at British Craft Trade Fair 2018

 

The show was open Sunday, Monday and Tuesday which was the same as Top Drawer again. The atmosphere felt quite different though. Overall it was quite relaxed and friendly. I felt less intimidated by buyers this time although this may have been due to having more experience by then. I think the time of year was probably a factor as well though as in September a lot of buyers were keen to get orders in in good time for Christmas.

The British Craft Trade Fair is fairly small but very well curated and has a much more niche craft and artist led focus than some bigger retail events. It was clear that most of the buyers had come from galleries and from a lot of rural places in the UK. Buyers were predominantly from the North and Midlands area which suited me well as I mainly had stockists based in the South before the show. Unfortunately the footfall did feel sparse and by the Tuesday the time really went by slowly. I got a really great outcome out of exhibiting but I feel fairly uncertain about whether I would exhibit there again due to what I gathered sounds to be a decline in attendance and the long distance to travel.

Dawn Maciocia and Joanna Coupland BCTF Stands
Dawn Maciocia and Joanna Coupland

 

Here are a few images of my favourite stands of other exhibitors there. There was a beautiful array of work on show including ceramics, glassware, artwork, textiles, sculpture, jewellery and greetings cards. There was quite clearly a lot of nature inspired work which explains why the show attracts a lot of rural based retailers.

Karen Risby and Rachel Thornton BCTF Stands
Karen Risby and Rachel Thornton

 

Pack down is on Tuesday between 5-9pm immediately after the show closes. I was very glad to have booked my Air BnB for one extra night so that I could make the journey home when I was fresh in the morning. Doing BCTF was a great experience and I’m very glad I tried it out. I wanted to use the show to gauge whether selling my original paintings with galleries would be a viable opportunity and it certainly helped me to answer that question. I had a wonderful response to the paintings I took with me from several galleries so I will certainly be continuing to do more painting in future which is really exciting! Otherwise, I am sticking with Top Drawer for now as far as trade shows go and will be exhibiting there again next year in January.

Sky x

 

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