We’ve moved

If you have this web space set as your favourite, you might want to change it to this one over here where we update things

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Things we have been doing lately

May and June are always busy months for jelly and compounded by a number of bank holidays and events in April this has meant we have been slower than usual updating our space here – behind the scenes a web genius is working on a way to make it easier for us but in the meantime, please bear with us.

In short we have been working on outside:festival 2011 (we’re still receiving arts submissions, full details how you can join in can be found here), working on some building things (such as homes and space for us and people we work with), planning workshops, proposing projects, hosting a Third Thursday event on the eve of Good Friday (see the slideshow below to get a taster), receiving a box of materials for a secret project we are planning next year, delivering artists sessions and workshops and not least the fabulous Remix Secret Village Fete – a fundraiser in partnership with Amys Ghost. Check out this artists blog for a snapshot from the village fete.

We’ve made new friends, seen new things, set-up new Open for Art windows, worked on a re-branding programme and felt humbled by all the people who have helped us.  In so many ways we are helped from people carrying and lugging things to connections to people giving up time to take part and donate things – thank you.

The coming months are equally as busy and exciting, this weekend we are visiting the Caversham Artists Studio Trail, The Rising Sun Arts Centre open day and visiting some of our favourite artists, including the Kesslings at the West Berkshire and the Artweeks Open Studios. The week coming is a build up to the Reading Contemporary Art Fair where we will be exhibiting work and running art workshops, plus we will be at Meadow Madness for the opening weekend of the Childrens Festival. Then before you know it, it’s the next Third Thursday – 19 May 5-8pm – in The Walk, King Street where The Whiteknights Studio Trail will be launching their forthcoming Open Studios. May ends with more workshops and art events and we are hoping our new fancy schmancy updating calendar will be fully operating soon.

Below is a flavour of the last Third Thursday, photos taken as always by our resident photographer, Salvo Toscano (you can click each image to get a wider view)

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Farewell to a beautiful shop window

One of our favourite windows in the Open for Art Programme is 27/28 Market Place – it’s quirky, beautiful exterior makes us smile and it really lends itself to showing handmade.

This Friday we are saying goodbye to the works of Jo Quinn and Lisa Marie Gibbs, as we will be installing a new exhibition so you only have a few days to see it in the flesh but if you can’t here is taster:


Lisa Marie Gibbs

I am inspired by the mundane, insane, gossip, beauty, love, life and all the other stuff that surrounds us. I work in a diverse way that combines my obsession with drawing, painting, hand – sewing and knitting to create pieces that you can wear or to adorn your home.

I make things that I hope will touch you in some way. I want to make things that become part of your everyday lives, but that in some way still retain those feelings of wonder, when you first saw, bought or were given them however long you have had that piece.




You can find out more about my work by taking a sneaky peek at my website www.patchworkbutterfly.co.uk






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Design a T-Shirt for outside:inside pop-up festival 2011

Design a T-Shirt for outside:inside 2011

outside:inside festival loves art and creativity! This year the festival will be supporting young and talented artists from the region by running an exclusive design a T-Shirt competition. If you are between 2 and 16, why not grab some pens, paints or crayons and design a T-Shirt with the outside:inside festival in mind.

Simply fill in the form and return it to us at lulu@outsideinsidefestival.com or send it back to: outside:inside T-shirt competition, c/o jelly, 42 Market Place, Reading, RG1 2DE

The entrants will be judged by our expert panel at Jelly arts and you will be able to take a look at some of the best designs on the outside:inside festival website in the summer months. The winner will receive a free T Shirt which will be sold from our outside:inside outlets! All entries must be received by 27th May ~ Good Luck!

Click below to download your entry form which is in two parts,

1 the front is the your contact details

2 the back one holds your design sheet

so both are important.

outside:inside festival is run in partnership with Reading UK CIC




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Please support the campaign to Buy Handmade

At jelly we value the artists mark, the idea of something handmade which is why we support the campaign Buy Handmade.

Read below and sign up too, artists and makers NEED you

This is an excerpt from the Uk Handmade campaign

Why Buy Handmade?
Buying from small independent businesses and individual makers has never been so important particuarly given the current economic climate. A recession can often be a perfect time to start a small business and the current cultural shift towards self-sufficiency means that a huge number of people are setting up on their own. Our own forum has over 2300 members with more joining daily!
Not only that but buying handmade has advantages and benefits that you won’t get buying from the larger stores on the high street.

  • Many designer / makers will happily produce items that are made to order and bespoke so you can get something uniquely personal at surprisingly affordable prices because many designers don’t have the same overheads as shops.
  • Buying locally reduces your carbon footprint because products haven’t been shipped from the other side of the world.
  • Buying locally also means the money you spend stays in your area and boosts the local economy.
  • Independant makers care about the things they make so building a relationship with local designer / makers means you are guaranteed outstanding customer service and exceptional quality.

I Am A Designer / Maker / Supporter – How Can I Get Involved?

  • Firstly sign the pledge over on the campaign page and add your name to the cause.
  • Tell everyone you know, friends, family and colleagues about the campaign and why they should buy from you and your fellow makers.
  • Add the campaign badge to your blog or website (you can get the html code for the badge from the campaign page. If you do blog don’t forget to let UK Handmade know by leaving a comment on the campaign page!
  • Share this article on twitter, digg, facebook etc).
  • Tell UK Handmade what you are doing in your own area to support local businesses and designers to improve your own economy and help handmade in general and UK Handmade may post it on the website, contact info@ukhandmade.co.uk with your stories!

Let’s get the UK buying handmade!!

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Suzanne Stallard, UK Handmade and pop-up shops

We’ve been featured in this seasons UK Handmade magazine  – read it here in http://ukhandmade.co.uk/magazine.

It includes a feature on the inspirations behind jelly, Suzanne Stallard, pages 52-54 and a piece in the pop-up shops feature on pages 18-21. Thanks to our resident photographer, Salvo Toscano again for fab shots of what we do.

ps follow UK Handmade and join their campaign to get us all Buying Handmade

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Arts on a Saturday

Last week we had a wonderful evening of music, art, demos and good wine as part of our fourth Third Thursday.

The Walk (off King Street) definitely had a different feel that night with the Caversham Artists, inhabiting the space that had been provided by London and County through the Open for Art scheme.

Our new sponsor, award-winning, locally based organic wine merchant Vintage Roots, offered guests the chance to try a number of superb wines (I can only talk from experience of the one I tasted but there were mighty nods of approval) and our official photographer Salvo Toscano, recorded the night through his lens. We are very privileged to be supported by such great people, the success of the Third Thursday events is based on our partners, who we all work with and the audience so thank you all for taking part.

And if you missed the open evening, there is a chance this Saturday 26 February to meet the artists and see the works between 11am until 5pm. It will be worth it. So before we give you  snapshot of the evening, courtesy of Salvo, put the date in your diary for the next one, Thursday 17th March, we have a real treat for you then too.


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