Craftacular Spectacular!

Praise be for summer! Because, with the summer, come the craft fairs… and all the bunting, home-made cupcakes and fizzy pop that goes with them. And, when it comes to craft fairs, you don’t get much better than the Bust Craftacular!

Taking place this coming Saturday, the Bust Craftacular will boast over 60 stalls of the coolest hand-crafted goodies – not a craftastrophe in sight! If you’re not much of a passive craft consumer then you can get in on the action too; The Make Lounge will be holding fascinator workshops, you can try your hand at screen printing your very own tote bag with Mr Wingate, and Tatty Devine will be encouraging customers to colour in their own jewellery.

If all this is starting to sound a bit too well-behave then not to worry! There will be a range of DJs throughout the event to whip even the most conservative crafter into a frenzy and the really energetic can even learn the Lindy Hop and Jitterbug in classes from the Swing Patrol!

Admission is just £2, so hurry down this Sunday to York Hall, E2, on Saturday. The first 100 in get a free goody bag!

By: Sarah Barnes, 06.07.2010 | Comments (0)
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Quilty Pleasures and 60’s Sex Ed

I’m really rather excited about the Quilts: 1700-2010 exhibition at the V&A. I could act all cool and say that I’m dying to catch another glimpse of Tracey Emin’s subversive stitching (partly true) but, in reality, I’m actually starting to get that feeling that making a quilt myself would be a pretty nifty little craft project and I’d like to get some inspiration! Perhaps I’m turning into my mother faster than I thought…?

Whilst I try to figure out when to make  my visit, the Quilty Pleasures window display at Liberty is tiding me over until I get to see the real thing. Created by the likes of  Karen NicolLou Gardiner and Amanda Fatherazi, these sheets are more than a little bit saucy; depicting sexual poses and acts.

What really caught my eye, though, was this one mannequin forcing a sheet of paper up against the window. The words are apparently taken from a sex education textbook for school girls printed in the UK in the early 1960’s. It’s wonderful stuff, so I just had to share it!

Call me a deviant, if you will, but I thought sex education was supposed to educate you about sex, not bedtime etiquette!

All I can say is; Thank goodness we’ve moved on to an age where I can shock my partner with a face full of beauty cream before bed, hog the bathroom  so that he can be reminded of his busy work commute (since only he works, natch!), AND not have to submit (Obey! FFS!) to his advances if I’m not in the mood. The things we take for granted, eh!?

Quilts:1700-2010 is open at the V&A until the 4th of July.

First image from the Liberty Blog (via Fashion156 blog), other photos by Sarah Barnes.

By: Sarah Barnes, 07.04.2010 | Comments (2)
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Ladyfest Goldsmiths kicks off on Monday!

Ladyfest Goldsmiths returns this year with a five day programme celebrating women in arts, music, film and more! The line-up looks amazing, with a great mix of workshops, film screenings, discussions, gigs, crafting sessions, and even the chance to get gaming with other girls.

Events kick off this coming Monday (the 22nd) and go on til Friday (the 26th) All events except the Ladyfest Band Night (on Thursday, definitely not one to miss!) are free, but donations are appreciated and will go to Women’s charities.

So that you’re nice and prepared, here’s the line-up in all its glory!


5pm Special Collections, ground floor, the library: Launch of the Ladyfest Art Exhibition – ‘In Her Shoes’. Free drinks and nibbles. (The exhibition will be open all week.)

5.30pm Special Collections, ground floor, the library: Where are all the Women in Art? Talk with artists Oriana Fox and Lydia Maria Julien.

7.30pm the Common Room, first floor, Students’ Union Building: Cabaret Night by the radical feminist collective Lashings of Ginger Beer.


3-4.30pm Stephen Lawrence Committee Room, ground floor, Students’ Union Building: ‘Women and Direct Action’ workshop with NUS Women’s Officer Liv Bailey.

5pm in RHB308, second floor, main building: Film Screening Patti Smith – Dream of Life + discussion on Women in Music.

9pm the Stretch Bar, second floor, Students’ Union Building: Ladyfest Pub Quiz.


12.30–4pm Stephen Lawrence Committee Room, ground floor, Students’ Union Building: Video Gaming Session.

4.30pm Stephen Lawrence Committee Room, ground floor, Students’ Union Building: Why I am a Fat Activist. Talk & Q&A with fat/queer activist Charlotte Cooper.

6pm RHB137, ground floor, main building: Pitbull Film Productions Short Films Screening + Talk by film makers Bev Zalcock and Sara Chambers.

7pm RHB143, first floor, main building: Performance Art with Justyna Scheuring, Bojana Jankovic, Nicole Dimitrakopoulou, Becky Fury, Kinetic Aesthetic.


12–2pm Stephen Lawrence Committee Room, ground floor, Students’ Union Building: Crafternoon – come to do either tie dye, make-do and mend or knitting (or all of them!).

4-7pm the Common Room, first floor, Students’ Union Building: Ladyfest Live – Acoustic Afternoon.

5.30pm Stephen Lawrence Committee Room, ground floor, Students’ Union Building: Film producer and journalist Mandana Mofidi TALK.

7pm RHB139, ground floor, main building: Film screening of The Seashell and the Clergyman and The Smiling Madame Beudet by Germaine Dulac as part of Feminist Society’s Women Make Films film series.

9pm The Stretch Bar, second floor, Students’ Union Building : Ladyfest Band Night with happy punk tunes from BRACELETTES, skewhiff riot grrrl from WETDOG, superfun smoky garage rock from PENS and catchy steel-toed shoegazing from VERONICA FALLS. Girl Germs + DaftKunt DJ, feminist society & co. provide cakes. Tickets are £4 on the door, or £3 in advance at the Students’ Union Shop or online.


12-4pm The Stretch Bar, second floor, Students’ Union Building: Jumble Sale and Craft Stalls.

4pm Special Collections. ground floor, the library: Last chance to see ‘In Her Shoes’ Art Exhibition as it closes at 5pm.

By: Sarah Barnes, 20.02.2010 | Comments (0)
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BUST Christmas Craftacular Tomorrow

Bust craftacular LONDON

By: Sarah Barnes, 11.12.2009 | Comments (0)
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Drink, Shop and Do? Don’t mind if I do!

Kristie & Coralie's Christmas Cooler

This December, BFFs Kristie Bishop and Coralie Sleap are making the run up to Christmas that little bit cooler with the launch of their ‘Drink Shop & Do’ events. For the first 3 weekends of the month 9 Caledonian Road, a lovely old Victorian bath house right near Kings Cross Station, will be transformed with vintage furniture and crafty Christmas cheer to create a rather distinctive drinking, shopping and socialising experience.

“We realised there was a gap in the market for a place to be entertained, inspired and to socialise. By working together and combining the things we love to do we are creating something exciting and unique.” says Coralie. And the things Kriste and Coralie love are things we love, and we’re sure you will too!

There will be craft nights with Stitch & Bitch (3rd December), Finishing School (4th December), Smack My Stitch Up (17th December), plus a Otesha Project DIY ethical fashion workshop. If you’re not feeling up to crafting yourself, there’s always a chance to buy, rather than make. And with lovely refreshments in the form of cocktails, cake, tea and sandwiches, what’s not to love?

Drink Shop and Do will be open 12pm to 12am, Thursday to Sunday for the three weekends in December (from the 3rd to the 20th)

Find out more at

Christmas Cooler Invite

By: Sarah Barnes, 28.11.2009 | Comments (0)
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Oxfam DIY at London Fashion Week

Oxfam DIY Flyer

Estethica has been providing otherwise blinkered fashionistas (myself included!) with an environmental eye opener at London Fashion Week since 2006. The Estethica exhibition brings together an exciting bunch of ethically sound, fair trade and environmentally friendly fashion labels and charities so that they may showcase their work, infiltrate the mainstream fashion industry and get noticed by the press.  This year Oxfam was there and grabbing a piece of the LFW action… (more…)

By: Sarah Barnes, 04.11.2009 | Comments (0)
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