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Meet the Maker: blog post 3 - How I Started

The lightbulb moment

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Country Fair Animals by John Hanna

Country Fair Animals by John Hanna

It' been a while since I've written about the Country Fair range of designs, skilfully drawn by John Hanna in the 1950's and as I've been updating the webpages for the table mats and coasters today, I thought it was a good opportunity to re-visit the story. Macdonald Hastings published the magazines before going on to work as a presenter for the BBC and kept copies, which were stored by his daughter, Clare. She approached me to make some Own Mats from the designs and on setting sight on them I was hooked - who wouldn't be? They are delightful...

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Jenny Duff mats in the Margate Mercury

Now on it's third issue Margate Mercury is becoming a Margate institution.  Founded using Kickstarter, it works on the principle of being free to readers and offers insights into the town.  I'm pleased to say that some of the Walpole Champneys designs have been featured in the current magazine in The Gift List - grab your copy now, it's a good read...

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Brighter Days: A Festive Event

Pie Factory Margate, 5 Broad Street, Margate CT9 1EWFriday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November 201410am to 5pm I've organised a Festive and Fun event in Margate, with 12 designer/makers and artists showing and selling their work, running workshops and discussing their fabulous skills, this is an event not to be missed.  Each of the 12 has also designed an exclusive table mat for sale at the event on the theme of Thanet and the seaside...find out more on the Pie Factory Margate website or see more of the artists work on Pinterest

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Look Out For: The Black Rabbit

The Black Rabbit has been producing lovely lambswool toys since 2006 and these can be found in the possession of many very happy children throughout the UK.  There is the added bonus of delightful range of attractive screenprinted accessories and gifts including shoulder bags (with a movable badge) and very useful pencil wraps, which can also be used for storing all your makeup brushes in a wonderfully organised manner...See the wonderful mats and coasters The Black Rabbit has designed for Jenny Duff here...

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