Come and Visit Mark Lowe at the Primary Christmas pop up
We are pleased and excited to be part of the Primary Christmas pop up again this year. Based at the Primary Studios on Seely Road, Nottingham this event always attracts a lot of top quality makers. it has become very popular over the last few years with lots of people attending to enjoy browsing, buying, eating and drinking. Each year Universal Works has had a end of stock sale throughout the 2 days. As well as makers there are food and drink sellers that make the highest quality produce. Based in the building are Lane homewares who will have a sale throughout there studio. Alongside them are the award winning Small food bakery who have a café based within the building and specialise in sourdough bread as well as many other treats.
Thank you to Georgia – Georgia Lloyd Photography – for the photo session yesterday.
For a while now we have realised that, although we have some great shots of our product, we have been lacking shots of the process. We realised that we needed some professional shots of the workshop and me at work. We know that the appeal of the products is not just what it looks like but also the story behind it and how it is made. Obviously we are big on ‘made in the UK’, ‘Made locally’ and ‘sourcing our materials in an ethical way’ but we are not getting across the handmade side of the product and the ‘lovingly made’ approach. https://marklowe.co.uk/about/
Georgia was brilliant. We worked well together as I had made a list of the shots needed and she was also able to add her skill and knowledge to the style of shots taken. She took over 400 shots in total and will go away and edit these down to a manageable amount. She will also work on photoshop to edit the chosen one’s. So in the end we will have a really good set of photos we can use on the website and for all sorts of other promotional work.
Thanks again Georgia. We can’t wait to see the results.
We are pleased and proud to have an article about us in the Beestonian magazine. The new addition of The Beestonian. The is a local magazine that’s been running since 2011. The magazine is put together entirely by volunteers. It runs entirely on sponsorship and well-wishers and is also available online.
Thank you to Debra Urbacz for spending time with me and then managing to write an article from what I’d said and putting together such a well written and beautifully presented piece.
We are also please to be part of this magazine because of it’s ethics and real passion for promoting all things local.
Our weekend at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair was a busy one. Being based at Upper Campfield on Deansgate it was right in the middle of Manchester. There was many different types of people in attendance. There were lots of trendy and nice shoes being worn! It was pretty much a constant stream of people. We did a lot of talking but also taking many compliments on our products and designs. People were very impressed by the fact you could choose your coloured cord, shade and even the wood. You can do the same in our shop.
There were lots of very talented makers there and it was a pleasure to chat and get to know lots of new people. The problem is not spending all the taking on other peoples work!
We are gaining more and more experience of doing these shows and, although they are very tiring, we feel they are very worth while. We definitely hope to be back next year and will be looking for more. Perhaps even fitting one in before Christmas. There are some more local to us which may well be worth while for us. And, as it gets dark, more thought goes towards interior lighting. So watch this space.
Yesterday was our first visit to decorex Decorex International at Olympia London. Although I’ve attended a few exhibitions/events at Olympia This was the first time I had visited Decorex.
As well as the usual reasons for visiting; getting inspiration and chatting to other makers and interior designers. Other reasons for visiting were to meet to people with whom we had arranged before hand.
Visiting to decorex we met up with Jane and Cat from Author interiors who we will being doing business with very soon. We also managed to have a chat with someone from Eporta who was very helpful. To do with Eporta, we attended a talk/seminar about lighting design. Eporta sponsor all of the talks.
Although it was a lot of driving for a day it was definitely worth while, a few real positives came out of it, with interior designers interested in our lighting.
We have chosen new shade colours and are trying a new shade shape this autumn.
New contemporary lampshade colours for the autumn
At mark lowe We regularly look for the new colour trends of the season. Keeping our eyes out throughout the year. Looking online, in magazines and by visiting shows. Yellow with a gold lining has been a very popular choice. This autumn we are going for a slightly different yellow this time in linen (also a very popular fabric). As with the previous yellow this will be with a gold lining. We are also going for a turquoise with copper lining. This is an exciting new colour with the ever popular copper lining.
Of course we still have a large variety of coloured fabric cords to choose from. Choose the right one to compliment your new contemporary lampshade colours for the autumn
A couple of weeks to go before we are part of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester. I’ll post a few blogs building up to it. I’m using as much social media as possible to promote this show. This is not only for our business –Mark Lowe -but for all the great Designer Makers who will be there. These shows are a great opportunity for people to see ‘in person’ all of the designers-makers and to view, inspect and even touch their work. Many pieces will be available as well as commissions and orders being possible. For more details visit wwww.greatnorthernevents.co.uk Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester
wwww.greatnorthernevents.co.uk Great Northern Events
We are really looking forward to being part of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester this October. The show is organised by Great Northern Events. They host a number of shows throughout the year including in Sheffield and Newcastle.
After the success of and being part of the Handmade in Oxford show (see previous blog). We wanted to grow the success of this newer venture in our business. While continuing to work with interior designers, direct selling and through outlets. We know it is so important to connect with our customers, finding out what they love about our products and what more we can do for them (for you).
So, please come along and say hello and, of course, enjoying and viewing all the other amazing makers and products on show throughout the weekend.
GNCCF Manchester http://www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk/homepage-gnccf.aspx
Venue: Upper Campfield Market Hall, Campfield Arcade, 300 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4FN (entrance via Arcade between Instituto Cervantes and Dimitris Restaurant).
Thursday 10th October* 18.00-21.00 Friday 11th October 10.00-18.00 Saturday 12th October 10.00-17.00 Sunday 13th October 10.00-16.00
We’re really pleased to be launching our brand new Edie Coat Rack at this years Handmade Oxford show (see previous blog).
Based on the Edie coat stand the Coat Rack is wall mounted and, as with so many of our products, you can different options to suit your style and needs. These include; Wood, size (how many hooks) and a choice of coloured discs inset behind the hooks.
Soon to be available on this website, come and view them at the show – Handmade Oxford, Waterperry gardens Thursday 27th to Sunday