New Wall Hanging Inspired by Spring Sunshine and Showers

Girl with Dog and Rainbow Wall Hanging by Amanda Howse

Girl with Dog and Rainbow Wall Hanging by Amanda Howse

My latest hand made wall hanging is inspired by the Spring rainbows that brighten up the skies during the cool changeable weather we get in West Sussex well into May.

This original piece features a young woman walking her dog along the shore at Bosham which is one of the historic waterside villages within the winding natural coastline and port of Chichester.

The old church at Bosham (which is featured in the Bayeaux tapestry) can be seen in the background.

 

Girl with Dog and Rainbow Wall Hanging by Amanda Howse

Girl with Dog and Rainbow Wall Hanging by Amanda Howse

Vintage fabrics by Viyella and Blendworth are used to construct the piece along with wools and beads to create this one off upcycled textile artwork.

Fabric paints and embroidery threads describe the colourful scene where the girl splashes through the water in her Wellingtons with her canine companion striding ahead.

Waves crash onto the beach and the windy day atmosphere is created with textured stitching in the sparkling water and extra applique clouds.

Girl with Dog and Rainbow Wall Hanging by Amanda Howse

Girl with Dog and Rainbow Wall Hanging by Amanda Howse

Painted poles give structure to the hanging which is finished with twisted copper wire ready for easy hanging.

This home accessory can be carefully rolled and transported easily and is ideal for those who travel or rent and like to move their pictures or change their interiors frequently.

 

For more details and to view and purchase other work in the collection head over to our online shop.

We are looking forward to more pieces in the pipeline to follow online over the next few weeks too…

 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreateDisplay

Create Display Etsy Shop
Rainbow over Field West Sussex photo by Amanda Howse

Rainbow over Field West Sussex photo by Amanda Howse

This is one of the best rainbows we have enjoyed this Spring.

This 'pot of gold' is in a flowering rapeseed field looking towards the South Downs in West Sussex.

For more of the latest stories about what is happening on the South coast and beyond this season, check out our exciting new online news blog:

 

 

https://www.hotenough.com/

hotenough.com

News and whats hot

 

Van Gogh Inspired Portraits and Arty March Madness

10 minute portrait of Xin by A Howse

10 minute portrait of Xin by A Howse

Walter deForest gave a superb performance as Van Gogh and brought the Dutch master's life and his work to life through telling his story. 

Participants were encouraged to draw their audience neighbours and this is a portrait in pen of a gentleman we just met called Xin.

As these were the first portraits we have done for some time we were pleased when Xin wanted to take it home to enjoy with his family who were also enjoying the cultural occassion.

Sunflower picture by A Howse

Sunflower picture by A Howse

Everyone drew sunflowers throughout the evening of course!

It was great to experience such a high qulity inclusive accessible arts production in an inner city area which is currently going through a lot of change and regeneration.

This community arts center is the home of Draper Together which is a charity that aims to forge a strong and positive community through its inclusive programme which focuses on youth arts and theatre.

Li girls drawings at Drapers Hall

Li girls drawings at Drapers Hall

Drawings by the Li girls at Drapers Hall[/caption]
People of all ages had an educational and fun time and everyone enjoyed the delicious home cooked supper and hot drinks that were provided so carefully by the enthusiastic team at Drapers Hall.
Cherry Blossom at Drapers Hall

Cherry Blossom at Drapers Hall

 

We look forward to going to more special shows at this Southwark centre soon and more brilliant crazy art days in the future!

We also plan to see the Van Gogh exhibition at tate Britain which is in London for a couple of months from the end of March and is sure to be a visual treat!

https://communitysouthwark.org/organisations-venues/venues/draper-hall Draper Hall

http://www.waltermichaeldeforest.com/

Walter deForest
https:/www.drapertogether.org/ Draper Together
https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/ey-exhibition-van-gogh-and-britain Van Gogh at Tate Britain

 

Simple and Cosy Vintage Chair Makeover

Armchair with Cream Cover and Flower Border Trim

Armchair with Cream Cover and Flower Border Trim

This month we were lucky enough to receive a beautiful mahogany Victorian carver dining chair from a close family member who was downsizing recently.

This special seat was part of a set that had been handed down through the generations. It has been enjoyed by all who sat in it during numerous splendid gatherings in a spacious dining room in the country county of Kent.

This carved wooden armchair is wonderful memento of many jolly times around the table and still a very useful furniture piece.

Vintage Chair Before

Vintage Chair Before

Our 'garden room' in the cottage in West Sussex is normally used as a work room and provides an office and studio space with excellent natural light for writing, reading, computing, drawing, painting and sewing. This charming room needs one good comfortable cosy and attractive chair that can be used for all of these various activities.

The garden room also doubles as a guest bedroom for when friends from afar come to stay with us. A variety of fabrics are folded and draped on the cream metal bed as textile projects progress.

A soft and warm solution was required for this furniture newcomer to enable the seating to feel homely as well as being strong and practical.

 

New John Lewis Cushion on Vintage Chair

New John Lewis Cushion on Vintage Chair

First we added a large plain blue coloured cushion from John Lewis. We found an unwanted second hand cotton and polyester mix striped set of cream curtains in perfect condition. We cut off the curtain tapes so we were left with just the flat fabric to work with.

We measured all the sides of the chair individually starting with the front face and made a simple diagram on a piece of paper to record these basic dimensions.

Next we took an extra duvet cover in new condition and cut out the basic flat shapes that make up the front, back and inner sides of this vintage furniture piece. We ensured that the pieces would combine when sewn together to cover the whole item with around 10 centimetres of the feet of the chair left visible at the base.

 

Vintage chair cover side view

Vintage chair cover side view

This allows the floor to be seen underneath the loose cover which helps to visually open up the room and help keep it from feeling cluttered.

When all the parts were cut out of duvet wadding we attached them to the matching stripey fabric shapes for each part of the chair. We made sure that the wadding was tacked in place to the 'wrong side' of the fabric so it wouldn't be seen once in use. We used one piece of fabric to create a central 'draped seat' section that covers the blue cushion and minimise the amount of detailed sewing required.

By 'offering up' the fabric and using the chair as a template, a loose cover can be created quickly without the need for more than basic dimensions.

Loose chair cover with ribbon bow back tie

Loose chair cover with ribbon bow back tie

Hand sewing pieces together making sure the raw edges are left on the inside when the cover is finished can sometimes be quicker when making small projects. A degree of 'crafting' as you go along is involved.

The sewing machine can be used if it is easier or alternatively just for binding the longer seam joins if this is more comfortable.

This technique is reminiscent of wrapping a large present which is a slightly less than conventional shape!

Then once we were happy with the cover shape we stitched on two half a meter lengths of 10 centimetre wide cream ribbon. This was attached to the lower back face of the chair which then allows for easy removal whilst also gathering the loose cover into a more fitted shape.

Cream chair with flower border and cushion

Cream chair with flower border and cushion

A cute bow is tied to enhance the simple design.

We then took off the cover put to one side while we cut generous cream cotton lining fabric pieces to fit inside our stripey fabric and padded faces structure. Using the sewing machine combined with hand sewing we turned our cover inside out and attached all the lining faces. We took care to make sure the raw edges were on the outside this time so when the cover was turned the right way round again, all the sewn edges are all tucked neatly out of sight.

Finally using small stitches and cream thread we added a vintage Laura Ashley tulip design stencil border in soft pink and green on cream cotton all the way around the bottom edge of our freshly made loose covering.

An embroidered cream cotton scatter cushion with light pink flowers and crochet lace edging adds extra back support and coordinates perfectly with the other ivory soft furnishings in this peaceful and sunny room.
 

To see more hand crafted and original textiles by Create Display visit us at Bosham Walk or check out our online etsy shop….look out for more new pieces in the pipeline this Spring!

 

   
https://www.johnlewis.com/ John Lewis
https://www.lauraashley.com/en-gb/home Laura Ashley
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreateDisplay Create Display Shop

 

Happy Valentines Day

Amanda with Fireworks Birds Wall Hanging

Amanda with Fireworks Birds Wall Hanging

Happy Valentines Day from Create Display!

We hope you are enjoying a Thursday full of love and laughter and have lots of special events with your nearest and dearest planned for this weekend too.

This year we are celebrating the romantic festival with a new wall hanging featuring two love birds and some fireworks in the sky above the harbour.

We also have a range of hand crafted fabric textile pieces that make great presents for giving to someone you know really well as a surprise that will delight them and add character and colour to their home.

Birds and Fireworks Wall Hanging

Birds and Fireworks Wall Hanging

All our textiles come with a designer label and are ready to hang and all made in the studio in Bosham in West Sussex.

We also added a string of hand made vintage wall paper hearts to our upcycled denim display at Bosham Walk Art and Craft Centre in West Sussex.

Whilst we were there we enjoyed a wonderful treat at Wendy's cafe with amazing chocolate cake (gluten free also available) and a delicious coffee.

Valentines Display Bosham Walk

Valentines Display Bosham Walk

The new restaurant redecoration is fantastic with a wood burning stove, beautiful dove grey walls hung with splendid nautical framed artwork and cosy cushions in lovely fabrics chosen by Shah who is one of the talented makers in the team.

The finishing touch is the roses and tulips on the tables and this makes Bosham Walk the perfect place to escape with your loved one for a stroll together by the water and a cosy catchup with tea and locally baked treats.

If you can't make it down to the south coast anytime soon do have a look at our etsy.com shop and feel free to get in touch….more new stock coming soon!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreateDisplay Create Display Shop
https://www.bosham-walk.co.uk/ Bosham Walk

 

Happy New Year from CreateDisplay.com

Create Display at Vintage & Very Nice Handmade Market in Chichester

Create Display at Vintage & Very Nice Handmade Market in Chichester

A very Happy New Year from CreateDisplay.com and we wish you all a brilliant 2019!

We hope you have a had a super Christmas or whatever holiday festival that you celebrate. December was a busy and creative month for us as I am sure it was for most people.

Dinghy Sailors at Bosham Harbour Textile Artwork by A Howse

Dinghy Sailors at Bosham Harbour Textile Artwork by A Howse

We enjoyed the arrival of the red nose reindeer's and some sparkling winter cheer with the makers at the Bosham Art and Craft Centre in West Sussex.

We added some new textile art pieces to our patchwork denim display in the gallery upstairs. Every year we decorate our homes and studio space enthusiastically.

Create Display Christmas Cards 2019

Create Display Christmas Cards 2019

This year we continued the tradition with handmade Christmas cards to give to friends and family we meet over the winter celebrations. Sparkling lights and reflections on water and living in Chichester harbour were the theme of this years designs which included views of the local village.
Vintage Very Nice Fair Entrance Assembly Rooms North Street

Vintage Very Nice Fair Entrance Assembly Rooms North Street

We were very pleased to be part of the 'Vintage and Very Nice' Christmas Vintage and Handmade Market that was held in the historic and monumental Assembly Rooms in North Street, Chichester, West Sussex.

It was an opportunity to team up with other small businesses and get into the festive spirit with around thirty different local makers and vintage experts.

Our 'pop up shop' featured a selection of our small and medium sized textile artworks and handmade gifts.

 

Handmade Fair Chichester Create Display Stand Side View

Vintege Very Nice Handmade Fair Chichester Create Display Stand Side View

Held over three days from November 29th to December 1st this event incorporated the first Christmas late night opening of the season and this was an opportunity for some bubbles and mince pies all round!

Special thanks to Daryl the Event Manager for some splendid leadership and impresive creativity to happily accommodate some extra sellers requesting stands at short notice.

 

Assembly Rooms  Christmas Fair, North Street Chichester

Assembly Rooms Christmas Fair, North Street Chichester

A massive thank you also goes to talented makers Jan and Vanessa for taking care that our exhibition stand was all sparkling and ready to go and making the time just fly along with their good fun and company.

We all really enjoyed meeting lots of new people and supporting other local artists. Plus we got to shop locally with all the tempting fashion, food and goodies at the fair.

We look forward to more special events this year and supporting more Vintage and Very Nice Fairs in 2019.

We wish everyone a wonderful year full of creativity, friendship and peace.

More details to follow soon about some of our new designs previewed here on our Christmas cards.
   
http://www.vintageandverynice.co.uk/ Vintage and Very Nice Fairs
https://www.bosham-walk.co.uk/ Bosham Walk Art & Craft Centre
   

 

Happy Bonfire Night

upcycled denim backdrop

upcycled denim backdrop

Happy Guy Fawkes night from Create Display! We love Bonfire night on the south coast of England and the bright flashes of colour really lift the spirits on a dark winters night.

This year the sky has been full of colour, bangs and wizzes as the fireworks burst into their neon glory all over our local village.

It is the perfect time to pop up our latest handcrafted design, an upcycled denim backdrop to add some nautical texture and really set off our colourful interior artworks.

local fireworks in the sky

local fireworks in the sky

We used a dozen pairs of old jeans to handmake this eco friendly display background. We are very pleased with how it adds individuality and interest to our area at Bosham Walk Art and Craft Centre.

The idea was inspired by the Japenese art of Boro where fabric was precious so Japenese people hand sewed hundereds of small pieces of denim together to make new materials they could make into clothing and home furnishings. 

recycled denim backdrop side view

recycled denim backdrop side view

Our Create Display Banner with silver stars is the perfect signage banner to top off our new display background.

We backed the blue and chestnut patchwork cloth with calico and added customised curtain tape to the hanging edge. Using a drill we attached a baton with brass hooks as high up as possible to give us maximum visual impact.

We look forward to adding new pieces of denim as we go along and as we put up fresh  pieces over the coming season.

 

Do visit us at Bosham Walk to see all the art and crafts arranged on two spacious floors.

Enjoy a stroll along the harbour and a delicious tea at Wendy's cosy cafe.

This thrifty recycled fabric wall hanging will be a creative customised collage that develops as we go forward.

http://bosham-walk.co.uk

Bosham Walk Art & Craft Centre

 

 

The Cool Crowd Flocks To Top Drawer

Kensington Olympia

Kensington Olympia

The Top Drawer Trade Show is organised bi-annually by Clarion Events and is held at Kensington Olympia in Hammersmith Road in London, England. This Autumn's event was held on the 9-11 September.

Buyers for all sorts of retail and leisure shops and boutiques in the UK and abroad make a bee line for the wonderfully diverse selection of enterprises available at Top Drawer.

Around 1000 design-led brands promote their wares and creatively make the best use of every meter of space they are allocated for their temporary pop-up shops.

Interior Designers and industry professionals also attend and they are often looking to furnish a variety of contemporary spaces with the latest quality merchandise.

There is a relaxed but slightly exciting feel in the vast iron and glass hall which was originally built in 1886.
Bombay Duck Top Drawer

Bombay Duck Top Drawer

The first day at Top Drawer has the advantage of finding all the new products first and being 'ahead of the game' for a busy week ahead.

Many traders sell stock directly from their stands allowing early bird visitors to choose the finest pieces first.

There is also an opportunity to order limited edition items before they run out.
 

AH at Parlane Top Drawer

AH at Parlane Top Drawer

Travelling on a Sunday to Olympia is a breeze for many folk living within striking distance of the capital who want to avoid any rush hour hassle.

In the manor of a department store the Top Drawer show was split up into sections that encompassed the relevant product ranges for 'home', 'gift', 'greetings and stationary' ,'wellbeing', 'play', 'fashion', 'craft' and a 'food emporium'.

A key part of the show was the mini masterclasses, demonstrations and presentations on stage which added to the 'fashion week' atmosphere. Eminent speakers with specialist knowledge shared the latest thinking and tips for creative businesses.

Spread over the three days this 'retailfest' attracted audiences keen to learn about everything from colour and design theory, to tips on international trading in a digital age.

The Home area was full of stylish natural looking products that would fit happily in both modern and traditional homes and work spaces.
The British Colour Standards

The British Colour Standards

Generally most wood, bamboo, ceramics, glass, leather and metal pieces all had a simple handmade feel. Rustic and friendly looking pieces that could be incorporated into many spaces with ease were in abundance.

Several manufacturers offered ranges in soft light colours reminiscent of the 1950's.

Furniture designs were comfortable and reassuring.

Luxury looking feature pieces in opulent materials like marble or velvet had metallic accents and a timeless investment look about them.

Bombay Duck made a statement entrance with a tiled carpet made of bold and witty doormats.

Annie Sloan presented a range of pure and plain fabrics in calming colours to accompany the famously chalky paint range.

Corkicle at Top Drawer

Corkicle at Top Drawer

Parlane showcased faux flowers and plants blended with pared down and elegant interior elements. Forma stacked super pastel bowls and colanders that are made of environmentally friendly bamboo and corn.

The British Colour Standard was the forerunner to the Pantone colours widely used today.

The hand dyed silk colour dictionary transported us back to the 1930's with splendid names such as pertunia purple, grenadine red and Brunswick Green.

If this show is anything to go by then Christmas 2018 stores, homes and leisure spaces will be a wholesome mix of traditional green trees and old fashioned toys.

There will probably be a flurry of sparkling glass droplets reflecting against gleaming mirrors in December.

Forma bamboo bowls at Top Drawer

Forma bamboo bowls at Top Drawer

Organic decorations made from real and dried greenery, interwoven with fruits and berries will almost certainly be thrown into the festive mix.

Extra candles and oil burners will provide a warming scent of spiced spruce.

Richly decorative wallpaper may elevate the most sophisticated dining rooms, sitting rooms and bedrooms.

Muted deep jewel coloured walls are fashionable and useful for encouraging a more adult 'boutique hotel' feel for those in the mood to entertain and enjoy long evenings full of soothing music and cosy conversation.

Merchandise available in the gifts section emulated the themes from the Home area and also additionally aspired to lift the spirit.

Small but beautiful and cleverly designed items that would be both a joy to give and receive could be found at many gift companies exhibiting.

Forma ceramics at Top Drawer

Forma ceramics at Top Drawer

Prints were unique and bright with crisp graphic patterns that are either botanical or from some exotic jungle.

Most of the striking gift items would happily enliven any home that would otherwise be rather too neutral.

Newcomer to the show Lily Juliet from New York spread out a glowing rainbow of opalescent acrylic bowls and kitchen accessories.

These Lily Juliet marbled pieces often feature shells from the far east encased within.

Corkcicle arranged in neat rows numerous gorgeously shaped and durable steel water bottles. The special portable drinks containers were decorated in liquorice allsorts tints.

The exhibition continued with small businesses stands groups on large 'wellbeing' mat.

Grand Illusions at Top Drawer

Grand Illusions at Top Drawer

The catalogue promised to quench “an indulgent expression…the endless quest to nourish body, mind and soul.”

The play area contained the strongest hues and merchandise to tempt any inner child with a “brand new treasure chest (which) has every kind of kids stuff.”

The jewellery and fashion accessories displays were situated on the first floor and gave the visitor an opportunity to meet the latest designers all in one place.

Bags were simple and functional with leather being popular. Scarves were voluminous, woven and heavy looking for the season and available in every paint box pigment. Jewellery was very wearable and made out of rose gold, gold or silver.

Delicate shapes and chains with simple designs and stones.

A dash of glamour and glitter was added by Annie Sherburne with her handmade diamante earrings, necklaces and brooches guaranteed to add some party spirit to the holiday celebrations.

Parlane Xmas at Top Drawer

Parlane Xmas at Top Drawer

We ventured off piste to the realms of the food emporium where we were tempted by the wonderful array of hand crafted delicacies. The thought, time and passion that had gone in to all the heavenly produce was impressive.

Delicious confectionery at Lavolio included little sugar eggs with marzipan and nuts and a whole host of fun and nutritive flavours.

Aelder Elixir was selling an distinctive elderberry liqueur made in Scotland that is perfect to heat things up as the temperature falls.

The Hawkshead Relish company produce over 100 relishes, pickles and preserves.

We particularly liked Hawkshead Relish's chunky Christmas table version.

New start up business Cult vinegar lead the way with an impressive combination of very tasty tonics that also improve gut health.

Tii-Pii is a novel brand from down under that has reimagined the hammock

Tii-Pii hammock at Top Drawer

Tii-Pii hammock at Top Drawer

The large cone shaped canvas hanging basket to relax and enjoy time alone of with close friends and family comes in its own carry case like a tent.

We have added one to our garden wish list but you can use them to make a snug hideaway indoors too.

 

The sheer quality of the home, fashion and food ranges on display at the show was extremely encouraging and an indication of the ambition and the determination to succeed in small British business right now.  
   
   
   
   
https://www.bombayduck.com/

Bombay Duck

https://www.anniesloan.com/

Annie Sloan

https://lilyjuliet.com/

Lily Juliet

https://corkcicle.com/

Corkcicle

https://www.formahouse.co.uk/

Forma

http://www.aelderelixir.com/

Aelder Elixir

https://www.hawksheadrelish.com/

Hawkshead Relish

https://www.topdrawer.co.uk/exhibitors/cult-vinegar#/

Cult Vinegar

https://www.britishcolourstandard.com/

British Colour Standard

https://www.tiipiibed.com/

Tii-Pii

https://www.bluestonegallery.com/news/annie-sherburne-jewellery/ Annie Sherburne

 

Upbeat Spanish Architecture Creates Positive Spaces

Alicante park with fountain

Alicante park with fountain

It is hard not to be seduced by the wonderful sunshine, fantastic beaches and delicious cuisine and wine offered all along all the many and varied coasts or Costas all around the perimeter of Spain.

There is also a lot to admire about the urban environment that helps to build an excellent place to live in that many people even choose to move to from overseas.

AH on patio overlooking explanada & marina

AH on patio overlooking explanada & marina

Usually Spanish cities have an old town and some splendid architecture where many buildings are hundreds of years old or more and it is common to see exuberant ironwork balconies and classical bandstands and fountains that give the area such style add character.

This modern ninth floor apartment was designed around a patio to maximise the view over the Explanda and the marina.

 

Alicante Explanada

Alicante Explanada

This outdoors area allows for the most shade possible throughout the day taking into consideration its aspect in relation to the sun.

The Explanada is a beautiful tree lined marble tiled promanade along to the seafront in Alicante about 500 meters long and it is famous for its bold waves pattern.

 

 

Calle SanFransico Alicante

Calle SanFransico Alicante

Most buildings are painted in rich earthy colours that echo the rich landscape and the relatively strong light that this part of the world enjoys most of the year.

It is no coincidence that Spain is known for its ceramics and tiles (see our Create Display blog from last Spring on the Ceramics museum in Valencia).

This photograph show the Calle San Francisco street which has fibre glass mushrooms that children and the young at heart enjoy playing with.

7th international summar brass festival, Alicante

7th international summar brass festival, Alicante

Using scale to entertain is simple and effective and there are some nice tapas bars and shoe shops along here this street too. The leather products in Spain are also very well crafted and also good value.

The Spanish love to dress up and socialise in the cool evenings and there are many family friendly restaurants catering for all ages until late into the night which makes for a special and positive atmosphere down town.

 

 

Brass concert with town hall buildings

Brass concert with town hall buildings

This year in Alicante we were lucky to catch the annual Brass music festival which celebrated the best brass musicians internationally.

In its seventh year the events programme  featured many very fine jazz performances. The superb quality tunes blended perfectly with all busy visitors dressed up for a night out.

Sitting at elegant bistro bars locals and holidaymakers unwind with their tapas and glasses of the local wine in the splendour of the 16th century town hall square.

Brass concert on Explanada Alicante

Brass concert on Explanada Alicante

This outdoor stage with a permanent canopy is designed to acoustically through the musicians sound forward to the audience while lighting up the performance effectively.

Mediterranean style permeates every smart home or great restaurant in this sophisticated but laid back city.

LaMary restaurant Alicante

LaMary restaurant Alicante

Our favourite meal of our recent trip was at La Mary. A reasonably priced formal dining restaurant situated on a side street in the main town La Mary serves exceptionally delicious food and wine with excellent service.

We also enjoyed the recently refurbished classically modern interior design with two display box wall cabinets each showing twenty four beautiful blue and white traditional plates, which were all subtly backlit, adding to the fresh and intimate ambience.

Canalajas car park mural Alicante

Canalajas car park mural Alicante

In thriving cities such as Alicante unexpected visual juxtapositions are a speciality. In Calle Canalejas the ornate building houses the four star Restobar Gema Penalva that serves authentic local food.

Next to that a large new multi storey car park boasts a striking mural of a big crowd of people painted in linear black and white who are seemingly staring up at the viewer as they were all having their photograph taken from above.

Tile Shop Calle Canaljas Alicante

Tile Shop Calle Canaljas Alicante

It is well executed and as likeable as it is surprising.

Opposite a mosaic tile shop sells intricate high end specialist ceramic wares that are organised as individual miniature artworks like a gallery whose pieces would add the finishing touch to any upmarket interior.

 

 

 

Basilica of Santa Maria, Alicante

Basilica of Santa Maria, Alicante

 

The Basilica of Santa Maria in built in the Gothic 16th century style and sits next to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Alicante that reopened in 2011 after a major renovation.

With care, thought and ample resources, the lives of residents in a city can be improved and enhanced by well maintained and designed exterior spaces. Old and new buildings can successfully all sit together like a rich mosaic, that creates an environment that is as harmonious as possible, for the benefit of everyone.

https://www.facebook.com/lamaryalicante/timeline

La Mary Alicante

http://www.alicante-spotlight.com/alicante/buildings.htm Alicante Spotlight – monuments
https://www.facebook.com/Resto-Bar-Gema-Penalva-310859968974498/

Gema Penalva Restaurant Bar

http://www.alicanteturismo.com/museu-dart-contemporani-d-alacant-maca/?lang=ca Museum of Contemporary Art Alicante

 

Fashionable Spanish Go Bold in Alicante

Alicante umbrella

Alicante umbrella

In this post we aim to inspire you to bring on your bright side! As you know we love using vibrant textiles in our designs at Create Display.

For many belonging to 'generation X' one of the most memorable childhood events can be the introduction of the package holiday that became popular in the 1970's.

This made it possible for normal people to take a whole family abroad for a week or two, to a magical a land of warmth and relaxation.

Air travel became possible for many people for the first time which added to the convenience and enjoyment of their annual European adventure.

 

Bright vintage scarves

Bright vintage scarves

The Costa Blanca has been a favourite happy place in many lives ever since and there are few things more fun than a vacation exploring the many delights this area has to offer.

A vivid array of sunlit umbrellas randomly lighting up the long sandy beaches is a resplendent sight when set against the water and the sky, which gleam in the heat in high season.

These vintage silk scarves lift the spirits and are perfect for travelling and channel the celebratory nature of this time of year and the arrival of weather for cruising along somewhere in France, Spain or Italy.

Coolook jewellery Alicante

Coolook jewellery Alicante

The sea tones and swirls looks like it could be by Emilio Pucci but we are not exactly sure and the purple one is a design by Yves St Laurent.

Any good accessory departments in major stores will have a selection ready for this season.

They are such adaptable pieces they would also make a statement as cushion covers or if you don't like to wear them they could even be framed as eye-catching artwork.

In Alicante we were awestruck with the gorgeous jewellery that caught our eyes as we strolled past the fabulous windows at Coolook.

 

Bershka Alicante Display

Bershka Alicante Display

There were so many pieces that are the sort of luminous real gems that could be worn anywhere to bring along the glamorous vibe and natural charm of this stunning coastline.

Like delicious fruit flavoured sweets Coolook jewellery will add juice and sparkle to any August outfit.

The blue glass palm trees and turquoise glass droplets cascading from the ceiling make an unusual and appealing display for this pretty boutique's treasure trove.

 

Turqouise Dress in Square with Pink Flowers

Turqouise Dress in Square with Pink Flowers

All the colours of the rainbow were represented all around this large shopping district that is anchored by the spacious El Corte Ingles department store.

Like some spectacular retail fiesta, a kaleidoscope of plain bright pieces are the order of the day when the temperatures hit thirty degrees and above.

This year everyone is invited to try out the all-in-one jumpsuits, floaty dresses and voluminous shirts often embellished with embroidery anglaise or bold crochet detailing to continue the midsummer folk festival theme.

 

Piedra Vieja Boutique

Piedra Vieja Boutique

Spanish brands like Mango, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bimba Y Lola, Stradivarius, Desigual and Bershka all have creative, fashion forward designs with super and often sophisticated collections.

These splendid  Spanish boutiques can confidently compete with any of the successful London and Paris clothing companies.

We were also really excited to discover the strikingly neat cobalt and yellow fabric stacks in the double height entrance to Julian Lopez.

 

Lopez Fabric Shop Entrance

Lopez Fabric Shop Entrance

Blown away by the scale of this store we were thrilled to find such variety in stock.

Alicante's destination store for everything to do with sewing and dressmaking, it was wonderful to find such a well stocked emporium extending around three floors.

The prices were very tempting, so we will definitely be heading back to top up our textile stashes, from Lopez's awesome array of different hues and materials.

Rolls of fabric at Lopez

Rolls of fabric at Lopez

Making your own uniquely simple Kaftan cover up or floaty sarong is easy and there are lots of free tutorials online.

It is a pleasure to choose from such an amazing selection of beautiful bolts and radiant rolls.

As the thermometer heads up to the high thirties its time to enjoy wearing your best saturated threads. It is a great moment to be outside and paint and decorate your home and garden with pops of intense tints. It will lift your mood and help you be at your best and brightest like the finest midsummer flowers along the Mediterranean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coolook Jewellery Alicante

https://www.coolook.es/en/
Piedra Vieja Boutique Alicante https://el-lugar-de-la-piedra-vieja.negocio.site/
Julian Lopez Fabrics Alicante http://www.julianlopez.es/

 

Second ComiCon On The South Coast Is A Spectacular Success

TangoMike Cosplay Comicon Port Solent

TangoMike Cosplay Comicon Port Solent

The south's biggest free comic convention lives up to its aim as a “fun filled event for all the family”.

On Saturday 16th June 2018 from 11am and on into the evening comic and gaming enthusiasts dressed up and celebrated their heroes.

A big crowd turned out to enjoy a day escaping from reality, by the seaside.

 

Comicon Stage Port Solent

Comicon Stage Port Solent

A big crowd turned out to enjoy a day escaping from reality, by the seaside.

The atmosphere was exciting and friendly and set against the stunning backdrop of Portsmouth's most exclusive and picturesque marina.

Port Solent Marina is tucked away at the top of Portsmouth harbour in Hampshire in England and provides an excellent haven for yachts, sailors and superheroes.

Comicon Visitors Dressed Up

Comicon Visitors Dressed Up

There were queues of cars waiting to enter the car parks and playing fields that were assigned as an extra overspill car park for the day.

On stage were a variety of celebrity guest singers and characters such as Star Wars e woks and Harry Potter Goblins and other creatures that were definitely out of this world.

Big Red Transformer Meets Little Red Transformer

Big Red Transformer Meets Little Red Transformer

Members of the public in fancy dress were invited onto the stage to present and talk about their favourite stars from books, magazines, film, TV and video and online games.

Professional character costumers and cosplayers chatted and mingled in with the crowd including several Transformers, Captain Jax Parrow, Ghostbusters and many more.

Stall holders selling merchandise relating to every Comic, superhero and fictional film stars imaginable lined the promenade.

Red Transformer by Stage

Red Transformer by Stage

Toys and collectables were on display for shoppers to browse through and take home their special mementoes.

Many accessories were selected by fans to wear to the next Comicon. The galactic looking cake and sweet stands provided a multicoloured rainbow of power snacks for the strolling visitors.

He-Man Box Detail

He-Man Box Detail

Between the stage shows and before the Blue Brothers music continued the party into the night, many visitors took advantage of the children's play area and the wonderful selection of restaurants and shops that the marina has to offer.

There were indoor games tournaments and even an underground zombie experience according to the brochure.

Comicon Character Face Scarves

Comicon Character Face Scarves

The day was fine and dry everybody seemed to enjoy the scenery and the buzz of the mini outdoor festival. The combination of the bright theatre unfolding in the centre of The Boardwalk and the beautiful white boats coming and going through the water was an excellent scene enjoyed by the hundreds of people who attended.

Black Knight and Crowd Comicon

Black Knight and Crowd Comicon

Port Solent undoubtedly profited from the stalls pitched by the traders and GoGeek events were hired to help deliver this specialist event.

Port Solent marina promotes the marina's retail and leisure facilities that include a multiplex cinema by holding a calendar of events throughout the year.

Green Gomorrah & Super Sidekick

Green Gomorrah & Super Sidekick

These include music concerts, vintage car rallies and craft markets to compliment the existing businesses. The activities and draw of the inviting marina environment helps to attract new regular visitors.

The day was organised by Port Solent management in conjunction with GoGeek events.

Many different ages of people got involved and dressed up.

Daryl Jones Transformer

Daryl Jones Transformer

We especially enjoyed meeting Tango Mike's pirate character in a trio of supernatural Cosplay vamps in homemade outfits and Daryl Jones a Hampshire based Transformer cosplayer dazzled onlookers along the decking in a striking silver and gold costume.

We were impressed with a girl who introduced herself as Superman's enemy Gomorrah and her marvellous sidekick, both glowing in dramatic green and brown face and body paints.

 

 

We often hear that we will all become technology nerds locked up in our bedroom gaming.

It was very refreshing to see local people getting creative and enjoying positive and fun times together and happily recreating a well loved Spiderman or a Lara Croft lookalike.

We are looking forward to the third ComicCon at Port Solent next year…

…and we think the future might be fantastic.

 

   
https://www.portsolent.com/comiccon Port Solent Comicon Webpage
https://timmaidment.com/ Tango Mike Cosplay