Friday, 25 April 2014

Maker Faire UK 2014

As a creative hub of designer-makers, we're excited to see what the 'Maker Faire' at Life has to offer. As well as an eclectic mix of inventors, street performers, musicians, a laser challenge, a giant robot made from 33 pink wheelie bins (the list goes on)...there are plenty of fabulous opportunities to get involved with local designer-makers.

Many of the businesses taking part offer an opportunity to make your very own souvenir to take away, including creating wire and washer jewellery and name plaques with Life centre, personalised souvenirs using the latest technology with 'Bettina Nissen' and up-cycling gifts with 'Crooked Halo Crafts' to name a few. Another local designer-maker taking part is our very own Dabble Dabble!

Dabble Dabble, AKA Chris Folwell, is a dabbler of illustration and printmaking, creating illustrations, woodblock prints and favouring screen prints built with several layers. The images range from adventurous such as vikings, rockets and maps, to more day to day images with a twist, such as a funky woodblock print of a crowned sausage chain (the Sausage King!) We're particularly partial to one of his most recent works, Burial Grounds, which is screen printed using glow in the dark ink. These masculine, hipsteresque designs wouldn't look out of place at Urban Outfitters, yet have the bonus of being locally produced and more limited (also without the mad price tags!) At Maker Faire, Dabble Dabble invites 'Little Print Makers' to create their very own print of their favourite thing at the event, which  can then be added to the banner and taken home to keep!

Another part of the faire we're looking forward to is the textiles and fashion exhibits. On one hand are 'Quilters Guild', who are working towards keeping traditional textile skills alive and will be passing on techniques such as quilting and patchwork. Whilst technology keeps the textile industry moving forward, there are still techniques that machines cannot replicate and that don't hold the same hand-made, personal qualities as traditional skills in textiles. On the other end of the scale is the 'Beam Dress', which is described as a 'space-age ball gown' composed of the same high-visibility fabrics and reflective strips as seen on safety jackets, definitely a traffic-stopping garment if there ever was one!

The Maker Faire only happens once a year in the UK and draws in stall holders from around the globe, so if you're into technology and geekery, into crafts, or just generally fancy something different to occupy your weekend, the event is Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th April and tickets are available on the door as follows:


Adult: £8.95
Child (ages 2 – 17): £6.45
Child (under 2): FREE
Concessions: £7.25
Family (2 adults & 2 children OR 1 adult & 3 children): £24.10 


Adult: £14.00
Child (ages 2 – 17): £9.50
Child (under 2): FREE
Concessions: £11.00
Family (2 adults & 2 children OR 1 adult & 3 children): £30.00

Here are some links to see more from Dabble Dabble:

Image credits to Maker Faire and Chris Folwell.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Maximillion Makeup and Hair...and Portraits

Earlier in the week, one of our designers, Melanie Kyles, took part in a 1960's mod collaboration with Ellen Rachel Photography and model Kitty Quinzell. For hair and make-up they hired the talented Maxine Ayre, owner of Maximillion Makeup and Hair. With an impressive sixteen years experience of working in the industry and a clear passion for her job, she was a fantastic addition to the team. As you can see, she did a wonderful job on recreating a contemporary, on-trend version of traditional 60's mod make-up by keeping the look graphic and adding a bold, orange lip.

Her creativity and love of make-up is not only limited to her job as a HMUA (Hair/make-up artist), but she also creates stunningly accurate portraits on Pro Charts using make-up as her only medium. We're totally bowled over by the skill of her work, just take a look at her amazing artworks...

To check out more of Maxine's work (remember she also does bridal, fashion, glamour, etc) check out the links below:

Twitter (for her custom-made tiaras):

Or to contact her directly, you can get in touch via email at ''

Image credits to Kitty Quinzell and Maxine Ayre.


Friday, 11 April 2014

Gathering of Minds at Commercial Union House

We'd like to bring your attention to what's set to be a fantastic event at Commercial Union House, hosted by F6.Studios. The 'Gathering of Minds' event is the first to be held in Newcastle, following sell-out monthly events in London. The event will include top speakers from around the country, who will be discussing alternative therapies, raw food benefits and promoting healthier living. The speakers involved are:

  • Karen Asemper - Dream Alchemist
  • Lizzie Withington - Life Switch
  • David Charlton - Awakening
  • Caroline Edwards - Benefits of Aloe Vera
  • Graham Jevon -  Nutritional Expert

We hope that if you do decide to come along, the event will leave you feeling motivated, inspired and uplifted!

Tickets are only £5 and are still available to buy from the Gathering of Minds website at


Monday, 7 April 2014

Elevon at Newcastle Civic Centre

Back in October, we did a feature post on Elevon's debut fashion show. This Friday it's back in Newcastle for their second event, this time held in the Civic Centre, it's a fabulous chance to see some fresh Spring trends from up-and-coming designers! The designers taking part in this year's event are:

Rita Roushdy (Show organiser, local womenswear designer and F6.Studios resident)

Meagan Wellman (London-based luxury womenswear)

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Bo Carter (Leeds-based ethical clothing boutique)

Adam King (local menswear designer)

Platinum tickets are now sold out, although there are a few Gold and Silver tickets left! Silver includes champagne reception, goodie bag including treats from Elizabeth Arden and free entry to the after-party at one of the best bars in town - MSA, all for only £15. Gold tickets include everything in the Silver package as well as enjoying canap├ęs and front row seats for £25!

Tickets are available to buy directly from the Elevon website at