Orchard Market – Sneinton Market Relaunch on Saturday 10th December


From 10am, on Saturday 10 December I will be bringing Curiosity Haus back to Sneinton Market for the Launch of the Brand New Space!



Orchard Sneinton Market Curiosity Haus


Curiosity Haus began running craft and design fairs on that very same spot in May 2009 and were involved with the consultation process for plans for the new square by taking part in and hosting events in collaboration with Soundings and Nottingham City Council.



Curiosity Haus Designer Craft fair at Sneinton Market

Apples and Pears and Crafty Wears- by Curiosity Haus at Sneinton Market

Since work began on the square last year, artist Neville Gabie has been busy on his commission for the newly developed space. Here’s the low down on his excellent work and accompanying programme of events:

“The award-winning artist will plant a series of apple trees in the new square, intended for communal use and enjoyment. The artist will also donate apple trees of 100 different varieties, through his apple tree adoption network to local residents, schools and community organisations of Sneinton and St Anns in order to create a diverse urban orchard spanning the east side of the city.

Over the weekend launch of Sneinton Market, Neville Gabie has invited Nottingham based artists and organisations to join him in creating a varied programme of events to celebrate the planting of the apple trees. This programme comprises an exhibition, a symposium, a market, and a feast alongside night-time projections and sampling of delicious local produce. Visitors will be able to take part in a number of ways through demonstrations ranging from cooking to painting; from rigorous discussion and debate to a traditional ‘Wassailing’ and cider sampling to welcome the new trees to the square.

Orchard is both an artwork in itself and programme of events. The apple trees planted for Orchard represent Nottingham City Council’s ongoing commitment to the production of urban food linked to community engagement in the city. This artwork is unique and site specific and has been especially designed to link one of the oldest fruit and veg markets in the country to the wider debate of sustainable food in a city centre context. “

The event will see the market filled with Stalls, a Stage, locally produced food, alongside workshops and demonstrations and local creative organisations, including Curiosity Haus- it’s going to be a real celebration of what Nottingham has to offer!



The Curiosity Haus Stall will be filled with a choice selection of beautiful handmade works from our sellers, so come by and join the festivities, buy some Christmas gifts and check out this brand new space available for Nottingham! In the evening there will be a Christmas Tree lights switch on and choir as well as some projections from Broadway, Trampoline and Neville Gabie as part of his Orchard project.

Hope to see you at Sneinton Market from 10am THIS Saturday 10th December!

C.H. xx


Pretty Gifts: Christmas Market Sellers Part 2


Fellas- here’s a heads up for some Beautiful Christmas gifts for the lovely ladies in your life! Girlfriends, Mum’s, Sisters and Best Friends will thank you for their BEST present this Christmas if you shop with us at Bunkers Hill on Saturday 17th December to find unique jewellery, handmade accessories and one-of-a-kind homewears. Here’s just a few recommendations to help you on the day…


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ZALISANDER
Zalisander is a Nottingham based jewellery company recently established by Lex with help from the Princes Trust. Each piece of jewellery is made with love, bringing you handcrafted quality and uniqueness. Zalisander Contemporary Jewellery will be showcasing items from her ‘Pearlvine’ collection. These beautiful pieces are botanically inspired, incorporating silver with multi hued freshwater pearls.


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THE COLLAR WORKER
The collar worker is an ethical fashion collaboration between Harriet Haines-Young and Abigail Waistie. They create innovative sustainable designs using only certified organic fair trade cotton, bamboo and silk hand-dyed and silk screen print using only non toxic inks. Their work was inspired by a reversal of gender stereotypes and class relations, and how this relates to what we wear.

“We are influenced by Traditional textile construction, what goes on behind the ‘seams’ of our clothes…so watch out for the decorative domestic symbols in our work, such as sneaky scissors! We don’t like running into friends who are wearing something we have just bought which happens often with high street fashion. This is why we only make limited runs of each design, to keep a unique and personal feel to the products you own, and it means you can accessorise your wardrobe with items you won’t see on the high street!”

On Saturday 17th at Bunkers Hill, they will be selling a range of fine quality accessories, screen printed scarves, dresses and a selection of other items such as knitted accessories (gloves and wraps) Tote bags, cards, badges and buttons!


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DELIGHTFULLY DELECTABLE
Michelle is your one stop shop for beautifully presented vintage and vintage inspired jewellery featuring charm bracelets, rings, brooches and necklaces.
She describes her work as ‘Feminine, cute and quirky – a truly delightful gift.’ I think you will agree. Indulge a girly side and treat someone (or even yourself) to a piece of quirky jewellery this season.


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CARLY STAFFORD
Carly makes hand crafted jewellery, tea light holders and small vessels out of translucent porcelain. She will also have some lovely porcelain christmas decorations especially for the festive season with her at our market.

“I find the qualities of porcelain exciting, how it takes on colour and glaze, how it can be manipulated to give beautiful results. I experiment with these qualities to try and produce lovely wares that are friendly, tactile but most importantly usable.”

I am delighted that Carly has launched her new range just in time for Christmas to share with you at our Christmas Fair.


With goodies like this, Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a chore! Come along to Bunkers Hill on Saturday 17th December and become the king of Secret Santas. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine, with discounts for customers and mince pies for all! Soak up the atmosphere with some incredible local talent with live music in association with Notts about Music and lots more amazing designers. Check for out next blog post to find out more!

Tell a friend and spread the word!
C.H. xx

Winter Warmth – Xmas Market Sellers Part 1



Our top tips for staying cosy this Christmas;
1. Wear a Hat
2. Grow a Beard
3. Drink a Warming Brew
4. Cuddle Up with a Cushion


It’s as easy as that, and Curiosity Haus is here to help you. At our next event on Saturday 17th December at Bunkers Hill, Nottingham, we have hooked up with a stunning array of designers who can fully equip you for the coming season.

“Tell us more?” I hear you say, “OK” I reply…


1. Wear a Hat…

ORIZU
Orizu are Purveyors Of Fine Millinery And Accessories, Designed & Handmade in London. If you love hats, come and check out these beauties! Orizu will be sellng cloche hats, handmade with hand dyed wool and wool cashmere, as well as corsage brooches, hair clips and small cocktail hats handmade and hand dyed from straw.

‘Hats Are Cool’ according to Orizu, and seeing the trendy beauties they have to warm your noggin, I’d have to agree!

“This Season, Make Sure Your Hat is Not Just An Add On, Your Hat Is Key To Your Whole Look.” Designer & Milliner, Edie O


2. Grow a beard…

EMILY ROWLEY
ok so not everyone can grow a beard… but fear not! How about one of these fantastic bearded man brooches instead? As a big fan of both beards and pattern, I instantly fell in love with Emily’s playful ceramic brooches and I am thrilled that she will be joining Curiosity Haus on Saturday 17th. Emily makes a selection of ceramic items including figurative sculpture and accessories. She will be selling a range of brooches including bearded men, cute faces in hats, foxes and raccoons. Inspiration for Emily’s work comes from the cosy feelings of nostalgia and the passing of time. “As a result, many of my creations have a feeling of childishness and are loved by the whole family.”

3. Drink a Warming Brew

THIEVING JACKS
Tea drinking will undoubtably warm your cockles, but don’t just use any old mug! Thieving Jacks have come to the rescue with a collection of upcycled vintage delights and long forgotten aesthetic treats all with a handmade twist ranging from vintage crockery and organic candles to one off prints. Their illustrated vintage teacups could be the envy of all your friends, or they do make wonderful pressies too!

4. Cuddle up with a Cushion

AWESOME PILLOWS
If you want something to snuggle up with, check out these little guys! Who needs a significant other, when you can have one of these plushies instead? They really are cushions with character! Awesome pillows are handmade decorative pillow shaped characters stuffed within an inch of their life. …and kids love them too!


That’s just a taste of what to expect on Saturday 17th December at Bunkers Hill, we will have mulled wine, mince pies and the amazing Notts About Music will be bring us live acoustic sets once more! Please spread the word about our lovely event and invite your friends! You can share this post by clicking on the social icons below or RSVP to the event on facebook.

Cant’t wait to see you there!
C.H. xx

Join Us for Our Christmas Market 17th December







As well as our renowned mix of fantastic Contemporary Craft and Design, we will have mulled wine and mince pies as well as some wonderful live acoustic music including Marc Reeves, Sean from Mascot Fight and the awesome Alex Hel brought to you by Notts About Music as well as seasonal treats for customers.

A perfect place to shop for a unique Christmas gift and a great day out in Nottingham!

Most importantly, we will have a host of handmade wares from local designer makers, vintage clothes, accessories, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and homewares as well as cakes! …phew! You can read all about the amazing designers showcasing and selling their work with us on our series of blog posts about the event:

Shopping tips for Guys- what to get the lovely ladies in your life!
Top tips for a cosy Winter!
Waste Not Want Not -Upcycled Luxury.
An Illustrated Path.

So come along and fill your boots, it’s going to be a great day!
Bunkers Hill are offering discount at the fair for customers too- even more reason to have that mulled wine, and buy those beautiful handmade treats!

Bunkers Hill
36-38 Hockley,
Nottingham, NG1 1FP

Find the event on Facebook too!

Hope to see you there!
C.H. xx

Live Music Line Up at Curiosity Haus Indie Market


On Saturday 29th October, alongside our fabulous sellers who will be bringing you an array of Craft, Design, Vintage, Cakes, Gifts and more, we will have a great line up of Live Acoustic Music; Marc Reeves, Ali Hazeldene and stars of August Actually! -brought to you by Notts About Music.

NOTTS ABOUT MUSIC Incorporating local venue, musician, promoter and business profile pages, event listings, specific genre sections, newsfeeds and forum spaces, Notts About Music is the definitive online resource for live music in Nottingham.


Notts About Music is making live music easy; for venues, musicians, promoters and fans alike. Notts about Music new website launches 31st October, Music fans, musicians, writers and promoters come along on Saturday and find out more! Notts About Music…Live Music Made Easy!


MARC REEVES
We are delighted to welcome Marc to our stage at the Indie Market on Saturday, come along to hear his blend of heartfelt experimental acoustic folk.


Nottingham Evening Post describe Marc: ‘Sweet, soulful & sentimental songs – Reeves has a superb vocal quality and the lyrics to match’

“20 year old Marc Reeves has become a staple part of the Nottingham music scene, wearing his heart on his sleeve with his introspective performances in pubs, bars, cafe’s and music venues around the midlands and beyond. In late December 2010 Marc independently released his debut solo album, ‘Perfectly Fine’, to much critical acclaim, gaining attention from radio stations and journalists nationwide with his unique blend of pop-rock and folk music. Reeves employs all of his talents to create his art: playing all the instruments, recording, mixing, and mastering the album all on his own.’

Having grown up listening to the likes of The Beatles & Elliott Smith, Marc has a gained a great respect and understanding for Pop music, and combines his love for the genre with his passion for Folk music, drawing inspiration from his seniors – Simon & Garfunkel, Fairport Convention – and contemporaries like Iron & Wine, Laura Marling & Johnny Flynn. Marc has also been perfecting his skills on the guitar for over 10 years: he’s worked as a session guitarist and vocalist for many local artists. He sings like the weight of the world is on his shoulders, but his voice soars effortlessly – which his debut recording is a testament to, being a joyous celebration of playful vocal melodies and harmonies.”

More information can be found on Marc’s facebook page.


ALI HAZELENE
Ali Hazeldene is the man behind Bonsai Projects, will be joining us for a great acoustic set on Saturday.




“Acoustic folk pop, Bonsai Projects. Ali Hazeldene is a one-man band of singer songwriter delights combining folk sentiments with punk and blues. Ali blends the sensitivity of Ben Harper with the legendary quality of Johnny Cash. His voice is one you’ll love and your mum will love; it’ll make you itch, glaze over with stupidity, and draw your tears like they are attached to every guitar string.” Left Lion Magazine.

You can find more information on Bonsai Projects bandcamp page.


AUGUST ACTUALLY
We will also have the pleasure of Laura and Alex from the band ‘August Actually’. They will be performing some of their acoustic treats!


“August Actually are an Indiepop/folk band from Nottingham who formed in March 2011 to play the best songs from the sea-gazing concept album which frontman Alex wrote over the month of February. They played their first show in May 2011 supporting The Wave Pictures. Since then they have recorded a 5 song EP, added drums to their line-up and played shows in London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Hull, on line-ups featuring Darren Hayman, The Wave Pictures, Standard Fare, Evans the Death, Red Shoe Diaries, The Understudies and many others.”

You can like August Actually on their facebook page.



I hope you can join us on Saturday at Bunkers Hill, 36-38 Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FP. Have a browse through our latest blog posts for more information on all of our amazing sellers and what you can look forward to on the day!

Please spread the word and share the event with your friends!

C.H. xx

A touch of Vintage? Curiosity Haus Indie Market Sellers Part 5


In this post I will be giving you a sneaky peak at the wonderland of vintage goodies that you can rummage through and sellers you will find at our Indie Market at Bunkers Hill on Saturday 29th October. Don’t forget, as well as all this, we will have live music brought to you by Notts about Music and tricks and treats for customers!


Delightfully Delectable: Michelle handmakes beautifully presented vintage and vintage inspired jewellery, including bracelets, rings, necklaces, brooches. Truly delectable and perfect for Christmas gifts!


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Anna Treliving Textiles creates a range of handmade goodies including Brooches, Hairclips and Greeting Cards using vintage and recycled fabrics with beautiful patterns. Treat yourself on Saturday 29th Octber to some of her beautiful wares.


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Oxfam Boutique

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…And of course we will also have the wonderful Oxfam Boutique with a choice selection of Vintage gems for your perusal. Come and see what they are up to and buy some top quality vintage clothing with all proceeds going to Oxfam’s current projects.
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Hope you enjoyed a taste of the vintage offerings we have in store for you on Saturday 29th October at Bunkers Hill. Make sure you plan this great event into your day… vintage shopping, live music, cakes and local design, and even a cheeky beer or your favourite tipple if you fancy it!!

(The content of all images are credited to their designers, Anna Treliving, Delightfully Delectable, Oxfam Vintage Boutique.)


Curiosity Haus Indie Market Sellers Halloween Special! Delish, Awesome Pillows, Sparklecat, Nicola Donovan


So it’s nearing the end of October (how did that happen?!). There is finally a chill in the air, crisp autumn smells and of course Halloween! This is my favourite time of year! So with the Curiosity Haus Indie Market at Bunkers Hill only round the corner I thought I would tell you more about the tricks and treats we have in store for you on the 29th!


Delish specialise in making cake pops. Cake whats, I hear you say? …A cake pop is an irresistibly yummy, moist cake covered in candy melt. It’s the perfect size and it comes on a stick – what’s there not to like? Sifting through the pictures of these tasty looking treats has been difficult, knowing I have to wait 14 more days before I can get my teeth around one! Meanwhile all I can do is tantalise you with the same temptations… see you on the 29th- the cake pops are calling you….


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Awesome Pillows Awesome Pillows creates hand made decorative pillow shaped characters stuffed within an inch of their life. On Saturday 29th, she promises us, “plump pirates, undead upholstery and backrest bats as well as more pillowsaurus’s and squishamajigs!” …Awesome! ;)


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SparkleCat: If, while reading this post, you have only just realised how close we are to Halloween… Don’t panic! We have your fancy dress all wrapped up. Sparklecat create handmade feather headdresses, headbands, jewellery & accessories. How amazing will you look wearing one of these to a fancy dress party?


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Nicola Donovan is studying for her PhD at Nottingham Trent, her subject is Nottingham lace. She will be bringing along her stunning Nottingham lace related artworks, accessories incorporating Nottingham lace while trying to generate conversations and interest in Nottingham lace through artworks, she would love to talk to you about it…

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As well as all that, there will be prizes to be won in our photobooth competition and we will be giving away special tricks or treats to customers until we run out, so make sure you get there early and don’t miss out! Saturday 29th October at Bunkers Hill.

(The content of all images are credited to their designers, Delish, Awesome Pillows, Sparklecat, Nicola Donovan.)


Pritt Sticks at Dawn!


What are you up to this weekend? On Sunday our friends Spinsters Emporium will be hosting another fabulous “Craft Off” Event at The Malt Cross. Together with Merrimaking Hoods they are presenting a day filled with competitive crafting!
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I have been to two previous Craft Off events, and won some super prizes! Which I would love to show off to you now!

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L-R: Original Illustration Artwork by Billy, Prize-Winning Guitar Man!, Martha Glazzard Screen Printed yellow T-Shirt.



At the very first, I won an original piece of artwork, painted by ‘Billy’ in the colouring competition and the following year our team created a fab balloon-head rockstar to win the top prize. (As seen in the picture above -I’m talking about one in the one in the middle). I chose an amazing screen printed T-shirt designed by Martha Glazzard as our prize.


Why not check it out and you might just be as lucky to win some amazing prizes too! I can’t wait to see what wild creations will emerge from the day!

Tickets are available on the door for £5, or book in advance to avoid disappointment.

…See you there!

Don’t forget to check out the amazing line up at the next Curiosity Haus event the following week. On Saturday 29th October at Bunkers Hill, we will be bringing you a wonderful day of craft and design, Vintage and Live Music, and Tricks and Treats galore! Find out more here.

Curiosity Haus Indie Market Sellers Part 3: Eireann Lorsung, Stitches and Stars, Lana Kecovich


I am so excited by the excellent line up of designer makers exhibiting at our Fair at Bunkers Hill on Saturday 29th October. Don’t forget, as well as all this, we will have live music brought to you by Notts about Music, the Oxfam Boutique and tricks and treats for customers!



Eireann Lorsung is a poet and a printmaker. Her beautiful prints and delicate paintings are rich with narrative. On the 29th Eireann will be selling stationery, calendars, cards and objects made from cloth; small ornaments, coin purses and dolls. Her work makes me feel warm and I think you will love it too!


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Stitches and Stars: The quirky creations of Jess Roper-Woods. Her collection of work is adorned with hand-stamped messages including super-cute stationery, homewares, badges and accessories.


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Lana’s Cards and Crafts: Lana will be selling a mixture of her handmade designs: mixed media greeting cards, fabric home accessories such as cushions, quilts, notice boards, bunting, door stops, multi-pocket organisers, aprons and peg bags, fabric handbags, wall canvasses, altered notepads, gift tags and art journals. …A gift for everyone!


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If you enjoyed this latest taster, you can read all our blog posts about the fantastic design we have in store for you on Saturday 29th October at Bunkers Hill here. Please also check out the event on facebook, I would just love it if you could share it with your friends and spread the word far and wide!
With Thanks,
C.H. xx

(The content of all images are credited to their designers, Eireann Lorsung, Stitches and Stars, Lana’s Cards and Crafts.)


Curiosity Haus Indie Market Sellers Part 2: Hello Sunshine, Jo Clarke Design & Northern Toff


In this post I will be showing off some more of the wonderful sellers you will find at our Indie Market at Bunkers Hill on Saturday 29th October. Don’t forget, as well as all this, we will have live music brought to you by Notts about Music and tricks and treats for customers!


Hello Sunshine by Jo Want features unique and quirky jewellery, accessories, greetings cards & illustrations. Inspiration comes from the playful nature of animals, people and everyday life, sprinkled with humour. With the intention of bringing a smile to the world’s face, these collections of work include laser cut necklaces, brooches, drop and stud earrings, pin badges, and greeting cards.


Home Tweet Home handmade Necklace by Hello Sunshine at Curiosity Haus Hello Sunshine by Jo Want Birds Necklace Hello Sunshine by Jo Want Handmade Birds earrings at curiosity haus


Jo Clarke: As a recent graduate from the Children’s Book Illustration MA at Cambridge School of Art, Jo has developed her visual language as an artist, designer, painter, illustrator and writer to bring together this beautiful ever growing, gift range. Jo’s designs emerge from organic shapes with a sensitive use of line and sophisticated colour palette creating a unique and contemporary identity. Jo will be selling her Greetings cards, original illustrations and art prints, also a range of gift wares featuring her own hand painted designs and printed illustrations.


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Northern Toff pride themselves in their environmetally friendly screen printing on ethically produced textiles. They will be selling a range of great t-shirts, bags, various handcrafted products, unique gifts and even shoes!


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Hope you enjoyed the second instalment of what’s to come on Saturday 29th October at Bunkers Hill.

(The content of all images are credited to their designers, Hello Sunshine, Jo Clarke, Northern Toff.)


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