8 Dec 2011

A REVIEW OF CHRISTMAS AT THE ORANGERY 2011



By writer Emma Woodhouse:

"The Clifton Club was once the height of fashionable 19th century society when gatherings took place there under the guise of The Assembly Rooms. During the last weekend of November it once again found itself bursting at the seams with intrepid visitors thanks to the success of Christmas at The Orangery.

Having outgrown its humble beginnings, this annual event offering a Christmas sale for the savvy shoppers of Bristol had migrated to the lavishly opulent Clifton Club, offering more space, warmer rooms and a more decadent atmosphere. Organised by exhibitor and designer Rachel Goodchild since 2000, Clifton at The Orangery presented a well-curated collection of unique artistic businesses.

As the bell struck ten, an orderly formed queue began its advance inside the Georgian building to begin the ominous task of ‘mooching with intent’. Legions of feet paraded through the entrance and up the stairs to the vast series of first floor rooms housing almost 30 independent exhibitors.

Amidst the bridge tables and ale pumps of the old boys’ club, a circus of independent crafters, artisans and designers had set up shop to cater for a cavalcade of Saturday shoppers. With traditional red and gold decorations adorning the real pine trees and holly throughout the space, Christmas at The Orangery injected joyous Victorian glamour into The Clifton Club.

Paying just one pound admission towards a raffle in support of Penny Brohn Cancer Care, visitors were immediately eligible to win a selection of items from each of the exhibitors with a total worth of £450.  In addition to the raffle, a stand at the entrance of the exhibition selling selected items from their own shop allowed visitors to directly chat about the work of the charity whilst supporting them with their purchases.

Beneath marble Corinthian pillars and ornate plaster mouldings, flocks of customers circulated between rooms to assess the wares on display. Knitwear sat next to exquisite jewellery, confectionery akin to crockery and stoneware, carpentry, textiles and toiletries all proudly displayed their produce too.

Under gilded electric chandeliers and domed skylights a series of round tables through the centre of the room made more exhibition space. Tall Christmas trees and pretty umbrellas created centrepieces around which stood a battalion of food, from homemade mince pies to bespoke couture chocolates and cakes.

Pickles, preserves, chutneys and jams, became as much a visual delight all wrapped up in glorious cellophane with ribbon and bows as they would later be a tasty delight for the lucky recipient. Crowds circled a chocolatier’s stand, delighting in the medley of flavours and magical mouldings on display for sale.

Teenage girls found themselves absorbed in intricately made jewellery, pleading with parents to just get them the earrings to match the necklace and bracelet as well. Couples found themselves debating over whether to invest in handmade wooden products for the home or choose sleek contemporary vessels made out of Bath Stone instead.

The paper craft automata kits of Cool 4 Cats enraptured an audience of wide-eyed little faces as tiny children watched in awe as handles turned to make models move. They reached up, desperate to have their own turn and delighted as cars pivoted, birds flew and a giant model of the empire state building occasioned the flight of a helicopter.

Overlooking Clifton’s only formal square, families pitched up in the makeshift tearoom overlooking The Mall to rest their feet and rejuvenate their spirits with tea, cake and mulled wine and cider. An army of brown paper bags and overflowing hampers sporting an array of freshly purchased goodies surrounded the plush leather sofas that they chose to recline on.

The flood of feet up the stairs did not seem to abate, as shoppers filled the space with woollen hats, bobble hats, matching berets and fur-lined hoods; cagoules, anoraks and Barbour jackets all shuffled past the stalls as sensible flat shoes marched past impractical heels to have the pick of the produce.

The independent nature of the sellers meant that each individual item was sold in the knowledge that it was entirely bespoke. Stallholders greeted customers with huge smiles, only too willing to discuss their products and services with an unbridled passion.

From award winning designers such as Ella Doran to local artists like Adrian Sykes, Christmas at The Orangery made sure that there was something of interest to everyone. In addition to the array of products for sale, their prices were reflective of the broad scale of the event as well.

A feast for the eyes greeted shoppers wherever they looked.  From coat stands bedecked in fairy lights to partition doors being used to display scarves whilst mince pies balanced tantalisingly in the branches of ornate Christmas trees, no surface was left unutilised for the display of goods.

As lunchtime approached, teas and coffees were replaced with deep berry and warm orange beverages, segueing into festively mulled spirits. The sound of excited chatter overpowered the background tinkle of Christmas tunes whilst visitors to Christmas at The Orangery felt at ease as they browsed stalls, discovered new businesses and stocked up on presents for the oncoming festivities".

For Emma Woodhouse's website click HERE.

See Gallery for photos of this years show.


25 Nov 2011

FROM US ALL


From ALL of us exhibitors - we are exhibiting on Saturday 26th from 10am until 6pm FOR ONE DAY ONLY. Come along and shop for Christmas. Buy straight form the designer/ Maker.

The comfortable lounge will be serving teas, coffees, mulled wines, mulled ciders and all sorts of yummy pastries the chief has made specially for this event. Real fires and relaxing sofas and armchairs await you at The Clifton Club. There will even be a cloak room, so you really can relax and kick start your Christmas.

The event is in support of Penny Brohn Cancer Care who will also be there to share the amazing work they do at the centre in support of people who have cancer, plus they will also have a stand with selling selected items from their own shop.

£1.00 entrance fee enters you into a grand raffle with the chance to win over £300.00 worth of gifts, food items, Christmas cards and wrappings just in time for Christmas. The Raffle will be drawn at 5.30pm in the lounge of the Clifton Club. 


For directions please see our MAP page.

7 Sep 2011

ELLA DORAN

ELLA DORAN

Ella Doran, originally from Bristol is now an established London designer. Her work will be immediately recognisable. She has transformed everyday objects into design-conscious pieces through the clever manipulation of the photographic image, either on its own, in repeat or combined with striking hand-coloured backgrounds. In 2005 Ella opened her studio with a small shop front to the public and now sells both online and through the store. Ella has worked with the Tate Modern for several years now designing ranges for their museums, she has also designed for John Lewis and Habitat (to name a few). She will be exhibiting at Christmas at the Orangery this year, so it is a wonderful chance for you to see her work in all its glory.



CHARLOTTE MACEY

CHARLOTTE MACEY TEXTILES

Charlotte Macey Textiles makes Handmade textile home wares decorated with illustrative and quirky stitching. Charlotte is based in the heart of the Cotswold countryside. It is there in her little studio that she finds inspiration, as she designs and lovingly hand makes each new cosy or tea towel, before sending them off to their new home! Her illustrative stitch 'handwriting' depicts a menagerie of elongated and quirky items. Charlotte will be selling her range of home wares for the first time this year at Christmas at the Orangery.

CHOCOLATE DELORES

CHOCOLATE DELORES

Chocolate Delores is run by Lizzie Melling and based in Bristol. She creates her own wonderfully delicious, visually stunning hand made chocolates and chocolate cakes for Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas, etc. Lizzie's amazing chocolates and cakes are fun, funky, very luxurious, whilst being extremely delicious. She also makes Chocolate Stiletto Shoes and Chocolate Florentines to order. All her cakes are handmade using Fairtrade, Organic and locally sourced ingredients. She is back by popular demand exhibiting at Christmas at the Orangery selling her delicious hand made chocolates and many other edible food gifts.

JULIA DAVEY

JULIA DAVEY

Julia Davey is a Bath based ceramicist who makes small batches of earthenware ceramic items inspired by personal events, places and objects - one day it’s flamingos at the zoo and the next it's a bee trapped in her garden shed! Julia decorates tableware using original illustrations combined with decadent lustre and makes jewellery, delicate butterflies and hand-formed coasters. She will be exhibiting for the first time at Christmas at the Orangery this year and a range of her products.

ELEON FINE FOODS

ELEON FINE FOODS

Eleon Fine Foods is a small family business passionate about high quality foods. They produce Unfiltered Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil. Delicious olive oil straight from their family olive grove in Greece. The Stamatopoulos family have lived in the coastal town of Filiatra, Messinia for generations, it is this area of the Peloponnese in Greece that is known for the production of superior quality olive oil. They will be selling their delicious olive oils, as well as organic balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy and rustic olive wood products, such as Bowls, chopping boards and other kitchen products.

ADRIAN SYKES

ADRIAN SYKES

Adrian Sykes is a Bristol Artist who has a reputation for producing truly eclectic mixes of pieces. His extensive portfolio of work covers a wide range of form and images; from his extraordinary explorations of light and dark in the intricately detailed black and white drawings, to the fascinating land of his imagination, transporting us into a world of darkly humorous and quirky characters as they play out their wit on the paper.  He will be exhibiting for the first time at Christmas at the Orangery selling original artworks of local scenes, prints of local scenes and prints of Italy and france. All Quirky, humorous and detailed.

ELSIE BELLE

ELSIE BELLE



Elsie Belle is a vibrant Bristol based jewellery company featuring charms, trinkets and treasures galore. All their pieces are handmade in their Bristol studio with great care and attention to detail using reworked vintage and inspired components sourced from around the world. They will be exhibiting for the first time at Christmas at the Orangery and selling American brass lockets and stampings pressed from original vintage designs, Japanese lucite flowers, Czech glass beads, hand painted porcelain cabochons and beautiful hand wired freshwater pearls. Elsie Belle have been featured in a number of fashion and lifestyle publications including Look, Company, Heat, Cosmopolitan and the Sunday Time Style Magazine. Celebrities spotted wearing Elsie Belle jewellery include Holly Willoughby, Fern Cotton, Alexandra Burke, Pixie Lott, Dawn Porter and Rachel Stevens.

RACHEL GOODCHILD


Rachel Goodchild is a Bristol based Designer who also organises the Christmas at the Orangery event. She will be selling her Christmas gift wrap, gift tags, bags, boxes, journals and charity Christmas cards at this years show. 

6 Sep 2011

ANNA FALCKE

ANNA FALCKE

Anna Falcke is a Bristol based textile designer who makes scarves and accessories, specialises in the design of exclusive textiles and fabrics fo use in women's accessories. She will be selling her beautiful hand painted Silk velvet scarves, Pleated fleece scarves and wrist warmers for adults and children. Plus, new this year, Pleated wrap, Ruffle (pleated neck warmer with ruffle trim),  Loopee (pleated looped scarf with ruffle trim) and men's wristees.

BRISTOL VINTAGE



Bristol Vintage, are back by popular demand, and will be selling their Vintage crockery including cake stands, cups and saucers, trios, kitchenalia, vintage books, vintage ‘treasures’ and curios. Looking for something different as a Christmas gift?  then you are sure to find something at Bristol Vintage's stand.


BELLE AND BOO

BELLE AND BOO

Belle and Boo sell the most beautiful children's products and will exhibiting for the first time at Christmas at the Orangery this year. This Bristol based company will be selling their stunning children's range of art prints, home wares, paper goods and clothing. Look out for their lunch boxes, money boxes and tape!

CUSTARD DESIGNS

CUSTARD DESIGNS

Custard Designs are from Gloucestershire and will be exhibiting at Christmas at the Orangery for the first time this year. They will be selling a hand selected  range of handbags and fashion accessories in primarily leather and also in fabric. They will also be selling wallets, Knitted hats/scarves and Gloves, Woven scarves, Leather Gloves, Leather/fabric belts and a small selection of jewellery. 

MULLION COVE

MULLION COVE

Mullion Cove  will be back again selling a selection of Cornish goodies including real English tea from the Tregothnan Estate, beautifully wrapped Cornish food hampers and a selection of their own Cornish fairings. These sweet and spiced Cornish biscuits are handmade using no added preservatives or flavourings, just good honest and traditional ingredients. Look out for their new Christmas flavours including crystalised ginger and dark chocolate dipped fairings!

GILLIAN STEIN

GILLIAN STEIN

Gillian Stein creates Individual mixed metal contemporary designs with a narrative edge. Gillian's work is made out of hand wrought silver, brass and copper. She use the processes of hammering, reticulation and rolling with textures. The majority of her pieces are unique and some are produced in limited editions. All the earring, brooch and necklace fittings are sterling silver. Gillian will be selling all of her lovely collection this year at Christmas at the Orangery. 

COOL 4 CATS

COOL 4 CATS
Cool 4 Cats is the Bristol based company of Tim Bullock, who designs and creates fantastic paper craft automata kits. Very original Christmas gifts and good for posting abroad too! Tim's kits come gift packaged and are given as a kit for the receiver to make up. Once made up each of the models do something. You really have to come and see Tim's stand. In the meantime here is a video that shows the extent of what his models can do once built.

JOANNA SWAN


Joanna Swan's beaded jewellery is unique and eye-catching, with no piece the same. Bristol based Joanna Swan will be selling her vibrant and colourful jewellery at Christmas at the Orangery this year. Get there early to snap up her one-off pieces to look gorgeous in the festive season.

LIZ FERGUSON

LIZ FERGUSON

Liz Ferguson makes Homemade Christmas tree decorations using vintage items, Christmas Stockings using vintage and contemporary fabrics, A selection of wrapped bakery goods (such as her very popular meringues, Caramelised orange mince pies, cakes etc). Her pickles and preserves are always beautifully packaged and are suitable for Christmas gifts. Her Christmas bunting sells fast!  She will also be selling potted hyacinths/kissing boughs, hot chocolate mugs and lots of other lovely vintagey kitschy things that she will make along the way!!!

LEIGHTON PRACTICE

LEIGHTON PRACTICE

Leighton Practice is a Bristol based complementary healthcare practice, providing massage therapy, reflexology and aromatherapy.  The practitioner, Pamala Connor will be at Christmas at the Orangery selling a range of products which provide not only therapeutic care, but which can be seen as pleasantly pampering. Though luxurious products – many of them hand-made and from entirely natural ingredients – they are all reasonably priced and make ideal gifts. Included are Balm Balm products, an exclusive range of creams and balms, which are hard to source locally and a range of hand-made soaps.

MORAG MACINNES

MORAG MACINNES



Morag MacInnes is a Bristol based ceramic artist who splits her years living  between Bristol and Spain. She makes gorgeous hand painted ceramics. She will be exhibiting this year and selling her one-off domestic ware, earthenware plates, platters and pots, plus her smoke fired sculptures of dogs
      

FELT SO GOOD

FELT SO GOOD

Felt so Good is a Bristol based company who sells Products made out of colourful felt. These beautiful items are made from 100% New Zealand sheep’s wool fibres. They are then massaged and manipulated to create the innovative and funky products that you see here. They will be selling a collection of Home & Gift products as well as brooches, key rings, hair accessories, rings, bracelets, finger puppets bags, purses and a magical Christmas collection. 



SUSIE PARR


Susie Parr, Bristol based craft-maker, makes beautiful hand knitted and crocheted items made from organic, unusual and locally sourced wools in natural colours. These are all knitted by Susie Parr and her niece. This year she will be selling scarves, hats, fingerless mits, bootees and hot water bottle covers. But be warned...Last year Susie sold of her natural knits, so get there fast!

PENNY BROHN CANCER CARE SHOP


The Penny Brohn Cancer has its own Shop which will be exhibiting at this years Christmas at the Orangery. Product images to follow shortly. Watch this space....

WARWICK BORSAY


Warwick Borsay, who is based in Bath, specialises in creating contemporary hand-made stone vessels for the home. The range is made from Bath stone and focuses on simple, clean lines in a beautiful, tactile material. The range is made using casting techniques with Bath stone to produce contemporary stone vessels for cool, calm interiors.

SUSAN TAYLOR ART

SUSAN TAYLOR ART

Susan Taylor  designs and creates graphical typographical prints, cards and tea towels for contemporary rooms.  Affordable and on-trend, Susan's work is much influenced by years spent as a graphic designer in advertising agencies. The Bristol based artist has created a Bristol print, depicting the icons around the city, which is her most popular piece to date. For the first time this year she will be exhibiting at Christmas at the Orangery and selling her screenprints, tea towels and Christmas cards.

MATT WAITE POTTERY

MATT WAITE POTTERY
Matt Waite Pottery is based in Wiltshire. He makes a range of tableware alongside individual and larger pieces using a Cornish stoneware clay. The pots are fired in an 18 cuft gas kiln, built in 2004, which takes up to 14 hours to reach the top temperature of 1300c. The glazes, which are mostly oriental in origin, include copper reds, iron rich tenmoku, shino, kaki, blue jun and a cream coloured chun. Other glazes make use of estuary mud and wood ash, creating the character and colour of the glaze. He will be selling a selection of his pottery this year at Christmas at the Orangery.