We love a party here at Creative Towers (we had a number shaped cake once) So there was no way I’d refuse an invite to the 6th Birthday celebrations at the lovely Lace Market Shop of Debbie Bryan with the added pleasure of printmaking and prosecco (the latter indulgence on this occasion sadly had to be refused due to being encumbered by a car to drive home from the forest park and ride) and of course the additional delight of the company of Debbie herself.
The shop is a visual treat, featuring the wonderful work of Debbie herself alongside other local makers and designers from Britain and further afield arranged around some amazing heritage bits and bobs. It is quite difficult to keep eye contact during my conversation with Debbie as like a Magpie my eye is drawn to arrangements of my favourite shiny jewellery things and a host of other colourful crafted delights. Even the decorated downstairs toilet is a creative space in its own right!
Over the last six years Debbie has invited a range of artists and makers the chance to offer creative workshop experiences in her shop and most recently the workshop area at the rear of the shop has been lovingly opened up and extended into a glorious spacious place to play (well that’s what I was doing at the printing party!) Plus you can now have tea and cake or even a beer or two whilst you get creative.
Here the local ethos continues as Debbie has partnered with Magpie Brewery who’ve created some special beers for her ‘The Stocking Frame’ and ‘The Draughtsman’ and I hear there may be a stout on the way too (though I wasn’t let into the secret of what that might be called).
It was a real treat to get stuck in and get my hands dirty, creating a collection of printed papers from different techniques including linocut, stencilling and collograph under the watchful eye of the super staff team. As CN hadn’t sent Debbie a card I thought I’d better make one (it’s a bit rude to have turned up for such an auspicious occasion empty handed!) and the linoprint CN logo went a little Warhol to achieve this!
Having forced Debbie to pose for this blog she rounded on me and insisted we did a selfie, you can share one from the shop with the hashtag #LoveLocal for a chance to win a voucher to buy yourself some of the goodies on offer!
Debbie and her business features in Nottingham’s Creative Industry Ecology a new report by UK WON which will be launched at an event in Nottingham on 22 June. We’ll be sending a roving reporter from CN so watch this space for a blog on the event next week!