Aunt Elsie’s Spring Fling

We are delighted to be able to invite you to
Aunt Elsie’s Spring Fling.
Friday 3rd May, Saturday 4th May 10am-6pm,
Aunt Elsie’s Marquee, Market Place, Reading

Aunt Elsie’s Spring Fling

Following on from the success of Aunt Elsie’s Christmas Do last year, we are once again putting up the marquee, bringing out the bunting, laying the tables with china and showing you “another side of Reading”.

With the help of the talented artists, designers and makers we know, we hope to delight you with this two-day extravaganza, showing the work of both familiar and new faces.  Aunt Elsie will even have a tea space set up, run by our lovely jelly volunteers and 100% of all money raised in the tea space will be used for jelly’s education programme.

At Aunt Elsie’s Spring Fling you can expect to find original prints, drawings, textiles, handmade clothes, recycled furniture, glassware, jewellery, ceramics, books, photography, vintage clothes and much more, all with the designers, makers and stylists on hand to talk about their work.

Aunt Elsie’s is one of a number of events put on by jelly throughout the year. We are very lucky that  Reading UK CIC work in partnership with us to enable us to bring Aunt Elsie events to life.

We asked Jo Keen (Marketing & Events Co-ordinator at Reading UK CIC) for a few words about Aunt Elsie’s:
“Reading UK CIC is delighted to be working in partnership with Jelly.   This pop up market with a difference is a great way of bringing another unique and quality event to the town centre’s Business Improvement District”.

As an added bonus, on Saturday 4th May from 2pm, Salvo Toscano will also be welcoming visitors to his studio (jelly studios, 42 Market Place, right opposite the marquee) for Open Studios 2013 (

We really hope you can pop along and enjoy the treats we will have waiting for you,

Exhibitors include:

Alexandra Vintage: Authentic, personally sourced vintage clothing and accessories for men and women, luscious vintage washroom cosmetics.

R3 Emporium: R3 Emporium is a venture run by Tessa and Russ Turner who both feel strongy about the possibilities of recycling, or described another way, upcycling. The main aim of R3 Emporium is to “breathe new life” into old items

The Nightmonkey: Martin Stubbington AKA The Nightmonkey is a Reading based artist and illustrator with a love of public and street art. He is strongly influenced by animals, and makes unique, individual bird cutouts from newspapers, magazines, London Underground maps and more. Each bird is original and are drawn freehand.

Ian Taylor: Sculptor, he is comparatively unique in being able to boast of working “as a freelance sculptor for TV” for several years. He works in diverse materials (from stone to found objects), inspired by diverse sources (from Gaudier-Brzeska to Fred Astaire), to diverse effects (from whimsy to profundity).  His work is collected by the likes of Sir Terrance Conran, Andy Goldsworthy, Stephen Frears and Albert Hunt

Brenda Graham: Brenda Graham makes copper-foiled glass pieces that include birds, animals, flowers, bunting, matryoshkas anything that takes her fancy.  She has fun playing with shapes, colours and the magical qualities of glass. She has recently added a range of jewellery that is sourced from all over the world.  Digital images are trapped under glass and enhanced with all sorts of charms and frippery.

Patchwork Butterfly: Patchwork Butterfly is lovingly run by myself Lisa-Marie Gibbs and marries two of my big obsessions, drawing and hand stitching which combine to make beautiful things to adorn you and your home.

keke-kaka.: keke-kaka is a collection of paper goods, fabric and accessories featuring my designs. I hand make cards, prints, clay brooches, pillow cases and t-shirts…Most of my characters are inspired from fables and my everyday surroundings. I’d like to make my art and design affordable and accessible

Sue Mundy Ceramics: From her studio at The Milking Machine in Shinfield, Sue Mundy creates a unique range of decorative, functional and sculptural ceramics.

Pipal Press: A new publisher of high quality books and black and white photographs by Michael Thomas about unusual places and people in India.

Claire Weaver: Mixture of fabric and knit pieces, home and fashion accessories.

Le Petit Pois: Le Petit Pois’s products are individually crafted in the UK with British materials. Mainly made of Felt, each item is designed exclusively by Le Petit Pois and also completely hand sewn. All of the collections are inspired by Japanese imagery, crochet and all things sweet

Maggie Goleniak: I am fine art painter and base design work on my painting and drawing. My Maggie’s Art&Design is a place full of art, imagination, colours and passion for a design.

Emma Wright: The Emma Press is a small press with a big heart, dedicated to celebrating romance and poetry in ways that are accessible and easy on the eye.

Two Rivers Press: Two Rivers Press is delighted to be exhibiting its recent publications about Reading in a marquee in the Market Place again with ‘Aunt Elsie’! Two Rivers Press has been publishing in and about Reading since 1994. Founded by the artist Peter Hay (1951-2003), the press continues to delight readers, local and further afield, with its varied list of individually designed, thought-provoking books.

Red Kyte: I make both silver jewellery and fabric items.  All my jewellery is sterling silver and hallmarked.

Jo Quinn Printmaker: Jo’s etchings are inspired by the aesthetics of everyday objects – snapshots of unseen kitchen corners and eclectic interiors.

Caroline Marriott: I work in textiles and make bags, cushions, flowers, dollies and a range of jewellery. For Christmas I make wreaths and angels and kits for making dollies and bags.

Alabamawhirly: Alabamawhirly will be selling Johnny Rotten kits, handknits that are mismatched and knit kits.

Carole Stephens: work in pen and ink, pastel and mixed media

Bombella: knit kits including the Intrepid Fox and Tawny Owl kits

Aunt Elsie’s Spring Fling,
Market Place Reading RG1 2DE
Free entry
Friday 3 May 10 – 6
Saturday 4 May 10 – 6

a partnership project between Reading UK CIC and jelly

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