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

postcard project jelly

Hogarth Productions and jelly bring you “The Postcard Project”

The Postcard Project:

In response to the world premiere work created by Sean Burn for this years St Mary's Project at Whitley Arts Festival, Hogarth Productions in association with Jelly have been running outreach programmes in Whitley and across Reading. These workshops have resulted in a fascinating range of work created by hundreds of year six pupils. A selection of the work, along with some of Sean Burn's originals will be displayed at the 'postcard gallery' a special one day gallery at The Secret Market on Saturday 3rd November at 42 Market Place Reading RG1 2DE.

postcard project jelly
Sean Burn is a writer, performer and outsider artist. He was shortlisted for a dadafest disability arts award 2009 and in 2011 successfully completed a major artist in residence project at the new gallery Walsall. His plays are performed by breaking binary; ctc; first draft; free-thinking festival (radio three); gobscure; half moon; maverick; pegasus; paines plough; queens hall arts; under construction; weaver-hughes ensemble; zeitgeist

Circus from Illuminations, Sean Burn

Alongside this exhibition there will be a selection of postcard sized works created by Reading people in response to jelly's Postcard from Reading project. The Postcard from Reading project aims to create 10000 Postcards from Reading, working with all ages to each create a piece that will then be exhibited over the year through out Reading. This event will showcase new works made this year for the postcard project and there will also be an opportunity to join in and create your own postcard to add to our growing collection. We will be continuing to exhibit them through out the year.

Postcard from Reading

Come along and join us, Saturday 3rd November, 10am-6pm at 42 Market Place, Reading, RG1 2DE

Just over a week until the Secret Market

Counting the days until the Secret Market..

And we are already letting you into a few secrets, visit The Secret Market website to see some of the makers, designers and creatives who are taking part.

Come and join us, Saturday 3rd November, 42 Market Place, a little secret place we know behind an unassuming door. You’ll spot it, there will be people out on the street to point you in the direction of the Secret Market.

If you have never been to one before you can find out what it's like by this piece written in Get Reading or this lovely blogpost written under the name of Bag Lady. (This time though we will probably be on the First Floor). Pop by, see beautiful things, entry is free and you can even sit down and have a cup of tea with us.

Go on, spread the word.

Hello Thursday, a potted review

There are so many posts this week of things to do, join in and take part that we thought we would narrow it down to a potted highlights here just in case you miss anything.

Firstly, the last Third Thursday at Calendar Girls was wonderful, moving, funny, sad and shortly we will have a guest post from a blogger who attended the event. You can also read more about a future show Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead on our "jelly suggests" post.

Secondly, a reminder if you are an artist, maker, an upcycler or a purveyor of vintage goods, then the deadline for submission for the next Secret Market and our spectacular Aunt Elsie's Christmas Do is this coming Monday, 1st October. Full details and application form is here.

Theatre feels to be Reading's thing at the moment and make sure you save the date for our next Third Thursday event, a taste of Twelfth Night on Thursday 18 October 6.30-8pm. This is a free event, open to all and will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about the staging of the play at The Minster.

October is the annual Whitley Arts Festival, directed as always by Edmund Harcourt. The work is always inspiring, innovative and experimental – don't miss the opportunity to catch something from the festival, from What the Butler Saw to Siobhan Davies Dance.

More theatre is happening too during the Sitelines Festival, originally conceived by Hogarth Productions and South Street as part of the Whitley Arts Festival, this aims to bring theatre into unusual places. jelly will be hosting one of these events "The Oh F**K Moment" in it's office space.

Talking of theatre, if you have young people that want to be involved we have worked a number of times with Bezerk Productions over the past year and they create exceptional work with young people. You can find out more about their work at their website,

RASPO are back at work from a busy summer performing at The Olympics and Paralympics, their steel pan classes have just started up again at the jelly sound house, you can find more information on their page here if you would like to join.

So that's music and theatre workshops covered and now onto art – we have been running the Handmade at The Oracle daily 11.30-2.30 but only until 4th November. We do run a series of art classes, voice coaching, making sessions up at jelly and we will be adding more from October – all the information can be found over on our workshop section.

Lastly but absolutely not least, we will once again be taking part in the Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November 10am-5pm.  We have a number of VIP invites to the Private View on Friday 9 November, 6-9pm. Do drop us an email if you would like an invite, we would love to see you.

Hannah Jane Walker & Chris Thorpe – The Oh F**k Moment

jelly is pleased to be able to host part of the Sitelines Festival The Of F**k Moment, on Tuesday 30 October, 7pm & 9pm at it's office space, 42 Market Place, Reading.

You just f**ked up. Now what? Sometimes, f**k-ups are so massive, there’s no way back.

In this Fringe First winning show, poet Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe examine the poetic guts of mistakes in a bundle of words and strip lighting. F**king up is the truest, funniest, most terrifying moment you can experience. You will make a mistake, maybe you’ll learn from it. ‘The oh f**k moment’ is a conversation around a desk for brave souls to hold their hands up and admit they f**ked up, or for people to laugh at us because we did.

“A brilliant celebration of our mistakes & evolutionary reflexes” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ****

Performances will take place at Jelly, 42 Market Square. Tickets £10 Subject to booking fee

Tickets available through the Reading Arts Website