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    What a great site! After meandering through the internet via various threads I ended up here and am very glad I did.

    I'm Thalia, and for want of a better name I call myself an artist blacksmith. If it can be made in metal I do, and produce a wide variety of handmade metalwork. Everything from candlesticks and sconces, wall sculptures and mirror frames, to bed frames and gates.

    I've been doing this properly for about 18 months and have sold most things through friends of friends, small craft fairs and subsequent commissions. The problem I have is finding affordable craft fairs and events I can attend within the south east. I live in west london and can travel a couple of hours in all directions.

    Like a lot of you out there, there is only me to design, make, finish, package, sell, transport my work. If I'm at a craft fair I'm not making anything, so need to make sure that one's I do attend are worthwhile. Standing in the middle of a field in the pouring rain became the norm this summer! I've had the most interest and success at school craft events, and the least at Covent Garden Market and Barnes Fair.

    I would best describe my work as marmite - you either love it or hate it! And that's fine, I can generally tell the people who will be making a beeline towards me, and those that will rush past.

    I love doing what I do, and love creating something organic and gorgeous out of a lump of straight metal. Best of all is creating a one-off commission for a customer. Something they've got an image of in their head and I've managed to translate into reality. Having spent many years sitting behind a desk I know I can't go back there again, but I do need to find a way forward. My work is not really something that is sellable via the internet - its too heavy to post for a start - and besides every piece is an original and never created again. Its best appreciated upclose and personal.

    I'd love to hear from anyone out there with any advice, criticisms, thoughts or general musings, or know of any suitable and affordable craft fairs. Oh and a recipe for carrot cake muffins wouldn't go amiss. Not much to ask then.

    Thanks for reading my ramblings for this long, I'll be off now.

    Thalia
    Twisted Originals
    www.twistedoriginals.co.uk

    [email protected]

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    Welcome to the forum!.................I'll have to google for the carrot cake muffins.

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    • #3
      Ooooh - I was at Barnes fair this summer. Was it in June/July? I wasn't exhibiting but was there to look round - I have friends who live in the area. The trouble with it was that it was very, very busy and there were loads of stalls to look at. With 4 children between us we didn't get much chance to look.

      Oh and welcome to the forum by the way - you'll fit right in!

      Lynsey

      P.S. - you can put your site in your signature if you want people to have a look.
      Visit my Etsy store http://swirlyarts.etsy.com
      My daily thoughts! http://swirlyarts.blogspot.com
      My blog of cute stuff http://cuteable.com


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      • #4
        ooh, like this?
        www.twistedoriginals.co.uk

        [email protected]

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        • #5
          Right - I do not fawn...............I don't usually compliment............I have an already tarnished image to keep up..............but your sculptures are great!! I hate Mackintosh, so I can't comment on those, but the flower vase and the biker are fantastic - good stuff!

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          • #6
            WOW...absolutely brilliant, I LOVE it!!! You are sooo talented.. I'm moving soon & I may need a sign for my new house, so I've saved your site to my favourites.
            Jayne


            "One must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star."

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            • #7
              Totally agree with Beadsage - fantastic! How can anyone rush past you - I just want to touch (not you, but your designs hehehe!!)

              and hello from me too!!

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              • #8
                Stunning work, Thalia, I'm very impressed! I spent some time working with a blacksmith several years ago and a lot of my degree work was in metal, so I really enjoyed looking at your creations.

                Maybe I'll see your work if we both end up at this Ascot event?

                All the best and welcome aboard (I'm fairly new too so it seems odd saying that!)

                Si.
                Wood Tattoos
                Decorative Pyrography for all Occasions - Author of "Woodburning with Style" (2010) and "Learn to Burn" (2013)
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                • #9
                  Wow - your stuff must be good if Peter's complimenting it!!!! He's nice really I'm off to have a look at your site now.
                  Visit my Etsy store http://swirlyarts.etsy.com
                  My daily thoughts! http://swirlyarts.blogspot.com
                  My blog of cute stuff http://cuteable.com


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                  • #10
                    just had a rummage around your site and the things there are great and after a couple of years craft fairs a find that the small ones are the best ~ people at school fairs and church fates usually have more time to spend looking for what they want
                    while i knit i think

                    http://foxyscraftythoughts.blogspot.com

                    http://thecraftyfox.misi.me.uk

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                    • #11
                      I agree with craftyfoxni... I made only 10% at my first crafts fair of what i made at a small village street fair!

                      Hoping my first school Christmas fete in late November will be a success!

                      Si.
                      Wood Tattoos
                      Decorative Pyrography for all Occasions - Author of "Woodburning with Style" (2010) and "Learn to Burn" (2013)
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