Events

Primrose Hill Christmas Festival 2017 Recap

Work by Britt Fabello

This past weekend was the Primrose Hill Christmas Festival. Having participated in the neighborhood's Spring festival, I decided to give their holiday one a try. I was a bit worried for the weather—you never know what you are going to get at any time of the year in London but once we get into the cooler months, that is especially true. All I could picture was pouring rain. Luckily, it was a beautiful day though (minus the chill). The sun was shining and people were out enjoying getting into the holiday spirit.

Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello
Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello
Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello

The May festival was my first ever tabling event. I was careful about it and had a very limited display so I could get a feel for what I needed if I were to continue to do events like this. The last thing I wanted to do was to buy a bunch of display items that I would never use again. This time around, I was ready to jump in and was more prepared thanks to those notes. The wind made it a bit tricky but I managed to get something together that withstood it. We only had a few large gusts that still managed to shake us up a bit!

Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello
Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello
Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello

Thanks to these Primrose Hill's festivals, I have been able to ease my way into events like this. What's easier than working right down the street? I am also grateful for my husband who helped me rent a car so we could easily transport everything without making a billion trips back and forth from our flat and the stall. He also amazingly stayed by my side all day to help with sales and pass the time. It helps so much to have him and friends come by. It was nice to see familiar faces stopping in to say hello as well as some new!

Looking forward to doing it all again in the spring! With hopefully warmer weather :)

Event Recap: Primrose Hill Festival

We moved to Primrose Hill back in the fall and one of the main reasons we were drawn to this neighborhood was the sense of community. It's small but full of life. You can feel the pride that people have for this little corner of London. As we settled into our new spot and were making our flat our home, we got word of the Primrose Hill Festival. It happens twice a year and we were excited to see what it was all about when the first one rolled around in December. The whole neighborhood comes out for a day of celebrating the area with local vendors, great food, and live music. With the December market being centered around the holidays, it felt cozy and full of that Christmas cheer. It was clear at this point that we had made the right decision when picking a new neighborhood to put some roots down in.

As Spring was approaching, the neighborhood was buzzing with talk about the festival once again. I was really excited to see what this one would be like—a non-holiday themed event. My interest was peaked. Then, Rico came home one day and asked if I had saw they were looking for vendors so we started discussing if it would be a good place to test out tabling. As I've noted before, I'm more of a behind the scenes gal but this is my year to have grit so I decided it was worth a try. It felt important to put my face and name out there in my own neighborhood, or even just to connect more with the locals. So, I submitted, was accepted, and got to work at prepping for the big day!

It ended up being an amazing day, truly. I loved being able to meet new people and chat about everything from my work to life in general. We got to hear some beautiful stories from others about their journey to how they ended up in Primrose Hill or London. There was so much support and love felt. It made me feel welcomed and closer to my community. And, one of the best parts of all was having a constant stream of friends stop by and surprise me. Being a creative and someone who works as a soloprenuer, it's especially important to have friends like this. People that are reassuring, supportive, caring, and loving. I'll never be able to fully express my appreciation for those who came by.  I returned home at the end of the day completely blown away by it all.

Maybe it was the gorgeous weather we lucked out with but it felt even more alive than the December one. I'm definitely still buzzing from all the energy—even weeks after. I'm happy to be a part of this neighborhood and I am walking away from the festival having learned so many new things from jumping into my first ever tabling event. It will be exciting to see where else this leads! The biggest takeaway from it all though was a reminder to continue pushing myself outside my comfort zone.

Learn Hand Lettering At The Creating For Good Creative Conference In London

Today I am ever so happy to announce I'll be teaching a hand lettering workshop at the Creating For Good Creative Conference on the 7th of May in London! If you haven't heard of Creating For Good, let me just fill you in because you need to know about these amazing ladies. The London-based collective has come together as a creative force to use their skills to improve the lives of the less fortunate. By donating their skills and time, they work to build curated conferences and events that donate 100% of the profits to stand up organizations working to make the world a better place. For the Creative Conference, the proceeds will be donated to Women for Women International, an organization that that runs year long programs to support women in eight countries affected by conflict and war. 

The all day conference is a chance to connect with like-minded souls through a series of mixers and workshops. Through out the day, there will be three sessions of the classes with an amazing selection from cinemagraphs to food styling to choose from. In my class, I will share my love of creating to help you bring out your artistic side through the art of hand-lettering. We will break down the anatomy of lettering by showing you the ins and outs of how to create eye-catching letters by hand. Through an organic style, my aim is to show you a simplistic approach to the popular medium to help you create your own pieces and leave confident to continue exploring.

For more about the all day Creative Conference, head to the Creating For Good website (here) where you can purchase ticketsand look through the other amazing workshops being offered! All of this—the conference, the people, the organization—are helping to continue to move our world into a positive space. It's going to be an empowering day to be a part of and I hope to see some of you there!

Exhibit: Map Translations in Lateral Relations at the 301 Gallery

Britt Fabello

A series of pieces documenting the memory tied to recent travel experiences and explorations. Five locations were chosen and then carried out in four ways—two hand-stitched maps, one wooden memory box, and a small booklet. Exhibition took place at Montserrat College of Art in Spring 2012.

Britt Fabello
Britt Fabello
Britt Fabello