Name: Michelle Muscat Company name: Handmade Cards by Micha Brief description of my product: Making personalised greeting cards, gift boxes, bags, calendars and more. Most products are made using paper material. Why I love participating in Malta Artisan Markets: I just love the atmosphere and a lot of happy faces. It is really nice to meet artists and people who appreciate that something made by hand and a lot dedication. Michelle's little quote to inspire someone to follow their dreams: "It's a lot of work, but if you strongly believe in your dreams, just follow them and work will be a pleasure and more. ."
Name: Paul Singleton Company name: Gozo Woodturnings Brief description of my product: I produce bowls , vessels ,candle holders and other items from wood found, scavenged , beachcombed on the island of Gozo. Each piece is unique and dependant on the wood I find. Why I love participating in Malta Artisan Markets: I really enjoy meeting fellow artisans and sharing ideas and meeting people interested in my work, of course an occasional sale is enjoyable as well! Paul's little quote to inspire someone to follow their dreams: "Ever tried . Ever failed . No matter . Try again . Fail again . Fail better ." ~ Samuel Beckett
Name: Silvana Mallia Company name: Firecrafted Brief description of my product: I design and make precious metal clay jewellery, mostly in fine silver and bronze. This is not what we usually think of as clay of course, but precious metal particles combined with an organic binder to render it into a soft clay-like material, which is shaped and it then dried, baked and finished. The versatility of this material enables an artist to explore endless design possibilities in fine silver, bronze and other precious metals. When finished, it results into a piece of pure precious metal, and in the case of silver, this is hallmarked at a finesse of .999. I like adding other materials to my designs, for a touch of colour and elegance, such as semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, Swarovski elements, dried flowers and fabric. All Firecrafted pieces are limited addition and some unique one-off’s. I also accepts to design and make commissioned pieces. But I started off making beaded jewellery, and I still offer a selection of more casual beaded jewellery, if that is your preference. Why I love participating in Malta Artisan Markets: Very well organised market events, which give us artisans an opportunity to showcase our work, meet potential customers, renew connections with our regulars, whilst also joining a community of fellow talented artists and artisans. A fun day every time! :) Silvana's little quote to inspire someone to follow their dreams: "Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish. The time will pass anyway." ~ Earl Nightingale "Believe you CAN and you're half way there." ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Name: Virag Andersson Company name: ViragDesign Brief description of my product: I design and create colorful and unique statement jewelry collections. Every collection tells a story of my life, or describes a dream. My pieces are lacking symmetry, I use playful waves an vivid colors in my items. Dangling beads and vibrant colors are my sort of things. I love experimenting with materials and techniques, my pieces are always unique. For me, creating jewelries means putting an extra color on the palette of Earth. Why I love participating in Malta Artisan Markets: Artisan market is a great opportunity to meet very talented other artists, and get inspired by my customers. Malta based artists are a lovely, friendly crowd, and i am grateful and proud to be part if it. Every market experience gives me a great wave of energy and lovely new ideas. I feel inspired and bubbling with new projects till the next market. Virag's little quote to inspire someone to follow their dreams: "It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams." ~ Gabriel García Márquez
Name: Mette Lorenzen Company name: Mettelina Cupcakes Brief description of my product: Homemade Gourmet Cupcakes are my specialty. I always had a big passion for food and during the last 5 years I have developed my own cupcake recipes in order to make the best cupcakes in Malta. I make cupcakes in all kind of flavors, designs and sizes for delivery or to be enjoyed at the Malta Artisan Markets! Why I love participating in Malta Artisan Markets: When I moved to Malta 6 years ago, I was looking for food markets and restaurant guides. That was how I learned about Malta artisan Markets. The first few years I visit every single market as a customer and simply loved the idea, concept and atmosphere! When I was ready with my Mettelina Cupcake project, I couldn't wait to finally participate with a stand and I am looking forward to participate in my very first Easter Market. I think this is such a great concept and opportunity for local artisans to show and share their passion and products. Mette's little quote to inspire someone to follow their dreams: Go for it ! -"There is nothing that is so bad, that it isn't good for something".
Name: Christina Gruppetta Company name: Kiki's Creations Brief description of my product: I currently specialise in creating plushies, jewelry, gift boxes, papercraft creations, perler beads creations and more.. Customers are welcomed to express any ideas or suggestions regarding the creation they want to buy (i.e. you can choose any colour scheme, beads, fabric etc..). These ideas will be kept in mind whilst hand making the creation. This ensures that the product will be liked. The item can also be packaged as a gift in a fun gift box. All creations are made with 100% love and I think that this is what makes Kiki's Creations so special! Why I love participating in Malta Artisan Markets: Kiki's Creations was driven by my passion for art, crafts and creativity.This love towards arts and crafts started out as a hobby in my free time. The passion grew even stronger when I started making creations to give out as gifts, surprising relatives and friends. Since then, the idea of sharing my work with other people started cropping up. Malta Artisan Markets made this dream come true! I love participating in Malta Artisan Markets because they are organised in a professional way and these give me the opportunity to share my work with others. These markets also allow me to get to know people who share the same hobbies and passion :) Kiki's little quote to inspire someone to follow their dreams: "It always seems impossible until it's done!" ~ Unknown
Name: Sam Minkovski Company name: BoboStar Brief description of my product: BoboStar's range of jewellery and home décor holds more meaning than meets the eye. Each piece is symbolic, and the use of crystals are tailored to find the perfect balance to suit the individual, while being original and fashionable. Charms and pendants, have symbolic meanings that are reflective of Sam's fortune telling cards (She also is a professional tarot reader). Her aim is to design and create beautiful pieces as well as help and guide people forwards. The brand is massively inspired by the magic of Peter Pan. In love with the concept of Neverland, Pirates, Fairies and Mermaids, you will often see the stories design influence shine through in her pieces. Her Rediscovering Forgotten Treasure Collection, sees to the recycling of items that people take for granted, and telling the individual history of each component that creates a masterpiece. For those looking for advice on the best piece for you or your friend, Custom orders are available. Please message through and let Sam know what kind of design/ crystal guidance you are looking for. Your concept will be tailor made to suit your needs. Why I love participating in Malta Artisan Markets: I love to meet and talk to new people. Those that attend the markets really appreciate the love and hard work that goes into hand made items made by the Artisans. Over the last couple of years we, as artisans have all become a strong network, and help and support each other as artists, allowing the markets to really bring us together to perform in the greatest atmosphere. Sam's little quote to inspire someone to follow their dreams: Contentment, inspiration and fulfilment are [...]
Name: C.S. Lawrence Company name: C.S. Lawrence Brief description of my product: I produce a variety of original art in acrylic and mixed media depicting vibrant landscapes and seascapes of Malta, urban street scenes of Valletta and the Three Cities, portraits, as well as prints and greeting cards. Why I love participating in Malta Artisan Markets: Being a dedicated full-time artist, my work requires that I spend a lot of time working in my studio alone. The Malta Artisan Markets give me an opportunity to get out there and meet people who may not have visited my studio. Besides creating a stronger sense of community among fellow artists and artisans, the markets are a great opportunity for networking, socialising and sharing my passion for art with other art lovers. Caroline's little quote to inspire someone to follow their dreams: "There are seven days in the week and someday isn't one of them." View C.S. Lawrence online shop
Name: Suzana Gaal Company name: Suzana Gaal Brief description of my product: I create original art, designs and publications in a range of media, including watercolours. My collections are inspired by contemplative practice and are, I hope, an offering of inspiration to others. Why I love participating in Malta Artisan Markets: I love the vibrant, community atmosphere of artisan markets! The Malta Artisan Markets are a wonderful opportunity to make connections with other like-minded artisans, and to share my work with visitors who appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into my work. Suzana's little quote to inspire someone to follow their dreams: "Make your art a gift of inspiration to others" - Richard Schmid (painter)
Name: Robbie Mazzaro Company name: Ro Art Ceramics Brief description of my product: I produce mainly a variety of home decor starting from big pieces such as wall hangings, bowls, tiles, plant decors to small necklaces and pendants. Every piece is hand built working with different clays (earthenware, white earthenware, raku clay) and different techniques using glazes and engobes mixed and developed by myself. Why I love participating in Malta Artisan Markets: It is a great opportunity to introduce myself and get to know many artists working on the island. I think sharing experiences is a priceless opportunity to improve and stimulate creativity. Robbie's little quote to inspire someone to follow their dreams: "Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not." ~ George Bernard Shaw