#IndieLove: 17 Small Brands to Support this #IndieFriday

Did you hear? It’s Black Friday this week, a sale day that we stole off the Americans and is kinda having a wobble this year. Whatever you think of sales, I wanted to pull together another alternative list in support of indie business instead of the big high street chains that really don’t need your money. When you shop with a small or indie creator or maker, you’re making it easier for them to continue with their dreams and therefore you’re supporting creativity and art as an industry.

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Artwork by me, please credit @JayneKitsch on social media or link to my site if you re-post it. Thank you. 

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#IndieLove: 10 Pokemon Themed Handmade & Indie Gift Ideas

Time for another geeky gift guide from the wonderful indie designers and makers of Etsy. This time it’s a blast of 90s nostalgia packed full of cuteness that still captures our hearts today, Pokemon!

As one to never follow trends, I was the only one at school that didn’t buy into Pokemon cards at the peak of their UK based popularity. Being the odd one out, I claimed to love Digimon more and put myself in the socially awkward position of having no one to swap cards or play with, classic me. Anyway, I helped my sister swap her cards a few times and definitely spent a lot of time watching Pokemon cartoons as a kid. Anyway, if you’ve got some Pokemon loving lovelies in your life that you need to shop for or just fancy catching a cute treat for yourself, read on to find out where to find my edit of Etsy Pokemon pretties.

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#IndieLove: 6 Awesome Stranger Things Themed Gifts

Super excited for the return of Stranger Things to Netflix this month, in celebration I thought I’d whip together a bunch of ace fan art related products that you might like. Naturally, these are all from indie and small businesses, so the best kind of people to shop from in my opinion. I’m really not a fan of fan art that is too obvious or reproduces content from the original source too closely, so I hope you’ll enjoy my more abstract approach to this list.

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Photography: Miz wearing Food Scouts Dead Chef Tie-Dye in Barcelona

I’m going to start using my blog more to document projects that I’ve worked on, you may have already seen my first illustration themed post. Today, I’m talking photography and photo editing, which I’m delighted to be getting back involved with since Miz and I launched Food Scouts. I studied Cinema, Photography and Television at Leeds University and have always used photography as a source of research, inspiration and end product in both professional and personal projects.

Last month, we did our first batch of tie-dye limited edition tees and they turned out so nice! These were hand screenprinted and hand tie-dyed by Miz and myself. Here’s just a few some snaps I took and edited of Miz in our local area of Hospitalet de Llobregat.

A2 Miz Tie Dye Sq

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#IndieLove Day 9 – Silly Old Sea Dog Vintage Inspired Handmade Dresses

Running a little behind on this project, but oh well! There’s bigger things in the world to be worrying about right now. Anyway, time for a double whammy of day 9 & 10 on the same day you lucky people, I hope I can brighten your day even just a little bit with some creative, indie biz loveliness. Today is my 7th Blog Birthday too, WTF?

Anyway, I met the lovely lady behind Silly Old Sea Dog at London Edge last year via the magnificent Perelandra and instantly fell in love with the brand. Everything is made in the UK and they cater to sizes 6-24 including custom designs. They have a gorgeous range of practical, vintage inspired silhouettes in a variety of kitsch, colourful, cute and playful prints. It’s pretty much my ideal dress brand.

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