Thursday, 19 April 2012

MollyQueen Moves To Wordpress

To coincide with the annoucement of Nottingham Collective merging with MollyQueen we are also moving the blog over to Wordpress! Dont worry you'll still be able to access all the same posts and information, and actually its going to be bigger and better than ever :)

See you there!

Nottingham Collective Merges With MollyQueen

After months of planning, secrecy and much excitement we are very pleased to announce that MollyQueen and Nottingham Collective have joined forces, with the aim to create an even bigger and better artists collective.
For those of you who don’t know, Nottingham Collective was an artists collective dedicated to showcasing local creative talent in pop-up shops and events all across Nottingham. The brainchild of local designer maker Katie Stainer, the project’s aim was to be accessible to anyone regardless of experience or creative medium, and was especially dedicated to helping makers take advantage of opportunities they could not participate in as individuals, such as the popular annual Nottingham Christmas Market.
Katie was often a regular exhibitor at MollyQueen events and although operating separate Collectives, Katie and Lauren shared the same passions and ideas for bringing handmade to Nottingham in a big way.
“We were working towards the exact same goals but working towards them separately,” says Katie, “and that’s not what Nottingham Collective was about at all! It seemed silly not to work together, double our manpower and create even more opportunities and events for local artists.”

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Marvellous Sneinton Market - Saturday May 5th

We are very excited to announce that the next Marvellous Market will be as a part of an amazing event taking place on Saturday 5th May in the Sneinton Market place

Expect a Marvellous array of market stalls, scrummy food, face-painting, community art projects, music and lots more. Check back soon for more info! 

Applications for stalls are now open, please email MAYDAY to and we'll get back to you with more info.

The CLOSING DATE for applications will be Friday 27th April 
Please be quick if you want a place! That's just over a week away! 

Dont forget to scroll down for information about our other events coming soon!


Saturday, 14 April 2012

Jinder and Henry Priestman at Hotel Deux TONIGHT!

Looking for something to do tonight? We've got a treat for you! The lovely guys at The Guitar Bar have offered a discount to our readers on tickets for tonights gig @ Hotel Deux. Tickets should be £10 a hit but if you quote MollyQueen on the door, you'll get yours for £8.

Two fabulous artists for the price of one, we've got Henry Priestmen and Jinder, a firm MollyQueen favourite. Take a look at these links for a sneaky peek and we'll see you there!

Doors open at 8
The Guitar Bar
@ Hotel Deux
Sherwood Rise (behind Clarendon College)

Dont forget to quote MollyQueen for your £2 discount!!

Friday, 13 April 2012

The Night Market presents.... [Word]

A celebration of language and communication through art, music, poetry and food. Taking place at The Golden Fleece on Tuesday the 1st May. MollyQueen are launching the first of their new regular themed event with a fabulous range of local artistic talent, stall-holders and performance poets. There'll be musical performances from Emily Rachel Martin and Timothy J Simpson with the opportunity to discuss the lyrics and compositions of their work with the artists themselves afterwards. Our Poetic performances will come from Panya Banjoko, and the Mullet Proof Poet (TBC) with a fabulous range of local arts and crafts from Katie Stainer - Contemporary Papercrafts, Miss Berry, Adam Willis, MollyQueen, Paper Faces and lots more. 

Expect a heavily word themed night with plenty of alliteration, obscenity and conversation.

The evening will also see the launch of the new MollyQueen Book Club which aims to create a global literary conversation by forming links with a twinned club in Zambia.

For more info on this event, check back soon for links, winks and sneaky peeky pictures.

[Word] @ The Golden Fleece
Tuesday 1st May
6pm +

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

The Thought Box - [An Open Discussion]

At The Night Market and the most recent Marvellous Market, the Thought box sat neatly atop a table, deftly displaying its controversial and somewhat unforgiving quote. The topic,  feminism. The question... "What is Feminism to you?" The thought provoking quote provided by none other than the wonderful and incredibly not-at-all sexist, Pat Robertson. Please enjoy the quote, followed by the public response and finally, a sum-up of the most important points (in my mind). Don't forget to leave your comments. The Thought Box provides an [Open Discussion] that will change and evolve over time, as thoughts generally do. 

"[Feminism is] a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." 
- Pat Robertson


What is feminism to you? 

A brilliant reason to have a rant. Nothing fancy and doesn't need to be scary, its just common sense. Feminism invites people to be who they are, as people, not biology. Feminism has allowed me to divorce my ex-husband and not be tied to him financially. It's given me my independence. Why wouldn't you say you were a feminist? Feminism is so logical.
Never keep quiet against inequality, don't pretend it doesn't matter because it isn't affecting you. My mum is the world's biggest feminist, it really pisses me off! Women kick ass! Feminism is a perennial cyclical issue. Feminism smells better. I am a closet feminist...the best kind. The men don't know what i'm up to. 

Feminism is a great idea until it is pushed too far. I like being Miss! Feminism is hindered by hormones. Feminism in the 19th century cant be bad. Always follow your dreams. Women are the answer, whatever the question. I like baking, sewing, washing up and dresses. I don't need to wear trousers to feel empowered, i'm content in my own skin. Peaceful women lead the world to equality. should do anyway. Kate Bush, check out all her lyrics. I do have balls, but they were so big they had to go on my chest.

Pat Robertson is a misogynistic, xenophobic, arrogant twat who has a cancerous and warped view of reality. He's so far out of touch that nothing he says even warrants a discussion. Only the view of a dinosaur.

Does feminism even exist anymore, outside of the corporate world? Feminism is divided by class and geographical location. Women are the same worth as the men are. It's not fair when women get treated differently to men. I am a feminist when it suits me. We are all equals...i'm not.

from the Public Voice

The Thought Box has done us proud. Among the general gist of points put to us by the general public, are some really hard hitting truths and comments that surely warrant discussion. I have been through and selected some statements and aim to continue the above discussion, which means we need your input. Where do you agree? Disagree? Are there any points mentioned above that get your knickers in a twist? Or are you simply wearing boxers and wondering where you belong in this discussion?

Please.... get involved.

1) Financial Independence/Freedom - Its true, women have been 'oppressed' into being the home-makers in the past. Blatantly due to the fact that women actually carry the children and generally cant bear to be away from them for long, which makes sense but when did the choice element come into play? When were women 'allowed' to go out and go to college, have aspirations and careers as the men had been allowed? That to me is a very important part of feminism, choice. The choice to vote, work, have children, place our children in childcare or divorce our husbands. Do we consider this done now? surely now the focus is on increasing financial independence and freedom to everyone, whatever gender, and allowing the same rights for everyone regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation or hair colour.

2) Does feminism even exist anymore, outside the corporate world? - Well does it? Do women ever encounter situations where they are treated differently because of their sex? do men ever find themselves treated differently because of their sex? Are we generally quite prejudice as a species? Do differences threaten us? Are women more likely to suffer negative   or ill-treatment due to being female than men are due to being male? Talk about answering a question with a question but hopefully I've made my point clearly enough.

3) Feminism is divided by geographical location and social class - I like this because I feel it is very true. Not everyone has a huge understanding of feminism or where it has been in the past, or really care that much! People generally think of bra-burning man haters which is so far out of date and ridiculous that i'm going to scoff at it. *scoff*. But anyway, back to the point, feminism effects people in different situations differently. It also provides people with a choice. The only woman working in a workplace full of men may decide to forgo feminism for the time-being because it's easier to just suck it up and accept that men can be arses and get on with her job, whereas she may choose to paddle upstream against an avalanche of ignorance and fight a probably losing battle. Point being, not everyone feels the same. geographical location, social class, emotions, opinions, experiences and gender all have influences on feminism as a whole. Which all ready in un-definable and interchangeable in my eyes. Go figure.

4) "Women are the same worth as the men are" - One of the most poignant opinions in my eyes, written by a young child. This does seem a logical statement, especially coming from a youthful perspective, but in actuality the problems women face daily in relationships,work-life and in general are so deep-rooted in our society that simply diluting it down generation by generation is unlikely to do anything. 

I am a true feminist, I feel that feminism should encompass ALL inequality, be it through sex, weight, skin colour, sexual orientation or age. Somewhere along the long and winding road of feminism we have lost sight of these differences and created not a fight for equality or fairness, but an act of one-up-man-ship. Or should I say one-up-person-ship.

There comes a point when we are going to have to face up to the fact that EVERYONE is different and that these differences should be celebrated, not argued over. Hormonal imbalances, emotional instability monthly (or more), being able to handle alcohol or not, whether or not we have leg hair, spider-phobias, high or low sex drives, the ability to lose sight of yourself in a  relationship, larger body mass index, spacial awareness, interest in football, multi-tasking, being a better dancer, or whether you've shaved your armpits or not. Who cares? It all boils down to basic respect for each others differences and there are millions of those!

Remember.... comments welcome.


Thursday, 5 April 2012

Societally imposed self constraint; appraising my wardrobe

By Mwanabibi Sikamo aka Uprooting the Pumpkin.

An absolute must read. 

Coming soon..... The Thought Box and the public voice on feminism and what it is today. If you missed out on the question but have thoughts on the subject and would like to be included, please email us on and we'll make sure your thoughts are heard! 


Call for stalls - The Night Market Presents [Word]

We've sorted the poetic performances, the musicians, the cakes, the atmosphere AND all else, but we still need a few more stalls! Is your work relevant to the theme? A celebration of Language and words, in context of poetry, song, communication and more.

The deadline for Applications is fast approaching. To register your interest, email WORD to with a few words about why your work is relevant to the theme. 

Keep any eye here for updates about everything else happening on the night and for sneak previews of our artists and musicians! (scroll back for a few!)

Artists confirmed so far:

Panya Banjoko - Performance Poet
Emily Martin - Singer Songwriter
More TBC

Katie Stainer Contemporary Papercrafts
MollyQueen Decoupage
Paper Faces
Miss Berry's Cupcakes
More TBC

Introduction of the
"MollyQueen Book Club"
(Keep an eye out for more info on that chapter)

Get your emails in quick! We are very excited about our first themed Night Market and its not far away!

The Night Market presents[Word] 
A celebration of language and words through poetry, art and song.

Tuesday 1st May
@ The Golden Fleece

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Emily Martin @ The Night Market Tuesday 1st May [Word]

We are pleased to announce that Emily Martin will be attending 
The Night Market [Word] 

Emily will be performing some of her songs, as a lyrical and musical artist, Emily will provide copies of her lyrics alongside her performance so that we can not only enjoy the musical brilliance and delights of her voice but look at the structure of her songs, the choice of words and how she put it all together. 

Emily will be around afterwards to discuss all things lyrical, musical and poetic too. If you are unfamiliar with the very talented Emily, check out these links. She's a multi-tasking musician with 3 major projects on the go, including We are Avengers who recently had their EP launch at The Contemporary. She's also part of a band aptly named Emily and the Martens AND has her solo work too. 
We think genius is the [Word].

The Night Market Presents..... [Word]
A celebration of language, words, song, poetry and art.

Tuesday 1st May @ The Golden Fleece
6pm +

Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Night Market presents...

The Night Market is proud to present, [Word]
A celebration of language, spoken word, poetry and song.

This fabulous event will take place on Tuesday 1st May
@ The Golden Fleece on Mansfield Road

Expect some gorgeous crafts and artwork carefully selected from our huge range of artists to incorporate the word theme, including paper crafts, poetry, illustrations (a picture paints a thousand words!) and lots more.

We'll have Live poetry and poetic song from some verrrrry talented talkers and lots of other lovely things happening. 

Application are now open for Stallholders, please email with 'WORD' in the subject and tell us why your work will fit in with the theme of the event. 

Applications will be reviewed over the following weeks so get in quickly! The spaces are very limited so please register your interest as soon as possible. Application forms will be sent out to all applicants who are accepted. If you are unsuccessful this time, keep an eye out for future events that your work might be more appropriately suited to. The next event will be 'British' themed...... 

We look forward to hearing from you!


Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Notts Art Showcase @ The City Gallery this Saturday!

Those unfamiliar with the brand spanking new City Gallery will be pleased to hear that there is a fantastic event taking place this weekend, on Saturday in fact, with a showcase of brilliant Nottingham artistic talent (Including a few MollyQueener's thrown into the mix). The venue is in a fabulous location, with an alley entrance coming straight off long-row! If you walk up towards Hockley from the Market Square, you'll see it signposted on your left hand side just next to 'The Works' shop. Admission is free and there will be refreshments available on the day, perhaps even an Easter Egg or two!

Pop along for a browse, families and Children welcome too

The City Gallery Arts Showcase
off the Market Square
Saturday 31st March
9am - 5pm

Elvaston Castle Shared Stall space - Still available!

Hurry hurry! The shared stall space is running out fast, we've had lots of applications but have the increasingly difficult job of selecting applications and work from artists that will compliment each other and aren't too similar. Please email me at and Lex will reply with the information regarding the event. This project has been created to help artists that cannot afford a full table at larger events and struggle with transport issues. We will accept applications from anyone but with an emphasis on stall-holders that would otherwise struggle to attend. There will be other events in the future so if you are unsuccessful in this instance, please keep an eye out for future dates.

Application deadline FAST approaching! Get in quick!

MQ xx

Monday, 26 March 2012

Marvellous Aftermath

Achey feet, tired arms and most of all.....a permanent smile and a buzzing sense of achievement! The atmosphere was lovely, everyone so friendly and joyous at the first signs of spring. We hope you all had as much fun as we had, perhaps we'll master the plate spinning next time!

Thank you to everyone who made it along to the Marvellous Market yesterday, we had a fabulous time, the weather was gorgeous, the music amazing, the food scrummy, the stalls spectacular and the juggling....well, just brilliant!

We'll be posting lots of lovely pics soon so you can spot yourselves in them and kick yourself if you didn't manage to make it. But don't worry.....the next dates are being confirmed this week, with applications being opened soon after! We need a bit of a break first though to recover from all the fun in the sun that took place yesterday!

Coming soon:

The Thought Box - The public's opinion on feminism.
The Night Market Date announcement.
The Marvellous Market Date announcement.
Face Value opening date announcement.


Friday, 23 March 2012

MollyQueen phone out of action!

Those of you that may have been trying to ring us with crafty or market related questions will have found a computerised and robotic voice or rejected messages in response. We do apologise, we've had a bit of bad luck with our previous contract running out and the time it takes to get a new one! 

If you need us please email
(we're checking regularly) 
OR find us on facebook.

Sorry for the inconvenient timing with the Marvellous Market imminent!

New business number to be announced soon. 

See you all on Sunday!
Remember... the clocks Spring forward too!

The Marvellous spring Market
Federation House
Claremont Road, Carrington
11am - 5pm

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Its an Artistic Breakdown yo!

Well... we are here! Four days to go and i'm unable to settle in any position due to the huge amounts of excitement and things to be done! What better way to tantalise your crafty taste buds than to disclose a little more info about the amazing stalls and everything else marvellous that will be showcased at Federation House on Sunday!

Here's a list of stalls and stuff they'll be selling, followed by a bit about the music, the activities and everything else that will be going on!

Dont forget....the clocks SPRING forward on this fine spring weekend, so remember to change the hands on your grandfather and get along early! We're open till 5pm to make sure all you time swindling stragglers can make it, but beware as the UnderGround Bakery may well sell out and Miss Berry's Cupcakes will be securely in MY shopping bag to take home before long!


Assorted Stitches - A wonderful couple of textile talented lovelies with a fabulous range of textile works including bags, scarves and lots more.
Jo's Grows - A perfect selection of plants ready to put down roots for the spring season all home-grown in the borough of Basford.
JMP Art - An amazingly artistic and emotionally encompassing artist with a huge range of work across different mediums.
Katie Stainer - A lovely talented artist of the paper crafting kind, with a range of jewellery, gorgeous cards, ornaments and lots more lovingly created goodies.
Lana's Cards and crafts - A new addition to the Marvellous Market, Lana has a lovely range of handcrafted items with a unique style and quality.
Tracey Meek - a beautifully talented illustrator, Tracey's works also range across different mediums with the same brilliant and edgy style, making it hard to choose which item (or all!) to buy!
Bibusa - Ethically sourced gifts made with African fabrics or lovingly with a twist of african goddess in each item. 
Zalisander contemporary jewellery - superb quality of work, from design, style and presentation to how it hangs on your neckline or fits on your finger.
Bonnie Creations - One of Nottingham's up-coming artists, with a recent studio opening, be sure to check out the find selection of items on sale and find out more about the studio shop! 
Miss Berry's cupcakes - Another local and recent addition to the Marvellous Market, Miss Berry has a gorgeous selection of baked goodies for sale AND offers a beautiful service of hosting a tea party for YOU or your event. Ask her for more info!
Gifts by Genie - An amazing array of trinkets, felt works, brooches, badges, hair clips and lots more. A vibrant display of colour and creativity from one of Nottingham's best kept secrets.
Bees make honey - a beautiful range of bags, brooches and purses with a distinctive style and lots of denim! This talented lady can customise YOUR jeans into a bag even your scraggy old Levi's would be proud of!
Amanda's Crafts - lovely jewellery and some amazing embroidered artwork, this lady has a real skill and will leave your eyeballs impressed with the detail and love that goes into each item.
Rainbow training - A gorgeous selection of flowers in recycled containers with a selection of other lovingly recycled items, and all for charity!
Al's paintings - A little known Nottingham secret, Al will be displaying his artwork in the cafe area of the house.
Cara Amirah - The Henna Fairy will be displaying her lovely range of jewellery and trinkets AND offering Live Henna tattoo work in the corner of the main room. The Henna Fairy has a unique and amazing style to her work with the choice of glitter sprinkles to finish off the effect! Have a look through her portfolio and if Henna isnt your thing, she's also a qualified tattoo artist! Ask her for more info!
Crafty Glass - Lovely glass works with beautiful details and a gorgeous quality.
Jeannie Wear - A very talented and modest seamstress, Jeannie Wear hosts a range of different items each with a superb quality and finish, a fabulous eye for design!
Rosie Hobbs - Crochet work, general creative goodness and a lovely smile! Rosie will also be singing for us so keep an ear out for her heart melting music throughout the day.

Live Music

Will Jeffery will be performing a range of covers for us to keep our crafty spirits high! Louis Scott will be singing his pretty little heart out and Rosie Hobbs is there to add a little femininity to the melodical melee. 


As well as cupcakes from Miss Berry's, The Underground Bakery will be there with a delectable display of gorgeous breads, canapes and other treats. 


Between 1pm and 3pm, Juggling Jugglian will be hosting a Circus Workshop in the garden for everyone willing to get involved with! Free and open to all ages (except perhaps those too young to hold more than one juggling ball....)

The Egg and Chicken hunt

But which came first? Chocolate Eggs and cute little chickens will be dotted around the garden for little fingers to find. 

Card Making Craft Table

Make your Easter cards here! A crafty table for kids and grown ups alike to make Easter cards to take home! Supervision required for little children as there will be scissors and glue!

The Thought Box

Carrying on from The Night Market, we have the Feminism topic to finish. What is feminism to you? Answers on a gift tag. All answers will be used to create an un-bias representation of the 'public voice' on Feminism and what it stands as today. If you arent quite sure, have a read of the somewhat controversial quote next to The Thought Box and see if it entices your neurons into action.


See you there! Sunday 25th March
Federation Social Club
Claremont Road, Carrington
11 - 5pm

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Bountiful Blossom and Spring-filled smiles - The March Mail out.

Hello MollyQueeners!
MollyQueen have plenty of fabulous news to let you all in on. Not only do we have The Marvellous Spring Market coming up but we’ve got the brilliant news of a merge with another exciting creative business in Nottingham AND lots of opportunities to get involved creatively, either as stall holders or through community project involvement. I’ll try and keep everything brief so that your eyes aren’t rolling by the end of this email, and if anyone would like further information please visit or send us an email!
The Marvellous Spring Market
Taking place on Sunday 25th March @ The Federation Social Club on Claremont Road Carrington, is the fantastic spring and Easter themed event with 20 superb stallholders with work ranging from art, textiles, local produce, cup-cakes, plants perfect for planting and lots, lots more. We’ve also got a Circus workshop taking place in the garden suitable for all ages and abilities and a Chicken and Egg hunt for the chiddlers.
There’ll be the usual live music and lovely environment perfect for a springtime meander, pop in to catch up with us, find out about everything we’re up to and buy some beautifully handmade things!
Music From Rosie Hobbs, Will Jeffery and Louis Scott.
11 – 5pm Sunday 25th March. The Postcode for your Satnavs/Google searches is NG5 1BH. There is a large car-park and Wheelchair access from Ebury Road. Give us a shout and we’ll show you the way!
The Merger
MollyQueen are teaming up with The Nottingham Collective who are a well-established collective of artists and creative individuals that are affiliated with several well-known pop-up shops in Nottingham as of late AND had that fabulous log cabin as a part of the Christmas Market. We are very excited to be a part of a larger collective now and are looking forward to lots of exciting projects in the pipeline. We are currently updating and merging our websites so please do check back every now and again as it will be brand sparklingly gorgeous when its done! Big ups and thank you’s to Katie and her wonderful website and design skills.
Face Value
A new event at the Golden Fleece, date TBC that incorporates Art with social commentary and conceptual works. The first event will be focused on beauty and how it is perceived in day to day life with some wonderful photographic work from two of our MQ artists, Paul Dale and Leanne Trappe. There’ll be conceptual pieces from a range of local artists focusing on make-up and appearance and how beauty is un-realistically portrayed in the mass media. There will also be a series of workshops and events including Yoga and relaxation therapies, nutrition based advice and recipe ideas, life coaching and more to give you a lovely sense of well-being and contentment completely separate from appearance. There'll also be a fabulous make-up artist to create beautiful works of art on your very own blank canvas.... your face! Dress Code: Clear faces or as little make-up as you dare to wear! Again, if this sounds intriguing to you and you’d like to be a part of it or have relevant art work or a business that you think will suit the evening then please get in touch with ‘Face’ in the subject box. This event is free but if you like what you see there will be a suggested donation of £2 per person that is completely voluntary and you can hand over the bar. The money will be used to fund the next event, which will be focused on Depression and Mental Health.
 Creative Concessions
We now have a home! Come and see a range of works from the MQ bunch at Hopkinson’s Gallery, we’re upstairs in the ‘Creative concessions’ area and you can’t miss our spot! There are some awesome artist’s with their work up there so be sure to have a look! Also keep an eye out for the opening of Bonnie Creation’s Studio shop as that’s one place you NEED to visit.
Future Events and Information for Stallholders
The dates are still TBC at this stage but there will be another Night Market and a Marvellous Market announced soon. If you are a stallholder and would like to book a place please keep an eye out for the announcement and follow the instructions from the blog.
Group tables at Larger Events
As a part of MollyQueen’s big plan to take over the world and open up creativity to everyone, we’ve decided to put together a way to make the larger, more expensive fairs accessible to everyone, including those without their own transport. We’ve booked larger tables and are splitting them between stallholders at a reduced rate (for a shared table) and included the costs for arranging transport as a collective into that price. Here is the blurb from Lex Watt who will be arranging the upcoming fairs, please contact her for more info or if you are interested in holding a space.
“Hello lovely creative people, as part of the continuing expansion of the MollyQueen Collective we are organising a table sharing scheme at larger craft fairs that would usually be beyond the means of small and independent local creative businesses. We are booking two tables at Elvaston Castle food and craft fair on the 4th, 5th and 6th of May. The event is hosted by The All about tourism marketing group, whom I have booked through before and found very accommodating. It is a large craft fair, in a marquee and is usually very well attended due to the marketing it receives. We are looking for eight people to share the tables, at a cost of £34 each. You do not necessarily have to attend, as there will be two staff on hand each day. If you have transport and can be 'staff' on the days, the cost will be £25 and you will get a fuel donation. Any small side tables or hanging display units would be helpful too! We are looking for a range of goods that fit together nicely so we will get back to you with a reply on whether you are able to join us this time.
Deadline for applications is:  29th March, selections made by 31st
And we would like everybody to be paid up by: 7th April
The next large event after that (so far) is Rufford Abbey,
Dates and prices to be confirmed...”

Please send a paragraph or so about yourself, along with three product Images to:
Get making! -Lex (MQ minion)

Spaces are LIMITED so please get in touch as soon as possible.
Enterprise Nation
MollyQueen have applied for £500 in funding from the fantastic programme by Enterprise Nation and though the votes have now closed until April, we will be asking everyone to vote for us to enable us to recieve the funds. We plan to use the money to help towards lots mroe future events for the community and lcoal creatives as well as expanding our marketing campaign and possibly helping to secure studio space in town! Youc an visit our page to see our proposal but the voting is closed for now. We'll email again as soon as its open and would be vert grateful if you'd take a moment to sign up and vote. The form is very simple and it only takes a moment, yet it will obviously help us in a HUGE way!
Phew! Well, that’s an awful lot to take in; we hope we’ve not rambled on too much! Remember to keep an eye on the blog for featured artist profiles and more information about everything we’ve got going on.
Don’t forget, The MollyQueen Collective have regular meetings open to all on the first Tuesday of every month at The Loft on Mansfield Road. The meetings start at 7pm and are an opportunity to get involved with MQ, see what we are up to and all about and sit and get stuck in to your own creative projects! Bring whatever you are working on, pull up a pew and get involved!
Peace and Sun-shiny Squiggles
The MollyQueen Collective

Friday, 16 March 2012

Free Circus Workshop @ The Marvellous Spring Market!

From 1pm, Jugglian Julian will be entertaining all with his amazing circus skills in the garden area whatever the weather! We'll have a sheltered area so not even 'March showers' should put you off. Julian is a superb juggler and an amazing unicyclist... Pop along between 1pm and 3pm for a spot of juggling, rings, scarves, diabolo's, devil sticks , spinning plates, hoola hoops and poi! Open to all and freee!

The Marvellous Spring Market
Sunday 25th March
11 - 5pm

@ Federation House, Claremont Road, Carrington

Julian is an accomplished public entertainer and circus skills teacher with 5 years experience in facilitating circus skills workshop activities within Nottinghamshire and adjoining areas. Circus skills workshops are ideal for all ages and abilities and Julian can accommodate and provide equipment for up to 20 participants at any one time.

Julian is also available for private tuition and to perform at private parties, weddings, corporate events, local schools, nursing homes, hospitals, festivals, fairs, fetes, carnivals and parades.

Whatever the reason or occasion,
transform your event into a
FuNtAsTiC experience.

Dont forget, we've also got 20 fabulous stallholders with a huge range of works, some wonderful Live music to warm your pretty little ears and scrummy food, artwork and lots more!

There's also a Chicken and Egg hunt that will be taking place throughout the whole venue to keep those little fingers entertained while you browse.

See you there!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Introducing...Jenna Michelle Pink Art - Artistic preview

Jenna Michelle Pink

An artist with a very loud and abstract style that really catches your eyes and emotions. Here's a bit of information from Jenna herself and a few images so you can preview her work before the Marvellous Spring Market on March 25th.

"Much of my art is emotional, abstract and psychedelic in style. Many of my drawings are drawn automatically, almost like extended doodles, this is therapeutic to me. I use the process of creating my work as a way of encouraging self-reflection and self-growth."

Jenna's work is available as originals, prints, greetings cards, postcards, bookmarks amongst other handcrafted items and coverse range of mediums from drawing and painting to photography.

See Jenna and lots more at The Marvellous Spring Market on sunday the 25th March between 11am - 5pm at The Federation Social Club on Claremont Road, Carrington.

Scroll back for more info and artist previews as well as
information about what else to expect on the day!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Lucie Pockets and Ena Green - Featured Artists

Welcome to our first featured Artist profile for The Marvellous Spring Market on sunday the 25th March @ The Federation Social Club on Claremont Road, Carrington.

Introducing.... Ena Green and Lucie Pockets!

Ena Green

Ena Green is a fabulous textiles artist with an amazing imagination and some wonderful creations. Using felt and other fabrics, she uses her endless creative ideas to come up with some wonderful pieces, from hilarious glove puppets through to gorgeous hanging mobiles with all sorts of themes. Here are a few images of my favourite pieces but be sure to check out her website for more images of what will be on offer on the day!

A can of worms Glove puppet!

A wonderful weather mobile

 Delectable Hand-made Cupcakes of the un-edible kind!

View Ena Green's Website HERE.

Lucie Pockets

An artist of the textile kind, this very talented lady Lucie makes superb dolls and bears, bags and lots more using the most gorgeous vintage and old recycled materials. She creates adorable little dolls that are waiting for a home, they come complete in their own personalised little boxes and have a great attention to detail. Here are some images of our favourites but dont forget to have a good look around the website! There's a real style to Lucie's work that is a MUST SEE as each piece incorporates great beauty and design with humour and a pure 'I must have that' feel.

Lucie Pocket's gorgeous dolls

 Amazing vintage fabric doll

Gorgeous little checked bear

Check out Lucie Pocket's website HERE.

For more info about The Marvellous Spring Market, scroll back for a list of artists and what else to expect on the day and keep an eye out for more featured artist profiles!

xx Big Loves from the MQ team xx