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November 7, 2019

Cardiff Design Festival 2019 Highlights

2018: It Will Glow has its first creative event at Depot, Cardiff.

Cardiff Design Festival has been and gone for 2019 and we’re missing it already! We were lucky enough to support the event and to design the festival website.

It was fantastic to see Cardiff’s thriving creative scene come together at so many different events, celebrating a range of disciplines. It was a pretty non-stop weekend of events, here were our favourites:

It Will Glow

Kicking the Festival off was It Will Glow, back bigger and better than before. It was great to meet the local makers on the market stalls, hear from some pretty incredible speakers – Greg Barth, Yarza Twins and Smörgåsbord, and mingle with creative and curious minds from Cardiff and beyond.

Warrior Women

On Friday evening, me and Amy went along to Warrior Women for an evening of inspiration from 3 amazing creative ladies –

Cath Jones – Sadler Jones

Cath had worked in the greetings card industry for 12 years before setting up her business, Sadler Jones. Cath is an award-winning designer – creating luxury stationery including contemporary greeting cards, prints, gift wraps and kids clothing. Since launching, the business has gone from strength to strength, and Sadler Jones can be found in Anthropologie, Selfridges, John Lewis and Oliver Bonas.

Rosi Illustration

Rosi keeps her world as creative as possible. As an illustrator of all things nude, her work aims to challenge societies’ perception of the female body through playful and light-hearted illustrations. Rosi is also a full time in-house graphic designer alongside running her own freelancing company, working with businesses such as the ethical stationery company Vent for Change.

Lizzie Iafrate – Fizz Goes Pop

Fizz Goes Pop is the colourful brainchild of Lizzie, a creative with a love for all things colourful and shiny. Lizzie makes laser cut jewellery and home wear that is bold, bright and bad ass – just like Lizzie! With a background in graphic design that feeds through into everything she does, Lizzie’s mission is to make her art accessible and to be enjoyed by everyone – with no boundaries for who it is worn and used by.

Paper Workshop with Deckle & Forge

On Saturday morning, the talented duo, Molly and Claire, otherwise known as Deckle & Forge ran their first workshop. Their beautiful paper work has been displayed in Ripple, at Warrior Women Events and Blossom & Nectar.

I went along to try my hand at making a paper rainforest bouquet, thankfully no papercuts were received in the making of this…

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|| CARDIFF DESIGN FESTIVAL || We were ecstatic to be a part of @cdfdesignfest and to host our first workshop. We want to thank all the wonderful people that joined us on the workshop, as well as those who popped in to encourage us. It was all hugely appreciated. Not to forget, we raised £45 for @wwf_uk We’ve got some great stuff to reveal, keep your eyes peeled. . . . #CDFdesignfest #cardiffdesignfestival #rainforest #amazonrainforest #paperrainforest #DIY #decoration #shapes #paperart #paperartists #creativity #paper #paperdesign #cardiff #cardiffdesign #deckleandforge #supportsmallbusinesses #welshbusiness #paperlove #handmadeintheuk #wip #lovehandmade #craftpassion #creativeprenuer #womeninbusiness #girlboss #artistsoninstagram #createdtoday

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It was a pleasure to be involved in Cardiff Design Festival this year, collaborating with some very talented individuals and agencies, as well as being able to enjoy the host of events which happened across the weekend. We’re looking forward to Cardiff Design Festival 2020 already.

Dan Sargent

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