I really enjoyed myself, and it was lovely to spend some time with my colleague - and fellow beauty blogger - Nazilla (of lillaloves.com) outside of work. I got the chance to chat with a few other bloggers there too, and I'm pleased to say everyone was really friendly (being my first blogger event, I wasn't quite sure what to expect!)
The event was set up to showcase new designs by four artists specialising in the creation of acrylic jewellery; Sugar Jones, Maggie Angus, designosaur, and KatzeShop, all of which are stocked by Porta.
All attendees were lucky enough to be given a goodie bag to take home too, containing a piece from each of the brands. I'll show you what I got at the end of this post!
|Sugar Jones' Cat, goldfish and bowl necklace: This was probably the most popular piece at the event, everyone - including me - went bonkers for it!|
|Sugar Jones' Kite necklace|
|Sugar Jones' Space Hopper collection & dragonfly necklaces (Image credit: Porta Brighton Facebook page)|
|Carla Ballantine of Sugar Jones|
We also discussed our love of Space Hopper iconography - we love his ever-manic face! A very cool Lego watch she was wearing also caught my attention.
|Sugar Jones' Dragonfly Necklace|
|A Sugar Jones necklace up close: Carla told me this detailing takes a very long time to achieve!|
|The Maggie Angus display|
|Maggie Angus 'As Fresh As a Daisy' necklace: I couldn't be more in love with the black version of this necklace! WANT!|
|...or the matching bracelet! MORE WANT!|
Since a few of the new Maggie Angus pieces comprise really thin lines, I was really interested to know how Anna manages to created these, since they first appear to be a tad more delicate. Anna told me she is really clumsy (just like me!) and so if her items pass the test of her handling them, she's knows they'll be fine in the hands of her customers.
Anna asked me a few questions about my own job too, which I thought was incredibly sweet of her!
|Anna Evans: The woman behind Maggie Angus. In case you're wondering, the brand is named after Anna's late, jewellery obsessed, Scottish grandmother.|
|Some Maggie Angus bracelets, rings and earrings.|
|Cute Maggie Angus heart necklaces|
|Maggie Angus press coverage board (I REALLY need a better camera, bleurgh!)|
I didn't get the chance to talk to designosaur's designers (product design graduates Jacques and Karli), but I did manage to take a few pics.
As the name suggests, many of past pieces have involved dinosaurs in their design, but this brand is far from being a one trick pony (stegosaurus?)!
|Brighton Pavilion necklace: My fave piece from designosaur's collection!|
|Dodo and mammoth wooden necklaces: Not extinct any more!|
|Loving designosaur's pop art-inspired statement necklaces!|
KatzeShopI missed out on talking to KatzeShop's designer (Rosa Pietisch) too, but again, I managed to take a few snaps. This collection was the most surprising at Plastic Fantastic, since the range mixes laser-cut acrylic, wood, cast resin, and even more materials besides, to create a very original aesthetic.
I'm particularly keen on Rosa's use of twisted 'rope' instead of chains.
|KatzeShop' 'lamp' necklace: I was very taken by this necklace, as was everyone else in attendance at Plastic Fantastic! Note KatzeShop's very cool light bulb collar tips too!|
|A closer look.|
|Look at all the intricate detailing! I'm digging KatzeShop's gold and silver leaf effect.|
The contents of my goodie bag
|Plastic Fantastic goodie bags (Image credit: Porta Brighton Facebook page)|
|Sugar Jones black ice skate earrings: I can't iceskate at all (understatement!) but I still love these earrings - the detailing is what makes them so awesome!|
|designosaur triceratops stack ring: How cute is this! I can't get over how well it is cut despite it's small size!|
|KatzeShop cats-eye silver leaf wood necklace: I actually received a gold version of this necklace (which i liked), but Nazilla and I swapped - she's prefers gold jewellery, whereas I prefer silver. I think this is awesome!|
|Me and Nazilla (Lillaloves.com) at Plastic Fantastic: Not really appreciating my mid-sentence face here! (Image credit: Porta Brighton Facebook page).|
|Just some of the gorgeous Zatchel leather handbags at Porta Brighton (Image credit: Porta Brighton Facebook page)|
A massive THANK YOU to Porta, and all of the designers involved in putting on this great event (and for inviting me)!
Which of these collections most takes your fancy? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to visit each of the collections' respective websites also, to see even more awesome designs.
*All photos in this post without image credits were taken by me.*