Saturday, 13 May 2017

Top Five Etsy Finds - Votes For Women + Giveaway

Votes For Women Brooch
by VeeAccessories
 
This is one of a pair of linked posts on my blogs this week. Yesterday I reviewed Emmeline Pankhurst's biography on Literary Flits. Enter the Giveaway at the end of this post for your chance to win a copy.

I doubt that the 8th of June was chosen for this year's snap General Election because of its significance to women's political history, but hopefully its being the anniversary of the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison will remind British women of just how important their right to vote is. (If you are eligible and have not yet done so, Register To Vote Here!) Certainly Etsy artisans are keen to remember suffrage and it was tough for me to decide which of their many handmade and crafted items to highlight in this month's Top Five post.

Jewellery in the Women's Social and Political Union colours (purple for dignity, white for purity, green for hope) is particularly prevalent across Etsy and I liked this bronze Votes For Women Brooch (pictured above) made by VeeAccessories in Sunderland. Vee has dozens of suffragette themed brooches and pins to choose from and each one is unique.

The Votes For Women Brooch is for sale at £9.50 plus shipping.


Votes For Women T-Shirt
by LiteraryEmporium
 
LiteraryEmporium in Frome offers a Votes for Women T-Shirt inspired by one of the most iconic images of the Suffragette movement. The hand-drawn illustration of Annie Kenney and Christabel Pankhurst is screen printed in the South West of England onto a soft white t-shirt made from 100% premium cotton. 10% from the sale of each t-shirt will be donated to The Fawcett Society. Since 1866, when Millicent Fawcett and other campaigners handed over their petition for women’s suffrage to Parliament, Fawcett have campaigned and researched tirelessly to make changes to women’s lives. Today Fawcett is the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights.

The Votes for Women T-Shirt is for sale at £15 plus shipping.


Votes For Women Print 
by HannahSawtell 
Artist HannahSawtell has a studio in Nottingham's Creative Quarter. She was inspired to create a series of portraits of women by a TV documentary about notable women ignored by the narrative of history. Her work combines detailed line drawn illustration with watercolour painting and collage elements to produce a distinctive style of image. In this instance the collage additions are postage stamps on the suffragette's skirt. Hannah is offering signed limited edition prints of Votes For Women, printed on archival Fine Art Hahnemuhle 308gsm paper, with dimensions of 21cm x 29cm.

The Votes For Women Print is for sale at £25 plus shipping.


Votes For Women Sash
by Costumier-Saurus
For those of you interested in historical re-enactment or wanting more unusual vintage dressing-up and cosplay ideas, Costumier-Saurus has this Edwardian-style Votes For Women Sash available. Based in Peterborough, the company is a professional costume design studio that makes costumes for theatre, film and museums across the UK and internationally. The sash in available in adult and child sizes and is handcrafted with both historical accuracy and comfort in mind. It is made from cotton with synthetic satin ribbon and felt lettering.

The Votes For Women Sash is for sale at £50 plus shipping.


Suffragette Floral Cluster Ring
by TrulyVenusian
 
My final choice returns us to jewellery and one of the gorgeous historically-inspired pieces made by Jane Frost at TrulyVenusian in Bath. A prolific jewellery designer, Jane is inspired by iconic women throughout the ages including Anne Boleyn, Jane Austen, and the suffrage women. This Suffragette Floral Cluster Ring features Uruguayan Amethysts, Pakistani Peridots, Brazilian Topaz accents and a Creamy White Chinese Cultured Freshwater Pearl all set in 14ct White Gold coated 925 Sterling Silver.

The Suffragette Floral Cluster Ring is for sale at £145.25 plus shipping.


I hope you loved discovering these creations as much as I did. All links in this post are affiliate links so, should you click through and buy something, I would receive a small commission.

Now for the giveaway!
The prize is my paperback copy of My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst, carefully read once and with a BookCrossing label in the front. All entries must be made through the Gleam widget below. The Giveaway is open worldwide until midnight (UK time) on the 26th May and I will draw a winner on the 27th. The winner must respond to my email within 7 days or the prize will be forfeit.

Emmeline Pankhurst biography giveaway

Good luck!

And please do remember to Register To Vote. It's free!

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