Ben Javens Eye Candy Commission

We commissioned Birmingham artist and illustrator Ben Javens to produce a new installation for Eye Candy this year.

The new wall piece has been produced on wood, hand cut by Ben and painted in Cyan, Magenta, Black and White then assembled on a wall in Birmingham’s Arcadian Centre in the Southside district of the city.

“We’ve wanted to commission a piece with Ben ever since Eye Candy started four years ago,” comments Kerry O’Coy, one of the curator’s of the annual event. “We are always looking for the right spaces to match with the right artist. Getting the fit can take some time but on this occasion it worked perfectly. Ben’s signature style has been installed in large-scale and it’s had a great response from the Arcadian’s owners”.

You can go and see the piece on the ground floor of the Arcadian outside of Ladbrokes.


MISS LED Masterclass – this Saturday at Eye Candy.

We are DELIGHTED to announce a special masterclass with the brilliant Miss Led which will be taking place THIS SATURDAY at the Eye Candy pop up.

So past Eye Candy visitors will know that we LOVE Miss Led’s stunning illustrations and have asked her to do several wall pieces for us in the past so when she said she fancied a trip to Birmingham again we were more than happy to accommodate.

To celebrate her new online fashion illustration tutorials Miss Led will be giving a FREE 2 hour live version of her tutorial for up to 16 lucky people in the pop up store.


It all starts at 1pm at Unit 9, Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, Birmingham from 1pm. To book a space you MUST email kerry[@] with your full name.

Bring a drawing pad and some pens and pencils with you.

*You can read and exclusive interview with her in the new edition of Fused Magazine which you can also pick up in store.

Jenny Haytch and the Badge-O-Tron at Eye Candy

We love Jenny Haytch’s sense of humour and hand drawn loveliness, so much so that we’ve invited her to share some of her fun at Eye Candy. Jenny will be hosting badge making workshops and bringing the ‘Badge-o-Tron’ to the illustration & art fair on Saturday.

How would you describe your artistic style?
Wobbly. Sweary. Cheeky. Naïve. Fun.

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
Glory inspires me to keep going. Seeing my stuff in a shop.  Being part of a group show in which the other illustrators and exhibitors are a million times better than me, yet my stuff somehow fits in. That feeling of accomplishment keeps me going. Also, I have no other skills. So the only other thing that keeps me fully motivated is the blackhole of nothingness I would achieve if I stop doing it. Read more

Come to a Stitches & Hos Pom Pom Party

We going POM POM crazy with Stitches & Hos on Friday 7th October.

Finish off the working week with the pom pom party and create beautiful pompoms using a variety of designs to produce flowers, fruit and geometric designs.

Instruction sheets will also be provided with basic details. This workshop is suitable for ages 6 upwards. Some dexterity in hands is required.

Date: 7th October, 1-3pm & 6-8pm
Venue: Eye Candy Pop Up Store, Unit 9 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, Birmingham

Free workshop –  just drop in to join in!

Make a personalised banner with The Crafts Collective at the Eye Candy fair

The personalised banners workshop with The Crafts Collective is a relaxed workshop to teach you how to repurpose fabrics into a beautiful, personalised banner!

Use felt, Pom Poms and text to create your own banner to decorate the home, create a personalised gift or for a wedding or just a little something for you. 

A maximum of 15 per workshop.

Date: Saturday 1st October, 11.30am & 1.30pm

Venue: St Martin’s Church in the Bullring, Birmingham

How to book: To book a space send your name/s and the time you’d like to book to
kerry [@]

Screen Print Your Own Tote Bag with Karoline Rerrie

Screen Print Your Own Tote Bag, bookable workshop, suitable for young people & adults, maximum of 10 people at a time.

Bring along a simple idea or design to work from. Cut out a paper stencil of your design using a scalpel. Use your stencil with fabric printing ink, a screen and a squeegee to create a bright coloured print on a tote bag to take home.

FREE workshop!

Thursday 29th Sept 6-8pm
Sunday 2nd October: 12-2pm

Venue: Eye Candy Pop Up Store, Unit 9, Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, Birmingham

How to book: email your name and the date your’d like to book on to
kerry [@]

Ceramics for beginners with Kate Andrews

Saturday 1 October 10am – 4pm Ceramics for Beginners (12 people maximum)
Eye Candy Illustration & Art Fair, St Martin in the Bullring, Birmingham

Ceramicist Kate Andrews invites you to join her for a day of relaxing making, learning and self expression. You will learn the basics of how to use clay, hand build and coil to make pots and vessels, discover decorative techniques and how to use coloured slip. You will create a unique piece which will be gas fired and glazed following the workshop. 

Katie Andrews is a Birmingham based ceramic artist.

Adults only, 16+

Book your space via email to: kerry at fusedmagazine dot com

Please wear suitable clothing incase of spillage or bring an apron.

Make a carbon printed poster with Definitely Jenny

Join Eye Candy for an introduction to carbon paper printing, a simple, low-cost and under-appreciated form of printmaking!

Learn the technique and create your own unique print with designs by DefinitelyJenny or bring your own image (max print design size 130 mm x 180 mm on A5 paper, one colour only, for best results).

Jenny will be running her workshop on Saturday the 8th October at 3-5pm at the Eye Candy pop up store.

Address: Unit 9, Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, Birmingham

Make a stitched happy chap with Sparklymouse

Come and make your own Happy Chap! They may not look too happy but they’ll certainly bring some cheer to your day. When you arrive you will pick out a character of your choice, choose your colours and then Louise will teach you the basics of sewing these little guys for you to then take away with you at the end of the workshop.

The workshop will start at 12.30pm at the Illustration and Art Fair at St Martin in the Bullring, Saturday 1st October.

Spaces are very limited and will be available on a first come first offered basis.

Make Christmas decorations with KT Robbins Ceramics

Have fun and experiment with polymer clay to create a small number of keepable pendants or Christmas decorations.

First of all you will work the clay with your hands to make it soft and then roll it out flat ready to receive a texture. Roll fabric or textured wall-paper into the clay. Then use any of the ‘cookie cutters’ to create a shape such as stars, snow drops or circles. At home simply bake your makes in the oven at 110 degrees for 15 minutes.

Thursday 29th September from 12.30pm-2.30pm
Arrive for the start of the session.
No need to book.

Eye Candy Pop Up Store, Unit 9, Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, Birmingham