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Strummer of Love: Part one

Imagine a relaxing festival where you can combine lying in a hammock listening to a band playing in the background with making floral headbands and dreamcatcher jewellery. The atmosphere is chilled and there’s even a campfire to sit around while watching undiscovered talent.

That’s exactly how it is at the Strummer of Love festival, which I attended earlier this month in Somerset. The festival was held as a celebration of 10 years of Joe Strummer’s death. The lead singer of The Clash had a passion for unsigned artists and, in his lifetime, was a pioneer of new talent. It is his daughter, Jazz Domino Holly, who is now carrying on his legacy, by holding this festival in his memory, a festival that had a stage entirely devoted to emerging musicians.

The campfire stage was a platform for lesser-known performers

But it’s not only unsigned artists who got to perform. Personal highlights included Seasick Steve, Frank Turner, King Charles and The Pogues. What was special about Strummer of Love though, was that all of the artists performing on the main stage had a personal connection or had been inspired by Joe.

Performers on the Clash City Rockers stage had a personal connection, or had been inspired by Joe Strummer

Jazz is not simply enthusiastic about carrying on her Dad’s legacy in music though. She is also passionate about crafts. The author of Queen of Crafts: The Modern Girls’ Guide to Knitting, Sewing, Quilting, Baking, Preserving & Kitchen Gardening, combined her two loves for the festival, with crafting at an equal measure to music.

This made the perfect festival in my opinion and I loved making lots of crafty items to wear while listening to bands.

Enjoying the hammocks at the Strummer of Love festival

The variety of different areas, such as the Handmade Hangout, which was where we spent most of our time, or the Strummer School, made the festival a really chilled and wonderful experience for a newbie like me.

The Handmade Hangout area

A typewriter fire in the Strummer School tent

So what better festival to attend for a craft enthusiast to go to than Strummer of Love, and what better reason to hold one than to celebrate the life and legacy of someone who always advocated new music?

Strummer of Love, you were the best!


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Strummer of Love festival

Street Style Wales is going to the Strummer of Love festival this coming weekend.

The festival, which is being held in Somerset, will combine music with craft and will be offering many free workshops and classes for anyone wanting to get their hands dirty.

Craft tutorials will include making flower garlands, dreamcatcher jewellery or even making handmade musical instruments.

Alongside the crafty activities, there will be performances from Emmy the Great, The Pogues and Frank Turner, with plenty of music for everyone.

The festival itself has been set up in commemoration of ten years of the death of lead singer of The Clash, Joe Strummer, by his daughter, Jazz Domino Holly. It is being held in aid of the charity, Strummerville, which gives support to aspiring musicians.

If you’d like to know more about the festival, check out their website, Jazz’s blog, or my friend Charlotte’s blog post about it here.


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Thrifting

I’ve mentioned before about how useful charity shops are for sourcing fabric and cheap clothing. Today I went on a fashion binge in one of my local shops. I hadn’t been for ages, so it was a nice treat for my meagre budget and I ended up buying quite a lot for a small amount of money.

Firstly, I bought two vintage floral pillowcases, in different patterns. Together, these were only £1 and I’m planning to make elastic skirts out of them. Once I’ve made one, I’ll put the DIY on the blog.

The pillowcases that I picked up for £1

I also bought a very nice purple stripy top, originally from H&M, a yellow floral Dorothy Perkins skirt that I’ve been wanting for ages and a Peter Pan collared polka dot dress.

This stripy top was originally from H&M

The Dorothy Perkins skirt

The Peter Pan collared dress I bought from a charity shop

Unfortunately, as is often the case when buying things from charity shops, the skirt is too big. But you have to take the bad with the good and I’ll probably just sell it on eBay or use the fabric to make something small.