Craft Fair Extravaganza!
Just before Christmas was a busy time – a veritable feast of craft fairs, and this year I was involved in three different ones across the country. It was beginning to feel a bit like Challenge Anneka..if only I’d had the helicopter, my life would have been so much easier. Okay, so it’s a bit rubbish to be writing this retrospectively, but better late than never!
First up was ‘Lustre’ (4th-6th November) www.lakesidearts.org.uk at The Lakeside arts Centre in Nottingham. Fantastic show as always thanks to the organisers and had the pleasure of meeting ceramic artist Justine Allison and jeweller Clare Hillerby who is relocating to Manchester really soon so keep an eye out for her gorgeous jewellery.
Next up was a trip down South, all the way to Brighton for Made11. It was my first ever trip to the city (no way!) Loved it, got time to see some of the sights (see picture postcard below) and hang out with some friends. Met some ace fellow makers including the lovely textile designer, knit and crochet specialist Rose Sharp Jones and bumped into an old friend – vintage inspired Milliner and accessory designer Jen AKA Lilly Lewis who is stocking Topshop in London among others, yep, she’s made it!
As well as trying desperately hard not to spend all the money I don’t own (I believe that’s the definition of an overdraft) I couldn’t take my eyes off many of the window display especially Dockerills hard wear shop on Church street – see picture below.
I have also been given the opportunity to stock my work in the exquisite boutique ‘Hope and Harlequin’ on Sydney Street. They are stocking a selection of my cushions as well as my new printed and embroidered Handkerchiefs. The shop is a combination of beautiful vintage clothing (including wedding dresses and accessories) and modern collectables for the home – if you’re nearby you have to check it out.
And there you go, Brighton in a nutshell…well on a postcard.
The third and final craft fair of 2011 was in Newport, Cardiff – the home of ‘Made by Hand’ in the most beautiful setting of Tredegar House. Google it. Or even better, go there – it’s gorgeous. This was 2nd – 4th December and I got my Christmas presents for myself thanks to fellow makers Sarah Culleton and Zoe Acketts among others. It was massively inspiring to be a part of this show and to be surrounded by such a high a standard of contemporary craft makers.