Friday, 17 October 2014

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Our Top 10 Finds

Last Thursday we rubbed shoulders with the glitterati of the craft world at the preview evening of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. In the post-industrial chic of the Old Granada TV studios we browsed the stalls, chatted with the makers, coveted the amazing products and made some sound investments!

We hope you were able to attend over the weekend, but if you didn’t manage to get there here’s our round up of our favourite finds and people to watch. You can find each maker’s work online and we hope we might influence you to check them out. Start your Christmas wishlist here!

1.    Lynsey Walters – Both Sam and I have bought Lynsey’s joyous felt jewellery at previous fairs and this year was no exception. Always a favourite!

2.    Vinegar & Brown Paper – ideas etched in glass! We loved this stall. Vintage mirrors, inkwells, conical flasks, crystal decanters all etched with simple messages. A brilliant idea for a bespoke gift. Thoughtful and unusual.

3.    Jules McKeown - Yuyu is a modern interior brand creating original collections of bold surface pattern designs across a range of fabrics, cushions, wallpapers and limited edition screen prints. All products and fabrics are beautifully made in the UK.

4.    Bella May Leonard – contemporary embroidery as art, as well as embellishment.

5.    Sarah Heaton – Whimsical, lovable, usable ceramic tableware.

6.    Anna Byers – Statement jewellery including interactive pieces with moveable parts. My favourites were the geometric pieces made from Perspex and precious metals. Swoon.

7.    Laura Lou – completely charming kitsch textile jewellery

8.    Graeme Reed – illustrator from Stoke-on-Trent selling limited edition digital prints 

9.    Amy Lawrence Designs – Knitted artisan jewellery inspired by nature and traditional cultures. I could have bought the whole collection!

10.    Ruth Pullan – hand-stitched leather satchels and bags. British materials and traditional craftsmanship.

If you need any further inspiration for your Christmas list, just remember we have Ministry of Craft gift vouchers. So you can treat your nearest and dearest to the gift of a craft course, or more realistically, they can treat you!

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