I am excited to be exhibiting at the British Craft trade Fair this year for the first time. It is held at The Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, Yorkshire, and the fair takes place from the 8th April until the 10th April.
The fair has been running for an astonishing 43 years! It showcases Britsh and Irish craft workers and shuns the mass market end of retail. It is however strictly trade only.
My stand number is P367 and I am exhibiting at the Post-Newcomers section.
I was asked to participate in this years Marlborough Spring Fair, and I thought it a jolly good idea! Not only will I be able to show my textiles to a new audience down in Wiltshire, but also the fair is being held as a charity event to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The proceeds from the door (£3.00 entrance fee) and the money raised from the exhibitor fee all go to this wonderful charity.
I have just had a look at the exhibitor list and it looks impressive! Food, crafts, clothing, jewellery and home accessories are all there for a peruse; with over 70 stalls it looks like a very fine day out.
So if you are in the area, come along and support this wonderful event, and also, do come and say hello 🙂
The fair is held on Sunday 9th April at Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wiltshire.
It has been a fair while since I last wrote a post, and I apologise for that, but I have been ever so busy making cushions! I am happy to say that I took quite a few orders at Top Drawer trade show in January; one of the most exciting ones being a reorder from ‘Change Maker’ in Zurich for 115 cushions. So yeah, I’ve been making cushions! It was fantastic to get both new orders and reorders….all most welcome 🙂
Also I have been asked to take part in the new art exhibition at Compton Verney art gallery, Warwickshire, by way of stocking my cushions, notebooks and cards in the shop for the duration of the exhibition. The exhibition is called ‘Creating the Countryside; Thomas Gainsborough to Today’, and I was asked as my textile designs are nature inspired and as I had I sold very well at the Compton Verney Textile Fair last November. I went yesterday and set up my wall space (see above photo)….and a very nice space too! So do go and have a look, and I mean at the art exhibition rather than just my cushions! Compton Verney never fails to please and the setting is just splendid. The exhibition runs from 18th March until the 18th June.
First things first……a Happy New Year to all my customers, followers and people just having a look! I hope we all have a peaceful, hugely enjoyable and prosperous new year!
Well it’s Top Drawer time again, the trade fair held at Olympia, Kensington between the 15th and 17th January (in a few days time, eek!) I exhibited last year and found it very beneficial, especially as it lead to sales in Zurich. I am excited to bring along my two new designs this year: Natures Beauty and Leaves, so fingers crossed for lots of interest!
The photos above are from last year. It’s great this year though as I have been upgraded with my stand due to an exhibitor pulling out. I’ve now got an end of row stand with lots of room….see you there! Stand CF-31 by the way 🙂
I am delighted to say that I am showing my textiles at ‘Gifted‘ this year, a contemporary Christmas craft fair held at The National Centre for Craft and Design. The centre is located in Sleaford in Lincolnshire, and their showroom is shown above. I will be out in a marquee though with lots of talented crafts persons taking part in their annual Christmas fair, which looks set to be a really good day out! I have heard that it is a very popular and fun event, and I am so excited to be a part of it this year.
It is on next weekend; on the 3rd and 4th December, 10am till 4pm. Please do come along if you happen to be over that way….I look forward to meeting you 🙂
So next up on the list of fairs is a one day fair at Compton Verney. I visited there many years ago, and I remember a very impressive art collection, stunning park land and a good tearoom! I am delighted to be going back to the house, set in rural Warwickshire, to attend their annual Textile fair where I will be showing the old favourites, along with a couple of new designs.
The fair is on Saturday the 5th November, and takes place from 11am till 5pm. If you live nearby or fancy a day out then I’m sure you will not be disappointed by what you find at Compton Verney. And lets hope for a lovely sunny autumnal day!
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to apply for ‘Craft at Top Drawer’, Top Drawer being a major homewares/gift/ fashion trade show in London. I applied for the Craft section which was created in 2014 to show hand made pieces with ‘heart, soul and individualism’.
Anyway, I got excepted! I have a stand (no C-B17) and am very excited at presenting my collection of interior fabrics and cushions to the retail world during the 17th-19th January 2016.
This link will take you to the exhibitors list, where you will find me!
The exhibition at Dore Abbey, in the village of Abbey Dore (Herefordshire) went very successfully, my cushions were a sell out! The exhibition as a whole was well attended and well received, and the week that I spent sat in that beautiful abbey, although cold, was hugely enjoyable. The choir, who sang every day as part of a week long course held by The English Choral Experience, are lovely people with lovely voices! The exhibition was curated by Merryn Lloyd, who is herself a wonderful potter. Dates for next year are 24th -31st July 2016, so pop them in your diary! However Dore Abbey is a beautiful place to visit any time of year.
Next week (19th – 25th July) I will be exhibiting in the beautiful setting of Abbey Dore in Herefordshire. The week long exhibition is put on by The English Choral Experience, and it is well worth a visit; I stewarded the exhibition last year and was very impressed with the quality of the work by the exhibitors and the reception of the visiting public to the event. If you time it right you’ll also hear the beautiful choral singing in the Abbey, which I definitely enjoyed last year. To find out more about this event then head to The English Choral Experience.
I’m stewarding the exhibition again this year, so come and have a look and say hello……
Here are some photos that I took last year:
Form the 24th – 27th June I exhibited my degree collection at New Designers which is held annually at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. It was a tiring week, but well worth it! My interiors collection was very well received; I had some wonderful compliments and interest from companies looking for freelancers. It also looks like I will have some exciting opportunities to sell my work to the public, await further news! I definitely came home feeling happy and relieved that it had all been so worth it 🙂