Thursday, 18 October 2012

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair . . .

I can't believe its been over a week since the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair up in Manchester.  Since I got back from the show I've been back and forth between Hereford College of Arts for teaching and the studio.  I'm weaving my socks off at the moment to make up for lost time when the loom was out of action this summer. But I can't complain because its great to be back at the loom, I've missed it so much. I'm also really pleased to be sending work out to new stockists and I still have two fairs before Christmas, the first being Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair in November.

I had an absolute blast up in Manchester at the GNCCF though.  It was great to be part of the Hothouse Alumni area and have a jolly good catch up with my pals, especially as it had been six months since I had seen most of them.  I also got to do some lovely swaps as well, so I'm now the proud owner of one of Zoe Lloyd's fabulous plates and a beautiful bangle from Jane Dzisiewski.

The Hothouse alumni area included (from top left to right):

Eleanor Bolton, Emma Bradbury, Zoe Lloyd, Claire Baker, Aimee Betts, Ros Millar, Hannah Felicity Dunne, Amy Bear, myself, Jane Dzisiewski, Carly Petitt-Taylor, Anna Collette Hunt and Rose Sharp Jones.

Aimee Betts & Anna Collette Hunt merging their work on a shared wall.
I was also joined at the show by Kirsty Slater who interned with me over the summer.  She was an absolute star helping me out on the weekend and sticking around for all the packing away at the end.  Here she is with me modelling new Festival colourway 'Newcastle' . . .

I also have to give my thanks to my big brother Richard who came up with me to set up and take down, as well as take lots of lovely pictures.  All in all GNCCF was a really great show and I hope I will be back up there again at it next year . . .

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