The fair was located at Spinningfields which looked like the posh eating quarter (Carluccio's et al), this year it filled 2 tents. A relief as last year we all felt like sardines. However, I could feel a tiny tension between the 2, as one kept being mistaken for the graduate tent (there was a graduate showcase in it) which it really wasn't. Plebs. Standard of work was high and with room to actually move, I had a good catch-up with a lot of the makers. My highlights were:
Ashi Marwaha's jewellery- inspired by Islamic patterns, the shapes that appear in her pieces play with geometric forms and repetition:
Ashi is also a complete laugh-a-minute type of person who is extremely passionate about the practical making of an object.
Next up is Kate Smith Based in Brumland, Kate recently (okay, about 4 months ago) returned back to making her gorgeous gold and silver jewellery after having an ickle baby. She is definitely back with a vengeance- her stand was sparkling with so many pieces I almost needed sunnies!
And no craft fair would be complete without me mentioning at least one ceramicist...Rebecca Callis. Her hand-thrown porcelain pieces are graceful, elegant and completely functional. Her glazes are infused in the whiteness of the porcelain, giving it an almost ethereal effect. Another plus is that her work is totally affordable.
In addition to all the gorgeous craft, the GNCCF also held drop-in crafting sessions, courtesy of Zoe and Nicola at Magpie Arts. The two jewellers rent themselves out as mobile crafters, to local community groups and hen parties etc! They also hold sessions at their workshop in Manchester (see link). These two are defo a pair to keep your eyes on- I sense big things for them! I joined them for a chat and made my very own button necklace and bracelet!
Well, my first attempt at blogging from the iPhone wasn't that traumatic!