The Great British Craft Bazaar

Today was the first day of the much anticipated  Great British Craft Bazaar  .  It promised to be a fair with a difference and it certainly wasn't a disappointment.  There were live demos of beading, metal smithing, glass making, leather work etc.  We had quite a few customers who spent most of the day browsing the stalls watching the demos and even having a go at some of them.

As a trader you don't always get to see the other artists work especially if it's a large fair as it was today.  I was lucky that I had set up my table on the Friday so had plenty of time to go and browse the other goodes on offer and I can tell you that everyone there had something different and unique.

One stall in particular caught my eye and anyone who knows me knows that I like things which are "outside" the box or in this case inside vintage tin boxes.  Collette Bain of Emmas Wolf creates these gorgeous  3D papier mache quirky pieces of art and I can say that I got rather excited about them and I just had to share my find with you all.

These 3 images were the ones that caught my eye and drew me towards the stall.  Check out Collettes website to see all her other fabulous work Emmas Wolf.

Here are some more photographs from today I'll be posting more but for tonight here are a few tasters.  It's all happening again tomorrow so why not pop along and see for yourself what you've missed out on. 

This is Wendy's stall she makes amazing handpainted plaques and clocks and lots of other unique items 1stuniquegifts

Hiding behind all the lovely hand knitted and felted bags is Claire Doherty from Clasibags

Here is the address if you fancy popping along tomorrow
Culcheth High School & Community Campus
Warrington Road


The Great British Craft Bazaar 26th & 27 March 2011

Next weekend is the launch of The Great British Craft Bazaar - a craft fair with a difference.  

So what's different about this craft fair?  
Well in answer to that question is that all the exhibitors have all been picked by a juried panel and ALL the items for sale have been made by the artists themselves so you are getting a unique handmade piece of art/jewellery/beads etc.  The other thing that is different is that you will be able to see how some of these items are made and also at seletced stalls be able to have a go yourself.

They are also giving away - yes giving away some fantastic prizes one of them being The CraftRobo Silhouette AND a Titanium Ring of the winner’s choice up to the value of £250.- have a look here.

So where can you find The Great British Craft Bazaar?
It's being held at The fair will take place in the newly built Culcheth High School and community campus with plenty of free parking.  Entrance fees Adults £2, Children & Concessions £1

Culcheth High School & Community Campus, Warrington Road, Culcheth, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 5HH

Please pop over and say hello we always like to meet the readers of our blog in person.



Handmade Monday #6

I am dedicating this weeks Handmade Monday to the lovely ladies who came to my beaded bead workshop at c3stockport.

I'd like to thank Louise Davis for inviting me back to run another workshop (I did one last October) and to Alison, Laura and Sylvia for letting me show them how to make my signature bead.  I think you will agree that all the ladies did a really great job.

There was plenty of food and drink to keep us energised - a big thank you to Lisa Chan Brown for keeping the tea/coffees flowing - I think she wanted to join our class instead of the photography class that was going on in the other room - don't worry Lisa your secret is safe with me lolol.  You can see Lisa's amazing photography at Yatty LRPS.
Now that you've seen what I've (well not so much me) been doing this week why don't you pop over to 1stuniquegifts and see what all my other crafty friends have been up to and if you're a crafter why not join in the fun.

Have a lovely week :).

(Please note that permission was given by the ladies to post their photos on a public forum)