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BCTF 2015: British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate

A number of people ask how and where I sell my work, so I thought I would write a short blog on one of the ways I do this. As well as selling directly at retail and craft fairs, online and from open studio events,  I also attend trade fairs.

This April I made my annual visit north to Harrogate, to attend the British Craft Trade Fair. This is a three day event where I display current work and share my new collections as Silversoles. The event gives me an opportunity to meet buyers (from retail outlets, museum representatives and gallery owners), who are looking for work to show in their exhibition programmes or stock in their outlets.

It’s a wonderful event, organized by Margeret Bunn and her team with attendance by selection. Only UK makers can take part with all work having to be made in Britian. It has been an honour and privilege to exhibit my work at BCTF along some of the best makers in the UK, producing exceptionally skilled work of such a high standard.

We arrived on Saturday morning to set up and transform the bare shell scheme, ( see below). Initially the walls have a clean, then we start installing furniture, electric cabling and lighting ( thanks Dad), before beginning the process of displaying the work.

Starting with an empty shell scheme and in boxes…

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Beginning with the empty shell scheme…

Transformed to this…..

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The space transformed and ready for the show to open on Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Events 2014

Silversoles will be exhibiting at a number of events in the run up to Christmas 2014, it would be great to see you…

Arts & Craft Fair at Coustis – 16th November

Celebrating 30 years in business and supporting All Saints Youth Project, Coustis Salon are hosting an arts & craft event with Kings Heath Artists. Coustis Salon, 57 Alcester Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham; 10am – 6pm Sunday 16th Noember 2014

MADE in Kings Heath

Artist Open Studio / Christmas Fair Event showcasing the work of four artists with a Kings Heath connection; Melanie Keevil Ceramics, Fiona Humphry –  Inky Print Originals, Andy Millicheap Jewellery & Emma Jackson – Silversoles Felted Textiles. Venue: Silversoles Studio, 129 Hazelhurst Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, Saturday 29th November 11am – 5pm and Sunday 30th November 11am – 4pm

mac Christmas Contempoary Fair

Silversoles will be showing at the Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th December. 11am – 6pm. Check out link for a full list of artists exhibiting at the mac fairs. http://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/christmas-craft-markets/

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Nuno Felting Weekend

An exciting opportunity to learn how to combine fabric with wool to create unique ruched and textured nuno felted textiles.

During the weekend workshop you will be

  • Creating a range of samples by experimenting with a variety of fabrics
  • Dyeing your chosen fabric in preparation to create a finished piece on the second day.
  • Use the techniques learnt on day one to create a final piece: a decorative piece or a scarf or continue experimenting to create further samples.

MAC will provide cotton muslin and silk chiffon and a light weight habotai  to experiment with, whilst longer lengths can be purchased to create a finished piece. Alternatively you may like to bring your own open weave fabric to work with.

Bring along;

  • nuno felt 5a sketch/notebook to write down your smapling results,
  • your camera to record your work in progress
  • a couple of old towels,
  • any open weave fabrics you would like to experiment with and work with to create a finished piece (cotton muslins, scrim, silk chiffon, silk georgette work well, you might want to bring some synthetic fibre fabrics too) and any fibres you would like to incorporate in you work too.

Venue: Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
Date: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th October 2014
Time: 10 – 4pm
tickets available from: mac (0121) 4403838

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MADE London

I am very excited to announce that Silversoles will be exhibiting at the wonderful MADE London Design and Craft Fair on the design Gap stand. You can find us on Stand C2 in the Crypt Pods from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2014.

MADE London, Sir John Soanes Church, 1 Marylebone, London, NW1 4AQ, opposite Great Portland Street tube station.

Ticket available from www.madelondon.org/tickets

 

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Ceramic Sheep

Ceramic Sheep

Riverside Mill - home of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Riverside Mill – home of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

We popped into the fabulous home of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, in Bovey Tracey and were lucky enough to catch the members summer exhibition, Materials Matter. The exhibition’s theme centres on celebrating the diversity of contemporary craft materials used by the Guild Members.

I’ve included a few of my favourite pieces from the exhibition  – including the pieces I voted for in the People’s Choice Award, (can you guess which one it is?)

Isabella Whitworth scarves

Isabella Whitworth scarves

Yuli Somme, Crufts Tea Cosy

Yuli Somme, Crufts Tea Cosy

 

Isabella Whitworth’s beautiful shibori scarves made with natural dyes including her own grown indigo. Photo doesn’t do justice to her colours.

 

 

 

I loved  Yuli Somme’s felted Crufts Tea Cosy. 

 

 

Detail of Liz Clay's peice

Detail of Liz Clay’s piece

 

Liz Clay’s felted and pleated work showed a very Japanese influence in its use of dyeing and pleating techniques.

 

 

Peter Lane’s porcelain bowls had such stunning iridescent colours combined with an incredible delicate sense of lightness to them.

Riverside Mill Terrace cafe, check out the sedum roof!

Riverside Mill Terrace cafe, check out the sedum roof!

To top off our visit we had a delicious brunch of salmon & scrambled eggs on homemade wholemeal toast and a pot of Earl grey tea in the  cafe on the roof top terrace.

Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Riverside Mill is a great venue with a programme of fantastic exhibition and events throughout the year – a must visit if you’re in the area. You can check it out at www.crafts.org.uk  Material Matters runs until 7th September 2014.

 

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