The British Craft Trade Fair


Having championed handmade British design for 40 years, The British Craft Trade Fair is unlike any other. Since it first began consumers have increasingly recognized the quality and value of ‘Handmade in Britain’ and support for this creative and thriving industry continues to grow. With all the exhibitors meeting strict criteria on quality and design, if you want to buy British, there is no better trade fair to visit. Here are a few exhibitors that we're particularly excited to see this year... Home Front Vintage Jennifer Collier has her very own world of lampshades, cameras, tools and furniture... In fact there’s very little that Jennifer Collier hasn’t turned her hand to. Using paper as her signature material Collier gives “new life to things that would otherwise go unloved or be thrown away.” Once books, maps, envelopes, wallpaper or scrap, Collier transforms her papers into distinctive textural forms. The origin of the paper often provides a starting point for the artwork and, as with cloth, it is stitched to construct two or three dimensional objects, both decorative and functional. Stand number 78, 2016_home_front_vintage_f Home Front Vintage specializes in turning genuine 'escape and evasion' silk maps into gifts and accesories. Pilots and Special Forces would have hidden these silk maps inside their uniforms in case they needed to escape from enemy territory during WW2 and the Cold War. All printed onto silk by the military during the 1940s and 1950s, each piece comes with information on the history and provenance of the maps. Their aim is to preserve the integrity and history of the maps but make them relevant to today so that their story will survive. Stand number 441 Home Front Vintage2 Leto & Ariadne weave fabrics that allow the wearer to “reconnect with a lost sense of Englishness”– Selvedge. From a re-purposed mill in the Cotswolds Nick Ozanne produces beautifully woven fabrics from his traditional woodframed looms. All work is done by hand, from the initial winding of the warp, the complete weaving process and the fine detail of the finishing, to create original unisex collections of silk scarves. Nick strives to provide not only a long lasting product, but also a memorable and pleasurable experience of opening the box and unwrapping the scarf for the first time. Stand number 149, 10-12 April 2016 Great Yorkshire Showground Harrogate, HG2 8QZ, UK Leto and adrianne

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