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THE BRITISH CRAFT TRADE FAIR

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The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is the only trade fair in the UK that exclusively promotes British craft and design. The demand for Made in Britain is on the rise, and with Great Britain soon to enter a new commercial playing field, if you are thinking about stocking British product now is the time to do it! Over 500 exhibitors will be showing their work at this strictly trade-only fair, where each maker will be ready to supply retailers with a huge range of uniquely crafted products, sold at trade prices. Taking place over three days this coming April, make sure you attend this iconic fair and see for yourself what all the fuss is about! The event will be held in the magnificent newly built halls at the Yorkshire Showground, the perfect setting for this trade fair. It also includes a dedicated Newcomers Gallery where emerging makers are given a platform with our mentoring program. jennifer-COllier-600x350-1 Vikki Lafford Garside Nature, fantasy and fairytales fuse in the decorative textiles created by Vikki Lafford Garside. With collections ranging from British butterfly brooches to oak leaf and acorn pendants, to entirely wearable art pieces, Vikki uses machine embroidery to craft these fantastic accessories. Building layer upon layer of colour and pattern, each of these intricate pieces are one of a kind, together creating a unique world of wearable art. Now, with a brand new studio based in the centre of Witney, Oxfordshire, Vikki is expanding her range of accessories and wearable art under her own name, Vikki Lafford Garside. Stand number 145 rachel_morley_1 From Brighton with love After trying out her first knitting machine during art class one day, designer Sally Evans has never looked back. Since then she has gone on to create “From Brighton With Love”, a beautiful knitted home accessories company featuring all kinds of knitted treasures for your home including cushions, bags and a range of playful home decor. As a child, Sally spent hours making things before she learnt to knit, crochet, sew and create with felt. Now, after 30 years experience in London’s design industry, Sally has moved to the seaside town of Brighton and has set up a studio of her own. Using the local architecture as her colour palette, each of her designs is like a knitted postcard that reflects that refreshing seaside feeling. Stand number 125 from_brighton_with_love_3 Rachel Morley broke away from her fine art practice in 2005 when she discovered the unending versatility of felt. Originally a printmaker, Rachel has drawn on her artistic experience to tell stories of the landscape through her felt creations. Using wool fibres from different breeds of sheep, her collections are made from linen, wool and silk yarns inspired by the Scottish coast. With doorstops, cubby bowls, cubbyholes and pebble pods, her products tell tales of the countryside in all of its romance, bringing the outdoors into the home. Rachel's work is always developing as new ideas and inspirations emerge from her studio. Stand number 95. Vicky-Lafford-Garside Donna Cheshire Currently “Craft & Design” magazine's Gold Award winner for textiles, Donna uses hand dyed fabric and stitch to create vibrant artworks inspired by the beauty and variety of the British landscape. Each unique piece captures the scene and mood with vivid colour and rich texture, reflecting a sense of each place depicted, and the pleasure in the moment of being there. Donna produces textile art in two and three dimensions. Often, working on one piece will lead to ideas for another; so series develop linking subject matter and process in different compositions, making the work collectible and suitable for themed exhibitions. Stand number 418. BCTF, 2-4 April, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8QZ. If you are not already registered as a buyer for the fair, please go to www.bctf.co.uk to sign up. 


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