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The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Is In Town

...and we've had a look round

Written by . Published on October 21st 2011.

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Is In Town

THE GREAT Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, back for its 4th year of craftiness, has taken over Spinningfields' Quay House for the weekend. 

Visitors will be able to browse, discuss, buy or commission pieces directly from the artists. More than 140 selected designer-makers will display their ceramics, glass, jewellery, interior and fashion textiles, wood and silver works.

“It’s been great every time because of the people you meet."

Organised by the not-for-profit company Great Northern Events, the event attracted more than 6,000 visitors in 2010. 

Confidential caught up with a few of the artists at their temporary home.

Gemma Truman weaves her sea-grass hammocks with a French knitting technique using nails, which she then adjusts to fit a colourful glass baubel.

“I don’t tend to sell a lot of pieces at fairs like these, because the items are priced quite high,” she said. “But I do get a lot of interest from people who own or manage galleries, who keep in contact with me.

"The snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge has taken this instillation and will be featuring it in a couple of weeks.”

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Jenny Llewellyn, originally from Leeds and now based in London, makes jewellery from silicon rubber, silver, and gold. Her collection, which glows in the dark, was inspired by deep sea creatures. “What’s below me is what I’m inspired by,” she said. “It’s a hidden element it shows that luminous colours of the deep sea. It looks completely different in the dark.”

We spotted one necklace on her stall for £800.

Hanna Nunn has displayed her laser-cut lamps at the fair every year. Her work ranges from £65 for a small lamp to £400 for a commissioned wall panel.  “It’s been great every time because of the people you meet,” she said. Last year, Hannah had gotten a commission to write a book featuring artists of contemporary craft lighting. “I’ve just got the proof back today so it’s really come full circle.”

The fair runs from 20 to 23 October at Quay House, Quay Street, Spinningfields, M3 3JE.  For more information, see their website at:  http://www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk/

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