Putting the Craft back into Craft Fairs

The term ‘Craft Fair’ conjures up images of knitted toilet roll holders and painted pebbles for many. However this November, a fabulous event CRAFTED BY HAND hopes to revitalise the notion of craft fairs and reveal the skill and passion of the makers behind their creations.

On the weekend of 4 & 5 November the Town Hall in the beautiful market town of Masham will be transformed into an emporium of stunning contemporary design led art and crafts featuring some of the region’s best makers of jewellery, ceramics, glass, sculpture, printmaking, and much more!

This year there are over 40 artists and makers including:
Helaina Sharpley, whose stunning wirework art is inspired by her love of tea, architecture and the Edwardian way of life,
David Mayne whose magical metal sculptures capture the essence of trees, deer, foxes.
Printmakers’ Folded Forest who take inspiration from the natural world
The endearing canine creations of Hearfelt Dogs
Shepherdess Ellie Langley whose exclusive range of felt and tweed bowler hats are made from wool sheared from her Weardale flock of sheep (pictured)
Handmade wooden chopping boards, spoons and bowls by Hugh Leishman
Unique furniture by Mawdsley Williams
& of course plenty more besides!

This event also offers the fantastic opportunity to ‘have a go’ and discover more about techniques through mini workshops and quality hands on activities, for all ages – young to old!

Personally I intend to buy all my christmas presents at Crafted by Hand this year.  The event is on the weekend of Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 November 2017, at Masham Town Hall, in North Yorkshire and is open daily from 10am – 4pm. Entry is £2 for adults, under 16’s 50p. For more details visit http://www.by-handevents.com

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