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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

Photographer explores Farmer Florists

The women behind the new breed of farmer florists are the subject of photographer Tessa Bunney’s latest collection of images.

“I went to a market in Hovingham and came across the Flowers from the Farm organisation,” says Tessa in a recent interview with the Yorkshire Post. “I have always been interested in capturing the details of rural life and this was something which seemed to have sprung up while I had been away.” Making contact with Gill, Tessa has since photographed a number of the county’s farmer florists and while the project has some way to run she will be unveiling the first results as part of North Yorkshire Open Studios (NYOS) next 
month.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/analysis/home-grown-how-british-flowers-are-making-a-comeback-1-8564560

Photograph credit  Tessa Bunney

Land Artist Q&A

Living North Magazine have recently interviewed artist Miriam Robson about her work. Miriam is one of the 129 artists opening up their studios as part of the North Yorkshire Open studios this June. This is a fabulous event with studios reaching from the Yorkshire Coast to the Dales, taking in market towns, villages and remote farmhouses along the way!

Here is the interview with Miriam who creates art outside using natural materials, drawing mammoth pieces on sandy beaches or building pieces on forest grounds.  www.livingnorth.com/

The event website has full details of all artists taking part www.nyos.org.uk/

All Press enquiries through us – we have  a fabulous set of images and can arrange interviews and photocalls.

Art in the News

Lovely to see lots of northern artists in the news. I think this is a great photo by York Press​ Photographer of artist Harriet McKenzie, one of the artists taking part in York Open Studios​ this year. I’m looking forward to exploring some of the studios this weekend…http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15231182.Artists_line_up_for_York_Open_Studio_weekends_2017/?ref=rl&lp=5

Arty Interior

York photographer, Simon Palmour,  has an amazing home which features in this month’s York Living Magazine. His home was designed by Ron Sims,  a York architect, best known for his work on ecclesiastical buildings, including the modern interior at Heslington Church near the University of York.“The house is full of pretty modern ideas for 1965,” says Simon, “Sims was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright.”

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Fifty years ago, the house must have caused a bit of a stir. Its open-plan living space and varying ceiling heights, not to mention the exposed stone and wood-panelling interior, would have set it apart from other homes at the time. There are strips of copper panels on the fireplace wall, which don’t look out of place now, but might have turned heads in the mid-’60s.

Simon will be exhibiting in York Open Studios on April 21, 22, 23 and April 29,30. His home is listed as Venue 34: 60 Hob Moor Drive, York, YO24 4JZ (the house in the street) Find out more at yorkopenstudios.co.uk

Data Data Data…

Reviewing Ripon Museums database marketing – with the help of lots of fantastic volunteers who are painstakingly cleaning the data and transferring a variety of mailing lists all into ONE lovely marketing database. Next stage is setting up the emailing templates and then hopefully they will get lots of lovely new and repeat visitors! E-marketing is a fabulous communication channel and we are big fans of Mailchimp, which is free for mailing lists of under 2k subscribers so very accessible to smaller cultural organisations and not for profits…

The overlooked art of Isabel Alexander…

The first major exhibition of work by this overlooked artist, who adopted Yorkshire as her home, opens Mercer Art Gallery this weekend (14 Jan 2017).

The Culture supplement in today’s Yorkshire Post has a great feature on Isabel Alexander (1910-1996), artist and illustrator, who has been described by admirers as ‘the English Georgia O’Keeffe.’ The first major exhibition of work by this overlooked artist, who adopted Yorkshire as her home, opens Mercer Art Gallery this weekend (14 Jan 2017). Alexander trained at the Slade School of Art, London. She travelled widely in Europe and lived for the last 20 years of her life in Yorkshire, where her work attracted a strong following. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/…/isabel-alexander-creative-…  For a PR / press pack please email pr@janeredfern.co.uk

Artist Commissions for Gallery Shop

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The Mercer shop has some fabulous new crafts, prints, jewellery and ceramics in stock which have been inspired by their collections and exhibitions. This series of 12Brownian plates by Yorkshire ceramicist Anna Lambert were inspired by the Capability Brown exhibitions earlier this year, I would very much appreciate finding one of these under my christmas tree!

Glamorous costumes on show

A glamorous exhibition has just opened at the Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate – featuring costumes seen in screen portrayals of the writings of two great female novelists, Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë including the wedding dresses worn by Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility, as well as the bridegroom outfits of Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman, many thanks to the The Northern Echo who have run a lovely feature written by Ruth Campbell on this…

Vintage gardening techniques are outstanding

Gardener’s delight!

Pleased to see that the industrious folks caring for Ripon’s Workhouse Garden have been given a very special award from the RHS. A lovely photograph in the Northern Echo captures their delight!

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northyorkshire/14772638.19th_century_workhouse_garden_rated____outstanding___/

photo credit: Richard Doughty / Northern Echo