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Pop-Up North Wales Contemporary Craft Fair

9 November 2024

Time: 10:30 - 4:30

Event

Our fourth Pop-up North Wales Contemporary Craft Fair will be held at Mostyn on Saturday, November 9th.

With free entry for visitors, it’s a fantastic opportunity to buy beautiful and affordable art directly from the artists.

We’ll have 14 stalls with a variety of artists, designers and makers from Wales and the rest of the UK:

Miss Marple Makes / Green and Velvet / Nicola Briggs Ceramics / Lesa Grimes-Thomas Ceramics / Elin Crowley Print / Maggie Evans Basketry / Jo Williams Ceramics / Liz Toole / Natalie Laura Ellen / Bethan Corin / Beca Fflur / Jemma Marston / Dea & Bea Typography / The Moonlit Press

We will also have free drop-in workshops for all ages. Our Siop will be open as usual, and our café will also be open all day for locally roasted coffee, delicious cakes and light meals.

Artist profiles and statements

Miss Marple Makes

I’m a ceramic Artist based on Anglesey.I love bold colours and create playful work that will make you smile .

Green and Velvet

I am a self taught sewist and have been making my own clothes for the last few years. I started making patchwork quilts and accesorries to utilise fabric leftovers and scraps. I try to only use sustainably sourced fabrics and trims for all my projects. They are second hand, upcycled, deadstock or, if brand new, produced in a way, that’s less harmful to the environment (organicly grown cotton, European linen, hemp, etc).

Nicola Briggs Ceramics

Nicola hand-builds beautiful porcelain ceramics inspired by textures within nature and the ever changing light across the landscapes. The latest ‘Silhouette’ collection feature details from windswept Hawthorn trees on the hillside with a muted colour palette taken from dramatic moody skies.

Dynamic surfaces are created on her ceramics, by layering and building up different colours across relief detail and glaze textures retaining interest with the juxtaposition of unglazed and glazed porcelain often with torn edges and finishing the third firing with platinum lustre drips. Mishima inlay is a preferred technique used to create her popular handbuilt Feather and Leaf porcelain bowls which are then finished with a platinum lustre rim. Layered acrylic washes in muted tones, expressive mark making and scratches into the paint all combine to create a harmonious narrative of form and surface within Nicola’s dual practice of ceramics and abstract art.

Nicola graduated with a BA(Hons) Design: Ceramics Arts degree from Staffordshire University in 1998 and works from her garden studio in Manchester painting abstracts and making ceramics. Selling her work at galleries, art shows and selected stockists throughout the UK.

Lesa Grimes-Thomas Ceramics

As an artist, Lesa creates porcelain vessels inspired by discarded objects from nature and humans. She employs a two-tone palette, either through the use of different glazes or by highlighting specific parts of the artwork. Lesa’s work aims to bring attention to the beauty and significance of these overlooked items.

Elin Crowley Print

Elin is an artist from Machynlleth who makes prints using Collograph, Etching and Linocut. This series is based on the landscape around her in the Dovey Valley. The work derives from her appreciation of the rural way of life, traditions, the Welsh language, Welsh culture and the beauty of the landscape surrounding her which is an integral part of her life.

Maggie Evans Basketry

Traditional and contemporary handwoven baskets inspired by the materials and colours of the coastal landscape of Ynys Mon, Anglesey and the Welsh mountains of Eryri North Wales.

Jo Williams Ceramics

I make wheel thrown white earthenware decorative bottles and rounded vessels for use in interiors and home. I make in clay because of its scope in terms of making and its tactile nature. I like texture and pattern so have developed both out of a love of repetition and its ability to appear strong and soft at the same time.

Liz Toole

Liz Toole is a printmaker and painter who has a genuine love of birds. Liz uses birds to tell a story which is usually something that has happened in her life, she aims to create a positive feeling or story. All of Liz’s screenprint’s and linocut’s are designed and hand printed by her using specialised printmaking papers.

Colour plays a huge part in Liz’s work, she has been known to test print 60 different colour combinations for a two colour screenprint, waiting for that eureka colour moment. Some of her prints can take 7 weeks to print the edition. Liz’s love of printmaking is due to the fact she is continually learning, this keeps it exciting and fresh, she also hand prints a range of greetings cards and Eco friendly note/sketchbooks. Liz is also a painter and collects all of her wood mainly along the Sussex and Welsh coast, she loves how the pieces of wood give her bird’s a sense of history and character. Liz is a full time artist and shows her work permanently in galleries all over the UK.

Natalie Laura Ellen

My name is Natalie Laura Ellen and I’m a print and pattern designer specialising in textiles, homewares, stationery and editioned prints.

My designs are inspired by nature and often begin with photography and sketched ideas, which I develop into repeatable motifs using different mediums including drawing, painting and various printmaking techniques. I manipulate these motifs into repeat patterns digitally for a range of home textiles and other printed products. I enjoy seeing how far I can take an idea, right through from original research, photography and drawing to hands on printmaking, final digital manipulation and product development.

I studied Textiles and Pattern Design at university, before working for a digital textiles manufacturer in Manchester for several years. I started my own business in 2017, and since 2019 I have been part of the Grounded Printmakers collective at the brilliant Hot Bed Press print workshop in Salford, working closely with other creatives and organising exhibitions together across the North West. I share a studio and shop space at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, and I’m also lucky enough to have my work sold in a range of stockists around the country, as well as selling my products via my own website.

Bethan Corin

Based in North Wales, Bethan Corin makes from her home studio. She finds importance in the method of making, the details of things handmade, right down to the practical mechanical aspects of a clasp or a pin. The form, the texture, the feel of a piece is what leads Bethan’s designs, predominately produced in silver, occasionally incorporating enamel, pearls and gold. Bethan consciously sources recycled materials as locally as possible, seeking to have as little impact environmentally as possible. Her ambition is to create unique jewellery that integrates and enhances the wearers own style, achieving the simplicity to be worn effortlessly everyday.

Beca Fflur

I am a jewelery designer and artist originally from North Wales, and currently living in the South of England while finishing a course in ‘silversmithing’ My work looks at landscape and nature as inspiration, and my connection with the environment around me. I work mainly in silver and enamel, but also use synthetic materials in my work. My work is often engraved, and I like to experiment with less valuable materials and with silver or gold.

Jemma Marston

I am an Embellished Textiles Designer specialising in creating colourful embellished leather surfaces for fashion and interior products. My main focus is to create products that are colourful, make you smile and bring a little bit of colour into your everyday life.

My products are made by experimenting with print, embroidery and embellishment techniques to create beautiful and original accessories. All of my products are made by hand, making them unique and one of a kind – no two pieces will be exactly the same. The main material for my products is leather as it is tactile, flexible and lightweight – making it perfect for jewellery. I aim to be as conscious as possible with my leather usage, being careful to repurpose any remaining leather into alternative products.

Each item that I make is made in my home studio in Haydock, in the North West of England.

Dea & Bea Typography

I am a North Wales based creative. A love for everything typography, stationery & letterpress. I make prints and cards with the aid of my typewriter. I use different mediums of embossing, paint and ink to create prints and cards. I also sell letterpress blocks, stationery and vintage typography items.

The Moonlit Press

The Moonlit Press handcrafts homeware and accessories to brighten the everyday. With a love for colour and pattern, you’ll find bold cushions filled with wool from our own sheep and playful jewellery designed for those who seek easy-to-wear pieces, that makes them smile.

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