Country Crafts Association market and exhibition perfect for craft lovers
The Country Crafts Association returns to Lincoln Cornhill as their popular markets launch again for 2013 on Saturday, March 2 – in a year the association celebrates 30 years of making craft locally.
Formed in September 1982 by a small group of like-minded artists, the Country Crafts Association now has more than 70 members creating crafts using a variety of medium including wood, textiles, mosaic, glass, ceramics, pottery, paper craft as well as fine art.
Rachel Smith of Gingham Heart Crafts says: "I joined the association in order to meet other artist/makers and share ideas as well as being part of a credible organisation that can offer support and promote our craft to Lincolnshire and beyond."
As well as attending fairs and shows, some of the association members are involved in staging talks and demonstrations.
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"By demonstrating our craft directly to these groups we hope that they gain an insight into the time and skill that is needed to present quality goods for sale on our stalls," says Rachel.
Look out for association members in Lincoln Cornhill where they regularly host a market place on Saturdays throughout the year – the next one being on March 2 (from 10am) – as well as at other fairs in and around the country.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Country Crafts Association email Rachel at email@example.com or find out more by visiting www.countrycraftsassociation.co.uk
If you like what you see at the Cornhill craft market you can keep the theme going with Synchronise: Creating Craft Collaborations, a new Roof Gallery exhibition about to launch at The National Centre for Craft and Design.
Showcasing well known East Midlands makers with national reputations between March 9 and June 2, more than 20 members of Design Factory (a sister organisation of the NCCD) have worked together on 12 projects all interpreting the idea of collaboration in different ways. Some have used their individual skills to make a combined piece or body of work, while others have "swapped" materials, learnt a new skill or been inspired by their chosen collaborative partner to work at a different scale.
The exhibition will display a merging of media and disciplines such as textiles and ceramics; jewellery and ceramics; textiles and furniture from makers including Jan Garside, Clare Gage, Gillian Lee Smith, Pete Moss, Ruth Singer, Alys Power, Kate McBride, Anna Collette Hunt, Phiona Richards, Samantha Robinson and Sharyn Dunn.