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The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2011 Review Pt 2 . David Ashby , Emma Burton , Kate Lulham , Kylie Coles , Katy Mellor , Cathy Miles .

October 26, 2011

Part two of what was a wonderfully inspiring event in Manchester over the last weekend.

I’ll start off showing you some quirky hand made ceramics from maker David Ashby.

Based in Nth Yorkshire, David was a great smiley guy to chat with and his intricately incised and

decorated range give a positive message to all who encounter it. Subtle blues and greens sit against

sharp reds and soft creams. With phrases like ‘ Be brave, be messy, be loud, be strong … leave ripples’

We can all get the chance to allow ourselves to be creative and let out inner children out again lol

Emma Burton had a beautiful range of scarves, cushions, purses and garments which had all been

digitally printed. She is inspired by everything from retro plastic paraphanaleia to nature and explores

patterns, textures and colour within and around these themes.

New to the show was Kate Lulham who makes scenes from her childhood memories of everyday life

into contemporary keepsakes using painted metals and wire-work.

Kate remembers giving theatre shows to her parents with her siblings and you can see where

those early days have led her as she now gives shows for us. for more info.

Working in the same field is english metal smith Cathy Miles. She creates fun and amusing birds and

beasts and is keen to continue experimenting with the possibilies of different scales and mediums.

Katy Mellor was showing a rich range of knitted accessories. Her stand looked like a public school

changing room and had a fun mix of sombre greys with ochre, orange and pink highlights and ribbons.

Gloves, scarves and all kinds of knitted covers could be seen, even mug cosies !

Cheshire based Wood worker Kylie Coles uses a combination of British reclaimed wood with layers of

recycled magazines to create variations in colour and line. Her bowls are carefully turned on a lathe

and the results are both smooth and pleasing to handle.

Again many thanks to everyone who kindly gave of their time to allow me to bring these images to you.

Part three still to come !

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Julian permalink
    October 26, 2011 1:43 pm

    As some one who didn’t make it to the show, I appreciate your sterling effort to give us a flavour of the event. What a profusion of beauty and inspiration.

    • October 26, 2011 2:21 pm

      Many thanks Julian. Perhaps it may inspire you to go in person next year lol

  2. October 26, 2011 1:45 pm

    I really wanted to go to the show, but never made it, so its great to see some of the highlights

    • October 26, 2011 2:23 pm

      Part 3 still to come Jane and I only spoke to a small selection of the designers there. Thanks for your comment, glad to hear the posts are informative.

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