It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Here is a taster of some of the events happening this year to get you feeling festive with highlights of some of my favourite artists and designers.
Mollie Brown has a stall at the Manchester Christmas Market which runs until the 22nd of December. You can find her near the town hall http://www.christmasmarkets.com/UK/manchester-christmas-market.html
Stylish handmade clothes made with and inspired by vintage materials. All designs are beautifully crafted and demonstrate an innovative and exciting appreciation of contrasting textures, colours, fabrics and patterns.
Lucy E Wilson a talented illustrator can be found at The Chapel Gallery Christmas Market in Ormskirk http://www.chapelgallery.org.uk/ Exquisite drawings and paintings of wildlife are lovingly depicted and show a wonderful application of paint and pen.
You have another chance to buy Lucy’s work next weekend at The Winters Art Market, St Georges Hall Liverpool http://winterartsmarket.com/ Also showing here is the wonderful Marie Canning Ceramics who creates stunning ceramic sculptures and jewellery. Delicately formed these precious objects are truly delightful. Showing an admirable sensitivity to shape and form and a strong skill base which results in an exciting approach to ceramic design.
Also at St Georges Hall are the fine artists Anna Ketskemety and Vicki Le Bon. Working with concepts that relate directly to their profession practise, both artists have created fantastic unique art work.
Ketskemety creates intriguing drawings and paintings with a rich colour palette demonstrating a highly accomplished creative process and development. Le Bon works with drawn repeated patterns which evolve into compelling abstract images. These intuitive drawings are delivered in exciting formats including inside magnetic circular tins.
At St Georges Hall you will also find charm and character in abundance in the work of Freida Mckitrick. Beautiful and quirky festive images of Liverpool are celebrated in Freida’s work and produced on cards, baubles and as framed prints.
If you find yourself in Chester on Sunday 8th December pop into the Double Tree Hilton for the Contemporary Art and Craft Fair http://www.doubletreechester.co.uk/contemporary-arts-crafts-fair where you will find the wonderful work of Verity Pulford Glass and Ceramics.
A beautiful play of shadow and light, fused glass is layered in a technique that heightens your awareness to the rich sensitivity of colour and form that Pulford effortlessly portrays.
Finally, before all that on Friday 6th December The Williamson Gallery in Birkenhead is hosting Glorious http://daybees.com/events/1504374/glorious-from-the-gallery-14-art-shop-at-williamson-art-gallery-museum/ where you can find the unique handmade work of Jackdaw and Jay.
Beautiful shapes with an emphasis towards nature are adorned with visual references including maps of the locality. The clever use of delicate images with the strong shape designs makes these stunning jewellery pieces real show stoppers.