Artists and Makers

When I started this blog a few weeks ago I promised myself I would be strict and not mess about with my foody theme, but sod it. I might as well admit now that I am also a big arts and crafts fan, and today I indulged myself by taking in the Artists and Makers Fair at Lewes Town Hall.

I didn’t take as much time over the stalls as I would have liked because it was so busy. Still, I managed to bag myself an undeserved, but lovely and shiny ‘Exceptional Conduct Award’ brooch by Peggy Poppleton (pictured above). I think it goes nicely on my jacket next to my favourite Tatty Devine rosette. Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine of Tatty Devine are, of course, the mothers of all perspex jewellery, and this rosette is probably the most commented-upon item I’ve ever worn. I once got stopped in the middle of a busy road by an elderly woman on crutches, who asked me if my rosette was “for anything, or just pretty?”

I had to whizz extra fast past the brightly glazed ceramics by Topsy Jewell, which are beautiful, but I had already busted my £10 budget on the brooch. Alice Mara’s ceramics digitally printed with images of dangling people also made me smile. And while I did get a bit overloaded with the cute wildlife motifs, some people do this genre well, including printmaker Marc Greco and Lisa Jones Studio, who designs lovely homewares, and whose blog is well worth a visit too.

The mulled wine smelt tempting but it being 11am, I decided to give it a miss and get out in the open. I’m feeling very festive now though, and hoping to check out some of the Brighton Christmas Open Houses before the 16th Dec.


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