CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Last day today

 

OPENING TIMES & DIRECTIONS

SATURDAY 10-5

SUNDAY 10-4 

The Claremont Centre, Claremont Road, Sale M33 7DZ. CLICK THE LINK FOR DIRECTIONS

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Q&A Dunnknit Designs

Who are and what do you do?
Hi, I’m Claire and I’m a designer maker of ‘Needle Artworks’ and ‘Super Chunky Merino Knits’ which I make by hand on what can only be described as gigantic knitting and crochet needles which my dear Dad (the wood turner) has made for me using beautiful pieces of Mahogany, Beech and Ash.

What stemmed from a hobby as a child eventually lead me into education and 24 years of teaching up and down the country. I have always had a passion to be creative and eventually in 2016 that creativity became a viable business idea and resulted in the launch of Dunnknit Designs. I now spend my days surrounded by luxurious Merino Wool and split my time between making beautiful items to adorn the home, unique fashion accessories and there’s always an Artwork on the go in the studio too.

What 5 words best describe your work?
Luxurious, Colourful, Cosy, Individual, Eye-catching

Do you have any design heroes?
Jacqui Fink is an amazing Textile Artist and my main inspiration. We share a similar story in that life circumstances lead to a major career change. I have an artistic background and I love Jacqui’s giant Merino Wool installations.

Where is your studio? Location? In a shared studio?
I work from my small studio at home in Northwich.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Wool Preparation, Giant Knitting/ Crocheting, Music, Hand Processing, Sewing, Finishing

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I have recently finished a Merino Artwork commission. It was a holiday of a lifetime to Costa Rica for a family who wanted to capture their favourite photograph in an original Artwork.
I’m also working on a new Chunky Knit collection for 2018 which includes more furniture pieces.

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar?
Seeing as it’s Winter woolly season I’m bringing along lots of Chunky Knit Merino Wool Hats, Scarves and Ponchos. Plus a few favourites including Footstools and Lap blankets and of course some Christmas goodies like the fun Giant Santa Hats, Chunky Knit Stars and best of all The Santa Hat Christmas Tree Toppers.

What would be your job if you weren’t doing what you do now?
I feel like I’ve been there and done that brave move already. Ever since I left Art College I have constantly been designing and creating. So at last to be lucky enough to be able to do what I love every day is an absolute joy!

Tell us something we don’t know
I’m a big music lover and play the piano, flute and guitar.
A random one I know but I’d love to own a Vespa!

www.dunnknitdesigns.co.uk

Q&A Sausage Dog Shop by Harriet Orrey-Godden

Who are and what do you do?
I’m Harriet Orrey-Godden. I make monsters, puppets and soft sculptures. I also draw and paint faces and people.

What 5 words best describe your work?
Silly, weird, colourful, imaginative, storytelling

Do you have any design heroes?
Not necassarily designers, but I have a lot of artist heroes including Louise Bourgoiuse, Gregory Jacobsen, Egon Schiele, Hannah Hoch and the artist collective Gelitin. I’m also inspired by film directors Terry Gilliam, David Lynch and the Coen brothers.

Where is your studio? Location? In a shared studio?
My studio is in the attic of my house in Manchester, it’s all mine and I love it.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Cups of tea, radio, drawing, thinking, sewing, posting orders, yoga.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
Yes, I’m making 600 theraputic dolls for the Australian Childhood Foundation. I’ve been working on these for a year now, and shipping them to Australia every month!

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar?
Soft monsters large and small, goblins in pants, pocket worms, long lumps, sausage dogs, poo pins and greetings cards

What would be your job if you weren’t doing what you do now?
There’s lots of things I’d like to be….celebrity chef, human rights lawyer, farmer, perpetual traveller!

Tell us something we don’t know
When I was little I found a dead dried frog skeleton in the garden, so I kept him in a matchbox and called him Sid.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/sausagedog

   

                

Q&A Nell Illustrator & printmaker

Who are and what do you do?
My name’s Nell, I’m an illustrator and printmaker.

What 5 words best describe your work?
Expressive, stylised, lively, curious, fun.

Do you have any design heroes?
Lots! Charlie Harper, Jason Munn, Mike Perry, Bruno Munari, Tuesday Bassen, Maxine Sutton, Malika Favre

Where is your studio? Location? In a shared studio?
I currently have 2 studios, a shared one at Manchester Craft Centre, and my own space at Hot Bed Press, Salford. I’ll be full time at Hot Bed after Christmas though, exciting if slightly scary times!

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Printing orders, getting inky, making a mess, thinking, and singing.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I’m currently putting the finishing touches to this year’s Nell’s Angel, George Michael!

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar?
Prints, pins, tote bags and dead celebrity Christmas tree toppers!

What would be your job if you weren’t doing what you do now?
I always wanted to do something creative, and I can’t imagine working for someone else as I’ve been self-employed for such a long time, so maybe freelance design

Tell us something we don’t know
I once came second in a pancake-eating competition.

https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/nell

https://www.craftanddesign.com/artists/nell/