We are so super proud at Walter & May to have some of the best UK designers, makers and creative businesses working with us. We wanted to take part in The Handmade Fair for lots of reasons but not least was the opportunity to showcase some of our makers designs and products to people equally as potty about Handmade as us!
Our makers products will be on show to a huge audience and this will be a great opportunity to grow their own brand and spread the handmade happiness to most probably the biggest audience yet!
We have over 30 businesses showcasing products at the Fair. Here are just some of the makers involved and a sneak peek of what will be with us at the Fair:
Lucy Monkman Illustration
'I am delighted to be joining the wonderful collection of designers on the Walter & May stand at the Handmade Fair. In preparation I have been busy with the glue and the googly eyes hand finishing my range of greeting cards which feature a host of fun characters with messages. I will have a special offer on the range at the fair in September and although I am unfortunately unable to attend I cannot wait to see photographs of the stand.'
'I'm Alyson, What's To Be Done With Her. I make dresses and skirts in a retro style using unusual fabrics. I can usually be found in my workroom surrounded by fabric. When sourcing fabrics for my dresses I get inspiration from my collection of 1950's cafe society vintage plates which are on the walls of my workroom. I've managed to find some pretty good matches so far!
I'm really excited to be sending a couple of dresses to The Handmade Fair. For ladies I've chosen my Saucy Seaside Postcards Dress as this is always a talking point, it's nostalgic, fun and raises an eyebrow. Guaranteed to cause a stir when worn! For little girls I have a sweet London cafe scene dress, complete with cats in bicycle baskets and sausage dogs wearing specs.'
Gina - Ink Bison 'With more and more people looking for unique hand-made gifts, to be able to take part in The Handmade Fair alongside very talented makers is very exciting. I am so pleased to be part of Walter & May’s collaboration of creative businesses. Beth of W&M is a very inspirational woman. Along with Beth’s expertise, her passion and drive is helping to get artisans and their work established. The Handmade Fair offers a great chance to showcase work and will enable me, and others to continue with our creative endeavours. I absolutely love what I do; being able to combine my love for animals, painting and drawing (and Indian ink!) has been a dream come true. And to paint people’s pets and to be given the opportunity to create something special for them to treasure is wonderful.'
''Lynne Mills - Lorina Lynne Jewellery I am really looking forward to the Handmade Fair - I'm thrilled to be showcasing my work, along with all the other wonderful items at Walter & May, to such a large crowd but also to seeing the work of so many talented people at the fair.
This middle image of me taking inspiration from a photograph and creating a piece of jewellery, combining my love of the outdoors and all things natural with my love of making jewellery.
Mandy - Simply Quite Peachy - This is stage 3 of 4 in the making of my trinket dishes. After the thorough drying out process (which takes about 2-3 days), I then sand any rough spots and edges. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and prefer my dishes to be nice and smooth - which is why this stage is so important to me. It's also a very messy stage and often looks like it's been snowing in my back garden by the time I've finished.
'Dawn Friday - Girl Friday makes freehand machine embroidered pieces by drawing with the sewing machine. I'm extremely excited to be taking part in the fair. I love the collective mix of crafters that attend and I'm a big fan of the event attending every year since it started! It's an amazing opportunity for my business to be sampled to the public.
I love being creative and Girl Friday allows me to create lots of bespoke and very personal pieces, it's a real honour being chosen to recreate someone's wedding venue or home in stitches. Every day is different and I'm really passionate about stitching and making bespoke pieces!
A work in progress of a wedding venue sketch...from the original photograph through the process of layering fabric and then onto stitching.'
'Gemma Bullen Designs - I am very excited for the upcoming Handmade Fair, I can't wait to meet people and talk about all of the lovely products that will be on the Walter & May stand alongside side my own. It will be such a good opportunity to showcase our work to a large audience.'
Karen Shaw- Cloud Tree Crafts
I am really excited to have the opportunity to sell my products at The Handmade Fair this year. I have been working hard to develop some products and can’t wait to launch them at the fair.
Helen Batchelor - By Helen
I love flowers and I love craft: the flowers that bloom in byhelen are a combination of those two things. I have an urban garden in the beautiful city of York. I find my inspiration in that small space, in the city parks and in the historic architecture that is all around me. I love to turn what inspires me into flowers using yarn and fabric, trying to capture the beauty of nature in the, stylised, flowers that I create. I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, trying many different crafts until settling into the ones which appeal, those which involve yarn and fabric.
I can't wait to showcase my products at The Handmade Fair this year!
We are really looking forward to meeting so many creative businesses and seeing lots more handmade loveliness!
If you're lucky enough to be going to the fair this year - do pop by and say hello at stand E58!
And if you can't wait - pop along to Walter & May and start making up your shopping list!