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Visit Craft Central for an exploration of Japanese Textiles in their magnificent converted 1860's Forge, open for the first time for London Craft Week, from the 9th - 12th of May, 2018. 
The award winning 'Fairy Tale Fair' returns to the Brighton Fringe on Saturday, 12th May 2018. The fair won 'Best Market & Community Event in the UK 2017 & 2016' in the Best Of Business Awards. This creative fair invites you to Brighton Open Market  to meet approximately 50 talented makers on their beautiful stands and enjoy the entertainment on the day. With permanent shops and cafes too, you’ll find something for all the family.
Renowned contemporary craft and design event organiser, Handmade in Britain, launches a new three-day fair at Oxford Town Hall this spring. Taking place from Friday 18th – Sunday 20th of May, Handmade Oxford is a fabulous opportunity to meet, commission and shop directly from over 90 highly-skilled designer-makers showcasing their innovative and contemporary designs across a wide range of disciplines. Visitors to the event will be able to choose from a handpicked selection of textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass and so much more.
Roll Up! Roll Up! This Spring, the National Centre for Craft & Design and artsNK celebrate the 250th anniversary of 'Circus in Britain' with a spectacular new show CIRCUS: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture. Join them for a balancing act of live performance and aerial acrobatics, film, photography, circus ephemera and design. A Grand Opening event on Saturday, 28th April kicks off the proceedings with a street parade, live acts, taster sessions, refreshments and so much more!
Cheltenham knows a thing or two about festivals! The town hosts a range of exceptional events throughout the year and this month, Made by Hand, The Contemporary Craft Festival joins the lively calendar of activities. Made by Hand, Cheltenham will be hosting a heady mix of the most coveted, handmade homewares and fashion accessories by British designer/makers, alongside craft demonstrations and workshops, in the heart of the town.
Expect an electic mix from some of the UK's favourite new contemporaries and top midcentury experts at this celebrated interiors show. Chat to the experts and soak in the atmosphere of this unique Brutalist setting. Line your walls with original travel, film posters and artwork both modern and vintage. Dress the home office with furniture, lighting and rugs. Buy presents for your nearest and dearest, and choose from stunning glass pieces and midcentury or modern jewellery. Furnish your home with midcentury and modern desks, tables, sofas and sideboards.
The stunning DESIRE Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair returns to London from the 2nd - 4th of March. This year's fair will be held at Kensington Town Hall, whilst the previous venue of Chelsea Old Town Hall is being refurbished. DESIRE offers visitors a fabulous choice of contemporary jewellers and silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship, and have a genuine passion for the work they create.
The Barbican Shop has announced its first ever season of events, with a series of talks, installations and practical workshops on the theme of making and craftsmanship. Make! - A season of contemporary craft in the Barbican Shop will run from the 17th of March to the 3rd of June 2018, allowing visitors to explore traditional crafts with a contemporary twist, to meet the makers behind some of the shop’s favourite products, and to learn new craft skills in a range of workshops. 
Modern Shows are thrilled to have been asked to show in the Hepworth Gallery's Calder Space. It will be their first pop-up in the North of England and what a way to kick off more shows UK-wide! Expect the usual mix of high-end industrial, Scandinavian, posters and ceramics, as well as some more unusual items gleaned from the era between the 30s and 70s when design was at its most innovative and exciting.
This April, the Suffolk Craft Society and Snape Maltings are collaborating to present craft workshops designed to enable people to experience the wonderful art of making. There will be workshops in paper jewellery, ceramic jewellery, textile art, lino print and felt making. Each day or half day workshop will offer tuition by experienced workshop leaders and crafts people in an easily accessible studio space at Snape Maltings in Suffolk.
Are you an emerging artist? Whether self-taught, fresh out of university or just getting back to your creative life after a break away, art&'s RAW Talent mentoring program is a great opportunity to launch your creative career. On offer is a subsidised space at the show in October 2018, along with 6 months mentoring, support and advice. Could this be for you? 
Work has begun on the first creative hub in the Highlands. The transformation of former school buildings in Inverness will boost the economy by providing a new home for art, craft and creative business. Members of the arts community have welcomed the project as a “game-changer”. The initial £1.2 million project is the first phase of a wider £5.7 million scheme to transform the Midmills buildings (once part of the Inverness Royal Academy and later Inverness College but now empty) into a new Inverness Creative Academy.
Prestigious membership organisations Design-Nation and Design Factory are merging to create ONE leading portfolio and network. Going under the name Design-Nation, they will support the very best and most diverse UK-based contemporary craft and design. Bringing together partners, champions and investment, the new Design-Nation will strengthen business and creative development in the contemporary design and crafts sector across the UK.
Forty artists and makers are coming together for the first ever Wasps Christmas market, and marking the 40th anniversary of Scotland’s biggest creative community. It’s a chance to see a rich variety of art, craft and design of many kinds, including work by the exceptional silversmith Hamish Dobbie, beautiful glasswork from Cressa McLaren, gorgeous textiles by Morag Macpherson and lovely illustrations by Suzi Plunkett, all alongside original prints, ceramics, paintings, felt work, batik, leather accessories, photography and weaving.
Alessandra Handmade
UK Handmade member Alessandra Handmade Creations creates intricate quilts and homewares with a love and care that has been inherited from her family. Here she tells more about her background and her passion for fabrics and sewing...
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