Frankly, The Folksy Magazine


The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

by Emily. Average Reading Time: about 3 minutes.

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The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) kicked off yesterday at Spinningfields in Manchester. Back for it’s 4th year, the event provides cutting edge contemporary craft from over 140 selected designer-makers. If you love modern craft, this event is for you. As a taster we have selected 4 of our favourite exhibitors….

Hannah Nunn

Designer maker Hannah Nunn creates stunning paper cut lighting from her boutique studio in Hebden Bridge. Her 4th year at the event, she admits that it’s “great to be amongst so much talent and creativity” and most of all loves the opportunity to see the publics reaction to her work.

Hannah first began making paper cut greetings cards over 10 years ago and with the help of an Arts Council grant she was able to develop her first collection of simple yet beautifully designed paper cut lamps which she took to the British Craft Trade Fair in 2003. Inspired by the countryside around her, her latest work has a dreamy, peaceful quality that just makes me want to curl up with a book and relax; perfect lighting for Autumn days. You can meet Hannah and see her work at stand 16 of GNCCF from today until 23rd Oct.

Tamsin Howells

Tamsin is a designer-maker from Oxford who specialises in contemporary acrylic jewellery that demands attention. Taking her inspiration from the past, Tamsin reuses materials to create quirky, vintage inspired one-offs; the kind of jewellery that will lift even your dreariest outfit!“I have been lucky to exhibit at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair for a couple of years now as it is such a fantastic show. It brings together diverse and unique crafts people who are really innovative with their work”.

Like Hannah, Tamsin also sees huge benefit in meeting the customers and feels the experience makes the buying and selling process much more meaningful. “I love explaining the process of my work, which sometimes gets lost if I sell in a gallery or shop. I use old and used materials such as men’s shirts and ties, sweet wrappers, stamps, vintage dress patterns and magazines trapped in acrylic, making each piece unique and exclusive to the buyer. I enjoy that the customer can realise the thought development behind each piece.”

I’d suggest one of Tamsin’s acrylic cuffs in a must for anyone visiting the fair this weekend! You will find her at stand 77 for the duration of GNCCF. In the meantime why not have a peek at her website.

Jennie Gill

Jennie’s jewellery is to die for. Exquisite pieces made with a quality that’s second to none, Jennie’s jewellery is for keeps.  A regular exhibitor at the fair since it first began four years ago Jennie is proud to be back.

Jennie loves meeting her customers at GNCCF and invites you to come and say hello at stand 74 from today until 23rd Oct.

Emilie Taylor

Emilie is a designer-maker from Sheffield working in ceramics. Drawing her inspiration from modern architecture, each pot is hand coiled, slip decorated and then, for the final firing, embellished with line drawings that celebrate the places we live, particularly post-war housing estates. It’s these delicate line drawings of often brutal architecture onto items usually saved for repeat pattern decoration that really draws me to Emilie’s work. True contemporary craft.

Emilie first exhibited at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in 2009 and is back for the second time this year. “I’m really impressed by how well the event is organised. Angela and Anne Marie (from GNCCF) are friendly and positive whilst creating a really polished, professional event”. Emilie goes on to admit that some of her best and most productive enquiries have come out of exhibiting at GNCCF including the opportunity to exhibit alongside some of her “heroes” at the Gallery Oldham this year.

You can meet Emilie and her work at stand 10 at this years GNCCF. More of her work is also available to view on her website.

Thanks to Hannah, Tamsin, Jennie and Emilie for taking the time out to speak to me at Frankly. We wish them and all the other exhibitors the best of luck over the next 4 days. If you’re lucky enough to be going, I would have your wallet or purse at the ready, as this promises to be an inspiring event full of unique and cutting edge products by some of the best designer-makers in the UK.

Follow GNCCF on Twitter, see photos from last years event on Flickr.