More than 90 talented artists and makers from across the South West will be gathering for one day in Barnstaple Pannier Market on Sunday, November 4 to showcase their wares.
The event hosted by Devon Pop Ups will feature an eclectic mix of exhibitors across a whole range of disciplines: from home-made sweets to doggie treats, from headdresses to statement jewellery, macramé, ceramics, wood, leather, fine art, prints, illustrations, embroidery, photography and food.
The thing that they have in common, and the condition for entry to the market, is that their creations are all handmade by the artisans themselves.
The event will also include drop-in workshops hosted by Scrapstore using up-cycled materials, a free creative gift-wrapping service for all purchases made on the day, a variety of food stalls and live music throughout the day.
The eclectic mix of artists on show at the Artisan Market will include Becky Lanyon, the talented creator of our Artisan Market logo.
Becky’s joyful wire wall hangings and freestanding wire sculptures, as well as illustrated cards are inspired by birds and animals, the shapes and patterns in nature as well as acrobats and dancers.
A creative and diverse mix of textile artists including Emma Manson of Pineapple Fibre Art with her range of bespoke vintage inspired crochet wall art using hand dyed yarns, will be mixing with talented jewellers and ceramicists.
These include Claire Lowe Jewellery who is known for a colourful range of mixed media jewellery made with silver and resin and Jess Harrington who creates botanical tiles that capture a unique and beautiful plant moment in plaster.
Illuminating the market will be Dorset artist Alastair Kinghorn of CU designs, the makers of a range of unique hand-made sculptural lighting using recycled copper, glass and locally sourced wind fallen timber. Adding a musical note, the market welcomes Terry Riley who makes vessel flutes - pottery Ocarinas and Vesselflutes tuned to concert pitch.
For an enduring memento of the day, Stephen Raff and Nicky Thompson of Contemporary Collodion will be making unique glass wet plate portraits with tradition wooden bellowed cameras and a portable darkroom.
Practising the photographic process invented in 1851, they will be applying light-sensitive chemicals onto plates of glass and developing portraits whilst still wet.
There will be a £1.50 entrance fee (free entry for children under 16) for market, which starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm.