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.
Taking place at Cheltenham Town Hall from the 10th - 11th March, Made by Hand brings together an exceptional hand-picked selection of 100 leading and award-winning makers from all over the UK. This highly skilled collection of makers includes jewellers, potters, textile artists, glassmakers, wood workers, leather workers and much more, all selling their products directly to the public.
Made by Hand, Cheltenham also offers a range of workshops presented by the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen and New Brewery Arts, exploring various materials and techniques. With the event scheduled in the run-up to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, one of the town's most highly anticipated annual events, Made by Hand has responded to the theme. Expect to find life-size horses made entirely from willow by Katherine Miles at Artisan Willow, who will also be demonstrating her craft at the Town Hall. Denise Innes from The British School of Millinery continues the theme with a 'fascinator' workshop, whilst knitting superstar Lauren Aston showcases her chunky knitting skills and Iain Perry from Print Garage wields his trusted squidgee and demostrates screen printing.
Made by Hand also welcomes children to come along and try their hand at the wide range of exciting free craft activities presented by Cheltenham Trust and Hereford College of Arts.
Open Saturday, March 10th from 10am - 5pm, till Sunday, March 11th from 10am - 4pm, Made by Hand, Cheltenham is produced in association with The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, New Brewery Arts, The Cheltenham Trust, Period Living, Hereford College of Arts, Qetty Bang Bang, www.madebyhandonline.com and www.craft&design.net
For more information, visit: www.madebyhandengland.org.uk