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Four high school pupils have been given the chance to create costumes for a major new production by one of Scotland’s most visually spectacular performance theatre companies. Upland and Oceanallover have joined forces for Modern Makers, providing young people with the opportunity to learn key craft and design skills.
E17 Designers are delighted to be returning for the fifth Walthamstow Garden Party this July, delivering a delectable selection of artists, designers and makers. The E17 Designers’ marquee will be on the lawns in front of the William Morris Gallery on Saturday the14th and Sunday the15th of July.
On the evening of Friday, July 6th, Peter Sheppard Skærved will be demonstrating the perfect acoustics of The Forge in the last of this series of Composition and Craft musical evenings at Craft Central. Peter lives in Wapping and is a Grammy-nominated violinist, a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the dedicatee of over 400 works for solo violin.
The Art Car Boot Sale revs up for it's biggest event yet, aiming to make contemporary Scottish art accessible to all! In a bid to drive a new wave of collectors across Scotland, the Art Car Boot Sale will feature more than 100 Scottish-based contemporary artists, coming together on the 7th and 8th of July to showcase and sell their work from the back of cars, transits and camper vans.
Join the Design Trust's Business Club in June for just £10! The Design Trust Business Club is an online learning hub for small creative businesses. The Design Trust, headed by Patricia van den Akker, produces exclusive masterclasses, webinars, podcasts and interviews with industry professionals all specifically geared to designers, makers, artists, galleries and any small creative business.
Following the success of the Make! season of contemporary craft over the spring, the Barbican Shop has announced a further programme of Make! workshops to take place during the summer. Allowing visitors to learn new skills and explore traditional crafts with a contemporary twist, the workshops will showcase some of the UK’s leading makers who are celebrating modern crafts and helping to redefine its meaning today.
Craft Central will be holding its second designer/maker market in its new London home, The Forge, from the 30th of June to the 1st of July. This market brings together more than 40 talented craftspeople to sell handmade products ranging from home accessories, fashion and jewellery to ceramics, stationery, prints and more.
Fiona Pattison talks to Justine Aldersey-Williams about natural dyeing, her passion for teaching and the passing on of her skills to help others create a more sustainable, toxin-free culture within all household materials including our wardrobes. Describe your background, where you are from and what you do? 
Whether you're thinking about launching your own calligraphy business, looking to master a new skill or want to learn how to weave a willow animal, River Cottage’s new creative courses led by Devon-based artists are the place to be inspired. All courses at River Cottage start at the top of the hill where guests will be met and transported down to the farm by tractor and trailer. The morning starts with tea or coffee and freshly baked scones or pastries from the River Cottage kitchen, whilst saying hello to the course tutors and fellow pupils.
Handmade in Britain’s new online marketplace is now open! Drawing from over a decade's experience, creating some of the UK’s finest craft and design events, Handmade in Britain is delighted to give customers the opportunity to shop for carefully curated, contemporary craft by talented designer-makers throughout the year. 
'Ice and Feathers', an exhibition inspired by climate change and migratory birds, featuring a video projection onto a large sheet of ice, has been unveiled at a Scottish nature reserve. Faileas, at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Reserve at Caerlaverock in Dumfries and Galloway, includes an interactive site-specific sound walk, a video installation and a live performance.
Join Cockpit Arts for this perfect opportunity to buy directly from independent makers, craftspeople and artist/makers, alongside a selected group of Cockpit Arts’ alumni! An award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, Cockpit Arts houses up to 170 small businesses at its two centres in central and south London.
With 15 years of making to celebrate, Made by Hand Events are delighted to announce the return of one of Europe’s largest, most prestigious and much-loved craft events, The Contemporary Craft Festival, in June. Regularly attracting 10,000 visitors to Devon and 200 of the UK’s finest designer/makers, the festival will be introducing some new activities to an already packed programme.
Meet the makers, browse and buy at Devon Pop Ups’ vibrant annual celebration of ceramics, showcasing the work of over 60 leading ceramic artists from across the South West. The stunning Victorian Pannier Market in Barnstaple provides the historic setting for Clay: A Festival of Ceramics' second year, on Sunday, 1st July 2018. The event celebrates the work of ceramicists from across the region and provides a platform to demonstrate the breadth of exciting work being produced.
Discover exciting new products from the rising stars of design when Europe’s largest Art and Design University presents up-and-coming designers at Pulse, from the 13th-15th of May, 2018.Pulse is a beautifully curated, boutique trade event for inspiring new gifts, modern living and fashion accessories and will take place at Olympia London. Pulse has a strong emphasis on emerging designer-makers, unseen international brands and new launches across all product sectors, allowing you to source extraordinary products in one easy buying location.
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.

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