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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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Future Icons presents the inaugural Winter Showcase of client collections at 67 York Street, Marylebone. For this occasion, Future Icons has selected key pieces from its client collections for design-savvy buyers to purchase in time for the Christmas shopping season.
E17 Designers offer a beautiful array of thoughtful, quirky, beautiful, handmade products, all locally crafted. They offer the most sociable of shopping experiences, leaping cheerfully across the boundary between a market and an exclusive design event. 
The University of the Arts London (UAL) has launched a pioneering new retail space this autumn, selling design-led products and artwork from its abundance of talented alumni.
The future looks bright for the new artists’ residence at the former home of Vice Admiral Sir Roddy Macdonald, war veteran, painter and Chief of the Skye Highland Games.
Emma Johnson, a contemporary ceramicist from Brighton, is the fourth emerging designer/maker to be showcased as part of the Barbican’s Makers initiative, an open call for new creative talent. Her range of handmade ceramic homewares, including exclusive walnut-finished items, is on sale now in the Barbican Shop. 

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