The GNCCF and Unit Twelve: A guest blog by Hens Teeth

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Another popular post from the archives from Autumn 2014…

We thoroughly enjoyed catching up with lots of people at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair last week, including lovely Viv of Hens Teeth. We’re really grateful to Viv for writing this guest post for us. She shares some of her pictures and thoughts about her visit to the GNCCF, followed by an inspirational trip to the Unit Twelve Gallery near Stafford…

“I am rather embarrassed to admit that until last Friday, I have never visited the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and what a treat I have been missing.

I caught the train to Manchester and joined other ladies who were obviously visiting the Fair on the Shuttle Bus to Old Granada Studios.

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Inside, the building was fascinating and I thought of all the programmes that had been made there over the years.

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To make the day even more special I met up with Katie who’s director of madebyhandonline and fellow madebyhandonline maker Marna Lunt.  It was lovely to catch up with each other and share the experience together. Marna and I headed over to see another mbho maker Julia Jowett and as if by a stroke of fortune Julia just happened to be chatting to Hannah Lamb, who was delivering a workshop at Unit Twelve in Staffordshire the following day, which I had booked to attend.

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Here, I want to share with you a few of the very talented makers’ work, that caught my eye… Emma CockerSue GregorFir + Wren, Amy Lawrence, Louise Dawn Wilson and Anya Keeley:

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It was a true pleasure to wander around this fascinating Contemporary Craft Fair.   I found the way the individual makers had built their stands and arranged their pieces just as interesting…so much time, effort and money invested in this show. I left with a spring in my step, feeling invigorated and inspired with renewed energy to create.

As mentioned, the next day I attended Hannah Lamb’s Cyanotype Workshop at Unit Twelve. Myself and other students were shown how this early photographic process using UV light can be used to make exciting negative blue prints.

Here’s Hannah’s work, achingly beautiful:

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And here’s work made by students at the workshop:

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And one of my prints:

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What a weekend!   I will certainly be visiting the GNCCF again and I can’t recommend booking one of Hannah’s workshops enough if at all possible.”