Contemporary Craft Festival 2018, Bovey Tracey

Contemporary Craft Festival in 2016 & 2017 had been so awesome that I just had to return again this year.

The Contemporary Craft Festival 2018
The Contemporary Craft Festival 2018

Ready, Steady Go!

Queues were starting to build as I arrived with the sun shining and my festival ticket was in my hand. The queues were already starting to form and I was anticipating the chatting and shopping ahead of me.

At 10am, we were all allowed in. My perfect day at Bovey Tracey was about to begin.  I had  a note of the stalls I wanted to visit, devised a list of potential purchases, filled my purse with pennies and I was ready to go. 

The beauty of this festival is that all 200 plus stands are all mixed up. Textiles could be next to ceramics, jewellery, wood or glass. Textiles and mixed media are my main reason for visiting and I always something surprising and inspiring in the work on the other stalls. Their colour palettes and textures somehow draw me in and I can hear the cogs in my brain moving, thinking and wondering how I could incorporate their shape and form into new pieces of wet felt or embroidery.

I’d met many of the artists previously at this show and some of the Selvedge Fairs, so it was lovely to catch up with them and see their new work.

Richard Parker from the Great Pottery Throwdown

I popped outside for a quick cup of tea and found Richard Parker from the Great Pottery Throwdown, starting a clay challenge with some budding students.

The Artists

Feeling refreshed  I went back into the marque, chatting and buying, chating and photographing and then a little more buying. Here are just a few of the wonderfully, talented artists I met.

Emily Notman
Emily Notman

 

Melanie Torrance
Melanie Torrance

 

Sara Sheriff from Wildwood
Sara Sheriff from Wildwood
Kate Toms
Kate Toms

 

Esther Smith
Esther Smith

 

Suzanne Breakwell
Suzanne Breakwell
Von Allen from Heartfelt Dogs
Von Allen from Heartfelt Dogs

 

Lynsey Walters
Lynsey Walters

 

Elizabeth Loveday
Elizabeth Loveday

 

Liz Cooksey
Liz Cooksey

 

Ruth Packham
Ruth Packham

 

Jane Clift
Jane Clift

 

Alix Swan from Little Bits of Pretty Things
Alix Swan from Little Bits of Pretty Things

 

 

Lucy from The Cat in the Shoe
Lucy from The Cat in the Shoe

 

Ann Bruford
Ann Bruford

 

Anya Keeley from The Curiosity Cupboard
Anya Keeley from The Curiosity Cupboard

 

Kirsty Elson
Kirsty Elson

 

Dionne Swift
Dionne Swift

 

Sue Bibby
Sue Bibby

 

Amanda Anderson
Amanda Anderson
Jennifer Collier
Jennifer Collier

 

Louise Lovell
Louise Lovell

 

Hayley from Raggedy
Hayley from Raggedy

 

Claire Read from Little Burrow Designs
Claire Read from Little Burrow Designs

Purchase of the Day

Each year I like to plan one large purchase. This year it was from Heleina Sharpley. I’ve been a fan of her work for many years and even attended a workshop with her in 2016. (I’ll add photos of my purchases to a future post.)

Helaina Sharpley
Helaina Sharpley

Anyone for Tea?

I thought the day couldn’t get any better. How wrong was I. The cherry on top the very delicious cake, was an invitation for a cream tea at my dear friend’s home, just a two minute walk down the road from the festival. A perfect combination of tea, cake and conversation. Lots of new and old Instagram friends sat sharing stories about their day. We showed our favourite purchases and exchanged Instagram details. The perfect end to the perfect day.

Group photograph

I am already excited about next year.  Contemporary Craft Festival 2019 is already in my diary.
If you’re planning to visit in 2019, let me know below, it would be lovely to meet you.
The Devon Guild of Crafts is always worth a visit too. It’s open all year round and sells lots of work made by artist’s at the Festival.

2 Replies to “Contemporary Craft Festival 2018, Bovey Tracey”

  1. Hi Lynn,
    Thank you : ) I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it.
    It was such a brilliant show.
    I’m already booking up for next year ; )
    Katie xx

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