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Designers and Makers Fairs Amersham Artisans showcase their work


Alison Berthelsen, precious metal jeweller


As two highly creative individuals living and working In the same village of Chesham Bois, we decided we should combine our talents. A glass artist and a precious metal jeweller, we were both looking for more focused and productive ways to promote our work as designers and makers. We invited other quality artists to join us and Amersham Artisans was born. Our vision was to promote local


and diverse creative talents through Designer Maker Fairs, held as one day events in interesting and easily accessible destinations.


The first Fair This took place at St Michael & All Angels Church in Amersham during October 2013. We knew it was a marvellous venue with a great community feel from the work Suzanne did creating the stained glass ‘Angel’ surround to the front door during the recent refurbishments. On the day, there was a buzzing atmosphere amongst the ceramics and leather,


Suzanne Raffellini, glass artist


vintage works and jewellery, photography, metalwork, glass, artwork and textiles. Everyone left happy, not least because of Fiona’s Cakes and Bakes café! We’re particularly


keen that each fair has a share of both new and returning artisans. We love to see fresh ideas, but many of the designers have been with us from the beginning. Their work is of such a good standard that customers want to see them again. This is such a compliment for an artisan, as each takes much pride in their work – they put their heart and soul into it.


Fairs for Christmas The steep learning curve of putting on these Fairs


effectively has led to great


results. We’ve all showcased our work in a way that reaches the public without incurring exorbitant overheads. This means that the individual artisans have continued to create fantastic works of art and taken on many commissions. In the run-up to Christmas this year, Amersham Artisans will be


Nadege Honey selling her handmade beads and brooches at a previous Fair.


putting on two Fairs: ∫ On Sunday 16th November the Fair will be held at Rowan Garden Centre in Chalfont St Giles (near Chiltern Open Air Museum). This is a beautiful venue with a myriad of wonderful plants, along with fine coffee and cakes provided by the resident Seasons Café – see more at www.rowangardencentre.co.uk. The


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owner of Rowan, Alison Pao, envisages the creation of a lively, festive market approach to the Fair, to be held in the Christmas tree preparation area, in anticipation of the arrival of 100s of trees at the end of November! ∫ The second date, Saturday December 6th, will see the Amersham Artisans back in their old haunt of St. Michael’s Church. The Fair is part of a much bigger event, The Christmas Showcase, run by the Amersham Action Group. It’s also Small Business Day and the retailers of Amersham-on- the-Hill will have stalls outside their shops. There’ll be bands playing, choirs singing and a Santa’s Grotto in St Michael’s Hall. The road will be closed and car parking will be free all day.


Suzanne Raffellini and Alison Berthelsen


Time to get planning your Christmas shopping with some hand designed artwork! Go to www.facebook.com/ AmershamArtisans to find out more.


Above: colourful upcycled knitwear. Alison’s corseted birdcage dress pendant; Suzanne’s stained glass, including part of her ‘Angels’ church window. Inset, left: Alison’s silver buttercup; Suzanne’s fused glass and leather handbag.


Sunday 16th November 2014


ROWAN GARDEN CENTRE Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks HP8 4AB 01494 872335 10am to 4pm


Saturday 6th December ST MICHAEL &


ALL ANGELS CHURCH


Sycamore Road, Amersham- on-the Hill,


Bucks HP6 5DR 10am to 4pm


Administrator: K Smith 07899 875407


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