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approximately 1000 children come through the gates over the course of the event. It has also become a great opportunity for South West England universities and British companies to showcase their activities and we’ve expanded from dealing mainly with retail to trade, retail and supplies. New for this year will be the Contemporary Garden and Pavilion designed by Chris Eckersley, marrying ecological and sustainable materials with cutting-edge technology.

What is the best part of your job?

‘I love all parts of it and on so many different levels – even organising the loos! I’ve seen the fair evolve creatively and the response we’ve had had from people who want to be part of it. We have a very loyal following’.

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Handmade and contemporary craft is obviously a big influence in your life. Do you ‘make’?

‘I trained as a ceramicist but after attending a course, became passionate about textiles. I’m now a textile maker in the evenings and I find sewing very therapeutic. There’s

an old school feel to this resurgence in craft and I think it’s all about getting back in touch with yourself, slowing down and not running around at a million miles an hour. It’s a great way to relax. I remember at a very young age, rummaging in the button box and my aim is to fill my own button box! I’ve no intention of selling the things I make but I do give them as gifts and if it’s handmade, it means more to people. You don’t always have to make it to be able to enjoy it though - buying handmade also satisfies my support for craft businesses’.

Have you seen a shift in the perception of craft?

‘Well, in terms of sales, 2009 exceeded 2008 at the Contemporary Craft Fair and that’s because more people want to own craft. They are Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98
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