Here’s the news about the upcoming craft fairs in the South East. I spent yesterday visiting a couple of venues and artists on the Henley Arts Trail. If you can find a way around the traffic queues across Henley bridge, then it’s well worth a look this weekend. I went on a research trip to find out what sort of handmade crafts are out there, plus courses to improve my skills. In Bix, there are wonderful stoneware plant holders made by Jacqueline Fitzjohn at Black Dog Pots and in Shiplake village, just South of Bix, you’ll find kooky, cute, amazing hats by Fiona Neylan at http://www.fionaneylan.co.uk. I was sorely tempted but managed to resist the felted bird hat, complete with tweeting sound effects!
Tucked away in a cul-de-sac, just down the road from the singing bird hats lady, is Wendy Penrose http://www.wendypenrose.co.uk whose gold plated, and solid silver jewellery takes its inspiration from natural forms. I was tempted by her courses in silver clay and may well join one of her beginners groups. Silver clay seems to provide an alternative to costly casting of metals to make textured bracelets and necklaces.
Caversham Arts kicks off next weekend and for more details of craft fairs in the South East, click on the link below.